After over 50 million downloads, Dong Nguyen creator of Flappy Bird has decided to take the game down from the App Store and Google Play, stating that he “cannot take this anymore” and that he now hates his popular creation.
This may be in response to all the overwhelming negative criticism the game has been receiving. And right before Nguyen announced the news on February 8, 2014 via Twitter, I may have written an article called “10 things I hate about Flappy Bird,” so hopefully this wasn’t the straw that broke camel’s back. Because Mr. Dong Nguyen, you should know that I obviously cared enough about the game to compile a list of reasons why I hate it. There is a thin line between hate and love and Flappy Bird teetered on both sides.
I personally don’t understand this at all. Flappy Bird was reportedly receiving tens of thousands of dollars per day in ad revenue. And it may have been getting a lot of bad publicity, but it became known. It was a viral sensation; it was the game people loved to hate. But I guess it was too much for Dong Nguyen to handle and that is unfortunate. His last status update on Twitter at the time of this writing was on February 8, when he said, “And I still make games.”
And now my dear Flappy Bird, you are dead to me! If you already have it downloaded, you can keep playing it if you wish to inflict such pain and frustration on yourself. But now it is gone forever, and for anybody that is late to the party, you are out of luck. Now there are a bunch of bootleg Flappy Bird games like “Flappy Bee” and “Flappy Plane” and “Ironpants.” But the fad is gone, it is over, at least it is for me.
Let’s all take a moment of silence for Flappy Bird……. Goodbye Flappy Bird, well maybe not goodbye, but good riddance.
[Source: @dongatory via Digital Spy]