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That a game is a Multiplayer Game is a necessary but not sufficient requirement for Social Skills to be present in a game design. The presence of Alliances, Guilds, Parties, Social Organizations, or Teams in Multiplayer Games makes Social Skills very likely to appear although not always for influencing gameplay.
Many gameplay activities in games rely on Social Skills. Cooperation or Coordination are generic activities that do so, even if players may not be performing purely social actions to display Social Skills but can do so only by playing competently. Some, e.g. Bluffing, Guilting, require Social Skills while players may have advantages in others, e.g. Betting, Bidding, Trading and being Coaches, if they have good Social Skills, and displays of them are therefore likely to occur in these activities as well. Both Enactment and Roleplaying can be done in Single-Player Games, but performing them in Multiplayer Games typically requires Social Skills. Games with Social Roles often rely on Social Skills but negotiating which players should have which role can require Social Skills as well.
Any use of Social Skills in unmediated situations can both require more requiring and be more efficient, so Unmediated Social Interaction modifies how Social Skills function in a game.
Diegetic Social Maintenance and Diegetic Social Norms are two patterns that require the use of Social Skills in the diegesis rather than between players. Thus, these can be used to instantiate Social Skills.
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