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Game Center - only one device per account!

09-08-2010, 10:28 PM
#1
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 34
Game Center - only one device per account!

Am I missing something?

I have three devices in my family, all using one Apple ID. Apple allows for up to five to share one account.

Yet, Game Center allows for only one device and one nickname! Is there a way around this, or did Apple just cripple their new service from the gate? Another 'pinged' service just days apart?

Thoughts?
09-08-2010, 10:46 PM
#2
Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 1,074
Each person needs a seperate Apple ID, as far as I know.

09-08-2010, 10:49 PM
#3
Can't you just have them make an apple ID and sign into yours whenever you transfer purchases?



That's what my wife and I do. She has her own apple ID, but all games are bought on my account, so she signs in on my account and downloads the games, but then goes back to her ID for everything else (she gets a lot of free apps that I dont want junking up my itunes).
09-08-2010, 11:20 PM
#4
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 34
Apple ID for five devices

This defeats Apple's policy that an Apple ID can be shared with five devices. The workaround is available, but shouldn't be needed. Apple could of easily allowed that each UDID on the Apple ID account can have their own stats and friends, etc.

OpenFeint is here to stay, they simply use UDID.

I sure hope they fix this soon.
09-08-2010, 11:34 PM
#5
Quote:
Originally Posted by jakimo View Post
Am I missing something?
We use the same store id on all devices in the house. However, none of our Game Center id's are tied to that account. We just made new ones for each person, which can move from device to device if need be.
09-08-2010, 11:35 PM
#6
Joined: Sep 2009
Location: California
Posts: 2,348
I have 3 iPhones that use 1 iTunes account. Your game center ID needs to sign in with another account even though it's not used to buy apps.

for example:

person1@gmail.com is iTunes main account

person2@gmail.com would be an account that signed up for iTunes. Than they can sign up for there own game center nick name.
09-09-2010, 12:04 AM
#7
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by Little White Bear Studios View Post
We use the same store id on all devices in the house. However, none of our Game Center id's are tied to that account. We just made new ones for each person, which can move from device to device if need be.
Understood.

I've done the same, created new AppleID for use on each device.

It's a work-around!! The logical thing for Apple to do, is keep their policy across their products.

Since an AppleID allows for five devices, it follows that each device should allow for a unique nick for Game Center use AND for reviews AND for Ping.

PS - Apple crushed the accepted nick system for reviews via accepting Ping. Once you sign up for Ping, you are forced to have every review you've written to show your billing name in full instead of a nick.

I'm no fan of inconsistency.
09-09-2010, 12:09 AM
#8
Joined: Oct 2008
Location: Estes Park co.
Posts: 447
Quote:
Originally Posted by jakimo View Post
Understood.

I've done the same, created new AppleID for use on each device.

It's a work-around!! The logical thing for Apple to do, is keep their policy across their products.

Since an AppleID allows for five devices, it follows that each device should allow for a unique nick for Game Center use AND for reviews AND for Ping.

PS - Apple crushed the accepted nick system for reviews via accepting Ping. Once you sign up for Ping, you are forced to have every review you've written to show your billing name in full instead of a nick.

I'm no fan of inconsistency.
I ued my nick name for my ping account and it works. But ping is worthless for other reasons

total money spent in app store sence 8-15-08
2973.06
last music download: EL CREEPO!Todd Smith is putting out some amazing stuff
GAMECENTER = eyemh8 add me
09-09-2010, 12:20 AM
#9
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by eyemh8 View Post
I used my nick name for my ping account and it works.
It won't work for long though.

Head over to your iTunes account information and check out your billing name for your credit / debit / paypal account - now it's your nick. It may very well cause future purchases to fail, as it no longer matches your billing account information.

In the fine print of sorts, Apple makes it clear that your nick gets wiped once you join Ping and that your name now matches your billing name on your iTunes account.

Yah, Ping is in alpha. I love Yo Yo Ma's page though! Check out the video he posted recently of Silk Road Connections.
09-09-2010, 12:30 AM
#10
Joined: Oct 2008
Location: Estes Park co.
Posts: 447
Quote:
Originally Posted by jakimo View Post
It won't work for long though.

Head over to your iTunes account information and check out your billing name for your credit / debit / paypal account - now it's your nick. It may very well cause future purchases to fail, as it no longer matches your billing account information.


In the fine print of sorts, Apple makes it clear that your nick gets wiped once you join Ping and that your name now matches your billing name on your iTunes account.

Yah, Ping is in alpha. I love Yo Yo Ma's page though! Check out the video he posted recently of Silk Road Connections.

I removed my card so maybe that's why I only use gift cards now. I don't think I'm much into " Yo Yo Ma's " now when pig destroyer or the melvins get a page let me know

total money spent in app store sence 8-15-08
2973.06
last music download: EL CREEPO!Todd Smith is putting out some amazing stuff
GAMECENTER = eyemh8 add me