Did you catch the ‘Flappy Bird’ fever?

For those of you who haven’t had the chance to experience the game “Flappy Bird,” you’re out of luck because the game flew off the Apple App Store and Google Play list.

Dong Nguyen, the creator of the highly addicting mini-game, took the game down from the App Store. This past Saturday, Nguyen posted on his Twitter page “in 22 hours, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore.” Nguyen was making over $50,000 a day through ad revenue from this very popular indie-game.

“Flappy Bird” is a game where you control a bird by tapping on your screen and dodging incoming pipes. For every set of pipes you dodge, you get a point. Many people around campus who play this game tend to become frustrated because of how difficult it is.

Dyllan Winters, who has a high score of 246 points on “Flappy Bird,” still has the game downloaded on his phone and still plays it.

“It’s simple, it becomes addictive and it’s a big time waster,” Winters said.

Aaron Schwartz, who doesn’t own “Flappy Bird,” doesn’t understand the hype.

“It’s a stupid game for stupid people. Honestly, it’s a perfect example of the consumer doesn’t know what the hell they want,” Schwartz said.

Many rumors have been going around the Internet like Nguyen committed suicide or Nintendo is suing Nguyen because the background artwork of “Flappy Bird” was similar to the artwork in the all-time Super Nintendo classic “Super Mario Brothers.”

But Nguyen told Forbes Magazine in a recent interview that he took it down because the game was too addictive, and not the 10-minute escape to break up a day he wanted it to be.

But one rumor is turning into a fact; smart phone users who have the “Flappy Bird” game downloaded onto their device can expect an increase in value from $1,000 to $10,000. People around the country are selling their “Flappy Bird” smartphones on eBay and Craigslist and cashing in. Winters says he would definitely sell his iPhone if it was worth $10,000.

Caleb Watkins, another owner of “Flappy Bird,” has a high score of 62 points says that it is a fun game. He too said he’d sell his smart phone if it was worth $1,000.

“I could buy a new phone and still have money left over,” Watkins said.

There are still remakes and parodies available on the App Store and Google Play such as “Floppy Bird,” “Flappy Angry Bird,” “Flappy Doge,” “Flappy Bird-Justin Bieber Edition” and many other farces. But, nothing can top the legendary game of frustration that was created by Nguyen himself.

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