The arrival of Flappy Bird by many has been heralded as dumb luck. Much of the mainstream media show stories of the meteoric rise of Flappy Bird with their charts showing a sharp upward trend. However, many industry insiders and game developers tell a different story.
Vien Nguyen, the brother of Dong Nguyen who is the creator of Flappy Bird, explained that his brother knew that he was building a hit. Nguyen said that he could see that the world wanted everything faster.
“We have faster food, internet, and computers. Everything has been built for consumption at a moment’s notice” -Vein Nguyen
Vein would tell us that his brother saw this trend and built a game that was so quick that it could never receive a complaint of being to long. Indeed, the game is only as long as the player should choose to participate. The game begins with a simple title screen of “Start” and “Score”. By selecting start the player will begin his journey with a solitary tap. The player can choose to participate by flapping or immediately falling to Flappy’s death. Yet, the unthinkable had still; Nguyen would receive emails explaining that the game was too long.
“We’re not discouraged” -Vein Nguyen
Dong’s brother let us in on what we can expect in the next update and that they are not discouraged by the email they have received. That it only would push them further into new creative territory. He said the new update will include a “I already give up” button and a “Play for me” mode. He also noted that they did not plan on stopping there with the new updates. He said that he couldn’t reveal any other features, but they plan to explore and push the envelope on the creation of the first game that is not too long.
In a surprise update Nugyen tweeted “I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore.” -2:02pm 2-8-2014