Rumor: Google+ to launch social game support

The rapidly growing user base for the new Google+ social networking service is a prime target for some kind of social or casual based gaming service. It looks like Google will be launching games for Google+ in the near future, according to an article in AllThingsD.com. The story cites unnamed sources as saying that not only will there be games to play on Google+ but that Google plans to offer better financial terms for game developers.

The story states, "According to multiple sources, Google will take less than a 30 percent cut of the revenues, which will break the industry standard created over the past few years by both Facebook and Apple." In addition to the better publishing terms, the story adds that games on Google+ will run on Google's own servers. Facebook games typically run on the game developer's servers. The story said that the Google+ game launch could happen as soon as this month, although, one unnamed source said it could take a bit longer.

In related news, Google has made its first acquisition in relation to its efforts to improve Google+. ZDNet reports that Google has acquired a company called Fridge which created technology "that allowed users to organize their friends into groups, share photos, and plan events." Not surprisingly, it looks like Fridge's team will be working to improve Google+'s Circles feature. If you are one of the 40,000 users of Fridge, you now have until August 20th to get your data extracted before Fridge deletes it.

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They cant compete with Facebook if they dont integrate games into the system... The youngsters wont like it...
Second thing is... SOCIAL GAMES MAKE ONE HELL OF A BUCK !!! :$:$:$:$:$:$:$:$:$ Chi Ching

But them doing this is just too damn EARLY....

Hyprocrisy from google and their cult followers. First google says dont copy but innovate but are copying facebook to a T, now their cult followers say social games will be better in g+ (even though they have seen how its implemented) because they "think" they can be blocked , or google "will do it right' while complaining about being "spammed" by games in FB which it turns out can be 'gasp" blocked! Guess we are seeing the birth of a new cult, the g-cult.

efjay said,
Hyprocrisy from google and their cult followers. First google says dont copy but innovate but are copying facebook to a T, now their cult followers say social games will be better in g+ (even though they have seen how its implemented) because they "think" they can be blocked , or google "will do it right' while complaining about being "spammed" by games in FB which it turns out can be 'gasp" blocked! Guess we are seeing the birth of a new cult, the g-cult.

BAD MOVE GOOGLE !


I like the cleanliness of G+...
This is just too early, they should establish other features before going out looking for money if they ever want to compete Vs Facebook.
If they do allow social game features i think they should approve every application that is developed unlike facebook that has tons of application that are just nothing more than SPAM !!!

I cannot believe so many people are complaining about a feature they most likely won't have to use! Facebook have never forced any of you to use games, and they have always provided you with an option to block game invites for any game. If you actually block the invites for the game on Facebook, it's most likely you'll receive invites infrequently. I have over 700 friends added and I cannot even remember the last time I received a game invite because I block the game as soon as I get invited to it (and there aren't many games my different friends play; they tend to all play the same few for a while).

Invites are easy to ignore and not the issue. A lot of application I block I never received an invite for. Its the crap being posting on everyones wall/page from these applications. You have to block each application individually to prevent it from ever showing on yours, their's or anyone else's wall/page.

If there was a setting to automatically block all third party applications from showing on yours and everyones else's wall it would be nice.

PsyOpWarlord said,
Invites are easy to ignore and not the issue. A lot of application I block I never received an invite for. Its the crap being posting on everyones wall/page from these applications. You have to block each application individually to prevent it from ever showing on yours, their's or anyone else's wall/page.

If there was a setting to automatically block all third party applications from showing on yours and everyones else's wall it would be nice.


I agree that a simple setting would be a great option as it appears you and others seem to see a lot of game and app stories in your News Feeds. It can't be hard for Facebook to add settings that allow us to specify types of stories to hide as vague as "all application stories," "all Questions stories" etc. They do need to give us more control over the News Feed.

alexalex said,
I will dump Google+ the moment the first game appears.

Even though you most likely won't have to use them? That's very unreasonable.

Oh brilliant, this is one of the reasons i love Google+ so i don't have to be notified every time someone sells a cow

Lilrich said,
Oh brilliant, this is one of the reasons i love Google+ so i don't have to be notified every time someone sells a cow

You wouldn't be notified everytime someone sells a cow if you actually blocked invites for that game rather than ignored them. It's very easy and quick to block invites for a game, and it doesn't need to be done frequently.

