Nguyen Ha Dong confirms Flappy Bird will return
VietNamNet Bridge – Nguyen Ha Dong, the father of the lovely “Flappy Bird”, has confirmed on his Twitter that he would revive the game, but said this would not occur soon.
1. In an interview given to The Rolling Stone, Dong said he was considering bringing Flappy Bird back. And he has just confirmed the plan on his Twitter account.
Just one month ago, Dong made an expected decision of taking down Flappy Bird from iOS App and Google Play, when the game became popular to the gamers’ community all over the world.
Explaining this, the 28-year-old programmer told The Rolling Stone that he tried to minimize the game’s negative impacts on people. Some players lost their jobs because they were too busy playing games, while students broke their phones because they could not win.
A question has been raised that if Dong can retain the name “Flappy Bird” for his game. According to Business Insider, there exists an agreement between the game developers and Apple that once the apps are removed from App Store, the developers will not be able to use the same name for their products in the future.
The “Flappy Bird” fans hope that Apple would allow Dong to keep the name in an exception case. However, Apple still keeps silent amid the question if it would agree on this. In the worst scenario, Dong would have to think of another name for the game.
2. With the support of the author of the “Flappy Bird”, a group of Vietnamese young people, named N3D, have designed and put into auction a golden Flappy Bird version on Webstore.
It took N3D one week to complete the exquisite 3D design. The Golden Flappy Bird weighs 85.23gr, made of monolithic gold, certified as meeting the international standards.
N3D’s designers, introducing themselves as the Flappy Bird’s admirers, said they wish to make the Vietnamese talents better known in the world.
They hope the golden bird can be sold at $7,000 at maximum. The auction would be open from March 1 to March 31, 2014. A part of the profit would be donated to the Orange Agent Fund, while the remaining would be used to help the needy.
3. Two Chinese men, Liu Yang and Shi Xuekun, have announced they have successfully made a robot which can automatically play the “Flappy Bird”.
The robot has a camera attached, which allows to recognize the tubes and the co-ordinates of the bird. Therefore, it can direct the bird to fly through the gaps smoothly.
However, even though the robot is very smart, it still cannot work perfectly. It could gain 155 scores at maximum. The two authors still try to think of the solutions to make the robot smarter.
4. A lot of games have been rejected when their authors tried to put into Apple Store and Google Play, because they have the similar names which may lead to the gamers’ misleading that the games have relations with Nguyen Ha Dong’s Flappy Bird.
It seems that the use of the word “Flappy” is now treated as Spam.
Ken Carpenter from Canada failed to post an app he called “Flappy Dragon” into App Store and Google Play Store, even though Flappy Bird no more exists in the two “markets.”
Compiled by Thanh Mai