A former user of the popular and addictive smartphone app, “Flappy Bird,” which was taken off of the market late last week by its creator, Dong Nguyen, recently started a White House petition to bring the back the game. The committed Flappy Bird gamer started the White House petition this past Thursday, requesting that President Obama’s administration bring back the game. The petition only acquired several signature before it was quickly ended today for violating participation terms.
Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen, the game’s 29-year-old creator, was reportedly making $50,000 a day off of the game as a result of advertising. The game’s objective, essentially, was to fly a small bird through the air, avoiding hitting all barriers on the screen in order to keep the game from ending. This seemed to be simple concept, at first glance. Apparently though, according to its players, the game was infuriating and highly addictive. Nguyen pulled Flappy Bird this past weekend, on Sunday, deeming it “too addictive.” This move came after people began telling about their stories of not being able to quit playing the game or on occasion, throwing their phones in a rage.
In a tweet last Saturday which many people shrugged off and assumed must be only for publicity, Nguyen wrote, “I am sorry Flappy Bird users, 22 hours from now, I will take Flappy Bird down. I cannot take this anymore.” The game had only been on the market since January, but it had already become one of the most popular apps for Android and iPhone, with over 50 million downloads.
With other addictive games on the market such as Candy Crush Saga, Farmville, and Angry Birds equaling the success of Flappy Bird, some wonder if or why it was really necessary for Nguyen to pull Flappy Bird from the market. The Flappy Bird gamer who started the White House petition, preferring to be known only as “D.S.,” asked in his statement for the Obama administration to “save the millions who have lost their game or have yet to start playing,” by bringing Flappy Bird back. The petition needed to gather 100,000 signatures by March 15, and as of Thursday, it had only 11. On Saturday it was pulled.
The White House petition started by the eccentric Flappy Bird gamer, read essentially that Flappy Bird, a highly addictive game, was taken off of the market too soon. The gamer who started the petition wrote an extremely passionate, dramatic, and exaggerated statement about the need to bring the game back. The gamer said that Flappy Bird had reportedly caused problems in people such as extreme frustration, ruining their mobile devices, and even suicidal thoughts, and people had lost some of their most prized possessions and even their families over the game. The question was then posed by the writer, “Why bring the app back?”
The answer? Because the game causes an addiction that evokes extreme emotions people deserve to feel, and they should ultimately be able to choose whether they want to feel those emotions by playing the Flappy Bird or not.
By Laura Clark
The Celebrity Cafe