On Polygon, Charles Pratt explains how Flappy Bird's surprising success is proof that nobody really knows what the audience wants. The author of the app is surprised as well, but no word of complaint yet on the impressive revenue the app is generating.
A single mistake, even a light brush of one pixel from the bird against a pipe will result in instant death. This sends your avatar plunging face-first to the ground, its single eye suddenly vacant. This setback doesnt last for long, as the game makes it easy to make another run for a new high score.
The generosity of this easy restart has gotten commented on less than it should, perhaps because for most game developers its a benevolence they take for granted.
For those discussing the mobile space this might seem like a wasted opportunity. After all, thats where the micro-transactions are supposed to go! The absence of any upselling and the swift return to the task at hand is whats addicting about the game, and a little off-putting. It feels like finding yourself in a quiet countryside after living your whole life in a noisy city.
|Replay Arcade: a Custom Made One-Off Slim Modern Upright Arcade|
|Jaws, the Text Adventure|
|How To Anger a Gamer|
|When The Tetris Company Sues|
|Cat Laser Bowling|
|Unboxing a Factory Sealed IBM Compatible PC from 1988|
|Termite-Inspired Autonomous Robotic Construction Crew|
|The Unknown Reader|
|Reviewing Counterfeit Toys Made in China|
|James Charles' Pop Culture Dollars|
|"This very internationalism that contributed to the apocalyptic disaster that ended the Bronze Age."|
|The Spaceship Propulsion Compendium|
|“There was not only automation but where the suggestion that humans had any control [...] was absent too.”|
|"Most of what kids currently learn at school will probably be irrelevant by the time they are 40."|
|“The release of methane from hydrate may be apocalyptic.”|
|"Fossil fuel executives want to get a piece of the clean-energy business."|