Beware this ‘fix’ for nasty iOS 9 Game Center bug

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Game Center is causing some problems for iOS 9 updaters.
Game Center is causing some problems for iOS 9 updaters.
Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

If you’ve been having trouble with Apple’s Game Center after upgrading to iOS 9, you’re not alone.

Read Apple’s discussion forums and you’ll find 14 pages of comments from disgruntled gamers complaining about — and trying to solve — this rather massive issue.

Users report that after upgrading to iOS 9, the games that use Game Center have been freezing on launch. Some folks are able to play their games intermittently, but most say they’re unable to launch or run any games that use Game Center in any way.

Originally available in iOS 4.1 in 2010, Game Center has become increasingly integrated into mobile games on both iPhone and iPad, even getting into OS X in 2012 with OS X Mountain Lion. Depending on how it’s implemented by individual app developers, it can serve as a leaderboard, turn-based matchmaker, and even save your spot in some games.

If it quits working, as it seems to be in all these cases, your games will no longer be able to access the information it stores, and — sadly — may in fact keep you from even playing games with the Game Center code in them.

The fix is pretty drastic – an Apple representative told one forum user that the only way around this problem for now is to do a clean install of iOS 9 and then not to restore from backup. That means all the data you rely on day to day, including app and game data, could be affected. That could even include game saves, unless developers coded their game apps to save specific game save data in the cloud.

Several posters have noted that support representatives have told them that Apple is aware of the issue and is working on a fix, but until that time, your only options are to perform a clean install iOS 9 (or go back to iOS 8, which no one wants to do).

We’ll keep an eye on the forum and update as we learn of any fixes for this iOS 9 Game Center bug that don’t involve nuking your entire iOS device.

Via: Slide To Play