Flappy Bird May Fly Again

Flappy Bird May Fly Again

Flappy Bird

Flappy Bird is gone but he's not forgotten, and creator Dong Nguyen says he might even fly again someday.

Flappy Bird was a silly, derivative exercise in mindless screen-poking that somehow became the digital equivalent of crack cocaine. Yet as popular as it was, its simplistic play and graphics assets that were basically lifted wholesale from Super Mario Bros. caused a backlash so ugly that Dong Nguyen, the man who made the game, pulled it from the App Store and Google Play despite reportedly earning as much as $50,000 per day on the thing.

He's still making money on it thanks to the millions of people who downloaded and apparently continue to play it, and as Rolling Stone points out, there's been a "reappraisal" of Flappy Bird in the wake of its disappearance. He's hasn't given up on making games, either, and currently has three separate projects on the go, including one, an "action chess game" called Checkonaut that he expects to release later this month.

Walking away from Flappy Bird was a "relief," he said, adding, "I can't go back to my life before, but I'm good now." But that doesn't mean he won't revisit the game at some point in the future: He's rebuffed all offers to buy the property and is "considering" releasing it again at some point.

Will it fly as well as the original? I'm inclined to doubt it - lightning in a bottle and all that - but it's such an oddball situation that there might still be some bounce in it. Either way, he also said that any future release of Flappy Bird will come with a warning: "Please take a break."

Source: Rolling Stone

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I thought Dong Nguyen was just a front for Phil Fish (Who also made Fez) who actually made the game but credited Dong for it, and it was also Phil that forced it off the shelves because he's weird like that?

Either way, I know some people will be happy with Flappy Bird coming back...

Can we just not have any more mediocre games on the mobile market that encourage nothing but clones of clones? Leave Flappy Bird in the coffin and let it rest, move on to something that has had more effort put into.

Mr.Mattress:
I thought Dong Nguyen was just a front for Phil Fish (Who also made Fez) who actually made the game but credited Dong for it, and it was also Phil that forced it off the shelves because he's weird like that?

Either way, I know some people will be happy with Flappy Bird coming back...

Where did you hear that? It's the first I've heard of anything like it.

CriticalMiss:

Mr.Mattress:
I thought Dong Nguyen was just a front for Phil Fish (Who also made Fez) who actually made the game but credited Dong for it, and it was also Phil that forced it off the shelves because he's weird like that?

Either way, I know some people will be happy with Flappy Bird coming back...

Where did you hear that? It's the first I've heard of anything like it.

Here you go.

He could probably just sell the naming rights to someone else and make a boatload of cash that way, too.

Oh, and I so called Flappy Bird coming back after it was taken down.

Mr.Mattress:

CriticalMiss:

Mr.Mattress:
I thought Dong Nguyen was just a front for Phil Fish (Who also made Fez) who actually made the game but credited Dong for it, and it was also Phil that forced it off the shelves because he's weird like that?

Either way, I know some people will be happy with Flappy Bird coming back...

Where did you hear that? It's the first I've heard of anything like it.

Here you go.

Here's another article from Play4Real. They're the video game version of The Onion :P

SirBryghtside:

Mr.Mattress:

CriticalMiss:

Where did you hear that? It's the first I've heard of anything like it.

Here you go.

Here's another article from Play4Real. They're the video game version of The Onion :P

I see. Weird, because I remember VGChartz reporting it (Though I couldn't actually find the VGChartz Version).

Very well, I was wrong. These Things happen XD

Mr.Mattress:

SirBryghtside:

Mr.Mattress:

Here you go.

Here's another article from Play4Real. They're the video game version of The Onion :P

I see. Weird, because I remember VGChartz reporting it (Though I couldn't actually find the VGChartz Version).

Very well, I was wrong. These Things happen XD

Probably just them getting caught out by it too, it happens to everyone from time to time :P

As for the situation itself... I can definitely understand why he quit social media and took his game down. Being an 'internet celebrity' is one of the most stressful things you can go through, and a whole bunch of factors (the unexpectedness, the frustrating game, the mass appeal) just made the death threats even worse. Hopefully he can get through this and just get back to doing what he loves.

Mr.Mattress:

I see. Weird, because I remember VGChartz reporting it (Though I couldn't actually find the VGChartz Version).

Very well, I was wrong. These Things happen XD

VGChartz probably took it down in that case so as to not spread false information. They've pulled some articles before after they were found incorrect. But I don't remember specifically seeing something about that. Was it in the forums?

One thing the flappy bird fiasco has made a lot more public is some of the numbers the makers of these games they made in a week are pulling in from the app store, and it kind of makes me sick in that "I'm feigning outrage, but really I'm just mad jealous" sort of way.

Neronium:

Mr.Mattress:

I see. Weird, because I remember VGChartz reporting it (Though I couldn't actually find the VGChartz Version).

Very well, I was wrong. These Things happen XD

VGChartz probably took it down in that case so as to not spread false information. They've pulled some articles before after they were found incorrect. But I don't remember specifically seeing something about that. Was it in the forums?

No, it was definitely on the side bar at one point (The Gamereview side thing where they constantly update it with new news).

 

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