Google launches games on its Google+ service

Posted on Aug 14 2011 - 2:21pm by Thomas Sharp

Google’s social networking service, Google+, has taken a big step forward by announcing that it is adding a gaming feature similar to a traditional apps store.

Google+, which is about two months old, said that it is beginning to feature games on its service. The new feature, which can be accessed via a button at the top of the user’s stream, will include popular games like Angry Birds, Zombie Lane and Edgeworld. Users will also have the ability to hide the games on their screen, which is an advantage of the service over its rival, Facebook.

Google’s Senior Vice President of Engineering, Vic Gundotra, announced the news in the site’s official blog. “The experiences we have together are just as important to our relationships,” the VP wrote. “We want to make playing games online just as fun, and just as meaningful, as playing in real life. That means giving you control over when you see games, how you play them and with whom you share your experiences.”

Games will be an important feature for the service, according to Technology Business Research analyst Ezra Gottheil. He said that games will fit the Circles model because when people play games with their friends, it becomes more about “being with other people than about the game itself.”

Facebook was quick to respond to the new feature of their rival, rolling out the site’s new gaming features. The new features include a bigger gaming screen and a ticker that shows the gaming activities of other people. It also shows their achievements and scores.


via: The Inquirer

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