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Player.me First Impressions: When Social Media Meets Gaming
At this point, it would be safe to assume that social media websites are here to stay. From places like MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, and even Tumblr in some cases, there are many platforms to choose from. Although there is a more unique social media website for gamers in development currently known as Player.me. Player.me is currently in beta and I was able to get into it recently. So let’s take a look at this upcoming site to see what it is all about and if it is worth getting an account there.
Player.me is described as being a place for the entire gaming community to connect and interact. It is meant to be a place where gamers can put their skills on display through videos uploaded to YouTube and Twitch. This isn’t limited just to gamers either, but appears to also encourage game developers and professional gamers to join as well. The team that runs Player.me emphasizes that there website will allow users to demonstrate their gaming capabilities through linking videos from Twitch and YouTube along with other social media websites like Facebook and Twitter.
Creating an account is pretty much the same straight forward process as any other website. The process was simple and straightforward. Within minutes my account was active and I could begin customizing my profile. The profile page itself is both clean and visually appealing, although not a whole lot of information will be displayed on your profile. The only information given is your user name, links to other websites like YouTube or Facebook, videos you have posted, your favorite video games, who you follow, who follows you, and your biography. You can’t post status updates or anything on your profile, but the front page dashboard gives you the option to post links or anything you want to share with people who follow you.
The amount of games you can “favorite” is impressive, going as far back as the Atari 2600. Every video game has its own page, and includes a count of how many users are a fan of that particular game. There is a feature that determines who is a “Top Player” in a particular game, and it is unclear how this works. For instance, Player.me thinks that I am a Top Player in several Kingdom Hearts games, Final Fantasy X, Chrono Cross, and Amnesia: The Dark Descent.
With Player.me currently being in a closed beta, only a handful of users are on the website right now. Among the people with access to this website are well known YouTube and Twitch gamers like Yogscast/Blue Xephos, PewDiePie, and TobyGames. Then there are quite a few professional gamers like Fatal1ty, Day9, Flash, and Jaedong. As Player.me gradually approaches its full release, more and more players will likely join.
For the most part, I see this website being more beneficial to professional gamers and streamers than anyone else really. Sure there will be lots more users when the website is officially launched, but the only benefit for the vast majority of users will be the ability to track all the well known and famous users all on one website rather than having to manage multiple accounts on YouTube or Twitch. For the more famous gamers out there, this will give them the tools they need to expand their viewership even further. I speculate that with Player.me, there will likely be some gamers who become “Internet Celebrities” themselves through their videos or links getting noticed and followed by other users.
Overall, Player.me is an interesting website. It has a lot of potential and I look forward to seeing what will happen with the website when it eventually goes live. If you happen to have an account at Player.me, feel free to add me to your list. I’ll be adding videos to my profile in the near future.