The Rise of App Games: the Great Avian-Porcine War of 2010
Over the last few years, I've drastically reduced the amount of time I spend playing video games. Staying up all night playing XBox 360 just wasn't working out for me anymore. I decided to change my ways. I was doing so well, but then I got an iPod Touch and was introduced to my downfall: Angry Birds.
There are a few folks out there that can remember when Grandma’s phone was on the wall, and you cranked the handle to get the operator’s attention. You spoke into a mouthpiece shaped like a small megaphone to get the operator on the line. The operator plugged a cord into the right slot, and ~ voila ~ you were talking to the next town! In my mind’s eye, I can see the hands doing these tasks: cranking, pulling and plugging cords.
I read an article in USA Today where they interviewed people about their favorite apps. They were given a large variety of answers, and they did not find any one app that got a lot of votes. Some apps got a couple. One of the apps that was listed is an app I use quite often, and I have to say, I am very fond of.
It’s that time of year again when my phone company expects me to come in and upgrade to a new phone and a new plan. The problem is I don’t want a smartphone. I guess what I really want is a dumb one. All I want to do is make calls and send the occasional text. Do they even make un-smartphones any longer?