By Lina Ghosh
February 10th, 2014 the world witnessed one of history’s most tragic events: the death of Flappy Bird. With the simple press of a delete button, our yellow pixelated friend whose sole mission was to fly through a series of green pipes was erased from the face of this earth.
It was the day before the fateful event that Flappy Bird’s creator, Dong Nguyen, tweeted that he would be taking down the game which had taken the world by storm. As the game topped both the iTunes and Android app charts, having been downloaded around 50 million times worldwide, fans of Flappy Bird were dumbfounded when they found out that their favorite game was to be taken down. In an exclusive interview with Forbes magazine Nguyen stated the reason for his decision: “…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” (http://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2014/02/11/the-bird-lord-speaks-why-we-should-believe-in-flappy-bird-creator-dong-nguyen/).
However for those of us who refuse to accept the truth that the era of Flappy Bird has ended, do not fear! Even though Flappy Bird may not be in the app store anymore, if you already have it installed you can still play it! If you’re one of those people who deleted the game because they couldn’t get passed the first pipe and now regret it, just check out eBay on which they’re selling phones preinstalled with Flappy Bird…for only $99,900 (for more info: http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-apple-iphone-flappy-bird-99900-ebay-20140210,0,4285691.story#axzz2t1siDUsF). Quite the bargain, if you ask me! If you’ve never played Flappy Bird before and are wondering what all the hype is about, you have perhaps missed the chance to ruin your life with this addictive game. If you still want to play Flappy Bird, check out Fly Birdie (an easier/knockoff version of Flappy Bird) which is currently #1 on the Apple App Store charts. Flappy Bee and Flappy Plane are not far behind. If you are a fan of Sesame Street, here’s a link to the one and only Flappy Bert: (http://www.sesameworkshop.org/flappybert/)!
We will miss you Flappy Bird. Flap, flap away.