With Valves steam service reaching out to new platforms and with all the indie success stories of late its great to see how gaming is becoming easier across all platforms.
One of the things that Valve has done that I have been in favour of if allowing cross platform ownership of games. With the steam service as it now stands if i buy a game i am not buying it windows or Mac I am buying it, I own the game regardless of the platform its on. this would be like me buying an X-Box game and getting the PS3 version for free because I own the game and my choice of platform is secondary.
This is a great step forwards for gamers. imagine buying an X-Box live arcade game and it automatically unlocks for you on your GFWL account on PC.
I think with all this in mind its safe to say that things are happening with gaming, things that are good for all gamers. publishers and developers are starting to blur the lines between platforms making our gaming more organic, even MMO’s are evolving into multiplatform adventures with the advent of the console MMO just a little way off now, and with many already being played on Mac and windows.
so with all this good news and the slow but positive mutation of attitudes towards gaming what’s left? well, there is one final frontier that we have to cross…
as it stands I have the following as an online identity
…And those are just the gaming related ones, not to mention Twitter and Last.FM (that are both serious parts of gaming culture) and yes i understand that GamerDNA is trying to consolidate all these things but its too complicated and a bit irritating at times.
As you probably guessed by now the final frontier is Community, with multiplatform services and games and gamers and most importantly multi-platform friends i think its about time a service like Xfire or Steam too the lead and created a way of consolidate all your friends and games and gaming history into one simple service that is available of every platform and across every game.
in the same manner that Xfire just slaps its self onto of your games so should the new service but across every platform. and an achievement unlock from ubi, steam or Live should be counting towards a single score (for those who care) and for the older games that have no achievements then every hour played should count for a point towards you score. but at the end of the day what all of is really want is ONE friends list!
Diversity is great, as long as we can do it together.