Flappy Bird: The App That Everyone Loves to Hate

By Kyra Louie, Staff Writer
@beammeupkyra

Woosh, woosh, woosh, ding, woosh, woosh, ding, woosh, thwack, incoherent screaming.

I’m sure that we’ve all heard this, or have been through this, at least once in the past few weeks. This, my friends, is none other than the sound of Flappy Bird.

The popular, yet frustrating app was taken down Sunday at noon by the app’s creator, Dong Nguyen, and there’s a lot of speculation as to his motives behind the move. Some believe that he received death threats from unhappy customers, others said that the game was ruining his life, as well as the lives of the players.

https://twitter.com/dongatory_/status/432391029023449088

Nguyen received $50,000 a day from ad revenue on Flappy Bird, yet he still took it down.

If you’ve ever tried the game, you would know that it is very difficult (and incredibly frustrating) for most people. Some love it, some hate it. College of Communication sophomore Jacqlene Boening has a high score of 22 points.

“I think Flappy Bird is a really great game and people who think that it’s impossible to win just haven’t strategized or tried hard enough,” she said.

My high score is 38, and I’m not sure if it will ever get higher than that. But, somehow, this game draws me in like a magnet, and before I know it, two hours have passed. I really do like this game because it’s challenging.

But that’s also what makes people like College of Arts and Sciences freshman Andre Orlando hate it.

“Flappy Bird is a boring person’s idea of fun, along with BuzzFeed and the show Scandal,” he said.

But for all the hate that this app has gotten, its absence has taken a toll on many, and some have even resorted to selling phones with Flappy Bird installed on Ebay for thousands of dollars. There have been many apps made as spinoffs of Flappy Bird, but they  will never receive the same kind of popularity that Flappy Bird has gotten over the past few weeks.

“It’s embarrassing that our society is obsessed with this kind of stuff,” says Hayley McNutt, a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences who refused to download the app while it was still on the market.

But there is good news for those of us who desperately want Flappy Bird back in our lives. On Monday, Nguyen told the world that he is not finished yet. So beware, users, there may be an equally (if not more) addicting game out sometime in the future. 

In the meantaime, here’s a good way to stop that urge to play:

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