Surprisingly Sony Online Entertainment's most talked-about upcoming project at SyndCon 2010 was their plans to improve on official forums. "O-forums" have been an invaluable tool for developing companies and game communities for some time. As the MMOG genre forges ahead with new features and exciting concepts, SOE plans the same advancement with their forums.
"Forums havent changed in a long time, but the way people communicate has. Back seven to ten years ago, it was heavily text-based. Now people communicate with multimedia and video, so thats what were moving towards We dont want to do just text,' text is too boring."
To facilitate this kind of interaction without lengthy production chains or uploads, SOE will offer cloud storage of screenshots, in-game video, and audio (for video voiceovers and for the headslapingly new concept of audio posts) in real-time, as well as a built-in video editor.
Read all about SOE's new forums plan right here at Ten Ton Hammer.