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Xfire founder and noted professional gamer Dennis Fong will be unveiling his new community gaming site and management tool, Raptr, at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco today. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak at the web site. There’s a massive web […]

Xfire founder and noted professional gamer Dennis Fong will be unveiling his new community gaming site and management tool, Raptr, at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco today. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak at the web site.

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There’s a massive web ecology built around games and gaming, much of it geared towards tips and reviews. Now game culture is getting the social network treatment, and Raptr.com is one of a number of startups looking to capitalize on the social aspect of everything from MMORPGs to friends who share their Mii codes and play Wii tennis at parties.

The site’s features are familiar to anyone who’s joined a social network, including being able to add friends, join groups, and check a Facebook-like feed that notes your clique’s comings and goings. You can enter your Xbox, Wii and PS3 IDs so that you can connect with console games, and for online games such as World of Warcraft, you can add your various characters to your profile so that your guild mates can know when your Undead Rogue reaches level 56 without having to log into the game.

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It will also track and graph game usage, which for an obsessive like me is a great visual feedback tool to monitor just how much of my life I’ve devoted to gathering herbs in Azeroth over the past week. The video and image section should also build engagement, as in-game videos are popular enough to merit their own gaming video portal, WeGame.

Raptr enters an increasingly crowded field. The Steam Community site has the advantage of being an offshot of Valve’s established Steam distribution portal. UGAME just entered private beta last week, and Rupture has been in closed beta for months.

(Note: Raptr has also just started giving away limited access to the closed beta to people who sign up online.)

  1. [...] comes with a client to download which will help you keep your games up to date for more see Gigaom http://gigaom.com/2008/02/22/hands-on-raptrcom-gamer-social-network/ Posted by Darren Stuart on February 22nd, 2008 « Previous Post Name [...]

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  2. Seems like a good idea if it had integration to say display your Mii or your Xbox Live gamertag, etc.

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  3. This looks promising. Does anyone have a invite code?

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  4. Am I reading that chart right? You’re playing 24hours plus per day. You must be gold farming in WOW or otherwise double dipping. Talk about ADD.

    :)

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  5. [...]  http://gigaom.com/2008/02/22/hands-on-raptrcom-gamer-social-network/ RSS 2.0 [...]

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  6. @Jason Coleman: That chart is for a game, not a player so it’s possible for a game to be played cumulatively more than one day in a 24hr period =)

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  7. Cool, maybe I need to sign up now so I could catch that limited access.

    nhick
    http://www.itrush.com

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  8. [...] Raptr.com: a social network for gamers and the gaming community February 25, 2008 Posted by pageman in News. Tags: gigaom, raptr.com trackback How important are gamers and the gaming community? There’s been an influx of startups that want to address this niche and one of them is Raptr.com. Check out the GigaOm article here. [...]

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  9. [...] Hands-on: Raptr.com, Gamer Social Network [...]

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