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Why Was The Flappy Bird Game Taken Down?

Why can’t you get Flappy Bird on iTunes or Google Play? We’ll explain.

The  smart phone game called Flappy Bird was not really on the radar for us here at Long Awkward Pause until we started seeing news that it was no longer available. Initially it vanished from iTunes and Google Play by its developer without any notice or explanation.

$50,000 a day, and he scrapped it (image via

Today, a breathless and not very flappy world finally heard from the game’s creator, Dong Nguyen. Mr. Nguyen took the most popular game available for iPhone and Android devices off the market because he felt guilty. Surprisingly, it seemed to have nothing to do with guilt associated with a first name that sounds like, well, the sound of a large bell.

Dong Nguyen stopped selling Flappy Bird games because he felt guilty that the game was addicting. Dong told Forbes Magazine that “…it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it’s best to take down Flappy Bird. It’s gone forever.”

So Mr. Nguyen forfeited the $50,000 in advertising income he was bringing in EACH DAY because he felt the game was addicting. Being addicting is one of the qualities that allows a game to put $350,000 a week into its developer’s checking account. Game addiction would seem  a good thing to create, if you were in the business of making phone based video games.

Nguyen was also quoted as saying that “Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed…” and that he lost sleep when he realized that people were becoming addicted to his game.

Of course, Forbes magazine trumpeted its interview with Dong Nguyen as an exclusive. But we here at Long Awkward Pause will never surrender the internet to “journalists” and their fancy standards. We reached out to experts in the field of addiction for their reactions to Nguyen’s move.

A spokesperson for R.J. Reynolds tobacco refused to comment on the ethics of selling addictive products saying “we’ve not had any experience in that type of marketing”.

We found representatives of the cocaine producing nations of Colombia, Bolivia and Peru standing together on a corner. When we explained the Flappy Bird story to them, they shared a good laugh and said something in Spanish that we took to mean “are you kidding? Addiction is the foundation of our economies”.

The only conclusion that one can reach from this entire affair is that Dong Nguyen killed the goose that laid the golden egg, not because he wanted more gold but because…well, for no good reason. It’s not hard to imagine him waking up one day and muttering to himself “what kind of dong does something like that?”


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41 Comments on Why Was The Flappy Bird Game Taken Down?

  1. This piece is….perfect.


  2. A dong with a conscience is a beautiful and rare gift.


  3. I’m all for believing people and stuff – but there’s no way that he took it off for that reason. It was either a legal thing or he’s going to update the graphics and wanted to create a buzz. Guaranteed.


  4. WTF. If he’s that guilty, he can hand me that money and I’ll… uhm, un-guilt it. Methinks the Angry Birds people threatened to sue.


  5. I agree completely. It’s pretty sad that he pulled it for those reasons, and what really boggles my mind is what does he think the point of continuing to make video games is? He said he’s making a sequel, and that now he can “be free to make what he wants” (paraphrasing), but what on earth is the point if when your game is successful, you yank it out?


  6. Now what am I going to do??


  7. Reblogged this on Blurt and commented:

    I’ve got a post up at Long Awkward Pause today that essentially says that well intentioned and fool are not mutually exclusive terms. Come on over and read.


  8. I’ve got a high score of 10 points in Flappy Bird. Beat that, suckers. Oh yeah, I’ve got the game on my iPad, too. That makes my device a collector’s item. Look for it on eBay soon.

    I liked it when he tweeted (or whatever) words to the effect, “I can’t take it anymore.” What, exactly, couldn’t he take?

    By the way, he’s still bringing in the scrilla. Removing the game from the App Store didn’t put an end to the in-game advertising each time the game gets played.


  9. I believe this is what will go down in history as the Velveeta Strategy. Sorry to inform you that this is no longer available. Boom! Everybody wants it. I mean, I don’t know if Flappy Birds are made of hydrogenated oil or anything. But still.


  10. I’ve got an addiction problem of my own. Every time Oma writes something, I am compelled to read it, no matter where it’s posted. It’s a terrible dependency to have to live with, but at least I can take comfort in the major cash he must be pulling in with every tasty morsel he posts.


  11. I could be wrong, but I’m expecting to see “Angry Flappy Birds” available by the weekend.

    (Nice work, btw Oma!)


  12. Dong Nguyen was overcome by guilt not because his game was addicting but because like so much of reality it was both addicting and no fun.


  13. Where have I been? I’ve never heard of Flappy Birds or men aptly named Dong.


    • I never heard of it until it was no longer available. There are people selling phones on ebay that have it downloaded from before Dong’s big guilt trip.

      It’s kind of weird the things that become a big deal, isn’t it?


      • I agree. I never tried Angry Birds and what is that other one . . . Candy Crush, or something. I am fond of Words with Friends. Hey, I’m a writer. It goes with the territory.


  14. Don’t worry. The creator is working on a new game – Flappy Dong. It’s autobiographical.


  15. Reblogged this on I am @ZiaraBo and commented:
    Here’s a blog talking about why Flappy Bird was taken down. The conclusion was that it was taken down for no apparent reason. Based on the information provided by this blog, it seemed that he felt guilty that the app he wanted people to enjoy was actually destroying their lives just like Candy Crush.


  16. I feel really sorry for the guy. He was so overwhelmed by the whole situation and started to receive death threats. Not cool people. It’s just a stupid game.


  17. Snoring Dog Studio // February 14, 2014 at 8:30 am // Reply

    And I never even got to play it. Robbed of an addiction — damn. That’s harsh.


  18. I blinked and missed everything. The game.The guilt. The termination.
    That is the only way I can avoid addiction to these things…pretend they don’t exist.


  19. After my Candy Crush addiction, I am SO GLAD that I did not download this game!!


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