'Flappy Bird' might be released again, but may come with an addiction warning

It was a game that briefly became as popular as "Angry Birds" or "Candy Crush". "Flappy Bird", with its Nintendo-like graphics and its incredibly hard gameplay, became a viral sales hit for Vietnam-based programmer Dong Nguyen. However, its creator apparently felt too much pressure from the success of the game and in February pulled "Flappy Bird" from the iOS App and Google Play stores.

In a new interview on Rolling Stone's website today, Nguyen said that he felt the game he had created was becoming too much of a distraction for a number of his players. He said he received emails from people who claim to have lost their jobs because they kept playing "Flappy Birds" so he decided to take it down. That hasn't stopped him from continuing to receive lots of money from people who keep playing the game ('Flappy Birds' is free but gets revenue from running in-app ads).

Meanwhile, Nguyen continues to develop new ideas for games, but says he is "considering" a relaunch of "Flappy Birds". He says that if the game ever does become available again, it will come with a warning: "Please take a break."

Source: Rolling Stone | Image via Dong Nguyen

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"Nguyen said that he felt the game he had created was becoming too much of a distraction for a number of his players. He said he received emails from people who claim to have lost their jobs because they kept playing "Flappy Birds" so he decided to take it down"
It's not the game/creators fault that these people claim to have lost there job. if anything, it's the persons fault for playing longer than they should of. if i were to create content and if users get hooked, then if something happens like them losing there job and or other, then i am not responsible and cannot be held liable for a users actions. Users are not forced into playing a game. it is a choice.

MidnightDevil said,
I'm funding a group community to help people overcome their addiction... and high scores!
... Flappy Anonymous...

People need to get a life and realize that there are consequences. Helping them is ok, but if it has to do with high scores, then i wouldn't go that far. Help them to control there addiction. Do not provide them with the money to continue playing.

a few people who have highest score like about 1,200 on thier phone. also they want to challenege with others on flappy bird on the facebook too.

"Nguyen said that he felt the game he had created was becoming too much of a distraction for a number of his players. He said he received emails from people who claim to have lost their jobs because they kept playing "Flappy Birds" so he decided to take it down."

Excuse me, but why is it the developer's fault when the general public lose their jobs PLAYING GAMES at WORK? That's like blaming Mercedes because you crashed your new car, because YOU can't drive! The general public are so friggin' stupid, I see it every day in the repair industry!

Tidosho said,
Excuse me, but why is it the developer's fault
It's not but that doesn't prevent losers with impulse control issues from looking for an excuse and someone else to blame for their failures. That said, by getting all worked up over it (supposedly) he acted as if he was guilty and taking responsibility.

Romero said,
It's not but that doesn't prevent losers with impulse control issues from looking for an excuse and someone else to blame for their failures. That said, by getting all worked up over it (supposedly) he acted as if he was guilty and taking responsibility.

The creator should sue those losers or contact them to tell them "I'm not responsible for your actions" as they could have caused him mental stress

Exactly, because after all the talk about flappy bird getting pulled, alot of new users went to look for it and had to settle with clones on the app store and the playstore alone straight killed it.

Promised myself I would never play it if I ever got over 100. I got to 106 and then uninstalled the game. Please don't tempt me again!

If he didn't want fame/notoriety he would of never replied to a single Question asked of him about Flappybird by anybody
"In a new interview on Rolling Stone's website today..."
Yeah...

dingl_ said,
If he didn't want fame/notoriety he would of never replied to a single Question asked of him about Flappybird by anybody
"In a new interview on Rolling Stone's website today..."
Yeah...

I doubt it's the questions he had a problem with and more to do with the abuse he was getting.

Don't get me wrong, I could have lived with it for 50k a day, but some people just aren't made that way.

james.faction said,

Read the article. He's still making money from the in-app ads

Bruh, why do you even think I said "and money". Go somewhere.