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Keeping track of your gaming prowess with Game Center

From: Mac OS X Mountain Lion New Features

Video: Keeping track of your gaming prowess with Game Center

Although I know each and every one of you is a selfless game player--you're in it for the satisfaction of playing the game rather than a desire to brag about your achievements or compete with your friends-- there are people in this world, believe it or not, who just won't shut up about how many islands they visited and tiny wings or the number of pigs they've buried in Angry Birds. Game Center is for them and, okay, possibly for you to. Like an iOS devices, you can establish a Game Center identity, add friends, and be added by friends, and keep track of your gaming achievements.

Keeping track of your gaming prowess with Game Center

Although I know each and every one of you is a selfless game player--you're in it for the satisfaction of playing the game rather than a desire to brag about your achievements or compete with your friends-- there are people in this world, believe it or not, who just won't shut up about how many islands they visited and tiny wings or the number of pigs they've buried in Angry Birds. Game Center is for them and, okay, possibly for you to. Like an iOS devices, you can establish a Game Center identity, add friends, and be added by friends, and keep track of your gaming achievements.

Let's see how it works now. And here is the main Game Center window. On the Me screen are statistics, the number of Game Center compatible games that you own, and this includes both Mac games and iOS games, the number of points you've accrued in all your games and the number of friends you have. If you are just starting out with Game Center, at the bottom of this window where it reads Account, you'll see Sign in instead. Here you enter your Apple ID user and password and click Sign In. At this point you can add a picture by choosing Change Photo as well as enter a slogan that will be associated with your account.

Now let's click on the Friends tab. If you would like to add a friend, just click on Add Friends. At this point you can construct a friends request, and I'm going to do that right now. And as you can see, Mountain Lion is happy to auto fill that for you. So I click Send, and I send my friend request. And for now, we can jump over to the Requests tab. When we do that, on Scott's machine he is going to see a request, and that will appear in this window, and that will be a request for me to become friends.

And look at that, Scott has accepted my friend request. Once someone is your friend, you can see their statistics, the games they have, there are accrued points, and who they friended. You can additionally see how their point totals compare with yours, at which point you can choose to pity or envy them. Now so far, Scott doesn't have a whole lot going on. We have one game in common and that's W.E.L.D.E.R. And clearly I'm way ahead of Scoot. I've 300 points. He hasn't even played the game yet, and so he has 0 points, plus I have 22 achievements; he has none.

Once you've added a few friends, the Friend Recommendations area will become active with people who are friends of your friends, and you can invite them to be friends as well. So you click in this area here, a list of recommendations appears, and then you can choose those people and then invite them to be your friend as well. In the Games tab, you see all the OS X and iOS games that are registered with your account. To get the details on a game's leaderboard your personal achievements, and your friends who have also played a particular game, you just click on that game. So we try Plants vs. Zombies, particularly popular game. My ranking isn't terribly high.

I'm way down at the bottom. I have one achievement earned for five lousy points. So I can see just how terrible I'm at this game by scrolling through here and seeing what's done. If I would like to see how well people really do at game, you can check the leaderboard, TODAY, THIS WEEK, ALL TIME, and then again you can look at players, and these are people who are your friends, and you could see how they're doing with games. Now let's take a W.E.L.D.E.R, because Scott and I have that in common. With in the W.E.L.D.E.R window I can play the game.

So I choose Play Game. This launches the game, and then I can choose 2 Player. Because this has Game Center support, I can then invite somebody else to play with me. So I'll click on Invite Friend, choose that friend from my list of friends. I click on Next. And at this point, I would send an invitation to Scott asking if he would like to play the game. Now I'm not going to make you sit through a game of W.E.L.D.E.R. I mean, it's a fascinating game, I love this game, but I don't want to make you sit for 20 minutes while we battle back and forth creating four-letter words.

So just know this is a step you would take. Once we've gone through the game, it will add to each one of our LEADERBOARDS. We will show any points that we've accumulated, and all will be good. So for now, I'm just going to Cancel that and I'm going to quit the game. Let's take one more look at the Requests area. Again, here you're going to find any friend requests that have been sent to you. Now you're welcome to either accept or ignore the request. If you click on Ignore, that request disappears. You can accept if you like to.

Sometimes you get requests from people you don't know. Maybe you don't want to play with them, so just ignore them and they will disappear. Or if you take no action for long enough, eventually they'll either retract their invitation or they'll just simply disappear. And that's the gist of Game Center, a place for posting achievements, finding out what your pals are playing, and engaging in multiplayer games.

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