Users of Google+ will start to see something new at the top of their streams, a small icon signifying that Google+ Games has gone live. Starting on Thursday a field trial has started and will be expanded more and more over the coming days. If you G+G is not available to you yet, you can check out the video below to get a sense of what to expect.
Here’s what Google has to say:
Today we’re adding games to Google+. With the Google+ project, we want to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to the web. But sharing is about more than just conversations. The experiences we have together are just as important to our relationships. We want to make playing games online just as fun, and just as meaningful, as playing in real life.
And here’s how it will work within Google+:
When you’re ready to play, the Games page is waiting—click the games button at the top of your stream. You can see the latest game updates from your circles, browse the invites you’ve received and check out games that people you know have played recently. The Games page is also where your game accomplishments will appear. So you can comfortably share your latest high score—your circles will only see the updates when they’re interested in playing games too.
Most importantly, says Google:
If you’re not interested in games, it’s easy to ignore them. Your stream will remain focused on conversations with the people you care about.
Google is also asking developers interesting in making games for the platform to check out their new Google+ Developer Blog.
Google says the Games roll-out on G+ will be gradual. It starts today for some users.