Flash/HTML-based games and the online community experience that surrounds them can really define a social network. Take Twitter and Facebook for example. Without games, Facebook and Twitter are even more similar than they already are. With the addition of games, however, Facebook becomes a one-stop shop for entertainment. Clearly, Google is trying to take the + project closer to Facebook’s territory than Twitter’s. With today’s announcement on the Google Blog, they’re officially one step closer.
Rolling out now, users will soon be able to log into their Google+ account and play all sorts of games right from inside the service. And it sounds like they’ll be doing it right, too:
When you’re ready to play, the Games page is waiting—click the games button at the top of your stream. You can see the latest game updates from your circles, browse the invites you’ve received and check out games that people you know have played recently. The Games page is also 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 in playing games too.
If you’re not interested in games, it’s easy to ignore them. Your stream will remain focused on conversations with the people you care about.Vic GundotraGoogle
Right off the bat, Google+ Games will host a top-shelf list of all-star games. Not only will you find the gaming experience staple Angry Birds, but there’s Zynga Poker, Sudoku, Bejeweled Blitz, Dragon Age Legends and more. Google is also looking to rapidly expand their games selection by calling out to developers to jump on the bandwagon.
If you don’t see Google+ Games on your home screen yet, don’t worry. Vic says the rollout will be gradual, so it may take some time.
What do you guys think about Google+ Games? Will you be playing them? I admit I was nervous at first (I don’t want my timeline taken over by game updates), but it sounds like Google is taking the sharing aspect of it in the right direction.