Apple’s New Game Center to Be More Than Just ‘Facebook’ For Games

Wed, Jul 7, 2010

iPhone, Mobile

GameZebo has an interesting article about Apple’s new Game Center set to release later this year for iOS4. The article discusses how CNN having a discussion regarding the Game Center and simply dubbed it as the “Facebook of mobile gaming.” While the comment sounds like it’s meant to be a compliment, it’s likely detrimental to the true intentions and potential of Game Center.

While the Game Center will likely provide a very social experience, the scope of what Game Center is about will likely be more than that. CNN’s Scott Steinberg billed iPhone  games as being “less sophisticated” than those on “other portable gaming devices such as the DS or PSP.”

As GameZebo points out, it’s hard to deny the casual majority of games on the iTunes App store, there are still quite a large number of “hardcore” games as well. Street Figher, Call of Duty and Madden are generally billed as “core” titles and still manage to light up the top of the charts on the App store frequently.

What Game Center has the potential to do is become more like Xbox Live or PlayStation Network and bring the real-time multiplayer experience to the iPhone platform that is rarely seen in the mobile gaming space. While the Facebook model could certainly work, it is not required for Game Center, yet an option.

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