Update: Flappy Bird Creator Is Removing The Game From Stores

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Update: Flappy Bird Creator Is Removing The Game From Stores

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Developer Dong Nguyen announced via Twitter that the game will be taken off the Apple and Google markets in 22 hours.

Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen has surprisingly announced via Twitter that his game will be taken offline in just 22 hours. "I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users," said Nguyen, "I cannot take this anymore." He later added that the reasoning for the takedown is "not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore," and that he will continue to make new games.

Flappy Bird is the frustratingly difficult iPhone and Android game that quickly, and unexpectedly, shot to the number 1 spot in both the Apple app store and Google's Play store. However, it faced some pretty harsh criticism from the citizens of the internet, both for being a "terrible game" as well as essentially plagiarizing assets from Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. series.

It looks like Nguyen, who reportedly makes up to $50,000 a day from the game, simply can't handle the internet vitriol being slung at him on a daily basis. And hey, who can blame him? Some of the things people say under the protection of internet anonymity can be pretty vile.

Nonetheless, it would have to be pretty harsh comments for him to throw away $50,000 a day, and it's possible that there may be some kind of legal action under the surface that Nguyen can't, or won't, talk about.

What do you think? Have you played Flappy Bird? Is it just a shameless cash-in of Mario assets thrown around a haphazardly built game, or is it the next Angry Birds?

Source: Twitter

Update: True to his word, Flappy Bird has now been removed from both the iOS and Google Play stores (though people are reporting that it's still available on Microsoft's Windows Phone store). So there you go, it's now gone forever (unless you're savvy enough to just download the .apk)

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Kinda hard to argue that it's not shamelessly duplicating Mario components, given that even a cursory glance can tell you that it is. While there are obviously tweaks, the bird sprite looks similar to old style Mario enemies, and the pipes are pretty clearly meant to resemble the ones from Mario. While not a direct rip, it's obvious what games he is aiming to emulate.

He's just lucky Nintendo hasn't chosen to come after him, frankly. A little internet vitriol would be the least of his concerns, then.

Not that I'm justifying it, mind. People are dicks, this is the unwritten law of the internet. But I can see why people might be a bit annoyed that this guy is raking in a lot of cash through what could be argued as less than honest means.

The gameplay it's self is pretty solid and addictive. I dig it. Although I can see where he is pretty obviously utilizing on some components of the Super Mario games. If I were him I'd just reskin the pipes/ground. The game is a good little game in it's own right. Hopefully it won't vanish off my phone when he takes it down.

CriticKitten:
Kinda hard to argue that it's not shamelessly duplicating Mario components, given that even a cursory glance can tell you that it is. While there are obviously tweaks, the bird sprite looks similar to old style Mario enemies, and the pipes are pretty clearly meant to resemble the ones from Mario. While not a direct rip, it's obvious what games he is aiming to emulate.

He's just lucky Nintendo hasn't chosen to come after him, frankly. A little internet vitriol would be the least of his concerns, then.

Not that I'm justifying it, mind. People are dicks, this is the unwritten law of the internet. But I can see why people might be a bit annoyed that this guy is raking in a lot of cash through what could be argued as less than honest means.

The art style is the only thing similar, so it's kind of hard to see it as trying to "emulate" Mario.

Granted, he could have just as easily changed the visual style even just slightly, but even so, I'd hardly call it criminal, just laziness.

Nguyen won't need more money for a long time after getting $500,000 or so from the flooded app userbase in the past weeks. Sure, it's not proportional to the effort he put into making this mish-mash "of Mario assets thrown around a haphazardly built game" designed for touchscreens, but that's how advertising revenue works.

And also he's being honorable about it by stopping it now before it goes out of hand. He seems that way from his tweets.

Hrm.. where can I get an .apk of it before its shut down so I can aggravate my nephew by installing it on his new tablet when it comes in next week?

I doubt he's being honorable about it. Honestly after a lot of crap people having been saying about the game I'd want give up a lot of things to make it stop too.

And also, just because a game borrows the visual aesthetic of another game doesn't make it a ripoff. Do you remember that mario game where you fly a bird through a series of pipes for as long as you can? I don't.

Still, though, it wouldn't hurt the guy to change the pipes to something that DOESN'T look like it was lifted from the mario series. The game itself is why people are playing the crap out of it, not the semblance to mario.

Honetsly the fact this guy's getting hate from this little tiny game (forgive my French) absolutley fucking digusts me!
This sort of behaviour makes me just want to just ditch the games industry and work in retail where customers are nicer (wrap your head around that for a moment).

The art assets are like from a game that's over a decade old now, seriously fanboys, get a life.

Ummm I am sorry I thought that read $50k a day.... *reads again* Yep it did..... I would put up with ALOT MORE shit for $50k a day, sorry dude I think someone is threatening to sue you.

Kajin:
Still, though, it wouldn't hurt the guy to change the pipes to something that DOESN'T look like it was lifted from the mario series. The game itself is why people are playing the crap out of it, not the semblance to mario.

