Like many people across the country, my house was infiltrated by Halo 3 last week. The popular XBox game series (Halo 3 is only available for the XBox 360 system) has a cult-like following and numerous retailers opened their doors at 12 a.m. last Tuesday to offer gamers the newest installation at the first moment possible, also the pre-sale stats of the game were 1.5 million copies. What is it about this game that would cause that kind of a stir?
The other thing that seems to make this game so special is its “Networking.” The online capabilities of this game are similar to those of World of Warcraft, the online fantasy based multi-player game. Halo 3 players that are online (A capability that the system offers) can play against people from all over the world or be on teams with them. It also has a headset that allows players to talk to one another while they play.
The social attributes to this game are very similar to that of social networks online. They allow people to interact without direct contact. It also allows people to interact with there current friend base and people they do not actually know.
Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Are we giving ourselves more and more reasons to simply stay at home and not actually interact with people or is this just broadening our reach to one another?