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The addicting Flappy Bird game has been deleted from the app store

March 20, 2014
James F Byrnes Freshman Academy

Flappy Bird, a game released on May 24, 2013 by Dong Nguyen, a Vietnamese game maker, became very popular in 2014. It hit number one on the app stores for both Apple and Android devices earlier this year before the creator deleted the popular app.

In this game, players tap the screen to make a small bird fly through green pipes. Each time the bird avoids an obstacle, a point is added to the score.

Many players find Flappy Bird very difficult, even though the concept is very simple. People have gotten addicted to this frustrating app, causing Dong Nguyen to rethink what he has done.

“I cannot take this anymore!” Dong Nguyen declared, referring to how crazy his creation has become. Being the creator of this game, Dong feels as if the popular game has, “become a problem.”  He also stated that Flappy Bird “ruins my simple life.”

On February 8, Dong tweeted that in 22 hours he was taking the game down from the app store. Players who already owned the game could keep it and play it, but it was not available to new users.

With over 50 million downloads, Flappy Bird received an estimated $50,000 per day before it was deleted. Officially, it was deleted from the app store on February 9, 2014.

The only reason Dong had for deleting the famous app was that he felt as if too many people were getting addicted.

Many alternatives to Flappy Bird have been created, including Splashy Fish, Fly Birdie, Iron Pants, Flappy Bee, even Flappy Miley, and many more. Yet none of these alternate games have become quite as popular as the original Flappy Bird.

“It was a stupid game,” said Tommy Johnson, student at Byrnes Freshman Academy (BFA). Tommy deleted Flappy Bird because his phone did not have enough storage, yet he said he never really liked the game anyway.

However, Kylie Burger, student at BFA and current Flappy Bird player, feels differently about the game. She, like many others, has gotten addicted to this game and often gets very annoyed with the difficulty level. “I feel like throwing my phone at a wall!” Kylie proclaimed.

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