Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Feb 2014 23:08 UTC
Games

The mysterious developer of the world's most popular free app, who drew global attention this past weekend with his sudden decision to remove it, tells Forbes that Flappy Bird is dead. Permanently.

This will go down as one of the craziest stories in what I reluctantly call "technology" of all time.

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Erm...
by Phloptical on Tue 11th Feb 2014 23:30 UTC
Phloptical
Member since:
2006-10-10

....and why do we care? I had never heard of this dumb game before he "pulled it".

Great marketing ploy, by the way.

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RE: Erm...
by WorknMan on Tue 11th Feb 2014 23:46 in reply to "Erm..."
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

This dumb game was based on a flash game that is several years old, and is one of the greatest time wasters ever created:

http://www.play-helicopter-game.com

Honestly, I'd rather play either of these than most retail games on the market now days, esp the tons of shitty military shooters on offer.

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RE[2]: Erm...
by zima on Thu 13th Feb 2014 17:51 in reply to "RE: Erm..."
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

I always thought it was already on some 8-bit microcomputer from the 80s...

Anyway, the game even found its way to Rockbox, as Chopper Game:
http://www.rockbox.org/wiki/PluginChopper (you can check it out in http://rasher.dk/rockbox/simulator/ if you don't have a supported DAP)

There was also a small craze around http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Techno_Kitten_Adventure a few years back ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jK_MMTpvrk I'd like to give them a saucer of milk if you know what I mean)

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RE: Erm...
by ricegf on Tue 11th Feb 2014 23:53 in reply to "Erm..."
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

Great marketing ploy, by the way.


It's a great marketing ploy to pull the product permanently from the market? You're new to this whole capitalism thing, right?

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RE[2]: Erm...
by saso on Wed 12th Feb 2014 00:01 in reply to "RE: Erm..."
saso Member since:
2007-04-18

"Great marketing ploy, by the way.


It's a great marketing ploy to pull the product permanently from the market? You're new to this whole capitalism thing, right?
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If you had read the original article, you would have come across this:
Nguyen has several other top app store games, including Super Ball Juggling and Shuriken Block, which are currently #6 and #18 on the iOS store, respectively.

It's entirely consistent with him pulling one game in order to stir up controversy and boost his brand recognition. This whole story smells like that "Trees for Cars" scam.

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RE[2]: Erm...
by Phloptical on Wed 12th Feb 2014 01:51 in reply to "RE: Erm..."
Phloptical Member since:
2006-10-10

"Great marketing ploy, by the way.


It's a great marketing ploy to pull the product permanently from the market? You're new to this whole capitalism thing, right?
"

And based on the amount of free press this guy is getting, you still think it's going to be "Permanent"?

I've got a nice bridge in New York I'd like to sell you, by the way.

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RE[2]: Erm...
by thegman on Thu 13th Feb 2014 00:48 in reply to "RE: Erm..."
thegman Member since:
2007-01-30

"Great marketing ploy, by the way.


It's a great marketing ploy to pull the product permanently from the market? You're new to this whole capitalism thing, right?
"
I'm not suggesting that it is a marketing ploy, but I'd imagine that with this publicity, then his next game will get a lot more attention than most.

Or maybe there will be a 'campaign' to re-instate the game.

Again, not saying it is a publicity move, the game being taken off the market does not prove otherwise.

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RE[2]: Erm...
by reduz on Thu 13th Feb 2014 12:05 in reply to "RE: Erm..."
reduz Member since:
2006-02-25

Nintendo definitely sued him and forced him to take it down.

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