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All I could think of was "Pikachu what?
Banned ‘Throw Your Phone’ Game Knows if You’re Cheating
Like many successful smartphone games, the goal of Send Me to Heaven is easily communicated. Unlike other games, the goal is to throw your phone as high as you can, then catch it.
It’s available on Android, but not the App Store. Apple determined the game was “encouraging behavior that could result in damage to the user’s device,” and thus did cast Send Me to Heaven out of its walled garden paradise. App creator Petr Svarovsky told WIRED that he was disappointed by the ban. The 50-year-old from Prague said he had hoped to have people shatter as many iPhones as possible.
“The original idea was to have very expensive gadgets, which people in certain societies buy just to show off, and to get them to throw it,” he said via Skype.
He has not been without some success, however. Send Me to Heaven has been causing ample destruction for reckless Android users, who have been leaving negative reviews on the Google Play store.
“I have broken my S4,” one reviewer wrote. “I think they took the fun out of the game right before I failed to catch my phone. Fuuuuuuuuuuu.”
“Already got a good ding on the corner of my RAZR from it,” wrote another. “BAHAHAHAHA!”
Such are the hazards of playing Send Me to Heaven. And if you’re thinking of cheating the leaderboards to impress your friends with your willingness to chuck your phone, don’t bother. To determine the height to which you’ve flung your phone, the game detects the time that the phone is in zero gravity.
“When the phone leaves your hand,” Svarovsky said, “it starts to climb, and it is already in zero gravity. When it hits your hand again, it is sensing gravity again.”
Svarovsky takes the time that the phone was in zero gravity, divides it by two, and inserts it into a free-fall formula. It’s surprisingly precise on most phones, he says, although some models of Android phones work better than others.
“Sometimes they have accelerometers mounted out of the center, so when they rotate, they give a strange number,” he says.
The method Svarovsky uses to calculate the height means Send Me to Heaven won’t work with extreme stunts, like hurling it from a cliff or take it skydiving. Any time your phone falls further than it rose, the app returns an error.
The leaderboards for Send Me to Heaven show some players have managed to get their phones as high as 40 meters (131 feet). Svarovsky did a little investigating to learn how that impressive score was achieved and discovered some players are using slingshots.
Svarovsky first tested the game on attendees of a music festival in Oslo, and it was a hit. In fact, just the concept was enough to get some thrill-seekers trying it out: Without even bothering to download the app first, he says, people began throwing their own phones as high as they could, often failing to catch them.
Although Send Me to Heaven might not catch on with anyone who doesn’t have $500 to blow on a new phone every time they lose, there’s definitely a takeaway from a game design standpoint. With most videogames, Svarovsky observes, all the fun happens behind the screen. Not so with Send Me to Heaven.
“You know,” he says, “it’s possible to take the fun outside of the box.”
Or destroy the box entirely.
Haha, thats the most awesome thing I've read all day; I love that guy. Favorite line: "The 50-year-old from Prague said he had hoped to have people shatter as many iPhones as possible. "
Edit. I have terrible service at my house, and I was wondering if there are any wifi calling apps that work to send and receive calls and texts?
I was messing around with my GNex last night and pulled up CPU-z (forgot I had it on there). I noticed that CPU load is between 30-50% constantly. Is that normal?
Only a sling shot??? How about one of these?
Just got a Samsung Galaxy nexus!
So my mother won a contest for a free Galaxy tablet! I guess I'm going to have one of those to play with soon c:
So guys, I'm going back to the Android camp. Decided against getting another iPhone, because the only free one my network provides is the 4S and if I got that I'd be complaining about how slow it was in a years time just like I did with the 3GS. I was originally planning to get a Nokia Lumia 920, as I loved the old Windows Mobile and wanted to give their new OS a shot. But upon further reflection, I discovered that for less money per month I could get a vastly superior Android phone (the Huawei Ascend P2). I'd kinda been looking for an excuse not to go for the Lumia, because I was unsure of the ecosystem's maturity or ability to prosper, and finding the quad-core P2 gave me that excuse. Why would I pay more for a phone that was inferior and had vastly less apps available for it?
Anyways, here's the specs of the P2. I actually quite like the Emotion UI Huawei slaps onto their phones, as I never liked the app drawer because I prefer to catagorise my apps rather than have them in alpabetical order.
only dual band 3G? around here i'd never touch anything not quad band.
no SD card seems to be its only flaw.
I'm used to living within the constraints of my 8GB iPhone 3GS, so I don't think I'm going to have a problem. I don't put music on my phone, nor videos. It's only apps, and the kind of apps I use are pretty small filesize-wise.
Any Razr owners out there, I tested Boot Menu Manager for my bootstrap and have to say it sucks and is quite complicated so I went back to safe strap 3.11 for custom flashes.
Looking forward to the next few weeks, when Cyanogen says he'll have an automated install for the mods all hail capitalism?
They're planning on being their own OS and hoping to be #3 in market share behind Android and iOS.
then i think you'll do just fine
are those two 3G bands (or the 4G i guess) supported by your ISP? i know a lot of people around here who get a phone missing one needed frequency (say, they get the short range, high speed one in-city, but have zero signal at all on the outer fringes)
and i really, REALLY look forward to it
My carrier only operates on the 2100MHz band.
damn, so only short range stuff? the lower frequencies are always less congested around here, and tend to work better.
I know it's not fresh, but I love this so much
The coverage really is terrible. I'm lucky in that my house is in a good area, but if I go to the next town over and walk into a store, I lose signal. When they upgrade to LTE in october, they'll offer 900MHz and 1800MHz as well, so I should see a boost in coverage/signal strength.
back on android too just tried picking a a lumia yesterday but windows phone is just too restrictive man, not to mention if you want google anything on your phone its not going to happen right now because google keeps blocking services.
Since they are becoming more corporate are they going to be able to support every device? Let's say since I own an OG Droid1 you think they will offer support for my device for their latest software? I wonder if Google can do anything about this, legally. Speaking of which; does this mean Apple will sue CM for patent infringement?
anyone waiting for BBM this moment?
nope. facebook messenger works well for me.
BBM might be useful for business purposes, but facebook messenger works great for free texting.
why its called google android? Is it just android?
google made android. why is it called an apple iphone?
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