Social gaming is growing quickly on the Web. More companies are trying to find a way into the space. And as more people start playing games, many sites are realizing that creating a social network for those people is viable business model.
I tested a variety of social networks for gamers. Some are better than others, but you'll definitely find at least one site worth joining.
Gamer social networks
GameFriends GameFriends is designed for gamers who play titles on the current generation of consoles. Once you sign up, you have the option of inputting all the games you've played. When you pick a game to include in your list, the tool lets you input when you started the game, when you finished it, and rate it out of 10 stars. You can also add comments for the GameFriends community to see. Like the other sites in this roundup, you can make friends with other users and see how they're rating the games they've played. It works well, but I would have liked GameFriends more, if it had a nicer design.
OMGPOP OMGPOP is a well-designed site. It takes just seconds to sign up. Once you're ready, you can invite friends from contacts in Gmail, friends on AIM, and more. OMGPOP then gives you the option of playing a variety of its games or make friends. Your social profile features all your gaming activity. It also tells you how many XP (experience) points you've earned by being active on the site. You even have the option of communicating with the OMGPOP community with a Twitter-like message system. OMGPOP's profile pages are fantastic. They feature big pictures, a host of information on the person, and more. I was really impressed by OMGPOP. It's beautiful, functional, and a treat to use. But I do wish it had more games.
Playfire Playfire annoyed me as soon as I signed up for the site. I don't like receiving "updates" from sites, so I always uncheck the boxes that would give the site permission to send e-mail updates to my in-box. But in order to sign up for Playfire, the site requires you to allow it to send updates. I turned it off in the Settings tab in my profile after I signed up, but it was a real annoyance that Playfire should eliminate from the sign-up process.
Once I moved past that problem, I found Playfire to be a full-featured social network. It allowed me to add a variety of games I've played on current-generation consoles. I was able to review them on the site and share those reviews with the Playfire community. Playfire is well-designed and simple to use. Too bad its sign-up process is so bad.… Read more