Apart from repeatedly calling CCP’s upcoming PS3 game Dust 514, Dust 541 while showing lots of images of the game’s logo! This week’s Extra Credits is required viewing. Seriously go watch it now!
This is because it touches upon what could be one of the next big trends in gaming, trans-gaming. Which is something I have always thought and imagined could be a cool thing at some point but now that it is really starting to happen it has really got me excited. Like really excited. It is the sheer amount of possibility behind the idea that is amazing. Like your partner playing Bejweled to repair your armour in an RPG example from the video. It is so simple but mind-blowingly cool.
My fiancé has been happy playing the crap out of Angry Birds Space but what if her 3 staring of a level contributed to my Galactic Readiness Rating in Mass Effect 3? Kim has no interest in Mass Effect as a franchise, it sadly doesn’t appeal to her tastes, but if playing Angry Birds, a game she loves could aid my saving of the galaxy then she would be all for it. We would be working for a higher goal together via two separate paths. This doesn’t have to be a one way street either. What if in my hastily put together example, that my gathering of resources with Mass Effect 3’s scanning planets gameplay gave Kim more birds to use in Angry Birds Space? I would scan every planet possible if it could help Kim in her quest to kill some green pigs!
Mass Effect 3 already has some very basic trans-gaming elements to it with the two iOS apps; Datapad and Infiltrator, and the multiplayer component to a certain extent. Each gives you things to use in aiding your single player experience and stuff like the messages from in game characters in the Datapad App keeps you engaged with Mass Effect 3 while you are far away from you console or PC. All that needs to be done is to take these initiative further and make them on a grander scale.
A lot of it is all pie in the sky stuff at the moment but I am looking at Dust
541 514 with great interest to see how well integrated and impacting the PS3 FPS will be for the MMO side of things and vice versa. EVE is a game I have only really touched the surface of with the odd thirty days here and there but Dust 514 could see me playing it a lot more or at least make me feel like I am having an impact on what the players of EVE can do.
I love it when Extra Credits covers topics like this, it really gets the creative juices flowing!