Bye Bye, Birdy: ‘Flappy Bird’ Gone for Good
Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014
Updated: Thursday, February 13, 2014 09:02
No game in history has caused more grief and joy than the infamous Flappy Bird. The game debuted on the Android and iPhone App store in May 2013. Since then it has risen to the most downloaded free-to-play game.
Tales of agony and frustration, along with screenshots of gleeful successes have plagued the social media world. Facebook and Twitter feeds have been overwhelmed with confessions of addicted players.
After taking the world by storm for the past few months, game developer Dong Nguyen announced he was taking the game of the market.
It appears that the success of the game became a Frankenstein’s monster for the Vietnamese developer. On Feb. 8, Nguyen stated via Twitter that “he couldn’t take it anymore” — referring to the mass attention, both love and hate, the game was receiving.
Nguyen also stated that the game was not for sale. In response, dozens of phones with the game installed have been place on eBay for auction. The going rate for some of the phones are anywhere from $900 to $15,000.
As a Flappy Birder myself, I am familiar with the sense of accomplishment and the fury the game can bring. I found myself wasting away up to an hour on the ridiculously addicting game.
What I feel is the game’s driving success is its simplicity coupled with its abnormal difficulty.
It creates the grounds for competition among friends and a challenge of whom can achieve the highest score.
It was reported that the game company that released the hit game was making up to around $50,000 a day in ad revenue.
I think Nguyen may have acted rashly in pulling the game from the app stores. Like all fads, the hype of Flappy Bird will fizzle out eventually. It has been holding the spotlight for a few months, and I feel that soon enough people will move on.
The same thing happened with Angry Birds. The game took the world by storm and produced all sorts of merchandising. Though, inevitably, it diminished from the spotlight as time went on.
Granted, Angry Birds paled in comparison to some of the anger caused by Flappy Bird, but the concept is the same.
It will be interesting to see how long the game will stay in the limelight of pop culture since its recent extinction. Will it take weeks or months for this bird to fly south for good?