Flappy Game Creator Quits, His Bird Flaps On

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Sometimes the people who create major pieces of our cultural heritage recoil from the spotlight: J.D. Salinger, Dave Chappelle, Thomas Pynchon—and now Dong Nguyen, the Vietnamese developer behind the bafflingly popular smartphone game Flappy Bird. Nguyen took to Twitter on Saturday with an unusual warning that he would take down the game in 22 hours, and then he followed through. Flappy Bird is no longer available through the Apple or Google app stores.

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