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Angry Birds Downloads Pass Half-Billion Mark

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the won't-somebody-please-think-of-the-pigs? dept.

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bdking writes "The most popular mobile game in history now has been downloaded more than 500,000,000 times, according to maker Rovio Mobile. Good thing the 300 million minutes of Angry Birds daily playing time around the world aren't being wasted or anything. Rovio chief executive Mikael Hed says: 'This is a fantastic landmark achievement for us, and we’re extremely delighted to see such an incredible amount of people enjoying our games. We remain committed to creating more fun experiences and bringing exceptional quality to Angry Birds Fans everywhere.'"

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Journalists and Math (1)

y00nix (775009) | more than 2 years ago | (#37924954)

How many commas are in a "Half-Billion"? I think there's more than one...maybe we should ask the pigs.

Re:Journalists and Math (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37924988)

Isn't that like a milliard or something? Damn metric system!

Re:Journalists and Math (1)

Luckyo (1726890) | more than 2 years ago | (#37926366)

Well, there is a stark difference between imperial and metric billion, in that one is 1000 times less then other. So confusion happens quite often.

Re:Journalists and Math (1)

GrayHatDaemon (2476712) | more than 2 years ago | (#37924994)

Kinda of interested to find out which part was the typo? The half billion or million?

Re:Journalists and Math (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37925022)

The interesting thing is that the typo stems all the way from TFA

Re:Journalists and Math (1)

show me altoids (1183399) | more than 2 years ago | (#37925026)

Really? You think it might be a half million? Or did you just want to get a post near the top?

Re:Journalists and Math (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37925372)

Eat my balls, cocksucker.

Re:Journalists and Math (1)

murphyje (965004) | more than 2 years ago | (#37925062)

Pretty sure it's the latter. Later on in the article, it reads:

Beyond the half-million downloads, Rovio trotted out some other amazing Angry Birds metrics

Re:Journalists and Math (1)

drosboro (1046516) | more than 2 years ago | (#37925196)

Nope, the numbers in the sentence right after the one you quoted just wouldn't make sense. 200,000 YEARS of playing time on 500,000 downloads? I think not. It's 500 million, or half a billion.

Darn it. Wish I'd thought of birds launching into pig-forts first. :(

Re:Journalists and Math (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37925452)

With 12 million in sales from the Apple App Store, even if it's gross (not the 30% net to Rovio), was purchased at $1 AND the purchased the $1 Eagle that's still 6 million downloads. So, you've already sling-shot past 500,000, making

Re:Journalists and Math (1)

assantisz (881107) | more than 2 years ago | (#37925052)

The article linked to also says "half billion" and "500,000". I assume it's 500,000,000.

Re:Journalists and Math (1)

lasinge (1009929) | more than 2 years ago | (#37925456)

bridgekeeper: What is the velocity of a sparrow in flight?
Brian: African or American?
bridgekeeper: I dunno? Aaaaaaaaaah, (flies into the abyss....)


Isn't a billion a different amount (million is different I'm pretty sure) on the American side of the pond than on the European? 500,000,000 is a half billion in American terms.

Re:Journalists and Math (1)

Luckyo (1726890) | more than 2 years ago | (#37926394)

Rovio is european, so metric billion which is a thousand millions, or thousand thousand thousands (1.000.000.000).

Journalist who is probably american, assumed imperial billion which is thousand thousands (1.000.000).

Not the first nor the last time these two get confused.

Re:Journalists and Math (1)

uigrad_2000 (398500) | more than 2 years ago | (#37927352)

You are confused about both systems yourself. The systems, by the way are not "metric" and "imperial", but "long scale" and "short scale". [wikipedia.org] And, you got the details of both systems wrong!

American English and modern British English: 10^6 = million, 10^9 = billion, 10^12 = trillion.
non-English speaking Europe: 10^6 million, 10^9 = thousand million, 10^12 = billion.

As you see, million is the same on both systems. Billion is different.

