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Apple is expanding Game Center from an iOS play into the Mac arena with OS X Mountain Lion, enabling developers to add friend requests, recommendations and challenges as well as unlockable achievements and top score listings.

Apple introduced Game Center for iOS in 2010, hoping to capitalize on the growing selection of casual gaming titles that make up a huge part of App Store's catalog.

With social gaming features similar to those in Microsoft's XBox Live or Sony's PlayStation Network, Game Center allows developers to tap into a single system for reporting scores and achievements, and for sending invitations to friends or getting matched up with other players in multiuser games.

In Mountain Lion, Apple is bringing Game Center's features to the Mac desktop, and of course, to developers of the more involved and complex games available on a full sized computer.

Now under development, Game Center currently doesn't sport any titles in the Mac App Store. Apple has outfitted the bundled Chess with Game Center features, demonstrating how the new features can work within desktop games.

The Game Center app

As with IOS, Mac users will now soon have a central app that links to their networked friends, the games they play, pending requests, and the achievements they've unlocked in each title they play.



After signing in, users can pick a nickname that will be used in leader boards and to identify them in multiplayer games. Users can opt to have a public profile, where they are identified to other player by their real name. There's also an option to look up Game Center friends using your existing contacts.



Once logged in, users can view their gaming social network of friends or invite others into their Game Center network. Existing iOS Game Center players should find their existing pool of friends once the service goes online with the release of Mountain Lion.



Finding games

The third tab of Game Center lists the gaming titles (below) that user has been playing, presents recommendations, and links to the App Store. Note that games are listed as being "OS X Games," as Apple is advertising that Game Center on iOS and Mac will allow for cross platform gameplay, in addition to titles that are exclusive to either App Store.



Currently, the link to the Mac App Store presents an empty inventory of Game Center titles, simply because it hasn't officially launched yet.



On page 2 of 2: A preview in Chess 3.0

A preview in Chess 3.0

Apple's bundled Chess app, however, has been updated to support Game Center features. It also has some other minor updates, including a "gloss" background and subtle changes in its preferences. The computer AI, for example, now lets you choose specifically how many future moves (or how much time) the computer will ponder before making its move. Previously, Chess just presented a slider from "faster" to "stronger."



When you start an Game Center-enabled game, it logs into the network for you if you've already configured your account in Game Center. Otherwise, it will prompt you to sign in.



Signing into Game Center within Chess gives you access to two new features in the new 3.0 version, starting with Game Log, which in Chess shows the series of moves made. In the game below, an Achievement was also unlocked by putting the opponent's king in check.



Specific Game Center Achievements that have been unlocked can also be listed in the new Chess 3.0 (below), providing an additional way for players to meet secondary challenges as they play a game.



These Achievements are also tracked in Game Center itself, along with a list of players you have shared games with (below).



Cross platform Game Center play

Apple won't allow developers to list their own Game Center apps in the App Store until Mountain Lion ships, but it has already paved the way for developers to not only have Mac Game Center titles available at launch, but also to produce multiplayer titles that users on both iOS and OS X can play together.

Game Center


Additionally, Apple has created a new Groups feature to allow users to share achievement and leaderboard score data between apps, enabling a developer to make a user's achievements visible across a connected franchise of related apps, or across the platform-specific versions of its game.

"With the Game Center app on your Mac [in OS X Mountain Lion], you can play anyone on a Mac, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch," Apple notes, adding in a footnote that "Game Center is available on iPad, iPhone 3GS or later, iPod touch (3rd generation and later), and Mac computers with OS X Mountain Lion. Game Center works with games that have been developed to work with the Game Center service. Game Center may not be available in all countries or regions, and the available games may vary by country or region."
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It's too bad the ugly UI design remains. Of all of apple's ugly skeumorphic designs, Game Centre is probably the worst.

 

Also as an aside, would it be too hard for Apple to spell CENTRE correctly for the rest of the world? Only the US mangles English so badly, everyone other English speaking nation just speaks and spells English.

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1400 years of chess, and no one realised what it was lacking - achievements!

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Also as an aside, would it be too hard for Apple to spell CENTRE correctly for the rest of the world? Only the US mangles English so badly, everyone other English speaking nation just speaks and spells English.
I love when English speakers get all bent out of shape over regional dialects. -- Nothing like early morning bigotry to start your day off right!

Apple is an American company. -- American English is to be expected.

