Apple unleashes Game Center social network

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While third parties have developed several of their own social gaming networks for the iPhone and iPad, Apple entered the space themselves today with iPhone 4.0 and their Game Center Social Network. (Think Microsoft Xbox Live or Sony Playstation Network for iPhone and iPad apps).

Features include inviting friends, matchmaking, leader-boards, and achievements. And because it's built into the OS, developers get it "for free". Hard to compete with that...

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dloveprod says:

I can't wait to see what this is gonna be like when it is released.

icebike says:

Yawn....
Its still a miserable gaming platform, no matter how many layers of glitz you hang on it.
One more button on either end of the phone would do more for gaming than all this stuff.

seneka says:

No customisable sms ringtone or (timed) profiles ?!?!?!

jasonact says:

To this point, the two main social gaming networks for the iPhone have been +Plus Network and OpenFeint. The companies behind those two have thrown a lot of resources at them, but I can't imagine that they would be able to compete against an OS-level network. I'll be interested to hear their reactions and see how they progress.

Brian says:

Amazing news. Now just buyout an indie gaming company, and start creating first-party games.

ddx says:

It's a wannabe Xbox Live, except we know it won't be as good.

John C. Bland II says:

This has some amazing potential. No longer are phones just for talking/general apps but they are now social. v1 might not fit the full bill but I look for v2 to rock the shop. We'll see though. Apple has been underwhelming me lately (iPad and iPhone OS 4 both underwhelm me).

iphonemilk says:

This is HUGE news, if anyone doesn't think this is amazing you are out of your mind, and @Icebike - You're an idiot. Thanks come again.
I'm not even trolling, im seriously just calling you an idiot.
"Its still a miserable gaming platform" This is all i needed to read right here, which sealed my decision of your intelligence being that of a chimp.

Derp says:

@iPhoneMIlk: Why do you zealous fanboys always have to be such condescending pricks? People are entitled to their opinions, regardless of whether or not you agree with them.
It may surprise you to learn that a person's opinion on a phone does not have any bearing on their intelligence.

Greyscale says:

Sounds really good to me actually, just wish I hadn't spent so much time racking up points on Plus ....

Mia Bobier says:

I like this bank b jail much, this is the provision where i can wrong smth from me, a joust with of low-down this is what i like.

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