Even though Rovio is Finnish, he appears to be using the English system in his quote. The journalist understood everything correctly, but just mistyped the title. You'll see later in the article that it refers to "half a million downloads" and to "500,000 downloads". The word billion is used in the article only when referring to "number of levels completed", "number of birds launched", and "number of stars acquired." It looks like the title was just a sloppy error.

The author doesn't really need to specify that he is using short scale. I believe that all English speaking countries use the short scale. The UK, for example moved to the short scale in 1974, so if an article is in English, you should just assume short scale.

half-million? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37924966)

500,000 is not half of a billion

Half-Billion = 500,000 ? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37924976)

Half-Billion = 500,000 ?

hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37924984)

I like it better when it was called Crush the Castle and Crush the Castle 2

Re:hmm (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37925038)

I thought it was as mediocre then as it is now. Am I the only one who just doesn't get the popularity of this game? It reminds me of the late 90's/early 2000's Snood craze, where for no apparent reason the entire world became completely obsessed with a random, mediocre puzzle game.

Re:hmm (1)

Cinder6 (894572) | more than 2 years ago | (#37925144)

The first few levels were somewhat entertaining when I was riding the metro in DC, but after 30 or so stages, it quickly became tedious. I, too, do not understand the popularity.

Re:hmm (4, Interesting)

jizziknight (976750) | more than 2 years ago | (#37925202)

Chiming in on the don't get it sentiment. It becomes very repetitive, very fast, which to me equates to boredom. Perhaps the popularity is related to simple minds being amused by simple things?

Re:hmm (1)

CapnStank (1283176) | more than 2 years ago | (#37925350)

Consider how much investment you want from a developer to entertain you while you poop? Personally I wouldn't be willing to pay for a game that only gets my attention during that period of the day. So having said that, why should the developer try to create the next big blockbuster with an enormous amount of development time to capture the same market that they'd capture by developing a mini-game?

If you're getting these free games to occupy an hour or so of your free time and complaining about repetitiveness I think you need to reevaluate what you spend your time with because these games aren't supposed to make you want to book time out of your day to play them like console games with multiplayer and the like are.

Re:hmm (1)

Luckyo (1726890) | more than 2 years ago | (#37926496)

This gives me ideas. A game where you shoot poop into toilets. While sitting on a toilet pooping.

Re:hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37928290)

Bah. I'm sure you think that's a novel idea, but I've seen at least 2 C64 games precisely like that.

Re:hmm (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 2 years ago | (#37934180)

Chiming in on the don't get it sentiment. It becomes very repetitive, very fast, which to me equates to boredom. Perhaps the popularity is related to simple minds being amused by simple things?

The whole point about games like Angry Birds is that you can pick them up and play for ten minutes or half an hour. Most people don't get bored that quickly. You aren't going to sit down and play for ten hours at a time like you no doubt do with World of Warcraft.

Re:hmm (1)

DaFallus (805248) | more than 2 years ago | (#37937482)

Its a puzzle game. People like puzzles, even though its the same process over and over again. Also, you don't appear to find being a douche to be too simple or boring for your taste. To each his own...

Re:hmm (1)

Korin43 (881732) | more than 2 years ago | (#37925352)

You are part of that metric then. It doesn't mean that half a billion people like the game, only that there were half a billion downloads. Likely a lot of those were bored people who played a little and then stopped.

Re:hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37925678)

Thanks Captain Obvious. I didn't realize that by downloading the game, I counted toward the number of people who downloaded the game. However, half a billion downloads and 300 million minutes of playtime per day would seem to indicate that quite a number of people do like the game.

Re:hmm (1)

Riceballsan (816702) | more than 2 years ago | (#37925182)

I have to agree, to me it seems like an average quality flash game, good for killing a bit of time, that just happened to hit the smartphone market at just the right time to have people talking about it. After that it's popularity grew because it was already popular. Personally I wish a more original game made it to that timing, say world of goo or something along those lines.

Re:hmm (1)

Coren22 (1625475) | more than 2 years ago | (#37937958)

Having never played World of Goo, I don't know much about it. I tried to find it on the Android Market, but it isn't there, is it a game that would lend itself well to a phone? I wonder how many sales the dev would have if he ported it over.

