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


/shrug.

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
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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?


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