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[Column] The Elder Scrolls Online: Socially Connected on a New Level

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,619MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

One of the things that many game makers are coming to grips with is the inclusion of social 'connectedness' in today's MMOs. In our latest Elder Scrolls Online column, we take a look at how TESO devs are making sure their game has all the social connectivity that anyone could possibly want. Read on and then leave your thoughts in the comments.

“...Matt Firor took the stage again to tell us about how ESO will be the most socially connected MMO ever.  Facebook, Twitter, Google+… they’ll all be seamlessly integrated into the game from the start.  You can import all your friends, circles, followers into the game directly.  You can even make a Guild Page on Facebook prior to launch, have your friends join it, have guild members join it, and then import it directly into ESO.  Boom, instant guild.  Matt claims they ZOS knows that people now have friends everywhere, from every walk of life.  They don’t want to make you manage yet another social network.  Instead they believe that Elder Scrolls will benefit by making itself as socially connected to the existing networks as possible.”

Read more of Bill Murphy's The Elder Scrolls Online: Socially Connected on a New Level.

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  • Shadow-FocusShadow-Focus Bognor RegisPosts: 13Member
    First!

    Played - WoW, LotRO, AoC, WAR, Aion, Rift, SWtOR.

    Playing - GW2

    Want - TESO, Neverwinter, Titan

  • ShakyMoShakyMo BradfordPosts: 7,207Member
    Meh

    Tsw tried all this bookface gubbins, fat lot if good it did them.
  • GwapoJoshGwapoJosh Auburn, INPosts: 991Member Uncommon
    So you will be "Socially Connected" outside of the game and not in?  This is so damn stupid..  I don't care about Facebook and Twitter.. I care about the people I'm playing with in game.

    "You are all going to poop yourselves." BillMurphy
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  • mmoguy43mmoguy43 , CAPosts: 2,441Member Uncommon

    "ESO will be the most socially connected MMO ever"

    We will see once ingame. FB, Twitter etc hasn't made MMOs more social before, why would they now? IMO it is more of a marketing scheme than one to get players socially connected.

    This is a step back for me being interested in ESO.

  • kartoolkartool Hamilton, ONPosts: 472Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Shadow-Focus
    First!

    People still do this?

  • RohnRohn Saint Peters, MOPosts: 3,740Member Uncommon

    Frankly, I don't care about external social networking in a game.

    I am far more interested on how a game's design fosters social interaction and interrelationships within the context of the game.

    Hell hath no fury like an MMORPG player scorned.

  • AldersAlders Jack Burton'sPosts: 1,857Member Uncommon
    I can't be the only one that plays MMO's to get away from the social media crap.
  • rlsquared2rlsquared2 Weston, FLPosts: 17Member Uncommon
    What???   This is dumb.

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  • GwapoJoshGwapoJosh Auburn, INPosts: 991Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by kartool
    Originally posted by Shadow-Focus
    First!

    People still do this?

    Sadly, dumb repetitive things entertain people without ever getting old to them..  People still enjoy talking about bacon and laughing at Chuck Norris jokes in game chat.  It's usually a sign of a low IQ.

    "You are all going to poop yourselves." BillMurphy
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  • NikopolNikopol The ZonePosts: 626Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Alders
    I can't be the only one that plays MMO's to get away from the social media crap.

    Haha, good point. I'd rather they create their own playerbase-based (doh!) social media instead of plugging into Facebook or Twitter, but then there'd be no point for them, would there?

    After all, this is all about spamming your friend list with updates regardless of whether they are interested or not! :)

  • VesaviusVesavius BristolPosts: 7,645Member Uncommon
    Modern developers need really understand that building communities in these games has *nothing* to do wih Facebook... I hate recieved wisdom faddish thinking in games design like this tbh.
  • AmarantharAmaranthar OhioPosts: 2,430Member Uncommon

    So, what would my guild be called in game? "Amaranthar's FaceBook Page Friends List Guild"? "@amaranthar1485 Guild"?

    It's all just so immersive, ya know? I imagine this will work great for instances though. Just plop characters of anyone online at the time in the instance. Some may be in "sleep" mode though.

    Could start an all new complaint, "I died because my FaceBook friend entered us all in a zone, and I was watching porn at the time....didn't he see that?"

    Once upon a time....

  • ThorkuneThorkune Eastern, KYPosts: 1,830Member Uncommon
    I am one of those that likes these features. Being able to post achievements, keep up with guild activities on the sites I visit a lot anyway and quick access to guides, is a win win for me.

