With the release of Game Center for OSX in 10.8, Apple introduced a Mac-centric way to connect their iOS and Mac gaming audience. Game Center is Apple’s online multiplayer social gaming network that allows for multiplayer matchmaking, achievement tracking and leaderboards. In today’s Mac Gaming 101 feature we’ll explain Game Center and how to get started with your own account so you’ll be gaming with your buddies in no time.
A Brief History
Game Center got its start in iOS 4, bringing iPhone owners a new way to connect socially and play games together. It gave developers the chance to integrate multiplayer options into the quickly growing iPhone game market. Chances are if you’ve ever owned an iOS device you’ve seen the almost infamous the multi-colored icon. By creating an account, players of games like Solitaire and others with early integration could compare scores to those of their friends, challenge their friends to beat a high score, and even take a look at who were the highest scoring players overall on the Leaderboards. It wasn’t anything overly complex or feature-rich, but it was a huge step forward in the socializing of the mobile gaming experience. From there it found its way onto the iPad, letting people play games against each other from iPhone to iPad, expanding the player base.
Last July Game Center arrived as a part of OSX Mountain Lion (10.8), giving Mac gamers everywhere the opportunity to play games against their mobile friends from the comfort of their home computer. This was the first Mac-to-iOS compatibility from Apple, and it also allowed users with pre-existing iOS Game Center accounts to sync their accounts to their Mac. Game Center on Mac also introduced a new method to connect Mac game players via multiplayer and featured leaderboards and achievements for games sold in the Mac App Store.
Game Center on Your Mac
For those of you that have seen or read about Game Center on your Mac but never explored further, here’s more information on creating your account, finding friends, and utilizing features. (more…)