Rapid Response Collecting is a new strand to the V&A's collecting activity. Objects are collected in response to major moments in history that touch the world of design and manufacturing. The display, which will constantly change, shows how design reflects and defines how we live together today.
The brief information of Flappy Bird and its creator is introduced on an A4 page which is hung right at the two smartphones installing the addicted game.
Flappy Bird went live on the iOS App Store on May 24, 2013. Instead of charging for Flappy Bird, Dong made it available for free, and hoped to get a few hundred dollars a month from in-game ads.
However, eight months later, the game went viral. By February 2014, it was topping the charts in more than 100 countries and had been downloaded more than 50 million times. Dong was earning an estimated US$50,000 a day.
Nevertheless, he decided to take the game down on February 8, 2014. Explaining the reason why he did it, Dong says “I am master of my own fate, and an independent thinker”.
In addition, a number of Vietnamese antiques such as jars, vases, and bowls decorated with chrysanthemums and lotus motifs are also being showcased at the museum.
Those exhibits will be introduced to visitors until January 31, 2016.