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Consoles should empower players to create content, says Raptr boss

Consoles should empower players to create content, says Raptr boss

Mon 29 Apr 2013 8:52pm GMT / 4:52pm EDT / 1:52pm PDT
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Raptr CEO Dennis Fong believes Sony's new 'Share' button on the DualShock 4 is a small step in the right direction

Social options have become an important element for many gamers over the past few years, whether it's live streaming on Twitch TV or game tracking services like Raptr. The PC has benefited the most from these changes, but Raptr CEO Dennis Fong thinks the PS4 might be onto something with the 'Share' button found on the new controller.

"The 'Share' button is a step in the right direction as providing players community tools to create content for your game in the form of videos and live broadcasts is a cool feature for gamers and is good for business, but 'Community as a Service' isn't just about adding a simple in-game social feature," said Fong. "It's a principle that should be evident across the entire experience, so I'm definitely interested in seeing what else Sony has up their sleeve."

"I'd like to see next generation consoles make a full-fledged effort to empower gamers to create content via an arsenal of community tools," he added.

Read the full interview with Fong, where he talks about the evolution of 'Community as a Service' and Raptr's connection with the "Best Community Activation" category of the Game Marketing Awards, on [a]list.

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Private Industry

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LBP already lets people create and share content using an arsenal of community tools.

Posted:A year ago

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Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange

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The share button is just a glorified screen/video capture app shortcut button. When it comes to user generated content and social features, the Wi U is more capable since it has the GamePad and Miiverse. The touch screen and stylus enables the user to create things with ease and with more precision as demonstrated by Miiverse illustrations. Nintendo is already way ahead when it comes to empowering players, "Printing Miiverse", an art show will open up in Nuremberg, Germany on May 4th.

Posted:A year ago

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Private Industry

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Well we have only seen a 2 hour presentation of the PS4 there is no telling yet what platform is more capable for social features. Having a specific control method such as touchscreen doesnt equal better social features. For me being able to directly make and upload videos is a bettersocial feature because I'm bad at drawing. Its all down to personal preference.

There are very good drawings on the MiiVerse, but I wouldn't say with ease. The drawings are from people that are good at drawing. For people like me who are bad at drawing I get the same results as if I would draw in MS paint. :)

Posted:A year ago

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Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange

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I was mainly referring to creating user generated content using Nintendo's GamePad since it allows you to use software tools (that doesn't clutter your TV screen) easier than using an analog stick, a move controller or a touch pad.

For social features, Miiverse isn't just about drawing (the drawing app is kind of like what pictochat was with the DS) it's a social network that's integrated into the Wii U console and games supporting this feature. The GamePad's touch screen lets the user type in text easier and faster. Users can discuss in real time during gameplay between friends in their network. They can take screen shots, mark certain points or leave messages in the game itself as hints. Nintendo opted not to include sharing videos for now since this feature could eat up a lot of disk space and might be harder to moderate.

The GamePad has a built in camera that enables video chat. It's still uncertain if the PS4 will have the camera bundled with the console but I think they should since users will not be able to make use of the DS4's LED/light bar function. It is possible that Nintendo will release something like Mario Paint, or Art Academy which is really good for beginners (you can get this on the 3DS now) to help people challenged with drawing/painting improve their skills.

Posted:A year ago

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Private Industry

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I'm very familiar with Miiverae and its features as I do have a Wii U. I actually type faster with the PS3 on screen keyboard than with touchscreens.

Marking points and leaving massages as it is done in ZombieU is handled by the game the same way Demon Souls and Dark Souls have this feature.

I think Sony made it very clear that they would include the camera with the PS4. The videochat function I used one time on the Wii U just to give it a go, but its nothing I need in a console.

Sony had in their conference their version of the Miiverse something very similar to Facebook from the looks of it. The Miiverse isn't bad but its very kiddie while what Sony showed appear to be more mature and thats more my personal taste.

Nintendos big point in all regards including games is that they are kids friendly from the OS interface to functions and including moderation. I believe it will be another case of Nintendo doing it first but everybody else shows them how its perfected and better executed.

Posted:A year ago

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Andy Samson QA Supervisor, Digital Media Exchange

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So Wii U is more capable until SONY does a me too that 's just a beefed up version of what Nintendo originally came up with, disguised with a mature looking theme.

Not sure about Miiverse being kiddie, Nintendo's approach feels more like it's light-hearted and family-oriented. I don't want another social network that tries to look like facebook because I already have one.

Posted:A year ago

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David Radd Senior Editor, IndustryGamers

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There have been social offerings this generation as well, with Sony offering home and Nintendo having various online channels - they're likely to continue along those lines. It's a significant part of the Wii U and it's likely going to be a significant part of the PS4 and the next Xbox as well, whether some gamers like it or not.

Posted:A year ago

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Private Industry

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Isn't it always the case with everything in the world? You are the best until someone comes along and does it better.

All in all its too early to judge who does it best as only the Wii U is out.

Posted:A year ago

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