For as far back as last June when Apple released the private beta of iOS 9 during WWDC, Game Center has been plagued with issues. For some reason the service just simply stops working out of the blue. I didn't personally become affected with the Game Center bug until sometime last fall, after the official release of iOS 9. Since then, various versions of rebooting, signing out of the App Store, turning on Airplane mode, or voodoo dancing have gotten Game Center to work intermittently, but even those crazy methods eventually stopped working and ever since about December Game Center has been as dead as a doornail to me.

This sucks for a lot of reasons, like missing out on leaderboard competition and achievements, but worst of all is when a game requires Game Center to run. That was enough for Man Up Time's Bruce Morrison to attempt to gather information from affected gamers in our forums and try to reach out to whatever Apple contacts he had regarding getting the issue fixed, seeing as his new game Cinemoji [Free] absolutely depends on having Game Center working in order to play.

Another major example is Rayark's stunning character action game Implosion - Never Lose Hope [$9.99] which released to extreme critical acclaim last year and ended up on many publications' Best of 2015 or Game of the Year lists, including our own. It is probably the best example of an action game being created with mobile and touchscreen in mind, and it was just last week that Implosion received its biggest update yet which added a new playable character with a new storyline and missions to play through.

There was just one problem: Implosion required users to be connected to Game Center in order for the game to run. Those affected with the Game Center bug were forced to endlessly stare at the game attempting to connect upon boot up rather than running around wreaking havoc in their bad ass mech suits.

Members in the Implosion thread in our forums reached out to Rayark through social media and made them aware of the Game Center problem, and Rayark let them know they'd had some reports of this problem and were looking into providing an update to fix it. Astonishingly, just over a week later and Implosion has indeed been updated to no longer require Game Center in order to run. Instead, it still tried to connect to Game Center upon boot up, but after a few seconds it will give you a pop-up saying it's having a hard time connecting and ask if you'd like to continue waiting for it to connect or just move on to the game.

I'm not sure what to say about Apple and the fact that they have yet to fix or even really acknowledge a widespread problem with one of the core features of iOS, and that a developer had to take it upon themselves to provide a new version of their game in order to bypass the problem so that their customers could even use the product that they've paid for. How can the most profitable company in the world who make the devices with the highest customer satisfaction ratings, and also charge more than competitors for devices that are well-build and "just work", let a problem like this languish for coming up on an entire year? HOW does that happen?

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There's been an active thread in our forums dedicated to those suffering from the Game Center bug, and as one person suggested perhaps those who are affected by the bug could reach out to Apple's new Twitter support handle: @AppleSupport which just went live yesterday. I mean, that's what they're there for, right? If you're affected by the bug and have a Twitter account, it couldn't hurt to let them know you're unhappy about the whole Game Center debacle.

Thankfully there are developers like Rayark who care about their customers enough to find a solution for the problem, even when that problem has absolutely nothing to do with them. I've been dying to dive into the new content in Implosion and I'm ecstatic that I finally can, no thanks to Apple.

  • forsakenxe

    YES! Finally I can play again!

  • Amenbrother

    Love these guys!!!!!

    • speedlie

      Out of nowere , Gamecenter started working again after 3 moths ,

  • curtisrshideler

    Starting a trend that should never end.

    • nini

      Why, we could have Facebook logins instead... or resurrect the long rotted corpse of Plus or even Crystal if we're feeling fancy.

  • madreviewer

    Apple is definitely looking in the problem

    • delirium38

      Apple is the problem.

      • nini

        And they're looking into it, I don't see the issue.

    • H4nd0fg0d

      Kinda funny bc they've been looking into it for like 5 iterations of iOS 9. Sad rlly.

  • H4nd0fg0d

    Epic stuff from an epic dev. Epic, period.

  • H4nd0fg0d

    I believe the problem being swept under Apple's 'rug' is testimony to their non commitment to being a major gaming platform and is a straight up slap to the face of devs and gamers considering they take a 30% cut of the revenue generated by all games on the AppStore.

    • nini

      Or resources are elsewhere, not everything is slap in the face to the previous core gamer.

      • speetz

        Where? What is more important than Dixon a standing, glaring issue with one of the key components of their software for many people, that limits some f the basic functions of said software? (Like playing certain games/apps) I am sure they are workin on plenty, but fixing the state of their current customers devices so they work properly and so companies can release games in the way that they were intended o be able to is both a huge setback for them (in the long term) and very glaring both in showing their real concern (Short term cash, and being able to publicly claim they are updating software etc) and for the users of their very pricey product tat hasn't been working properly or as advertised for months now.

  • Warriv

    Good move from Rayark, this is the kind of stuff gamers will remember. Happy to have backed their Kickstarter, they're straight up cool dudes.

  • Dan A

    This is bloody awesome, I can play!

  • David1886

    It's cool.
    But I want my Game Center back(

  • DemoEvolved

    Someone should ressurect OpenFeint. That would get Apple going fast

  • Bliquid

    The game/developer that keeps on giving.

  • https://www.behance.net/rgdesignhouse Ron

    What the hell is apple doing?

    • nicoper

      Eating delicious apples and spinning around on their desk chairs.

  • JudasKain

    Been playing the new content. One prob though, I can't find any info on the net on the new suits rewarded from badges- Avalon death metal and Crimson something.
    Does anyone know if the suits are merely cosmetic or if it adds anything else stat-wise? .. The new character is little tough to handle as well.. Gotta face enemies to actually do damage on normal attack.. Happy and thankful for the new content though.

  • 7lilwhitewolf7

    Thank You Jared😎 & Rayark😎
    One of the many reasons i l❤️ve TouchArcade

  • Singhapura

    I see what you did there with the headline. You must be 90s gamers.

  • dalglir

    Great article, Mr Nelson. Nailed Apple's (non) involvement in this.

  • smiffee666

    Now that's a dev that truly cares. Ray ark, love you guys!!

  • Chocolate

    I stopped buying iOS games about 6 months ago due to Game Center completely not working anymore. When I looked online I found this problem has existed for at least a year, and Apple has done nothing. I don't trust them anymore.

  • Anotherkellydown

    This happened to me for the first time just a few days ago. 'Chased By The Sun', by Jonathan Rubinger & Half Glass Games. I reached out to HGG on Twitter and referred them to this article (great job Jared). They listened and are doing the same thing! Just thought it was really cool of them. Update is incoming, go support them with your wallet =)

  • taiga97

    I hope they update deemo as well. This game center bug is killing me.

  • Mrbestapps

    Yesss thankss! Do the same for deemo please I can play them again on my iPhone which Game Center is broken on! Thanks for the news