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(The Wire)   Flappy Birds is the best-selling game on Google Play and iTunes because it is very hard to play, has bad graphics, and actively cheats to make you lose as you get better at it. Wait,what?   (thewire.com) divider line 110
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2014-02-04 02:16:38 PM
Mediocre people gravitate towards the things that they can relate to.
 
2014-02-04 02:19:05 PM
Huh, and the old becomes new again.  This game was fun back in 2004 when it was Chopper Chase, then again in 2006 as Copter Crash, back in 2007-ish as the Orbitz blimp game, and finally in 2010 as Copter Classic (Android version).  Only difference now is slightly better graphics and a subtle cash-in on Angry Birds.  But hey, forget all the free versions--it will probably make the developers rich this time.
 
2014-02-04 02:19:19 PM
Read the article, got to the part about "that Jeopardy guy", and ... wow, people are whiny farks. The 'complaints' are amazingly dumb, as are apparently, the viewers in question.

Arthur's strategy "makes for ugly, scattered boards" and "ruins the organization of the Jeopardy board".

Uh huh. Most people I know watch Jeopardy so they can "play" at home.
 
2014-02-04 02:20:34 PM
This is the kind of shiat that's par for the course in smartphone gaming.  That and "free-to-play" social games that bombard you with advertisements and in-app purchases.

And people say that smartphones are going to kill dedicated gaming handhelds like the 3DS and Vita.  Yeah, sure, ok. I'll hold on to my 3DS for a while, thanks.
 
2014-02-04 02:20:34 PM
Sounds like someone is just bitter about how bad they are at the game.
 
2014-02-04 02:24:14 PM
Top selling at the price of free.
 
2014-02-04 02:25:53 PM

jxb465: Sounds like someone is just bitter about how bad they are at the game.


I got a 16.

/jk.  Never heard of it
 
2014-02-04 02:29:55 PM

Mike_LowELL: Mediocre people gravitate towards the things that they can relate to.


Like video game blogs. Lots of mediocre people gravitate towards those because it makes them feel important.
 
2014-02-04 02:30:03 PM
Best selling? Isn't it free?
 
2014-02-04 02:33:01 PM

Doc Daneeka: And people say that smartphones are going to kill dedicated gaming handhelds like the 3DS and Vita. Yeah, sure, ok. I'll hold on to my 3DS for a while, thanks.


The real issue is that the people who play those games on their phones for free were once a large percentage of the people paying 100 dollars for a Game Boy and 30 dollars for each game.  That's a lot of money that could be going to the developers and publishers who actually strive to make great games, whether portable, console, or elsewise.
 
2014-02-04 02:34:23 PM

Semper IvXx: Like video game blogs. Lots of mediocre people gravitate towards those because it makes them feel important.


OH HE MAD BOYS

HE MAD NOW

COMIN DOWN THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
 
2014-02-04 02:34:54 PM
 
2014-02-04 02:37:43 PM
so... like life in Amerikuh
 
2014-02-04 02:43:06 PM
Meh, I'll stick with Radiant Defense thanks.
 
2014-02-04 02:43:37 PM

Doc Daneeka: And people say that smartphones are going to kill dedicated gaming handhelds like the 3DS and Vita.  Yeah, sure, ok. I'll hold on to my 3DS for a while, thanks.


Some people just want some time wasters to play while waiting in the doctor's office or on the shiatter, and don't want something too in-depth because they are just playing here and there for a few minutes. On the other hand, there are some fairly deep games if you want them:

a5.mzstatic.com

www.touchgen.net

www.gadgetguy.com.au
 
2014-02-04 02:51:26 PM

Doc Daneeka: This is the kind of shiat that's par for the course in smartphone gaming.  That and "free-to-play" social games that bombard you with advertisements and in-app purchases.

And people say that smartphones are going to kill dedicated gaming handhelds like the 3DS and Vita.  Yeah, sure, ok. I'll hold on to my 3DS for a while, thanks.


