Flappy Bird Flies Away?


Rachel Labarre

Sarah Herbsman ’15 tries to beat her high score on the viral game “Flappy Bird.”

“I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore,” the “Flappy Bird” creator, Dong Nguyen, tweeted yesterday. Now, the game is gone from the iTunes App Store, but any addict with the game already on their phone can still feed their craving…which may not be a good thing.

For the past few weeks, Staples students have become reliant on a daily dosage of “Flappy Bird.” The game has gone viral, earning the creator $50,000 per day, according to Time. When news got out that the creator was shutting the game down, many students became nervous that they would never be able to play again.

Sarah Herbsman ’15 downloaded the game only a few days ago and didn’t want the game to suddenly disappear. “I had just gotten to my high score of 2, so it was kind of upsetting because I had big dreams,” she said.

However, others found it to be a blessing.

“It was a big time-waster,” Jack Cody ’14 said. Cody’s high score is 420.

Maddy Rozynek ’14 also anticipated the removal of the game to be a good thing. “It’s addictive, and it’s probably good it will be shut down because it’s really distracting,” Rozynek, who has a high score of 130, said.

But because the game is still available for those who have already downloaded it onto their phones, the distraction will still exist. No one knows how long this bird will keep flapping.