This idea of an online community surrounding a game?the "metagame"?is one we can expect to see exploited ever more enthusiastically in the near future. Expect sites like Bungie.net and MyResistance.net, which allow players to access in-game details from outside the game, to become the norm. Why is this? The answer is simple: community. "The community aspect is extremely important for the success of a game," says Arkane's Colantonio. "People play in tribes; they bring their friends with them, they meet some more, and then they all leave together for a new game."
What does it mean?