Re:hmm (1)

Riceballsan (816702) | more than 2 years ago | (#37940652)

It's an indi PC game, by 2Dboy, I don't think they've even ported to the smartphone market, it is available for windows linux and mac http://2dboy.com/games.php [2dboy.com] , from what I've played of it I could see it working very well on a tablet, I'm not sure about on a phone (may be a bit too small)

Re:hmm (1)

hardtofindanick (1105361) | more than 2 years ago | (#37925320)

Because you are new to games, and don't know what to play, and everybody seems to play this thing called "angry birds".

Because it is the cool crowd who plays it.

Because it is like that popular tv show (enter name) that everyone seems to like, so you have to seem to like it to blend in

Because you just finished Demon's Souls and you need to play something "light"

Because he [thefrisky.com] plays it (if you are a girl)

This should cover 500mil people.

Re:hmm (1)

AliasMarlowe (1042386) | more than 2 years ago | (#37925534)

I thought it was as mediocre then as it is now. Am I the only one who just doesn't get the popularity of this game?

Actually, I've still never seen it (living in Finland with several Android smartphones in the house, and a variety of smartphones at work). I'm willing to believe it's mediocre or a lot worse than mediocre.

Re:hmm (1)

Luckyo (1726890) | more than 2 years ago | (#37926478)

Nope. I tried it, and imho most of the iterations of Worms are much better for games of that genre.

But that's just me, I played Worms since the original, and I played many of their predecessors. Other then graphics, the whole "physics based catapulting game" is nothing new to me.

Re:hmm (1)

uigrad_2000 (398500) | more than 2 years ago | (#37927410)

I thought it was as mediocre then as it is now. Am I the only one who just doesn't get the popularity of this game?

I agree completely. I download a lot of IOS games, and this one is probably not quite as good as the average weekly release from Donut Games [donutgames.com] . I think the marketing for Angry Birds has been better, so I guess I'm not completely puzzled by the success, but I'm still a bit shocked by it.

Million? Billion? who cares... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37924986)

Good to know the submitter doesn't know how to count to a billion.

Re:Million? Billion? who cares... (1)

Justtaint (301311) | more than 2 years ago | (#37925018)

Good to know the submitter doesn't know how to count to a billion.

The submitter is just quoting TFA.

How many downloads? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37924992)

Title: Angry Birds Downloads Pass Half-Billion Mark
Summary: The most popular mobile game in history now has been downloaded more than 500,000 times.

500 000 is five hundred thousands, or half a million.

Re:How many downloads? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37925116)

Half a billion is definitely more than 500,000. I do not see the problem here.

Just look it up people... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37925108)

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.rovio.angrybirds&feature=search_result

INSTALLS:

50,000,000 - 100,000,000

That is JUST for Android... So no, its not 500,000.

What the...? (1)

Glarimore (1795666) | more than 2 years ago | (#37925124)

500,000,000 downloads... 300,000,000 minutes... 0.6 minutes played per download?
These numbers must include trials and people re-downloading on new phones. I'd be more interested in the number who have PURCHASED Angry Birds.

Re:What the...? (1)

MattGWU (86623) | more than 2 years ago | (#37925148)

That assumes all downloads are played once a day.

Also apparently Angry Birds phones home about your usage habits.

Re:What the...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37925154)

300,000,000 minutes... daily. Big difference.

Re:What the...? (1)

baenpb (1343241) | more than 2 years ago | (#37925170)

500,000 downloads, but Rovio says it has shipped more than 10 million Angry Birds toys worldwide. I'm assuming it's 500,000,000. .6 minutes per download seems reasonable to me. As soon as you install on your ipod, iphone, and on every instance of chrome. And then you realize that the game sucks so you only play 5 minutes of it.

Re:What the...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37925230)

Yeah, it must suck, that's why nobody buys it.

Don't worry, I feel the same way about Farmville. Don't you hate when people beat you to an obvious idea? I know I do. Tonight we shall drink the wine of the sour grape, my brother!

