Gaming is largely a social activity, as games with a strong multiplayer component are almost always dominating the charts. Though there’s another social aspect to gaming that hasn’t picked up until recently for home and portable gaming consoles: sharing and discussing gameplay videos online. Two examples of this growing trend are Sony including a dedicated Share button on the DualShock 4 controller for sharing gameplay (live, if you want) directly from the PlayStation 4, and Applifer launching Everyplay for iOS to allow gamers to record gameplay videos, share them on a variety of social networks, and discuss tips and tricks. Today, we will be discussing the latter.
Here’s how Everyplay works: game developers make use of the Everyplay Software Development Kit (SDK) to include the ability for users to record gameplay videos directly from their game without requiring a third-party screen recording software. Big games like Bad Piggies, BADLAND, Nimble Quest have already added Everyplay integration, with integration in more games being on the way.
I tested Everyplay’s gameplay video sharing functionality with my current favorite iOS game BADLAND. My brother and I played a multiplayer session, failed miserably at it, and then recorded and shared the gameplay with just a few taps. We were particularly amazed by the option of adjusting gameplay speed for highlighting those special moments that only shine in slow motion. You can see our shared gameplay video embedded below:
Videos can be “liked”, shared on Facebook, Twitter, and tips may be discussed in the comments section. But that’s not nearly as much fun as using the actual Everyplay app. Available on all iOS devices, you can use it to go through the latest as well as most popular gameplay videos on the service. Right now, the Popular feed is dominated by videos of people doing amazing things with the tools available in Bad Piggies. Fortunately, you have the option of searching for specific videos, and filtering them so that only videos from your favorite video game(s) appear in the results.
Everyplay is great if you are a level-above-casual gamer and are interested in showing off your gameplay, as well as seeing how others play your favorite video games. My personal greatest use for it will be for discovering new games, and for being entertained by imaginative solutions to some of those really sticky levels in Bad Piggies and BADLAND.
Everyplay is available for free for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, and it can be downloaded from the link provided below. You can check out which games support Everyplay by going to their official website.