'Flappy Bird' Creator: Game Was Pulled Because It Became an 'Addictive Product'

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. macrumors bot

    MacRumors

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2001
    #1
    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]
    Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen has publicly spoken for the first time since pulling the popular game from the App Store in a new interview with Forbes. In the interview, Nguyen states that Flappy Bird was removed because it was becoming an "addictive product," going on to say that guilt and discomfort ultimately influenced his final decision to take the game down.
    Nguyen added in the interview that he developed the game over the course of "two or three days" and said that Nintendo did not send him any legal threats over the game's similarities to the original "Super Mario Bros." title, corroborating a report from yesterday. The developer noted that he feels there was no mistake in removing the title from App Store, also saying that he will continue to develop games due to the confidence he gained after the success of Flappy Bird.

    Before being taken down, Flappy Bird was the number one downloaded free app on Apple's App Store for almost a month, generating a reported $50,000/day in revenue from in-app ads. Nguyen had also previously expressed frustration at the attention he received during the game's sudden spike in popularity on his Twitter before announcing that he would remove it.

    Article Link: 'Flappy Bird' Creator: Game Was Pulled Because It Became an 'Addictive Product'
     
  2. macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2012
    #2
    He just needs to get a pair and admit that he couldn't face the fact that someone beat his high score. :cool:
     
  3. macrumors demi-goddess

    LadyX

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2012
    #3
    But it's not gone forever. Those who downloaded the game before it got pulled still have it and play it.
     
  4. macrumors member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2013
    #4
    Very remarkable thinking.
     
  5. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2014
    #5
    >"I can't take all the attention, I'm going to remove Flappy Bird"
    >Gives interview
     
  6. macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2004
    #6
    Can't wait to see all the inevitable articles with the headline 'Creator of Flappy Bird Releases New App!' :rolleyes:
     
  7. macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2007
    #7
    Hmmm

    For many Western audiences, his move must be totally incomprehensible. After all, earning over $50k a day is most people's ultimate goal isn't it? Great to see that different attitudes to success still exist - at least, by the looks of it. :eek:
     
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2009
    Location:
    Minnesota
    #8
    Doesn't want an "addictive product" but makes it free and includes ads. :confused:
     
  9. macrumors 65816

    flottenheimer

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2008
    Location:
    Up north
    #9
    Who is this guy really? Who, these days, have intentions that noble?
     
  10. macrumors 6502

    sshambles

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2005
    Location:
    Australia
    #10
    Once an app is removed from the App Store, will it still generate money from all the ads via those people who continue to play it and still have it installed?

    If so, he'd seemingly be raking it in still - with less of the guilt. ;)
     
  11. macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2008
    #11
    Dong Nguyen is fast becoming the Justin Bieber of the gaming world.
     
  12. macrumors 65816

    flottenheimer

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2008
    Location:
    Up north
    #12
    And will users who downloaded the game in time be able to reinstall (download from the cloud) on new devices with the same iCloud account?
     
  13. macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2013
    #13
    I didn't find it addictive. There's only so many times that I can crash into the first pipe before losing interest :p
     
  14. macrumors 6502

    sshambles

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2005
    Location:
    Australia
    #14
    Yeah I was going to ask about this also...
     
  15. arn
    macrumors god

    arn

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2001
    #15
    here's an interesting tweet from him back in April, 2013 (before Flappy Bird was released)

    https://twitter.com/dongatory/status/321385232408403968



    ----------

    You can redownload the app if you have already downloaded it from the app store before.

    arn
     
  16. macrumors 6502

    sshambles

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2005
    Location:
    Australia
    #16
    So I assume also he continues to make money then despite it being removed?

    Success might not be the only reason for an existence, but it sure makes for a nice way to exist.
     
  17. macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2011
    Location:
    USA
    #17
    This game was stupid.
     
  18. macrumors member

    Joined:
    May 31, 2013
    #18
    He should have added some kind of restrictions like Candy Crush. You have only 5 lives after which you can play only after 24 hours and of-course without in app-purchase.
     
  19. macrumors newbie

    xoneo

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2013
    #19
    I don't like this story at all, doesn't worth
    telling & hearing it again & again IMO. :cool:
     
  20. macrumors 65816

    antonis

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2011
    #20
    So, according to his opinion, the problem with the game was that it was better than it should ?

    Western logic or not, this guy makes less and less sense every time he tries to explain it.
     
  21. samonaz, Feb 11, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2014

    macrumors member

    Joined:
    May 31, 2013
    #21
  22. macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2008
    #22
    Yes.

    But ad revenue will decrease as people get bored of the game (which will happen) and aren't replaced by new downloaders.
     
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2008
    #23
    good luck with that. Fake bids/scam bait.

    Edit: LOL, you didn't even include one with any bids on it.

    http://imgur.com/VGAiq1t
     
  24. macrumors 68030

    macs4nw

    #24
    Aren't most App store games you download, 'addictive' to a degree?
     
  25. macrumors 601

    Tilpots

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2006
    Location:
    Carolina Beach, NC
    #25
    Sick of the Flappy Bird stories.
     

Share This Page