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Platform iOS, Win, Mac, Android, PSP Publisher EA Chillingo Developer Rovio Entertainment Release Date 2009-12-11

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As game players diversify, developers start to rethink the stars of their games

Increasingly those players who aren't white and male — the stereotypical view of who plays video games — are asking why they don't have the ability to play the games they love as characters that they can more easily identify with. Why isn't there more diversity in the fictional worlds of video games, where players can be anything that game-makers imagine? The topic, specifically the lack of realistic female protagonists in blockbuster games, became a major talking point at this year's E3 after the people behind the next installment of massive hit series Assassin's Creed said they abandoned women assassins in the cooperative mode of their game because adding them would have required too much work. "It's double the animations, it's double the voices, all that stuff and double the...

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Angry Birds Transformers 'coming soon' to app stores

Details are sparse but Rovio, publisher of the Angry Birds franchise, just announced Angry Birds Transformers with a splash page on the main Angry Birds site. The game is "coming soon to app stores." No other information is provided. This would be the third Angry Birds to license another property. In 2011 Rovio published Angry Birds Rio, a tie-in with the animated movie of the same name, and it has also published Angry Birds Star Wars and Angry Birds Star Wars 2, in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

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Analysis: Mobile games explosion comes with a price

This San Francisco confab was a bone dry business conference, heavy on analytics and light on E3-style wham-bam pyrotechnics. Judging from the various presentations this week, from the likes of King, SGN, Kongregate, Chillingo, Glu and Kabam, these guys are more in the business of stats than in games. Much was spoken here about ARPUs and DAUs, player acquisition and customer retention. Few industries in the world are quite as focused on analytics as mobile gaming. Every in-game action, every download, micro-purchase and social share is scrutinized. Which is kinda ironic when you think that, just a few years ago, this was the so-called "Wild West" of game creation, the place where free-shooting indies and bold innovators could take their chances, free from the trudging Powerpoint models...

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Angry Birds developers reveal Flappy Bird-inspired mobile game Retry

Retry is the next game from developers originally behind the release of Angry Birds; But despite its ties to the Finnish game studio Rovio, the new mobile title appears to be more influenced by the addictive gameplay of the now infamous Flappy Bird. In Retry, players pilot a plane while performing loop-de-loops to manoeuvre under and around obstacles. The game's description on the App Store emphasizes its difficulty, saying "It's called Retry for a reason!" Like in Flappy Bird, players can expect to fail at the game repeatedly and will be encouraged to continuously retry from the start. "From the guys sitting in the room next to the guys who made Angry Birds, comes RETRY: a game so hard, so addictive, so old school that you'll think you've stepped into an 8-bit time machine," reads a...

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Angry Birds creators raise $3.6M for Boomlagoon game studio

Boomlagoon, the Helsinki-based game developer founded by former Angry Birds creators, raised $3.6 million in funding to begin development on new mobile releases, Venture Beat reports. The studio is being funded by a number of European investors including Northzone, Inventure and 360 Capital Partners, who are joining angel investor Jari Ovaskainen and London Venture Partners. "We have been very impressed by the Boomlagoon team, and believe they have a unique understanding of how to drive casual mobile games to broad markets," says Torleif Ahlsand, General Partner in Northzone, in a statement. "All games from Boomlagoon are based on memorable characters and a clear strategy on monetization. I really look forward to joining the board to work with them to make their ambitious goals a...

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Angry Birds makers see profits halved in 2013

Angry Birds developer Rovio saw profits fall by roughly half during 2013, according to its latest fiscal results released today. The company, which saw a growth in staff in the previous year — a rise from 500 to 800 employees — experienced a drop in net profits to $37.3 million. During the previous fiscal year the company took in net profits of $76.8 million. Despite this drop, Rovio's revenue grew slightly from $210.6 million to $215.9 million. Rovio recently reorganized its staff, with Jami Laes taking on the role of executive vice-president for games. Former executive vice-president Petri Jarvilehto left the company to form the start-up studio Seriously with Rovio alumni Andrew Stalbow. Laes previously revealed less than half of the company's 800 staff members are currently...

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How pinball and boardwalk amusements gave rise to video games

But this story fails to take into account a huge history of boardwalk and pinball games that exerted immense cultural influence on the early days of video games, most especially in arcades, which is still being felt today. This summer a new exhibit at The Strong's National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY, will seek to connect today's games with the mechanical amusements of the past, stretching back to the early years of the 20th Century. The exhibit, called The Boardwalk Arcade and Pinball Playfields, will feature a disparate selection of machines including some of the earliest boardwalk games and seminal pinball machines such as Ballyhoo (1932), Humpty Dumpty (1947) and Triple Action (1948). Last year, the museum held a smaller exhibit of arcane arcade machines that organizers say...

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Publishers like EA's Chillingo scramble to find the next big mobile hit

For every hit mobile game that floods gaming culture and enriches its creators, there are thousands that sit, unloved and unprofitable, in the sorry bowels of app stores. Yet developers all over the world continue to seek ways to get their games noticed. One route, slightly old-fashioned in our age of self-publishing and creative autonomy, is to go with a publisher. This comes with certain pros and cons. Publishers have expertise and access to app store marketing lanes. But they have their own ways of doing things, and they come with no guarantees of success. Chillingo is Electronic Arts' third party mobile publishing wing. EA bought the British outfit back in 2010 when it was riding high with certain geographic publishing rights to titles like Angry Birds and Cut the Rope. But those...

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Report: British intelligence agency considered spying in homes with Kinect

The Xbox 360 Kinect camera was at one point evaluated for its potential use in mass surveillance of people in their homes, according to documents disclosed by The Guardian. This information comes from files dated between 2008 and 2010, as leaked by NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden. The documents suggest during this period a surveillance program codenamed Optic Nerve collected images of internet users through Yahoo's webcam chat service with the help of the United States National Security Agency. While the agency has allegedly intercepted and stored millions of images of Internet users not suspected of wrongdoing through webcams on Windows PC and Mac systems, the Xbox 360 peripheral was also evaluated for its potential as surveillance technology. Presentation documents from the...

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Mac Bitcoin-stealing malware spreads via cracked versions of Angry Birds and other apps

Researchers have discovered a Bitcoin-stealing malware called OSX/CoinThief being spread via cracked apps such as Angry Birds, according to an announcement by security company ESET. The OSX/CoinThief trojan, first discovered by SecureMac researchers, is being spread via P2P file-sharing networks as cracked versions of OS X text editor BBEdit, graphics editor Pixelmator, media cataloguing app Delicious Library and Angry Birds. The trojan infects Mac OS X machines and steals login credentials related to Bitcoin exchanges and wallet sites through the installation of malicious browser add-ons. Michael McKinnon, a security advisor at AVG told Polygon that the connection of gaming and Bitcoin users is not a coincidence because the demographic of cultures run parallel to each other....

Angry Birds Releases
North America
  • iOS
    • Released 12/11/2009
    • Publisher EA Chillingo
    • Developer Rovio Entertainment
  • Windows
    • Released 01/04/2011
    • Publisher Rovio Entertainment
    • Developer Rovio Entertainment
  • Mac
    • Released 01/06/2011
    • Publisher Rovio Entertainment
    • Developer Rovio Entertainment
  • Android
    • Released 10/15/2010
    • Publisher Rovio Entertainment
    • Developer Rovio Entertainment
  • PlayStation Portable
    • Released 07/19/2011
    • Publisher Rovio Entertainment
    • Developer Rovio Entertainment
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