AMERICA!!
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I love when English speakers get all bent out of shape over regional dialects. -- Nothing like early morning bigotry to start your day off right!
Apple is an American company. -- American English is to be expected.
AMERICA!!

I couldn't agree more as a Brit orginally, now American. To the narrow minded Brits that think this way I say this ... Think of American as (for most) the one foreign language that you can actually understand and be grateful the spelling is easier to fathom than French.

If I were still in the UK I'd be more worried about English remaining the main language spoken there than worrying about the on going linguistic developments of it in a country that split off hundreds of years ago. Meanwhile I'd suggest Punjabi and Sharia classes to hedge your bets.
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ON TOPIC


I assume the Mac bridge playing community will be all over this. My wife is an avid bridge player in RL and tries on line. Most online bridge she has found is very PC oriented on clunky, horrible web interfaces. There used to be a great Gamesmith Mac online game called 3D Bridge Deluxe but they dropped the multi user server back end a couple of years ago. I hope they resurrect that with Game Center.
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What I'd really like to know is how to delete this bloatware from my Macs and iOs devices (plus Dashboard and Launchpad). If I wanted pap like this I could buy a windows machine.
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the one true french is the one spoken in France, not Quebec, Sweden, Belgium, Africa... hu... okay...

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now seriously :

Apple is an american company, yes it's true, but apple should accept to be a GLOBAL company : to translate in local language with all their quirks EACH core applications !

for example in french Os X, _everything_ is translated but "App Store" ... why why ??? "Game Center" in french.. WHY? ALL the text inside "App store" and "Game center" are translated but the title (?).

you could say : "because it would complicate stuff if each application had a different name for each country" but it's already the case for the OTHERS applications, for example :

"Activity Monitor" - > "Moniteur d'activité" (in french it's more romantic, no ? 1smile.gif )

"Preview" -> "Aperçu".

I can understand why "itunes" stays "itunes", it's a name, a brand. (iChanson ? 1smile.gif ) , but "Game Center" and "App store" ?! it should be "Centre de jeux" et "Magasin d'applications", it's so utilitarian. "game center" is not a brand. Maybe "app store" is, but not "Game Center".

it seems for some new concepts, Apple want to force their american buzzword to the world.

in the end, I understand, respectfully, why "center" can be annoying, even for some english speakers whom you say "what the fuss , it's mostly the same".
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even the graphical elements in "game center" are translated but the name.

in the main window, is written, in green-yellow text :
"Meilleurs jeux de Game Center"
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Bi ecstenshon... wi not spel evrithing in Ænglish lojicali and not dw susch a bad job of both thi orijinal langwij and its transatlantic daialect?
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the one true french is the one spoken in France, not Quebec, Sweden, Belgium, Africa... hu... okay...
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now seriously :
Apple is an american company, yes it's true, but apple should accept to be a GLOBAL company : to translate in local language with all their quirks EACH core applications !
for example in french Os X, _everything_ is translated but "App Store" ... why why ??? "Game Center" in french.. WHY? ALL the text inside "App store" and "Game center" are translated but the title (?).
you could say : "because it would complicate stuff if each application had a different name for each country" but it's already the case for the OTHERS applications, for example :
"Activity Monitor" - > "Moniteur d'activité" (in french it's more romantic, no ? 1smile.gif )
"Preview" -> "Aperçu".
I can understand why "itunes" stays "itunes", it's a name, a brand. (iChanson ? 1smile.gif ) , but "Game Center" and "App store" ?! it should be "Centre de jeux" et "Magasin d'applications", it's so utilitarian. "game center" is not a brand. Maybe "app store" is, but not "Game Center".
it seems for some new concepts, Apple want to force their american buzzword to the world.
in the end, I understand, respectfully, why "center" can be annoying, even for some english speakers whom you say "what the fuss , it's mostly the same".

Mon Dieu! Not more of this!

Alors! It's strange but I've never come across German speaker bitching on about English nor a Norwegian nor a Rumanian (or Romanian if you prefer) .... Well you get my point. No, it's always a French speaker! Well except for the ultimate irony of a Brit complaint America has no right to evolve its own language without Royal permission.

Can we get back on Topic?
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Of all Apple's UI designs game centre is the most appropriate. It seems trendy for people to go on about skeuomorphism, like anyone knew what it was until recently, and completely ignoring the fact that Mac OS has always been skeuomorphic (folders and files, for example, 3D shadows on window bars blah blah blah.

Get over it. It'll change in a few years anyway like most styles. I quite like Game Center's design - I bet you wouldn't be complaining of someone else did it.

