Social Emotions are responsible for Farmville's success and drive all of Web 2.0.
Games on emerging social platforms such as Facebook and the iPhone leverage the emotions between friends to drive viral distribution and build new player experiences. Using examples from PlayFish, Zynga’s Mafia Wars, Playdom, Nexon, and others. We'll distill their social critical success factors. We'd also cover how to apply lessons learned from these games to add social features to existing genres, and what emotions games should target to take advantage of this new era of gaming.
We will examine the 4 most important emotions for social games including new social mechanics from XEODesign's research such as Tilt our experimental iPhone game to see what kinds of choices successful social media and iPhone games offer to inspire playful interfaces that increase engagement, loyalty, and viral distribution. By adding these kinds of choices designers can drive user behavior to create more engaging experiences.
From XEODesign's latest player research we will look at:
How games create the 4 most important emotions in social games
What mechanics and emotions drive social engagement, networking, and increase social bonding
How player choices create social emotions such as Schadenfreude and Naches
The emotions and mechanics that drive viral distribution.