Rebuttal:

Ingress
 
2014-02-04 02:55:38 PM

Shadow Blasko: Doc Daneeka: This is the kind of shiat that's par for the course in smartphone gaming.  That and "free-to-play" social games that bombard you with advertisements and in-app purchases.

And people say that smartphones are going to kill dedicated gaming handhelds like the 3DS and Vita.  Yeah, sure, ok. I'll hold on to my 3DS for a while, thanks.

Rebuttal:

Ingress


God, Ingress. I forced myself to discard all my gear and delete that game after I recognized the symptoms. It was like EVE Online all over again, but with the added fun of physical confrontation.
 
2014-02-04 02:56:14 PM

Mad_Radhu: Doc Daneeka: And people say that smartphones are going to kill dedicated gaming handhelds like the 3DS and Vita.  Yeah, sure, ok. I'll hold on to my 3DS for a while, thanks.

Some people just want some time wasters to play while waiting in the doctor's office or on the shiatter, and don't want something too in-depth because they are just playing here and there for a few minutes. On the other hand, there are some fairly deep games if you want them:

[a5.mzstatic.com image 568x320]

[www.touchgen.net image 850x637]

[www.gadgetguy.com.au image 450x337]


What are the top two?
 
2014-02-04 02:57:30 PM

funzyr: Mad_Radhu: Doc Daneeka: And people say that smartphones are going to kill dedicated gaming handhelds like the 3DS and Vita.  Yeah, sure, ok. I'll hold on to my 3DS for a while, thanks.

Some people just want some time wasters to play while waiting in the doctor's office or on the shiatter, and don't want something too in-depth because they are just playing here and there for a few minutes. On the other hand, there are some fairly deep games if you want them:

[a5.mzstatic.com image 568x320]

[www.touchgen.net image 850x637]

[www.gadgetguy.com.au image 450x337]

What are the top two?


Infinity Blade 3 and Final Fantasy V.
 
2014-02-04 02:57:52 PM

Doc Daneeka: This is the kind of shiat that's par for the course in smartphone gaming.


Yup.  Smartphone "gaming" is for morons.
 
2014-02-04 02:59:23 PM

Doc Daneeka: This is the kind of shiat that's par for the course in smartphone gaming.  That and "free-to-play" social games that bombard you with advertisements and in-app purchases.

And people say that smartphones are going to kill dedicated gaming handhelds like the 3DS and Vita.  Yeah, sure, ok. I'll hold on to my 3DS for a while, thanks.


People like and want simple games and flappy birds is an example of such a game.  Its also a nice break from killing shiat in Killzone.    There is where Nintendo can really shine if it puts in mind to it.  Bring Mario Kart to all devices and people will buy it in droves.
 
2014-02-04 03:00:23 PM
So, basically, it's full of bugs. It's the Action 52 of mobile gaming. It's not hard, it's just poorly designed and full of errors. And somebody wrote an article about it because apparently a lot of mobile gamers are dumb enough to play just about anything you put in front of them.

Okay...

For a mobile game that actually does "cheat" you in an annoying way, try Star Traders RPG. It's kind of neat at first, but when you play on a harder difficulty to try and unlock additional upgrades and ships, you basically just fly around doing things until a numerically impossible random encounter with an "alien" ship occurs. Last time I played I was booking around doing really well and then BANG! Random encounter with an alien ship that you can't outrun, can't outgun, can't avoid and if you surrender it's instant execution with permadeath.

I hate games that have arbitrary and unavoidable endpoints like that, but it seems to be very popular in the mobile gaming arena...
 
2014-02-04 03:05:44 PM

PainInTheASP: Huh, and the old becomes new again.  This game was fun back in 2004 when it was Chopper Chase, then again in 2006 as Copter Crash, back in 2007-ish as the Orbitz blimp game, and finally in 2010 as Copter Classic (Android version).  Only difference now is slightly better graphics and a subtle cash-in on Angry Birds.  But hey, forget all the free versions--it will probably make the developers rich this time.


