One of my biggest grievances with the state of gaming is the way my gaming habits have to be split. I have my Xbox Live friends, my Steam account, my PSN ID, an Origin account, my Battle.net account and I think I even have a Wii friend code somewhere. Right now I’m considering restarting WoW, but I am waiting for a friend who might be coming on Xbox Live soon. Do I leave the Xbox on, flicking to it to check if he’s about? Do I use my Windows Phone to check his status, do I ask him to text me? None of these are elegant solutions. But then along comes Raptr.
Raptr is basically a sort of meta game account. There’s a webpage Raptr.com where you can make an account (using your Facebook details if you so wish) and then add your various game accounts. It asks you if you want to add friends from your various accounts, and then you can also set up a forum profile and so on. What it then it does is clever, if not anything particularly new. Raptr trawls through your various accounts and pulls out what game data it can. From this I can see that I have played more games on Xbox than anything else. I can see that I play shooters more than anything else. I can see I am ranked pretty highly thanks to the number of achievements I have… achieved. There’s a fair bit of information and I’m sure I’m just scratching the surface.
But none of this so far is anything new. Various apps and websites have allowed you to track your gamerscore or trophies. What this does a little different is that it puts it all in one place. If you have ‘Raptr’ friends, you can compare your various metrics against theirs. No longer do I have to feel bad that one of my friends has a gamerscore many times mine, I have more Steam achievements. (Admittedly he doesn’t play PC games but I’m still taking it as a victory). All of these features don’t seem perfect so far. Different systems give out different types of information. Raptr is great at tracking my time played retroactively on Steam, because Steam tells Raptr how much I have played. On the other hand, Raptr tells me I have spent zero seconds on Battlefield: Bad Company 2. This is most certainly not the case.
There is also a Raptr application. This is what solves my original problem. With this application I can consolidate my online friends lists. If I decide to play World of Warcraft now, and my friend comes onto the Xbox, a notification can appear on my PC. To me, this is revolutionary. Rather than having to run Steam, Windows Live, and Origin, I can just run one program and see it all. If this worked on the Xbox or PS3 too I would be smitten.
This all seems a little new so far, the forums haven’t sprung to life, and very few of my friends are actually on the service, but hopefully it will grow. As with anything social, it all depends on how well it is adopted. But at the moment I can whole-heartidly recommend the service, especially if you have multiple game accounts.
Join Raptr at http://www.Raptr.com