“Flappy Doge” Is Evidence The Internet Has Reached Peak Flappy Bird

Its creator tried to kill it, and he’s just made it stronger.

1. On Saturday, the game’s creator had an announcement to make.


The designer, Nguyen Ha Dong, based in Hanoi, had decided to take down a game he had made in just a few nights. He’d told the media he was making $50,000 a day from advertising. There were rumours the decision was prompted by a warning letter from Nintendo.

2. The game was already a major internet talking point: it was the most-downloaded mobile game on Apple and Google’s online stores.

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This is the amount of Google searches you get when a game is downloaded 50 million times.

3. But now things are getting ridiculous.

Yes, that is an iPhone with Flappy Bird installed about to reach $100,000 on eBay. The opening bid was $650.

4. In retrospect, it was entirely inevitable that this would happen.

5. (And that this would happen when you die).

6. Twitter was a bit like this now.

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7. So by the time this happened, no one was surprised.

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Note: this might not have been exactly how it happened.

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Alan White is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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