Digital Sharing for Apple Users: A Take Control Crash Course
by Joe Kissell

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Broadcast and Share Games and Game Stats

I am not a gamer. On the rare occasion that I play any game, I do so casually and non-competitively. However, if you like games—especially if you like playing competitively with others—Apple’s Game Center offers an easy way to broadcast your information and share games with other people.

Game Center is both an app (for Mac and iOS) and infrastructure—if a game includes support for Game Center, the system can track your scores and achievements (showing how yours compare to others’), and facilitate inviting friends to join in multiplayer games.

Enable Game Center

Once you’ve signed in, the scores, achievements, and other statistics from the Game Center-aware games you use are automatically made public , but only under your nickname.

**①** Game Center’s main screen on an iPhone looks something like this (except you’ll probably have more games, friends, and so on).
Game Center’s main screen on an iPhone looks something like this (except you’ll probably have more games, friends, and so on).

To change your nickname or other preferences, follow the steps ahead.

Configure Game Center

**②** The main Account Settings screen for Game Center on a Mac.
The main Account Settings screen for Game Center on a Mac.

Then you can adjust the following:

Add Friends

In the Game Center app:

Now enter a friend’s email address or nickname, type an optional message, and click or tap Send. The friend must accept the invitation in Game Center.

See Friends’ Games

Go to Friends and then click or tap a friend to see that person’s installed games, scores, and achievements.

Challenge Friends

  1. Go to Games.
  2. Click or tap a game.
  3. Select one of your leaderboard scores or achievements.
  4. Click or tap Challenge Friends.
  5. Compose a message to one or more of your friends.

The friend can then respond to an alert in Game Center.

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