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Gamers rejoice. Game Center is here.

The new Game Center app lets you expand your social gaming network. Exponentially. All you need to play is an iPod touch or an iPhone running iOS 4.1. Just tap the Game Center app on your Home screen, log in with your Apple ID, and you’re good to go. You can create a different nickname that will be visible to friends and the gaming community. Assign several email addresses with the Game Center app to make it easy for more friends to find you. Download any games you see by tapping links in Game Center. Games can be started right from within the Game Center app. And once you log in to Game Center, you’re always connected. Until you decide to log out.

Friends. Soon to be opponents.

Bring your friends along for the ride. Or match. Or mission. You can invite someone by sending a friend request using their nickname or email address. Your friends show up in a separate Friends list in the Game Center app. And you can see what games they’ve been playing. You can also look at pending friend requests you receive.

Leaderboards and achievements.
Score some bragging rights.

Take a look at leaderboards and see how your score ranks against your friends, as well as all players of each game. You can also compare game achievements with your friends. Check out leaderboards and achievements through the Game Center app and through each individual game. And let the smack talk begin.

Meet your match.

Say you want to get a multiplayer game going. Auto-match will find your friends if they happen to be looking for an auto-match too. Otherwise, it will set you up with a soon-to-be friend from anywhere in the world. Or you can choose to invite a few friends and have auto-match fill out the number of players needed for a game.