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CHS says goodbye to Flappy Bird

Angry Birds, Temple Run and Candy Crush have all had their time in the spotlight, but now it is time for the latest popular app: Flappy Bird.

Although it was released last May, Flappy Bird has recently skyrocketed in popularity, and quickly became the number one most downloaded free app; however, it was removed from the App Store by creator, Dong Nguyen, Feb. 9.

“I think it’s ridiculous that it was deleted off of the App Store,” junior Jackie Plesset said. “It is such a popular game that everyone plays.”

Those who have already downloaded the game can still play for now, but any late bloomers who had yet to download it are now unable to do so.

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According to a February 2014 Time article, Flappy Bird was downloaded over 50 million times, generated close to 50,000 reviews in the App Store and made an average of $50,000 per day from in-app advertising.

The premise of the game is fairly simple: players tap the screen repeatedly to navigate a small, pixelated bird through narrow openings in a never-ending series of green pipes. As there is no actual finish line, the goal is to accumulate the highest score possible.

“I find it so addicting because it’s such a simple and easy game, yet I lose so often,” Plesset said. “When I lose, I just want to play it even more to improve my score.”

Despite its lack of complex instructions, Flappy Bird is very frustrating—forgetting to tap the screen for even a second will result in the end of the game. However, perhaps for this very reason, it is extremely addictive and continuously gets users to keep coming back for more.

“It’s really difficult,” junior Cece Wallerstedt said. “I can’t even get a higher score than two.”

Nguyen gave no explicit reason for his removal of the app besides tweeting “I cannot take this anymore”.

He did not add any further explanation but clarified that his decision was not for legal reasons.

According to Nguyen’s twitter, he will not consider selling Flappy Bird, and it “ruins his simple life” and caused him to hate it.

Many alternate apps have popped up in Flappy Bird’s absence, including Flappy Plane, Flappy Bee and Flappy Bird Flyer, but many students argue that they are not the same thing and are still upset that Flappy Bird was deleted.

“With it being deleted, those that don’t already have the game don’t have the opportunity to play it,” Plesset said. “I find it really dumb that the creator deleted it since it’s so successful.”

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