Flappy Bird Creator Says Game Might Return With Addiction Warning

By Bryan Le 03/12/14

Dong Nguyen may revive his smash-hit game, but this time with a warning that urges users to "take a break."

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Despite promising that he would never bring back Flappy Bird over a month ago, game designer Dong Nguyen is now saying that he'll considering reinstating the game, only this time with a label warning about addiction.

Nguyen pulled Flappy Bird off virtual shelves last month citing "unexpected effects" from his game. “It causes addiction (in) people. I think it is an unexpected problem... and I have to remove it.” Seeking a return to his "simple life" that was ruined by Flappy Bird,  he turned his back on the estimated $50,000 a day the game was making, telling media outlets that he would never bring the game back and "I keep my word."

But now Nguyen is singing a different tune. When Rolling Stone asked him whether Flappy Bird will fly again, he replied "I’m considering it." The new sequel would come with warnings that urge users to "please take a break." He hopes these new warnings can help prevent more people from messaging him that they flunked exams or lost their jobs because they obsessively played the game.

While there is huge demand for Flappy Bird - it had over 10 million downloads in the 22 hours after Nguyen announced he would pull the game from mobile app markets - he's still not set on bringing it back just yet. Nguyen is currently enjoying the quiet life he wanted, working on several other games including a cowboy shooter, a flying game, and an "action chess game," one of which he plans to release later this month.

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