You can say a lot of bad things about Facebook, and you’d most likely be right. As a multibillion dollar company, it’s hard to avoid getting a few skeletons in your closet. But they’re probably one of the cleanest tech companies out there. Now, I’m not asking you to forget your quarrels with the social media company, I’m just trying to make a point.
Whatever issues you may have against the company, at least they are open to innovation. And even though they occasionally fail dramatically (see the Free Basics issue in India), they immediately get back up and start trying to implement something new. The most recent nifty new feature from Facebook involves a five year old app, as you can now play basketball on Facebook Messenger.
Shooting some b-ball
Even though it was initially meant to be a quirky little secret, as soon as the basketball game was revealed people have been going nuts over it. And even though all the attention isn’t necessarily warranted, I must admit that it’s a fun little game to pass the time while talking to a friend.
Of course, it’s not exactly basketball, as that would have been very difficult to pull off in the messenger app. You actually get to shoot hoops and compete against a friend. It gets boring after a while, but you can certainly waste dozens of minutes just messing around.
Once you score 10 consecutive hoops, the backboard starts moving in order to increase the difficulty. The basketball also starts getting spawned in different locations on the screen for even more excitement. You can even issue an “official” challenge to a friend to see which one is the king of the hoops (that’s how basketball works, right?).
Is chess more your thing?
While the basketball game is easy to start (all you have to do is to type in the basketball emoji and send it to a friend), a previous similarly hidden game is a bit more complex. I’m talking of course about the Facebook Messenger chess feature, launched sometime next year.
You can start playing by typing @fbchess play in the message box and sending it to a friend. The chess pieces are all assigned a letter depending on what they’re called (R for rook, K for king, N for knight, etc.), and the squares are of course designated a code based on numbers and letters.
Who knows what’s going to be next secret game for Facebook Messenger? We’ll just have to wait and find out. Do you have any ideas? What would you like to play against a friend? Leave your answers in the comment section below.