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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Publicity stunt
by cmost on Wed 12th Feb 2014 00:04 UTC
cmost
Member since:
2006-07-16

Hmmm... put out a stupid addictive game. Wait until some press about how popular it is, then threaten to pull it. Then sit back while the morons rush to download the game before it's gone and then populate online petitions and scream for it's return once it finally is gone. Marketing 101 if ever I saw it. This programmer is either a genius or a total idiot. In either case, as a thinking person who likes real challenges I couldn't care less about 'Flappy bird.'

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RE: Publicity stunt
by shmerl on Wed 12th Feb 2014 00:12 in reply to "Publicity stunt"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

Or may be he simply doesn't care. He developed it for fun, made some money with it and doesn't want to bother further. If he cared he could for example open source it and etc.

Edited 2014-02-12 00:12 UTC

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RE[2]: Publicity stunt
by Lennie on Wed 12th Feb 2014 10:16 in reply to "RE: Publicity stunt"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

First of all it was a free app.

Second, it's a stupidly simple game, there are many replacements already.

Basically, it doesn't need to be open sourced.

Then again, someone mentioned below it was ad-supported.

So in that case he did make money from it.

Edited 2014-02-12 10:18 UTC

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RE: Publicity stunt
by Morgan on Wed 12th Feb 2014 00:41 in reply to "Publicity stunt"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

You should read the interview with him, perhaps it will change your mind from its black-or-white "he's an idiot or an evil genius" stance.

Basically, the guy made the game nine months ago, spending all of three days on it, as a fun little distraction. It sat in the app stores for months with nearly zero activity. Then a few people got addicted, word got spread, and this being the age of the Internet, it went viral as things tend to do. He was blindsided by the immediate attention (negative and positive), the press coverage, the death threats, and the sudden influx of tens of thousands of dollars every day. He wasn't sleeping, and was more and more depressed every day. He finally had enough and dropped it altogether. For the first time in weeks, he could sleep.

For those who say "but I'd put up with all of that for that kind of money", I seriously doubt it. What good is money if you have neither the time nor the sanity to spend it? The guy's whole world was flipped on its head in just a few days; he just wanted to get back to being himself again.

All of that is, of course, assuming you believe him. I do, but obviously not everyone does.

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RE[2]: Publicity stunt
by Soulbender on Wed 12th Feb 2014 04:36 in reply to "RE: Publicity stunt"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

and the sudden influx of tens of thousands of dollars every day


Oh my God, the horror of making really good money in a country where most people are incredibly poor. Yeah, that must be an awful experience in every way.

For those who say "but I'd put up with all of that for that kind of money"


Yeah, I'd put up with all of that because honestly it isn't very much to put up with.

What good is money if you have neither the time nor the sanity to spend it?


What time exactly does he not have? He have to do nothing but sit on his ass and let the money roll in.

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RE[2]: Publicity stunt
by magick on Wed 12th Feb 2014 07:57 in reply to "RE: Publicity stunt"
magick Member since:
2005-08-29

... and the sudden influx of tens of thousands of dollars every day. He wasn't sleeping, and was more and more depressed every day.

Poor bastard! I wonder who's gonna play him in a movie - Leonardo DiCaprio or Matt Damon?

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