Don't forget blatantly swiping Nintendo graphics.
 
2014-02-04 03:06:10 PM
I think they ought to release a version of M.U.L.E. for phones. It would work in that format and it was a great game.
 
2014-02-04 03:06:19 PM

Mad_Radhu: Some people just want some time wasters to play while waiting in the doctor's office or on the shiatter, and don't want something too in-depth because they are just playing here and there for a few minutes


This poster has never heard of Mario Kart.
 
2014-02-04 03:10:07 PM

SordidEuphemism: Shadow Blasko: Doc Daneeka: This is the kind of shiat that's par for the course in smartphone gaming.  That and "free-to-play" social games that bombard you with advertisements and in-app purchases.

And people say that smartphones are going to kill dedicated gaming handhelds like the 3DS and Vita.  Yeah, sure, ok. I'll hold on to my 3DS for a while, thanks.

Rebuttal:

Ingress

God, Ingress. I forced myself to discard all my gear and delete that game after I recognized the symptoms. It was like EVE Online all over again, but with the added fun of physical confrontation.


Hey now.. I have only had one physical confrontation...

But I now know the names and shifts of every cop in the 614 area code.
 
2014-02-04 03:13:13 PM
I tried Flappy Bird, since it was free. Got a high score of 4 after probably a couple dozen tries, said 'Screw this' and uninstalled it. Jetpack Joyride is far superior in the genre of 'tap to avoid' games. More explosions and toys.
 
2014-02-04 03:16:20 PM

Saborlas: Mad_Radhu: Some people just want some time wasters to play while waiting in the doctor's office or on the shiatter, and don't want something too in-depth because they are just playing here and there for a few minutes

This poster has never heard of Mario Kart.


Yeah, but there are a lot of people like my wife who don't want to shell out around $200 for a 3DS and a game and then have to carry around the console with them every time they are going out doing things. $200 lets you upgrade from the free with contract cell phone to a top of the line smartphone. It's the same reason people are going away from cheap P&S digital cameras and GPS units for the car. It doesn't cost all that much to do it all in one device that slips in your pocket, and that is very convenient. Not all games translate well, but a lot of the mobile games are really very good.
 
2014-02-04 03:16:45 PM
The vast majority of the mobile games are absolute crap and the rating system is gamed by every single app. There's definitely an opportunity for an independent certification system for the few games that don't suck
 
2014-02-04 03:19:22 PM

Saborlas: Mad_Radhu: Some people just want some time wasters to play while waiting in the doctor's office or on the shiatter, and don't want something too in-depth because they are just playing here and there for a few minutes

This poster has never heard of Mario Kart.


Exactly.  If I have to take a shiat, I'm grabbing my 3DS to play Zelda:  A Link Between Worlds.  Just like how if I can be playing something on my PC or PS3, then I won't touch my 3DS, the same thing goes for my phone.  If I could be playing on my 3DS, I won't touch my phone.
 
2014-02-04 03:19:29 PM

skozlaw: So, basically, it's full of bugs. It's the Action 52 of mobile gaming. It's not hard, it's just poorly designed and full of errors. And somebody wrote an article about it because apparently a lot of mobile gamers are dumb enough to play just about anything you put in front of them.

Okay...

For a mobile game that actually does "cheat" you in an annoying way, try Star Traders RPG. It's kind of neat at first, but when you play on a harder difficulty to try and unlock additional upgrades and ships, you basically just fly around doing things until a numerically impossible random encounter with an "alien" ship occurs. Last time I played I was booking around doing really well and then BANG! Random encounter with an alien ship that you can't outrun, can't outgun, can't avoid and if you surrender it's instant execution with permadeath.

I hate games that have arbitrary and unavoidable endpoints like that, but it seems to be very popular in the mobile gaming arena...