Exactly! I would like it just as much if he changed the pipes to rocks or trees or power lines or whatever. It's a good simple game that you can pick up and play for a minute or an hour. It would really be a shame if he just abandons it when it could so easily be fixed.

Criticism? And here I thought I was just about the only person on the internet who realized it was loaded with artificial difficulty in the form of awful controls, instead of thinking that it was the best game ever. It might be worth mentioning, you know, that it's insanely popular, too.

I downloaded the game and the first thing that came to my mind wasn't even that the pipes look like Mario pipes (I didn't even notice till now) but the fact that it's the exact same game as the Helicopter Click game that came out WAY back in 2004 on Addictinggames.com, anyone remember that game?

if i were him, id sell the rights

I can't hold too much sympathy for a guy that took the visual design of Mario and the gameplay of The Helicopter Game and tried to pass it off as his own game. But insults of that level is damn bad. It's good the game is being taken down, but the reasons are awful.

I really think this is a ploy just to get even more eyes on the game in it's 5 minutes of fame.

If he really wanted to just take the game down cause he's so stressed, he would just take it down; not give people a 22 hour window to get the game while it's hot.

Look, I will take 50k a day if it means 50k people tweet me telling me how shit I am. I'll take that job, that's something I can do. Please let me do that job.

Steven Bogos:
Is it just a shameless cash-in of Mario assets thrown around a haphazardly built game, or is it the next Angry Birds?

Yes?

It's absolutely a blatant rip off of what are clearly meant to be Mario assets, even if they aren't exact copies. And it's also a hit game (though clearly not one that pretty much any gamer finds worthy).

The simple fact is that had he made the exact same game but instead opted for an original graphic style, he'd probably be flying free and clear right now even if his wallet would be a little lighter.

Of course, none of the above should be taken as any sort of excuse for the treatment he's received. Sorry guys, but "it's the internet" just isn't ever valid reasoning for being a dick, especially when it's to this level.

I find it hard to care about this guy getting criticism and hate mail when the game blatantly rips off Mario assets. However, I figure Nintendo IS threatening to sue him and he is under an NDA or something as part of the out of court settlement agreement.

Quiet Stranger:
I downloaded the game and the first thing that came to my mind wasn't even that the pipes look like Mario pipes (I didn't even notice till now) but the fact that it's the exact same game as the Helicopter Click game that came out WAY back in 2004 on Addictinggames.com, anyone remember that game?

I don't, but it is similar to a Commodore 64 game (whos title I can't remember) game play

Flappy Bird: Final proof, for those who still needed it, that business success does not necessarily stem from ability.

My only issue with the game is that it never changes. I got to 48 pipes, and the game never was any different from the first pipe. I felt by that point that I kinda had mastered it, and it was only a matter of seeing how long I can go without screwing up. Turns out I'm not that pro at it, but it's still a weak design.

Well it obviously looks like the mario pipes but it's not ripped.
You will not find that specific pipe in any of the mario games, he created that asset himself and the game has nothing else to do with mario apart from, maybe, the color scheme or the design of that "bird" kind of looking mario-ish but that is wonky as hell since it's low-res art and you only have so many pixels to work with.

I find it hard to believe that nintendo can literally sue him because they own the rights of that specific green pipe and all of its variations, that they own the very concept of "green pipe" and "sprite that kinda looks like it could go into a mario game".
You can't copyright a style.

I really wish people on the internet would learn that you can criticize something without being huge fucking assholes and sending the creator vile hatred 24/7.

Yes yes it aesthetically looks like a Mario game. Still doesn't mean he deserves to be hated so damn much.

The fact that he's getting so much hatred for some crappy little game nobody should pay attention to really annoys me.

And... he makes money off of it? What, like, add revenue?

I might just make a bad bootleg of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the NES, remove the guy with the quarterstaff, and call it Ducky McDidlobat

It isn't ripped off, doubt his taking it down and it is a pretty fun game.

His other 2 games are doing pretty well too.

Don't really see this as ripping off Mario, it's just a green pipe with a similar art-style.

By that logic every single shooter is ripping off other shooters because they all have the exact same weapon types rendered in realistic art-styles.
Every single fantasy RPG is ripping off every other fantasy game that came before it, they've all got similarly rendered swords.

etc.

If "things looking similar at a glance" was valid for abuse and lawsuits then the entire freaking anime industry is in some serious trouble right now because I sure as hell can't distinguish between one spineless high-school protagonist and the next.

Quiet Stranger:
I downloaded the game and the first thing that came to my mind wasn't even that the pipes look like Mario pipes (I didn't even notice till now) but the fact that it's the exact same game as the Helicopter Click game that came out WAY back in 2004 on Addictinggames.com, anyone remember that game?

Yeah I remember that.

Difference being that the helicopter game had better controls.

