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  1. Gaming

    The Next Angry Bird Game Will Be an RPG, We Have Mixed Feelings

    I'll admit that I'm not the hugest fan of Angry Birds: I just don't see the appeal, particularly with regard to the tie-in products for consumers (seriously, imagine if Flappy Bird was producing kids' lunch boxes -- it'd be ridiculous). But the new Angry Birds Epic might be enough to change my mind.

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  2. Entertainment

    NASA Lures Kids to Florida, Space Education With Angry Birds Exhibit

    We need to get kids interested in space, obviously. We need many of them to grow up and become astronauts, or man the ground controls at NASA, or at least help counter future space funding cuts, but how, exactly, can we get kids to like space? Well, since we can't send dinosaurs into space, NASA is doing the next best thing: They've created an Angry Birds space exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center! Now kids have no choice but to go there and collaterally learn about the universe.

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  3. Gaming

    To Nobody’s Surprise, Kids Play Angry Birds More Than Educational Games

    Any day now, I will become a parent. To prepare, I've been looking at a lot of apps that claim to be educational and fun for children, but what I already know from being an uncle is that kids don't care about those educational apps. They just want to play Angry Birds. The good news -- depending on your definition of that, I guess -- is that my experiences with my nephews has just been borne out by science. A new study shows that kids log more time play Rovio's Angry Birds games than any educational games, but I don't think that's a bad thing. Angry Birds is a great primer for learning physics.

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  4. Entertainment

    Angry Birds Star Wars is Rovio’s “Best Angry Birds” Yet

    Because either franchise hasn't been milked enough, starting November 8, Angry Birds Star Wars will be released to the masses. Sure, the above picture is actually amusing, but do we need another Angry Birds so soon after the last few? According to Rovio's Mighty Eagle, Peter Vesterbacka, this version of Angry Birds is the "best Angry Birds [they've] ever done." You know, until two weeks from now when the next one is announced.

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  5. Gaming

    Gameplay Mechanics for Bad Piggies, Rovio’s Angry Birds Follow-Up, Revealed

    For quite a while, there were rumors that Rovio would follow up their insanely successful Angry Birds franchise with another game from the perspective of the villainous pigs. It's been official for a bit now, but with Bad Piggies, players won't help suicidal birds end their own lives in order to save their young, but will build contraptions to help pigs kidnap the avian young.

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  6. Gaming

    Rovio Announces Details on Amazing Alex, Their First Post-Angry Birds Game

    With eyebrows reminiscent of the Red Bird, Amazing Alex is set to become the next mobile and tablet game for Angry Birds makers Rovio. Like Angry Birds, Amazing Alex will be a physics puzzler but one that relies on "chain reactions" instead of avian lobbing. It actually sounds pretty awesome.

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  7. Gaming

    Angry Birds Has Now Been Downloaded Over One Billion Times

    If you don't think the casual gaming market is, unfortunately, the wave of gaming's future, Rovio has something to say about that. Their suicidal bird franchise, Angry Birds, has now been downloaded over one billion times. To put some perspective on that number, the human population was estimated to finally hit seven billion. Rovio made a little cartoon for everyone saying thanks, which you can view after the break.

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  8. Gaming

    Angry Birds Company Rovio Made Mad Bank in 2011, Eyes IPO and New Game

    Rovio, the Finnish company behind the iOS/Android/every-other-platform-ever hit Angry Birds has announced their financials for 2011. Not surprisingly, the company made a ridiculous amount of money -- just shy of $100 million, or 75.4 million Euros. Not surprisingly, this has put the company in a good position to begin the work of taking Rovio public.

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  9. Gaming

    Angry Birds Space Hits 10 Million Downloads in Less Than 3 Days

    The first true sequel to Angry Birds, Angry Birds Space, released a few days ago, and as revealed on Twitter, has already hit ten million downloads. As of last year, the three other Angry Birds releases, which includes the main game and two releases that are more akin to an expansion pack than an actual sequel, surpassed over half a billion downloads.

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  10. Gaming

    There’s an Angry Bird Chilling on Seattle’s Space Needle

    Rovio has always been keen on finding interesting ways to publicize their record-breaking Angry Birds franchise. Angry Birds Space is no exception. To this end, a giant angry bird -- the red one -- has been affixed to Seattle's Space Needle in honor of yesterday's official release. Needless to say, the scale is impressive. How impressive, exactly? Well, the slingshot is about 300 feet long, and the bird is 35 feet in its own right. But are there any orbiting pigs to target?

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  11. Gaming

    Angry Birds Space, First True Sequel to Angry Birds, Now Available

    For those who knocked down every single pig-guarded tower they could, leaving nothing but unhappy pigs and rubble in their wake, rejoice, for the first true sequel to Angry Birds, Angry Birds Space, has released today.

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  12. Gaming

    Chief Rovio Executive: “Piracy May Not Be a Bad Thing: It Can Get Us More Business by the End of the Day”

    One of the first times I actually heard a professional support piracy was back in college at a concert of band I liked. In between songs, the singer implored the crowed to either buy some CDs at the merch table, or go home and download their music: "We don't care how you get it, we just want to be heard." What a novel approach, I thought. The next time I heard professionals not bemoan piracy was in a few interviews with people in the comic book industry: "Most likely, anyone who pirates our comics weren't going to buy them anyway, so we're not losing money, but we're gaining fans." Interesting view, I thought. Now, Mikael Hed, chief executive of Rovio, the company that took over the mobile gaming market with a simple game about suicidal birds, has a similar point of view: "Piracy may not be a bad thing: It can get us more business by the end of the day."

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  13. Gaming

    Angry Birds Finally Comes to Facebook on Valentine’s Day, Includes New Power-Ups

    We've been saying it for roughly ever, but Angry Birds is coming to every platform you can imagine. This time, on Valentine's Day, your favorite game about birds that commit suicide-murder (oddly backwards) in order to save their children but leave them parentless, will be coming to Facebook.

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  14. Gaming

    Zynga Tried to Buy Rovio for $2.25 Billion, PopCap for $950 Million, Both Said No

    For better or worse, Zynga is a powerhouse in the gaming industry. Thankfully, though, not powerful enough to gobble up other popular gaming studios. A recent piece in The New York Times states that Zynga tried to buy Rovio, developer of Angry Birds, for $2.25 billion, as well as tried to buy PopCap, developer of Bejeweled and Plants vs. Zombies, for $950 million. Both studios said no, and The New York Times claims they refused because of what they felt were negative company practices over at Zynga. Remember, Zynga is evil.

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  15. Gaming

    Angry Birds Moon Pies Are A Thing That Exists

    The ever famous game, Angry Birds has been ported to a nearly infinite amount of different platforms including Kinect, Google+, reality and cake, but this is the one you've all been waiting for: Angry Birds is coming to moon pieOS. The Angry Birds moon pies are an official, Rovio endorsed product for the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival and are being sold at the Hong Kong Angry Birds/Rovio store, a thing that also apparently exists.

    The pies come in chocolate, mango, and pomelo flavors and are being sold in pairs for the equivalent of $5 U.S.. For the moment they are, sadly, available exclusively in China. Kiki Au, a young girl interviewed about the new product put it this way:

    I've come here to buy the moon cakes because I like playing the game.

    A poetically apt explanation of merchandising if ever there was one.

    Video coverage after the jump.

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