If you are an avid smartphone user, you have probably heard of the smartphone game “Flappy Bird” in these past few weeks. The game simply consists of navigating a pixelated bird through narrow pipes, but it has taken the world by storm and become a viral game around the world. Similar to the successful free smartphone games like “Angry Birds” or “Temple Run,” Flappy Bird has become one of the most popular free games on Apple app store and Google’s Android Play store.
Just when the game was blowing up and becoming a big hype, on Saturday the game developer Nguyen Ha Dong posted an official announcement on Twitter that he would take down the game and that the app would be “gone forever,” as it is too addictive for smartphone users. For the sake of humanity, the developer was willing to walk away from a small fortune to avoid players becoming addicted to the game, as it was estimated that he could have made $50,000 every day just from in-app advertising alone.
Although the developer has received threats from Nintendo claiming that the pipes in the game were too similar to the renowned game “Super Mario” , Nguyen Ha Dong states that he removed the app simply for altruistic reasons. Although he could have made a reasonable profit from Flappy Bird, he believed that his life with the incredible success of the game was not as good as before.
While it is incredibly admirable of Nguyen Ha Dong to walk away from a small fortune to save mankind from self destruction, it is depressing to witness the way humans have lost complete self control in the face of technology. Although advancement in technology can bring great convenience and efficiency to people’s lives, it can also destroy them as they become addicted to silly games like Flappy Bird.