Battle.net Joins Forces with Facebook
Facebook and Battle.net have taken a page out of the Guy and Yasar book and decided to join forces to improve your life. OK, maybe that's an exaggeration, but you know what I mean. Instead of offering you entertainment by making bad jokes about each other, Facebook and Battle.net are attempting to make your gaming experiences more social.
For the less nerdy people reading this, here's Guy to explain what Battle.net is:
: For those unfamiliar with the service,
Battle.net is owned by Blizzard Entertainment, creators of hit gaming
franchises such as Diablo, Starcraft, and World of Warcraft. It is an in-game
online gaming service. Per the website, the revamped version of Battle.net
"access to Blizzard Entertainment games, websites, and online
services - all with a single e-mail address and password
thing about the service is that it is free. You can manage all of your games
through your account, as well as communicate with your party and friends, and
manage store purchases. The goal of Battle.net is to build up a sense of
inter-connected community among Blizzard game players. They are attempting,
quite successfully to-date, to make their service a one-stop shop for all the
needs of their ever-growing user base.
: According to Kotaku, the Facebook venture is set
to coincide with the release of Starcraft II
. They plan on giving you the ability of adding your Facebook friends to your Battle.net friends list. This will make connecting with friends who are playing the same games much easier. The release is planned for July 27th of this year.
Yasar & Guy
- Cons - If your Facebook or Battle.net buddies aren't serious gamers or aren't using one of the two services, this could be useless to you.
- Pros - Countering that, if you have a good cross-section of friends
who use both, are into massively MMO RPGs, and like to remain social in and out
of the game, this joint venture is a perfect storm. Our feeling is that it only
helps to evolve "mature" gaming through increased exposure in
online social circles and, best of all, potentially opens up Facebook to new
types of gaming opportunities down the line.
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