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Apps that Age
So you feel like you are growing your relationship with them
I just opened up Crossy Road for the first time in about 6 months and
I could swear to god that the background app color has changed so
that it looks yellowed and like it has rotted a little since I have been
neglecting it. Then i look back at the color and it is the same old
Crossy Road blue
and hasn't changed. It was just my imagination.
But it gave me an idea, which was that the color but also other
features of an app should age and go bad, and be clean uppable by
rubbing and polishing them so that they get shiny and clean again.
Or maybe if you haven't used them in a while the menus squeek and
when the open springs cone out and screws fall out, but if you shake
it around a little and tap some oil on there, it gets back on working
So this would encourage people to grow a relationship with their
apps, like you want to give your fancy car a bath on the weekend.
||So would one merge a Photoshop program and utilize the
little color brushes and erasers to repaint and burnish the
||This kind of apps is already out there. For example a Typo3 installation which I didn't update for quite some time because I hate it would start to lose parts of its interface to cryptic error messages; the intro screen changed without me changing anything, etc. The frontend of the app still runs fine, but the backend shows some wear and tear.
||Would it have error messages like:
||"Now where did I put that file?", or "What was I doing?" and
then request you to walk into the room again?
||The speech recognition would be pretty easy to
implement What? What? What?.