I like the game Angry Birds by Rovio Mobile. Something about it is just so cute. I played the game while at the Apple store and was instantly hooked. Strangely enough I’m not the only person who became addicted to the game (but I’m on Scrabble now. Sorry Birds).
The game has a lot going for it, quirky in-game videos, great game play (for the most part), catchy music (which has spawned some remixes including this Angry Birds techno remix, posted after the jump for lazy clickers) and the best part about it all, for me at least, is how truly nerdy the game is.
Maybe with forethought, maybe inadvertently, but the game seems to operate off the science of ballistics. Ballistics is the “science of mechanics that deals with the flight, behavior, and effects of projectiles, especially bullets, gravity bombs, rockets, or the like; the science or art of designing and accelerating projectiles so as to achieve a desired performance.” (Thanks Wikipedia!)
Ballistics is cool! Science is cool! Blowing up sh*t effectively is cool!
All this makes me think of the 80s movie, The Last Starfighter. The movie, for those who don’t know, is about a kid in a trailer park who loves to play this video game. Unbeknownst to him, the game is actually a simulator of a real starfighter spaceship, and aliens have created the game in order to find top notch pilots.
I have no idea if Angry Birds is like that at all but it’s cool to think so, or maybe not, depending on your viewpoints.
Anyhow, in the middle of a random search on YouTube last night, I came across this 1949 informational film produced by the U.S. Army about the fundamentals of ballistics. It’s called “Fundamentals of Ballistics.”
Watch all 20 minutes of it and be impressed. Within the first 10 minutes, you’ll understand why Angry Birds makes me think of ballistics.