Re:What the...? (1)

dzr0001 (1053034) | more than 2 years ago | (#37925184)

500,000,000 downloads... 300,000,000 minutes... 0.6 minutes played per download? These numbers must include trials and people re-downloading on new phones. I'd be more interested in the number who have PURCHASED Angry Birds.

Good thing the 300 million minutes of Angry Birds daily..

My guess is that people play the game on days other than that on which it was downloaded.

Re:What the...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37925190)

I bought it. It helped me pass the time while I was recovering from surgery during my non-drug-induced moments. $0.99 isn't bad at all. Not every game has to be Halo.

Re:What the...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37925240)

if you watch the above comment, it is pretty likely they are talking about half a million, not half a billion. and the article got the wrong fix.

A company would gladly show that their game is downloaded half a billion times, but if its played less then a minute per download, its unlikely they would show that.

Re:What the...? (1)

zebadee (551743) | more than 2 years ago | (#37925330)

500,000,000 downloads... 300,000,000 minutes... 0.6 minutes played per download? These numbers must include trials and people re-downloading on new phones. I'd be more interested in the number who have PURCHASED Angry Birds.

300,000,000 PER DAY.....not everyone who downloaded it will play it everyday!?

Re:What the...? (1)

canajin56 (660655) | more than 2 years ago | (#37925432)

500,000,000 downloads, 300,000,000 minutes PER DAY, 105,120,000,000 minutes total. Or, ~3.5 hours per download.

Re:What the...? (1)

Luckyo (1726890) | more than 2 years ago | (#37926414)

Per day. Not everyone plays daily, and these are downloads across all games. It doesn't mean there are half a billion users, just that all games and various add-ons have been downloaded this many times in total.

Which One? (3, Insightful)

Grizzley9 (1407005) | more than 2 years ago | (#37925318)

Does this include all of the Angry Birds games or only the original? Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons, Angry Birds Rio (and possibly others)? I've got all 3 and they have been well worth the buck entry fee. Their continual addition of new levels makes it one of the best values out there for games.

And can we seriously stop with the 50 posts and reposts about some typo in the summary?

Dude, did you not realize, it's a typo! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37925546)

We have to go on and on and forever on about it, until the end of time, and somehow, beyond! That's what we do.

Another good value app:
Pocket God

Re:Which One? (1)

Luckyo (1726890) | more than 2 years ago | (#37926428)

Most likely yes. It's a standard inflationary marketing approach which counts any and all add-ons and such as a "separate download". Notice how they do not talk about customers.

That said, the game is still huge.

Re:Which One? (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 2 years ago | (#37936198)

Also all software updates cause additional downloads. So if you sell 10 million units and push five software updates with everybody downloading them you got 60 million downloads just from that.

Re:Which One? (1)

masterwit (1800118) | more than 2 years ago | (#37931990)

You bring up a good point because I wonder if updates count... correct me if I am wrong but updates require virtually (or exactly) the same size download as the original correct? Updates + variations = skewed statistics perhaps?

cheers

500,000,000 Down... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37925406)

6.5 Billion to go!

300 million minutes wasted? (2)

justdiver (2478536) | more than 2 years ago | (#37925494)

I don't think the 300 million minutes are wasted by any means. I babysit for my brother and while I love both of his children, there does come a point in the night where I can no longer be a human jungle-gym, or the big bad monster, or the wrestling star (they're very active kids) and I need to sit for a few minutes. The only way to get those kids (ages 3 and 5) to sit still is to give them my phone with angry birds. They are suddenly quiet and, of all things, polite! They know that if they fight over the phone that it will get taken away, so instead they ask nicely for a turn, help one another on stages they can't complete, and - more importantly - let me catch my breath!

Awesome physics engine (1)

TiggertheMad (556308) | more than 2 years ago | (#37925848)

I don't think the 300 million minutes are wasted by any means.

I think the AB haters are really funny. Most of the people I have meet that think its a stupid game are 'hard-core' gamers that are too cool for that sort of silliness. The amusing thing is AB is just a graphically updated version of the old games we used to play on c64 and apple ][e, where you selected an angle and velocity for your cannon, and fired a projectile at a target over polynomial generated mountains.

