Social games are games that are meant to be played as a group, sometimes with little to no skill level required and usually luck or humor based.
Examples: Apples to Apples, traditional card and dice games, Say Anything, Gift Trap, Dixit, Charades, Imaginiff
Library Applications: Library Charades, World of Warcraft LAN Party, Halo Console Party, Make Your Own Apples to Apples, Bridge Tournament, Giant Dice Team Yatzee, Miniatures Painting Workshop,
Nearly every game has a social aspect. The games I’ve chosen as examples above were chosen because these games rely on the social aspect for actual gameplay. There are a few key exceptions to the definition above, however; these have specifically to do with a subset of Social Games that do require a specific skillset/know-how, many times having an entire game mythos built up around them. These games can also be categorized as Strategy Games but I chose to put them here due to their highly social nature. In other words, these strategy games require social interaction for play.
These games include:
- MMORPGs are “massively multiplayer online role playing games.” Examples include: World of Warcraft, Runescape, Minecraft (also in the Creative Game category), and Starcraft. These games have built-in tools for communication with other players such as text fields, guilds to join for support, and quests that require teamwork.
- LAN and Co-op games are games played with other players online or via a closed network, using separate consoles and/or computers. Examples include: Halo, Age of Empires, Left 4 Dead, Splinter Cell, Spec Ops, Far Cry 3, Super Mario Bros U, Ghost Recon, Mass Effect, Journey, Counter Strike, and Doom.
- Miniature War Games are games that are played with custom-painted (and sometimes designed) miniature figurines and tiles. Examples include: Warhammer, Field of Glory, Axis & Allies, Bushido, Heroscape,
- Collectable/Trading Card Games are games that are played with decks of cards. Examples include: Magic the Gathering, Pokemon, Beyblade, Cardcaptors Sakura, Digimon, Naruto, and Yu-Gi-Oh.
Have you tried a MMORPG program at your library? What tips would you share with others who want to give it a try?