For years now, the iTunes (and lately Google Play) app store has
been this gigantic, rushing torrent of infinite money, and
everyone has scrambled to grab their piece.
It’s the most soulless, joyless, metric-obsessed
market/ethics-free-zone imaginable. There is nothing that can’t
and won’t have all fun and creativity sucked out of it to earn an
extra penny from the “whales” (i.e. compulsives) who will happily
shell out a hundred bucks a month to get Candy Crush Saga to let
them play Bejeweled. (Hot tip: Uninstall Candy Crush Saga and play
all the Bejeweled you want forever ad-free for three bucks.)
So for the last couple weeks, people, when they weren’t raging
about EA’s pillaging all of their happy memories of Dungeon
Keeper, were noting the runaway success of a tiny, free,
ad-supported game called Flappy Bird.