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Clicking a banana image is the only rule of a free game that tops Steam’s most played list.

By knl9j Jun3,2024
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If you click tens of thousands of times, you will be rewarded with a jpeg image of another banana. In addition, to make investments.

Click on the picture of the banana. There is no other rule, no other difficulty, and no other objective in the game ‘Banana’, which is available for free on Steam and has, despite this, found its audience. It has just hit its all-time high of simultaneous players, with no less than 38,591 gamers clicking on the banana at the time that these lines are being written. The fact that it has surpassed “Cyberpunk 2077,” “Overwatch 2,” and “Diablo IV” does not mean that it has reached the top spot on the list of the most played games; it is now ranked thirty places higher than those games.

‘Banana’ had precedents, of course: it is identical to ‘Egg’, a game that was released on Steam a few months ago and consisted of clicking on an egg. Although it did not involve any agony or glory, it was similar to ‘Egg’ in that it was a game in which the player was able to pass without experiencing any pain or glory. Recent days have seen a rapid increase in the number of players joining ‘Banana’ as a result of its success. It is in this manner that Steam’s memetic codes function, which are so self-contained that they are incomprehensible to the average person.

Despite the fact that many of these games, which are commonly referred to as “clicker games” or “idle games,” were initially developed with a satirical spirit and a reflection on the mechanisms of video games, such as “Progress Quest,” which is considered to be the first game of its kind, or “Cow Clicker,” they are not the first games of this type. An obviously ludicrous subgenre, yet their tendency toward abstraction is what has made them good vehicles for theoretical reflection, as Ian Bogost accomplished with ‘Cow Clicker’. Cow Clicker is an example of this.

However, there are some people who find them to be of added interest: after a certain number of clicks, the player has the opportunity to collect rewards. For instance, if you play for one hour, you will be rewarded with a unique banana every 18 hours. These bananas, such as diamond or dark matter bananas, are completely useless, yet many people put them up for sale on Steam. Some of them have pricing that are close to one hundred euros, while others cost only two or three cents.

Is there any use in doing all of this? Only pure speculation with photos that, let us not forget, are not sold for actual money but rather for virtual amounts that can only be reinvested on Steam. None of these photographs are sold for real money. In truth, we are dealing with another meta game in which you can engage even if you have stopped clicking on the original ‘Banana,’ and in which you experience with offers and demands, for… for nothing. This hustle and bustle may give the impression that it is similar to the NFT pyramid fraud, but in reality, we are dealing with something else entirely. In this bizarre and engaging game, that is the fundamental objective that you must achieve. Nothing at all in general.

Banana is a free-to-play game in which the only thing you do is click on a jpeg of a banana. If you happen to check the SteamDB charts from time to time, you might be curious about the reason why it is currently ranked at number 47. It is only four ranks behind Cyberpunk 2077, and it is ranked higher than actual videogames such as Fallout 76, Diablo 4, and Slay the Spire.

I was the same way. This morning, all of us at PC Gamer were sitting in a call, staring in awe at tens of thousands of active gamers clicking a jpeg. We were all confused by what we were seeing. I courageously jumped on the grenade and conducted some investigation because my scorching job is never ended. It turns out that there is a whole genre of these things, which I will henceforth refer to as “egglikes” because I have completely lost my mind.

The older (and hence less popular) Egg, which still has over 4,500 people playing it as I write this (with an all-time peak of 11,000 players), gave rise to Egglikes, which is another name that I have completely just invented. Egg is extremely similar to Banana in that you spend the most of your playtime clicking on an image of an egg. However, if you value your sanity, you will most likely be leaving it idle for the majority of the time.

The actual games that are associated with Egg and Banana have very little to do with the software itself that is being used. Instead, they are entirely concerned with matters pertaining to Steam products. As we speak, you probably have a couple of these suckers sitting in your Steam inventory. These goods, which you have earned by playing games that you own, can be swapped 1:1 or sold on the marketplace for cash that is added to your Steam wallet.

It is more accurate to say that they are the Banana game’s equivalent of the TF2 headgear. They are slightly different from the Steam trading cards that you are likely to have a collection of. Because of the fact that their prices are subject to change based on a variety of factors, it is feasible to play the market by purchasing at a low price and selling at a high price.

Egg was the source of direct inspiration for Banana. The game’s designer, Robert Partyson (I do not believe that is their real name), said on the Steam forums of the game that “this is just a worse made egg game.” “Lol,” he continued.

According to Partyson, if you dip into the game sometimes to click on things, you should be able to obtain “like two items once a day.” This is the explanation that Partyson provides. Following that, you will be able to go to the Steam Marketplace in order to either buy or sell them. Within the Banana Discord server, which is accessible to the general public, there is a helpful bot that provides a breakdown of the steps that need to be taken in order to acquire products that are for sale:

You can collect a banana by clicking on it every three hours after you have opened the game and played for one minute. After that, you will be able to collect a banana every month. Once you have played for one hour, you will be able to access the rare drop pool, which means that every 18 hours, you will receive a banana. It is sufficient to return to the game every three to eighteen hours and click once. Special events are also held for uncommon bananas that are based on events for them.

There are some bananas that are listed for hundreds of dollars, such as this Diamond banana, however the majority of bananas are sold for a pittance, at best a few cents. Even while the majority of bids range in at a much more realistic $81, it is still the case that no one is going to purchase it at that price. When I inquired about the Banana game, I was informed by the community that it is comprised of two components: grinding for nanas and investment. This community is actually kind and wholesome.

As you can see, it is feasible to play egglikes without clicking on eggs, bananas, or whatever else it is, provided that you have some money to spend. This is the case as long as you have some money. If you choose to interact with these games solely through the purchase and sale of banana jpeg stonks, you are free to do so regardless of the circumstances.

There are some people who are simply doing it out of a combination of altruism and general memeage. I witnessed a player who was similarly perplexed question, “Who the hell is buying regular bananas, [I] don’t understand?” to which another player responded, “Me.” I purchase in large quantities from individuals for a few cards or other bananas… All I want is a large quantity of them. Which, by the way, you ought to give me yours to take with you.”

I like to picture that they are gathering all of the bananas into a large swimming pool and are going to dive into them like the most gentle and horrible Scrooge McDuck dive in the history of the planet.

Tucked away in this bizarro world corner of the internet, there is also a little creative community that is just beginning to emerge and flourish. In the middle of all the cursed horrors and copyright violations, there is some actual innovation going on from these card vendors. Players have the ability to submit recommendations for bananas into an art channel.

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