Dong Nyugen, the creator of latest mobile game craze Flappy Bird, has pulled the app from stores after he claims he realized that it was “too addictive” for those who played it.
The man responsible for the game is a mystery. He has been remaining anonymous, his name obviously fake. In an exclusive interview with Forbes, he refused to allow them to reveal or photograph his face. At a hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, when he claimed he would be taking down Flappy Bird forever.
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.
Nyugen continued, I don’t think it’s a mistake. I have thought it through.
Since it was released in May 2013, Flappy Bird has become a game that people love to hate. Extremely difficult, rage inducing and, yes, addictive, you navigate a crudely drawn cartoon bird through a maze of obstacles by tapping your screen. Or, that is the idea; the game is much harder than its simple premise suggests.
There have been rumors about this coming for a couple of days, mainly circulating around Tumblr. Sources have claimed that Nintendo was threatening to sue Nyugen due to the game’s resemblance to their classic Mario Bros. collection.
He has denied this, stating that it was purely a matter of conscience. He also said that the media frenzy has made life “less comfortable” for him.
Yeah, this seems to very clearly be a publicity stunt. “OMG GAIZ I AM TAKING AWAY MY GAEM 4EVA!!!!!1onejuanwtfBBQ!” It is a chance to both bring focus to his other two popular games currently released, while causing two media furies. The first is now that he is taking it down, the second will be in two months when a special edition with even more levels, features and platforms is released through a bigger game developer.
Just you watch, by this time next year we will all be playing the XBox One version of this stupid, ridiculously infuriating mobile game. And with each new try, we will die a little inside.
But maybe I am wrong, and he really is being bullied by Nintendo. Perhaps they have sent assassins.