Game Center v. OpenFeint
September 1, 2010 by Ryan Ray
Here are two things that I don’t know much about that both relate to the iPhone, they are both two similar takes on a gaming platform for the iPhone and iPod. I’ll come out right now and say that I’m much more in favor of Apple’s take on it, but in all fairness I’ve never used either of them. I have tried to use OpenFeint on a few occasions and sign up through a few great apps I have, but it never worked for me. Pocket God and Mini Squadron are two fantastic games that use OpenFeint to keep track of scores, achievements, etc… This is what Apple is also setting out to do with Game Center.
What do these apps do anyway? They both are akin to Xbox Live and it’s social features. You can add friends, show what you’ve played, unlocked achieved items, etc… Just shows what you’ve been doing and what you’ve been playing. My roommate has Xbox Live and it’s really fun to see when friends come online and play with them. You can invite people to play the same game as you through these game centers and more. Like I said, instead of playing games by yourself and then having to tell your friends about how awesome you are at some game they can now look at the proof with their own two eyes.
So will I be using Game Center anytime soon, or will I try to sign up on OpenFeint again? I mentioned earlier that I will give Game Center a try, and as everything else that Apple does seems very well put together and thought out. I always appreciate that, from what I can tell OpenFeint never really caught on. I think since Game Center is much more solid that it at least has a chance.
What do you think? OpenFeint all the way or are you willing to start using Game Center? Voice an opinion by leaving a comment. You’ll help out me since I’m so clueless about this kind of thing on the iPhone. Thanks for reading!
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