I had a quick download of this 'flappy bird' game to see what the fuss is about, I can see why it's so addictive - it does it the same way others of this ilk do:

It's repetitive.
It has a score system that you're always trying to improve on.
It's repetitive.
It doesn't take long to reset and go again when you die.
It's repetitive.

However, I found it quite frustrating very quickly because the controls are deliberately designed to make it difficult.

As for the pipes looking the same as the mario pipes, I did wonder why he's done it that way, a simple re-skin would've solved all that.

Erm, does anyone else remember that Helico-

NIIIIINJAS!

Yeah, Flappy Bird is one of those horrible games that never should have been popular. It's a game that never changes, never gets harder or easier, never alters but instead just fucks you over with a shitty control scheme and awful movement. It does kind of look like Mario, yeah, but I really don't care about that.

What I care about is the fact that back when I was still playing games on Addicting Games I played a game with better control and reaction time, yet the same gameplay as this. I was playing a game known as helicopter, which involved flying a helicopter out of a cave. And it was really fun and precise. AKA, better than the shitpile that is Flappy Bird.

When did that helicopter game even come out?

Irridium:
I really wish people on the internet would learn that you can criticize something without being huge fucking assholes and sending the creator vile hatred 24/7.

Yes yes it aesthetically looks like a Mario game. Still doesn't mean he deserves to be hated so damn much.

I have to say I agree with this. I agree with the criticism, it's a mash-up of rip-offs (looks and gameplay) and I get the feeling that he's earning money on using someone else's talent. If you can say something along the lines of that without finishing with a death threat or an insult then that's fine. Sadly that isn't the case and it rarely is. Often the death threats come without the attached criticism.

loa:
Well it obviously looks like the mario pipes but it's not ripped.
You will not find that specific pipe in any of the mario games, he created that asset himself and the game has nothing else to do with mario apart from, maybe, the color scheme or the design of that "bird" kind of looking mario-ish but that is wonky as hell since it's low-res art and you only have so many pixels to work with.

I find it hard to believe that nintendo can literally sue him because they own the rights of that specific green pipe and all of its variations, that they own the very concept of "green pipe" and "sprite that kinda looks like it could go into a mario game".
You can't copyright a style.

I too once had faith in this, but sadly I have recently seen a company copyright the word "Candy" and "Saga" and not just for games but for everything they could get their grubby paws on including Baby Monitors :S So I would argue that they probably could copyright a green pipe and they definitely could use their extensible power to shut the game down if they wanted to. I'm not saying they are, and it may genuinely be down to the horrific but very loud scum of the internet that get their rocks off over causing other people misery cause they think they "Don't deserve their success".

In short it's a sad state of affairs that a game, despite it's flaws, entertained hundreds of thousands of people is now being removed.

Trivial game, utterly uninteresting, guess it fits the mobile gaming masses. Not sure why people would care enough about it to annoy its creator.

The game is shit. Utter, utter trash.

But I feel sympathy for the guy himself, he's clearly just making crappy little games for fun, not expecting any of them to ever take off and then suddenly one does (for some bizarre reason) and the whole internet is shitting on him for this game he probably never intended to be anything more than a bit of fun.

As for the claims that it's stealing from other games, I honestly don't think that's a reasonable complaint to make while we as gamers continue to buy mechanically identical shooters year in, year out. And besides, if he stole, it was from fucking Nintendo. What does it matter? They're not going to suffer for it, and he's still probably doing more original things with their properties than they have been doing for the last twenty years.

So yeah, awful game, but not really enough to warrant the kind of shit this guy's been taking.

My facebook news feed is littered with Flappy Bird updates, so yeah. Worthy or not, this game is addictive. And easily used as a measure of mobile gaming e-peen.

If Nintendo was going after let's players on youtube, there's at least a decent chance that they've gone after Mr Nguyen. Don't really know what to say. It's just some pipes from a game that's decades old. But copyright law is a fickle beast. But hell, if Nintendo has even a sniff of a case, the creator probably doesn't have the money to fight it, even with his $50,000 per day.

I would not give up 50k a day just because of what people are saying on the Internet.

Let's be honest here, not only has he taken the Mario graphics (which should be easily changed) the gameplay really is hardly original. There are plenty of internet/flash games in which you fly an object between obstacles that are available for free, for example the helicopter game in which one has to fly a helicopter between stalactites and stalagmites. I'm not saying he deserves all this flak, I mean gameplay features have been borrowed and swapped throughout games forever, but I certainly wouldn't say he deserves all that cash for something which is essentially a reskin of some of these flash games, and that reskin takes graphics from elsewhere.

Way back, I used to play a game simply called "Worm", I think it was called Worm, I don't know. It had a black background, green mountains and a little purple line that would move down, unless you clicked and then it would move up. Then the same game came out, with a helicopter instead of a purple line, and I couldn't play it because the controls were less responsive.

Kinda funny how the evolution of that game became worse over time. The next version will probably be 3D and control like it was on a graphing calculator.

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