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    dkirschner's Angry Birds (Other)

    [September 11, 2011 08:29:50 AM]
    When I got my new (first) smartphone last month, I was excited to be a part of the app-using world. I also figured I'd check out the few games that I keep hearing about over and over and over, the #1 of which is definitely Angry Birds (complete with t-shirts, plushies, and I heard even a TV show?!) I didn't know a thing about it besides you launch birds for some reason or another. I didn't know that it had a physics system, for example, or that there were a few different types of birds with different abilities.

    After playing it at lunch or dinner here and there, I really don't get it. Part of me feels like I should hide under my desk after saying that I don't get it, to save myself from the gasps and dirty looks of the general public. But, it's what I said after the first time I played it. You just fling birds at stuff. I understand what people like about it. It's not un-fun, but I can't imagine ever playing it outside of some situation where I had nothing else to do, like if I'm eating by myself or forgot my book to take on the train. Anyway, flinging the birds is neat to watch. I like crossing my fingers hoping I hit the planks just right and hoping they collapse just right. I find that sometimes all the thinking and planning I can do to get a level just right simply does nothing for me. Then almost randomly the nth time I play a level I'm stuck on, everything will fall into place. It makes each fling of a bird exciting, but I feel like I get (un)lucky and that that's really the motivating force. It's like bowling. I'm not that good at bowling. I throw the ball and then the mystery of physics carries it down the lane and knocks some pins over. It's going right down the middle! It might be a strike! Awww, 7/10 split, damn! Then the next round I toss the same ball the same way and it's a strike and I get all excited and high five everybody.

    I can't believe I compared Angry Birds to bowling, but it's accurate for me. And the general issue is that the times I would play a game like Angry Birds, those 'casual gaming' times on a train or at lunch or whatever, I much prefer reading. So I only have been using it as a "eh, I don't feel like carrying a book around." I've got a handful of other games on my phone. I tried one other one yesterday, Star Traders, which appeared to be a really complicated space RPG with a ton of factions and stars and a giant universe to explore...but I deleted it after 15 minutes because there's honestly no way I can get into that casually. And there were lots of typos. I made my friend laugh showing him some. At one point my crew and I landed on a planet, and I decided to explore with 17 crew members. It said something like "It was a very dangerous journey. You survived, but 16 of your crew members were killed by fell into a hole. You survived, but you were attacked and now you are blind in one eye." Sweet! 16 crew members killed by "fell in a hole" and now I'm a one-eyed space captain. I guess that makes me a space pirate. I got some other one called Everlands that looks like a badass card game that reminds me of the one in FFVIII or IX. I actually have high hopes for that one.
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    dkirschner's Angry Birds (Other)

    Current Status: Stopped playing - Got Bored

    GameLog started on: Friday 19 August, 2011

    GameLog closed on: Saturday 24 September, 2011

    dkirschner's opinion and rating for this game

    So far you just...fling birds.

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstar

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