February 12, 2014
The Vietnamese creator of the hit phone-game “Flappy Bird” has pulled the game from the Android and Apple app stores, saying that it was ruining his life and harming those playing it, and that this was not worth $50,000 a day in advertising revenue.
“Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed,” Dong Nguyen told Forbes magazine in his first public interview since pulling the game off app stores on Sunday.
“But it happened to become an addictive product,” he said. “I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it’s best to take down ‘Flappy Bird.’ It’s gone forever.”
“Flappy Bird” was indeed compulsively entertaining, which is why it became the most downloaded mobile game in the world on Google Play and the Apple App Store. Dong had said little publicly to explain why he decided to take the game down, other than tweeting that its success “ruins my simple life.”
The 29-year-old independent game developer shed a little more light on his decision in an exclusive interview with Forbes in a hotel room in Hanoi, where his small dotGears studio is based.
The free game was first released in May, but only became a huge hit in the past few weeks as the game became a fun obsession with millions of players around the world.
But he said guilt about causing that addiction, along with the time he was spending tending to the game, was affecting his life.
“My life has not been as comfortable as I was before,” the chain-smoking Dong said in the interview. “I couldn’t sleep.”
He also walked away from growing ad revenues from the game. He previously said “Flappy Bird” was generating $50,000 per day, although during the interview, he said he did not “know the exact figure, but I do know it’s a lot.”
Dong said he has caught up on his sleep and is working on other games.
I think his decision says quite a bit about the reflective nature of the East Asian racial soul, and is something that the European race would do well to note and learn from. We have fully become infected with capitalism, where material gain is placed as the highest possible achievement, and it is safe to say that no American (and probably not any Europeans) would have made such an honorable decision as this Vietnamese lad made, when this much money was involved.
I speak of course of the way we exist presently, in this Jewified society. I believe we are capable of honor, and that sometimes that still shines through, but on the whole, we have been stripped of our dignity as we are willing to do anything for money, without considering the consequences. We should then take note of the fact that this Asian is behaving better than we would likely behave in the same situation, and let this drive us to better ourselves.