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App Store's latest craze  Flappy Bird  taken off the store
App Store's latest craze Flappy Bird taken off the store
February 10, 2014 | By Mike Rose

February 10, 2014 | By Mike Rose
More: Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Flappy Bird, one of the App Store's most surprising success stories to date, has been removed from all the mobile stores, as the creator says that he "cannot take this anymore."

The game rocketed to the top of the App Store and Google Play free download charts last month, and many press members and developers spent many hours attempting to explain the phenomenon.

But creator Dong Nguyen didn't appear to be enjoying the wide-scale attention so much, with various tweets suggesting that it was all perhaps a bit too full-on for him to handle.

Now the developers has pulled the game from both the App Store and Google Play entirely, stating, "It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore."

He added, "I also don't sell Flappy Bird, please don't ask. And I still make games."

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Rakib Solewalker
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Now just wait for people flooding the app stores with yet another *flappybird* clones.

Daniel Backteman
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(Tumblr showing blatant copies of the original/trend-setting game)

A large amount of job offers for cloning Flappy Bird getting posted there now.

Maurício Gomes
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If you search on e-lance there is already lots of companies wanting freelancers to make such clones.

Karl E
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A question. A lot of people seem to believe that just because the game is not sold anymore, he will stop making money from it. Well, my copy of the game is still working and still showing ads when I play it. So there is money going somewhere. Is it still to him?
On the contrary, the fact that the game is not available anymore will prevent a lot of people from deleting it from their phones, knowing that they couldn't get it again. And while it's on their menu, people will keep playing it.
This guy just might be a genius.

Daniel Backteman
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Sorry I have to add this as well.

An iPhone with Flappy Bird installed, currently at a bid of $90,350. The average going price for a used telephone with Flappy Bird on it seems to be approx. $700.

The linked article does look like it has had its price artificially inflated by someone though?

I don't really know what to say, I'm still processing this.

Edit: Link is dead and the auction gone; must've been removed.

Sergio Rosa
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Since I have not been following the news, I still don't understand if this was a reaction to "internet hate" or him not being able to handle the fame. If the answer is number 1, it shows again how much the community can suck sometimes. If the answer is 2, it feels like a slap across the face to all indies who'd be happy to get at least 10% of the attention he got.

SD Marlow
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There was no hating on the guy, so the hating on the haters is ironic and/or self-serving. A few people wondering how it got too the #1 spot before being part of the YouTube video that supposedly led too the games popularity is not hate. ANYONE with a game to launch was looking for the how and why. Once the larger populous became aware of the game, only to hear it was being pulled, then they projected all of these strange ideas about what the guy was going thru, and how big companies were out to get this guy, or whatever. In fact, there was no drama until he made the "22 hours" announcement.

The whole thing never felt right to me, but it's not ill-will.

Robert Carlson
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It may be a slap in the face to other indies, but I see no reason to suspect that Nguyen doesn't have legitimate anxiety issues. Some people get paralyzed at the thought of having thousands of strangers pay attention to them be it good attention or bad attention, and we ought to respect that. He's completely within his rights to refrain from selling his game, and it's only decent to leave someone alone when they've done nothing wrong and want to be left alone.

Bob Charone
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"Some people get paralyzed at the thought of having thousands of strangers pay attention to them be it good attention or bad attention, and we ought to respect that."

Then why release the game (entertainment industry, not for the anxious) on massive stores, (lots of potential people seeing it) with ads (clearly wants money)?

Seem like a lame attempt to keep reputation and future employability when he's done with legal fees.

Lance McKee
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Doug Poston
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I understand the anxiety issues, but this has had to make it worse.

He would have been better off taking a vacation to a tropical island with no internet for a couple of months.

Lee Thompson
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@Rakib Solewalker, the avalanche has already started.

Robert Carlson
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This has become one of the more interesting game stories in recent memory, and I think it says a lot about our attitude toward privacy in the internet age that we find it so peculiar that someone wouldn't want tens of thousands of twitter followers, much less prefer to cut off a stream of revenue to get some privacy.

Rey Samonte
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I agree. Although the "pipes" in the game looked similar to Nintendo's pipes, it wasn't the same or ripped off like many claim. The bird's character could have also been inspired by previous Nintendo characters. But when you think about it, he's a single developer. He probably had no idea his game would make it so big. If he's anything like me who has no artistic abilities to create final art, it's understandable that he would look for inspiration and base his pixel art from it. But in no way were any of the art assets ripped off. The only thing he was guilty of was lack of originality.

It does reveal the hearts of the game development and gaming community though...jealousy. In fact, when I first played the game, I thought, "Man! This guy is making $50k a day with this?!" Followed by, "Geez! I could have made this game!" But I'm not going to condemn the guy for trying.

Jim Thompson
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Dong Nguyen is a hero of globalized design and free trade.

Jarod Smiley
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Game is kinda fun...hit detection is broken though.

People are freakin sheep...don't get why this one in particularly is so popular.

Leave the guy alone, for whatever reason he doesn't want it up anymore, it's his decision to make.

Everything is a story, man, we need some new video games to play. This is just ridiculous that this is news lol.

Jonathan Murphy
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The real problem is how easily you can be ruined by publicity and opinion. He didn't make Flappy Birds with high expectations, yet people feel this urge to blame him? For what? Luck?

Plato Evolved Page
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Try as an alternative to Flappy Bird!