Google hasn’t wasted a second opening its new social network up to a torrent of well-known game developers and their games. Angry Birds, Bejeweled and Zynga Poker are just a few Google+ gaming apps that are on board for the launch of Google+ Games.
While Google has raced to offer gaming fanatics a way to experience online games in a way that Google claims is “just as fun, and just as meaningful, as playing in real life,” the company has been cautious not to alienate its non-gaming social networkers too. Games on Google+ have been relegated to their own separate page.
“That means giving you control over when you see games, how you play them and with whom you share your experiences,” explained Vic Gundotra, Google Senior Vice President, Engineering in an August 11 blog post introducing Google+ Games. “When you’re ready to play, the Games page is waiting,” said Gundotra. “The Games page is where your game accomplishments will appear. So you can comfortably share your latest high score — your circles will only see the updates when they’re interested.” Facebook has been quick to respond to Google’s news and has added “some of the biggest updates to the apps experience on Facebook since we first launched Platform four years ago,” said Facebook’s Bruce Rogers. Facebook’s redesign includes the addition of app bookmarks, a real-time social application activity feed and more engaging “automatic game stories.” The changes give applications “greater real-estate on the user’s browser, and will include a live ticker of real-time game related updates to keep the users updated with their friends’ activity on apps”.