Zynga's CityVille heads to Google+; prepare for addiction

For better or worse, Google’s brand new social networking site Google+ has today seen its gaming section grow thanks to the help of Zynga’s super-popular CityVille game. The game is so popular that it is, in fact, the number one game on Facebook, and now Google+ users will be able to use up their time online via the social game.

Zynga have already partnered with Google to provide Zynga Poker with the launch of the Google+ games, but this is a far bigger occasion due to the size and enormous popularity of the game. Zynga sums this up nicely via a post on their blog:

CityVille grew to become our largest game on Facebook, so naturally we wanted to “build” a presence for it on Google+. Ultimately, we want to make our games accessible to everyone, everywhere – no matter where they play or what platform they play on.

Luckily for those apprehensive about the addition of CityVille and the spam it usually brings on Facebook, Google+ users can choose to completely ignore the games section and never receive an annoying nag from friends playing the game. According to Google, the Google+ streams of those uninterested in games “will remain focused on conversations with the people you care about.”

However for those that do want to play a bit of CityVille while they engage in a Hangout or fix up their Circles, head to Google+ now and click on the Games button in the top navigation bar. Currently the most popular game on Google+ is claimed to be Rovio’s Angry Birds; but it’s only a matter of time before it is dethroned by the social gaming king.

Image courtesy of Zynga

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FTL, if i wanted to play games id go to my console or install an actually game on my PC....I foresee Google+ becoming the next myspace...

the problem with games on G+ is that most of them wants your email address, while you can avoid that in FB (either skip and try again or choose anonymous email option instead) in G+ you have to give game your email

perochan said,
i went to game section in google+ and i don't see cityville...

I checked and it's there. Select "all games" -- it doesn't appear under the featured games for some reason...

The problem with Google plus is I already use Facebook, I don't want or need multiple social networks, and I HATE Google and have a HUGE problem with their DECEPTIVE practice of shoving toolbars and browsers onto unsuspecting users that don't know that they can UNCHECK that box that is almost ALWAYS checked by default. Scumbag dressed in sheeps clothing.

jimmyfal said,
The problem with Google plus is I already use Facebook, I don't want or need multiple social networks, and I HATE Google and have a HUGE problem with their DECEPTIVE practice of shoving toolbars and browsers onto unsuspecting users that don't know that they can UNCHECK that box that is almost ALWAYS checked by default. Scumbag dressed in sheeps clothing.

jimmyfal said,
The problem with Google plus is I already use Facebook, I don't want or need multiple social networks, and I HATE Google and have a HUGE problem with their DECEPTIVE practice of shoving toolbars and browsers onto unsuspecting users that don't know that they can UNCHECK that box that is almost ALWAYS checked by default. Scumbag dressed in sheeps clothing.

Well when I first booted up Google Chrome it gave me the option straight away between Google, Bing and Yahoo search... that seems pretty fair to me.. even using their own browser you have choice!

jimmyfal said,
The problem with Google plus is I already use Facebook, I don't want or need multiple social networks, and I HATE Google and have a HUGE problem with their DECEPTIVE practice of shoving toolbars and browsers onto unsuspecting users that don't know that they can UNCHECK that box that is almost ALWAYS checked by default. Scumbag dressed in sheeps clothing.

Riiiiiiight. Now go and have a read about Facebook's privacy policy and tell me it's better than Google's.

Yes, Click begging and wallpost for any little damn on G+ too.
I am sure it's only a question of time before the game developer say to Google "Hey, we want more money" and Google will follow. This games have not any "Social aspects".

Lastwebpage said,
Yes, Click begging and wallpost for any little damn on G+ too.
I am sure it's only a question of time before the game developer say to Google "Hey, we want more money" and Google will follow. This games have not any "Social aspects".

Guessing you have never used Google+ yet. The game feed is separated from the regular post feed. And your second comment really points to this because all of the games on Google+ have some form of social aspect to it. Please don't post about things you have never used or even looked at.

bjoswald said,
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. I hope it'll be easier to ignore game requests on G+ than it is at FB.

you can disable the games feed which is completely separate from the rest of G+

bjoswald said,
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. I hope it'll be easier to ignore game requests on G+ than it is at FB.

why is it so hard to ignore game requests on FB?? I got 3 today on FB. i clicked block game button for each one and will never see it again.

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