Flappy Bird is a 2013 mobile game notorious for its difficulty level. It was developed in Hanoi by Vietnam-based developer Dong Nguyen and published by .GEARS Studios, a small, independent game developer also based in Vietnam. The game, which was released on May 24, 2013, was removed from both Apple’s App Store and Google Play by its creator on February 10, 2014.
Flappy bird drove the world into a frenzy. The aim is to guide a bird through pipes without hitting them by strategically tapping your screen and earning a point for every pipe you pass. As easy as this sounds, it is quite difficult and addictive. The game won over millions of users overnight and had users bunking work, skipping class and even becoming anti-social because of the addiction to Flappy Bird.
Users of the game started slamming Nguyen on Twitter, frustrated at the fact that they couldn’t succeed at this game. The abuse continued to the point where Nguyen pulled the plug on the game and removed it from the app store. This removal has caused so much uproar that following the removal, “many media outlets reported that several merchants on eBay were offering phones that had the app pre-installed for $1499 or more, with some receiving bids of over $90,000; however, the listings were removed for violating eBay’s rule that smartphones must be restored to factory settings before being sold.” – Wikipedia
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