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even if you actually hated money, it seems strange to turn your back on your passion because it came with a shit ton of money.



Oh yeah, becoming rich is so great. You can buy whatever you want for people you are not entirely sure are your real friends.


If you literally don't want the money, give it to charity.

Problem solved, get back to your passion.


give it to charity, use it to sustain more development on your games, use it to build a company that can just focus on making your games, use it to fund or invest or donate to other gaming projects... etc.


It's not the money. That doesn't matter. It's that people find out about the money. Once people know you are capable of making the money, they will never stop stalking you, following you, pretending to be your friend, etc. No amount of charity donation, hell, even burning all of your money won't fix it.

There is literally nothing coming back from it other than waiting for the hype to die out. And that's what Nguyen is trying to do. Trust me, I'm talking from experience here.


you're missing the point.


I don't buy the premise of either of those hypotheticals.

Where is he turning his back on his passion? It doesn't sound like the way people are responding to Flappy Bird are the embodiment of his passion he wants. And his passion is in game dev, not an oddly specific passion for riding only the Flappy Bird app to success. Taking it down doesn't mean he can't build different games.

I also reject the idea that it was because of the money alone that he is taking the app down. Money wasn't the only byproduct of the success. Far be it for me to make assumptions, but it may be the "ruins my simple life" levels of baggage that came with the success of Flappy Bird.

My post was attempting to point out that he may have priorities in addition to profit, not that he is anti-money. If you meant to respond to the guy that is actually saying that the money alone could be the problem, perhaps you should move your post.


> And his passion is in game dev, not an oddly specific passion for riding only the Flappy Bird app to success.

I think people here were assuming that his passion was entrepreneurship through game-dev. Because, you know, HN, entrepreneurs, etc. (But also because he did both things in order to ship this game, so it's just as probable he liked doing both of them. He could have given the game away for free, if he thought entrepreneurship was a hassle or something.)


>> Where is he turning his back on his passion?

one passion of many. he was passionate about Flappy Bird, and he is now removing it from the app store all together.

>> I also reject the idea that it was because of the money alone that he is taking the app down.

fair enough and i agree. i really just mean that generally, there are not very many good reasons to outright reject this kind of money.


His Dave Chappelle moment.




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