Using Game Center on iOS

As more and more developers start integrating Game Center into their applications,   more and more people have been paying attention to it, and using it on a regular basis. Some consumers may not even purchase a game if it doesn’t have game center integrated into it. But not all people are like that, in fact, some people have no idea what Game Center even is. This article will explain what Game Center is, and how to use it.

So, What is Game Center?

Game Center is the gaming platform for iOS. Similar to Xbox Live for Xbox, or Playstation Network for the Playstation. Game Center keeps track of your achievements for games, allows you to add friends and track and compare their achievements to your own, displays leaderboards, and even is a platform for online multiplayer in games that support it, which is becoming more and more popular as developers are beginning to treat the iPhone and iPad as serious gaming devices. Similar to Openfeint, Game Center integration is a great perk to have in a gaming application.

How Do I Get Game Center? Is Game Center Free?

Game Center should be preloaded with any iDevice running iOS 4.1 or later. It is completely free of charge to use, however you will need to make an account. Of course, not all games are free, but using game center will never cost you any additional fees or charges.

What Are Achievements In Game Center?

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An achievement can be earned by completely a specific in game task that is usually challenging or hard to do, or may require you to go out of your way to do it within your game. They are a fun way to keep challenging you when you think you’ve completed a game, or sometimes achievements are earned for completing certain objectives, as shown above. Achievements have a point value linked to them, with harder achievements typically being worth more points. There is a separate leaderboard ranking those with the most total achievement points out of all their Game Center games.

Do you use Game Center? If so, feel free to send me a friend request. my Game Center ID is “It Is James”. Let me know what you think of Game Center!

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