MessengerRemember the time when you couldn't mute your Facebook friends fast enough to stop the flood of game notifications? When you were constantly assaulted by all kinds of Ville games? Well, according to recent news, we might be in for a Back to the Future moment soon. When Facebook decided to kindly nudge (force) people to shift to its Messenger app for mobile friend-to-friend communication, most groaned with displeasure. At the same time, not all news was bad news; at least, those who used Facebook mostly to chat with friends wouldn't have to deal with all the Facebook games' notifications or any other such nonsense. Messenger was a pure communication app through and through.

Unfortunately, if recent news are to be believed, all that's about to end soon. Apparently, after giving us Messenger apps (like the emoji and giphy ones), Facebook is now in active conversations with various game developers regarding the introduction of games to its Messenger app store. While no firm plans have been announced, and there isn't even a hint regarding which developers might be considering coming to Facebook, I think it's fair to say that the line of possible developers will be long and distinguished given Facebook's status as a global (evil?) empire. These are all the details we have so far, so it's unclear whether the games will live inside Messenger or whether the app will simply enable developers to link their player bases in better ways. Either way, I expect more news on the matter to be coming our way soon.

  • Earth Vs. Me

    I deleted messenger as soon as I finished reading this article. I hardly used it anyway, and at 60-something MB it's not exactly lightweight. Anyone who needs to message me can simply text.

    • http://www.googlepants.com/ Wizard of Odyssey

      I like using Messenger, but if I have to micromanage a bunch of crap notifications, that could change.

    • EvanJO14

      How much storage do you have if 60 Mbs is not lightweight?

    • spokentruths772

      Wait, people still get on Facebook?

  • bubby525

    I'm deleting messenger as well

  • curtneedsaride

    Still haven't adapted using Messenger. I'll get my FB messages when I'm on a computer. Or log in through Safari. While FB messages are still within the website, it's stupid to not have it all in ONE app. We need more control over the settings of that one app and it'll be fixed. But anyway, the more fractured they make the Facebook experience, the less I'll use it.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      I actually really like the Messenger app for the opposite reason, as it's real useful to be able to have individual app-based notifications- Particularly when you throw the Apple Watch into the mix.

      • curtneedsaride

        But wouldn't it be nice to have those options and functionality as well as normal Facebook all in one app, where you can customize notification specifics for everything? But glad it is functioning well for those that like it!

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        In a perfect world, sure, but that level of granularity isn't often found outside of jailbreak tweaks.

  • DonnyDJ76

    Facebook is poison in general. I'm taking a summer hiatus and deleting messenger too.

  • http://adamsimmersive.com Adams Immersive

    Happily, I have no need to add Messenger on top of SMS/iMessage, FaceTime audio/video, Skype audio/video, phone calls, and email. If people can't figure out a way to contact me, something's very wrong! I have a Facebook account, but I keep instant messaging turned off.

  • SoyGreen

    I LOATHE facebook game requests to begin with... I cannot turn notifications off fast enough when someone decides to invite me to another game I don't want to play. Honestly, this just adds another reason why Messenger will not be added to my phone. (I am striving for less notifications - this would certainly be a step in the wrong direction.) Requiring messenger for that function of FaceBook has dramatically reduced the time I spend looking at FaceBook - I expect they will continue to see less and less use by me personally.

    I guess this is exciting for the people who do like these games... but no thanks for me.

  • Anonomation

    So. Flappy messenger?

    Bike Race Messenger edition?
    Clash of Messenger?

  • YaoYao

    I run one app or another for my Facebook messaging instead of the official one. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find a decent cross-chat-platform app in awhile that can handle Skype, FB and whatever else.

  • melvin2898

    Omg guise we're so cool for deleting messenger lolololol

  • melvin2898

    I personally like Facebook. I've been told that they track and steal your information. I deleted messenger because of that but I got it back. It's a great way to talk to friends and I'm not on the computer 24/7