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Submitted by AssassinTRIP 69d ago | article

Flappy Bird Insanity and Mobile Gaming: A Retrospective

"Some people wonder why Nintendo doesn’t release their games onto mobile platforms in order to fix all their problems. One only has to look at the swirling madness surrounding this poor, yet very rich Vietnamese man to see why they don’t. Mobile gaming is a cesspool of a marketplace where stealing ideas, assets, and gameplay ideas is not only common, it seems to be the only way that anyone makes any money. Apple and Google have shown no interest or care in fixing the numerous problems that games face on phones, and why should they? Games aren’t the main attraction, they’re a bullet point. They’re something to do while you’re on the toilet or waiting on the bus. Flappy Bird is the latest “success story” on phones, and it has driven its creator to an ill-defined depression and exposed its fans as people unknowledgeable about technology at best and raving lunatics issuing death threats at worse." - Alex Santa Maria of Geekenstein (Culture, Flappy Bird, Mobile)

duffster  +   68d ago
What a well written and thought provoking article. Much like the author, I've found the mobile market too messy for my games consumption, but I'm in awe at some of the amazing ideas and games that a market this open can produce. Trying to keep it so open so as not to stiffle creativity, whilst introducing more control and quality checking, seem to be mutually exclusive, but we can hope! :-D

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