Over the last few years, we've seen the video game industry rapidly embrace the Internet and everything it can provide for gaming. Almost every game released these days incorporates some kind of player connectivity, ranging from online multiplayer to the ability to update Twitter in-game. As a by-product of this, active communities of players are being formed around their favorite online games.
Sometimes these communities are friendly: just players coming together to enjoy a video game. Other times... well, they aren't so friendly. In this article, we'll take a look at how a game's design can foster a certain type of community, and ways that developers try to affect the way the community evolves.