Google today announced that the Google Plus platform is also a gaming platform.

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.

That means giving you control over when you see games, how you play them and with whom you share your experiences. Games in Google+ are there when you want them and gone when you don’t.

Facebook stalwart and Google fundee Zynga is already on the list having built an app called Poker.  So are Bejeweled and Angry Birds(below).

As an added bonus, google today announced the Google+ Developer Platform so that other game makers can build their wares into the Plus platform.

Welcome to the Google+ Platform blog! Only 6 weeks ago we launched the Google+ project to fix sharing on the Web. Since then, tens of thousands of you have expressed an overwhelming desire to build applications for Google+ — we can’t wait to help you out. This blog will be your official source of information and announcements on the Google+ platform. Although we’re not ready to get your coding engines running, we do have some small updates to share as we prepare to open the gates.

In today’s launch of games on Google+, you can now see the first of many types of integrations that we hope to help you build. We chose to start with a small number of partners so that we could experiment, get the kinks out of our APIs, and get real end-user feedback before opening up to the world.

Following today’s launch, I’d like to give you a preview of how we’re going to roll out the platform. Because we want to provide both a great user experience and a great developer experience, we’re focusing on quality before quantity. We will continue to add new partners and new features in small steps, starting with today’s release of the games APIs to a small number of developers. We’re keeping a close eye on feedback, and are eager to open up more access as soon as it’s ready.

If you’re a developer interested in building for the Google+ platform, let us know and we’ll contact you when we have something for you to preview. Just remember, like the rest of the Google+ project this is only the beginning, so stay tuned.

One final note, you can now “Plus” you favorite Google Books.

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14 Responses to “Google officially announces Google Games, + developer platform. Zynga already on board”

  1. Michelle says:

    Well, I hope the site admins approve my message! All I want is to keep SPP up and running and not have my pets executed:(

  2. Michelle says:

    Keep SuperPoke Pets, please. Add it to your google + games and all of us who love SPP will be on google + posting. If you kill my pet, I will never use anything google EVER! All we want is to keep our game and our pets. ARE YOU LISTENING TO US???

  3. Keli Belanger says:

    Will NOT be using ANY google products if you KILL my pets ! ! ! PLEASE KEEP SuperPoke Pets ! ! ! What do we have to do to get you to understand????????

  4. popy will leben says:

    das beste spiel im internet ist SUPER POKE PETS, riesen spaß, riesen gemeinschaft und vieles mehr. Warum soll das alles kaputt gemacht werden? wovor hat google angst? oder ist das nur ein böswilliges ausgenutze der 'macht' …wir sind enttäuscht, wenn wir die ach so tollen neuen spiele sehen. aber es stimmt, wer nur auf geld aus ist, muss andere sachen zerstören, aber lobenswert, vorbildlich und erstrebenswert ist das nicht!!! LASST SPP LEBEN! DIE TIERCHEN GEHÖREN ZU UNSEREM LEBEN!!!

  5. Karin FB says:

    from Germany……SPP is the BEST GAME…..PLEASE SAVE OUR PETS!!!!

  6. Mike G says:

    I agree, Google should really re-consider killing off my beloved Anubis which is in Super Poke Pets and add it to their gaming platform G+

  7. Christine Darrington says:

    Where is the best game on the Internet? Superpoke Pets. I would not play any Google game on principle. Nor, I suspect will any of the Superpoke pets players, past or present.
    There were many millions worldwide, before Superpoke Pets was taken over. All potential new converts to Google.
    I think Google have well and truly alienated a huge customer base.

  8. joanne says:

    New games look impressive. Sure hope google reconsiders their termination (aka retirement) of Super Poke Pets..which would be a fantastic addition to their line up here! I am sure Google is hoping to attract a huge fan base with these games..and hopefully generate some revenue. Understandably anyone with past experience investing in google owned games —will i am certain think twice before opening their wallets to invest.
    such a shame really!

