The Daily Grind: Do MMO players actually want social media integration?

    
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World of Warcraft‘s upcoming publish, we learned this week, will boast Twitter integration. Welcome, WoW, to the year 2011 when we were already complaining about the rise of embedded social media in MMOs from Champions Online to RIFT. Hooray!

I kinda like social media. I particularly like following interesting people and gaming personalities on Twitter. I use it for work and play. And yet I still don’t think I’d want to Tweet to my followers from inside an MMO. It’d be an immersion-breaker, a distraction, and possibly even an etiquette faux pas. I can see it now: “Why didn’t you get out of the fire?” “I was trying to attach a pic of our raid for my Twitters!”

But like most of Blizzard‘s game design appropriations, this one is slickly styled and implemented. Maybe I’d change my mind after using it a bit. Maybe it’s just another way of moving “dings” and “gratses” to a more global chat than ever.

What do you think? Do MMO players actually want social media integration, or is this just another weird attempt to merge the game with life and make us want to keep on subbing? Does this trend hurt or help communities? And do you use social media tools from inside any current MMOs?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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Veldan
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Veldan

Nope, don’t want. I can see the point of Twitch integration for easier streaming (if that even counts as social media, I doubt it), but keep everything else out of MMOs please. I honestly don’t see the point anyway. When I’m not playing a game, I really don’t want to know if you got some item or achievement. If I wanted to know who was getting stuff, I would log into the game.

Aries62
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Aries62

I guess I am getting old (32), and don’t care much for social media. So to have it in my game, I personally don’t need it, and probably won’t  use it. But the younger generation of gamer’s are more social online, and it might be a good hook for them.

samruck
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samruck

Out game is so fun, you can use social sites in game and then, only if you must..can play the game. Did we mention about our instant level 90?

MadMadChuck
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MadMadChuck

Man, a lot of people here seem to have old man syndrome. Get off yer lawn?

Cyroselle
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Cyroselle

I don’t really care for them personally, but won’t complain if they’re a feature, since all I’ve seen so far have been opt-in, so if I don’t want to use them, I won’t. U0001f609

Grimmtooth
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Grimmtooth

This could be done by tabing out of the game before. I bet there is even an addon for it.  All this intrigation will acomplish is to give the bored trade chat trolls another avenue to annoy everyone with Thunderfury and anal [insert random WoW skill link here] spam while they wait for their random Dungeon/Raid/PvP queue to pop. But now they can annoy the world not just other people on their own (mega) server.  This could eaisly lead to a PR nightmare for Blizz with constantly offensive tweets being linked to WoW that they have to apologise for.

softwarekiller
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softwarekiller

I am going to have to go with Putin on this one.

evolv_monbly
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evolv_monbly

seems silly. I figure only streamers and youtubers would use it. So blizz added something for the 1% of players.

Celestia
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Celestia

Nah.

wjowski
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wjowski

Funny how MMO players talk a big game about ‘community’ and having a ‘social experience’ but few seem interested in tools that would help build those things.