Crytek inspires streaming social gaming service

Is there enough social networking in your life? If not, you might be interested in a new venture concocted in collaboration with Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli. GFACE, which breaks the first rule of the Internet by resorting to allcaps for no apparent reason, looks like a gaming-centric hybrid of Facebook and Google+. The site promises players will be able to enjoy multiplayer 3D games "that you can expect from a next generation console." Specific titles aren't named, but the browser-based service aims to deliver games on smartphones and tablets in addition to PCs.

Everything is powered by the Seed Engine, which creates and connects "living social media containers" that can be shared, searched, and even recommended to users by the service itself. All that's required on the user's end is a free browser plug-in that purportedly takes seconds to download and install. The quality of the content streamed to the user is supposed to scale with the speed of his hardware and Internet connection.

A closed beta is current underway, and you can check it out here. Amusingly, the beta page has a Facebook link for folks who want to share the service with their current circle of "friends." Convincing people to try join another social network might be an uphill battle, especially for gamers who already have access to plenty of social features through Steam, Origin, and Games for Windows Live. Then there's OnLive, which already streams actual console games to smartphones and tablets. Thanks to Joystiq for the tip.

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