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Game Center after upgrading to iOS 5.

10-15-2011, 05:00 PM
#1
Joined: Mar 2011
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 109
Game Center after upgrading to iOS 5.

I'm a big fan of Game Center and was really excited to see the new changes that iOS 5 brought to it, but I was really disappointed.

Problems I have with the new GC update...

*The game list doesn't load up as fast or sometimes certain games don't load at all. GC loads much slower altogether.
*On the main page it shows me the correct number of games I have registered but then I go to the games tab and it shows me a lower number.
*The endless friend requests I receive from people I don't know. They should have a block random invite option.
*Game/Friend recommendations are annoying. If I don't want to add someone or buy a game, there should be a remove button for it.
*The last game I play doesn't always load up on GC on the top of the list under the games tab.

Is there anybody else running into these issues?

CURRENT FAVORITES: Hearthstone, Cards and Castles, Clash Royale, Zen Pinball, Blades of Brim, Peggle Blast
10-15-2011, 05:51 PM
#2
Joined: Oct 2011
Location: Ohio, USA
Posts: 2,869
Hey what's up?

Yes GameCenter is significantly slower after the iOS 5 update.

I'm not having any problems with different game numbers (try resetting your phone).

Yeah I'm getting a bunch of random friend requests, but I don't mind that as much. Hence my GC name at bottom. But yeah I'm getting random requests. They're more than likely from your friends' friends, who are trying to increase their friends list.

All last games I play show up accordingly (again try resetting your phone).

I actually have complaints about GC as a whole, even before the update. I'll share those if you're interested, if not I won't.

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Playing Frederic Resurrection of Music, Jazz: Trump's Journey, Russian Dancing Men, & Cytus

10-15-2011, 08:53 PM
#3
Joined: Mar 2011
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 109
Every friend request I have received had no mutual friends. I just read another thread where people were suddenly getting friend requests and it had something to do with the achievement leaderboards that we can now access.

I have restarted my phone many times since the update. I own an 32gb non-jailbroken iPhone4 and I still have 13gb free so a full hard drive shouldn't be the issue but it could be something else in my phone causing GC to lag for me.

Let's hear everyones thoughts on Game Center as a whole since its makeover...

CURRENT FAVORITES: Hearthstone, Cards and Castles, Clash Royale, Zen Pinball, Blades of Brim, Peggle Blast
10-16-2011, 02:37 AM
#4
Joined: Oct 2011
Location: Ohio, USA
Posts: 2,869
Quote:
Originally Posted by BloodFidelity View Post
Every friend request I have received had no mutual friends. I just read another thread where people were suddenly getting friend requests and it had something to do with the achievement leaderboards that we can now access.

I have restarted my phone many times since the update. I own an 32gb non-jailbroken iPhone4 and I still have 13gb free so a full hard drive shouldn't be the issue but it could be something else in my phone causing GC to lag for me.

Let's hear everyones thoughts on Game Center as a whole since its makeover...
Ah got ya. Yeah I've had GC since its original release and the main ways to get friends have been to add your ID on the AppStore reviews and also to look at leader boards within GC. So if it has something to do with leaderboards people are just searching in them and adding the people who show up first, usually the top ranking players. If you do well in a game, I think it's safe to say expect new players to add you.

If you've ever played XBOX live the same thing happens. I used to get random friend requests and they would just say, yeah we played COD earlier or something like that.

It's all about interpersonal gaming relationships. I just think on the iOS platform it comes off as overkill. In the last couple days the majority of my friend request came from previous friends' friends. And then a few from here, which I don't mind. Anways within the last few days I've gotten about 30 friend requests. Expect it, especially since millions of people will be getting the new iPhone.


As far as GC as a whole I could do without the new recommendations, but I can also live with them. GC is definitely slower, but hopefully Apple will apply some sort of update. As far as other bugs they usually come with new updates of anything.

***My main problem with Game Center is that there is no sort of chat within it. I'm not asking that they go all out and integrate voice chat (which would be nice), but I am asking for at least text chat. It;s already in games, I just wish Apple would integrate it already. I also wish GC would show who's actually online, which would be extremely helpful. The only reason these might not be integrated is because they will bog down the system, but OpenFeint has text chat.

What are your thoughts and sorry if I rambled.

Game Center: GoofyJmaster My Twitter; Weekly Game Impressions! Thread; Game Guide 2011
Playing Frederic Resurrection of Music, Jazz: Trump's Journey, Russian Dancing Men, & Cytus

Last edited by GoofyJmaster.; 10-16-2011 at 02:48 AM.
10-16-2011, 02:32 PM
#5
Joined: May 2010
Location: UK
Posts: 281
I added loads of randoms but only if they had quite a few friends in common. I just like to know how I'm doing against my peers. I like the way it's easy to add people. I think basic chat would be good, nothing too fancy. It would also be good if there was a bit more of an optional profile to I can show off my eggcellent sense of humour.
10-17-2011, 01:30 AM
#6
Joined: Sep 2011
Location: In your dreams
Posts: 379
Quote:
Originally Posted by c593893 View Post
Wow, op is complaining about people being friendly. Nice o.O
Being friendly and adding random people to your list to get more "friends" is not the same.


I don't mind people adding me though, as i don't have a constant internet connection on my phone, i couldn't play with people who i would like to add anyway... So i just go up and check out gamecenter sometimes on wi-fi to see how am i doing against the random people on my list..

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10-17-2011, 01:27 PM
#7
Joined: Oct 2011
Location: Ohio, USA
Posts: 2,869
Quote:
Originally Posted by c593893 View Post
Wow, op is complaining about people being friendly. Nice o.O
I don't think he's complaining. I think he might just be overwhelmed. I can easily receive 5+ invites within a hour. I have 4 that I haven't accepted yet at this very moment.

Game Center: GoofyJmaster My Twitter; Weekly Game Impressions! Thread; Game Guide 2011
Playing Frederic Resurrection of Music, Jazz: Trump's Journey, Russian Dancing Men, & Cytus
10-17-2011, 04:55 PM
#8
Joined: Jun 2011
Location: Virginia
Posts: 144
I haven't got any new invites yet.
10-17-2011, 05:14 PM
#9
Joined: Oct 2011
Location: Ohio, USA
Posts: 2,869
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Originally Posted by Joyomi View Post
I haven't got any new invites yet.
I think the random invites are getting sent to people who have already amassed a decent friends list (their friends are adding you), and it is also getting sent to people who are at the top of leaderboards.

When Game Center first came out there were only a few games that used it and it wasn't as popular as it is now. People were posting their GC names in the comments section of games. I did this also and built a pretty strong friends list a long time ago. So, now people are adding me through the people I previously added. Also, I fair pretty well in certain games' leaderboards.

I have also received a few Touch Arcade friend requests and sent out a few myself.

Hope this helps!

Game Center: GoofyJmaster My Twitter; Weekly Game Impressions! Thread; Game Guide 2011
Playing Frederic Resurrection of Music, Jazz: Trump's Journey, Russian Dancing Men, & Cytus

Last edited by GoofyJmaster.; 10-17-2011 at 05:21 PM.
10-17-2011, 05:29 PM
#10
Joined: Jul 2009
Location: Houston/Austin, TX
Posts: 13,251
At over 400 friends now from the 160 I had last Wednesday. Really wished there was an "accept all" button. Going to have to start deleting people soon. All of them have 5 or more mutual friends though..

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