After languishing on the App Store for eight months, Flappy Bird inexplicably became a smartphone gaming sensation earlier this year, taking over twitter and Facebook feeds the world over.
The game was ultimately taken down by its developer, Dong Nguyen, but the story isn’t over yet, as he’s “considering” reinstating Flappy Bird on the App Store and Google Play.
That’s the word over on Rolling Stone, where Dong Nguyen has described the phenomenon in a rare interview.
The removal of Flappy Bird back in February was confusing, with Dong saying only: “It is not anything related to legal issues. I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore.”
The move was all the more confusing considering Dong was reportedly raking in around $50,000 per day in advertising revenue (Flappy Bird itself being free to play).
One month on, now that the dust has settled, Dong is seemingly thinking about reviving Flappy Bird, but with the warning: "Please take a break."
In the Rolling Stone interview, Dong explains how one woman criticised his work for "distracting the children of the world”, while another claimed: "13 kids at my school broke their phones because of your game, and they still play it cause it's addicting like crack."
Ach, don’t worry about it, Dong. If artists listened to naysayers, we wouldn’t have GTA for fear of breeding a new generation of criminals, and horror films wouldn’t exist lest we encourage otherwise-dormant (yeah, right) serial killers.
You know what, mothers? Try throwing a book at your kid’s head if you’re so concerned.