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Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview 4

Mountain Lion, a.k.a. OS X 10.8, marries the Apple desktop operating system to iOS features that previously were found only on the iPhone and iPad. Among them: Messages, Notifications, Reminders, a Game Center, and better integration with iCloud. It's not a revolutionary upgrade to the desktop OS, but it should please Mac enterprise users.

Game Center

Apple is banking on people using their iOS devices for gaming. That's why it's integrating Game Center into its desktop OS. Unfortunately, Game Center on the desktop is still unfinished in many ways. When Mountain Lion is released, you should be able to synch your entire gaming experience--the games themselves, along with your gaming network and accomplishments--to your Mac. You should be able to play games across your Apple hardware, including enjoying in-game audio chats and receiving notifications.

Apple also is putting the final touches on its gaming API, Game Kit, which will allow developers to create multi-player games that can be played across all Apple computing devices.

Gaming is becoming a major computing past time. In order to accommodate users that mainly use their Macs for gaming, Apple is introducing a gaming hub called Game Center. You can access and play all of your games from one central place. Game Center makes it easy to play all kinds of games from Solitaire to Diablo 3.

To get started you create a Came Center account. Your profile can be private or public, giving you the option of accepting gaming invitations from friends only or from anyone in the world.

After setting your nickname and your profile privacy settings, you can invite friends from your address book.

Game Center crashed on me. Guess it really still is in development.

I was able to restart the application and get back to where I left off. Without any games, it's a bit lonely in there right now. Good thing there's a link to the App Store so you can buy the games you want.

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