Flappy Bird Creator 'Considering' a Resurrection
Creator Dong Nguyen offers in-depth interview
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 12, 2014 9:50 AM CDT
A screen grab from YouTube video of the game.   (YouTube/PewDiePie)

(Newser) – The creator of Flappy Bird shocked fans when he mysteriously yanked the game, and since then, Dong Nguyen has been difficult to pin down. But Rolling Stone managed to catch up with him in his hometown of Hanoi, where he agreed to an in-depth chat. Perhaps the most important question: Will Flappy Bird ever return? "I'm considering it," he says, though he notes it'll be packaged with a warning to "please take a break."

Nguyen, 28, was a big Super Mario Bros. fan as a kid and went on to become a talented programmer at a Hanoi cellphone-game firm. When it came to making games on his own, "I pictured how people play," he said, with "one hand holding the train strap." That led to the simple, tap-based Flappy Bird. When it eventually took off, he began getting disturbing messages, some of which he's saved. One complained that he was "distracting the children of the world"; another called the game "addicting like crack." People said they'd lost their jobs or stopped speaking to their kids over the game. Nguyen couldn't stand it, and he took it down, leading to "relief. I can't go back to my life before, but I'm good now." Click for the whole piece.

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Dylan Paulk
Mar 18, 2014 11:43 AM CDT
Am I the only one that sees this for what it is? A big publicity stunt. I had never ever heard of flappy bird until this sissy started crying about how it was so addictive that he had to pull it off the market. This is the oldest trick in the book. Not many people care about your app, game, movie, career, whatever. So you take it away. People want what they cant have. A month or so later you bring it back,, and there is a HUGE storm of new customers. I can prove to you that it works. I am buying this app the second it comes back out. Looks fun.
RATBURL
Mar 12, 2014 11:53 AM CDT
Well if I was pulling fifty grand a day off the adds for this game I would be all over it!
Armchair
Mar 12, 2014 10:42 AM CDT
Who cares?? This game is ridiculously stupid.