New versions of the BlackBerry mobile device won’t come equipped with BrickBreaker, a simple game that for years was installed on every BlackBerry and at its peak developed a cult following among traders and Wall Street executives. Richard S. Fuld, the former Lehman Brothers chief executive, became so addicted that in 2006 he had his technology department remove the game from his device in an effort to break his habit. Nick Manning, a spokesman for BlackBerry, on Wednesday confirmed the company’s decision to remove the game from new devices. [Dealbook]

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  1. Posted by guest | January 30, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    "you know what I do miss though? SNAKE" FTW

    – guy who rues the day he gave up his Nokia

  2. Posted by UBS Quant | January 30, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    So THAT'S why Lehman went under

  3. Posted by Son Jhazar | January 30, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    "Phone No One Uses Will No Longer Carry Game No One Plays"…."a simple game that for years was installed on every BlackBerry and at its peak developed a cult following among traders and Wall Street executives."

    So no one plays it, but it had a cult following on Wall Street? Which is it?

  4. Posted by Dick Fuld | January 30, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Bess I'll be happy to give you some snake…

  5. Posted by Trusty | January 30, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    "at its peak" key words here. try to keep up.

  6. Posted by Gorillas + Nugs | January 30, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Combined Brickbreaker and Bridge tournament anyone?

  7. Posted by Guest | January 31, 2013 at 8:52 AM


    Oh well, on the plus side, the government regulatory agency I work for is years behind on pretty much everything, so this will disappear off my government Blackberry three or four years down the road, right around the time our IT department starts looking at this new "iPhone" thing everyone's been talking about.

  8. Posted by Guest | January 31, 2013 at 9:20 AM


  9. Posted by PermaGuestII | January 31, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Presumably something like this: will sprout up for BrickBreaker.

  10. Posted by Deleveraging | January 31, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Where' s the opening bell? Did they let Jon go?

  11. Posted by guest | January 31, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    It never worked with the infared trackpad anyway.

  12. Posted by Guest | January 31, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Cheer up old chap. Soon you'll discover that RedTube can be accessed on mobile devices.

  13. Posted by Guest | January 31, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Delayed untl the hamster came out and Jon could sit down again.

  14. Posted by PokeMyEyeOut | January 31, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Location: 745 Seventh Avenue, Executive Suite, late 2006

    Joe Gregory: Dick, you coming to this Risk Committee Meeting?
    Dick Fuld: Nah, Joe you go ahead, I'm all set…
    Joe Gregory: You really should try to make at least one of these per year…
    Dick Fuld: Joe Bro, leave me be! I just got IT to put BrickBreaker back on my phone…
    Joe Gregory: (chuckles). The Bros Always Wins. (exits)
    Dick Fuld: New high score!

  15. Posted by guest | January 31, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Jon, is that you?

  16. Posted by guest | January 31, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    (iPhone 5 + Skyfire app) + Brazzers = WaR


  17. Posted by Mobile marketing | April 29, 2013 at 4:42 AM

    I've heard that BlackBerry mobile today is not good in sales? is this true?

  18. Posted by Telefoon abonnement | July 11, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    i play games on my mobile every day :)

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  21. Posted by utah medicaid | April 22, 2014 at 1:26 AM

    Recent translations of the BlackBerry portable appliance won’t befall equipped accompanying BrickBreaker, a homely game that for years was installed on all BlackBerry besides at its pinnacle developed a clan audience between mongers moreover Defense Road entrepreneurs.

  22. Posted by 5-htp | May 3, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    You have your low end, mid-range, and high end. Also, one of the bad things in the Android world is fragmentation.

  23. Posted by vishal | May 20, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    i do like the pre-installed games