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Saturday, February 15, 2014 9:00 PM

You all know of my slow descent into Facebook oblivion. I was resistant and claimed I would never be on Facebook and questioned what did I want or need to do that for. And then I created a Facebook account and hundreds of friends and thousands of hours invested in reading posts, hitting “like” and playing Words With Friends and Bejeweled Blitz later, I don’t know what I ever did without it.

That is one thing I will never be able to say about “Flappy Bird.”

“Flappy Bird” is a simple game in which users fly a small bird through a course of pipes. If the bird touches the pipes or the ground, it dies.

“Flappy Bird” was originally released for the iPhone in May but didn’t become the top free iPhone app until mid-January, following a surge in popularity that seems to have kicked off in early December.

According to CNN.com:

A tweet from the game’s creator suggested that its sudden success had become an albatross.

“I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down,” developer Dong Nguyen wrote on Saturday. “I cannot take this anymore.”

Say goodbye to “Flappy Bird” app.

Nguyen, a Vietnamese developer with a studio called DotGears, did not reply to CNN’s request for an interview last week and has stayed mostly quiet in the wake of the game’s recent and sudden success.

He gave an interview Monday to Forbes in which he said the game was conceived as a fun way to kill a few minutes but became “an addictive product. I think it has become a problem.” The game, he added, is “gone forever.”

Rumors swirled around the elusive computer programmer’s suicide after taking the app down (which is not true) and tongue-in-cheek tales of time lost, marriages ended and people going cuckoo after playing the game surfaced. One such rumor focused on a pair of brothers who were playing the game and the one shot and killed the other because he scored higher (not true, either).

Soon after the app was removed and people were no longer able to download it, iPhones with the app started popping up on eBay for ridiculous prices. Some were asking thousands of dollars. I realize an iPhone isn’t cheap but seriously? Just for “Flappy Bird?”

My hubby has the “Flappy Bird” app on his iPhone and he plays it in his spare time and grunts and moans when his little bird bites the dust. I have played it several times. I have to preface this by saying I am painfully uncoordinated when it comes to games like this. I can’t do it. I tried and tried and “that bird don’t fly for me.” I gave him back his phone, wished him well and went into the computer room to see if I needed to catch up on any Words With Friends games. Ah, back into my comfort zone.

True to form, “Flappy Bird” clones are now appearing and include “Flappy Bert” with the Sesame Street icon. It seems apps and games are like Ohio weather — if you don’t like it (or can’t find it), wait, it will change in a minute.

 

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