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Games As A Service by Oscar Clark

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Playing With Others

Some people think of social games as a new phenomenon because of the introduction of Facebook and the way this changed how players shared their experiences. However, over millions of years of evolution, mammals have been playing with others as a way to learn new skills and to test their social position. It’s really only in recent history, with the arrival of the computer game industry, where we started playing alone. Even then, with the arrival of connected computers, Trubshaw and Bartle introduced the first virtual world or Multi User Dungeon (MUD).1 This text-based experience was ...

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