Flappy Bird: People addicted to difficult cell phone game, creator takes app off the market

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Eyes glued to a tiny cell phone screen, intensely watching as a tiny pixelated bird flies through countless obstacles, trying not to hit even the slightest corner of the pipes that signify infamous demise, people all over the world find themselves strangely addicted to the cell phone application “Flappy Bird.”

“Flappy bird is annoying,” sophomore Scott Zuhrab said. “The concept is simple: get the bird through the pipe. But doing it is so hard.”

Now, Flappy Bird’s reign of addiction, anger and stress has come to an end, at least for people who deleted the game from their cell phone or never downloaded it to begin with.

In February 2013, Flappy Bird made its debut in the App Store, but the game hit its download peak in January 2014. Then, mysteriously, on Feb. 9, 2014, the game disappeared from the App Store.

In an interview with “Forbes” magazine, creator of Flappy Bird Dong Nguyen said, “Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed.”

However, according to Flappy Bird players, the game causes more stress and anger than relaxation.

“I deleted Flappy Bird off of my phone,” senior Stefanie Sarti said. “It gave me terrible anxiety, and I could not get a score higher than five.”

Nguyen felt that the game was causing too many problems, so he decided to take the app down, never to be made available again. According to The Huffington Post, Nguyen received multiple death threats after taking the game off the market.

People who kept the game now have this “rare” application, and they’re finding it in high demand.

According to James Madison University’s “The Breeze,” people have sold phones with the game on it on eBay for as much as $12,000.

The infamous app has created a sweeping new generation of apps. Copycats of the game flooded the App Store, such as Splashy Fish, Flappy Wings, Happy Frog, and Flappy Devil: The Bird Is Back. Other copycat games mock famous people, such as Flying Cyrus: Wrecking Ball, which mocks both Flappy Bird and the notorious singer Miley Cyrus.Tiny Flying Drizzy is yet another comedic version of Flappy Bird about rapper Drake.

In addition to copycat games, there are also copycat game designers who use Flappy Bird’s design as a basis for new games in the App Store, such as Disco Zoo, Monkey Boots, and Iron Pants. All of these games feature the same style and design as Flappy Bird. However, instead of jumping through pipes, players complete different types of stressful tasks.

Though the game has come and gone, those who still have it programed in their phones continue to indulge themselves in the stressful, rage-inducing task of jumping through pipes.