Facebook has confirmed that it is preparing to open up its platform to make life easier on third-party developers creating applications. Its announcement follows a flood of similar ones from other companies, including rival MySpace, which joined the Google-founded OpenSocial open source standards initiative.
There’s a Facebook group called ‘You can fuck off with your fucking Zombies’ whose title alone sums up the feelings of many people about the emerging Facebook games market. They’re short-lived novelties. They’re only marginally more interactive than the poking feature. They’re annoying as hell.
But y’know what? Facebook’s vampires, pirates and ninjas say more about how gaming will evolve in the next five years than any bloated military-themed Xbox 360 first-person shooter; than any rush-job PS2-to-PSP port; than any so-so mobile game based on a movie.