This Daily Beast Reader Is Annnnngry About Angry Birds

Daily Beast political blogger Andrew Sullivan likes a lot of things. He likes views from your window and midday pop-culture digressions; he likes mercilessly ripping on Sarah Palin. He also likes Angry Birds, and often takes breaks from reacting to the political news of the day to share super-cute pictures of things relating to Chillingo's casual sensation.

If the internet produces something Angry Birds-related, Sullivan will probably blog about it. Hmm, sounds familiar.

At any rate, one Dish reader is none too pleased about this state of affairs. Today, Sullivan posted the reader's email, which begins with high praise for the blog before getting a bit snappish:

I would first like to say that I dearly love your blog, but I must beg you to tone down the number of Angry Birds posts. As someone with extensive gaming experience, having spent six years of my life averaging around 3-4 hours of World of Warcraft a day and now spending my time playing at least 15-20 games of Starcraft 2 every day, I cannot take it much more.

...Ever since Angry Birds came out, older people with smart phones have all of a sudden noticed the existence of video games and have taken to writing pages upon pages about this terribly one dimensional game that does no justice to any of the incredibly intricate and well crafted games out there that are played by millions of people for hours every day - sometimes professionally.

The reader goes on to say that it's not even that he (yes, we're going with the male pronoun here) doesn't like Angry Birds. In fact, he even played the game's less-famous predecessor, Crush the Castle.

"Please stop trying to rationalize the fact that you are finally addicted to a video game and admit it," he concludes. "You might even gain a new sense of perspective on what tens of millions of Americans do on a daily basis."

Okay, Andrew, the gauntlet has been thrown. Guess you better start blogging about Starcraft II.

[High-five to Jaegle for the tip!]

Rant Of The Day [The Daily Beast]


    This guy's 'gamerness' is threatened by Angry Birds players? Cool story, douche.

    I wouldn't be gloating about spending 3-4 hours a day on WoW for six years either.

    Im a gamer, but even I think its bullshit how people take on the modern ideal that it's 'cool' to riff on how 'angry birds is ruining the gaming industry'. Sorry but it's not. If anything it's games like this opening up new avenues for developers.

      I dont think angry birds is ruining the game industry.

      However i do think that Rovio, is the shining example of everything that is wrong with the game industry today.

      A) They remade a pre-existing game and made money out of it.
      B) They then made numerous sequels
      C) They have seemingly no intention of creating any other products or even an original concept.
      D) They come out saying oh we are awesome Apps are where it's at. etc etc. even though again they are yet to prove they are anything more than a 1 hit wonder.(Remixing the same song over and over again don't count as new content

      Angry birds is a success sure, but i think it's a success in marketing more than it is a success in gaming

        ^ this
        It does annoy me that Rovio has gotten rich off someone else's idea. And don't say "people use tried and true concepts all the time", because Angry Birds is almost literally just Crush the Castle with changed graphics. There's a difference between taking a established concept and putting your own spin on it and taking an established concept and putting your own art assets on it.

    Strange guy, to much rage for me

    It's funny how by complaining about an abundance of posts about Angry Birds, it's caused a post about Angry Birds.

    Seriously though, people care too much about trivial things.

    It really frustrates me when people who say they are gamers rip other people for liking a different kind of game to them. It's unfair.
    Needless to say, I didn't really like angry birds and prefer boom blox myself.

    Bogos rises again!

    "casual/popular things are not real things" check
    "popular thing is a copy of unpopular thing" check
    "I used to do incredibly popular thing that casuals are now doing, but I have moved on to new incredibly popular thing" check
    "I ride a fixie" - unknown

    3 out 4 still counts as the hipster argument right?

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