Flappy Bird Could Fly Again

Flappy Bird Could Fly Again

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Dong Nguyen, the creator of Flappy Bird, speaks out about the popular game in a Rolling Stone profile.

Nguyen is a quiet 28 year old who lived with his parents in Hanoi, Vietnam. He had a day job programming location devices for taxis and built Flappy Bird one holiday weekend. The game was released on May 24th but like most games, never took off. Eight months later, it suddenly went viral and reportedly earned him an estimated $50,000 a day.

On February 9th, Nguyen tweeted, "I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users," it read. "22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore." As promised, the game was removed hours later. Almost immediately, game developers rushed to fill the void with similar games such as Flappy Flyer, Flappy Wings, and others flooding the App Store.

Rolling Stone offers some insight on why Nguyen removed the game. His game had launched him into the public eye and paparazzi soon besieged his parents' house. He couldn't leave the house without been spotted. "It is something I never want," he tweeted. "Please give me peace."

But the hardest thing of all, he says, was something else entirely. He hands me his iPhone so that I can scroll through some messages he's saved. One is from a woman chastising him for "distracting the children of the world." Another laments that "13 kids at my school broke their phones because of your game, and they still play it cause it's addicting like crack." Nguyen tells me of e-mails from workers who had lost their jobs, a mother who had stopped talking to her kids. "At first I thought they were just joking," he says, "but I realize they really hurt themselves." Nguyen – who says he botched tests in high school because he was playing too much Counter-Strike – genuinely took them to heart.

Eventually Nguyen said he couldn't sleep, couldn't focus, and didn't want to go outdoors. His parents were worried about his well-being. He tweets, "I can call 'Flappy Bird' is a success of mine, but it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it."

When asked why he removed the game he says, "I'm master of my own fate, independent thinker."

Notably, there is a chance that Flappy Bird could return.

As for the future of his flapper, he's still turning down offers to purchase the game. Nguyen refuses to compromise his independence. But will Flappy Bird ever fly again? "I'm considering it," Nguyen says. He's not working on a new version, but if he ever releases one it will come with a "warning," he says: "Please take a break."

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Flappy Bird Could Fly Again
appleshxt - March 15, 2014 at 11:34am
Had I wrote the game I would have effortlessly told all the people that emailed me to eat a dick. "He" created a simple game, "Those idiots" just needed someone to blame for their life changing decision....There problem. The government surely haven't taken alcohol off the shelves to preserve our lives have they? No! because its our choice. Don't let these idiots get to you Nguyen they should know better like you and I.
Bac Ho - March 13, 2014 at 3:48pm
Take it down, bring it up make that game famous. Is that a also call Rubber Game like Vietnamese VC . For who want Flappy Bird can jailbreak and use Appsync. Wonder why people love that game or Rubber Game ???
Ismael Spamtos - March 13, 2014 at 3:50pm
Or keep the game up. We play because we try so many challenges that motivate us, this can be one of them.
Apple stated - March 13, 2014 at 2:11am
What a cool fn real guy. Amazing
Saul - March 12, 2014 at 10:48pm
I only play this game for a couple of minutes it's not really a distraction or addicting. I have complete respect for this guy he just made a simple game and everyone (as usual) makes into something bigger this why I hate social media it's so dumb it just makes more problems.
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