Game designed to be played while relaxed became anything but says developer

The world's brief love affair with Flappy Bird may now be coming to an end thanks to its removal from Google Play and the iOS App Store, but the developer has now come clean about his reasons for doing so. Despite an apparent issue with intense media attention, developer Dong Nguyen has spoken to the folks at Forbes about just why the bird flaps no more. 

Nguyen, it seems, was saving humanity from itself. He says he designed Flappy Bird to be played for a few minutes a time while relaxing. Of course, what we actually got was rage quits, swearing, and all manner of unhappiness with how damn hard it was. And yet everyone kept going back for more. It's this addictive nature which Nguyen claims was the final straw, and was the ultimate reason that the bird has flown away for ever. Not any issues with Nintendo.

Of course, if you really, really need that kind of game to play, there's a ton of clones and rip-offs already flooding the market to give you your fix. Or we could all just play something better, whatever. 

Source: Forbes

 
There are 73 comments

David Horgan says:

I can't believe there are people selling devices preloaded with this game for thousands.....

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NoNexus says:

Me either

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Kit Kat tastes like Jellybeans. Can't tell them apart...

grydlok says:

Craigslist is full of people selling phone's with the game for insane prices

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Especially when the APK is available online through Google ironically

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David Horgan says:

BUT iCrap devices can sideload as easy as Android devices. The only way you can sideload on an iPhone is to Jailbreak. On any Android phone, its is easy as checking "unknown sources."

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wyldemf says:

You mean *can't?

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David Horgan says:

Yes you are correct. I meant can't be side loaded.

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Yeah, I just googled the apk for my nexus 4 and installed it, and got the game...

HubyD says:

Well, people selling those devices doesn't mean people are actually buying them ;)

NoNexus says:

Note to developer,

The internets never forget. They will flap on.

Love,

Flappy Bird Central

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Kolten Nay says:

Lol

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I knew I shouldn't have opened the Android Central app.Thanks for reminding me this dumb game ever existed

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Android Central? Hah. Flappy Bird Central is more like it at this point.

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PopeJamal says:

There's something wrong with this article. All I saw was:

"Snarky snark snark snark? Snark snark! Snark whatever snark."

I thought I was at Android Authority for a second.

hermond says:

Sadly, I have to agree with you.

lmao. That's not snark. This is snark.

DS1331 says:

This nygugen guy is such a tool

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MERCDROID says:

Lol

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xlDeMoNiClx says:

So much snark, for a second I thought you wrote this article. :P

cappy718 says:

I thought this Flappy nonsense was over... Wrong again... Geez

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dtungsten says:

Forbes site = WTF!? I got a 404 by hitting the back button. Forbes, learn how to Internet!

Eion says:

Why do I still see it on the Play store when I search for it?

briankurtz79 says:

Because you have it on your device

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Wait isn't it possible to just download the apk off online?

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HeyImAlexD says:

This is what I'm thinking too.

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Jay Soto says:

Can't believe there's people buying all those devices just for the game though. Makes me want to sell my phone. Buy another one and a car and a house with the rest.

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pilotnh says:

THE REAL REASON IS the developer is too busy playing his own game and unable to beat it.

note3owner says:

Lol

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ozoneo says:

Looking at the stolen art and game mechanics (Piou Piou, etc) he was probably hit with takedown notices and requests for damages or even something like a buyout or license deal as a compromise. This is probably a rather lame attempt to save face as he "gets while the getting's good".
And congrats to the media for supporting a lame pirated game.

Looking forward to tomorrow's Flappy Bird article!

quailallstar says:

Played it once and gave up.

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I'm sorry but why has Android Central become so cluttered with one single game?

Get past it, guys.

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hmmm says:

+9001

richardfoc says:

Greatest. Troll. Ever. Well played Flappy Bird guy, well played.

cgardnervt says:

I was thinking the same thing :P

cgardnervt says:

Kinda lame and I never even played the game. Oh well.

SirBobaFett says:

Can we get a rock solid promise of how many more fucking Flappy Bird articles there's going to be? Please let it be under 10.

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travaz says:

Can we get a rock solid promise of how many more fucking Flappy Bird Clones there are going to be?

