Dong Nguyen gives post-Flappy Bird interview, we’re still none the wiser

Dong Nguyen gives post-Flappy Bird interview, we’re still none the wiserMysterious 29 year-old Dong Nguyen has suddenly become one of the biggest names in gaming, having pulled Flappy Bird – a bona fide phenomenon – at the peak of its popularity. There were all sorts of theories flying around, but the developer insisted the move was for purely altruistic reasons.

The Dongster has given his first interview since pulling Flappy Bird from the App Store and Google Play, and, well, we’re still not really sure what the heck’s going on.

The interview appears over on Forbes, scribbled up by Lan Anh Nguyen (presumably no relation).

Dong sounds like one crazy dude. First he turned up late – on account of a sudden meeting with Vietnam’s deputy prime minister, and one of the conditions of the interview was that his beautiful face remain shrouded in mystery.

He also “appeared stressed”, smoked “several cigarettes” during the relatively short interview session, and spent at least part of the time drawing “monkey heads” on a notepad. Brilliant.

Anyway! Here’s what Dong’s saying: “Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed. 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.”

If that’s truly the case, Dong, then you’re a better man than I. If I developed a game that was reportedly bringing in $50,000 a day in ad revenue, I wouldn’t care if people were throwing themselves off bridges in anger; I’d ride that revenue wave all the way to early retirement.

The whole thing just doesn’t make sense. More credible theories include Nintendo taking legal action on account of the decidedly Mario Bros-esque assets (surely he could simply change the pipes for, eh, tubes or something?), while it’s also suggested that Dong has suffered a torrent of abuse from angry Flappy Bird players (just set your twitter profile to private, man).

It’s all very strange, but from Forbes’ description, he sounds like a very strange guy. It’ll be interesting to see what he does next.

In the meantime, to Flappy Bird players, Dong says: “Thank you very much for playing my game.” No problem, buddy.

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18 comments

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 12, 2014 at 12:09

Does he still make ad revenue from the copies of Flappy Bird which are still installed on millions of devices around the world?

lcurdie / MOD  Feb. 12, 2014 at 12:11

Good point! :D

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 12, 2014 at 12:45

This story is so ridiculous, it's ridiculous.
I just saw an SGS2 - a fairly battered one - someone wants €700 for because it has that game on it. And somebody actually bid €680 ("sorry, it's all I can afford" - no, you can't. Save the money for "special people" college, you fool)

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 12, 2014 at 12:55

Do people not realise that they could just source the Flappy Bird apk file online and install it onto ANY Android device free of charge!?

As a side note, it's an absolutely terrible game.

This made me sad, I live near people this f*cking stupid:
http://www.nottinghampost.com/Flappy-Bird-Thousands-people-Notts-sell-iPhones/story-20605555-detail/story.html

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 12, 2014 at 15:01

Right, matt - you beat me! That is awful!

Treab  Feb. 12, 2014 at 16:32

I sometimes feel the human race needs exterminating... this is one of those times...

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 12, 2014 at 16:56

+1

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 12, 2014 at 17:04

I might side-load the Flappy Bird APK onto my Note 2 and sell it for more than I bought it for haha :p!

Treab  Feb. 12, 2014 at 17:12

I mean doubting the awesome flappy birds... i paid a very cheap 1950 for an iphony 3gs with that game...

(this may or may not be sarcasm)

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 12, 2014 at 17:52

I have the ipa for the very first fart app...

Treab  Feb. 12, 2014 at 18:54

you disgust me.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 12, 2014 at 19:12

you disgust me. does that get you excited and: is that a yes (I want to buy it) ?

lcurdie / MOD  Feb. 12, 2014 at 20:35

I might be interested if you're throwing in the accompanying standards essential patents pertaining to "a smartphone or tablet-based app used to replicate the sound of a human being passing wind."

Otherwise, no deal.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 12, 2014 at 20:47

I might be interested if you're throwing in the accompanying standards essential patents pertaining to "a smartphone or tablet-based app used to replicate the sound of a human being passing wind."

Otherwise, no deal.
Now who said anything about human farts?

krogothnx  Feb. 12, 2014 at 20:50

I might be interested if you're throwing in the accompanying standards essential patents pertaining to "a smartphone or tablet-based app used to replicate the sound of a human being passing wind."

Otherwise, no deal.
Now who said anything about human farts?


there's your moneymaker.

hear the sounds of the entire animal kingdom....

farting.

lcurdie / MOD  Feb. 12, 2014 at 20:56

I might be interested if you're throwing in the accompanying standards essential patents pertaining to "a smartphone or tablet-based app used to replicate the sound of a human being passing wind."

Otherwise, no deal.
Now who said anything about human farts?


there's your moneymaker.

hear the sounds of the entire animal kingdom....

farting.


Oddly, I could see that taking off. Especially if the sounds are accompanied by JPEGs of the animals looking surprised at their own flatulence. "Hilarious".

Treab  Feb. 12, 2014 at 20:57

I might be interested if you're throwing in the accompanying standards essential patents pertaining to "a smartphone or tablet-based app used to replicate the sound of a human being passing wind."

Otherwise, no deal.
Now who said anything about human farts?


there's your moneymaker.

hear the sounds of the entire animal kingdom....

farting.


or was it actually the farts from the cast of the only way is essex?

satchef1  Feb. 13, 2014 at 11:29

I actually might sideload Flappy on to my broken Note 2 (broken screen). Might actually get a decent price for it that way. Certainly worth a punt.

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