Well, it’s done.
In news that has devastated obsessed players the world over, international smash-hit app Flappy Bird has been taken down by its creator, just a few weeks after after becoming a global phenomenon.
It’s a simple yet all too common story: For Dong Nguyen, the pressure of app-creating superstardom just became too much. One minute he was going about about his life in Vietnam, the next he had the number one app on iTunes and was making $50,000 a day in ad revenue.
People were saying he had created the new Candy Crush.
Hell, they were even saying he’d created the new Angry Birds.
But Dong’s innocent heart wasn’t interested in things like money or fame, and the dark side of app creation became too much pressure for his sensitive soul to bear. So yesterday, after a few glorious weeks as the internet’s hottest new star, Dong tweeted that he was shutting the game down – FOREVER. He didn’t want to sell, he didn’t want to take a break; he just wanted the hell to be over.
And then, just like that, it was.
Flappy Bird can no longer be found on iTunes. Dong wasn’t bluffing – the game is dead.
So without further ado, I’d like to present:
The Life and Death of Flappy Bird:
Internet Fame and a Sensitive Heart
-The Dong Nguyen Story-
May 24, 2013: Flappy Bird makes its debut on iTunes.
It’s a simple game – all you have to do is tap the screen to make a cartoon bird fly through pipes. If you hit the pipes, you die and go back to the start. Every pair of pipes you fly through gives you one point. It sounds easy enough, but the game is actually excruciatingly difficult – it’s often impossible to even get past zero.
May 2013 – January 2014: Nobody cares about Flappy Bird