Flappy Bird creator might have been spooked by legal issues
posted by Alan F. / Feb 10, 2014, 11:26 AM
But there might have been more than just the pressure of success that was eating at Nguyen. According to a report published on Monday, the developer had received a letter from Nintendo. The Japanese game developer wrote Nguyen to warn him that the pipes used in Flappy Bird, along with some other background art, appeared to be taken directly from Nintendo's Super Mario games. The Flappy Bird developer had previously denied copying others in the creation of his game.
While Nintendo won't confirm or deny that it had sent a letter, Nguyen apparently avoided legal problems with Nintendo by taking the game down. But that might not save him from another problem. Another report out of Vietnam reveals that the country’s Ministry of Finance is looking into Nguyen's earnings to see if he owes Vietnam some income tax.
source: VNExpress (translated), Forbes
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Doesn't surprise me in the least - apart from the "bird", everything else was nearly identical (in terms of visuals) to old school Mario games....
posted on Feb 10, 2014, 11:29 AM 5
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Actually story is different. Looks like he didn't passed 1Pipe. That's a reason behind that. It's okay dude chill, we understand your feelings. Can't believe didn't passed 1 pipe and that brings that much impact.
posted on Feb 10, 2014, 2:01 PM 2
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That's OK... Just let MS buy FB, they can take care of all the legal issues, and make the game a Lumia exclusive for 6 months... That'll work...
posted on Feb 10, 2014, 11:30 AM 0
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He alone put pressure on Nintendo, if the case is true.
posted on Feb 10, 2014, 11:30 AM 1
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Nintendo actually said otherwise. Can't post links, but check WSJ.com
posted on Feb 10, 2014, 11:31 AM 0
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Here is a Macrumors that someone sent me. http://www.macrumors.com/2014/
posted on Feb 10, 2014, 12:56 PM 0
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Why is everybody in Vietnam Nguyen? Just like everyone in the Koreas are Kim's.
posted on Feb 10, 2014, 11:32 AM 3
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Nguyen (and Ng) is the Smith or Jones of English speaking countries, or the Silva of Brazil. It's merely an extremely common surname. Keep your ignorant racisim to yourself.
posted on Feb 10, 2014, 11:46 AM 2
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I'm not a racist... Was just pointing an interesting fact. And if you watch any sports or news or whatever you see a lot mor Vietnamese Nguyens and Korean Kims than English Joneses or Smiths. So yeah
posted on Feb 10, 2014, 12:00 PM 5
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It goes back to the time when there were still Kings (or Emperor, Lord, whatever it's called). The Nguyen dynasty took over, then many people changed their last name to Nguyen to protect themselves from being assumed as "enemy" or "potential enemy". You know, it's better to appear friendly to the big boy, or else you may be bullied. Back when I was in high school (in the US), there were some testing rooms in which everyone was Nguyen, lol.
posted on Feb 10, 2014, 9:20 PM 0
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I was just getting into the game. I have it on my HP TouchPad/Android tablet, but I'm returning my basic black Moto X to get the ebony wood back. So no more Flappy Bird on my phone. Oh well, back to the old school Angry Birds. :)
posted on Feb 10, 2014, 11:45 AM 0
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Touchpad! I remember that! Lol I miss webOS...
posted on Feb 10, 2014, 12:17 PM 0
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How those this guy get in legal trouble for green 8-bits pipes? when there are hundreds of super mario bros clones out there? Just because he got successful? Also does nintendo have some sort of trademark for those types of pipes? this feels like the "Candy" registration from CCS game.... We should protest and develop hundreds of apps that show Mario style pipes across the interface...
posted on Feb 10, 2014, 1:59 PM 0
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