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Games go live on Google+

Electronic Arts, Rovio, Zynga, PopCap in for first wave of titles where Google promises "quality before quantity"

Google has launched a number of games on its Google+ social network, including EA's Dragon Age Legends, Angry Birds from Rovio and PopCap's Bejewelled.

The launch of games on the network comes only six weeks after it initially went live, and Google has said it intends to keep an element of control to the quality of releases.

"Because we want to provide both a great user experience and a great developer experience, we’re focusing on quality before quantity," said engineering director David Glazier.

"We will continue to add new partners and new features in small steps, starting with today’s release of the games APIs to a small number of developers. We’re keeping a close eye on feedback, and are eager to open up more access as soon as it’s ready."

Users can choose whether or not to see the games stream in their circles and share accomplishments such as high scores.

"We're very excited to be among the first games launching on Google's new social project," commented BioWare's Ray Muzyka. "It's an honour to join Google in celebrating the birth of their gaming platform on Google+ by expanding Dragon Age Legends to an even wider audience."

Other titles currently on offer include Zynga Poker, Crime City, Zombie Lane and Edge World.

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Latest comments (15)

Terence Gage Freelance writer 6 years ago
Is Google+ still in its beta where you can only access it if invited? I wouldn't mind checking it out (use Chrome at work & home, have an Android phone), but last I heard it was invite-only.
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I cant really see these games in Google +
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Max Kozachenko6 years ago
No games for me
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Antony Johnston Writer & Narrative Designer 6 years ago
The games rollout is limited to just a portion of users. Apparently you'll see a checkerboard-style icon in the top row of home/circles/profile/etc buttons when it's available to you (I haven't got it yet either, but neither have some of my friends in the US, so it's not a regional restriction).
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guess am not in the in crowd then :)
or maybe. its vapourware *grin*
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Peter Law Freelance Game Designer and Unity Developer, Enigma 236 years ago
The games will be available to everyone 'soon', they're just being rolled out gradually (like normal?)

Today we’re starting to gradually roll out games in Google+. We look forward to making them fully available to everyone in Google+ soon. When you see a Games page in your account, please give games a try and send us feedback.
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/08/g...
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Otakar Schon Technology editor, Economia6 years ago
if you want to get in, follow the white rabbit
https://plus.google.com/_/notifications/...
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 6 years ago
Otakar - the white rabbit appears to be unavailable.
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Barrie Tingle Live Producer, Maxis6 years ago
If you want an invite to Google+ then just PM me here on GamesIndustry with your email and I'll send on an invite. I have 150 of them :)
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Roberto Bruno Curious Person 6 years ago
@Barrie Tingle: What about an early access to BF3 beta, instead?
Sorry. I'm kidding. Sort of.

Back on topic: yay, more casual gaming crap.
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Matthew Green Producer, Solar Studios Inc6 years ago
who fucking cares. google+ fakebook ea again. I cant fucking breathe with the same crap being forcefed the masses.
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Matthew Green Producer, Solar Studios Inc6 years ago
bejewled is EA angry birds was distributed by ea dragon age is ea. these are all companies owned by the same fucking investment bank

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Matthew Green on 13th August 2011 12:37pm

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John Blackburne Programmers 6 years ago
The white rabbit worked for me thanks, and the games are there too, all ten of them, all ones I've seen before. Gosh how exciting. Angry Birds is HTML5 rather than Flash which I don't think I've seen on FB but I've seen it elsewhere.
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Thiago Attianesi Creative Director, Fan Studios6 years ago
Zynga Zynga Zynga... Ea will be so strong now with the new sims. If this goes to google + will be a great win to them.
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Works for me - the overall process is impressive enough, but I can't emphasise how much I dislike "virus" games ("Send a notification to a friend for an extra life!"). Errgh.
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