As for the English thing, well whatever. So Americans spell Centre the wrong way, so what, it's an American English OS and Game Center is a "brand". if they changed it based on where you lived it would cease to be a brand and just be a description. Might as well call it "achievement recording app"

What I do hate, however, is when companies list language as "English" and then "international English" as opposed to "English" and "American English" and, worse, use the US flag to signify English. Fortunately Apple hasn't done that...

What was the topic again? Oh yes, chess on game Center.
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Originally Posted by igamogam View Post

What I'd really like to know is how to delete this bloatware from my Macs and iOs devices (plus Dashboard and Launchpad). If I wanted pap like this I could buy a windows machine.

 

Bloatware:

  • Windows 8 Explorer adding a ribbon interface, when a handful of contextual buttons would have done the job
  • Adobe Photoshop functions for editing video (CS6) and 3D objects
  • The billion and a half functions in MS Word that no one uses

 

Not bloatware:

  • OS X Game Center API, which is never loaded into memory until called by a supporting game
  • Dashboard & Launchpad, never loaded into memory until invoked by keystroke or hot corner, both of which can be permanently disabled

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Agreed. Game center is as ugly and seems suited for people who used to play cards and gamble decades ago. Notes needs an update as well, although I can tolerate that. Address book is a travesty - terrible interface. Other than that, OS X is pretty darn sweet.
 

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Three cheers for Game Center on the Mac!

 

I don't even buy games that aren't Game Center enabled.  I like being able to see how I'm doing against friends and I've also found the app is a fantastic way to find new games.  When I see a friend has gotten a new game I usually check it out and more often than not, I wind up purchasing it.

 

Being able to have Game Center on the Mac and play cross platform is really going to be fantastic.  It will probably make me more of a Mac gamer.

 

Woo hoo!

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Of all Apple's UI designs game centre is the most appropriate. It seems trendy for people to go on about skeuomorphism, like anyone knew what it was until recently, and completely ignoring the fact that Mac OS has always been skeuomorphic (folders and files, for example, 3D shadows on window bars blah blah blah.
Get over it. It'll change in a few years anyway like most styles. I quite like Game Center's design - I bet you wouldn't be complaining of someone else did it.
As for the English thing, well whatever. So Americans spell Centre the wrong way, so what, it's an American English OS and Game Center is a "brand". if they changed it based on where you lived it would cease to be a brand and just be a description. Might as well call it "achievement recording app"
What I do hate, however, is when companies list language as "English" and then "international English" as opposed to "English" and "American English" and, worse, use the US flag to signify English. Fortunately Apple hasn't done that...
What was the topic again? Oh yes, chess on game Center.

Enjoyed your post ...

(Re the off topic element: You might find this fascinating, I know I did. It explains a lot ...It was a Scot behind much of this! /ROFL) http://history1900s.about.com/od/1900s/qt/trspelling.htm
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Get rid of the GREEN!

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I wish they would replace chess with Bejeweled or Angry Birds, or just supplement Chess with one of those.

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Apple is expanding Game Center from an iOS play into the Mac arena ...

 

I have always wished I could remove Game Centre and all it's links and connections from all my iOS devices.  

I hope it stays at least out of the way on all my Macs.  

 

If Apple is going to change course by stuffing all this crap like Game Centre and Twitter and Facebook into their OS's, I think they should also change course on their traditional reluctance to give the user any control over what's installed and what they see.  

 

I know Apple believes that they should not give the end user too many configuration options, (and rightly so), but we should be able to opt-out of all these "social additions" they've been making lately. If we can't, then it really isn't a proper operating system anymore it's more like a marketing tool.  

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I couldn't agree more as a Brit orginally, now American. To the narrow minded Brits that think this way I say this ... Think of American as (for most) the one foreign language that you can actually understand and be grateful the spelling is easier to fathom than French.
If I were still in the UK I'd be more worried about English remaining the main language spoken there than worrying about the on going linguistic developments of it in a country that split off hundreds of years ago. Meanwhile I'd suggest Punjabi and Sharia classes to hedge your bets.

 

I'm betting after Mandarin becomes the dominant language -- people won't be so bent out of shape over Engrish.

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Folks -- let's keep some perspective here. I can almost guarantee the entire "look and feel" of the Game Center is due to developers grabbing what is available to test the protocols. They put together an app, and developed the processes it was going to need like updates, achievements, chats and real-time data. A chess or card game is just something off the shelf. They might be implementing some of the types of things that Steam does.

