Angry Birds make Phil angry (kinda)

By Phil Plait | April 27, 2012 10:30 am

A few weeks ago, I got a note from my pal Brian Brushwood (via Ashley Paramore and, somehow, Veronica Belmont; the actual email path was Möbius-like) asking if I’d like to be a part of a short, funny video about Angry Birds Space for his videocast "Game On!"

Not being an idiot, I said yes. Here’s the result.

I had fun filming this! Angry Birds is evil and addicting and I don’t recommend downloading it unless you like evil and addicting games, which of course I do.

Sadly, "Game On!" was canceled. But the good news is that:

a) Veronica is now doing the show "Sword and Laser" with Tom Merrit on Felicia Day’s Geek and Sundry channel on YouTube, and

2) Brian has a book out, "Scam School", which I’ve been perusing and is both very funny and highly, highly evil*. It’s all about tricks and puzzles and brain teasers you can pull in bars to win free drinks off people (it also has the amazing super-cooled beeer thing in it). I’m really enjoying it, and you will too if you buy it. And you should.

Thanks to Brian for having me on the show!


* Today’s word: evil.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Cool stuff, Geekery, Humor, Space

Comments (9)

  1. Chris

    President doesn’t have time to play Angry Birds? I think not!

    http://imgur.com/clBEz

  2. Red

    It’s shocking to see Brian with his hair slicked down and wearing a suit. You’ should’ve warned me, Science Man!

  3. Messier Tidy Upper

    .. the actual email path was Möbius-like ..

    So it’s path was one dimensional and circular and one sided then? :-o

    How did you ever receive it in that case? ;-) (Puzzled.)

    Or do you mean it was really stripped down? ;-) (Couldn’t resist, too tired, getting some sleep now.)

  4. Heh, I thought for sure you would complain about how, rather than the gravity in Angry Birds Space being inversely proportional to the square of the distance, the acceleration is constant within a fixed sphere (er, uh, circle really) and zero everywhere else.

    Not that this matters, since it’s, you know, a game, and the strategic consequences of the physics in Angry Birds Space make for a very satisfying game, possibly more satisfying than if they had modeled gravity accurately…

    But I still thought you would complain about it for sure :)

  5. I’ve played but find it resistible. My 5 year old on the other hand is throughly addicted.

  6. Georgijs

    I’m not sure what did I just saw… Was Phil really angry in this video or was it acting or something? I haven’t played this game yet since I don’t have the necessary device to play it. Would anyone care to explain as to what did just happen here?

  7. Daniel J. Andrews

    You can download (free) Angry Birds earth-bound edition on Chrome…three levels, 90 games, if IIRC. They have some other fun and also useful free apps too. Incidentally, stores are trying to sell off their iPad2′s as iPad3 is the latest version so the overpriced iPad2 is more reasonably priced (we picked one up that was selling for over a $130 cheaper).

    btw, Phil is acting.

  8. Georgijs

    Oh… Thanks Daniel. At least that cleared it up. If it really is so then he is a good actor. Fooled me at least. But It would be fun to try this game at least.

  9. a Martin

    @Georgijs

    Of course he was acting! At least I think it was kind of obvious. :)

    I guess you have a Windows based computer at least?
    It’s available for Mac too: http://space.angrybirds.com/launch/

    In short – you don’t need a mobile device.

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