Facebook Messenger is really into games and sports.
They already have a chess game hidden in the Facebook Messenger (Deer, 2016, June 2) which is activated by typing “@fbChess play”. Please note that in this game, which uses standard chess notation, ranks are horizontal column with numbers and file are vertical column with letters.
Now there is a Basketball game (Cipriani, 2016, March 18) and even a Football game (Horton, 2016, June 15) hidden in Facebook Messenger. The Basketball game, which is exclusively for Android smartphones, was launched in March 2016. It’s probably the most familiar and well-known to most Americans, being as Baseball is a national obsession with that country!
So how do you play these games? And are they any good?
How to play Basketball and Football – Flappy Bird Addictive chatbots for free Pizza coupons
To activate the Basketball game, do the following:
- Open a Messenger conversation in you smartphone
- Send a basketball emoji
- Double-tap on the basketball emoji once the message is sent
High scores are naturally sent to your friends, making this a very competitive game of one-upmanship where your friends will try to beat your score.
And yes, like the arcade version of this game, one you make 10, very possible as the Facebook stickers and emojis will cheer you on, you’ll find the basket won’t stay still. Rather unfair, but it’s all in the game.
- Open a Messenger conversation
- Send a football emoji
- Double-tap on the football emoji once the message is sent
Rather than play a game of football with a team, you have to tap a ball (Gibbs, 2016, June 16) to keep it in the air.
This gameplay is reminiscent of the super addictive game Flappy Bird (Deer, 2014, May 2) from Dong Nguyen and his one-man Game Development Studio, DotGears. With this in mind, prepare to be playing endlessly all in a vain attempt to beat your score and the score of other players.
I suspect that Facebook’s strategy is to build up Messenger as their next money making app, using hidden addictive games to attract more users. In turn, they can sell AI based chatbots (Deer, 2016, May 13) to advertisers who can then use them to engage people within Messenger chat with engaging conversations about their products relevant to posts in their chat queue.
Albeit ads are annoying, chatting to a bot is kinda cute and charming, being as many Millennials grew up with the idea of robots as being friendly. Plus, if playing chess, basketball or football can get me some free pizza, KFC or even Burger King coupons, then it’s all good.
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- Cipriani, J. (2016, March 18). How to play Facebook Messenger’s secret basketball game. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/how-to/shoot-hoops-with-your-friends-on-Facebook-messenger/
- Deer, L. (2016, May 13). How Facebook AI Engineers use AutoML to teach FLOW to make Asimo. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2016/05/Facebook-AI-Engineers-AutoML-FLOW-Asimo.html
- Deer, L. (2016, June 2). How to play the Secret Chess Game in Facebook Messenger. Retrieved from http://geezam.com/secret-chess-game-in-Facebook-messenger/
- Horton, H. (2016, June 15). Facebook launches secret football game here’s how to access it. Retrieved from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/06/15/Facebook-launches-secret-football-game—heres-how-to-access-it/
- Akolawala, T. (2016, June 16). Facebook Messenger Gets a Hidden Football Game to Celebrate Euro 2016. Retrieved from http://gadgets.ndtv.com/apps/news/Facebook-messenger-gets-a-hidden-football-game-to-celebrate-euro-2016-849804
- Gibbs, S. (2016, June 16). Facebook Messenger’s hidden football game is strangely addictive. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jun/16/Facebook-messenger-hidden-football-gameeuro-2016