I now want the Angry Video Game Nerd to do an episode on smartphone games
 
2014-02-04 03:21:38 PM

HMS_Blinkin: Doc Daneeka: This is the kind of shiat that's par for the course in smartphone gaming.

Yup.  Smartphone "gaming" is for morons.


Yes, let's leave computer and console games for society's educated elite.
 
2014-02-04 03:22:18 PM

Arachnophobe: I tried Flappy Bird, since it was free. Got a high score of 4 after probably a couple dozen tries, said 'Screw this' and uninstalled it. Jetpack Joyride is far superior in the genre of 'tap to avoid' games. More explosions and toys.


4 is also my record after a couple dozen runs.  If the iPad wasn't so expensive it would have been rage quit through a window.  My kid says there's a kid at school who got to 140.  I think he's full of donkey dust.
 
2014-02-04 03:27:35 PM

offacue: Arachnophobe: I tried Flappy Bird, since it was free. Got a high score of 4 after probably a couple dozen tries, said 'Screw this' and uninstalled it. Jetpack Joyride is far superior in the genre of 'tap to avoid' games. More explosions and toys.

4 is also my record after a couple dozen runs.  If the iPad wasn't so expensive it would have been rage quit through a window.  My kid says there's a kid at school who got to 140.  I think he's full of donkey dust.


Battletoads for a whole new generation.
 
2014-02-04 03:32:54 PM
Downloaded flappy birds after hearing about it on the radio this morning.

Have now logged about 15 minutes of play, earning a high score of 37. This (apparently) warrants a gold medal in game.

How is he only getting a 2? The game never seems to get any harder, it just keeps going.

/uninstalling.
 
2014-02-04 03:43:15 PM
Downloaded it on a recommendation from someone else.  Big mistake.

/high score of 7, whoo!
//one more round
 
2014-02-04 03:51:24 PM
I think these simple, idiotic free games are a good starting place to move all video games over to the regular web. There are really only so many sensible paths a sprite can follow as the player hits the controls, and they'll all be refined and standardized eventually, similar to how it came to be that "a turn-based game where plastic disks jump others" always means Checkers.
 
2014-02-04 03:54:41 PM

RalphW: Yes, let's leave computer and console games for society's educated elite.


Lets. I'll be happy to stick with games like Grim Fandango, Planescape: Torment, Portal, Bioshock: Infinite, Ico, Shadow of the Colussus, Red Dead Redemption, System Shock and Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines

Versus... what? Fruit Ninja, Angry Birds and Candy Crush Saga? That's not to say I don't like brief diversions, but let's not kid ourselves. Mobile gaming is built specifically around not offering a deep experience. Sort of the whole point behind having gaming "on the go".
 
2014-02-04 03:59:42 PM

offacue: Arachnophobe: I tried Flappy Bird, since it was free. Got a high score of 4 after probably a couple dozen tries, said 'Screw this' and uninstalled it. Jetpack Joyride is far superior in the genre of 'tap to avoid' games. More explosions and toys.

4 is also my record after a couple dozen runs.  If the iPad wasn't so expensive it would have been rage quit through a window.  My kid says there's a kid at school who got to 140.  I think he's full of donkey dust.


One of my students showed me their high score of 136 today, so it might be legit. I replied that I'd be more impressed if her average in my class were half that.

Also, fark YOU, FLAPPY BIRD!!!!

/36
 
2014-02-04 04:01:28 PM

Mad_Radhu: Some people just want some time wasters to play while waiting in the doctor's office or on the shiatter, and don't want something too in-depth because they are just playing here and there for a few minutes.


See, I want one of those, but even all the offerings for such a time waster are ad-filled simplistic shiatty Flash games that I tired of a decade ago. The Play store always looks like Newgrounds threw up. And those deep games tend to have controls that make me want to rip out my teeth.

I just want a decent Civ clone or something that isn't trying to sell me tickets/hearts/coins and is actually a game. Not an electronic chia pet. And not a dated console game crammed into the wrong box.
 
