NASA Works with Rovio to Launch "Angry Birds Space" Game
March 8, 2012 3:00 PM
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Angry Birds Space will be released March 22 for PC, Mac, iOS and Android
That's one small step for man, one giant leap for...Angry Birds?
With NASA's help, Rovio Entertainment's
popular mobile game
Angry Birds is taking the ongoing bird-pig war to space. PC, Mac, iOS and Android users will soon be able to launch various types of birds at the enemy pigs using a whole new set of moves based on a zero-gravity environment. The new game features 60 levels with six new characters and powers.
NASA flight engineer Don Pettit introduced the new game from the International Space Station (ISS) using a bungee cord to fling a plush Angry Bird in different directions. He demonstrated the different ways in which the birds would attack the pigs in space.
"This collaboration began with a simple Twitter exchange about birds and pigs in space, and it has grown into a tremendous outreach and education opportunity," said David Weaver, NASA's associate administrator for communications. "Games are fun and entertaining, but they also can be inspirational and informative. This ongoing collaboration with Rovio and Angry Birds is an exciting way to get people engaged with NASA's missions of exploration and discovery, and get students energized about future careers in science and technology."
In addition to the game's release, toys, books and other merchandise will be available to the public in order to promote the new space venture. Rovio is clearly looking to keep the interest and demand going as far as the Angry Birds franchise goes.
Last November, Rovio announced that Angry Birds reached
500 million downloads
and was preparing to launch the first Angry Birds retail store in Helsinki. In September 2011, Rovio was selling one million plush toys and T-shirts monthly.
The Angry Birds Space game will make a public debut at the SXSWi conference in Austin, Texas tomorrow. The game will be featured on the Samsung Galaxy Note, and will officially launch on March 22.
Check out the video below for a sneak peek:
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RE: spare time ?
3/9/2012 12:48:08 PM
Right. Because that's how you get the next generation into engineering and physics.
By posting a lame ass story as a front for a marketing ploy. I did what everybody else did who watched that trailer on youtube. Skip the boring guy, get to the gameplay!
If you want to get kids interested in a future in space technology, how about spending some marketing money on actually doing what their good at,
. That premise alone has spawned 5-6 TV series, countless movies and one of the largest cult followings. So don't tell me NASA can't make it cool.
How about making another voyager space craft and sending it on a path past *all* the planets and as many moons as you can grab along the way. Most importantly, aside from all other instruments, drop in a HD videocamera and a high powered laser that can send back 1080p video. In multiple spectrums. As well as a super super high-res pictures camera.
Nothing like a flyby of neptune in HD to get people interesting in solar exploration. Compared to a mars rover which has to survive re-entry and planetary conditions, it should be cheaper to do, and it'll have a whole lot more PR value. Thanks to the laser tech of today, it would be able to send back much more data back much longer then the first voyagers, so after the PR mission it would still serve a purpose in telling us more about our outer solar system.
Anyway, i'd be alot more interested in NASA this way then when i see an astronaut launch a angry bird stuffed animal with a slingshot in the ISS. That's just pitifull. Just strapping the camera to the angry birds head then launching it towards the atmosphere during a space walk to demonstrate gravity would've been more fun.
RE: spare time ?
3/9/2012 2:11:07 PM
It is exactly how you get into next generation. Increasing public interest means that the public will put more pressure on politicians to put funding towards NASA.
Why do you think they were such a huge organization in the first place? The idea of aliens and outer space was absolutely ingrained in pop culture before and during the first moon landing. Joe public loved the mainstream, campy alien media and conspiracy theories, but it was mostly Angry Birds level of quality with some exceptions. Nowadays people care less and less, so NASA becomes a target of budget cuts.
RE: spare time ?
3/9/2012 8:33:18 PM
Ya, if only nasar culd get one of dar high defOnition cameras to fit up on that there space ship thingy of theres, theyd be good to go.
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