 

But this isn't how it's going to look and the games are just proofs of concept -- this only looks like an Alpha attempt to debug the services.

 

Chill out!

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I love when English speakers get all bent out of shape over regional dialects. -- Nothing like early morning bigotry to start your day off right!
Apple is an American company. -- American English is to be expected.
AMERICA!!

 

First off, Apple is actually a global company and more of it's workers live and work outside of the USA than inside. 

 

Secondly, you don't seem to know what "bigotry" is.  (hint: what you are doing here is a lot closer to bigotry than what you are arguing against.)

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What I'd really like to know is how to delete this bloatware from my Macs and iOs devices (plus Dashboard and Launchpad). If I wanted pap like this I could buy a windows machine.

I'm with you on some level.  I don't use or want game center- I'd like to delete it (at least off my phone and it can store as a backup in iTunes).  And Newstand is my pet peeve on iOS.  That stupid thing I can't even shove into a folder- it has to be all on it's own.  I realize people use both apps, but it shouldn't be mandatory (just like iBooks isn't).  It should be installed and then I can delete with a push of a button.

 

Launchpad and Dashboard btw don't take up any memory whatsoever on OSX- 500kb total.  Just take them off your dock and its a done deal.  I actually like dashboard as opposed to my old applications folder by the trashcan.  I can arrange them as I would like and use gestures.  I also setup Dashboard the way it was before and set it up as its own space.  But I still like the icon there as a quick weather checker and calculator.  I'll definitely take off Game center though.

 

And while there are features you might not want, its definitely not a typical PC.  Windows is rarely the problem as clean installs are pretty nice (relatively speaking).  Its the mess that Lenovo, HP, Asus, Dell, etc. put on there that makes it awful right off the bat.

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in 1970 there was a divide in France on what words were French and could be used and what words could not because they weren't French.  For instance the French folks I worked with in the Paris area would not say "computer" or "flip flop" while we were developing computer peripherals.  

 

An interesting side note... Three divisions were used to develop two peripherals because the project managers of the peripheral projects could not agree on the electrical level of logical zero and the bit weight order.  The third division created a communications translator.  My job ... moderate the design review meeting.

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Isn't the point of Game Center for Mac, really, to sync your achievements across iOS and OS X? Then why, is there no Apple chess app on iOS?

 

 


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Sorry dpnorton82. Were you being serious?

 

Oh yes digitalclips. That is what we should be worried about.........

 

 

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I couldn't agree more as a Brit orginally, now American. To the narrow minded Brits that think this way I say this ... Think of American as (for most) the one foreign language that you can actually understand and be grateful the spelling is easier to fathom than French.
If I were still in the UK I'd be more worried about English remaining the main language spoken there than worrying about the on going linguistic developments of it in a country that split off hundreds of years ago. Meanwhile I'd suggest Punjabi and Sharia classes to hedge your bets.

 

 

 

 
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I love when English speakers get all bent out of shape over regional dialects. -- Nothing like early morning bigotry to start your day off right!
Apple is an American company. -- American English is to be expected.
AMERICA!!
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I have to add my voice to the list of people who do not like the amount of stuff being thrown in to OS X nowadays.

 

Its not so bad if you don't have to use it or it can be ignored.

 

But the changes post 10.6 to iCal, Address Book etc. Are possibly the worst UI and interface construction I can ever remember Apple doing all the way back to System 7 and before. 

 

Infuriatingly useless. In some cases such as iCal it makes working with it far more difficult. It is disappointing to see Apple turn from what it was to this far too padded down FisherPrice design. You can only pad down so much before you just destroy things. OS X Server comes to mind.

 

Still it may all change back again at some point. As long as they finally process that less is not always more.

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Sorry dpnorton82. Were you being serious?

Oh yes digitalclips. That is what we should be worried about.........




 



 

http://history1900s.about.com/od/1900s/qt/trspelling.htm

T'was a joke but trying to be as silly as the post being critical of the spelling of 'center' (which was all because a the dear old Scot btw) /smile
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First off, Apple is actually a global company and more of it's workers live and work outside of the USA than inside. 

Secondly, you don't seem to know what "bigotry" is.  (hint: what you are doing here is a lot closer to bigotry than what you are arguing against.)

