The End for Flappy Bird?

Monday, February 10, 2014

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For those of you familiar with this app, you're probably glad there's no more Flappy Bird because you're probably sick of seeing "GAME OVER" every couple seconds. You may have even deleted it long before the creator, Dong Nguyen, took it off the market yesterday (Sunday 02/09/14). But could this game have made you some money?

Well, who knows? When Hostess, a snack cake company, shut down here in the U.S. people went crazy and would buy Twinkies for thousands of dollars because they thought they were the 'last ones' on Earth. But sure enough, Hostess reopened for business last summer and now you can buy Twinkies whenever you want, for a reasonable price. It seems like the same thing is happening with this app.

For those of you who have no idea what Flappy Bird is, 1) LUCKY YOU. 2) It's an incredibly difficult game where the goal is for you to guide "Flappy Bird" through these green tunnels (I think that's what they are) but the catch is you can't let it touch them, or else it'll just fall and die. Here's a link if you wanna see how it's played (although it's actually not as easy as this person makes it look!). My highest score is 14 but I've seen people get MUCH higher.

I don't know why, but it's an incredibly addicting game and this isn't just coming from me. You can ask the 50 million other people who also downloaded the app. So, when Nguyen decided to take down the app on Sunday, people saw an opportunity to sell their phones, which still had the app downloaded on it. According to pcmag.com, used iPhone 5s's with Flappy Bird installed on them are selling for $100,000 on eBay. ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS.

Although it's not completely clear why Nguyen decided to shut down the app, we do know that it wasn't for legal reasons and he didn't sell it to someone else. Many people were speculating that it was because of legal reasons because of the striking similarities between Flappy Bird and Super Mario Bros. Others are now speculating that Nguyen took this app off the market because of how addicting it was. I can see where people might get this because of the following tweet from Nguyen.

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I guess we won't know the real reason for the shutdown of Flappy Bird, but Nguyen does have other games on the market including: Super Ball Juggling and Shuriken, which are also "retro-styled, super-addictive, and really hard," according to Alex Fitzpatrick from Techland Time.

What do you make of all this? Did you ever play Flappy Bird? Why do you think Nguyen decided to take it off the market? Will you try out his other games? Let me know in the comments below! (-:

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2 comments

  1. Wonder if anyone actually bought an iPhone for that price. :p
    Nice blog btw.

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    1. Haha I've been wondering the same thing. ;p

      And thank you! That means a lot! (:

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