Facebook on Thursday announced a slew of new gaming features meant to trump the newly launched Google+ gaming platform.
Among the sites features is a new Game Ticker which turns the right-side of the Facebook Chat column into a newsfeed which shows your friends game activity as you play games on the platform. The column not only shows which games your friends are playing, it actually displays their gaming achievements and high scores, allowing for more competition and the discovery of new games for Facebook players.
The Game Ticker is also meant to add a social element which means clicking on the ticker will take you to the game your friends are playing so you can play along. Users can also choose to ignore certain story streams from gaming friends just like they can on their standard profile newsfeed.
Facebook also announced that gamers on their platform can now expand the gaming screen, adding some much needed and often requested real estate when playing action based games. The expanded screen also means Farmville fans will be able to watch more of their crops at one time without the need to constantly scroll around the gaming screen.
Finally, Facebook users can now bookmark their favorite apps, making them easily accessible from the users News Feed.
Google for their part does have one nice advantage when it comes to Google+ Games, they have Angry Birds and Zynga Poker, two popular games that are helping set their platform apart from offerings found on Facebook.
While Google+ may not have the numbers Facebook currently offers, the site has had a nice added bonus in that they have forced Facebook to quickly ramp up their feature sets, allowing for better messaging, better video chatting and now a better gaming experience. Hopefully Google can continue to offer new features that create more innovation and competition, even if their user numbers still have a long way to go, they are definitely helping the social networking space by forcing the way we communication to be rethought from the ground up.
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