Game On For Google Plus — And Facebook

Games including CityVille, Zoo World, Monster World, and Mystery Manor will be among the first to undergo the transition that will be most obvious to users a much bigger, full-screen gaming window.

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The bookmarks section was also revamped so that the apps a user accesses most appear atop newly organized sections, and a favorites category was added.

The gaming canvas page now features bookmarks on the top right part of the page, making it easier for users to toggle between games and access the apps they use most.

When you’re playing games, you’ll now see a separate stream of your friends’ game activity, scores, and achievements in a ticker. The best way to find new games is through friends, and now you’ll have more opportunities to see what they’re playing.

Maybe your best friend has started playing Sims; your roommate has a new high score on PacMan; or your mom and sister have taken up Words with Friends. Simply click on a story and you can start playing the game yourself.

You can now control who can see these stories for each individual app in your Settings. If you want friends to see that you’re playing one game but not another, you can change that. You’re also able to limit visibility directly from the ticker by clicking X on a story to remove it.

We’re also introducing a bigger screen for game play so you can have a more immersive experience. You’ll begin seeing games that can expand to full-screen such as CityVille, Zoo World, Monster World, and Mystery Manor in the coming days.

If you use a lot of apps or games, you can now keep the best ones at the top of your bookmarks on your homepage. To add a new favorite, click the menu next to the bookmark. You can also rearrange, remove, and edit settings from the same menu.

Meanwhile, rival social network Google Plus introduced a slate of games, including Angry Birds, Bejeweled Blitz, Bubble Island, City of Wonder, Collapse! Blast, Crime City, Diamond Dash, Dragon Age Legends, Dragons of Atlantis, Edge World, Flood-It, Monster World, Sudoku, Wild Ones, Zombie Lane, and Zynga Poker.

Today we’re adding games to Google Plus. With the Google Plus Project, we want to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to the Web. 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.

That means giving you control over when you see games, how you play them, and with whom you share your experiences. Games in Google Plus are there when you want them and gone when you don’t.

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.

What’s the difference between 30 percent and 5 percent? The obvious answer is 25 percent, but Google hopes the answer is more developers working on games for Google Plus.



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