SpatialOS boss Herman Narula believes multiplayer gaming could overtake social media

    
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The methods we interact with one another digitally have grown by leaps and bounds, to be sure. We’ve moved from AOL IMs to social media pages to dedicated chat platforms like Discord. There’s one platform, however, that Improbable CEO Herman Narula thinks is being overlooked: multiplayer online games. In fact, according to him, online gaming could easily overshadow the likes of Facebook in terms of being an important social space.

An interview with Narula elaborates more on this line of thinking and made the argument for how massively multiplayer games could change the world. “The next social platforms will be really interactive. It will no longer be about building a global museum of social experiences, but about actually doing things together. It’s the internet of experiences,” touted Narula. He further went on to claim that bonds are formed as players create teams together and inequality dissolves as personal merit is based on success instead of nationality or race. He even believes that shared play can further build empathy and engender lessons about human society much like the Christmas truce of World War I.

Of course, this ties to Improbable’s SpatialOS, the platform built for creating large-scale online worlds. “Our technologies enable worlds to become gigantic in scale and scope,” says Narula. “We’re the power company.”

source: Techonomy

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Bruno Brito

Not the first CEO to show detachment from the real world. Not the last.

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Witches

An early entry in the dumbest statement of the year polls.

Someone hold EA spokeperson’s beer. (if anyone plays CO i typed bear instead of beer initially)

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PanagiotisLial1

Its actually more common entire guilds to talk only on discord/teamspeak/social media and the ingame chat to feel dead

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Greaterdivinity

I’ve been running into this more and more and it makes me sad. I have Discord, but I don’t like using it unless it’s for voice chat. I join a guild in-game to hang out and chat…in-game. Yeah, there have always been forums and third party chat tools (mostly voice), but the majority of chat has almost always happened in-game.

Joining a guild just to see no actual guild chat and everyone pushed towards Discord makes me wonder why I’m even in the guild. I get that it makes a bit more sense for cross-gaming guilds to a point, especially if you play multiple games with the guild, but most of them just ain’t that.

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PanagiotisLial1

Yes same here

I miss the time when almost all talking was done though ingame chat during playing rather than having to look discord etc

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Ardra Ventax

Yeah, that’s not going to happen. Social media doesn’t require a stout computer, has no set defined theme or interest, has no stigma for being a “game” (which some people actually disdain), and is cross-platform in ways only a couple of games have ever accomplished.

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Armsbend

Facebook serves of 1/3 of the human population. And that is only one website.

Whomever this is – no one knows – is silly and ridiculous or drastically mis-informed. He should keep childish thoughts in his head.

Believe it or not, most adults on this planet think that games are childish and take no part in them – outside of scowling.

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Anstalt

Well, social NETWORKING is pretty much already dead, hence the switch in terminology to social media. Most of us are no longer using these social networks to, you know, socialise or network with other people. They’ve become literal online photo albums with some minor asynchronous social interactions. Plus, as time moves on, we see that social media sites are generally harmful to nearly everyone that uses them (at least in the west, they seem to be more beneficial in developing countries), so eventually the bubble will burst.

Will multiplayer games take over?

Not for a loooong time, and not until the “virtual world” design philosophy comes back and starts delivering games that appeal to wide sections of the community. Can’t have a new social space to hang out with your friends if your friends dont like the social space.

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Connor

How about SpatialOS focuses on the games using it not burning to the ground before/shortly after release before it targets replacing social media.

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Zero_1_Zerum

I’m pretty sure I read that book and watched that movie.

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Greaterdivinity

Like…is SpatialOS even used for any big games? I feel like it was all the hype for smaller/mid-sized MMO’s for a hot minute, but a lot of the games never made it to launch or struggled.

I don’t entirely disagree with him, but I think he’s both making a self-serving prediction while also being off the mark. There will be markets for both, not everyone wants to jump into some form of game world with an avatar to interact with things. There will always be a market for more “passive” experiences a la current social media.

He further went on to claim that bonds are formed as players create teams together and inequality dissolves as personal merit is based on success instead of nationality or race.

He’s taking the rosiest view of this. He’s talking about forming communities, which aren’t an inherently positive thing, and offering the “merit” based mentality that’s largely nonsense even in games (those with more wealth IRL generally tend to have more access to gaming time and money to spend on stuff), especially since IRL identities are often a focal point for many of these communities (regional communities, LGBTQ+ communities etc.) to coalesce around to begin with. And that includes the less savory ideologies and identities and the stuff that comes with it : /

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Godnaz

Whole heartily agree. The scope of social media extends so far beyond gaming into other realms of real life that it’s not even close.

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Matt Comstock

Agree. Considering the entire scope of humanity and social interaction, interaction via mmo gaming is but a niche. Although, he made some good points about team work and dissolution of racial inequality in game worlds.