Column : raptr.com could be last.fm of VIdeo Game?

I have used raptr.com service around 1 month, and might write something about that. Here is my raptr page, and you could check it out.

First of all, what is raptr? I might explain it as 'Last.fm of Video Game'. I really like last.fm scrobble, so really liked raptr idea when I found it.

If you play some XBOX360 game, raptr counts time & get achievements status. Same for PC game / Playstation 3 / World of Warcraft / even Facebook game. Seems to be good for its basic idea. Just the problem is, it's not working properly.

I used it for PC & XBOX360 game, and issues gaming news to Facebook & Twitter.


1. PC

I installed raptr client, and every PC game must be played through that. Slightly different from last.fm, because I play music at iTunes -> scrobbled through last.fm client.

But it has few (or many) problems like this.

- Can't detect all PC games. Steam games (which are installed ) are fine, but can't detect non-Steam games very well. I hope to register not-detected games by myself, but it doesn't have any menu to add. Even if raptr db has that game, can't detect, as [Blackwell Convergence].

- Can't detect playing Facebook games. As I see, other players checked [Mafia Wars]. But even if I did Facebook Connect, my Mafia Wars is not recorded. Same for Flash Games, maybe only available through raptr client.

- For Steam achievement, not connected automatically. I reported to forum twice, and it works after that. (So... Manual connection needed.)


2. XBOX360

In fact, I like ratpr more for XBOX360, rather than PC. Every games are detected automatically, even for some Demos / Trials. However it has some detects.

- For XBOX360 acehivement, not connected automatically & reported to forum. Same as PC problem which I wrote above.

Except for forum report, it's working well & I like it. Anyway it doesn't support Playstation 3 Trophy, because Sony doesn't allow.


3. Facebook / Twitter

The best part is for raptr is, it posts to Facebook & Twitter for game playing & achievements. If somebody wants to let friends know about gaming situation, raptr is very good.

raptr supports Facebook Connect, so connection to Facebook is easy. And for twitter, just write Nickname / Password & it works, And it supports several options, as post everyhing or just post daily summary.

Just the problem is, if you play a lot of game everyday, it could be almost Spamming. Daily Summary might be better for that.


Personally, I like raptr idea very much. However it might need much more improvement. Must detect PC games more properly, better auto-sync needed. However, it's still fun to try.
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According to Joystiq, EA acquired Playfish, social game company.

There was some rumor that EA will purchase some Social Game Company, as Zynga or Playfish, however the result became Playfish. And Playfish is 2nd. developer in the scene, according to appdata, even if Zynga is much bigger.

According to rumor, 250 million$ was paid to purchase. And according to belief of  Inside Social Games, 75 million$ revenue in this year alone. Wow.

Not sure what will happen next. EA got Pogo long ago, and Pogo was good for several years. And they will use Playfish as next Pogo? Not sure, however seems to be interesting. (EA admits Social Game as new gold-earning-market!)

P.S. : And what will Activision do?

P.S. 2 : I noticed it's 10 days ago. Maybe I can't call it news. However, I'd just post. :)
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