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Old Mar 11, 2014, 12:54 PM   #26
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"I hate all the publicity!!!!"

BRB I have to go do a Rolling Stone interview now...
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Old Mar 11, 2014, 01:00 PM   #27
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It's called "Good Parenting" folks. If you don't want your kids to be addicted to something of the nature of a video game, you can simply just take it away.
Of course. Because everything is that simple.

Do you know every app, every person, every single thing your child does on a weekly, daily, hourly, and by minute basis?
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Old Mar 11, 2014, 01:01 PM   #28
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Lol he would have made souch more money just leaving it on the App Store.
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Old Mar 11, 2014, 01:01 PM   #29
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I really respect this guy.

The fact that the Macrumors community so strenuously disagrees with me is maybe a sign that I don't belong here anymore.
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Old Mar 11, 2014, 01:02 PM   #30
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Really?

Missing the $50K/day?

Anyway... I think it's the most boring game ever
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Old Mar 11, 2014, 01:03 PM   #31
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Parents always have and always will be responsible for monitoring their children's activities and the time they spend doing them. Blaming one popular game maker for children being distracted by games is like blaming Magic Johnson for AIDS.
This is a horrendous comparison.
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Old Mar 11, 2014, 01:03 PM   #32
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Rolling Stone's full interview with Nguyen, which is well worth reading, also includes tidbits on the development of Flappy Bird, details on Nguyen's childhood, his game creating experience, and info on his future plans.
I agree, after reading this the guy's decision to pull the app make more sense. I don't think that just anyone would reach that conclusion, but I can see how he arrived at the decision.
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Old Mar 11, 2014, 01:03 PM   #33
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Why is this front page news. sigh.
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Old Mar 11, 2014, 01:04 PM   #34
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I really respect this guy.

The fact that the Macrumors community so strenuously disagrees with me is maybe a sign that I don't belong here anymore.
I agree, he seemed to be motivated by conscience more that money. Truly rare.
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Old Mar 11, 2014, 01:06 PM   #35
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It's called "Good Parenting" folks. If you don't want your kids to be addicted to something of the nature of a video game, you can simply just take it away.
Most parents these days are pussies. They can't say no. Three year olds with iPhones and five year olds with iPads. Why not have the kid go outside, and maybe climb a tree? Enjoy childhood while you have it? No? Okay....
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Old Mar 11, 2014, 01:08 PM   #36
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Mayor Rob Ford admits to trying Flappy Bird during a drunken stupor.

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Old Mar 11, 2014, 01:11 PM   #37
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Personally I thought it was refreshing to see a person who valued personal peace and a simple lifestyle over piles of money and media exposure. So rare in today's world.

Sad to see so many commenters here believe it to just be a shrewd business ploy. Is this how jaded we've all become?
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Old Mar 11, 2014, 01:11 PM   #38
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I agree, he seemed to be motivated by conscience more that money. Truly rare.
Agreed. And the fact that a lot of people here are sledging him about money, fame, fortune, etc., really tells you a lot about the limited thinking and capitalist-bred resolve of the people here.

At least the guy thought about his fellow man; except for when catastrophe happens, could the others here say the same thing, and forgo the money?

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Old Mar 11, 2014, 01:14 PM   #39
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Personally I thought it was refreshing to see a person who valued personal peace and a simple lifestyle over piles of money and media exposure.
If that was true, why would you agree to do an interview with Rolling Stone?

Edit: With that being said, I think it's more likely that he was caught by surprise by the sudden popularity and acted instinctively, rather than this being an elaborate and thought out strategy.

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Old Mar 11, 2014, 01:14 PM   #40
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$50,000 a day, and he buys a Mini Cooper?! I don't know about you, but if I was making that kind of dough, id be opting for something italian...
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Old Mar 11, 2014, 01:15 PM   #41
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Mayor Rob Ford admits to trying Flappy Bird during a drunken stupor.

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Yes, but later he said "I heard this thing was like crack. So, I was all over it. But I was very disappointed, because crack is so much better."
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Old Mar 11, 2014, 01:15 PM   #42
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I really respect this guy.

The fact that the Macrumors community so strenuously disagrees with me is maybe a sign that I don't belong here anymore.
Show me an online community not filled with cynical a**h***s and I will gladly transfer there.. to infect them with my negativity and hate

But seriously, we don't know if this was a "publicity stunt" or not. It's viable to believe either way. It's all up to choosing to believe in his story or not.
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Old Mar 11, 2014, 01:17 PM   #43
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it's not that simple. People love conspiracy theories and calling this a PR move...

But is he making more or less money by pulling Flappy Bird?
The answer is clearly less.

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he's probably making still about 50k/day because i have the game still and there are still ads on it.

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Yes, take it out so more people want it and since they cant get it, he makes even more money! Genius move.
there are other ways to get it besides the app store. i thought that was common knowledge. guess not.
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Old Mar 11, 2014, 01:18 PM   #44
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Old Mar 11, 2014, 01:18 PM   #45
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it's not that simple. People love conspiracy theories and calling this a PR move...

But is he making more or less money by pulling Flappy Bird?
The answer is clearly less.

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He'll make more money when he reinstates the app though because people who missed out first time will want to get it, and he's getting so much publicity he'll sell even more.

Was his name on the app listing, or did he have a 'company' name?
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Old Mar 11, 2014, 01:19 PM   #46
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Easy solution, put it back on the app store, but make it so difficult it's almost painful to play.

...oh, wait.

I love the spectrum of emotions on the thread though. Everything from 'I don't care' / 'Is this news?' through 'Obviously fake' / 'Good marketing' via 'I blame the parents'. It's like angry forum bingo!
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Old Mar 11, 2014, 01:20 PM   #48
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I love the fact that it's the developer's fault that all of these people lost their jobs, didn't do well in school, broke their phones, etc. This guy must be a genius if he can force people all over the world to play his game rather than go to work and school.

I wish the people who contacted him would take responsibility for their own actions rather than blame everyone else.
He could make a 30 minute limit per 24 hours. And not allow IAP for unlocking or asking a friend for a ticket. Leave it as is, add the 30 minute limit and there you go.

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$50,000 a day, and he buys a Mini Cooper?! I don't know about you, but if I was making that kind of dough, id be opting for something italian...
And you'd be broke pretty quick once the use of the app disappears.
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Old Mar 11, 2014, 01:20 PM   #49
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Nonsense

This is one of the most stupid things I ever heard, if you are addicted to a stupid app then you got some mental problems, and to the creator, I do not believe a single word he said, so you do not want to be famous but you give an interview to the Rolling Stone magazine?, also why did he quit his job then, to make more apps? that if they go well could make him even more famous...
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Old Mar 11, 2014, 01:21 PM   #50
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Another example of people NOT taking responsibility for their actions. Blaming him for losing their job? Breaking their phone? People need help, badly.
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