Flappy Bird may be dead, but the cloning and explotation has just begun

Posted on February 10, 2014 - 4:13pm by Sean Hinz

I cannot believe what has happened to our dear Flappy Bird. As my boy Biggie reminds us all "Mo Money, Mo Problems", and Dong Nguyen just couldn't take the hate. After many sites ran that $50,000 ad-revenue story it sent a wave of scrutiny Dong's way and in response he chose to remove Flappy Bird from the App store and Google Play. Now look, despite my wish that nobody should ever play Flappy Bird, it is a shame that Dong felt he couldn't keep his game up for the sheep-like masses.

What's worst though is the reaction to him pulling the game. Obviously there were an endless chain of profanities sent his way over social media, but then the pop culture swindlers took to ebay. Right now there are nearly 8,000 listings on the auction website for smartdevices that have Flappy Bird installed. Some auction's bids even exceed thousands of dollars, simply to own this ridiculous piece of pop culture. Capitalism at its finest.

Then you have the clones which are attempting to fill that Flappy hole in your heart, while laughing all the way to the bank. For example Fly Birdie – Flappy Bird Flyer charges you $0.99 every three lives or Fluffy vs. Flappy Birds that features in-app purchases that can reach $10 per transaction. Perhaps we've made a mistake, by striking Flappy Bird down it's now become more powerful than we could have possibly imagined.

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