A bit of lightweight discussion, then. New site FACEOFFGAMES (that’s how we’ve to write it, apparently) commissions me to write about “the demise of the single-player game.” My first reaction is to say “there isn’t one,” and not know what to write. So I approach Leigh Alexander and she agrees, but is clever so says some things anyway. Then I quote her, and stuff from The Nameless Mod‘s Jonas Waever, and would you know, it all fell into place.
Today’s media products are increasingly focusing on social components. We live in an age where not having Facebook, Myspace and Twitter accounts raises eyebrows. The Xbox 360 is preparing to make the move into social networking. World of Warcraft has more players worldwide than viewers of the UK’s top television shows. Like it or not, we are a culture that is being indoctrinated with the belief that digital socialising is of paramount importance.