Kojima sees social and core games converging together

As New Super Mario Bros. U demonstrated, all games are getting more social

As a recent study showed, core gamers have been reluctant to embrace what are considered social games. However, Hideo Kojima recently noted that core games are increasingly incorporating social features - a trend likely to continue as time goes on.

"I don't think social and core games are separate, both will evolve together, and at some point I feel the social side of things will converge with the core games," Kojima told CVG. "I think in the future maybe Metal Gear will change in certain ways to integrate social aspects. If you look at other games on the market now you can see it's already happening, so Metal Gear may at some point get involved."

Kojima said he was toying with social ideas of his own, though declined to elaborate. Kojima wants to use best practices from both social and core games and not to define games as one or the other.

"It's using social to integrate different core groups, so you have the core audience but then, via social methods, hardcore gamers can interact with less hardcore players," noted Kojima.

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Roberto Bruno Curious Person 5 years ago
"However, Hideo Kojima recently noted that core games are increasingly incorporating social features - a trend likely to continue as time goes on."

Yeah, well... Cause developers and publishers keep forcing those on gamers despise the fact that barely anyone actually cares about these features.
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James Prendergast Research Chemist 5 years ago
What does a "social feature" entail? What defines a "social feature"? Seriously? Are we talking about couch-co-op? Twitter functionality? All of the above? It's a bit ridiculous to be worrying or thinking about ill-defined concepts...
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Paul Johnson Managing Director / Lead code monkey, Rubicon Development5 years ago
After experiencing the potty-mouthed teenager attack whilst playing hardcore online games, I sure as hell don't want more exposure to these morons! :)
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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 5 years ago
Already I think that "core" is outdated terminology.
How do you define it? Owning an Xbox 360? Playing CoD? Playing more than 20 hours a week? Paying more than $100 a month?
If so this is misguided, plenty of people do the above who would never be considered to be "core" by people who think that they are "core".
Maybe that's it, just like with Islam, people who say they are "core" are "core" despite their actual playing, ownership and spending habits. This is not exactly a useful marketing demographic.
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Keldon Alleyne Developer, leader, writer, Avasopht Ltd5 years ago
@Bruce: a wikipedia definition of a core gamer

From a marketing perspective, what would you say are more accurate demographics of the video game industry?

In regards to social, I don't see it as a distinctive demographic but an element that can be enjoyed entirely on it's own since a social game fits in with our typical human behaviour, i.e. it's social. A social element can be added to gaming just as much as a gaming element can be added to social experiences. The category of "social" games is a reflection on the early uses of it when social networking brought more involved electronic gaming to a wider group of people.

Perhaps we do need to redefine some terminologies because the scene is changing and the new influx of gamers will (and probably has) had an impact on the earlier users of gamers.
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