It was bound to happen. Those of you who thought escaping to Google+’s professional, and sleek new social networking website to get away from all the shenanigans of Facebook games and spam posts are about to cause a fuss. Yes, Google+ is now dipping its toes into the gaming world, but are we to worry?
Google+ has seen impressive figures so far, and only after a few weeks of open invitations, Google has ramped up an astonishing 20 million users.
It was probably inevitable, but users of the Google+ service have all been secretly hoping that games would not be a part of the service. Some have already shown their discontent at Google’s grip being loosened by the revenue that they can generate by using games as a service.
Someone we know well from PhonesReview who is a social networking enthusiast had this to say on the matter: “Pathetic in a nutshell, Google+ is a great service with clean looks and professional people, and now they decide that life is a game. Facebook is for games like mafia wars and farmville etc. Google do us all a favour and keep the gaming in a different area and away from the main streams, in fact take that games and burn them.”
But all opinions aside, Google should listen to the masses and give games the “Sparks” mentality. Google’s way of sharing, and only showing posts that we want to see and share should be adopted into the games service. It should be a separate entity, and only if we want to see and hear about the games, then we should be able to choose too, right?
Google has already taken a cheap shot towards Facebook and Apple, and have openly admitted that they intend to take less than 30 percent commission from developers which Facebook and Apple set as standard.
Another shock tactic that Google has implemented is that all of the games that become available on Google+ will be a “native client.” Basically, this means that Google will host the games on their own servers, which in turn gives developers more time to concentrate on actually making sure the games function correctly, instead of worrying about server management.
Also, to add fuel to the Facebook fire, Google has contacted Zynga, Facebook’s main games developer, and have pummelled 100-200 million into the service over the last year or so, which means an epic battle of supremacy could now ensue. Facebook, watch your backs. Google is coming for you.
How do you feel about Google+ bringing games to its social networking service? Do you think they should treat it as a separate entity all together or integrate it within the current workings of things? You can find out more information regarding Google+ games at Geeky-Gadgets.