Google+ adds games

Angry Birds, Dragon Age Legends, Bejeweled Blitz lead initial wave of diversions for search giant's social network spin-off.

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It's been no secret that search engine giant Google has been interested in expanding into the world of games. Today that expansion goes live, as Google has started rolling out a games section for its Google+ social network.

This calls for avian anger management.

While not all users have access to the new "Games" tab at the top of the Google+ home page, the service has added a selection of more than a dozen games to help launch its initiative. The lineup is led by a handful of games that have already met with success on other platforms, including Angry Birds, Bejeweld Blitz, and Dragon Age Legends. Google has said it hopes to have the titles available to all Google+ users "soon."

As would be expected, the games will integrate with the existing social functionality of Google+. Players will be able to see updates on their friends' activity, invite each other to games, and tout their own accomplishments in the titles. However, those game updates will only be viewable when players go to their own gaming tab, so as not to clutter up their primary Google+ page.

While Google+ still trails Facebook significantly, it is at least off to a quick start. In just over a month of operation, the invite-only social networking service accumulated 25 million registered users. Facebook reports that it has more than 750 million active users.

Discussion

34 comments
flashn00b
flashn00b

When i first head of the idea of google getting games, i thought they would try to compete with Steam because they're obviously rich enough to do that!

wexorian
wexorian

we will see google spot site soon :)))

andry_clek
andry_clek

Invites to Google+ follow link bellow

LosTex
LosTex

Can some one please send me an invite to google+ ? ionut_lost@yahoo.com Thank You!

MrGoldfish1
MrGoldfish1

@poopinpat Facebook will never die because the CIA funds Facebook. Now before you jump to the conclusion that I am some kind of conspiracy theorist, just Google "CIA funds Facebook". It's ironic that I looped from Google to Facebook to CIA and back to Google. :P

DCSchark
DCSchark

Boring news, yet good to know.

poopinpat
poopinpat

I will ride facebook until its dead..then I might start just calling ppl on the phone instead :)

Decessus
Decessus

@Phil-teh-Pirate I think it's still a little early to think that Facebook is going to go the way of Myspace. Facebook has over 750 million active users (some are surely duplicate accounts) and they have a pretty good foothold into the rest of the internet.My guess , and this is pure speculation, is that Facebook and Google+ will eventually learn to play nice with one another. You'll be able to transfer friends lists, photos, and other basic social networking stuff between the two.

Fritzzland
Fritzzland

Google already owns the world. People just don't know yet...

Izak80
Izak80

Soon Google will own the world.

franzito
franzito

Social gaming = Capitalism subproduct

franzito
franzito

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paulosouza
paulosouza

Google+ is already pretty good, this is just icing on the cake, and probably will work pretty well.

itchyflop
itchyflop

@ChaosUndivided i totally agree !!

ChaosUndivided
ChaosUndivided

Boring show me real games. Next their will be mini games here on gamespot.

shnull
shnull

ok ... guess i'm gonna have to get on the pluswagon just to be able to talk and know what's happening then ... i yield ... a little ... for now, so ... what's the next big thing after google+ then, anyone wanna make a prediction ?

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

Of course Google + is going to be the next big thing. People who thought Bebo would last forever got a Myspace account, people who dug themselves into Myspace got a Facebook account a couple of years after that. The glory of social media is that it is an ever growing, ever changing medium. Facebook isn't forever, its just another stepping stone before the fickle minded masses jump to the next "big thing". Thats why you should never become too invested in any one site.

ShockG707
ShockG707

Friendster, Myspace, Facebook, and now Google+ its only fair FB dies a slow death as history has shown.

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

I've been using google+ for a while now, while I think it's way better than facebook with better android/ios apps, there isn't enough people on it. The inclusion of ACTUAL games like Angry Birds instead of just "*click* YOU JUST ROBBED A BANK!" "*click* YOU JUST FARMED! SO INTENSE." is a good start. Even if I won't play them.

hush404
hush404

I like google. I hope google and pull off what so many others fail at. Making a serious contender for competition to fbook. Right now... I prefer fbook... but that could always change.

UX007
UX007

I think its good google are making a real effort to at least give us a competitor to Facebook.

moviequest14
moviequest14

Google seems to have at least made a quality browser...but I have to say...why do we even need another social site? It is almost impossible for google+ to do anything more/better than facebook,there isn't as big a chance people you know are on g+ and you more than likely already are friends with everyone you want to be friends with on either facebook,twitter,or any other social sites already...why sign-up for a new social site (unless you are a google fanboy) when you can already play those games online anyways and use facebook? Kind of like seeing a new movie theater beside 3 perfectly good ones...we already have 3 great and it is almost impossible for there to be any (major) improvements,so why change over?

Killer2401
Killer2401

Oh boy, time to pull people away with addictive casual games.

Blank2k2
Blank2k2

I like Google+ nothing against it & I've got a fair few friends on there now, but it's still facebook I'm checking 30 times a day, Google+ i still need to consciously check every couple of days. I really can't see it moving facebook, but it could be a viable alternative for people who like to keep work & friends separate.. which is a great feature, but its also there main selling point & well... i don't see why Facebook wouldn't implement the same kind of system just to nip Google+ in the bud.

Amnesiac23
Amnesiac23 moderator

@decoy1978: I agree completely. I think this is going to do very little to make people cross over from FB.

decoy1978
decoy1978

I think this could be good news, if Google+ can separate itself from Facebook. They gotta offer us something different if people are going to move over. Being able to play games... not so new.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

My mother-in-law plays games on Facebook. If that's any indication, then I don't give a damn

zequex
zequex

Happy or sad? It was kind of nice living in a game invite free world for a change. :/