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Topic: Kongregate / On social games - Can we have a tag?

Yeah, the “social” in social game doesn’t really refer to whether or not it is multiplayer. In large part, it’s a combination of the origin of the genre (social networking sites) and the tendency for them to give you in-game bonuses for advertising the game or convincing others to play more often, as well as providing tools to do that.

It may not be perfectly descriptive, but it’s a term that’s well known and ONLY applied to these sorts of games. The example about RPGs is a good one (or about roguelikes, or whatever). Genre names quickly come to describe some set of commonly shared attributes rather than a layman’s expectation from the name, and these games clearly have the attributes associated with social games.

Also, MOST of the “multiplayer” games I’ve found on the site since the influx aren’t even actually multiplayer, which is the worst part. They are… parallel at best – it would be like calling Animal Crossing a multiplayer game. At no point am I playing with other people in the same, although we can sometimes interact in ways that change our respective sessions – but (for a real world analogy, probably inaccurate) just because I can send you mail doesn’t mean we’re living together.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / On social games - Can we have a tag?

But they aren’t MMOs either – most of them aren’t even multiplayer – calling them massively so seems even less correct. Realm of the Mad God, for example, is certainly an MMO, but isn’t anything like a social game.

(Also… uh… none of those games seem to have an MMO tag? I’m not entirely sure how this organization works…)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / On social games - Can we have a tag?

I was under the impression that was originally the tag for “multiplayer” games, which social games (generally) are not. Is there another tag for actual multiplayer games?

As I said, I’m someone who likes to play a wide variety of multiplayer games with other people, and there are even certain games of this genre that are multiplayer (though most are not). But “multiplayer”, as a tag, most definitely does not describe them.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / On social games - Can we have a tag?

Yes, I know there’s a bunch of threads about how there’s “too many” of these and Kongregate should get rid of them.

I don’t care about that.

I just want them tagged, or put in their own section, like the other games I have no interest in playing are.

As someone who really likes multiplayer games and really dislikes social games, it’s… difficult. I spent an hour yesterday going through games, finding something that looked great, was rated highly, had good artwork, I get through the loading screen… and it’s a social game, rather than the game is was described as.

I’m not sure who chooses tags (maybe it’s the developers), or if there’s a tag available for them, but I think an appropriate label would do a lot to dispel much of the ill will against them lately.