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Apple Upgrades Game Center on iOS

GameCenter now includes friend suggestions, profile photos, and achievement points.

The "world's most popular gaming platform" just got better. On Tuesday, Apple unveiled new features appearing in their iOS 5 update, including some much-needed upgrades for their Game Center mobile gaming service. The changes include friend suggestions, photos, and achievement points.

Apple Upgrades Game Center on iOS

On Apple's website, the "friend suggestions" element gets a bit more clarification: "Meet your match with new friend recommendations based on the games you play and the players you already know." So if you're looking for another buddy to play Words With Friends, Game Center will help you out.

While these upgrades seem minor, the fact that Game Center hasn't had them from the get-go has been the bigger story. When Game Center first launched over a year ago, many iOS game services worried that their days were numbered. But Game Center integration hasn't been universal, with many popular games staying with OpenFeint and other pre-Game Center brands. The iOS 5.0 upgrade looks to be a step in the right direction, but at this juncture, it doesn't appear to be a game changer.


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