Social Games

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?


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