The forthcoming desktop operating system from Apple, OS X Mountain Lion, will bring the Game Center app that will cater largely to gaming enthusiasts. What you require to access this app is only a Game Center account that you can create with your Apple ID. There are features like LeaderBoard which tracks your performance and gives computes your score to compare with others in your network. You can start a multiplayer game and use the built-in voice chat to speak to your opponents. Besides, you can also confront people who are in your friends’ network.

This article discusses the different things that you can do on the Game Canter app for an invigorating gaming experience.

The Game Center app and its various features

Game center has been designed for enthusiasts who enjoy customizing their games as per the desire. To gain entry into the app after launching, you need to make a Game Center account which requires the Apple account. Additionally, you can also log in using your existing iOS account. The complete network of gaming is displayed to you after you’ve logged in to the Game Center.

Find Friends through the Network

All your friends on the gaming network including their friends’ profile will be visible to you. You can choose to play with anyone you come across. Just send the person a friend request. Like social networking sites, Game Center also comes up with friends’ suggestion for you to increase the game network.

Uncover new games

On the Game Center you will be able to see the different games that your friends play. There are plenty of games on the Mac App Store that you can choose from, on your own as well as from game suggestions generated by the app. The App Store can be browsed from within the Game Center thus allowing you to purchase and download games.

Check your rank and performance

The Leaderboard on Game Center gives you scores to compare them with others and also ranks you among the group. You can choose to tally the scores on daily and weekly basis. Each score sheet will show you the top player.

Track your achievements

Once you cross a difficult hurdle in game, you can publicize your achievement and put it across your friends to draw a competitive result. This gives you encouragement and set new goals as well.

Find opponents for multiplayer gaming

There are multiplayer games that allow you to add an opponent. He can be anyone within your network. Just as you choose a person, he is automatically added to the game by Game Center if the person is willing to play. Multiplayer gaming adds to the fun of playing games.

Notifications and voice chat

The new notification center on OS X Mountain Lion enlists game invitations and turns for a turn-based game. Game Center also has a voice chat functionality within the games which allows you to chat with your opponent while a game is in progress.

Parental controls

Parents can monitor their certain gaming aspect of their children like choosing the people to add to their network for multiplayer games. You can also monitor your child’s game network. ‘Parental Controls’ tab can be located at the ‘System Preferences’.

Cross platform Gaming

The Game Center app also allows playing games from both Macs and iOS devices. You can save a game on Mac and continue to play it from your iPad. Cross platform support is provided for multiplayer as well as turn based games.

The Game Center app made its debut in iOS devices and is now on its way to the desktops and laptops. By upgrading to OS X Mountain Lion, Mac users can do a lot with this app. This is another example which shows the current trend of mobile operating systems inspiring their desktop counterparts. Desktops and laptops in general make gaming experience better than tablets due to their advantage of having a larger display.

Author's Bio: 

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