News of Flappy Bird game creator committing suicide, a hoax

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MANILA, Philippines – Social media and websites were abuzz on Wednesday of rumors that the creator of the Flappy Bird application had committed suicide.

Dong Nguyen, who took down the addictive game off online stores, was allegedly found dead with a gunshot wound to his head.

But news websites immediately clarified that it was a hoax, most likely caused by a satirical news article posted online.

After the rumor was quashed, Nguyen received death threats on Twitter, reports said. One said he’ll kill the game developer while others egged Nguyen to push through with the suicide. Some, however, said they’ll kill themselves if the game was removed from app stores.

Nguyen, on Feb. 9, announced that it was game over for the simple game that had left many people addicted or frustrated.

“I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore,” he said over Twitter.

He said it had nothing to do with legal issues and that he was still making games.

In an exclusive interview with Forbes, Nguyen said he took the game down because it had become an “addictive product.

“Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed,” he explained.

“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.”


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  • I use common sense

    I would just like to say…
    First of all, if someone wants to say something as important as a suicide threat, you don’t put it on a social media website such as Twitter, Facebook, Etc. You do it on a more professional level or else people will be cruel and malicious. Its called… The internet. nothing is secure on here. people are getting cyber-bullied every day because they can hide behind a computer screen and not do it face to face. Although that is not the case, you still don’t do something as utterly stupid as that. If you want to spam me with hate messages, but it wont bother me. Comment away.

  • JustJam

    This game is a straight up plagiarism of another known game. I don’t remember what it was called but it was similar. So I’m not gonna miss it. This creator guy probably had girlfriend issues and decided to choose love-life over making games.

  • 1voxPopuli

    but i read it on facebook, it has to be true.


  • CmdrAdobo

    and it’s in the news. LOL.

    dont feed the troll.

  • Fulpol

    but “Clumsy Bird” took it over..

    and Pilipinos are more addictive on the bird of Vhong Navarro.. what happened to his bird, really?

    • boypalaban

      deniece cornejo hambog ng sagpro you tube

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