  9. Debbie4 says:

    I see nothing on this list that would entice me to come to GOOGLE+ but if they were to add SUPER POKE PETS i would be there. I for one do not like the STANDARD games and SuperPoke Pets is a unique game that crosses ages. I play with my 2 year old grandson yet the game fills my need to be creative also. I could walk away from the other games i play but when the last day comes for my pet tiger i will be heartbroken.

  10. Lilyatwt says:

    "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."

    It is very difficult to believe what Google is saying considering the retirement of the popular and already established social game, SuperPoke! Pets. SPP is an established community of players that have become friends through sharing content and corresponding through private messaging, a forum and clubs. If it is true Google wants their games to be as meaningful as playing in real life, Google would not be sunsetting SPP. Other alternatives could have been successfully implemented to keep the game viable and lucrative for the company. Anyone looking for a social game as meaningful as playing in real life through Google+, beware, you can, and probably will, be dumped just as unceremoniously as we all were. Be careful that your pockets don't end up a bit lighter over it as well.

  11. Dawn says:

    I truly believe that you are "missing the boat" by not transferring Super Poke Pets to Google+. You could have instantly had a large customer base of active users. By axing the Slide games, you have made enemies of a large group of people that so easily could have been staunch supporters. All companies need loyal customers to survive and grow – mainly to survive, but yet you continue to ignore your current customers. It is a sad state of affairs when companies feel that they can totally ignore their customers' wants and needs.

  12. Macia Davidson says:

    Google+ should really re-consider "axing" Super Poke Pets and add it to the gaming platform that is being developed. You would have such an incredible following of players worldwide. We are so devastated that the Super Poke Pets Community and its pets will come to an end on March 6, 2012. There is no other virtual pet game that comes close to what SPP has to offer. I do not understand why such a family friendly game could not become a part of Google+'s selection of games. Players would be happy to play the game as it is right now; without new additions to the shop or offering gold items to sell (people would definitely spend money on gold items again.. there is no question about that). I've played since February 2009 and I love the game and the many friends I have made. Super Poke Pets provides many different outlets, for many, many people. People play for entertainment, to relieve stress, to express their creativity, and stay connected with their friends. I know you've heard the stories about players who are disabled, or have an illness that keeps them homebound or bedridden… I'm disabled because I have multiple sclerosis. I have a vision impairment that has made a huge impact on what I can and can't do. I can't go to the movies, I can't even watch television, and I can no longer pick up a book and read. I can only read on my laptop or a e-reader, but only for short periods of time. I can't play most computer games or online games. My eye movements are impaired and I cannot follow a lot of movement… I have trouble seeing some habitats in Super Poke Pets if there are a lot of animated objects, but I can view 99% of them, and I can decorate my own pet's home. I usually play a few hours a day when I am able. I purchased gold items because SPP is my number one source of entertainment. There are so many of us in the SPP Community fighting to save our game and it appears that Google's decision is final; the decision has been made and Google isn't going to change its mind. I will continue to fight for Super Poke Pets because it truly is a game worth having. I rate it "E for everyone" and the world definitely needs more of these types of games. I suspect you don't understand.. you haven't played.. you spent a ton of money to acquire Slide's products.. why would you get rid of a game that once had 171 million users in its hey-day. Wouldn't it be great to have that many loyal users on Google+? It's the greatest virtual pet game in the world… I hope that, before it's over, you'll see what a treasure this game could be.

  13. MoNyOh says:

    hate google! they bought SLIDE and terminated my FAVORITE GAMES!! even superpoke! who was featured in the big bang theory! they took all slide GOOOOD GAMES! SPP TOP FISH, SPP RANCH, SUPERPOCUS!, SUPER POKE! and now they're coming for the world famous superpoke! PETS… HATE YOU GOOGLE! U WANT US ON YOUR DAMN GAMING SITE? REVIVE SLIDE GAMES!!!! LIKE NOW!!!

  14. Andre says:

    Huge games fan so maybe Goolge+ can win me over this way