Megan Kaiser – Staff Writer
Aggression. Irritability. Impatience. Involuntary swearing. This basically sums up the night of a Flappy Bird competitor.
It’s been all the hype for the past two weeks. Twitter feeds and Facebook are currently filled with Flappy Bird. If you are unaware of who Flappy Bird is, he is the little yellow bird that consists of 27 pixels and, apparently, cannot think of anything better to do than dodge pipes in a Super Mario-esque world.
Developed by Hanoi, Flappy Bird was released to the public in May 2013. If you thought you were on top of things, you’re almost a year behind.
“Flappy Bird is one of the most aggressive habit forming games of the 21st century. It literally drives you crazy,” junior Reuben Van Gaalen said.
As of last week, a Dordt student who would prefer to be known as “Drama Cop” reached a high score of 119.
While that may all be extremely fascinating, what you may not be aware of is the game Jolly Fish. Simply stated, Jolly Fish is the equivalent of Flappy Bird for Windows phones. Word on the street is that they are cousins. Jolly Fish became a thing of the App world on Feb. 2, 2014.
“Jolly Fish reveals the true character of your inner self that blossoms once your finger touches the screen. Deep down, everyone is aggressive,” said Dylan Hoekstra, who can’t get past five points on Jolly Fish.
Incredibly, this game is close to a year old, and it took less than a week to become all the hype. The big fear here is how deeply individuals immerse themselves into these games. Remember that your existence is appreciated, so don’t spend all of your time in your room trying to get to 56 on Flappy Bird. We can’t appreciate your existence if we never see you. One word. Prioritize.
Contrary to popular disbelief, Flappy Bird enjoys a Starbucks Frappuccino in his down time when he isn’t busy suffering head trauma from green pipes. It has also been reported that Jolly Fish has an insufferable distaste for Frappuccino’s due to the fact that he has no mouth.
A dual picture I created to show the uncanny resemblance of the two games.
Flappy Bird: Shut down
As of Feb. 10, the creator of the popular game Flappy Bird, Dong Nguyen, deleted the game that was making $50,000 a day.
Although new players can no longer download Flappy Bird, those who have already downloaded the game to their devices can still play it.
People who have downloaded the game but then deleted it should be able to download the game again by accessing their purchase history on either iTunes or Google Play.
According to USA Today, hundreds of phones with Flappy Bird installed have suddenly appeared for sale on eBay at prices up to $15,000.
Recent tweets from Nguyen suggest that he struggled with the newfound attention his game was receiving. In a tweet sent on Feb. 4, Nguyen asked for “peace,” and said the press was “overrating” the success of his game.
“I can call Flappy Bird is a success of mine,” wrote Nguyen via Twitter on Feb. 8. “But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it.”
Flappy Bird also received criticism for its resemblance to the game Super Mario Bros; however, Nguyen insists that the game’s removal “is not anything related to legal issue.”