In a broad sense, social games can be defined as “online games that adapt your online friendship ties for play purposes, while accommodating your daily routines” – says game researcher Järvinen. hat is the academic world, but what does this mean for us! There are two noteworthy facts related with this definition: First, it clearly describes the distribution via online private networking mechanisms. Second, it points out that the gameplay is embedded in the daily habits of users.
THE CHALLENGE OF DEFINING A GAME
The recent success of video games has led to a progressive adoption of game mechanisms in everyday products and services. Social science researchers have observed that the increasing ubiquity of gaming is having a formative impact on society. The world of video games has become more and more interwoven with cultural habits in everyday life. In recent years, sociologists have started to look at this ludification of culture in a more detailed fashion.