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02-11-2014, 04:54 AM #1
Flappy Bird Developer Speaks Out About Why he Removed the Game From the App Store
Dong Nguyen, the developer behind the highly popular free Flappy Bird video game for iOS, has officially spoken out in an interview with Forbes about why he had chosen to pull the successful game from the App Store. Flappy Bird held the #1 spot in the "Top Free" section of the App Store while it was available, and had become a smash hit in a very short period of time.
For the longest time, Nguyen was pretty quiet about his reasoning for removing the game. He had Tweeted small hints on Twitter about the fact that he "can not take this anymore," but the true reasoning for why he removed the game had been unknown until now.
Nguyen attributes his decision to remove Flappy Bird from the App store to the addictive nature of the game, which players felt the effects of after wanting to better their high scores; especially against friends:
Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed. But it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, itís best to take down Flappy Bird. Itís gone forever.
Flappy Bird, in case you've never played it, set up randomly-generated pipes with gaps in them that you'd need to fly through. For each pipe you successfully moved through, you would get a point. The player would need to tap on the screen to flap the bird's wings, and this required precision timing; if you hit one of the pipes, your bird would come plummeting to the Earth and your score would be saved.
Flappy Bird had become so popular, that the game had managed to generate $50,000 per day in ad-revenue across platforms. It was available for both iOS and Android.
Although the game was pulled, those who had the game installed on their devices already can still continue playing it.
Sources: Forbes via MacRumors
02-11-2014, 05:31 AM #2
I don't believe his excuse for some reason
02-11-2014, 05:35 AM #3
Thats a stupid argument. The game ended up being more than what he intended it to be, so he takes it down? That's a cop out answer. It has to be more than that. Hardly any of the great things we have started out the way they were originally intended.
Don't get me wrong, I think theres a legitimate excuse why he took it down. I just don't think this is it. I've never played the game, and didn't download it when they hype went out about it going away either, but I followed the story. Something's fishy with this.
02-11-2014, 05:39 AM #4
Guys it's not about the money. None of you can see past that, can you? Whereas we all sit her and whine about how candy crush is too addicting and is causing a loss of productivity, Nguyen didn't want his game to cause a negative reaction in society. I bet all of you would have been content to profit from such a thing, but Nguyen clearly has a strong morals and values system. I respect him for that. Americans are raised with profit as the only value, and look where our society is headed.
02-11-2014, 06:09 AM #5
High score games are made to be addictive. It is highly likely Nintendo sent a cease and desist letter. He puts the time in to update Flappy (after it was already a hit) and then pulls it a few days later? Something smells flappy...
02-11-2014, 06:34 AM #6
02-11-2014, 06:43 AM #7
1) Great marketing, do not forget the app keeps getting revenue, and all the media is speaking about it, best case scenario , it would be a fad in a week or two
2) Then the guy "reconsiders" and publish it again, BAM! two weeks more on top of the charts...
02-11-2014, 06:54 AM #8
Rubbish! This guy needs to drop off the planet already! All this up & down hoo haaa for a poxy game that would have been over in a few weeks anyway. The way he's going on it's like he discovered time travel but is scared of the consequences! MUG
02-11-2014, 07:30 AM #9
Secondly, how does creating an addictive game "ruin" his life .. that makes me believe the Nintendo story far more than his own excuse, it ruined his life because Nintendo killed his most valuable property and took away his largest meal ticket..
Lastly, I think he's been vague to protect his reputation as well.. he's been accused of copying from Nintendo for one, but also it's been said that he's suspected of getting false ratings/reviews to boost the popularity of the app which is a common, nefarious practice on app stores.. The app popularity did seem to instantly flare up, which no doubt would have gotten the attention of Nintendo and that would result in quick action by them..
Last edited by oneduality; 02-11-2014 at 07:40 AM.
02-11-2014, 08:11 AM #10
I say his game, his rules. He wanted it out so be it. No point bitc...g about it. Alternative ways can be use to get the game anyway.
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02-11-2014, 08:18 AM #11
Stupid reason, yes I said stupid.
02-11-2014, 08:50 AM #12
...and due to popular demand flappy birds hsas returned and is breaking sales records left and right.
02-11-2014, 08:51 AM #13
What can I say? The guy is retarded!
02-11-2014, 08:52 AM #14
The Russians made him.
02-11-2014, 09:31 AM #15
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02-11-2014, 12:26 PM #17
I don't know if you guys know this or not, but he lives in Vietnam, and it's dangerous to get a lot of money in a short amount of time.
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02-11-2014, 12:38 PM #18
02-11-2014, 01:34 PM #19
Have you seen eBay? iPhones/iPods with flappy bird installed are selling for 1000-3000 bucks...
02-11-2014, 02:19 PM #20
I know it is gone from App Store, but I can still download it because I downloaded before...