'Flappy Bird' creator says he's considering bringing his game back


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'Flappy Bird' creator says he's considering bringing his game back

 

It's been just over a month since the creator of the surprisingly popular and exceedingly frustrating mobile game Flappy Bird pulled his creation from the App Store and Google Play. He's kept a fairly low profile since, but Dong Nguyen broke his silence in a big way in a just-published feature interview with Rolling Stone. In the profile, Nguyen reveals that he's "considering" bringing Flappy Bird back, despite the overwhelming crush of attention, criticism, and even threats that the game originally brought him. However, if he does bring the game back, Nguyen says it'll come with a warning imploring players to take a break; last month, the developer said that the game's addictive qualities were a big part of why he took the game down.

 

Beyond the tease of a Flappy Bird return, Nguyen also talked extensively about the inspiration for his game and how the culture of his home city of Hanoi influenced the game's simple mechanics. Citizens rush through the city, eyes trained on their phones ? and thus the simple "tap" control made a lot of sense to Nguyen. And as for the low scores that plague most players, Nguyen apparently was influenced by "one of the most masocore analog creations ever: paddleball." For the whole story on Nguyen and 2014's surprise breakout hit, read on at Rolling Stone.

 

Source: The Verge

Link: Interview with Dong Nguyen at Rolling Stone

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+warwagon

I'm shocked! It was was probably just one huge publicity stunt.

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Romero

I'm shocked! It was was probably just one huge publicity stunt.

If he does bring it back I'm inclined to agree. The reasons given for taking it off in the first place seemed so ridiculous.

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Edrick Smith

Wait people got addicted to it that there was a big concern? Did I miss something?

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Draconian Guppy

I'm shocked! It was was probably just one huge publicity stunt.

meh addicted publicity ###### that makes millions... wish I came up with this idea :angry:

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Crisp

Someones bank account needs topping up.

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techbeck

bringing a crappy game back.....meh

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Joe User

Disney is taking the movie out of the vault, but only for a limited time. Get it now.

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Draconian Guppy

bringing a crappy game back.....meh

that made mad cash

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techbeck

that made mad cash

 

According to the user.  I dont think it was ever confirmed. Either way, still a crap game and sometimes crap sells....like the pet rock.

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winrez

Aww didn't see the article link in the first post go figure

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firey

Well if I was making a supposed 50k a day... I'd be inclined to bring it back and bring in the cash.

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nyolc8

But now "everyone" downloaded the clones, so nobody will download the original :p

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stevember

But now "everyone" downloaded the clones, so nobody will download the original :p

 

You have a good point.

 

The money he earned in the early days would have been new to him and would have felt like more money than they could ever want. Then he would have got used to it and his lifestyle has changed probably.

 

Now of course that money will start dwindling as the users will go down, the users are not going to come back like before because of the clones.

 

He is unlikely to come up with something new and as addictive again.

 

Maybe he seriously shot himself in the foot.

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Rippleman

Well if I was making a supposed 50k a day... I'd be inclined to bring it back and bring in the cash.

the 50k a day claim would still be valid (if it was ever true) and rolling in EVEN if he took down the app, the current installs with on going advertising still exists even with it not being in the app store. 

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Nogib

For the love of god I hope he doesn't.  Some day I keep hoping that mobile users will stop playing pure and utter ###### "games" and keeping it away might help that.

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LimeMaster

Even if he does, it won't affect the majority. So, who cares?

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Chasethebase

If he does it will get rid of all the horrid clones that are clogging up the charts, he should have left it there and let the game just die out like any other fad. This has now fuelled it.

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Draconian Guppy

According to the user.  I dont think it was ever confirmed. Either way, still a crap game and sometimes crap sells....like the pet rock.

moar money than I make at least

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MikeChipshop

I'm shocked! It was was probably just one huge publicity stunt.

 

I'd reckon you're right there.

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vcfan

bringing a crappy game back.....meh

I guess that would make it flappy turd

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techbeck

I guess that would make it flappy turd

 

Sounds like a messy game

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Raa

He just wants the money.

 

Edit : My comment stands.

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      The iPhone 12 Pro Max is perfect in almost every way. It's got the fastest internals, a stunning design, a nearly perfect display, and one of the best cameras around. It would be the complete package, if there wasn't a pandemic going on.

      But there is a pandemic going on, and most of us have to wear masks when we go out. If I'm at the supermarket and I open OneNote for my shopping list, I have to type a PIN, like a barbarian. Seriously, for a company that champions itself as one that cares about the issues, releasing a smartphone without a fingerprint sensor was incredibly tone-deaf, and for that reason, I simply can't recommend buying one.

      If this pandemic ends and we go back to a world where being limited to facial recognition makes sense, then by all means, I recommend the iPhone 12 Pro Max. But until that happens, this device has to stay on the do not buy list. And the longer it takes, the better off you are just waiting for the iPhone 13.

    • By zikalify
      Google outlines Android dev plans for next year
      by Paul Hill

      Google has announced its plans for developers in 2021. It said that new apps will have to target API level 30 (Android 11) in August and in November for all app updates. Additionally, Google Play will require new apps to use the Android App Bundle publishing format which brings smaller app sizes and simpler releases.

      With regards to Android App Bundle, Google revealed that 750,000 apps and games already use the publishing format and benefit from advanced distribution features such as Play Asset Delivery and Play Feature Delivery. On average, the size of an app using this publishing format is 15% smaller than a typical APK; as a result, app developers are seeing a higher install success rate and those in areas with poor download speeds benefit too.

      From August 2021, the Google Play Console will require all apps to use the Android App Bundle format, utilise Play Asset Delivery or Play Feature Delivery to deliver assets of features that exceed 150MB, and target API level 30 (Android 11) or above and adjust for behavioural changes. It said expansion files (OBBs) will no longer be supported for new apps.

      Existing apps will have to target API level 30 or above and adjust for behavioural changes in Android 11 by November 2021. Existing apps that are not receiving updates are unaffected and can continue to be downloaded from the Play Store. Google said that the changes due in August will impact instance experiences and updates; instant experiences will be required to publish instant-enabled app bundles.

      Wear OS apps are not subject to the new target API level requirements so no work is needed there. Developers can continue to use a minSdkVersion so apps can still be built for older versions of Android. Google said that it has published a video series called modern Android development (MAD) skills that can help developers transition to app bundles.

    • By Abhay V
      Apple releases iOS 14.2.1 with fixes for iPhone 12 mini's lock screen bug and more
      by Abhay Venkatesh



      Apple is rolling out iOS 14.2.1 that brings with it a few fixes for the iPhone 12 series phones. One of the main fixes brought by the firm is for the recently released iPhone 12 Mini, which has been experiencing an issue with the lock screen that results in the device becoming unresponsive.

      The said problem seems to have been plaguing iPhone 12 mini phones since launch day, guessing from the number of responses in a Reddit thread and user reports on Apple’s forums. Users have been complaining of the screen rejecting thumb input or wide presses on the screen, with the phone only recognizing light taps for both dismissing the lock screen or using the shortcut icons for the camera or flashlight.

      In addition to the touch issues, the Cupertino firm has also fixed problems with MMS messages and some audio issues. Here is the complete changelog:

      Since the update has just begun rolling out, it could be a while till it propagates to all devices for download. Folks over at 9to5Mac report that the update is only available to the recent iPhone 12 lineup.

      Source: 9to5Mac