Flappy Bird maker says game over Video
Flappy Bird maker says game over Video Transcript
It's time to start cultivating your collection of rare apps. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. Just a week after the strange Flappy Bird app soar to popularity, it's now been removed from the app stores by its creator. The game hit the top of the charts for iTunes and Google Play, but the Vietnamese developer took it down after tweeting that he's uncomfortable with the attention that he's received for this game and he just can't take it anymore or so he says. In a previous interview, he said that he was making good money from the game with ad revenue making as much as $50,000 a day. The point of the game is to tap the screen to make your bird fly between green pipes that looked just like the pipes from a Mario game. The creator says that he did not pull it off the iTunes and Google Play store because of legal issues as some have suspected Nintendo may have come after him for copying the look of the elements in the game. It's not clear how Flappy Bird got so popular. This was a free poorly designed game that was addictive and tricky in the same fashion as a carnival game. You know, it seems like it should be easy, but then when you fail quickly, you get really annoyed and you wanna try again, and again, and again thinking of course you can get better. Some also speculate that he may have used fake reviews and bots to increase his download numbers to get media attention. It all seems a little fishy. Maybe he couldn't take the guilt of faking his way to the top or perhaps pulling the app was just another stunt to give him more attention for his next game. On eBay, you can now find people selling iPhones and iPads with Flappy Bird installed as if it makes the device more valuable because it's a collector's item. You have to wonder if this starts a trend to people collecting deleted apps. But this game was so simple to make there are dozens of games that you can download for free that are clone of Flappy Bird. There is Flappy Pig in the Google Play store, there's FlappyFish on Windows, and Flappy B on the iPhone. There is even a mock one that you can play on the desktop, it's called FlappyDoge themed after the internet meme. Many pipes, such difficulty, so pointless, wow. In other news, Samsung just unveiled the new design for the current Galaxy S4 and S4 Mini. It's a new black edition with a fake leather texture back cover and bezel and all the accessories are black. But don't rush to buy it just yet because in only a few weeks, Samsung is expected to show off the next model, the Galaxy S5 that takes place on February 24th during the Mobile World Congress expo taking place in Barcelona. That's your tech news update, but you can find more details at cnet.com/update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
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In the past two years they have supported Fall Out Boy, Taking Back Sunday, Midtown, From Autumn To Ashes, Further Seems Forever, Bane and countless others. They have also done their own full U.S. headlining tours. If the last two years have been only a prelude to what the band is ultimately capable of, and if the success of their debut album "Dream To Make Believe" is any indication, Armor For Sleep is destined for canonization in the fluctuating music genre they have helped to create from the ground up. "We have seen our friends bands blow up overnight," says singer/songwriter/guitar player Ben Jorgensen, "and we?re always happy for them. We have just been working hard focusing on our sound and touring nonstop until we are so close to the brink of insanity that it hurts." Bands grow. Whether it's constant touring, self-reflection, or just being jaded from the crap bombarding modern rock radio, bands mature. "We?re not afraid to write the songs we want to write," Jorgensen said, admitting that the band was a little timid with their debut album. After working with producer Machine (Clutch, Lamb of God, White Zombie, King Crimson, Vision of Disorder) in an assortment of studios in Hoboken, New Jersey for two months, Armor For Sleep emerged with the 11-song album equipped with their signature evocative vocals, and hauntingly catchy melodies. Noted for his work with progressive metal bands, it was Machine's first time producing a band with a sound like Armor For Sleep, and what came out of it is sure to bring a new kind of reverence to the rock and roll community. With the first lines "Believe the news / I?m gone for good," of the opening track, "Car Underwater," listening to the album is like taking the hand of a ghost as he guides you around to the different people and places he likes to check up on, and in doing so, tells you the story of his life. Digging deeper into the musical styles of their genre, what comes out of What To Do When You Are Dead seems less like an experiment and more like what happens when everything just clicks and gears start turning by themselves, creating an album that promises to shine like fresh flowers on the gravesite of an industry of regenerated soulless music to fall asleep to. What To Do When You Are Dead offers the perfect balance between a self-contained concept album and a powerful collection of songs, completely unaware of each other?s existence. "We wanted this record to be a record where each song could be listened to individually," Jorgensen says "But still have a story flickering through every song, pointing the listener down the path we?ve paved for them." Where Dream To Make Believe dealt very much with time and space, What To Do When You Are Dead moves in cinematic scenes through the passage of life and death. The lyrics have the band's original literary presence that makes this album feel like every line was specifically written to fit with every guitar note, bass line and drum beat in perfect cadence. As the album moves from an actual death, to being in heaven and alone, to floating above the trees of a hometown and walking as a ghost through a graveyard, Armor For Sleep encompasses the feelings so inherent with youth. The feelings of loneliness, of social suicide, and of being an outsider conveyed in their songs put them in time with the music, and in the category of bands that connect with an entire generation, something the bigger bands of today seem to fall short of. But don?t expect them to realize the power they have over the people listening to their records. "We are just doing what we love," Jorgensen says, "what never crosses our minds is what other people will like... we just write music and I just write words that make me feel something in my gut. 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