Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Mar 2014 23:31 UTC

But the hardest thing of all, he says, was something else entirely. He hands me his iPhone so that I can scroll through some messages he's saved. One is from a woman chastising him for "distracting the children of the world." Another laments that "13 kids at my school broke their phones because of your game, and they still play it cause it's addicting like crack." Nguyen tells me of e-mails from workers who had lost their jobs, a mother who had stopped talking to her kids. "At first I thought they were just joking," he says, "but I realize they really hurt themselves." Nguyen - who says he botched tests in high school because he was playing too much Counter-Strike - genuinely took them to heart.

Fascinating interview with the Flappy Bird creator. I like this guy - he seems to have his priorities straight.

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I tried the game and I don't see what all the fuss is about. I played it for a couple of minutes, found it uninteresting and moved on. Why are people so obsessed about this game?

More to the point, why are parents giving their kids smart phones and letting them play games on them non-stop? How about taking the phone away or laying down the rules? How about people with jobs not play games and get to work? Stop blaming WoW or Flappy Birds for bad behaviour.

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