Over the weekend Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen had a bit of a break down and announced that he’d be removing the app from he app stores because he “cannot do this any more”, he later revealed that the take-down had nothing to do with legal issues but following the apps disappearance supposed ‘friends’ of Nguyen spoke out claiming that Nintendo were responsible.. But that wasn’t the case.
It’s the games use of the Super Mario Bros-like pipes that you had to navigate through in Flappy Bird that his ‘friends’ claim to be the reason behind Nintendo’s take-down request, but Nintendo apparently didn’t care.
Speaking with The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo spokesman Yasuhiro Minagawa, confirmed and reiterated previous statements from the company denying responsibility for the app’s removal. Yasuhiro said: “While we usually do not comment on the rumors and speculations, we have already denied the speculation last week.”
Nguyen has recently revealed the real reason for the apps disappearance, it was too addictive. That’s right. He took the app down because he felt guilty about the games addictiveness. Speaking to Forbes Nguyen said: “Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed, but it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it’s best to take down Flappy Bird. It’s gone forever.”
Nguyen also revealed that if any of his other games became just as addictive, he wouldn’t hesitate to take those down either.
Flappy Bird’s success might be the dream of some developers but for Nguyen it seems like it’s been hell. “My life has not been as comfortable as I was before” he said as the guilt of creating a ridiculously addictive game overwhelmed him, “I couldn’t sleep,” he said.
Nguyen seems to be a fairly private person as his terms for the interview with Forbes was that the publication didn’t show his face and that they met in a hotel room. The interview was delayed several hours too as Nguyen “had a sudden meeting with Vietnam’s deputy prime minister Vu Duc Dam” the publication wrote.
So the outcome? It seems that all of the attention Nguyen was getting for Flappy Bird both positive and negative was all too much for the Vietnamese developer to handle as it seems all he wanted to do was build a game and leave it at that. The limelight of having one of the worlds biggest apps and the ‘fame’ that came with it was a little too bright, I guess.
Meanwhile many are profiting for the lack of Flappy Bird on the app store with iOS and Android devices featuring the now considered ‘rare’ app going for tens and thousands of dollars on eBay.
What are your thoughts on the whole Flappy Fiasco? Do you think Nguyen was a little premature in his take-down of the $50,000 a day game or do you think he did the right thing? Leave a comment below!