Just because its is launching funny looking bird sprites rather than spiky cannon balls, it is somehow less engaging of a physics simulation....

Re:Awesome physics engine (1)

Kal Zekdor (826142) | more than 2 years ago | (#37926318)

The amusing thing is AB is just a graphically updated version of the old games we used to play on c64 and apple ][e, where you selected an angle and velocity for your cannon, and fired a projectile at a target over polynomial generated mountains.

Yeah, I remember those games. They sucked too. Amusing for about 6 minutes, then I would move on to something more engaging.

Re:Awesome physics engine (1)

Zaphod The 42nd (1205578) | more than 2 years ago | (#37936584)

The amusing thing is AB is just a graphically updated version of the old games we used to play on c64 and apple ][e, where you selected an angle and velocity for your cannon, and fired a projectile at a target over polynomial generated mountains.

Depending upon how old you are, you're either talking about Artillery, Scorched Earth, or Worms.
Apple II makes it sound like the original Artillery. :) Great game. Scorched Earth was the one I got really into, and then worms is just silly and awesome.

That said, AB is actually simpler than Artillery even, you don't get to move and your positions aren't as random, there's no terrain making things interesting, and there's certainly none of the worms variety. Its almost more of a modern flash physics catapult game than a proper artillery game, and that might be where some of the hate comes from. Its an extremely limited game, very casual, to the point of being like bejeweled. Serious gamers don't want to hear Halo or Age of Empires being compared to bejeweled, because it seems to belittle their complex strategy and gaming experiences down into little repetitive toys.

Its all probably just a defense reaction to gaming being branded nerdy in the first place.

Re:300 million minutes wasted? (1)

avm (660) | more than 2 years ago | (#37930252)

I concur.... my 3 and 5 year olds love it. I've got an older Android phone with no service that I keep around for just this reason.

It's become a cultural phenomenon (1)

mrshermanoaks (921067) | more than 2 years ago | (#37925510)

Sure, it's easy to be a hater. But you got to give those guys props that they created something fun enough that both me and my four year old daughter find fun at the same time. Easy to play, a little tougher to master, and you can pick it up for minutes or hours at a time.

Whether you like it or not, Angry Birds is at least or more socially relevant than anything else that's come out in consumer market - app or web-based - in the past year or so. Good to see that crossover hits like this can be done.

Re:It's become a cultural phenomenon (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37925868)

Except they didn't create anything, just re-skinned a free Flash game.

Who the fuck cares? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37925524)

"This is a fantastic landmark achievement for us".

Not trolling. Any of you guys find this news worthy?
The game is already too big to need a slashvertisment so ... why post it?

Obligatory Farnsworth (2)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 2 years ago | (#37925526)

I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

Re:Obligatory Farnsworth (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 2 years ago | (#37925780)

I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

Then go move to Washington, DC.

Re:Obligatory Farnsworth (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37925970)

Ba-zing.....

And it's such an awful game. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37925540)

God that's such an awful game. It's a great value though and the birds are amusing. But the physics and levels are frustratingly stupid. I can't believe this game get such a level of attention. I wonder what would happen if people made a really good game and sold it at that price, gave it that kind of colorful accessibility, and gave it a deep value level with extra levels and so on for cheap if not free? If a glut of better imitators doesn't come along I'd be surprised.

Jealousy much? (1)

LordLucless (582312) | more than 2 years ago | (#37925580)

Good thing the 300 million minutes of Angry Birds daily playing time around the world aren't being wasted or anything.

Ah, of course. The summary wouldn't be complete without a snide dig at the mainstream. Cause geeks would never waste time playing a game after all.

Re:Jealousy much? (1)

isorox (205688) | more than 2 years ago | (#37926524)

Good thing the 300 million minutes of Angry Birds daily playing time around the world aren't being wasted or anything.

Ah, of course. The summary wouldn't be complete without a snide dig at the mainstream. Cause geeks would never waste time playing a game after all.

I, and a lot of people I see, tend to play Angry birds when I get a minute or two of unproductive time. Standing in a squashed train, waiting for an elevator, etc.

Not enough time to read a book, not enough space to break out a laptop to do some work.

