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- Dec 30, 2010
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The latest reasoning put forth by Flappy Birds creator, Dong Nguyen, for the quick pull down of his popular app is fascinating to say the least. Apparently, he felt the need to save users from their own compulsive behavior. In other words, he thought the game was too addictive. Here's a quote with more of the details,
Talking to Forbes, Nguyen said he didn’t really expected users to develop an obsession for his game. “Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed. 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.” Dealing with this global craze affected Nguyen’s life: “my life has not been as comfortable as I was before. I couldn’t sleep,” he said.
Nguyen didn’t confirm or deny the $50,000 in daily revenue that The Verge reported he was making off Flappy Bird. “I don’t know the exact figure, but I do know it’s a lot.” All that money probably got the 29-year old indie developer more attention than he ever wanted. Indeed, according to Forbes, the developer had met with Vietnam’s deputy prime minister just before he gave the interview. The attention was probably the main reason to quit for the secretive developer, who refused to be photographed and whose own parents hadn’t even known about Flappy Bird until media coverage “spun of out of control.”
Supposedly, the app's creator is now much happier and sleeps better. He said he looks forward to creating new games in the future. Now that he has been "touched" by the specter of fame, isn't it possible that any new game he creates will have the possibility to spiral out of control again? Share your thoughts...