In a new video, a developer has showcased a playable version of a viral hit Flappy Bird performed in a macOS push notification. It is the work of Neil Sardesai, which earlier made headlines with a clip of Pong runs in a macOS app icon. The hack hasn’t received a public release yet, but it’s still a neat proof of concept.
According to Sardesai, the feature works by loading a web version of the game in the notificationThis playable version is technically a browser-based clone of the original app created by Will Eastcott from PlayCanvasSardesai notes that the function depends on the UserNotificationsUI frameworkintroduced by Apple with macOS Big Sur, though he says so should work on iOS too
Distracting notifications are bad enough when you’re trying to get some work done, but pairing them with a playable version of a notoriously addictive game is the last straw. It appears that Sardesai has not made its work public for anyone to try it out, which is probably a good thing in the interest of our common sense. The last thing humanity needs right now is that our devices can force us to play several rounds Flappy Bird with just a simple notification.
Flappy BirdIts addictive nature was cited by the developer as one of the reasons he removed it from the App Store after it became a hit in 2014. “It just happened to be an addictive product. I think it has become a problem, ”Dong Nguyen said in an interview at the time. While the original game has disappeared from the App Store, numerous clones have emerged in its wake, including an excellent Battle Royale version.