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Flappy Bird App Withdrawal Spikes Prices On eBay

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It’s called Flappy Bird, one of those games you download through an app for your smartphone or iPad.

“It’s a really hard game,” says Molly Burns, a Point Park University student.

“Very frustrating,” notes fellow student Demetrius Moorer.

“My boyfriend has the game, and I think it’s stupid,” adds Demi Ahlert, another Point Park student.

The game involves flying a bird between columns, moving the bird up and down by tapping the screen — something gamer blogger Max Parker does with ease.

“My top score is 149,” he told KDKA money editor Jon Delano.

If you don’t have the game, it may be too late.

The creator — Dong Nguyen of Hanoi, Vietnam — has pulled the free app, claiming in a tweet that, “I cannot take this anymore.”

“It’s kind of a mystery,” says Parker. “But based on some tweets the creator gave, suggests that he couldn’t take the abuse he was getting from some of the players. The players were creating negative reviews, contacting him on twitter, spewing a lot of venom his way and he just couldn’t take it anymore and wanted to take it down.”

But taking down the app for Flappy Bird has created a whole new market on eBay for used iPhones and Droids with the app already loaded.

And check out these prices: $1,000, $2,000 even $10,000.

“It would really surprise me if these phones got the kind of money that is being talked about on eBay,” notes Parker.

But the game is very hard to put down — once you start.

“It’s enjoyable. I saw it would get really addicting in the beginning,” says Jakob Como, a Point Park student.

And that’s why so many dislike the app.

Anger management is definitely needed.

“Don’t get this game because you will get mad and want to kill someone,” one player posted on YouTube.

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