I was quite excited when what I think is the first twitter game, Spymaster, was launched recently. Essentially, when you sign up to join the game you have complete tasks, recruit other spymasters from your twitter network and assassinate other players. While I think the idea of a game built around something like twitter is a great idea, in principle, I have a couple of concerns about spymaster:
- Now I may be missing the point but it doesn’t actually seem to be much fun. Completing tasks is entirely related to chance and there doesn’t seem to be much skill, though or strategy involved. (Although perhaps this is more apparent at higher levels?)
- More worrying to me (and the reason that I’ve stopped playing) is that it seems very easy to annoy your current twitter following (the majority of whom will not be using it to play games) by: a) flooding with constant tweets from the game; or b) having to send invitations to play as an integral part of the game design.
So, while I love the idea of embedding a game into a tool like this, I think it’s essential to make it unobtrusive to the majority of users who have no interest in game playing.