What Really Happened to Flappy Bird?

Riley Minor, Contributor

In 2014, a viral game, called Flappy Bird, took the internet by storm.

Developed by Dong Nguyen, you played as a bird and had to tap the screen and pass through different tubes at different heights. The more tubes you passed through, the higher your score became.

The game was highly addictive, so when it was taken off all app stores merely a year after being released, rumors spread about the reasons it was taken down.

A large amount of the rumors were based on the fact that people were so addicted and frustrated at the game that they were harming themselves and family, but that doesn’t seem to be the real case.

In 2014, Nguyen tweeted, “I am so sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, i will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore.” (Twitter) This added onto the fiery rumors, and had people saying that he had taken his life, which was confirmed to be fake.

The creator eventually revealed that the game put too much on his plate and made his life too complicated. He said the game was too addictive and had a more negative impact than a positive one and he couldn’t take it. (Intel)