Apple’s First Video Game in a Decade Is Actually a Hilarious Inside Joke

Warren Buffets Paper Wizard Credit: AppAdvice
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If there’s one thing that’s easily overlooked about Apple, it’s that the people who work there aren’t afraid to have a sense of humor.

Just look at Apple CEO Tim Cook. Whether he’s changing his Twitter name to Tim Apple or retweeting a meme that he inadvertently spawned, Cook is apparently no stranger to committing to a bit.

For a bit of context, Cook made a cameo appearance in a comedic short film shown at Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholder meeting in Nebraska over the weekend. In the short, billionaire and Apple investor Warren Buffett visits a top-secret Cupertino lab to come up with app ideas and other tongue-in-cheek inventions.

Cook, for his part, suggests an iPhone game in which players can toss newspapers. (Buffett was famously a newspaper carrier when he was young.)

It turns out that the theoretical game isn’t just a line in a script. No, apparently, the Buffett-themed newspaper tossing game is actually real.

Warren Buffett’s Paper Wizard” is currently available on the App Store as a free download. The simple mobile game tasks users with tossing newspapers on a delivery route to earn “Warren Bucks.” Amusingly, the delivery route that players take spans from Omaha, Nebraska to Apple HQ in Cupertino, California.

Interestingly, the game’s developer is listed as Wildlife Designs, Inc. But the app itself is owned, copyrighted and operated by Apple itself. That marks a bit of a milestone for the firm, since it’s technically the first game that Apple itself has developed in a decade.

The last Apple-crafted game was an iPhone version of Texas Hold’em that launched alongside the App Store back in 2008.

In addition to appearing in the comedic short, Cook also spoke at the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting, telling attendees that he’s “thrilled” that Buffett owns stock in Apple. Later, in an interview with CNBC, Cook said that Buffett’s investment in Apple demonstrates that the Cupertino firm is no longer just a tech company anymore.

“(Buffett) has been very clear, he didn’t invest in technology companies and companies he didn’t understand,” Cook said. “He’s been totally clear with that. And so he obviously views Apple as a consumer company.”

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