Well, everyone has been eagerly waiting for Google to implement, and roll out, Games for Google+. Well that day has arrive, and rather earlier! Google has added a “Games” button at the top of your screen, above the stream, that will take you directly to Games. Is this that one feature that will make or break Google+ as a viable social networking powerhouse against the likes of Facebook? Or is this the feature that will drive away the core users that have caused Google+ to soar as quickly as it did?
I will be first to admit that good, quality games will be the factor that will attract users, and keep them. What will satisfy the core adopters will be that Games don’t get a lot of precedence within the Stream. Facebook has the issue that when you “like” a game, you start getting your wall flooded with information from the game. When you play the game, and post achievements, it floods your friends’ wall. The flooding of achievements tends to get the game blocked from a users wall, if not completely from play, unless they unblock the game.
So far, I have not seen a flood of posts from a few of the games I did play, being Bejeweled Blitz, Dragon Age Legacy and Angry Birds. I hope it stays that way. It would appear that a majority of information is being kept within the app. If a separate stream is kept, with in the games section (which there isn’t), I wouldn’t mind that either. Let me see what my friends play, but don’t flood my Stream with the millions of posts of what they did.
Personally, I think that is a decent roll out. This above view could easily be larger anytime, as Google is actively adding more games.
On thing that Google should take into consideration is to implement a quality control system into place. Something that would help filter out games with either low ratings from flooding the Games section, or a “beta” phase so select groups of “testers” could try out the game to ensure that it is worthy of having added to Google+Games.
What is your opinion on Google adding games to Google+? Is this a good idea, or is it the reason you left Facebook?