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(USA Today)   For sale: one rare, vintage 2014 phone with Flappy Birds. Only $90,000   (usatoday.com) divider line 48
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2014-02-10 11:06:45 AM
What is Flappy Birds?
 
2014-02-10 11:09:27 AM

BalugaJoe: What is Flappy Birds?


Some really stupid app loved by my 14 year old nephew.  He was talking about how the developer was going to pull the app all weekend, because it was popular now.  It has become the ultimate hipster app.
 
2014-02-10 11:13:04 AM
Seems like it's a rip-off (and I mean a total low def version) of a 3-years old French game:
Link (in French but the picture is explicit)

The French guy behind the original is currently banging his head on walls.
 
2014-02-10 11:23:56 AM
49 is my flappy bird score and my IQ after playing it for an hour.
 
2014-02-10 11:29:51 AM

Dancis_Frake: Link (in French but the picture is explicit)


I followed that link looking for explicit french pictures. Left disappointed.
 
2014-02-10 11:36:08 AM
shiat. I have it, maybe I should put my phone up for auction. If some idiot would part with the money, who am I to argue?
 
2014-02-10 11:44:22 AM

Tom_Slick: BalugaJoe: What is Flappy Birds?

Some really stupid app loved by my 14 year old nephew.  He was talking about how the developer was going to pull the app all weekend, because it was popular now.  It has become the ultimate hipster app.


I just youtubed the game to see what the gameplay is/was(?).  So it looks like someone made a touch version of the racing game I had my for ti-83+ in high school.  All you do is navigate a bird through pipes at various heights, but they never get smaller and all they do is shift vertical height?

/Do you tap the screen to flap?
//I'm all for mindless games on your phone, but wtf
 
2014-02-10 11:46:20 AM
Or you could look up Flappy Bird apk on google to get a download link. Why would you do that though?
 
2014-02-10 11:50:46 AM
A flash version. Not sure if it's a direct port of the mobile app or not, but it's close enough you can get the idea.
 
2014-02-10 11:58:11 AM

moistD: Tom_Slick: BalugaJoe: What is Flappy Birds?

Some really stupid app loved by my 14 year old nephew.  He was talking about how the developer was going to pull the app all weekend, because it was popular now.  It has become the ultimate hipster app.

I just youtubed the game to see what the gameplay is/was(?).  So it looks like someone made a touch version of the racing game I had my for ti-83+ in high school.  All you do is navigate a bird through pipes at various heights, but they never get smaller and all they do is shift vertical height?

/Do you tap the screen to flap?
//I'm all for mindless games on your phone, but wtf


It's just a time waster.  The game's been on the market for almost a year and all of the sudden it exploded.  The developer said he couldn't handle everything that's come with it exploding so he pulled it off the market.

And, yes, it's another iteration of a game type that's existed since at least Atari days.
 
2014-02-10 12:11:40 PM
App developer's guide to getting rich:

1.  Find some old obscure game
2.  Replace the main character/weapon with birds
3. ???
4.  profit... bigtime.  Doesn't matter what you did in step 3 people want to play as round birds in phone apps.  Even if you ripped off Doom with birds it would sell like hotcakes.
 
2014-02-10 12:17:19 PM

theresnothinglft: Even if you ripped off Doom with birds it would sell like hotcakes.


OK I don't know who told you about this but we're 2/3 done with development so good luck catching up, copycatter.

/j/k
//i want a faithful remake of Doom except the protagonist is a can of green beans and all the enemies are winged hearts.
///not the valentine's day "heart" shape, either. Actual hearts.
////also there's coffee.
 
2014-02-10 12:23:52 PM
Ok, I try not to be judgmental regarding others choice of entertainment.

But unless you're one of those "Challenge Accepted" types who play Super Meat Boy, Cat Mario, and Give Up for the chance to Youtube some insane score, WTF are you doing playing this crap?
 
2014-02-10 12:29:28 PM
I got a high score of 55 and went to check the leader boards to see how that ranked world-wide. Needless to say, the leader boards have been hacked to death and the top 5 scores are all the same with 92 trillion points. Very annoying.

/those people should have their phones explode next to their faces
 
2014-02-10 12:41:36 PM

theresnothinglft: App developer's guide to getting rich:

1.  Find some old obscure game
2.  Replace the main character/weapon with birds
3. ???
4.  profit... bigtime.  Doesn't matter what you did in step 3 people want to play as round birds in phone apps.  Even if you ripped off Doom with birds it would sell like hotcakes.


So what do I do for this game smart guy?  Replace the cars with vultures?

atariage.com

Back in the day I set the highest possible score, took a photo, had it developed and sent it in to get an Activision patch.
 
2014-02-10 12:47:07 PM

BraFish: theresnothinglft: App developer's guide to getting rich:

1.  Find some old obscure game
2.  Replace the main character/weapon with birds
3. ???
4.  profit... bigtime.  Doesn't matter what you did in step 3 people want to play as round birds in phone apps.  Even if you ripped off Doom with birds it would sell like hotcakes.

