Kids cook-off
Everybody these days wants to have their own TV show

Large rocks and asteroids
What goes for Brazil nuts goes for asteroids, says a team of scientists.

Airlines Flight 17
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, a Boeing 777, was shot down over Ukraine.

AARP Travel
Itäs a new way to plan and book your trips.

Flappy Bird and the Science of Game Addiction

Published under

Article by Jay Gory
First it was BeJeweled, then Angry Birds, then Candy Crush, and now Flappy Bird. There always seems to be that one game, that fast paced, addictive, action packed game that one and all ones friends play whether ones a hardcore gamer or one hasn't bought a video game console for the home since the original Nintendo.

If one thinks back over the last few decades, video games have always had a weird relationship with mainstream success. In the 1970's, everyone played video games now and then at the arcade and on the Atari 2600. When the Nintendo Entertainment System rolled around, mom and dad might have enjoyed Mario and Zelda, but it was seen as a kid's hobby, and remained a niche market until the Internet, cell phones and tablets made it easy to play video games without the several-hundred dollar investment of a dedicated console.

However, some games still appeal to that niche market, while others, like Flappy Bird, have a broader appeal, bringing one back time and again to beat ones high scores, whether one owned every console since the Atari, or one barely touch games. It doesn't happen by accident.

"Without the right math," said technology expert Jason Hope, "you won't have a game that hooks players, and without the right feel, you won't have a game that's any fun."

Post Your Comment

Latest in Gablia


GABLIA is an online magazine created with something special in mind. We're not 100% sure we know what it is yet, but we will get there, you can count on it.

Be sure to bookmark our page and visit us often!
writing for Gablia?

If you'd like to join Gablia team, we'd like to hear from you. There is a catch, however, we expect a payment FROM our writers. For more information -

Click here
Our friends

...or basically, sites we like, they don't necessarily like us back, but that's life...we love fark, NextDraft, Forbes and Redeem Your Sins, just to mention a few names you might consider for your first-born.

connect with GABLIA

For now, just contact us via, Facebook and Twitter accounts will be available soon!