While there has been much praise for Google+ since it was first launched towards the end of June, the lack of certain features which can be found on Facebook has stopped many people jumping across. But now Google+ has games, so will you leave Facebook now because of this?
There has been talk that games would find their way onto Google+ for a while, and now they have arrived. According to Redmond Pie, unlike Facebook the games on Google+ will work in an unobtrusive way. This can be a big problem with Facebook where if you know someone who plays a lot of games, your news feed can be filled up with content from the games.
With Google+ there will be a new Games button at the top of the screen located next to the Circles icon and search bar. When a user clicks on the button it will take you to a dashboard that will contain all the games currently available. The new feature is being rolled out in the coming weeks so not everyone will see it currently.
The games page will also show game updates from your Circles as well as your game accomplishments. People in your Circles will only see game updates if they are interested in the games as well. The great part of this new feature is that the only place you will see any reference to games is on the games page.
Google has partnered with Zynga who are responsible for a number of popular Facebook games, and Google has used its blog to encourage other developers to jump on board and work on titles for the site. Some of the games available from the off include the illustrious Angry Birds, Zynga Poker, Diamond Dash, Bejeweled Blitz, Bubble Island, Crime City, and more.
For now Google is keeping the amount of developers it is working with low, as it feels this will keep the quality of the games at a higher level. It will also be hoping that introducing games in this way will not alienate users who left Facebook because of the way games work on the site.
Will the introduction of games convince you to ditch Facebook for Google+? If anyone would like an invite I still have some left so drop me an email.