    People complain that all MMO's are the same, so why not cheer for new features. Besides, I don't think you will be forced to use them if you don't like it.
  • BrialynBrialyn Winder, GAPosts: 184Member
    Considering only 3 or 4 people that I'm "connected" with on FB even play games I doubt this is going to be so helpful.  In fact I've met a lot of people in MMO's who don't want to be on facebook and stuff.  I don't think the guild portal and enjin days are gone because of this.  I don't think this will be as big of a hit as they're thinking.  I could be wrong but hey, this is my opinion :D


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  • Po_ggPo_gg Twigwarren, WestfarthingPosts: 2,718Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Alders
    I can't be the only one that plays MMO's to get away from the social media crap.

    You're not :) although I play for having fun, not to get away, but I'm with you on the whole soc.media crap avoiding part.

    And as GwapoJosh wrote "So you will be "Socially Connected" outside of the game and not in?" it is indeed stupid. I play with my friends, in this case there's no need any soc.media crap. Beside that I play with in-game buddies/asociates/etc., in that case also no need for soc.media crap, we're connected in the game, and that's just fine enough. :)

  • In terms of gameplay this seems like a waste of development money, but it might help market the game. I have a Facebook account but rarely use it as it's yet another place to login and check. So the last thing I'd want to do is connect it to my game.
  • makiimakii noPosts: 280Member

    I can see where this is going with achiements: 

    Posted on Facebook: congratulation warrior! You have received the title of Dragon Slayer after killing 1000 elder dragons!

    i bet your friends are proud of you!...not!

  • FromHellFromHell NY, NYPosts: 1,311Member
    Originally posted by Shadow-Focus
    First!

    and what?

    Secrets of Dragon?s Spine Trailer.. ! :D
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwT9cFVQCMw

    Best MMOs ever played: Ultima, EvE, SW Galaxies, Age of Conan, The Secret World
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2X_SbZCHpc&t=21s
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  • JakdstripperJakdstripper logan lake, BCPosts: 2,126Member Uncommon

    i do not want everyone on FB to know what, when and how many hours i play mmos. as a matter of fact i'd rather most of those people didn't know my gaming habits.

    frankly this sounds like an idea from a person that plays Angry birds and Farmville more than mmos, just because he was at a seminar that said "the future is all in social media", "you are either on FB or you are dead".

    i personally don't like the idea of connecting my favourite mmo to FB. i have a social comunity(FB, Twiter, etc) and a gaming comunity(Steam, Battlenet, etc) and they are 2 separate entities. i have no intention in trying to bridge them.

    I play video games to escape RL for a few hours and live in an alternate reality where the rules are different and repercussions for your actions are not as unforgiving as in RL....and now you want to drag RL into my escape reality?....no thanks.

  • TerranahTerranah Stockton, CAPosts: 3,605Member

    This is good and bad.  Good that it takes us in a new direction and expands on the soical network phenomenon.  There will be a real face behind the avatar and perhaps a new accountability for some as game actions might have social network blowback.

     

    Bad in that if you are a role player and like your anonymity that will be gone.

     

    I have connected with several former fps and mmo gamers from my past on FB.  It's nice to see the real face and the real person which can sometimes be very different. 

  • coretex666coretex666 PraguePosts: 1,934Member Uncommon
    Yet another "great" idea.

    Waiting for L2 EU Classic

  • OzmodanOzmodan Hilliard, OHPosts: 7,189Member Uncommon

    As long as it is optional, who cares.  The people that play those silly FB games won't stick around long in a MMO.  It most certainly won't be attached to my FB account.

     

  • RimmersmanRimmersman MonacoPosts: 885Member
    Originally posted by Vesavius
    Modern developers need really understand that building communities in these games has *nothing* to do wih Facebook... I hate recieved wisdom faddish thinking in games design like this tbh.

    Some devs do understand, take Age Of Wushu as an example. The game is the most social mmo since EQ, you don't need facebook or any other media outlet. The whole game is based on intereaction with other players. 

    Pretty sure mmorpg.com done a write up on GW2  about the same thing.

     

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  • dotdotdashdotdotdash Llandrindod WellsPosts: 364Member

    So far, everything Matt Firor talks about suggests that he doesn't actually have any goods ideas about what TESO should be.

    It'll be a terrible game if it carries on like it is.

  • Po_ggPo_gg Twigwarren, WestfarthingPosts: 2,718Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by makii
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    I have high hopes for TESO but maybe you have some truth in this. I play / played with a lot of games, and so far only 2 tried to shove this social bull***t in my face: Family Guy and EA's f2p craps (Battlefield Heroes, NFS). Those are below average quality browser games, where it's easy to link it under F**kbook since when you play you're already in your browser...

    While I'm almost sure all of my other games have fb or twitter pages, I've never checked, because there was absolutely no need for it, those games aren't forcing you onto that way either. And all of them has good / great community without any social media crap.

    (now that I think of, LotrO has a twitter for sure, there used to be forum threads cursing when Turbine put something on there and not in the Launcher window. Which is a very stupid decision as well, everyone see the Launcher window when start the game, why using an external site to announce stuff? I say it too often, but I miss Codies :) )

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