Gaming on Facebook is one of the most popular features on the social network, but for those not interested it can be very annoying seeing friends' achievements clog up your newsfeed. Google is now trying its hand at gaming, but aims to avoid the pitfalls of Facebook gaming.
Google has announced that it is bringing games to Google but is hoping to avoid annoying users who don’t want to play or see games, by giving users full control over how you play them, what you share and most importantly when you see them.
"That means giving you control over when you see games, how you play them and with whom you share your experiences. Games in Google are there when you want them and gone when you don’t,” blog post
Google rolled out the Games feature yesterday evening but as soon as people began seeing the button at the top of their streams, it disappeared again. Google said: “Games will be gradually rolling out so you might not see it right away.”
Google will be offering games from the likes of Zynga, Rovio and Wooga including Angry Birds, Bejewelled Blitz and Sudoku. Once you click on the games button you will 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.
While Google may have had a side swipe at Facebook over the presence of games updates in you newsfeed, the king of social networks has hit back quickly at Google by unveiling a slew of new features for Facebook games.
The first feature, the Game Ticker, transforms the right-hand Facebook Chat column into a newsfeed of friends’ game activity – a bid to make games even more social. Facebook has also added an expanded screen mode and an ability to bookmark your favourite apps or games for easy accessibility.
As Google begins to expand, it was inevitable that they would add games to the mix but as it offers little in the way of differentiation from Facebook, we wonder if this should be the path Google needs to be going down.