Google+ Hangouts embrace the inevitable, gets into social games

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Scoot & Doodle Google HangoutsAre these the "truly social" social games that players and critics clamor for? Google has unleashed an interesting to the Hangouts portion of its new social network, Google+. Now in addition to voice and video chat, people in Hangouts can play games together, like Aces Hangout and Scoot & Doodle. In both games, players interact in real time via webcam.

Direct, one-to-one (or eight) communication solidified by a game experience--we'd say that's enough qualification for a truly social game. (Or the term will simply continue to refer to the networks on which the games appear so as to avoid criticism.) Anyway, Aces Hangout is simply a social, multiplayer version of the game of Aces. Scoot & Doodle, on the other hand, looks like a Draw Something-esque doodle-sharing game.

The games look like an effort to get Google+ users even more engaged with the service's unique Hangouts feature. But Google could have a perhaps unearthed a potentially unintended (though we doubt it) effect. Frankly, this could be a place for social game makers to innovate and maybe even spur real-time multiplayer social games along. Who wants to bet on how long it takes for Zynga Poker to hit Hangouts?

[Via Geek.com]

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