Raptr.com makes Your gaming habits more social

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I don’t know why I never mentioned Raptr before but there’s even more to talk about now that I finally have. I think it was billed as a Facebook for gamers but regardless of how you describe it, the site lets you track your gaming trends and now gives you even more games to add to your library and more metrics on what kind of gamer you are.

It’s something I’ve been thinking about recently and I’m excited to see Raptr add compatibility rankings between users and a genre chart that visually shows what kinds of games you lean towards. Me? I haven’t gotten all my games in their system yet but so far I’m a huge Action guy with strong inclinations towards Strategy and Racing with a minor in Casual and Adventure/RPG. So how do you tell Raptr what you’ve played? Using their browse and search pages you can skim through massive lists of games on most every console going back to the 2600 and simply click ‘Add Game’ as well as give it a five-star rating and even type up a review. You’ve likely done this at one site or another over the years but Raptr takes some of the tedium out of re-ranking your game collection.

If you link up your Xbox Live account the site will automatically add every game you’ve ever played on Xbox 360 as well as keep a running total of hours played for each game. The time tally is a Raptr exclusive so it’ll only start adding up the minutes once you link up your account, but thanks to Xbox Live’s tracking services Raptr will also keep your profile alive with gameplay updates, Achievement unlocks, and a Now Playing status. You can also plug in your Wii Friend Code and PlayStation Network name as well as your Xfire, Steam, Guitar Hero, and Spore details. And for those MMO-ers out there you can link up multiple characters from both Warhammer and World of Warcraft.

Raptr goes both ways too, letting you cross post your gaming status and achievements across Facebook, Twitter, Friendfeed, Plurk, and even more services using Ping.fm. You can check out the Raptr community and update your profile from the site or download an Adobe AIR desktop client that lets you instant message your Raptr friends and keeps your PC games up-to-date (and in your live profile) by searching out patches. It’s a pretty comprehensive platform and with the new features and tweaks I’m excited about it all over again. Check out our profiles (Shawn, Katy, Auritech) and friend us already!

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  • linfordbutler

    ShawnS,

    This site looks very cool, and incorporation of other social networking clients such as Facebook and Twitter is definitely a good idea. I may well be checking this one out in the near future.

    Yours,

    Linford Butler
    PlayStation 3 Editor
    Gamer’s Guide to Life
    http://ggtl.blogspot.com/

  • Very impressive site. I like that it tracks your time spent with each game. I’d love to see just how much of my life I’m wasti… spending, on each game. Too bad it can’t see how much time has already been spent prior to signing up.

    My page is http://raptr.com/maxx77

  • Hi Shawn,

    Thanks so much for the detailed write-up! Glad you’re liking the site so far. What you’re seeing is only the beginning so please feel free to make suggestions or give feedback on our forums at http://raptr.com/discuss so we can improve it for you. Let me know if you have any questions!

    Kevin

  • I like raptr, but I wish there was a way to record play time for the Wii. I know this is a limitation set by Nintendo (because they hate networked play and making things easy for people)…

    I signed up a while ago, and sorta forgot I had an account there. I am going to need to start adding reviews for games.

    • ShawnS

      Agreed! PS3 is so close to doing it but I think they don’t want to look like an exact Xbox Live ripoff. Nintendo definitely needs to get on the social bandwagon. If they had facebook on the Wii (or vice versa) it’d be even huger.

      • If they had facebook on the Wii, I would use it even less.

        Facebook = fail.

        While I can understand the need to exchange nuclear launch codes just to friend someone, it is a little out of touch. Maybe all the hoops to jump through are accepted in Japan, but this is America, and we want our steaks big, our social networking easy, and our egos unchecked.

        • ShawnS

          HAHAH I don’t care for Facebook much either but it’s massive amongst the large demographic of Wii players. If they could just get a less parental overlord friend system I’d be happy.