To be fair he posted in response to being told Americans should spell Center as Centre by a Brit ... I don't think defending American English against lack of historical knowledge is bigoted in the slightest, rather it is to be seen as an attempt at education ... and I repeat this link which should end the conversation I would have thought! http://history1900s.about.com/od/1900s/qt/trspelling.htm
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I have always wished I could remove Game Centre and all it's links and connections from all my iOS devices.  

I hope it stays at least out of the way on all my Macs.  

If Apple is going to change course by stuffing all this crap like Game Centre and Twitter and Facebook into their OS's, I think they should also change course on their traditional reluctance to give the user any control over what's installed and what they see.  

I know Apple believes that they should not give the end user too many configuration options, (and rightly so), but we should be able to opt-out of all these "social additions" they've been making lately. If we can't, then it really isn't a proper operating system anymore it's more like a marketing tool.  

 

In my experience, these value-adding OS X and iOS services are opt-in, and invisible prior to activation. Is there a focus-stealing popup balloon or auto-launching wizard periodically bothering you to sign in? Is Apple allowing OEM partners to bundle Mountain Lion or iPhones with their own software, including trial programs and adware? Of course not. For actual forced social additions and marketing tools, see Windows (all versions) and non-i smartphones (all kinds), especially the HTC Status (light-up hardware Facebook button!).

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the one true french is the one spoken in France, not Quebec, Sweden, Belgium, Africa... hu... okay...
-
now seriously :
Apple is an american company, yes it's true, but apple should accept to be a GLOBAL company : to translate in local language with all their quirks EACH core applications !
for example in french Os X, _everything_ is translated but "App Store" ... why why ??? "Game Center" in french.. WHY? ALL the text inside "App store" and "Game center" are translated but the title (?).
you could say : "because it would complicate stuff if each application had a different name for each country" but it's already the case for the OTHERS applications, for example :
"Activity Monitor" - > "Moniteur d'activité" (in french it's more romantic, no ? 1smile.gif )
"Preview" -> "Aperçu".
I can understand why "itunes" stays "itunes", it's a name, a brand. (iChanson ? 1smile.gif ) , but "Game Center" and "App store" ?! it should be "Centre de jeux" et "Magasin d'applications", it's so utilitarian. "game center" is not a brand. Maybe "app store" is, but not "Game Center".
it seems for some new concepts, Apple want to force their american buzzword to the world.
in the end, I understand, respectfully, why "center" can be annoying, even for some english speakers whom you say "what the fuss , it's mostly the same".

 

Both App Store and Game Center are brands, so a translation would not be suitable, although a love the french word for Game Center...

I would just about to say Safari wasn't translated, and then it hit me, its a french word :P But I'm happy if Apple stops translating their App names, gets confusing, specially if you have one computer in French and the other in English, was about to pull my hair the other day when Spotlight couldn't find the Activity Monitor, haha :P

 

PS. We in Sweden speak SWEDISH, not french, french is here an optional third language (like German and Spanish) haha

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I love when English speakers get all bent out of shape over regional dialects. -- Nothing like early morning bigotry to start your day off right!
Apple is an American company. -- American English is to be expected.
AMERICA!!

 

You have spectacularly missed the point with your post. 

 

Apple sells their products worldwide, and it's perfectly normal in such cases to localise for each market. That could be as small as changing a plug, or as large as changing the entire language.  To fix a few incorrect spellings wouldn't be difficult, it would just be polite and courteous. Moreover English is spoken by many countries in the world, all of which use standard English spelling, except one country. Therefore it would seem pretty sensible to spell things in the way most English speakers are used to, or at least give us that option.

 

By your rational Apple should never change anything and sell the US spec hardware and software unmodified everywhere in the world. That would do wonders for their sales, don't you think?

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In America it is spelled Center. Apple is located in the USA. Why would Apple change center to centre for you backward folks in the EU?

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 Is there a focus-stealing popup balloon or auto-launching wizard periodically bothering you to sign in?

Yes! This!

 

I used to enjoy a pinball game in iOS then when they added game centre, every time I launched it I would get stuck in an argument with the wretched thing and its stupid popups. "Oh Noes! You're not logged into game centre!" "Oh Noes! You're not logged into game centre!" "Oh Noes! You're not logged into game centre!" "Oh Noes! You're not logged into game centre!" (i am paraphrasing but that's how it came across)

 

No, I'm not logged in to game centre. I wasn't logged in yesterday either. And I won't be logged in tomorrow. 

 

So from my point of view, Game centre sucked all the fun out of that app and I stopped using it.

