Am I the only one who sees the genius behind Flappy Birds? Forget the talk of the creator making tens of thousands a day on the game and how it “ruined” his life. So much so that he removed it from App stores. Or the fact that it’s such a simplistic game. There are far worse copycats now on the App store. But people hate on it because they say it’s pointless, not creative, visually lackluster, and all together frustrating. But so can countless level after level of Galaga, Pole Position, Frogger, or any game of the 70’s and 80’s.
Once you understand the physics of the game, therein lies the genius of Flappy Bird. The game allows absolutely no room for error, so that it takes constant focus and steady nerves to keep going in the game. Any hint of nervousness, twitchy fingers, or wandering concentration, and your game is over. In a world where ADD runs rampant, blinking and vibrating cellphones litter dining tables, checking FB is followed by checking IG followed by checking Pintrest followed by checking Tumblr, and “refresh” buttons are hit every 5 minutes, the ability to channel your attention and maintain focus is seldom found in people of our digital age. So while you think you’re getting stupider playing Flappy Bird, you’re actually developing an ability to sharpen your focus and attention that you’ll need in school/work/life.
Say what you will, but I’d rather spend 5 minutes trying to get to 100 on Flappy Birds than reading countless meme’s that try to relate to my into emo, looking at IG posts of food, or surfing for porn (sometimes).