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An Addict Warns: Beware iPhone Game Apps

Cheap, simple games can suck non-gamers in
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2009 11:42 AM CDT
An Addict Warns: Beware iPhone Game Apps
In this computer image released by Firemint, a scene is shown from "Flight Control," a game for the iPhone.   (AP Photo/Firemint)

(Newser) – You don’t have to be a gamer to become an iPhone-game addict, writes Farhad Manjoo for Slate. The apps follow an established recipe for great games: “They're easy to learn but difficult to master.” As a gaming system, the gadget doesn't have the sophistication of a Nintendo DS, but “you carry it everywhere, and it's always connected to a vast storehouse of cheap, addictive games.”

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That’s led Manjoo to play in the supermarket, in the waiting room, even in the bathroom, he confesses. Playing on “stolen time—away from my computer, where I have other things to do”—is a guilt-free experience not possible with PC games. And he’s not the only one: the popularity of a tank game called iShoot helped its maker quit his job, and the Flight Control app has seen 700,000 purchases since March.
(Read more video games stories.)

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