Facebook Games Getting a New look
The future and graphics looks good for Facebook gamers
With the success of social media games like Mafia Wars and Farmville, we shouldn’t be surprised that big game publishers are jumping onboard the social media train. It looks like the next game developer to start working on Facebook applications will be Capcom, which has already promised to release a Facebook game before the end of the fiscal year.
“Gaming on social networks is poised to impact the traditional video game industry and is a presence that cannot be ignored,” Capcom President Haruhiro Tsujimoto told Businessweek in a recent interview. “We have to make our move.”
As the casual market continues to mature and smaller iPhone-like applications become more profitable, we shouldn’t be surprised to see more and more big game publishers follow this trend. Companies like EA and 2K Games have already released Facebook apps. As long as this doesn’t interfere with Capcom’s ability to release Resident Evil and Dead Rising titles, we’re fine with it.
-Game Informer Magazine
Social networking has proven to be one of the most used and influential forms of communication in society. Where Myspace once dominated, Facebook has taken hold of much of the social networking market. While it is used primarily for social interaction, Facebook has become a haven for online gaming. As mentioned in the article, games like Farmville have garnered a large and devoted audience. Although simple they are addicting and fun and provide many people with a needed distraction.
With Capcom’s arrival into Facebook games, there is a potential for even more distribution and customers. Noted for their console video games, Capcom has the ability and capital available to revolutionize social gaming. Carrying the Capcom name alone brings many fans and the company rarely fails to deliver a good product.
Capcom is being very smart by jumping on Facebook gaming early as it is already quite popular and has a huge potential consumer base. By branching out to other forms of media, Capcom now has a jump start on a very promising avenue of gaming that has largely been ignored by other major producers.