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Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 08/12/2011

Google Plus adds games


A screen shot of the Google Plus social network is shown in this publicity photo released to Reuters June 28, 2011. (HO - REUTERS)
Google Plus just got a little more fun. The company announced Thursday that it’s adding a games section to its fledgling social network, and is taking a different approach than its rival, Facebook.

In the past, Facebook games have been criticized for spamming users with minute updates on every little thing going on at friends’ virtual farms and cafes. Google promised that those uninterested in games won’t have to see any information about them in news feeds.

“If you’re not interested in games, it’s easy to ignore them,” said Google VP of Engineering Vic Gundrota. “Your stream will remain focused on conversations with the people you care about.”

Titles in the new section rolling out across the network include Facebook favorites such as Bejeweled and Zynga Poker, as well as the mega-hit from Rovio, Angry Birds.

Shortly after Google’s announcement, Facebook also announced a tweak to its gaming functions — users will now be able to see game information in real-time.

The new tweaks to Facebook games also let users adjust the game size to fit their screen resolution and revamp app bookmarks to make them more useful.

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