If you follow fads at all, you’re no doubt aware of the rise and fall of Flappy Bird. The simple, yet unfairly difficult, game has been the subject of much debate over the past few weeks. Critics and gamers have been going back and forth over whether or not it can even be considered a game while some have questioned the integrity of its creator.
The creator, Dong Nguyen, had enough over the weekend and announced he would be pulling the game from both the iOS app store and Google Play on Sunday. It’s unclear why he pulled it only saying that he “cannot take this anymore.”
After his statement, some speculated that he was under some legal pressure over his game featuring pipes that are of the same color and similar design to those found in Super Mario Bros. games. Nintendo and Nguyen have both dismissed that as a reason though.
The most likely answer can be found in the fact that gamers (and people in general) can be the absolute worst. It’s no secret that Nguyen received death threats from trolls on a constant basis for his game being too difficult, but a new wave of abuse hit him when people began to accuse him of stealing assets from Nintendo games or using bots to inflate his position on the iOS app store.
The same kind of pressure forced Phil Fish, creator of Fez, to leave the gaming industry. Nguyen won’t be giving up on game development, but he pulled Flappy Bird because of all the negative attention it brought him.
As is customary, the Flappy Bird saga has now been immortalized by NMA. If you’re too lazy to read the sad story of a man who just wanted to make games, you should watch NMA’s humorous take on it instead:
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