In recent years Video Games and Social Media have become a common trend. From social focused games like World of Warcraft and Minecraft, to social media powered games such as FarmVille and Words With Friends. Video Games have become a new way of interacting with others online, if only to kill monsters, build things, grow plants or see who can memorize the most words in a dictionary.
Now there has been a lot of talk about Destiny. What is Destiny, you ask?
It is Bungie's next video game franchise, with Activision as the game's publisher. The game is a sci-fi, first-person shooter that is described by the company as “WoW in space.” The game is said to focus on online play in an open and always changing universe much like in MMORPG, but they use the RPG part loosely in this game. The game was announced to be released for Sony and Mircosoft (not PC) consoles and will require internet access to play.
The game will use Bungie’s “hooper” matchmaking system which will match players with not just friends but anyone near by. This means no more waiting in a "lobby" like in Halo, just play and others will join you. What makes the game interesting is how the in-game universe will incorporate social media. Bungie’s plan is for players to use a mobile cellphone application that updates players of any changes that occur in game even when they aren’t playing.
Unfortunately very little gameplay has been shown and not a single person outside of Bungie have touched it or seen it. No one has even talked about it beyond what has been reported already. The good news is that Bungie has started accepting applications for beta testers and the game is expected to be released December 31, 2013.