 

I understand that might be due to the developer not implementing something correctly, but I would still prefer to be able to delete or disable it at the system level. Along with, Youtube, stocks, newstand, et cetera. There's at least a half dozen apps I would like to banish and never have to see again. Game centre is at the top of the list.

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I couldn't agree more as a Brit orginally, now American. To the narrow minded Brits that think this way I say this ... Think of American as (for most) the one foreign language that you can actually understand and be grateful the spelling is easier to fathom than French.
If I were still in the UK I'd be more worried about English remaining the main language spoken there than worrying about the on going linguistic developments of it in a country that split off hundreds of years ago. Meanwhile I'd suggest Punjabi and Sharia classes to hedge your bets.

 

To continue along that track, would it be acceptable to modify a painting to suit the tastes of a certain nation? Say, drawing a moustache onto the Mona Lisa?  English is English, anything else just isn't cricket. 

 

Not sure what on earth you're going on about in your second paragraph. Perhaps you've been importing The Daily Heil?

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Originally Posted by Gazoobee View Post

 

First off, Apple is actually a global company and more of it's workers live and work outside of the USA than inside. 

 

Secondly, you don't seem to know what "bigotry" is.  (hint: what you are doing here is a lot closer to bigotry than what you are arguing against.)

No, firstly and foremost, APPLE is an American company, get that thru your thick heads!

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Originally Posted by kotatsu View Post

You have spectacularly missed the point with your post. 

Apple sells their products worldwide, and it's perfectly normal in such cases to localise for each market. That could be as small as changing a plug, or as large as changing the entire language.  To fix a few incorrect spellings wouldn't be difficult, it would just be polite and courteous. Moreover English is spoken by many countries in the world, all of which use standard English spelling, except one country. Therefore it would seem pretty sensible to spell things in the way most English speakers are used to, or at least give us that option.

By your rational Apple should never change anything and sell the US spec hardware and software unmodified everywhere in the world. That would do wonders for their sales, don't you think?
Game Center, like App Store and iTunes, is a branding of platform and service that was named in the good ol' USofA.

By your rationale, we'd have to localize iPad, iPhone, and all other branded words for each market, which is unnecessarily confusing to product identity.

I was merely responding to the incidence of someone telling me that speakers of my language are doing it wrong. -- Which is an unfortunate sentiment, in my opinion.
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Originally Posted by artistry View Post

Of all Apple's UI designs game centre is the most appropriate. It seems trendy for people to go on about skeuomorphism, like anyone knew what it was until recently, and completely ignoring the fact that Mac OS has always been skeuomorphic (folders and files, for example, 3D shadows on window bars blah blah blah.
Get over it. It'll change in a few years anyway like most styles. I quite like Game Center's design - I bet you wouldn't be complaining of someone else did it.
As for the English thing, well whatever. So Americans spell Centre the wrong way, so what, it's an American English OS and Game Center is a "brand". if they changed it based on where you lived it would cease to be a brand and just be a description. Might as well call it "achievement recording app"
What I do hate, however, is when companies list language as "English" and then "international English" as opposed to "English" and "American English" and, worse, use the US flag to signify English. Fortunately Apple hasn't done that...
What was the topic again? Oh yes, chess on game Center.

Folders and files are not skeumorphism...

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Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post

I assume the Mac bridge playing community will be all over this. My wife is an avid bridge player in RL and tries on line. Most online bridge she has found is very PC oriented on clunky, horrible web interfaces. There used to be a great Gamesmith Mac online game called 3D Bridge Deluxe but they dropped the multi user server back end a couple of years ago. I hope they resurrect that with Game Center.

 

I recently reviewed Mac Bridge options for my father-in-law (a fairly recent Mac convert) and I agree. Bridge Baron seemed to be fairly highly rated, but (IIRC) was around $80 (!) There were a couple other ones, all with a pretty ugly old-school feel to them. There are some on-line options that look a little better, but are also limited. So I think there is a market there.

 

BTW, when I sent him links to the various program downloads, he said he wanted something on a disk. So I burned the installers to a disk. He's an old dog - new tricks don't come easy. But considering he took up computing at around 80 year of age, he's not doing so bad, I guess.

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Originally Posted by kotatsu View Post

Also as an aside, would it be too hard for Apple to spell CENTRE correctly for the rest of the world? Only the US mangles English so badly, everyone other English speaking nation just speaks and spells English.

 

 

Sigh.  I wish Apple would just use the *original British language* and rename it Canolfan Gêm.  None of this "English" nonsense.

;-)

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