Earlier this week, Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) begged people to stop hounding him over his game, which has drawn the ire of the Internet in large part due to an article by BuzzFeed in late January questioning the game’s popularity.
Press people are overrating the success of my games. It is something I never want. Please give me peace.
— Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) February 4, 2014
The Buzzfeed piece, Why On Earth Is This Borderline Crappy, Impossibly Hard Game The Most Popular Download On The App Store?, ends like this:
That may be why the game is ultimately so brilliant: It’s terrible and crappy and soulless, but also wonderful and addictive and funny. It is hideous and pixelated but nostalgic and beautiful. It’s incredibly hard but it also exacts no cost for losing. It is a question and an answer, a problem and a solution, and perhaps the alpha and omega of mobile gaming.
But despite the backhanded compliment, controversy over the game has taken hold of the gaming community and has reached a crescendo over the past few weeks with heightened criticism over its design, audience and visual style. Yesterday Nguyen said, “I cannot take this anymore,” and that he was removing the game from the Android and iTunes stores within 22 hours.
I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore.
— Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) February 8, 2014