Online communities are all the rage these days. They allow people to share or boast about their accomplishments, personal lives, or topics they feel others will be into. This movement has successfully spilled into the world of videogames, and Disney wants a piece of the action.
Disney previously announced that their DGamer service is now available on the Nintendo DS. Though only available through The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian DS title, this online community allows players to create their own avatars, show off high scores, and even earn honors that translate into in-game achievements. The entire process will work either through the DS Wi-Fi Connection, or through DGamers website. Disney will make this service available for all their upcoming DS titles, as well as branching out internationally sometime next year.
Graham Hopper, executive vice president and general manager for Disney Interactive Studios, gave some insight as to why they chose a game based on The Chronicles of Narnia to launch this online gaming community, “The Chronicles of Narnia franchise has such a massive following that it made this the perfect game to launch DGamer on because it keeps fans connected like never before,” said Hopper. “Through the DGamer functionality, fans can chat, share honors, and engage in a truly unique and different experience that immerses them in the world of Narnia in only a way that Disney can deliver.”
Movie tie-ins to games tend to sell very well especially if the movie is getting buzz like The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is getting. Personally, I would like to see a DS title based in the Kingdom Hearts universe take advantage of this service. I can only dream.