14-year-old creates hugely popular iPhone game

Step aside, Angry Birds - you ain't so big anymore! Well, neither is this fellow, but his game certainly is. 14-year-old Robert Nay is the creator of the latest iPhone game that is taking the mobile community by storm.

He looks like a normal eighth grader, but don't tell that to the team of professionals that created Angry Birds. Their game has just been overtaken by Nay's Bubble Ball (granted, it's free).

The game's concept is to move a ball from one side of the screen to the other, via the iPhone's accelerometer controls, while avoiding various obstacles. It's been getting rave reviews, and it has soared to the first spot on Apple's App Store. Although, as we mentioned, it is a free download, so Nay isn't becoming a teenage millionaire. Yet.

It makes all of us here take a step back and remember what we were doing at the age of 14. I think I was eating glue or something.

Above: Robert Nay pictured next to his mom

Our hats are off to the young Robert Nay. We just hope EA doesn't try to swoop in and buy him.

[Source: MSNBC]

Jan 18, 2011

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  • JenosIdanian - January 29, 2011 10:50 p.m.

    I completely agree with beezn. To me, he is in the same mental category as the Minecraft dude who built an 8-bit computer in the game: "Future Making Prodigies".
  • AnarchyZombie - January 20, 2011 12:13 a.m.

    I can't listen to podcasts/music while playing it so it sucks.
  • beezn - January 19, 2011 12:37 p.m.

    Hey midgiemelendez, he's 14 and made a game from scratch and people like it. I'm 28 and I can't make a game that anyone would like... it may not be original but what 14 year old has a truley original game idea that is good? you have to learn to crawl before you learn to make HALO or Gears of War. Props to the kid, he got his name out there and i hope to hear about his next project.
  • JangoFettN7 - January 19, 2011 8:28 a.m.

    I applaud his creativity. More and more young people are joining the game development community. Just look at the modding scene, I know a few people about his age that make mods for source, and even quake III. I started modding/mapping when I was about 16.
  • sirpsychosexy - January 19, 2011 3:24 a.m.

    Ahh yes, age fourteen, the age I got my Xbox. Yeah that's about all I can remember doing at age fourteen and look how successful I AM!
  • hanktherapper - January 19, 2011 1:40 a.m.

    They were on the news yesterday. They really look like that.
  • midgiemelendez - January 19, 2011 12:33 a.m.

    I applaud him for his programming skills, but this game is old and tried, and it makes my stomach cringe to know that his idea isn't original at all.
  • Mooshon - January 19, 2011 12:31 a.m.

    He may be clever, but his dad's a bit of a crossdresser...
  • EnragedTortoise1 - January 19, 2011 12:12 a.m.

    wow. I'm 14, and seeing this only makes me wish I could program games at all.
  • WickedSid - January 19, 2011 12:02 a.m.

    That picture looks really old... Maybe it's just her glasses.

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