Flappy Bird developer “considering” bringing back video game

Flappy Bird is pondering a return flight.

The maker of the wildly popular — and addicting — video game that caused widespead angst when it was yanked from app stores said in an interview with Rolling Stone that he is “considering”  bringing Flappy Bird back.

The game was created by Dong Nguyen, a 28-year-old who lives with his parents in Hanoi, Vietnam, who found himself a virtual superstar of the gaming world after he invented a simple game that basically involves maneuvering a bird around obstacles as it flies through the air. But last month he shut the game down, saying it “ruins my simple life.”

OK, maybe it didn’t ruin it so much that Nguyen won’t consider bringing that little yellow animated bird back to the virtual skies.  He did enjoy much fame and financial success — the game brought in more than $50,000 per day, according to news reports — and he is now hard at work developing new games.

He’s not working on a new version of Flappy Bird, he said, but is considering releasing one with a warning: “Please take a break.”

Although it only took Nguyen about three days to program Flappy Bird, the game was an instant hit, almost immediately hitting No. 1 on the Apple App and Google Play stores.

“I was just making something fun to share with other people,” he told the Rolling Stone’s David Kushner, in an interview that lays to rest many of the rumors that were kicked up about Nguyen after he canceled the game. “I couldn’t predict the success of Flappy Bird.”

But success does come with its challenges. Nguyen began hearing that the app’s users playing Flappy Bird for hours on end, unable to put the highly addictive game down for even the most basic tasks: going to work and speaking to their family. He was criticized for the hours upon hours that young children spent glued to their iPhones, playing Flappy Bird.

“I would, in a heartbeat, sell my soul to Satan just to have never downloaded this app,” wrote a Flappy Bird reviewer, according to the Wall Street Journal.

But the reviewer was one of tens of millions who downloaded Flappy Bird, and played it until its untimely death. So assuming Satan isn’t around to make a deal, a ravenous group of gamers would most certainly be ready, hand hovering over the “download” button, should Flappy decide to make its return.



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