Twitter And Gaming: The Future?

As Twitter has gained popularity these passed few years, more and more services have cropped up that allow you to tweet your gaming activity and accomplishments. A lot of people see this as progress. Still more people see it as spam. Microsoft took the next step last year by adding Twitter to Xbox Live. Naughty Dog upped the ante by integrating Twitter into Uncharted 2. Now you can tweet from the Blur beta about your rank, stats, etc. With so many games using Twitter to add a social component to their games, is it moving towards overkill or is this just the beginning?


Peter Molyneux recently talked about Fable 3 using your Twitter stats to influence your follower count in the game. (Microsoft has since reversed this, stating Molyneux was simply inspired by Twitter.) I still think that we may see Twitter integrated into Fable 3, Molyneux was probably just not supposed to talk about it yet.

Tweet Defense on the iPhone does actually use your stats to give you bonuses for your defenses. The game doesn’t actually send tweets into your feed, but that feature is coming with the next update according to Chris Paladino. Given the game’s popularity in our gaming community, there will undoubtedly be no shortage of tweets coming from that game once that update hits iTunes.

So, where does it go from here? I can guarantee more games will integrate Twitter in new and creative ways. I would like to see something like what Blur is doing, but with more variety in what is sent out. I would like to see the PSN launch a Twitter app much like the Facebook app they launched last year. It would be very interesting to see the sequel to Borderlands use your stats to generate a unique weapon in the game. Or how about being able to take a screen shot in Gears of War 3 and sending it to automatically? The possibilities are very interesting to me.

Do you love the idea of Twitter digging deeper into your gaming world, or do you just see it as spam of the highest order? Whether you like it or not, it’s coming.

What are you doing?

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  • Anyone who makes a game that spams Twitter should be dragged into the street and shot. There is already enough nonsense on Twitter, no need to make it worse.