So what do I do for this game smart guy?  Replace the cars with vultures?

[atariage.com image 640x444]

Back in the day I set the highest possible score, took a photo, had it developed and sent it in to get an Activision patch.


Just update and resell for that one.  It's already got a bird, just put a natural predator for ducks in the cars (like foxes or pigs or dogs).
 
2014-02-10 12:56:27 PM
 
2014-02-10 01:07:30 PM

AppleChill: How To Beat Flappy Bird:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gD-nzHy2DdU


Damn it... I laughed fairly loud at the office....

Good thing that I didn't read the comments that would have spoiled it.

The guys has excellent technique.
 
2014-02-10 01:08:30 PM
How can I remove all my personal information but retain flappy birds? I must cash in on this, quick!!
 
2014-02-10 01:14:02 PM
http://www.androidpit.com/the-flappy-bird-effect


With the above link, I've reduced the price of the auction to whatever the actual phone would normally cost.
 
2014-02-10 01:25:16 PM

asquian: http://www.androidpit.com/the-flappy-bird-effect


With the above link, I've reduced the price of the auction to whatever the actual phone would normally cost.


Damn you.
 
2014-02-10 01:26:16 PM
Maybe I'm wrong but I'm sure someone has at least put up Flappy Bird's .apk on a torrent site.
 
2014-02-10 01:32:33 PM
umm...is there a chance in hell this is legit?  cause i have no problem selling my 4s on ebay today lol
 
2014-02-10 01:32:54 PM
Flappy Bird stars a tiny bird that players must fly between a series of green pipes sprouting from the top and bottom of the screen. Players must tap the touchscreen to keep the bird airborne. Along with visuals reminiscent of classic video games, the game also gained a reputation for being very difficult.

Reminiscent my ass! Those pipes were ripped directly from Super Mario Bros.

Willing to bet that the real reason he's taking it down is multiple C&Ds from multiple companies.
 
2014-02-10 01:36:53 PM
YOu can still download it on Android.

Why not go buy an old Android phone for a hundred bucks! ;)
 
2014-02-10 02:06:10 PM

BraFish: So what do I do for this game smart guy?  Replace the cars with vultures?

[atariage.com image 640x444]

Back in the day I set the highest possible score, took a photo, had it developed and sent it in to get an Activision patch.


I had the highest possible score in this one, which also is a lot like "Flappy Birds", but didn't know I could get a patch out of it:

www.videogameobsession.com
 
2014-02-10 02:13:27 PM

theresnothinglft: App developer's guide to getting rich:

1.  Find some old obscure game
2.  Replace the main character/weapon with birds
3. ???
4.  profit... bigtime.  Doesn't matter what you did in step 3 people want to play as round birds in phone apps.  Even if you ripped off Doom with birds it would sell like hotcakes.


Photoshop Contest Detected.
 
2014-02-10 02:15:01 PM
My guess on why he pulled it: It was for free, so he pulled it to sell it to a company for a much larger sum than he was making from the in-app ad revenue.
 
2014-02-10 02:40:06 PM

Iggie: BraFish: So what do I do for this game smart guy?  Replace the cars with vultures?

[atariage.com image 640x444]

Back in the day I set the highest possible score, took a photo, had it developed and sent it in to get an Activision patch.

I had the highest possible score in this one, which also is a lot like "Flappy Birds", but didn't know I could get a patch out of it:

[www.videogameobsession.com image 640x400]


Barnstorming for the Atari 2600...I had forgotten all about that game.  Good times.
 
2014-02-10 02:41:47 PM

RoxtarRyan: My guess on why he pulled it: It was for free, so he pulled it to sell it to a company for a much larger sum than he was making from the in-app ad revenue.


The developer and publisher are both based in Communist Vietnam, I imagine the very public knowledge of how much money he and they were making was causing some problems for him.
 
2014-02-10 02:43:54 PM
media2.giphy.com
 
2014-02-10 02:46:44 PM

Iggie: I had the highest possible score in this one, which also is a lot like "Flappy Birds", but didn't know I could get a patch out of it:

[www.videogameobsession.com image 640x400]


Every Activision game back then had an offer (in the back of the instruction manual) by which you could send in a photo of your t.v. screen showing a specific score, and they'd send you an embroidered patch for that particular game, honoring your "achievement." The scores were usually challenging, but didn't require insane amounts of effort to reach -- usually, anybody with a bit of video game competence and a week or two of practice could get them. The bigger pain in the ass was getting a readable photograph of your t.v. screen (harder than you think, given the way cathode ray tube t.v.s work), and then getting your parents to spend the money to have the picture developed (developing costs were anywhere from a dime and up each back then).

