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  (Source: The Official Google Blog)
Starting yesterday, Google plans to gradually present new games in Google+, and says they will be fully available "soon"

Since Facebook's launch in 2004, it has grown into a social networking beast despite the addition of other social sites along the way like Twitter. There didn't appear to be a suitable rival in sight, but when Google launched its own social network back in June called Google+, many wondered if it would be the next Facebook. 

Despite Google+'s rapid growth, having achieved 10 million users a little over two weeks since is launch and 20 million visitors about a week later, its lack of apps and games has really set it apart from Facebook, and according to some, has even hindered the potential growth of the site. For instance, Ken Rutkowski, founder and president of Metal International, has predicted that games could make Facebook the biggest bank by 2015.

But all of that is about to change, since Google announced yesterday that it is adding games to Google+. Users will soon see a "Games" button at the top of their stream, which allows them to browse recently added games, game updates from their circles and game invites. 

Some of the initial games that will be available at launch will be "Bejeweled Blitz," "Bubble Island," "Angry Birds," "City of Wonder," "Dragon Age Legends," "Collapse! Blast," "Crime City," "Diamond Dash," "Monster World," "Dragons of Atlantis," "Edge World," "Flood-It!," "Zombie Lane," "Zynga Poker," "Wild Ones," and "Sudoku."

Google+ is also welcoming game developer submissions in order to expand the available game options on the site. 

"With the Google+ project, we want to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to the web," said Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President of Engineering for Google. "But sharing is about more than just conversations. The experiences we have together are just as important to our relationships. We want to make playing games online just as fun, and just as meaningful, as playing in real life."

For those of you who saw games and apps as a nuisance on Facebook and dread the thought of seeing it on Google+ too, Google assures that the games option will not overrun your social experience. As the Official Google Blog put it, "games in Google+ are there when you want them and gone when you don't." They can be easily ignored, allowing your stream to continue focusing on conversations with your circles. But if you ever feel that you want to join in, the game button awaits you at the top of your stream.

Starting yesterday, Google plans to gradually present new games in Google+, and says they will be fully available "soon."

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By bug77 on 8/13/2011 6:00:27 AM , Rating: 2
Every game I tried (including Sudoku) says it needs access to basic info about my account and to my list of contacts. Seriously?

RE: Strange
By makius on 8/13/2011 6:57:42 AM , Rating: 2
Yep that's why I've still never played a game on Facebook and never will.

So I tried to give the Dragon Age: Legends game a shot on G+ despite the stupid permissions request. However, before I could even start playing the game I had to accept ANOTHER terms of use agreement from EA and here's what it said:

"By continuing, you agree that EA can send you emails about EA products, news and events and that EA shall use information that you gave EA access to view via the Permissions Screen for purposes consistent with EA's Privacy Policy. If you do not agree you can remove the game through your Account Settings and all of your data will be deleted."

I mean really? WTF? So they wont even allow me to play the god dam game if I don't agree to let them send me spam mail and use my personal info... EA can go F themselves if they think I'm going to agree to that BS.

While I still like G+ more than facebook, it looks like I won't be playing any games on G+ either. Thank God for Steam...

RE: Strange
By Reclaimer77 on 8/13/2011 9:27:38 AM , Rating: 2
Yep that's why I've still never played a game on Facebook and never will.


I played a game or two on Facebook, and guess what? Nothing happened. My identity was not stolen, my account wasn't compromised, my life wasn't ruined. Someone, somewhere, probably made a few pennies because I clicked on their game. Oh well, that's how the world works. Nothing is truly free.

RE: Strange
By makius on 8/14/2011 7:38:50 PM , Rating: 2
My issue isn't a question of getting hacked or personal identity stolen. It's about privacy and freedom. It's about not arbitrarily handing over more power and control over to already powerful people/entities. And it sets a precedent I don't like.

It may not seem like a big deal, and in the small scale I guess it really isn't. But if you give them an inch they'll take a mile. We've already consigned ourselves over to being damn near sexually assaulted just to board a plane. Where does it end? It may just be a sweet innocent facebook game, but where do we draw the line?

RE: Strange
By tng on 8/15/2011 8:09:41 AM , Rating: 3
We've already consigned ourselves over to being damn near sexually assaulted just to board a plane.
Well yeah, but you liked it, didn't you?

RE: Strange
By Reclaimer77 on 8/13/2011 9:10:07 AM , Rating: 2
LMAO. I love how Google+ was championed by Facebook haters. So now not only does it look like a blatant Facebook ripoff, but they are adding games too that ask for your information.

Gee Flash games on a social network, wonder where I first saw that? I wonder what Google's "Farmville" ripoff will be called...

RE: Strange
By bug77 on 8/13/2011 9:28:56 AM , Rating: 2
Well, people are used to playing online flash games, so offering the feature seems to be a no brainer. You're also not forced to play.
I just found it strange there's no way to play Sudoku without notifying an entire marketing department about it. I hope there will be games that won't have these requirements, but I won't waste my time hunting for them.

RE: Strange
By DNAgent on 8/13/2011 11:33:47 PM , Rating: 2
Farmville+ ?

Had it for like 10 min
By cjohnson2136 on 8/12/2011 4:51:30 PM , Rating: 2
I actually had access to it for like 10 min yesterday, don't know why but the few mins I had it looked like the Games is completely separate from your normal Stream. The pictures show it is a tab next to the Circles tab. But it seems that it is a second stream for only game stuff. So if you never want to see it then never click on the Games tab.

And so it begins...
By Newspapercrane on 8/12/2011 7:42:33 PM , Rating: 2
Well Google+ it was good while it lasted. You had a good run.

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