BoB16731 says:

Funny he tweeted yesterday the game was making a return

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MarkSeven says:

I never played it. It just looked so stupid.. and frustrating. We already have women for that. (I keed I keeed!) (Not really.) :-P

Imagaine how mad people are going to get once someone deletes it off their phone.. All hell brakes loose!

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hmmm says:

I think that developer is mentally unstable...

kendroid66 says:

Richard. ...I think that you ending an article in "whatever" is unprofessional and disrespectful. ...I'm seeing a lot of rude articles by men who should be professionals!!!

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Jonneh says:

Maybe you haven't realized the context this is written in. An "Or we could all just play something better, whatever" makes perfect sense for this article.

Wollombi says:

Well, then, if the professionalism of the blogging community concerns you, here's how to fix it:

1.) Stop trolling other peoples' blogs.
2.) Start writing your own blog, that lives up to your "professional" standards of writing, grammar, journalism, etc.
3.) Hope it has a positive impact on the community.

See? It's as easy as 1-2-3!

(Keep in mind, this is somewhat tongue in cheek)

MERCDROID says:

+1

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jblaze38 says:

It's still in the Samsung app store.....I downloaded it yesterday!

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mzanette says:

Will there ever come a day when Android central doesn't post an article about Flappy Bird? It has to be the most written about Android subject of the last 10 days. Surely this site has better things to write about?

No kidding.

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You would've thought they hated it, seems like they're just giving it more attention.

Wollombi says:

Flappy Bird - More addictive than meth, but you don't have to knock over gas stations to pay for it!

blipp says:

Good thing he came out and said this, otherwise there might have been a day without any Flappy Bird "news."

kendroid66 says:

Flappy Bird should be used at a job interview. .....then the employer will really know who he's hiring

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kendroid66 says:

Excuse me, I'm sorry..... they are hiring

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Does this affect people who already have it installed? If not, then taking it down doesn't save them.

socrfan1 says:

Played it for 5 minutes, hated it, removed it. Problem solved.

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Bwahahahaha says:

Yep... Still in play store... Still don't care. I'm seriously about to go elsewhere, for my android news. For good. This has gotten ridiculous with these constant Flappy Bird articles.

Cue the "good riddance" idiotic responses...

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kendroid66 says:

Relax!!! It's almost over.......I think.

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Bwahahahaha says:

Hope so... but something tells me it isn't. Either way, they've already gone overboard with these articles. Time to write about something worth writing about.

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MERCDROID says:

I think this is the last article, lol. I can see why it would get on people's nerves.

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Bwahahahaha says:

It's starting to feel like they're doing it just to piss people off now, judging by all the annoyed comments from people in these articles, which I'm sure they've read and clearly don't care about, lol. I mean I was like whatever about the articles up until it started really getting ridiculous. I come here for android related news and maybe some other stuff, not to see an article every day about one of the worst games ever created. It just doesn't make sense. It's irritating to say the least.

Anyway, rant over lol... Here's hoping this IS the last one...

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MERCDROID says:

It's all good, brother. I hear ya. Who knew this one game would be so controversial, lol.

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Bwahahahaha says:

For real man. It's boggling my mind in ways I never expected... I'm ashamed at how this is affecting me... Lol, jk

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John Vue says:

Oh stop it Dong! The game is not even close to addictive. Now give us the real reason why, is it Nintendo?

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s2weden2000 says:

No, it was n0t...

... ( 0ppo F5) ...

azwolverine says:

The Flappy birds on the Samsung app store is not the real one. No start button, no high scores.

net62957 says:

Did anybody hear about the great Flappy re-emergence?

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People can get so overly competitive. Glad I downloaded when I did. I enjoy trying to get past the third pole lol.

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techymarkbo says:

There have been way too many articles/posts about this game. Must have been almost 10 or so. Come on already. Lets move on.

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Jeneralee says:

Not only are ppl cashing in on already loaded app phones... I find stuff like this www.teespring.com/flapsave ppl are nuts, I didn't get that addicted

Baixem o Flappy Vamp que é muito mais dificil
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.bingame.flappyvamp

teamINOV says:

Have anyone seen this flappy bird clone yet?
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Jcan.DVoyage&hl=en
Its the only clone my mom actually plays, lol.

I play Chicken Flight. Good substitute and with hd graphics:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ElectricSeed.FlappyFea...