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Dinosaurs and Embryos at the Social Games Summit

By on December 7, 2011

Where are social games going in the next few years? The panelists and speakers at the Social Games Summit were keen to speculate and debate. Here are some short, simple ideas.

On the way out…

  • Portable game machines – “the PSVita is an iPhone with joysticks” – Alexey Lebedev
  • Facebook as a platform for new games – users have plateaued and virality is over
  • Re-releases of legacy products – it’s time to innovate

On the way up…

  • Cloud Computing by Quinn Anya

    Cloud computing for cross-platform social gaming will allow greater engagement

  • HTML5 is 2-3 years out from being a big player, but ultimately it has potential for cross-platform integration
  • Social gaming in Latin America – the market is still small but it’s growing fast. Localise now before it is dominated by local players

About Zoya Street

I’m responsible for all written content on the site. As a freelance journalist and historian, I write widely on how game design and development have changed in the past, how they will change in the future, and how that relates to society and culture as a whole. I’m working on a crowdfunded book about the Dreamcast, in which I treat three of the game-worlds it hosted as historical places. I also write at Pocketgamer.biz and The Borderhouse.