With a little over six weeks having passed since its launch, the fuss about Google+ has died down. Google today shook things up again with the introduction of games.
When Google+ launched on June 28, early adopters praised the minimalist, clutter-free feel of the UI. Several people in my circles mentioned the lack of games specifically. Well, today Google filled that void. The company has added games to its brand new social network.
Yesterday afternoon, Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Google, announced that the search giant would be gradually roll out games in Google+. Gundotra explained that Games will not be in your face, bothering you when you're not interesting in playing.
"When you're ready to play, the Games page is waiting-click the games button at the top of your stream", he wrote on the Google blog. "You can see the latest game updates from your circles, browse the invites you've received and check out games that people you know have played recently", he continued, adding that if you don't want to play games at all, you can just ignore it completely: "If you're not interested in games, it's easy to ignore them. Your stream will remain focused on conversations with the people you care about."
Some of the games you'll be able to play via Google+ are Angry Birds, Bejeweled Blitz and Dragon Age Legends. If the Games tab is available to you, you should see it along with the "home", "profile", "photos", and "circles" tabs at the top of the G+ homepage.