Anika Steed 12th, March 1, 2017
What’s not to love about mobile applications (apps.) on your phone? Today we have a pre-installed app store on our phones where some games are free and some are not. In this store you have different apps in different categories including: books, fitness, education, games, etc. Games are easy, fun and the highest selling applications in the U.S.. According to University of Michigan mobile gaming has gone from a practically non-existent market to a $17.5 billion dollar industry as of 2013, and revenue is expected to double again by 2017. There is 909 million gamers worldwide.
Playing games on your phone can become addicting. Addictions target the brain’s reward system and flood it with dopamine, a compound present in the body as a neurotransmitter and a precursor of other substances . When we play, we feel happy. What makes games so appealing are the positive reinforcement, colors, candies, and a large number of levels that allow the player to feel a sense of accomplishment.
You can never go wrong with playing games whether it’s while you’re bored in class or you’re just up for a challenge. A popular free game app, GamePigeon, that is offered only on iMessage has been the main topic since the new iOS 10 update in September. The top trending game that is being played is eight-ball pool. In this application the setup and rules are the same, it’s just much easier to play than the standard American pool. The reason why this app has generated so much attention is because of its competitiveness. It counts the number of wins you have, you get to watch the plays and plus you get to make fun of the person who lost. Most student play this game during class, since it’s in the message app, easy to be notified, play and send the game. Some teachers know what this game is now, not because we play it, but because they see every student playing it throughout the day.
If you are not currently an iPhone user that’s okay. There is another free app for Android users that that has the same function. The game is called eight ball clip by miniclip, this can also be downloaded by iPhone users. This game production by miniclip offers more of a variety of options to choose from. You can bid money to play a game of pool in different places for different amounts. If you want to compete with your friends from Facebook you can, another option is practicing offline. The more games you play the higher the level and difficulty.
So whether you are just looking for something fun to do or just want to see whats out, downloading mobile games on your phone will justify your thought. You can become on of the 909 million gamers. By just playing a couple of levels on the game of your choice you can become addicted. So join the fun and Download game apps.But be sure not to become addicted just while at school.
Below are some links to go to to download or if you want additional information on 8 ball pool.
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Sources: University of Michigan, Psychology degree, Auburn University