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9:00 AM on 09.05.2014

This classic 80s Angry Birds Transformers trailer isn't bad

With the complete global saturation of the Michael Bay era Transformers, you rarely see the classic series get any love these days. Say what you will about the franchise, but this Angry Birds Transformers trailer is ado...

Chris Carter


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Outrage culture is pretty silly photo
Outrage culture is pretty silly
by Jonathan Holmes

The world can be a difficult place. Even if it looks like you have everything going for you on paper, it can feel like everyone is against you in practice. As a young, attractive, Caucasian millionaire once said, "Have you ever been hated and discriminated against? I have." This type of prideful proclamation of being a part of the victim class, and the Batman-style revenge it entitles one to, is the foundation of modern "outrage culture" -- a trend that I've seen balloon in size in "gamer" circles over the past few years.

Outrage can be inspired by anything - game endings, games being too popular, games not being popular enough, games going down, games going up, games having DLC, games not having DLC, games having sexual themes, games having their sexual themes toned down -- it doesn't matter. Anything is on the table for potential group disgust. It's even more common for this outrage to be directed at individuals in the game industry. Developers may wake up one morning to feel attacked from all sides for being a feminist, a hentai enthusiast, because of their tone, because of their sex life, or just because of their personal tastes.

That rage may fan out to studios or publishers, who are inevitably treated as though they are singular entities and not groups made up of multitudes. A game console may not have a feature, or it may have too many features. Outrage at the entire console ensues. A games reporter will take notice that some people are sometimes a certain way. Outrage at the entire website. A game developer says something. Outrage at them and every game they've ever made. 

A lot of people have capitalized on this lust for rage, whether they intended to or not. Would the Angry Videogame Nerd have gained millions of fans if he wasn't "angry"? Would all of the other
"ranting", "angry", "grump? gaming personalities on YouTube be a hit if aggression and hostility weren't the language that many videogame fans want to speak? And Neil deGrasse Tyson fans. We can't leave them out. Why is it that the internet in general, and gamer culture in particular, have become so infested with outrage?

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1:45 PM on 08.06.2014

Artist files suit against pet toy company over Angry Birds trademark

Years before the Angry Birds videogame franchise took the world by storm, pet accessory maker Hartz partnered with Seattle artist Juli Adams to release a line of cat toys going by the name of Angry Birds. A lawsuit filed by A...

Brittany Vincent

11:15 AM on 06.16.2014

Angry Birds Transformers rolling out soon, everyone rolls eyes

Rovio's temporarily trading warfare of the avian type for a more mechanized approach. Angry Birds Transformers was revealed today, much to the delight of eight-year olds that love wearing all of their favorite things on ...

Brett Makedonski

12:00 PM on 06.02.2014

Rovio announces Angry Birds Star Wars 2: Rise of the Clones

I've always maintained that the Angry Birds series isn't bad from a gameplay perspective, but hot damn there are a lot of iterations of them at this point. The latest announcement is Angry Birds Star Wars 2: Rise of the...

Chris Carter

7:30 PM on 05.28.2014

What if Flappy Bird and Candy Crush rocked vintage covers?

Ever wonder what Flappy Bird or Angry Birds would have looked like in a different, much simpler time? A time like the early '80s and '90s? Dorkly has made it possible with these absolutely ridiculous vintage covers. You've go...

Brittany Vincent

8:30 AM on 05.06.2014

Ex-Rovio members form Boomlagoon, land $3.6 million in funding

Helsinki-based studio Boomlagoon was founded a couple of years ago by ex-Rovio team members, coming off of their work on a little game called Angry Birds. They released a game called Noble Nutlings (great name!) last year. No...

Dale North



Farts 'N' Crafts: Teens fighting an Angry, Flappy Bird photo
Farts 'N' Crafts: Teens fighting an Angry, Flappy Bird
by Max Scoville

Here's this week's Farts 'N' Crafts! I'm a little burnt-out following GDC, so today's topic involves children attacking a goose with a broom. If you'd like to hang this on your wall, you can buy a print here. If you'd like to make your own picture of kids fighting a geese, go right ahead and drop it in the comments here, or shoot me an email.

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11:00 AM on 03.17.2014

Princess Punt gets guest enemies from Attack on Titan

In case you haven't heard, the developer behind Puzzle & Dragons has crafted an Angry Birds-like game with RPG elements called Princess Punt. You'll control the titular hero as she attempts to slide into enemies and push...

Chris Carter

9:00 AM on 03.17.2014

See Angry Birds get their Final Fantasy on in this new trailer

Angry Birds Epic is coming, and it's going to be a turn-based RPG. Wait what? It has crafting, turn-based battles, magic, and of course, microtransactions. It also stands to reason that given the mass appeal of Angry Birds, ...

Chris Carter



Witcher 3 delayed, Angry Birds gets Epic, and an Ouya game about Slavery photo
Witcher 3 delayed, Angry Birds gets Epic, and an Ouya game about Slavery
by Max Scoville

Everyone’s off playing Titan Souls or Darkfall or whathaveyou, so news this week is a lot of non-news. The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt has been delayed, which sucks, but apparently won’t derail Cyberpunk 2077. Sony shakes its head and frowns on the subject of release dates for The Last Guardian and Drive Club, and apparently Watchdogs isn’t late, Ubisoft just told us about it really early. Angry Birds just took a turn for the turn-based, Halfbrick’s latest game is about a bear destroying precious works of art, and there’s an Ouya exclusive on the way where you play as an escaped slave. On the VR front, Valve’s head VR dude has gone over to Oculus, hopefully to develop ways to terrify stars of other HBO series, and Sony’s rumored to be revealing their virtual reality hat at GDC next week.

Also, check out this ridiculous Lil Jon video.

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3:30 PM on 03.12.2014

Angry Bards: The next Angry Birds is a turn-based RPG

If Angry Birds Stella was Rovio playing it safe (make the same game but the bird is pink, that way girls will know it's for them even though girls and everyone else already play Angry Birds), the newly announced Angry Birds E...

Steven Hansen



Art Hawk: Flappy Bird photo
Art Hawk: Flappy Bird
by Jonathan Holmes

Rumor has it that people are sick of Flappy Bert. Like your Kardash-a-Hilton, the game has become famous for being famous, and as such, has started to get on people's nerves. To many it entered the public eye as a pariah, but by the time it left this world, it was a martyr. Now it's got its own Space Program. Cthulhu's even gotten in the mix. 

The game may not deserve the amount of press it's received, but that doesn't change the fact that there is undoubtedly something about Flappy Balt which has caused it to capture the interest of millions. What it is about this simple little game that has caused it to resonate with so many? As always, Art Hawk has the answers. 

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7:45 AM on 02.13.2014

Rovio announces Angry Birds Stella

You didn't think Rovio was going to stop putting out Angry Birds games anytime soon, did you? Because the studio has just announced "a never before seen part of the Angry Birds Universe," titled Angry Birds Ste...

Chris Carter

4:00 AM on 01.28.2014

Great, now the NSA is using Angry Birds to spy on you

Both the National Security Agency and the British Government Communications Headquarters has been spying on us through Angry Birds. They're able to get personal data from phone apps, and Angry Birds is one app that's bee...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

7:00 PM on 01.22.2014

Angry Birds has been downloaded two billion times

Speaking at the Pocket Gamer Connects conference in London, Rovio chief marketing officer Peter Vesterbacka announced Angry Birds has achieved two billion downloads, reports Mobile Entertainment. "We started as a mobile games...

Jordan Devore