Flappy Bird may have flown away, but the media attention continues. Despite having an apparent issue with the attention, developer Dong Nguyen has taken the time to speak to the team at Forbes outlining his reasons for pulling the insanely popular game. And it doesn't have anything to do with Nintendo, apparently.
“Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed,” says Dong Nguyen, in an exclusive interview, his first since he pulled the plug on the app. “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.”
So, Nguyen has done humanity a favor and saved us from ourselves. Or something like that. The rise to success was something pretty spectacular, despite it being one of the most rage-inducing games of recent times.
Of course, if you really want that same style of gameplay, the Flappy Bird sensation has already spawned a number of clones and rip-offs – Pro-tip: don't play Ironpants if you really don't want to smash your phone into a wall.
So, did Nguyen really do us a favor? Or do you think there has to be more behind this than perhaps he's letting on?