Flappy Bird maker says game over

Culture
It's time to start cultivating your collection of rare apps. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. Just a week after the strange Flappy Bird app soar to popularity, it's now been removed from the app stores by its creator. The game hit the top of the charts for iTunes and Google Play, but the Vietnamese developer took it down after tweeting that he's uncomfortable with the attention that he's received for this game and he just can't take it anymore or so he says. In a previous interview, he said that he was making good money from the game with ad revenue making as much as $50,000 a day. The point of the game is to tap the screen to make your bird fly between green pipes that looked just like the pipes from a Mario game. The creator says that he did not pull it off the iTunes and Google Play store because of legal issues as some have suspected Nintendo may have come after him for copying the look of the elements in the game. It's not clear how Flappy Bird got so popular. This was a free poorly designed game that was addictive and tricky in the same fashion as a carnival game. You know, it seems like it should be easy, but then when you fail quickly, you get really annoyed and you wanna try again, and again, and again thinking of course you can get better. Some also speculate that he may have used fake reviews and bots to increase his download numbers to get media attention. It all seems a little fishy. Maybe he couldn't take the guilt of faking his way to the top or perhaps pulling the app was just another stunt to give him more attention for his next game. On eBay, you can now find people selling iPhones and iPads with Flappy Bird installed as if it makes the device more valuable because it's a collector's item. You have to wonder if this starts a trend to people collecting deleted apps. But this game was so simple to make there are dozens of games that you can download for free that are clone of Flappy Bird. There is Flappy Pig in the Google Play store, there's FlappyFish on Windows, and Flappy B on the iPhone. There is even a mock one that you can play on the desktop, it's called FlappyDoge themed after the internet meme. Many pipes, such difficulty, so pointless, wow. In other news, Samsung just unveiled the new design for the current Galaxy S4 and S4 Mini. It's a new black edition with a fake leather texture back cover and bezel and all the accessories are black. But don't rush to buy it just yet because in only a few weeks, Samsung is expected to show off the next model, the Galaxy S5 that takes place on February 24th during the Mobile World Congress expo taking place in Barcelona. That's your tech news update, but you can find more details at cnet.com/update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.

Up Next

Download Netflix shows to watch offline
ud113016.jpg

Up Next

Download Netflix shows to watch offline

Amazon's next Echo said to come with a screen
ud112916.jpg

Amazon's next Echo said to come with a screen

Curved iPhone 8? Apple said to be exploring OLED screens
ud112816.jpg

Curved iPhone 8? Apple said to be exploring OLED screens

Black Friday and other turkey traditions are evolving
ud1123162.jpg

Black Friday and other turkey traditions are evolving

Facebook drone accident under investigation
ud112216.jpg

Facebook drone accident under investigation

Facebook needs you to fight fake news
ud112116.jpg

Facebook needs you to fight fake news

Airbnb wants to be your travel agent
ud111816.jpg

Airbnb wants to be your travel agent

Wait, how fast can Qualcomm charge a phone?
ud111716.jpg

Wait, how fast can Qualcomm charge a phone?

Snapchat may be worth $30 billion with IPO filing
ud111616.jpg

Snapchat may be worth $30 billion with IPO filing

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core-w

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city-w

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
cnet-top-5-w

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
dc-site-1color-logo.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future-w

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today-w

Tech Today

Latest News All latest news

The Military Is Finally Ready to Talk About UFOs
ufo-seq-00-07-20-07-still001

The Military Is Finally Ready to Talk About UFOs

Watch the Congressional UFO/UAP Hearing Highlights
uap-supercut-th

Watch the Congressional UFO/UAP Hearing Highlights

See the Navy Unveil New Video of UFOs/UAPs
uap-pic

See the Navy Unveil New Video of UFOs/UAPs

Here Are The Wi-Fi Range Extenders We Recommend
1202287667973762-nfmevjargzjqdurzyjmh-height640.png

Here Are The Wi-Fi Range Extenders We Recommend

Google's Monk Skin Tone Scale: What Is It?
inclusive-schema-0509-anuyk5h-max-1000x1000.png

Google's Monk Skin Tone Scale: What Is It?

The Revolution R270 Is a Smart Toaster With a Screen
revolution-toaster-orange-promo

The Revolution R270 Is a Smart Toaster With a Screen

Most Popular All most popular

See the Navy Unveil New Video of UFOs/UAPs
uap-pic

See the Navy Unveil New Video of UFOs/UAPs

All About Google's Pixel Buds Pro
pixelpro

All About Google's Pixel Buds Pro

The Military Is Finally Ready to Talk About UFOs
ufo-seq-00-07-20-07-still001

The Military Is Finally Ready to Talk About UFOs

Apple Killed the Last iPod
1202263987086163-e66zgtdhxmkf0nentynj-height640.png

Apple Killed the Last iPod

How an EV Works
how-evs-work-00-04-48-14-still089

How an EV Works

What to Expect From Pixel Watch, Google's New Fitbit Smartwatch
google-pixel-watch-1.png

What to Expect From Pixel Watch, Google's New Fitbit Smartwatch

Latest Products All latest products

Hands-On: We Got to Try the Sony Xperia 1 IV and Its Zoom Lens
xperiafinalpicsite

Hands-On: We Got to Try the Sony Xperia 1 IV and Its Zoom Lens

Lenovo Legion 7 Gaming Laptops Combine Great Power With Simple, Slim Designs
lenovolegion-00-00-45-13-still003

Lenovo Legion 7 Gaming Laptops Combine Great Power With Simple, Slim Designs

Exploring Meta Store: Facebook Parent Meta's First Physical Retail Space
metastore

Exploring Meta Store: Facebook Parent Meta's First Physical Retail Space

Lenovo's Torrent of Slim-Series Laptops Has Almost Too Many Options
lenovoslim-00-00-03-10-still001.png

Lenovo's Torrent of Slim-Series Laptops Has Almost Too Many Options

Disney's New Wristband Brings Games to Theme Parks
magic-band-plus-1-copy

Disney's New Wristband Brings Games to Theme Parks

Amazon Astro Review: An Echo of the Future
astro-review-still-10

Amazon Astro Review: An Echo of the Future

Latest How To All how to videos

Google Pay: How to Set Up and Use
googlepay-inhand

Google Pay: How to Set Up and Use

Clean Your AirPods and EarPods Without Damaging Them
yt-howto-clean-airpods-v3

Clean Your AirPods and EarPods Without Damaging Them

How to Control Your Computer With Your Feet
yt-learn-guitar-foot-controls-v2

How to Control Your Computer With Your Feet

How to Download YouTube Videos
yt-howto-download-yt-videos-v3

How to Download YouTube Videos

Find Forgotten Wi-Fi Passwords for Previously Used Networks
how-to-find-a-wi-fi-password-on-any-network-1

Find Forgotten Wi-Fi Passwords for Previously Used Networks

Get the Most Out of Multitouch on Your Trackpad
mac-tips-multitouch-on-mac-7

Get the Most Out of Multitouch on Your Trackpad