In what may be a warning shot across the bow of the U.S.S. Plus+ (and the other iPhone social networks), OpenFeint announced today that Digital Chocolate is integrating OpenFeint in select games of theirs. Pretty soon games like Tower Bloxx Deluxe [99¢ / Free] and 3D Rollercoaster Rush $4.99 / Free] are going to be packed with online scoreboards and other OpenFeint achievements along with a few other other Digital Chocolate games.

Readers may remember that Trip Hawkins previously claimed they are the #1 game company in the App Store. While there may be some debate about that particular claim, Digital Chocolate's library does represent a huge base of iPhone users.

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Even after this substantial acquisition of new games on OpenFeint, there still is a fair amount of fragmentation in iPhone gaming social networks. Each service offers something slightly different for both iPhone developers and gamers, and different people all prefer the various services for different reasons, but this remains a huge win for OpenFeint.

  • iphone geek

    no one is touching gameloft.

  • iphone geek

    no one is touching gameloft.

  • http://www.drafternoon.com mek

    so if we have already completed the game *Cough* California Gold Rush*, would we have to recomplete it to use the leaderboard

    thankfully i dont care for leaderboards, and never use them
    but any additional bonus packs for lets say, Gold rush, I would love in either an update or paid download...hint hint..

  • http://www.drafternoon.com mek

    so if we have already completed the game *Cough* California Gold Rush*, would we have to recomplete it to use the leaderboard

    thankfully i dont care for leaderboards, and never use them
    but any additional bonus packs for lets say, Gold rush, I would love in either an update or paid download...hint hint..

  • Zincous

    That's what I'm talking about :D

  • Zincous

    That's what I'm talking about :D

  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    I really don't like OpenFeint!
    Sad development.

  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    I really don't like OpenFeint!
    Sad development.

  • Bobster

    openfeint is the worst of them all -- slow, buggy, and always require a lot of taps to go where you want.

  • Bobster

    openfeint is the worst of them all -- slow, buggy, and always require a lot of taps to go where you want.

  • Mark

    So we'll get bugged about Facebook and then OF when playing the game? Yet another reason to never buy DChoc.

  • Mark

    So we'll get bugged about Facebook and then OF when playing the game? Yet another reason to never buy DChoc.

  • TGR

    Sad to see OF taking over.

    • http://www.trileet.com/ goldbuick

      Really? Do you have something better in mind? I'm not sure what other stuff is out there?

      • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

        Plus+? way better...

  • TGR

    Sad to see OF taking over.

    • http://www.trileet.com/ goldbuick

      Really? Do you have something better in mind? I'm not sure what other stuff is out there?

      • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

        Plus+? way better...

  • nooooddy

    I've got to agree about OpenFeint sucking hard. I much prefer Plus+.

    Not sure if its the OF interface that causes the slowdown and random crashing or if its their shitty server architecture? Hopefully it will improve..

  • nooooddy

    I've got to agree about OpenFeint sucking hard. I much prefer Plus+.

    Not sure if its the OF interface that causes the slowdown and random crashing or if its their shitty server architecture? Hopefully it will improve..

  • PhagoCychotic

    I don't see the problem. I like Open Feint. I like Plus+ (And Agon, Scoreloop, Geocade) They're similar but different and enhance gameplay if you are one into leaderboards, etc. I don't do the Facebook or Twitter and integration of these options never bothered me. Disabling Open Feint is as easy as tapping "no." Stop making a big deal out of nothing if it bothers you.

  • PhagoCychotic

    I don't see the problem. I like Open Feint. I like Plus+ (And Agon, Scoreloop, Geocade) They're similar but different and enhance gameplay if you are one into leaderboards, etc. I don't do the Facebook or Twitter and integration of these options never bothered me. Disabling Open Feint is as easy as tapping "no." Stop making a big deal out of nothing if it bothers you.

  • Jake

    The latest release of OpenFeint actually feels really tight. It's not laggy, it looks good and it adds some cool features. I don't see why you what you've got against it.

  • Jake

    The latest release of OpenFeint actually feels really tight. It's not laggy, it looks good and it adds some cool features. I don't see why you what you've got against it.

  • kaizen

    Awesome!! Hopefully 'Select Titles' turns into 'All Titles'!

    I love OpenFeint!

  • kaizen

    Awesome!! Hopefully 'Select Titles' turns into 'All Titles'!

    I love OpenFeint!

  • yacoub

    somehow i don't think i'm the only one who doesn't care about openfeint or other online scoreboards and whatnot. just include the content IN the game, please. i hate having to turn on WiFi on my touch to go download other things.

  • yacoub

    somehow i don't think i'm the only one who doesn't care about openfeint or other online scoreboards and whatnot. just include the content IN the game, please. i hate having to turn on WiFi on my touch to go download other things.

  • 1337brian

    I think I might be the only one, but I really wish that Apple would jump in and present a unified solution for everyone...

    • Chad

      Apple would be not only slow about development but now require even more before an app gets approved. Also when there is a bug Apple would be stupid slow about fixing it, unless it caused Apple to lose control somehow, then they would be on it faster than a fat kid on cake.

  • 1337brian

    I think I might be the only one, but I really wish that Apple would jump in and present a unified solution for everyone...

    • Chad

      Apple would be not only slow about development but now require even more before an app gets approved. Also when there is a bug Apple would be stupid slow about fixing it, unless it caused Apple to lose control somehow, then they would be on it faster than a fat kid on cake.

  • gmergrrl

    All I see are Gameloft games in the App Store. They be everywhere, yo. That's alright cuz there games are pretty kick a#$!

  • gmergrrl

    All I see are Gameloft games in the App Store. They be everywhere, yo. That's alright cuz there games are pretty kick a#$!

  • rich_952000

    I have games that use Agon, Open Feint, Plus+ and of course those utilizing private servers. I don't think I've ever noticed any bugs or anything bad about any of these "social networks" as stated by some.

    If I had to pick one "favorite", I guess it would be Open Feint, as it has the largest abundance of games that utilize it, making it nice when playing one game I can check leaderboards etc. For at least 50% of the games I play.

  • rich_952000

    I have games that use Agon, Open Feint, Plus+ and of course those utilizing private servers. I don't think I've ever noticed any bugs or anything bad about any of these "social networks" as stated by some.

    If I had to pick one "favorite", I guess it would be Open Feint, as it has the largest abundance of games that utilize it, making it nice when playing one game I can check leaderboards etc. For at least 50% of the games I play.

  • SteveJ

    Apple should buy one or the other of OpenFeint or Plus+ and make it the official system. I don't care which, just don't call it Plus+! What a terrible name.

  • SteveJ

    Apple should buy one or the other of OpenFeint or Plus+ and make it the official system. I don't care which, just don't call it Plus+! What a terrible name.