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Facebook Reacts to Google+ Games Announcement

Following Google’s earlier announcement that it is now introducing games to its Google+ social network, Facebook has made some improvements of its own that will make it even harder for Google to lure gamers away from Zuckerberg’s bosom.

The update brings three big changes which look like surefire improvements for a better gaming experience:

More Room to Play

Possibly the most significant change is that Facebook games can now use a whole lot more of your screen real estate. There’s also a full-screen view for games like CityVille, Zoo World, Monster World and Mystery Manor.

Game Ticker

Moreover, in addition to the abundance of slightly irritating notifications that often clog up your news feed — which, you may already know by now, is one of my pet hates — there’s also a new games ticker. It uses your chat bar to display updates from your friends (yeah, like we need more of those) such as their high scores and achievements. Thankfully, to save your friends from the pain, you can control which updates you’d like your friends to see, and which ones you don’t, in your settings.


Now you can bookmark your favorite games for quick and easy access from your news feed. You’ll see a new ‘Apps’ header on the left-hand side under which you can add, edit and arrange a host of bookmarks for those you play most.

Facebook’s updates are sure to make for a better gaming experience, but will players still be tempted to take their gaming to Google+?

For those that already enjoy Facebook gaming, I don’t think so — there really is no reason to. And with these updates, Facebook’s games are sure to be a little better than those in Google+ for a while.

Facebook’s changes are rolling out today so if you haven’t already seen them, they should arrive imminently.

What do you think of the new Facebook features? Will they be a blow to Google+?

[via SlashGear]

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...