Civilization Creator: Social Gaming Is "The Frontier"

I love Sid Meier. Not just because he's a great game designer, but because he's a generally smart guy, as evidenced in this interview with IndustryGamers in which he talks "social" gaming in terms you should all understand.

"I think it's a new frontier", he says. "I don't think it replaces any other forms of gaming. It just is attractive to a different type of gamer. You're not going to see hard core gamers switching in totality over to social gaming or iPhone gaming or whatever it is, but you're certainly correct in that there's a lot of new outlets for gaming, whether it's iPhone applications – again, a lower development cost – Facebook applications, browser games, all these things".

"It just enriches the world of gaming as opposed to one thing replacing the other. But it is the new frontier I think. It's a place where we're still discovering the rules, what's going to work, what's not going to work, what's the audience. That's probably what makes it very exciting for me, is to be part of exploring the frontier and trying out different things that haven't been done before and see how they work in this new world."

"But I think we, every year or two, we do see a new – whether it's the Wii a couple of years back, or iPhone gaming or Xbox Live – there's always a new opportunity. Gaming is just growing into more and more different areas without really leaving behind any of the existing ways of playing."

My key take-away?

"I don't think it replaces any other forms of gaming".

Try and keep that in mind next time Farmville leaves you feeling threatened! An increase in social gaming doesn't mean a decrease in other types of gaming. It just means more gaming. For everyone. And what's so bad about that?

Especially since this man is a few months away from giving us Civilization, running on Facebook.

Sid Meier Talks Civ Network, Social Gaming and More [IndustryGamers]


    I think it does take away other forms of gaming. Because why would these up and coming developers with great ideas for games want to go ahead when they can make stupid amounts of cash by designing flash games on facebook?.

    Lets face it the pay packet for making a game about finding lost animals and planting crops is a lot better than making Deus ex 3.

      no it isn't?

      As far as I know there aren't any established game companies that have developed big titles for say the PC or Xbox and PS moving to these types of social games. I'm sure they are aware of the market but there seems to be about hundred browser or social games that don't get popular to the 1 that does. Probably even more.

      Sure there are some that end up so popular they get bought out for millions of dollars, but I don't expect any of the game developers I love to suddenly stop making the games I enjoy just to give it a go.

      Think of it like the MMO market, there are a lot of people who think there is big money in it, but it's so flooded with games that only a few actually get recognition. Social games aren't something I really enjoy but I don't think it detracts from my gaming at all. That is until someone tells me they're a hardcore gamer because they play Farmville.

      I'm pretty sure social gaming will be like MMO's became. Every month we'll see a new one which takes at most a few percent away from the one everyone plays.

      Sure we're going to see more of them but making the next Farmville will mean being the lucky 1 in a 1000 who catches the eye of the public.

        Hehe, looks like we think the same way

    I'd respect the guy more if his games worked, and if they didnt they were patched... cough cough Railroads!

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