What will further scratching reveal? The ability to ingest Facebook data – think "name, age, gender, location, friends, interests," even pictures – into a personalized game experience represents an "incredibly new, immersive experience." Davis points to the FlashForward promotional video – make your own here – which pulls in your Facebook data to create a customized experience. Now, imagine that in a video game.
But if there's one takeaway from Davis' panel, it's this: "The Mario of Facebook is out there." Like the early days of film, where a "director" simply plopped down the camera in front of some action – unencumbered by cuts, pans, edits, and the language of cinema we've grown to appreciate – Davis argues that social games are still in their infancy. "Every new platform brings with it a defining new killer game," says Davis. And, Farmville
be damned, Facebook doesn't have its Mario yet.
Davis says the "iconic" Facebook game is ahead of us. "It may be just around the corner ... we think this game will change everything." Will it be the Facebook-bound Civilization Network
? "We're really excited to see Civilization
come to Facebook this year. We think that's going to be a watershed moment." Who knows when (and if!) we'll see this iconic Facebook game, but with the growth of online functionality in console games – Facebook-enhanced or not – it's clear we're entering a new age of social gaming. "Social games are the past, the present, and the future of gaming," Davis says. "We won't call them social games anymore, we'll just call them games."