Microsoft Game Hub Infuses Social Experiences Into Casual Games

Microsoft launched a new gaming hub that connects its three major social gaming portals, blurring the line between casual and social gameplay, called "Microsoft Game Hub," helps fans of casual games like Bejeweled play and interact socially across MSN Games, Bing Games and Windows Live Messenger.Microsoft also said that MSN Games site is completely rebuilt, […]

Microsoft launched a new gaming hub that connects its three major social gaming portals, blurring the line between casual and social gameplay, called "Microsoft Game Hub," helps fans of casual games like Bejeweled play and interact socially across MSN Games, Bing Games and Windows Live Messenger.

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Microsoft also said that MSN Games site is completely rebuilt, the games experience on WLM has been updated, and Bing Games has been expanded internationally into English-speaking markets including Australia, Canada, UK and New Zealand.

By tying the three casual gaming sites together with the new hub, Microsoft aims to make non-hardcore gaming more social, Wolf said. Through the new hub, players can sign into their Facebook or Live accounts (or both), scroll through their friends' status updates, send casual game challenge requests, view game leaderboards, save a game as a favorite to make it easier to find, and track their favorite games, game history and scores -- no matter what platform they're on.

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