FLAPPY BIRD to be KILLED OFF after Twitter SCANDAL
Like a vengeful God on his impenitent subjects, Flappy Bird creator Nguyen Hà Dông has turned his back on us all, and will be WITHDRAWING FLAPPY BIRD FROM ALL ONLINE […]
Like a vengeful God on his impenitent subjects, Flappy Bird creator Nguyen Hà Dông has turned his back on us all, and will be WITHDRAWING FLAPPY BIRD FROM ALL ONLINE STORES TODAY.
After Tiring of allegations of art-style ‘theft’, fraudulent download statistics, and comparisons of Flappy Bird to The Human Centipede in the mainstream media, Nguyen has declared that as of today Flappy Bird will no longer appear in app stores of any kind.
I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore.
— Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) February 8, 2014
A staple app of student’s phones and tablets, Flappy Bird has taken the world by storm. Originally lampooned by BuzzFeed as “Borderline crappy” and a “Piss-take”, the article unexpectedly started a word-of-mouth viral marketing craze; rocketing total downloads up to over 18 million. But to much of the mainstream gaming media, Flappy Bird is a low effort, and fraudulent cash-in.
A small time indie developer out of Vietnam, Nguyen describes himself as a “Passionate indie game maker”; but when Newsweek’s Joe Kloc asked him about dishonestly using artificial accounts to boost the app’s rating, Nguyen replied:
@joekloc It doesn’t matter. Don’t you think? If I did fake it, should Apple let it live for months?
— Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) February 4, 2014
A case of that pesky language barrier? Perhaps not: on Wednesday this week, Nguyen revealed to The Verge that the app was netting him a cool $50,000 dollars per day in ad-revenue. With increased interest in the similar download patterns of each of his three games, a court case may not be out of the question.
So which is it? Passionate fame-shy indie developer? Or duplicitous thieving rotter. Only time will tell. Whatever the truth may be, get Flappy Bird soon, or you’ve missed out for good. Though if you already own a copy, it will continue to work on your mobile device, but cannot be downloaded again once removed!