By now the dust on Flappy Bird should have settled, but Dong Nguyen the creator of the game has just sparked off new speculation that the game will be back on mobile devices.
Flappy Bird was taken down by Nguyen after he though people were getting too addicted to it. But in a long interview with Rolling Stone (read the full text here), Nguyen said, “I’m considering it” when asked whether Flappy would be back. But the Hanoi resident also said that if it ever comes back, the game will show a warning asking users to take a break.
In what is his first major interview after the game’s demise, Nguyen opened up about the origins of the game, the simplicity of older games and how it inspired him to make Flappy Bird. Being pulled out of app stores sparked rumours of Nguyen’s death, about the game being a botnet and also about Nguyen being sued by video game companies for copying their graphics. Most were baffled by Nguyen’s choice to abandon a project that was at one time fetching him $50,000 a day through ads, and that was before it hit it reached its peak popularity. Some left him death threats and phones with Flappy installed were being sold for close to $100,000.
As Nguyen later explained, it was simply because users were playing too much of it. In the interview he goes over this in detail, showing messages from people who were affected by their friends or family constantly playing Flappy Bird. He was more saddened by this due to his own problems with gaming addiction. It’s a very earnest chat and it goes a long way towards explaining how something simple like Flappy Bird can become a phenomenon with the right tools in the age of the smartphone.
While Flappy fans will be eagerly awaiting news of its comeback, there are a horde of apps that can fill the void in the meantime. However, not all are safe to use, and some clones have even been booted out by Apple and Google.
Sep 19, 2014