2014-02-04 04:01:59 PM
Author and Subby have apparently never heard of QWOP, I Wanna Be the Guy, and Surgeon Simulator.
 
2014-02-04 04:05:51 PM
Mentalpatient87:

I just want a decent Civ clone or something that isn't trying to sell me tickets/hearts/coins and is actually a game. Not an electronic chia pet. And not a dated console game crammed into the wrong box.

Plants vs. Zombies was pretty good for that, until EA shat all over the IP.
 
2014-02-04 04:09:58 PM
"Because the game cares so little for your experience of it, you find yourself ever more devoted to it,"

Ahhh. So they made it for women. Gotcha.
 
2014-02-04 04:10:55 PM

PleaseHamletDon'tHurtEm: Plants vs. Zombies was pretty good for that


Nope, got sick of Tower Defense before Bush's second term. Defend Your Castle was much more fun, engaging, and predates the rise of smartphones.

That's the thing, I played all this shiat and got tired of it when the Motorola RAZR was the phone to have..
 
2014-02-04 04:13:23 PM

Mad_Radhu: Doc Daneeka: And people say that smartphones are going to kill dedicated gaming handhelds like the 3DS and Vita.  Yeah, sure, ok. I'll hold on to my 3DS for a while, thanks.

Some people just want some time wasters to play while waiting in the doctor's office or on the shiatter, and don't want something too in-depth because they are just playing here and there for a few minutes. On the other hand, there are some fairly deep games if you want them:

[a5.mzstatic.com image 568x320]

[www.touchgen.net image 850x637]

[www.gadgetguy.com.au image 450x337]


IMO, even the mobile games that try to bring depth and quality and generally ruined (or at least greatly hampered) by touchscreen controls.

Virtual buttons and thumbsticks are terrible.  Real physical controls with tactile feedback are necessary.

And yeah, I know you can get bluetooth controller cases and add-ons for smartphones, but then you have to find games they are compatible with, and most game developers are not going to want to develop games to take advantage of an accessory that only a small fraction of the market has.
 
2014-02-04 04:20:21 PM
Sorry, I'm waiting on Battletoads for Android.
 
2014-02-04 04:24:59 PM

Mentalpatient87: PleaseHamletDon'tHurtEm: Plants vs. Zombies was pretty good for that

Nope, got sick of Tower Defense before Bush's second term. Defend Your Castle was much more fun, engaging, and predates the rise of smartphones.

That's the thing, I played all this shiat and got tired of it when the Motorola RAZR was the phone to have..


data3.whicdn.com
 
2014-02-04 04:26:42 PM

Mentalpatient87: PleaseHamletDon'tHurtEm: Plants vs. Zombies was pretty good for that

Nope, got sick of Tower Defense before Bush's second term. Defend Your Castle was much more fun, engaging, and predates the rise of smartphones.

That's the thing, I played all this shiat and got tired of it when the Motorola RAZR was the phone to have..


Jeez, I'm getting phantom carpal tunnel pains just from looking at that video...
 
2014-02-04 04:28:49 PM

Arachnophobe: I tried Flappy Bird, since it was free. Got a high score of 4 after probably a couple dozen tries, said 'Screw this' and uninstalled it. Jetpack Joyride is far superior in the genre of 'tap to avoid' games. More explosions and toys.


Definitely agree. Jetpack Joyride has been out for, what, 3 years or so? And they still keep adding new and interesting stuff like the S.A.M. to make it enticing to come back and play for at least a few minutes a day.
 
2014-02-04 04:33:43 PM
I've thought about a 3DS, but I have not enjoyed the kids' DS when I borrow them. Without 2 analog sticks, I don't want one.

Might get a PS Vita eventually. I'd love something to play GTA on. The DS GTA was awful, IMO.

Until then, I'll stick with Giant Boulder of Death on my phone in between kindle reading.
 
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