I've known Man Up Time's Bruce Morrison for years now, and I promise he's somehow been involved in something you've played between various Freeverse and ngmoco titles, or other newer projects. Today his studio released Cinemoji [Free], a fun two player guessing game that challenges players to guess movies based on emoji of all things. Like a lot of games, we got an early preview build a while ago, but couldn't play it because the game relies on Apple's Game Center to work. If you've been smoked out by what's become known as simply, the Game Center bug, you can't play Cinemoji or many other games that similarly depend on Game Center at all because your Game Center doesn't work for unknown reasons.

We posted about the Game Center bug a while ago, pointing to one of the biggest threads in our forums filled with tons of people trying to figure out how to fix it. So far, people have "solved" the problem by doing full device restores, weird rituals involving toggling on and off passcodes, and a bunch of other really crazy stuff. The concerning part is that for some people, the bug always seems to come back. Worse yet, the iPhone and games that depend on Game Center really don't give you any kind of clue as to what's happening, as there's no great error message to troubleshoot or anything else. Stuff just doesn't work.


So, Bruce is taking it upon himself to gather as much data about this problem as possible to hopefully find some kind of solution, or if nothing else, the cause. If you've been afflicted by the Game Center Bug, check out this post in the forums. If you'd like to help out some more and contribute your device logs to get to the bottom of this, here is how to get them if you use a Mac and here is how to do it on a PC. While it's hard to say what will come of all this, Bruce Morrison is the kind of guy who has been around since the beginning of iOS gaming, so if anyone is capable of putting together an epic bug report filled with loads of data to hopefully get this to the proper channels to eventually get fixed, it's him.

Anyway, if you'd like to help out, either post in the thread or hit up Bruce directly on Twitter.

  • Bruce Morrison

    Thanks Eli. I'll be watching the forum post trying to help where I can so we can all play our GameCenter games again!

    • saansilt

      Good luck man. Alas my skills in programming are but little as I just started taking classes

  • cabuckn

    Can confirm this guy is helpful and responsive through PMs. I'm no one, so take or leave me vouching for him lol. But I've been around on the forums since 2011, so I do at least have that 🙂

  • http://appaddict.net/ Brett (@OTGGamer)

    Was just on the phone with an Apple service rep for the last 30+ minutes about this very issue, while this was being posted. When I got off hold, I made sure to point her this post and recommended that she tell the engineers get to in touch with Bruce as well.

  • Truffled

    Both my husband and I were hit with this bug. Him a year or so ago and myself just last month. The only way we were able to fix it was to do a complete factory reset on our phones. Which meant losing any and all progress that wasn't tied directly to Game Center or Facebook.

  • Design by Adrian

    I'm not sure if the card game in Final Fantasy app lacks online players because they're not interested or because of this bug...

  • http://adamsimmersive.com Adams Immersive

    GC more or less works most of the time for me... But depending on current solar flare activity, it may spend days at a time requiring me to re-enter my password incessantly!

    I salute this effort.

  • TripMX

    If Bruce fixes Game Center (9.x.x) before Apple does, then Steve Jobs will rise from the grave and start bitch-slapping employees!

  • xxAcesHighxx

    Yep, my iPhone 6S Plus is afflicted by this awful bug. It's extremely frustrating.

    What I don't get though, is why aren't Apple sorting it out themselves?