Flappy Bird dead because users were getting too addicted: App creator

Sticking to his stance of having done away with Flappy Bird because of “overusing” of the game by users, the app’s creator, Dong Nguyen has confirmed that the game is gone for good.


In an interview with Forbes, Nguyen said that the game had been turning into too big an addiction for him to ignore it. “Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed,” he said for the first time since he pulled the plug on the app. “But it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it’s best to take down Flappy Bird. It’s gone forever.”


Nguyen said that the continuous attention the game had been generating alarmed him. He said that he had started to feel guilty at the game becoming an obsession. The Vietnamese developer also said that his life had not been as comfortable it was before after the game received such popularity. His parents were reportedly unaware about his association with Flappy Bird for the longest time too. After pulling the plug on the game, Nguyen says that he’s been catching up on his lost sleep.


For those of you who’ve been living under a rock since the past couple of weeks, Flappy Bird was a viral sensation of a game that hit Android and iOS. While the game had been on the stores since May 2013, it only received popularity in the last couple of weeks. The premise of the game was simple: you had to tap on the screen to keep a bird in flight and help it navigate between Mario style pipes.


Some have speculated whether it was a legal threat from Nintendo – makers of the Super Mario franchise – that caused Nguyen to kill the app. The developer says that it isn’t so and that Nintendo had not sent him any notice.


The app, however, had been helping Nguyen bring in the money by the buckets. According to a report by The Verge, Nguyen was making money from in-app ads to the tune of $50,000 a day. Nguyen, of course, has not confirmed the actual figures but says that it’s “a lot” of money.


Nguyen said that he still continues to make games and in fact has games like Super Ball Juggling and Shuriken Block on iOS App Store. He does, however, say that he will not hesitate to kill these apps too, if they become over-addictive. Is his decision to kill Flappy Bird final? Yes, he says, “I don’t think it’s a mistake,” he says. “I have thought it through…After the success of Flappy Bird, I feel more confident, and I have freedom to do what I want to do.”


Flappy Bird may be gone but there are some replacement, clone and total rip-off apps that resemble the game available on app stores, but one game that Nguyen himself has played and liked is Ironpants. "I have tried playing Ironpants,” he said. “It’s a good game.”


We’ve put together a list of apps – including Ironpants – which you can download and play to satiate your Flappy Bird addiction. Check it out.

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