Flappy Bird, which was created by Dong Nguyen, a 29-year-old game designer from Vietnam, has people around the world chirping, and it has ruffled a few feathers too.
According to Mashable, a website that covers social media news, a timeline of the rise and fall of Flappy Bird has been created.
According to the site, over the first seven months, the game slowly grew in popularity until it finally took off and entered the Top 250 free apps chart on Dec. 13, 2013, and quickly found itself perched atop the chart as number one by Jan. 17.
As I was writing this, I was sitting in a room full of friends who were playing the game, trying to get a new high score and avoid the hazards that seemed to constantly hinder them from excellence. After each disappointing birdy death came another attempt at reaching the top of the leader board.
“I can call ‘Flappy Bird’ is a success of mine,” Nguyen said in a tweet on Feb. 8. “But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it.”
According to Mashable, Nguyen was disappointed with the effect that Flappy Bird was having on its users.
“I think it has become a problem,” Nguyen said in an interview with Forbes Magazine. “To solve that problem, it’s best to take down Flappy Bird. It’s gone forever.”
With the announcement that Flappy Bird would be gone for good came the hate mail, the death threats and the suicide notes.
“If you delete flappy bird I will literally kill myself. It’s my drug and I am so addicted!! PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS TO MEEE PLEASEE,” one Twitter user said.
What makes Flappy Bird so intriguing and addictive?
According to The Unofficial Apple Web Blog, a blog dedicated to discussing Apple products, “This simplicity is remarkably addicting, and as soon as you fail, you’re going to want to give it another go. The game’s difficulty is shockingly steep … and making it through a few sets of pipes isn’t nearly as easy as it might sound.”
People are drawn to simplicity, but they are set when they can’t beat what they deem to be simple.
The world has turned against Nguyen for what it claims to be his fault, but really, players of this game can blame no one but themselves.
According to CNET, after the game was taken off of the App Store, several auctions appeared on eBay with some bids listed as high as $100,000, but it is doubtful that any of these transactions were made.
“Were you too late to download it
before it was yanked from the App Store? No worries!” said a Craigslist user in an ad placed in the Washington DC area. “Come play Flappy Bird one as a my iPhone 5! I have a 32GB iPhone 5 in great condition that you may use to play.”
According to the ad, those interested in renting this user’s iPhone 5 may contact him directly to see what the current rate is to play Flappy Bird on his phone.
Michael Enright, a broadcaster for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, wrote a personal essay in which he shared a story about losing his phone and the emotions that followed.
“The first hours of withdrawal are unsettling. What if someone in the family is desperate to reach me,” Enright said. “The knowledge slowly begins to creep into my consciousness that perhaps I have become a cell phone addict in early withdrawal.”
Enright said in his essay that a study was done about technology addictions, and the researchers came to a startling conclusion.
“Are we becoming zombies addicted to a false sense of what matters through the overuse of cell phone and other electronics and missing out on what really does matter?” researchers ask in the essay.
Enright said in his own life he had seen examples of people senselessly using their technology, and he shared an example of what he feels is how the world has become too dependent on constant use of technology.
“Just this week, I picked a friend at the airport. I used the men’s room,” Enright said. “Standing at a nearby urinal was a man talking into his cell phone while going about his business. That kind of attachment amazes me.”
Enright said that after 50 hours, he was able to locate his phone.
He shared the feelings that he had after finding it.
“It turned in the pocket of a winter coat in the downstairs closet. I didn’t find it, a friend did,” Enright said. “And there was a palpable sense of relief; my old friend was back. I immediately started playing solitaire.”
CNBC’s social media editor created a list of some tweets that were directed at Nguyen, and shared them on a Twitter Page titled “Flappy Birders are Unhappy.”
Some examples of mean tweets include:“@dongatory dude i’ll kill you dont do this”“@dongatory i’ll find you and i’ll kill you.”
Hopefully those who have read to this point can figure out for themselves what is wrong with this portrait that has been painted, but for those who are too oblivious to the problems of the world, please let me explain.
When we are willing to pay thousands of dollars to play a game that was downloaded for free, that is a sign that we are addicted to the game.
We as humans have become so dependent on technology to entertain us that when we lose that source of pleasure we become desensitized to anyone else’s needs but our own.
There never has been, nor will there ever be, a time when it is all right for you to threaten to kill another person, especially when what you are saying is about a game, and it’s illegal to threaten someone online.
To make matters worse, people are making these threats with no remorse over a game that consists of tapping a screen with one finger; literally no skill is required to do that.
Flappy Bird has hit its last pipe, and citizens of this country have reached a new low.
I call for all readers to free themselves from the bonds of this avian addiction.
They should realize the true purpose of the game, a fun game to play during some spare time, and to soar towards a new high score as a nation.