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Why Angry Birds is so much fun
By Dave Winer on Friday, June 18, 2010 at 8:48 AM.

A picture named pigs.gifOn a recent RBTN podcast I asked Jay if he remembered how, when the iPad first came out, we said we'd have to see what its killer app is. Well I think we now know. It's Angry Birds. <img src=">  permalink

You could hum the Angry Birds theme song in the subway and someone would look up and smile at you. It's become that popular. permalink

The game is very simple. The pigs stole the birds' eggs. The birds are angry. The pigs build forts. The birds jump into a sling shot where you aim them at the fort. When a bird or a bit of debris hits a pig, he explodes. Your mission is to kill all the pigs. And the pigs don't seem to mind. They're happy, snorting and grinning, all the way up to their moment of death. That's the gist of the game, though it has a few little subtleties. No spoilers. <img src="> permalink

I've been trying to figure out why such a dumb game is so much fun. permalink

I know it sounds mean, but it's probably the same kind of pleasure you get from breaking up your little sister's doll tea party. Or your brother's sand castle at the beach. permalink

I guess it's not really mean because it's just a video game on a hand-held device. permalink

Another thought hit me. When the elaborate pig forts topple it kind of looks like the Twin Towers coming down on 9/11. And the birds, well they're a lot like a suicide bombers. Well, actually they are totally like suicide bombers.  permalink

They're so damned angry at the pigs that they don't mind killing themselves. permalink

Of course when you see how smug the pigs are, you get angry at them too. But in a nice way! <img src="> permalink

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