Is Facebook the Next Game Console?

By Cliff
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Billions

If Social and online networks continue to invest in online gaming (e.g., Google invests $100+ million in Zynga), they will soon challenge consoles for market share and revenue. Currently, console games bring in more than six times the amount of revenue as their casual, online counterparts ($19.66 billion compared to $3 billion). For networks like Facebook to capture console revenue, game graphics must mature from simple 2D, Flash-based, to full 3D. If this happens, the question becomes will Facebook be the next game console?

For years now, 3DVIA has been providing the technology to bring 3D games online all over the Web, including sites like Facebook, Nick Jr., Neopets and more. This week was no exception: 3DVIA launched its first game built on the new 3DVIA Studio engine to Facebook. “Billions, Save Them All” is a full 3D action/puzzle game where players compete for high scores with friends and other Facebook users. The game is made unique by the combination of dreamlike art and innovative gameplay where players construct 3D cube bridges and walk on all sides. It’s a 3D game that stands out in the predominantly 2D Facebook Platform world.

In addition to launching its first 3DVIA Studio game to Facebook, 3DVIA announced the ability to publish 3DVIA.com-hosted games and apps directly to Facebook with just one click (including custom 3DVIA Scenes). This is a great way for 3DVIA users to distribute games and apps to a large audience without having heavy programming knowledge.  See the tutorial here.

This makes one think, could this be the trend? Will 3D social games (i.e. World of Warcraft types) eventually move to the Facebook Platform? It seems to make a lot of sense. Over 500 million people (including myself) use Facebook to stay in touch with friends, keep up-to-date on news and to play games. Why not use Facebook to play more advanced 3D games? Or, why not use game technology to extend Facebooks’s functionality to non-gaming applications…

As we all know, gaming technology can be applied to non-gaming uses. This opens limitless possibilities for Facebook: why settle for a 2D photo and profile of your friend when you could join them in a 3D room to chat in real time, 3D shop to buy virtual goods and so forth.

With such endless possibilities, it’s hard to predict the evolution social networks like Facebook will make. But, as you ponder this, you should play Billions, and check out the quality of the 3D in a web-based game…be careful, it’s addictive.  And, just in case your Boss catches you playing at work, you can tell them that you are “doing research on the future of 3D social gaming”.

We would like to know what your  thoughts are and your predictions for the future of 3D social gaming.

Dassault Systèmes Customer Support Goes Social

By Matthias
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Why Social Media?

My name is Matthias and I work for the  Dassault Systèmes Customer Support team. Whether you are a DS product user or not, chances are you hardly know who we are. And of course we don’t know all of you. Yet we play an important role in each other’s everyday working life. Because our job is to help DS users when they have technical issues with our products.

That may be the first reason why we decided to step into social media. We, as a support entity, want to know who the users of our products are. We want to know what they say, what they think. Because they are the ones who know best our products.

And it’s even more than that. We want to connect with our users and have discussions with them. And, today, what better place is there to do so than on social media platforms?

Creation of the 3DSsupport account on Twitter

3DS Support Twitter Account

In April 2010, we launched our first “social” initiative: a Twitter account named 3DSsupport. The idea is to listen and learn as well as communicate on a larger  scale. But of course we have higher expectations for the future. Our favorite model in terms of support on Twitter is Microsofthelps. If you don’t know this one, you should really check it out. The account is handled like a real support channel. A team of five people is there to answer all technical questions. They even have opening hours… can you imagine that?

I don’t know if we will ever be able to reach such level of achievement but once again we have high expectations and we will do our best to fulfill them.

A little of that human touch

One of the most interesting things about the Microsofthelps account is the way they bring their support team to light. Support is about people. Real people, like you and me. We tend to forget that when we call for technical issues.

That’s why we put a picture of our Web support team on the 3DS Support account. From left to right, you can see Lionel, François, myself, Sonia and Etienne.

From left to right, you can see Lionel, François, myself, Sonia and Etienne.

As I was saying previously, this Twitter account is only a first step and you will soon hear more from us on other social media.

At this point, it’s really important for us to have feedbacks regarding our social approach. So, what do you think? Do you have suggestions / ideas about the way Support should be present on social media?

Best,

Matthias


Matthias Vivet is a member of the Dassault Systèmes Customer Support team.

 

Inside the Dassault Systèmes Acquisition

By Morgan
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Curious to know the reactions of the Exalead and Dassault teams now that they’d had some time to digest the news of the acquisition?  I’ve been meeting with members of both teams to gather their perspectives in the “Inside the Dassault Systèmes Acquisition” series on the Exalead blog. Below are excerpts. I invite you to visit http://blog.exalead.com to learn more!

Sébastien Richard – Exalead Public Web Engine sebastien-richard

“The most exciting aspect of this acquisition for me is not the technology match, but the philosophical match. While it’s true we share a strong R&D culture, it’s ultimately not the technology per se that interests either of us, but rather what you can do with it. If we do our jobs right, the technology disappears.”

Christophe Chotteau – Exalead Pre-Sales Engineering

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“As Dassault works with core enterprise processes and systems, I think we’ll be brought into the picture much earlier, when the client is in the process of rethinking fundamentals and can reflect on our offering in an infrastructure context.  And I think in those situations we’ll bring some real energy to the table. We can complement Dassault’s deep structural solutions with fast, visible up-front results.”

Lynne Wilson – Dassault Systèmes 3DVIALynne-Wilson-small

“What if we routinely ran 3D models ready to be uploaded to 3DVIA.com though an Exalead search filter BEFORE publishing to 3DVIA.com — Exalead could suggest attributes for the user to accept or reject before publishing to 3DVIA.com.  That’s an entirely different user experience than one which requires people to tag content for it to be searchable.  A small step for Exalead, a huge step for 3DVIA user experience.  And this is just the beginning!”

Jean Marc-Lazard – Exalead Innovation Labs (Exalabs)

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“I think the Web innovations we’ve developed through Exalabs and Quaero are ideal for enhancing ENOVIA. These technologies can extend the universe of content available to ENOVIA, make it easier to track and support products through the consumer phases of their lifecyles (with, for example, e-reputation monitoring), as well as making it easier for everyone – especially consumers! – to get involved in the product lifecycle from inception.”

Laura Wilber – Exalead MarketingLaura-Wilber-photo

“I think the union of Exalead and Dassault shows people are finally realizing search is no longer simply a text box on a web page, but rather a core infrastructure for building consumer and business applications…What will happen when we put the visual language of 3D and the natural language of search together? When a core enterprise system like PLM is connected up with all other enterprise resources – even the Web? I don’t have the answers yet, but the ideas are already flying, and I’m looking forward to letting the world know what we’re up to…”

Bruno Delahaye – Dassault ENOVIA

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“ Search-Based Applications will modernize information access and give plenty of perspectives for all our brands, with a specific emphasis for ENOVIA. [For example,] instead of deploying sourcing services centered on data already identified in their engineering bases, our customers could extend the search to CRM, ERP and even more interesting, selected suppliers’ web catalogs. Sourcing parts or completing a BOM with metadata can now truly leverage the power of the Web and the depth of the information outside the company firewall. A true game changer and certainly a unique competitive advantage.”

Best,
Morgan

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As VP of Business Development, Morgan Zimmerman leads Exalead’s new strategic market development initiatives.


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