At least somebody ultimately managed to get them all:
crunchysuperman.freeservers.com
 
2014-02-10 02:52:56 PM

Uzzah: Iggie: I had the highest possible score in this one, which also is a lot like "Flappy Birds", but didn't know I could get a patch out of it:

[www.videogameobsession.com image 640x400]

Every Activision game back then had an offer (in the back of the instruction manual) by which you could send in a photo of your t.v. screen showing a specific score, and they'd send you an embroidered patch for that particular game, honoring your "achievement." The scores were usually challenging, but didn't require insane amounts of effort to reach -- usually, anybody with a bit of video game competence and a week or two of practice could get them. The bigger pain in the ass was getting a readable photograph of your t.v. screen (harder than you think, given the way cathode ray tube t.v.s work), and then getting your parents to spend the money to have the picture developed (developing costs were anywhere from a dime and up each back then).

At least somebody ultimately managed to get them all:
[crunchysuperman.freeservers.com image 850x640]


Back when achievements were cool. And were, y'know, achievements, rather than "played the game for more than five minutes!"

I do like that some modern games have content that unlocks if one manages a more difficult achievement or two, unless the attempt to do so results in the achievement "bricked console"
 
2014-02-10 03:12:16 PM
That game is garbage. Kudos to the dev.

The old helicopter game is far superior.
 
2014-02-10 03:15:22 PM

RoxtarRyan: My guess on why he pulled it: It was for free, so he pulled it to sell it to a company for a much larger sum than he was making from the in-app ad revenue.


Last I read it was pulling in $50k a day in ad revenue.   I don't know what his percentage of that is, but if he's pulling to sell it, that must be one sweet ass deal.

/dolla dolla billz yall
 
2014-02-10 03:15:59 PM
My highest score is 6. I played for 10 minutes. That was enough.
 
2014-02-10 03:25:51 PM
His name is Dong.

Uhhh Huhhhuhhuh huhh huhh
 
2014-02-10 03:27:45 PM
Hey, if someone wants to buy my phone for $1000+ just because it has an app on it, more power to them.

\has Flappy Birds
 
2014-02-10 03:34:54 PM

Uzzah: Every Activision game back then had an offer (in the back of the instruction manual)


Okay, that explains it. Our console and games were second hand, so we never had the instruction manuals. We lived way the hell out in the boonies back then, and getting your hands on anything current in the way of electronics or gaming was always a challenge. IIRC, we managed to find the Atari in a pawn-shop, but that was so long ago my memory may be off.
 
2014-02-10 03:59:44 PM

Sandvich is loose cannon: Or you could look up Flappy Bird apk on google to get a download link. Why would you do that though?


Something tells me it is not Android users buying these. I think they are being bought by iPeople with more iMoney than iBrains.
 
2014-02-10 04:13:45 PM
I played Fappy Bird last night, and I don't even have a phone
 
2014-02-10 05:18:00 PM

untaken_name: theresnothinglft: Even if you ripped off Doom with birds it would sell like hotcakes.

OK I don't know who told you about this but we're 2/3 done with development so good luck catching up, copycatter.

/j/k
//i want a faithful remake of Doom except the protagonist is a can of green beans and all the enemies are winged hearts.
///not the valentine's day "heart" shape, either. Actual hearts.
////also there's coffee.


https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kokak.DoomGLES&hl= en

That one?  But not a rip off...maybe you already knew about it; I just never had a reason to look it up.
 
2014-02-10 05:47:42 PM

Tom_Slick: BalugaJoe: What is Flappy Birds?

Some really stupid app loved by my 14 year old nephew.  He was talking about how the developer was going to pull the app all weekend, because it was popular now.  It has become the ultimate hipster app.


i stuck it on an old MB380 I gave to my 5 year old daughter. Time to cash in!
 
2014-02-10 05:52:58 PM

moistD: Tom_Slick: BalugaJoe: What is Flappy Birds?

Some really stupid app loved by my 14 year old nephew.  He was talking about how the developer was going to pull the app all weekend, because it was popular now.  It has become the ultimate hipster app.

I just youtubed the game to see what the gameplay is/was(?).  So it looks like someone made a touch version of the racing game I had my for ti-83+ in high school.  All you do is navigate a bird through pipes at various heights, but they never get smaller and all they do is shift vertical height?

/Do you tap the screen to flap?
//I'm all for mindless games on your phone, but wtf


It is basically this with birds.

/Played that more than a decade ago
//Didn't have sound back then
 
2014-02-10 10:19:07 PM
Cell phone gaming. Also known as "So you've never played a video game before in your life?"
 
2014-02-11 08:12:35 AM

star_topology: His name is Dong.

Uhhh Huhhhuhhuh huhh huhh


Mmm heh heh heh "DoOoOoOoOoOnnnnnggg!"  Mmm heh heh.
 
2014-02-11 08:23:33 AM

Satanus Maximus: star_topology: His name is Dong.

Uhhh Huhhhuhhuh huhh huhh

Mmm heh heh heh "DoOoOoOoOoOnnnnnggg!"  Mmm heh heh.


Are you looking for french-fried potaters?
 
2014-02-11 02:27:52 PM

Uzzah: At least somebody ultimately managed to get them all:


That might be one of the greatest collections I have ever seen.

I am ashamed with how much envy it am currently experiencing.
 
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