Social networking is a central part of the smartphone experience because it expands on the old ways of communicating with people and creates a permanent online character that builds webs between people. As these types of communication become socially important, phones like the iPhone standardize them so that they remain with you at all times and integrated in all functions. Game Center brings both the social networking and the “cloud” storage phenomenon into the most popular gaming platform in the world: the iOS. Through this you create a profile, add friends, and build on each individual game into a collective experience that is social in nature. Here is a step by step look at the basic process of logging in, or creating an account, in Game Center. This is only relevant, however, for devices that are running on at least the iOS 4.1. For all brand new devices, and those on the iOS 5, this is going to be standard.
There is going to be a different process for users that already have created a Game Center account versus those who are brand new to it. If you have just gotten the iPhone 4s, or another iPhone model, yet have had one previously, then you will just need to essentially log in. Go into Game Center and then enter in the username email and password for your Apple ID and then hit the Sign In button. If it accepts your Apple ID it will likely then tell you that the Terms & Conditions have changed, will then list them, and give you the option to email them to you. Scroll to the bottom and hit the Agree button, and then hit Agree again when the blue pop up message comes up. This will log you fully into Game Center, and will start you out with different Game Center settings you can adjust like whether or not to have a Public Profile or to use your Contacts for Friend Recommendations. Once you hit Done in the New In Game Center area it will take you to your regular account where you can alter your information, add friends, look at games, or answer requests from other users.
One of the major advantages of your Game Center account is that it is not tied to your device specifically, but your Apple ID. This means that this can be one of the easiest ways to go back to many of the games that you have left on an older iDevice almost immediately when you get a new iPhone. When you go into the Games tab at the bottom it will list some of these games that were attached to your Game Center account and will allow them to tap into them. It runs on the same social networking logic that is making things like iCloud so successful in that it allows you to keep a mobile profile of content that is not dependent on specific physical devices.
If you are completely new to the iPhone in its most recent iOS context and have never had a Game Center account then you will have to create a new one. From the opening screen of Game Center choose Create New Account rather than Sign In. It will start by asking your location and then your birth date. It will ask you to look at, and agree with, the Terms & Conditions, and then you will fill out account information with first and last name, email address, security question and answer, and a password. It will check to make sure that it is a valid email address, and if you have a “weak” password it will flag you to add more diversity to the character choices. Once this all clears you will need to create a profile with a Nickname and if you want game invites, a public profile, and to use Contacts to add friends. The Nickname you choose has to be original and cannot be taken on the network already since it needs to be used to identify you. Once you get to the end of this you will be at the profile page that that is standard where you can make changes such as adding a photo, adding friends, or adding games.