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Titanfall And The Flappy Bird Effect…

Like you or maybe somebody you know, I've been playing Titanfall the past few days and I really am enjoying the game. There are a number of reasons why I like the game as much as I do with the obvious and simplest explanation being it's just a downright fun game. The game has a lot to prove and is already setting some pretty high expectations. If you read Mike Futter's piece posted on Game Informer earlier today titled, "Analysis - Titanfall Is Poised To Set Industry Trends", you get the sense the game is destined to be as big as the mighty robots you pilot in the game.

But how much of this attention is legitimate and how much of it is fueled by the fanfare of energized gamers rallying together and feeding off of one another?

I don't know. I'd like to think (or hope) most of it is legitimate, but  a part of me can't help but wonder if this is just another episode of what I'm going to call the Flappy Bird Effect.

For those that don't know what Flappy Bird is...

...a 2013 mobile game notorious for its difficulty level. It was developed in Hanoi by Vietnam-based developer Dong Nguyen and published by .GEARS Studios, a small, independent game developer also based in Vietnam. The game, which was released on May 24, 2013, was removed from both Apple's App Store and Google Play by its creator on February 10, 2014.

Flappy Bird is a side-scrolling mobile game featuring 2D retro style graphics. The objective is to direct a flying bird, which moves continuously to the right, between each oncoming set of pipes without colliding with them, which otherwise ends the game. The bird briefly flaps upward each time the player taps the screen, and the player is scored on the number of pipe sets the bird successfully passes through.


Flappy Bird is not unlike the numerous other games released on a daily basis - most of which go largely unnoticed while a select few go on to achieve fame and fortune, almost as if they were video game celebrities. So many of these games are similar in nature, often times the only thing that separates one from the other is how they are received by the public. Pick a game, any game...and chances are there are many others like it. Everything from Angry Birds to Words with Friends in all likelihood have a similar counterpart out there...somewhere. Whether it is being cloned by others, or is itself a clone, the video game crowd decides which is going to be a popular title. And it would seem, in some case this is all influenced by the energy swirling around the industry and the specific gaming communities about a particular title.

In the case of Flappy Bird, the popularity of the game achieved critical mass when the developer announced he was going to remove the game from the store and it would no longer be available.  The effect was like a hurricane warning being issued in a rural Florida town with the shelves of the local Wal-Mart being stripped bare. After Flappy Bird was removed from the store, there were reports of phones that had the game installed being sold for thousands of dollars on eBay. Of course we don't really believe these phones were selling for $90,000, do we? How much of this was because people really wanted to get the game because they liked it that much, and how much of it was inspired by the fact nearly the entire industry (and even some non-gaming national media interests) were talking about the game? I can't say for sure, but this definitely seemed to be a case of self-induced hysteria.

So, my concern is, is the same thing happening here with Titanfall. Is it really as good as I think it is, or am I tricking myself into believing this since so many other people I know are praising it too. From friends and colleagues to online video game personalities and even the fine folks at Game Informer - everybody seems to be talking about Titanfall.

I suppose we won't truly know until the next couple days and weeks and months pass by, and after we see the concrete proof regarding sales numbers and online activity. It's exciting because I think it's the real deal, but even if it's hype like we witnessed with Flappy Bird at least I'm having a blast with it. They say ignorance is bliss and when you add titans into the equation, I'm one happy gamer.

Have a great night and hope to see you on the battlefield.

Cheers.

 

 

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