The past week will forever be remembered as ‘Flappy Bird week’. And as the game continues to rule the headlines, creator Dong Nguyen, who took down the additive game, was allegedly found dead with a gunshot wound to his head today.
But news websites immediately clarified that it was a hoax, most likely caused by a satirical news article posted online.
After the rumor was quashed, Nguyen received death threats on Twitter, reports said. One man threatened to kill the game developer while others egged Nguyen to push through with the suicide. Some, however, said they’ll kill themselves if the game was removed from app stores as the Flappy Bird storm continued to wreak havoc on the social network.
Nguyen, on Feb. 9, announced that it was game over for the simple game that had left many people addicted or frustrated.
“I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore,” he said over Twitter.Advertisement
He said it had nothing to do with legal issues and that he was still making games.
“Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed,” he explained.
“But it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it’s best to take down Flappy Bird. It’s gone forever.”Advertisement
In an exclusive interview with Forbes, Nguyen said he took the game down because it had become an “addictive product”.
Hopefully things will start to die down now the game has been removed for a few days.
Source: Technology Inquirer