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In this course, Macworld senior editor Christopher Breen provides a comprehensive overview of Mac OS X Mountain Lion, complete with insider tips for getting the most out of the operating system. The course shows how to configure system preferences, personalize the interface, master gestures, and achieve fluency with applications such as Mail, Calendar, and Preview. The course also includes tutorials on browsing the web with Safari, automating complex tasks with Automator, sharing over a network, performing maintenance operations using Disk Utility, and offers time-saving techniques for using the Mac efficiently. Along the way, Christopher reviews the 200+ new features in Mountain Lion, which gives even experienced Mac users a valuable head start.
If you've used an iOS device, you might be familiar with a little something called Game Center. It's kind of a social networking service that also allows you to challenge other people to play games, as well as brag about your scores. A version of Game Center is now found on the Mac, and it works a little something like this. So let's give it a go. Here's Game Center and here is my Me screen, and indeed, I am The GAMERATOR, and I'm gaming the system. If I wanted to, I could change my status, Return, and now I have a new status.
I could also change my photo if I wanted to. If I click on Account, I could view my account, I could sign out, and I could sign in with a different one. Currently, if you look here, you see I have three games, so let's click on Games and see what I have got. I have Pocket Planes. Let me see, how good I am at that? Oh, let's see, I believe out of 1,974,916 people, I am the worst person in the world at this game, which is shocking. So let me click on that, and I'm number one of my friends, and the reason I am is because I have no friends, and let's do something about that.
Again, here are the games that I have that are Game Center compatible. And then I have some recommendations up here. So, what happens is Game Center keeps track of the kind of games you play and then it will recommend some to you, the idea of being that if you click on them, you'll be taken to Mac App Store and hopefully you will purchase those games. So it's an advertising vehicle. Go to Friends, any Friends? No, no Friends. Well, I guess I'll just sit here and wait until I get a friend request and then maybe I can be friends with somebody.
Oh, Ian wants to be my friend. He is so awesome. Okay. So now, I'll go to Requests. Wow! Ian Martin is THE BIG KA-IAN. He wants to be my friend. If I want Ian to be my friend, of course, and I do, I will click Accept. However, if Ian and I are not getting along, I can just ignore him and he just goes away, but I'm going to accept it because, again, I want him to be my friend. When I look at Requests now, I have no other requests, that was the single one I got. I look in Friends. Look, I've got a Friend! And indeed I do, and it is Ian.
We can look at the games we have in common and it appears that Chess, we have in common, and so far, I've done nothing with Chess at all. And Ian Martin has OS X games too. He has Alien March. If I click on Free, I can see how he's done with that. Here's his ranking, he's doing okay, but then on to the right, you can see how many players are playing this thing, and these are the ranked players, and it's over 53,000. You can see the kind of points that they've gotten. Also, you can look at things like Achievements, Players, so on and so forth.
So, there's a lot of information about individual games in there. You can also challenge other people to games, and they can challenge you, and when that happens, there's a Challenges Area. Currently, I have no challenges, but if did, let's say Ian was playing Angry Birds and he'd racked up three stars on every level. And so, he could issue a challenge to me and say, "Hey, apparently you're not doing all that well on Angry Birds, but you could do better. I challenge you to do better than me on this particular level." And I can meet that challenge. And then -- This is kind of this bragging bit that I talked about.
If I do better than him, then I can brag back to him and spike the ball and say, "Ah ha ha! I did better than you did." So, there you go. When you go through this, on your home screen, you will see other popular games here. If you click on them, you'll be taken to the Mac App Store to download games. This is a very rough and ready version of what Game Center can do for you. I suggest that, if you are into Mac games, you spend a lot of time in Game Center. Invite people who are your friends. Also, look at the recommendations.
There may be people you've heard of who aren't currently your friends, go ahead and invite them, and you will have a richer gaming experiences.
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