Mo’ Flappy, Mo’ Problems

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.

http://kotaku.com/the-flappy-bird-fiasco-1519938266

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:

http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-ebay-99900-iphone-flappy-bird-20140210,0,3924898.story#axzz2syZuDzTM

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.

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By rohpatel

5 comments on “Mo’ Flappy, Mo’ Problems

  1. The title of your blog is awesome haha. Anyway, I heard all about this Flappy Bird stuff, I actually downloaded it and played like 4 times and deleted it because it was frustrating lol. There was an article about a little boy killing his brother over the game, do you know if that’s true?

    • I have no idea if that is actually true, but that is disturbing. I mean I have gotten into a few games in the past (not Flappy Bird) but cannot even fathom getting frustrated enough to the point of violence.

  2. My response to this whole ordeal was one of some degree of sadness. My understanding (which is admittedly very incomplete) is what he pulled the game as a result of some personal communication of people voicing their frustrations with the game to the developer himself (possibly including death threats). To me, this is simply another instance of a far too common occurrence, whereby people take personal interactions as much less important because they are electronic. Would any frustrated players have voiced furious tirades to the man face to face? Likely a few, but certainly not as many as were able to voice objections over the internet. There is this frequent misconception that something doesn’t count because it doesn’t occur IRL, which contributes to much trolling and etc which occurs throughout the internet. In my mind, this man produced a simply, flawed (deliberately so) game, which frustrated people, and then those frustrated individuals began a frustrated personal dialogue with the developer, treating this other human being as an electronic outlet for their unwarranted frustration.

    • I agree with you. People often become far more confident when hiding behind a computer screen. They don’t feel the shame, guilt, or regret of saying absurd or obscene things to others when the only identifier they have is a username.

  3. It may not be relevant but this reminds of the first Men In Black movie when Agent K tells Agent J, “A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it.” Sure, individuals are capable of making good decisions, but when you look at our reactions as a whole, we do some questionable stuff. I do appreciate the hip hop allusions as well.

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