Bye-bye, Flappy Bird

The creator of Flappy Bird, Dong Nguyen, decided to take down the game, Sunday, Feb. 9 and announced it on Feb. 8, on twitter. The game was released on May 24, 2013, but became increasingly popular this past month, in the Chinese and U.S. App store. The subject of the game is to direct a flying bird between sets of poles that stick out from the bottom and top of the screen. The bird moves to the right continuously and the player receives points for every pole the bird doesn’t touch. When the player taps the bird, the bird briefly flaps upward. When a pole is touched, the game ends and the bird falls down and “dies”.

An American online news aggregator and blog, The Huffington Post, addressed it as, “insanely irritating, difficult and frustrating game which combines a super-steep difficulty curve with bad, boring graphics and jerky movement”. Nguyen had said he never intended for his designs to be impossible.

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Flappy Bird results, after the game was taken down.

“I don’t really care [about the game being taken down] because I already have it [Flappy Bird],”ISA junior, Lizzie McClain said.

The game was taken down from the app store, but is still available on the phones of those who have downloaded it.

“I think it’s best [that it was taken down] because people are too competitive and because of the death that happened in Chicago,” sophomore, Nina Leyva said.

In Chicago, 16-year-old Gary Wright murdered his brother, Jabari Wright, 17-year-old, while playing Flappy Bird. Afterwards, Gary called the police and turned himself in. Gary told the reporters, “Anyone who has played that game would know why I did it,”. One of the officers from the scene had a fit while speaking to the reporter about the frustration from playing the game.

The source of the information comes from Huzlers.com and is known for giving out fake news stories.

“It’s pretty dumb,” senior, Tristian Hernandez said. “It’s just a game.”

Because the game is off the app stores, people with phones with Flappy Bird have been going to the extreme and selling their phones on eBay. A 16GB iPhone 5 with Flappy Bird pre-installed, which started at $750, is now worth $99,000. So far, according to an article on http://www.phonearena.com. The highest bid on a phone with Flappy Bird is $400,000.

“I think that it kind of sucks [that Flappy Bird was taken down], but it’s not that big of a deal,” ISA sophomore Sage Adams said. “A new game will come out and everyone will forget about Flappy Bird.”

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