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« on: February 10, 2014, 01:15:58 PM »

The Flappy Bird creator has pulled the game from the app store

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This is a strange story for an otherwise normal Saturday, but apparently Dong Nguyen, creator of the international super hit Flappy Bird [Free], has had enough of everything that comes with being an overnight sensation and is going to take the game down from the App Store. He apologizes to Flappy Bird players, and states via Twitter "22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore."


I guess I don't understand what he can't take.  Is there just a ton of emails?  Can he be pestered in other ways? 
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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2014, 01:54:56 PM »

This whole thing is just bizarre.  Flappy Bird looked like nothing more than a ripoff of other games, it's popularity is baffling to me.  However, TouchArcade said yesterday it was generating more than $50K a day in ad revenue.  Which will still continue, he just can't bring in anyone new because it's been pulled. They also said that there are a handful of other hastily thrown together games that are now attempting to capitalize on it's success (such as "Flappy Bee" and "Flappy Plane"), and these games are selling like crazy.

The only real takeaway is that iOS gamers are a strange bunch.
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2014, 03:21:57 PM »

He pulled the ads in the last update, so he isn't getting anything anymore.

I really don't see the big deal, these silly games do well with the masses who own smart phones and then they move on to something else. For some reason sites like Touch Arcade made such a big deal out of it that in the process turned it into a bigger drama than it needed to be. Eli Hodapp (one of TA's site operators) loved it, but yet they didn't even review it. Probably because they would have given it a good review and the site's readers who seem to be mostly gamers (as opposed to the masses) would have flipped.
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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2014, 04:04:03 PM »

Quote from: Lee on February 10, 2014, 03:21:57 PM

He pulled the ads in the last update, so he isn't getting anything anymore.

I really don't see the big deal, these silly games do well with the masses who own smart phones and then they move on to something else. For some reason sites like Touch Arcade made such a big deal out of it that in the process turned it into a bigger drama than it needed to be. Eli Hodapp (one of TA's site operators) loved it, but yet they didn't even review it. Probably because they would have given it a good review and the site's readers who seem to be mostly gamers (as opposed to the masses) would have flipped.

It's not just the sites who are making it a big deal.  Now that the game has been pulled, phones with Flappy Birds installed are selling for big bucks on ebay.

This whole thing is baffling: the game's sudden rise to intense popularity months after release, the designer pulling the game and advertising, the mania ramping up after that.

Of course, this has extended the mania for this little game, but I'll be disappointed if the designer has some kind of a faux mea culpa and rereleases it "due to popular demand" or does so under a bigger publisher.
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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2014, 10:54:43 PM »

I would be surprised to hear anyone is actually buying those phones. If you played it, you already own it. If you didn't play it, why would you spend a fortune just to try it?
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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2014, 11:01:03 PM »

Quote from: Lee on February 10, 2014, 10:54:43 PM

I would be surprised to hear anyone is actually buying those phones. If you played it, you already own it. If you didn't play it, why would you spend a fortune just to try it?

Well, checking ebay, there is one at $3,000 with a bid, but most of the 1k and up ones don't have bids.  However, there's one currently at $305 with 10 bids already (that may have more to do with a cheap iphone).  At one point today, there were bids for phones over $90,000.  Maybe they were self-driven prices?

As far as spending a fortune if you haven't played it, though, there's a mania that develops for some knowing that they can't play it.
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« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2014, 12:10:33 AM »

I don't really use eBay so I really don't know, but I have heard that usually obscene bids on items like this aren't serious and are never collected. If those bids are real, I really am old and don't understand kids.
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« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2014, 03:22:45 AM »

http://mashable.com/2014/02/10/flappy-bird-story/
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« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2014, 07:55:23 AM »

Silly humans.
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« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2014, 05:15:10 PM »

What a bunch of pointless stupid drama.
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