There is a game, the likes of which has never been experienced before. The frustration level gained by playing it exceeds that of finding tortuously tangled earbuds in your pocket, and the pure anger which it arouses is found even in the calmest of individuals. The game is annoying, frustrating, addictive, repetitive, and consequently the most popular game on both Android and Apple systems.
Actually uploaded to the mobile stores in May of 2013, the game was more or less unheard of until January of 2014, and now there are roughly 2-3 million downloads of the game per day worldwide, with a total of over 500 million downloads. Surpassing even Candy Crush, the game has taken over the mobile gaming market. It is a frequent topic of conversation, and the competition between friends and family alike for who can get the highest score is one of the reasons why people cannot seem to stop playing.
With most games, some semblance of a learning curve is evident, with the skill level of the player progressing each time it is played. However, Flappy Birds defies this pattern, and even after beating your all time high score of six, the next round could end in tragedy on the first obstacle. The bird itself defies the natural laws of physics. When you stop tapping the bird for just a second too long, he plummets towards the ground in a death spiral at speeds which far exceed the effects of gravity on Earth. Even blinking at inopportune times can cause the little bird to fall like a dead weight, so natural physiological functions must also be controlled in order to succeed.
The question is why the game is so immensely popular among worldwide audiences. It is not a new concept, and contains no technology that has not already been seen and utilized. The background itself looks stunningly similar to that of Super Mario Brothers, which is a general summary of the utter lack of originality in the game. The graphics appear to be 8-bit and the game really only consists of tapping your finger on the screen. Perhaps the millions of downloads can be attributed to the adrenaline which flows freely while you play the game, and the unwarranted sense of accomplishment which is felt when your high score is FINALLY beat!
Whether it be the challenge and competition of beating your previous score and conquering the seemingly impossible bird or simply the allure of downloading a game which has been so immensely popular, Flappy Bird has taken the world by storm. So if you can relate to the obsession of playing, know that there are thousands of others with the same predicament. Perhaps you will all see each other in rehab someday with the bird drives you insane. For those who haven’t downloaded the game yet, heed the warning that you may regret it.
For those who are obsessed, feel free to comment your high score and see how it compares to other FHS students’ scores!