People that are into their computer games will happily spend entire weekends playing the latest game (Battlefield 3?). Years ago I spent weeks playing Civ 1/2/3, and I know people that poured their heat and sole into games like Championship Manager.

Games that you play for hours at a time are "wasted time". Of those 300 million minutes of Angry Birds, I'd wager most stints are for less than 5 minutes, and done standing up -- time that's normally "wasted" doing something else.

Re:Jealousy much? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37931202)

Good thing the 300 million minutes of Angry Birds daily playing time around the world aren't being wasted or anything.

Ah, of course. The summary wouldn't be complete without a snide dig at the mainstream. Cause geeks would never waste time playing a game after all.

I only play it when I'm waiting for the bus, eating lunch in the company break room, or taking a shit. It's something to do when I'm already "wasting time", to pass the time, not something I do instead of "productive" work. Well, I guess I could be masturbating instead, but that might make my co-workers rather... nervous.

Rogue (1)

sconeu (64226) | more than 2 years ago | (#37925590)

I seem to recall reading in the early '80s that Rogue was responsible for over $1Billion in wasted computer time.

I wonder how much Angry Birds would be if they still charged for CPU usage.

Re:Rogue (1)

Luckyo (1726890) | more than 2 years ago | (#37926450)

Unfortunately CPU usage is too cheap to really care. Electricity used to play AB on the other hand would indeed be an interesting measurement.

I don't think it's accurate (1)

CheshireDragon (1183095) | more than 2 years ago | (#37925934)

How many times it was re downloaded due to new phones and after factory restores of different phones. For one I would not waste phone/sd card space when I can easily download it again. I know I have downloaded it a good 5-10 times over the few years it has been out due to the above reasons.

Re:I don't think it's accurate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37928772)

I restore ROMs on devices every now and then for whoever has a broken device or wants a newer OS. I've lost count of the angry birds installs. I upgraded CM7 on my own device last week and again reinstalled AB. It's also running on several different emulators (wouldn't recommend it though).

Downloaded versus Purchased? (1)

kriston (7886) | more than 2 years ago | (#37926052)

I've always wondered since I got my first iPod Touch if multiple downloads of the same item were counted in these statistics.

For example, I have personally downloaded Angry Birds ten times but only purchased it once. What happens is that iTunes on my computer downloads the "Update" and my iPod Touch also downloads the same "Update" independently.

Does that count as two downloads or one?

Online angry birds included? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37929794)

Are they counting this also?

http://chrome.angrybirds.com/

I am continually surprised... (2)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 2 years ago | (#37927340)

That Angry Birds has managed to achieve such popularity, even among mainstream non/casual gamers, without any of the media's paranoic talking heads getting worked up about it.

Let's be clear here, cutesy graphics and sounds aside, the game is about a bunch of birds, enraged at their dispossession by the pigs, launching martyrdom operations against the pigs and their infrastructure. You lose unless the pigs are exterminated and you get extra points for each infrastructure element destroyed. Surely that should have been enough for a hysterical article on the WorldNetDaily, or an ongoing conspiracy subthread over at freerepublic concerning the question of whether Angry Birds is objectively pro terror?

Re:I am continually surprised... (1)

SteveFoerster (136027) | more than 2 years ago | (#37928164)

I like to think that this would more belong in the Onion, but the sad thing is that you're probably right.

Some real numbers (1)

wye43 (769759) | more than 2 years ago | (#37972530)

There are 16 million users in the high score chart visible on iPhone. Are those including Android and other platforms? And of course there are those that never had Internet connectivity. Still, 500 millions sounds very far fetched.

Interestingly, Angry Birds is a Strategy Game (1)

Max Romantschuk (132276) | more than 2 years ago | (#38004494)

Just passing the levels is easy, mostly. But getting three stars on a level usually requires strategic thinking. That, combined with the fact that you don't have to commit to play for more than about 30 seconds at a time seem make Angry Birds a winner with lasting entertainment potential.

I'm writing this because I was actually quite surprised at how well the game works. I dismissed it as a fad for quite some time. But ultimately it was much more fun than I thought it would be.

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