Lilrich said,
Oh brilliant, this is one of the reasons i love Google+ so i don't have to be notified every time someone sells a cow

Game Stream. If you don't want updates, don't view that stream.

i hate this news as much as the rest of you

but it does have its good points in that it will hopefully attract casual users into knowing what google+ is

lets just hope it does not get overpopulated with games, that is what is wrong with facebook

kevcampbell said,
i hate this news as much as the rest of you

but it does have its good points in that it will hopefully attract casual users into knowing what google+ is

lets just hope it does not get overpopulated with games, that is what is wrong with facebook


I disagree. I infrequently receive game invites off my over 700 friends; I probably get one or two a month if that. Perhaps that's because I actually block the game from sending me invites rather than ignoring the invites and still allowing the game to send me them? That's where a lot of you people commenting seem to be going wrong.

HeroicOcean said,
Yay for the appeal to a lot more people but noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo to the cluttered stream and constant blocking of invites

Constant? How many invites do you have to block a day, a week, and a month? I probably have to block 2 a month if that, and I have over 700 friends added.

This was obviously already planned in their preliminary stages. Whoever thought Google+ wouldn't try to go as the same cash cow as facebook is, then you're lost.

lordcanti86 said,
Google knows that the most annoying thing about Facebook is the damn games...right?

No, its your friends that play the annoying games

There should an option on g+ as well as facebook to ignore any type of apps you've not already used yourself.
Somedays i swear im blocking and hiding more games, love messages, how happy are you apps etc then I am reading social updates from my friends.

sagum said,

No, its your friends that play the annoying games

There should an option on g+ as well as facebook to ignore any type of apps you've not already used yourself.
Somedays i swear im blocking and hiding more games, love messages, how happy are you apps etc then I am reading social updates from my friends.

You guys all have crappy friends lol

lordcanti86 said,
Google knows that the most annoying thing about Facebook is the damn games...right?

To you, maybe. Of course many people enjoy playing the games on Facebook. How can you become annoyed by the Games feature on Facebook? You don't have to play them and you can block invites to any game. If you just ignore the invites, then you may be annoyed by how many you get, but if you actually block invites from a game when you receive the first one, it's likely game invites will be infrequent for you as they are for me.

Callum said,

To you, maybe. Of course many people enjoy playing the games on Facebook. How can you become annoyed by the Games feature on Facebook? You don't have to play them and you can block invites to any game. If you just ignore the invites, then you may be annoyed by how many you get, but if you actually block invites from a game when you receive the first one, it's likely game invites will be infrequent for you as they are for me.

Ignoring invites is not enough as every gaming app still shows on their page or your news feed when the apps post to peoples walls. You have to actually block each application so it doesn't show on yours or theirs wall.

As of last month I had blocked 412 applications from showing on mine and other peoples pages. That's a lot of crap that would otherwise be clogging up the walls.

PsyOpWarlord said,

Ignoring invites is not enough as every gaming app still shows on their page or your news feed when the apps post to peoples walls. You have to actually block each application so it doesn't show on yours or theirs wall.

As of last month I had blocked 412 applications from showing on mine and other peoples pages. That's a lot of crap that would otherwise be clogging up the walls.


Hmm. I guess some social circles are just more into Facebook games than others then because I've never had to block any games or apps from showing in the News Feed. I've seen some in there, but I don't see them frequently enough for them to annoy me.

Soulsiphon said,
Well it was nice while it lasted. In beta.

So are you suggesting it will no longer be nice if Google add optional games that you aren't forced to play?

To those who complain: are you aware that you can block apps in Facebook? Or you just like to complain about things you can't bother to learn how to use?

Personally, I'm liking G+. It has a nice combination of FB and Twitter "features", and they seem to have learned a lot from past SN projects. Games would probably help G+ gain more users (especially if Zynga or Playfish were to become interested in porting their games.)

This sucks. Social games is one thing I hate about Facebook. I'm constantly having to block every game, horoscope, trivia, etc etc ... This is why I set up a Google+ account. But if Google is going down the same road then there is no longer any need to move over. I might as well stay with Facebook.

