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May 28, 2009

Play Games in Google Talk

Google released a realtime gadgets API for Google Talk that's especially useful if you want to play games with your friends.

"gadgets.realtime and the APIs built on top of it allow gadget developers to write applications that communicate asynchronously with another endpoint, whether that endpoint is another instance of the application (on another machine, or in another browser, for example), the container hosting the gadget, or an application hosted in the cloud. The obvious application of these APIs is 1:1 gaming -- at its most basic a Tic-Tac-Toe game between two users. However there are many other more complex (and arguably -- depending on your thoughts about games -- more interesting) scenarios that these APIs enable; for instance, a chat application that translates text as participants type it, or a shared whiteboard, or an application that lets a couple choose the best flight for their upcoming vacation."

For now, the APIs are only available in a developer sandbox, which includes a special interface of Gmail Chat. Here's how you can play chess with one of your friends:

* Go to the sandbox and send this link to your friend: http://talkgadget.google.com/talkgadget/sandbox .

* When your friend started to use Gmail Chat's sandbox, click on "Options", select "Start application", paste the following address:
http://code.google.com/apis/talk/examples/chess.xml
and press Enter.


If you don't know how to play chess, try two other applications:

* a very simple rock-paper-scissors game:
http://code.google.com/apis/talk/examples/rps.xml

* an automatic translation application:
http://code.google.com/apis/talk/examples/interpreter.xml

{ via Google Talk Blog. Thanks, Niranjan. }

24 comments:

  1. This is great, if they have games like Scrabulous and other type of games it will be even more awesome.

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  2. cool! :] now when is it coming out of sandbox? .. how do i manage languages in translation? .. can we play against a chess bot ? :] ... http://friendfeed.com/petrbuben

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  3. .. and, would you consider running Google FriendConnect on this site? .. Googleblog should do the same ...:] .. etc etc

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  4. I've been playing around with this. So far I've edited the Rock Paper Scissors game made by Google to have images and work a little better. Access it at http://nicholas541.byethost5.com/talkgames/rps.xml

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  5. Cool, i can play chess now with my old friend

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  6. It had some problems with who's turn it was (e.g. friend sees its my turn, I see its their turn).

    Wish we could make the game stuff bigger....

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  7. hey for the tic tac too game what the xml url just like chess

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  8. Wow this is amazing..You can play games while you chat on gtalk..Would be a great experience..

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  9. It's amazing, I'll give it a try...

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  10. Cool offer by Google!!Playing games with your partner while chatting is just amazing!!

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  11. Google is introducing new features day y day. This is really cool to play games while chatting with friends. Nice update

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  12. I am big fan of GTalk. I almost use it daily. This offer is really amazing!!

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  13. Try http://www.playandsearch.com/games.htm

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  14. Anyone knows a good site with more games available through Google Talk?

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  15. I'm a regular follower of the developer sandbox blog and really did see one a Google publication about an online domino game. It really is diffidult. Almost like the real thing. heh :)

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  16. i thing that we shuld get to play games here

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  17. Its Amazing! You can play games while you chat on gtalk..Would be a great experience..

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  18. Nice update...This is really cool to play games while chatting with friends.

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  19. it said gadget not found!!!!!!

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  20. Doesn't work anymore

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  21. Although the games don't seem to work well, i have recently just migrated to using GTalk because MSN is just too buggy.

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  22. There is also a game "Tankaar" which is integrated with GTalk. You can look at it from their site http://www.tankaar.com

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