So in keeping with this week’s plethora of wild stories and interesting relationships (literally) with technology, I decided to write a little about the Notorious DNg (Ok. So his name is actually Dong Nguyen, but I had to complete the Biggie reference-hint see title.)
Mr. Nguyen, created the weirdly popular Flappy Bird game for iOS and Android phones and tablets. It surged in popularity, and received both good and bad feedback. Nguyen often replied to frustrated gamers to just take a break, and give his game a break. Just recently, he tweeted that he was going to pull the game off of the platforms they once dominated. In fact, the article reports that Nguyen was earning $50,000 a day. If that was true and he’d earn $1.4 million in the first month. Before taxes. So why did he decide to pull it? Well, that part is a little bit unclear. The article below tells the story in more detail, but the author also admits he still doesn’t know.
What’s even weirder is that since the ousting of the game from iOS and Android, people have backlashed demanding the game come back. Even more so, there have been reports of people attempting to create spinoffs in hopes they will gain similar popularity.
What’s next? This article:
Basically, people are selling phones with the game already downloaded for absurd amounts of money. But these get-rich quick schemes are being stymied by EBay. Citing Terms-of-Use policies, EBay officials pulled these highly coveted phones off the market.
I guess what struck me most about this was; can they do that? What if someone sold an iPhone with the Facebook app that’s not going anywhere soon? I think it would be interesting to learn more about their decisions.
All in all, this hoopla about Flappy Bird has got me thinking about the relationships people have with technology these days. Some people can’t handle games they made, some want to make money quick, and some… well, some are marrying computer programs.