I guess now the first one to have a global switch so you can opt-out of receiving all those will get my support.

PsyOpWarlord said,
This sucks. Social games is one thing I hate about Facebook. I'm constantly having to block every game, horoscope, trivia, etc etc ... This is why I set up a Google+ account. But if Google is going down the same road then there is no longer any need to move over. I might as well stay with Facebook.

I guess now the first one to have a global switch so you can opt-out of receiving all those will get my support.

I never have games spamming my news feed... Maybe you have annoying friends lol?

PsyOpWarlord said,
This sucks. Social games is one thing I hate about Facebook. I'm constantly having to block every game, horoscope, trivia, etc etc ... This is why I set up a Google+ account. But if Google is going down the same road then there is no longer any need to move over. I might as well stay with Facebook.

I guess now the first one to have a global switch so you can opt-out of receiving all those will get my support.


Really? How many times a day, week, or month do you have to block a game invite on Facebook? I have over 700 friends added and I don't remember the last time I had to block a game invite. It might have been sometime a couple of weeks ago, or sometime last month, but I actually can't remember because game invites are that infrequent for me.

PET SOCIETY!!!!!!!!!! PET SOCIETY!!!!!!!!!! PET SOCIETY!!!!!!!!!!

I hope it's like hi5, where you had a registered e-mail that ported your game progress to facebook. Up to the game I guess...

Yep this is awesome news!

I personally don't want any of that game crap on G+ etc
But I know to get millions of people on there and take on FB we will have to have them.

Baked said,
Yep this is awesome news!

I personally don't want any of that game crap on G+ etc
But I know to get millions of people on there and take on FB we will have to have them.


You say 'we', but it's most likely that you won't have to use any of the games.

SteelToast said,
Say no to Farmville and other games like that on Google+. There is FB for that.

If Google would like to create a social network that appeals to everyone, they must include games. Many people enjoy playing games with their friends; it's a nice social feature for such a network. Some of these people may prefer Google+ over Facebook. Of course, any reasonable person can just ignore the Games feature and not use it if they don't wish to.

SHoTTa35 said,
[Darth Vader] Noooo0000ooooooo000000 [/Darth Vader]

+1 (Even though it was Luke who screamed Noooooooooo)

If we must have this please make it easily blockable for those of us that got sick to death of being offered plants, mafia mobs, etc. I am not in the slightest bit interested in playing games on a social networking site.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
Noooo!!! Don't go down the cluttered mess route of facebook, keep it simple!!

All they need is a Games+ tab that you can ignore if you want. What I really hate about Facebook is the fact that people can invite you into any group any basically spam your notification system. It's even worse if you leave e-mail alerts on by default.

dagamer34 said,

All they need is a Games+ tab that you can ignore if you want. What I really hate about Facebook is the fact that people can invite you into any group any basically spam your notification system. It's even worse if you leave e-mail alerts on by default.

This is why I use folders and filters in my email account, to have things organized. If you can't handle it, then it's your fault, not facebook's.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
Noooo!!! Don't go down the cluttered mess route of facebook, keep it simple!!

I doubt it would make it cluttered, just like the Games feature doesn't make Facebook cluttered. The Games feature is in a seperate tab on Facebook, and sometimes one may receive requests that they can block or ignore. I'd hardly call that cluttered. I hardly notice the Games feature on Facebook because I don't play any.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
Noooo!!! Don't go down the cluttered mess route of facebook, keep it simple!!

There'll be a "Game Stream", don't worry.

thommcg said,

There'll be a "Game Stream", don't worry.

As long as it has an option in privacy to "opt out" so you don't get spammed by invitations to zombie games and the likes. The downfall of Facebook as a social medium (in my opinion) was the opening up to games and applications. I noticed a massive decline in the number of invitations as my friends grew older. But kids make up a massive % of the market I bet so it probably makes business sense... just let us opt out...

And improve the privacy settings! I want to be able to hit comments different circles make on albums. I really don't want my "family" to see the kinds of comments my "friends" circle will make on my photos for example... or do I have to create two separate albums and share one with each group?