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Edward Vielmetti

You can still play Flappy Doge


in your browser.

Lauren Bacon

I'm fascinated by this story, though I get the sense from the articles I've read that while the addictive nature of the game was part of his motivation, he was also getting a ton of unwanted attention from the press and critics (including death threats) – so there may also simply be a desire on his part to dial down the noise in his own life. I might make the argument, actually, that the "addictive"/obsessive behaviour of fans/users was disrupting Nguyen's ability to live his life in peace - which is interesting, given that we usually focus on how distracted/compulsive use of tech has negative impacts on the user, rather than the impacts on those around him or her – even if they live on the other side of the globe.

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