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'Flappy Bird' creator 'considering' restoring app with game addiction warning

Flappy Bird creator will include a warning if the game returns to app stores
Flappy Bird creator will include a warning if the game returns to app storesFlickr/Desiree Catani

The too-addictive-for-its-own good game pulled from Apple and Android app stores could make a return. During a recent interview, "Flappy Bird" game creator, Dong Nguyen reveals that he is “considering” bringing the app back.

The 28-year-old Vietnamese game developer sat down with Rolling Stone in March to discuss the origins of the "Flappy Bird" phenomenon. As Rolling Stone reports (March 11), Nguyen admits that if he decides to re-release, it would come with a warning.

Safely navigating the clumsy bird through the obstacle of Super Mario-esque pipes is highly addictive. Part of the game’s success could be its feel of familiarity mixed with the need for the user to beat their high score.

According to WebMD, video game addiction or “compulsive video gaming” is a modern day psychological disorder that is becoming more popular. The fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), defines excessive or compulsive gaming as “Internet Gaming Disorder”.

Nguyen shares with Rolling Stone some examples of the game’s impact on the lives of some people. “13 kids at my school broke their phones because of your game, and they still play it cause it's addicting [sic] like crack," said one of the emails. "Flappy Bird" became equally, if not more frustrating for its creator.

Despite "Flappy Bird"’s chart topping success on the top free games list, Nguyen chose to yank the game from mobile app stores early last month. He was reportedly making $50,000 a day in advertising dollars and reached celebrity status, falling victim a Twitter death hoax. The removal came after a series of posts on Nguyen’s Twitter timeline, expressing frustration. “I can call 'Flappy Bird' is a success of mine. But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it," Nguyen tweeted.

Unsurprisingly, an influx of Flappy Bird clones appeared in mobile app stores once "Flappy Bird" met its demise. "People can clone the app because of its simplicity but they will never make another 'Flappy Bird'", Nguyen said. Should the original game make a return, fair warning will be given to prospective downloaders to take a break from game-play.