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Flappy Bird creator says game was inspired by bouncing a ping pong ball on a paddle

Specifically, Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen told a gathering of developers at Gamelab 2014 in Barcelona last month, the game was inspired by the habit he had of trying to bounce a ping pong ball on a paddle for as long as possible. "Every game of mine is inspired by sport," Nguyen said. "It's not from real life experiences. "Sports naturally follow the philosophy of something that is easy to learn and difficult to master. I just follow the experience of playing sports and put that into my games." In Flappy Bird, which was released in May, 2012, players tap the screen of a phone to make a small bird flap its wings. The object of the game is to pass through a series of pipes without touching them. Each pass earns the player a single point. "The game is really easy to play and it's...

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Unreal Engine creator Epic Games makes a Flappy Bird clone

Unreal Engine creator Epic Games is one more studio to add to the collection of developers behind Flappy Bird clones following the release of Tappy Chicken for iOS and Android devices. Tappy Chicken is the work of a single game artist from the studio, built using the company's Unreal Engine 4. The game has been released by the studio to showcase the engine's flexibility and usefulness for those interested in development whether or not they have experience. The game can also be extended and modded by users using Unreal Engine 4 Blueprint visual scripting. "Tappy Chicken is the perfect showcase for the ease of use and flexibility of Unreal Engine 4," a statement from the company reads. "While it may not flex the full graphical muscle of the engine, it shows how almost anyone can make a...

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The next game from Flappy Bird creator features 'some guy jumping' across buildings

The creator behind the smash mobile hit Flappy Bird is developing a new game, developer Dong Nguyen told CNBC today. Nguyen, who made news in February after pulling Flappy Bird from stores in response to what he described as the game's addictive nature, is in the process of making a new title that he says will feature "some guy jumping from building to building." This news follows confirmation that Nguyen will also be bringing Flappy Bird back, with an additional multiplayer mode. "I will make it so a lot of people can play at the same time," he said to CNBC's Kelly Evans, "because playing alone is boring." Nguyen also described his discomfort over creating a game that found such international popularity, stating people should set a time for other activities in order to be "more...

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Report: Flappy Bird returning in August with multiplayer

The creator of Flappy Bird is bringing back the screen-tapping sensation this August with a multiplayer component, reports CNBC. Flappy Bird was originally released last May but didn't become a smash hit until this past January. Its creator, Vietnam-based indie developer Dong Nguyen, took the game down from the App Store and Google Play in February because he believed it to be too addictive and because of all the online abuse he had received about the game. In March, Nguyen said that he was planning to re-release the game with some improvements, but "not soon." At the time, one report indicated that an average of 60 Flappy Bird clones hit the App Store every day. "Flappy Bird's Dong Nguyen: Flappy Bird is coming back. Multiplayer. August," said CNBC's Kelly Evans on Twitter today....

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Researcher seeks to draw a line between games addiction and 'highly enthusiastic' play

Video games addiction remains a controversial topic both inside and outside the field of mental health, and a researcher is seeking to explain the difference between what is problematic game-playing behavior and that which is just highly enthusiastic. "Anyone who plays games has heard about the research into video game addiction. I've read a lot of it, and I've found that there's the idea that spending lots of time playing or thinking about games makes a person addicted," said Drew Zaitsoff, a doctoral student in Indiana University's counseling psychology program. "I think it's more complicated than that." When video games are linked to violent crime, child abuse or neglect in mainstream news reports, games addiction often is a primary topic, if not treated as a fact. In February, the...

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Analysis: Mobile games explosion comes with a price

This San Francisco confab was a bone dry business conference, heavy on analytics and light on E3-style wham-bam pyrotechnics. Judging from the various presentations this week, from the likes of King, SGN, Kongregate, Chillingo, Glu and Kabam, these guys are more in the business of stats than in games. Much was spoken here about ARPUs and DAUs, player acquisition and customer retention. Few industries in the world are quite as focused on analytics as mobile gaming. Every in-game action, every download, micro-purchase and social share is scrutinized. Which is kinda ironic when you think that, just a few years ago, this was the so-called "Wild West" of game creation, the place where free-shooting indies and bold innovators could take their chances, free from the trudging Powerpoint models...

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Angry Birds developers reveal Flappy Bird-inspired mobile game Retry

Retry is the next game from developers originally behind the release of Angry Birds; But despite its ties to the Finnish game studio Rovio, the new mobile title appears to be more influenced by the addictive gameplay of the now infamous Flappy Bird. In Retry, players pilot a plane while performing loop-de-loops to manoeuvre under and around obstacles. The game's description on the App Store emphasizes its difficulty, saying "It's called Retry for a reason!" Like in Flappy Bird, players can expect to fail at the game repeatedly and will be encouraged to continuously retry from the start. "From the guys sitting in the room next to the guys who made Angry Birds, comes RETRY: a game so hard, so addictive, so old school that you'll think you've stepped into an 8-bit time machine," reads a...

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The billion-dollar game dev trading post

The store allows game makers to share tools, editors, art, audio, anything really; sometimes for free and sometimes for a fee. "My calculation is that we unlocked a billion dollars worth of savings," the Unity co-founder and CEO told Polygon. "Half a million assets downloaded per month. That is six million assets in a year. That is six million work days assuming one work day per asset, per year." You can do the rest of the math. Unity is the hot game development tool right now, used in the making of Polygon's 2013 game of the year Gone Home, and other major hits like Kerbal Space Program, Rust, Krautscape, Shroud of the Avatar, Rain... the list goes on. At DICE earlier this year, Helgason gave a talk on "the economics of collaboration" arguing that the modern era of easily uploadable...

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How being a successful independent developer can make you feel guilty

On the day that Vlambeer released Ridiculous Fishing last year, developer Rami Ismail earned more money than his mother earned all year, Ismail told told The New Yorker. Out-earning the woman who raised him and his brother on the salary from a local government job made him feel guilty. "Somewhere in the back of your head you know that you worked hard, that you sacrificed your stability and you took on the risk of financial ruin for a long while," Ismail said. "You did things that other people were not willing or capable of. And that paid off. But, even so, it feels awful. I couldn't get rid of the image of my mother in her car, driving to work." In 2011, The New Yorker spoke with Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson, who expressed a similar sort of discomfort with his success. "...

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Flappy Bird creator will bring the game back, but 'not soon'

Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen will re-release the tremendously popular mobile game, but "not soon," he confirmed yesterday on Twitter. In response to a question asking if he plans to put Flappy Bird back on the iTunes App Store, Nguyen said, "Yes. But not soon," and later confirmed that he will also bring back the Android version. According to Nguyen, the upcoming re-release "will not be the original game but a better one," and he will release it "when it is done," he said. Nguyen previously told Rolling Stone that he was "considering" bringing back Flappy Bird. He originally released the screen-tapping sensation last May, but it didn't become a hit until this past January, when it was reportedly collecting $50,000 in ad revenue per day. In early February, Nguyen removed Flappy Bird...

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