Apple’s Game Center
October 20, 2010 by Ryan Ray
Games, games, games, and more games. I finally got around to upgrading to 4.1 last night. I had been waiting for a clean and simple jailbreak for 4.1 before upgrading. It’s taken me through four operating systems before I got hooked on jailbreaking. I’m not a very hardcore jailbreak man, but I do like to be able to customize how my phone looks (on the screen, not physically). I also love to be able to create a hotspot wherever and whenever I want. None the less I bit the bullet and am running 4.1, a jailbroken 4.1 😉
The big feature that came packaged with 4.1 is Apple’s Game Center. A central location that is trying to make gaming on the iPhone social. So let’s take a first look at how Game Center works. First off, any app developers out there that want their app to be in the Game Center have to update them to work with it. Sadly I haven’t found many games that I own that are on that list yet. At the moment I have one game in Game Center. The second thing is is that this is a social platform. Without an easy way to find friends what am I going to do to compare my scores with other iPhone gamers? Like the picture below says, I need friends…
Well this is what the main Game Center screen looks like. That’s my username if you want to add me and give me some friends. Like I said I do have one game now that had to be launched before it put it in my Game Center.
Of course the interface and graphics are awesome looking. Reminds me of some old poker table, fitting isn’t it? As you can see, I have no friends, but next to that is my one game that I have. It’s an awesome fingerboard game called Touch Grind. I haven’t played it since it was updated for Game Center. It also reset my score since I moved it to Game Center, so beware because I think most apps will have to do this. One downside I guess to social gaming.
Well with no friends and one game, Game Center feels pretty lonely. I think a smart developer out there will write an app to take advantage of the social aspect of gaming and give us something awesome to play. In the meantime I’m going to try and find a friend and level back up in TouchGrind. Thanks for reading!
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