Angry Birds is out for Chrome, and it is indeed glorious, but doesn’t playing it with a mouse feel just a little unnatural? We think so. Fortunately, there are a lot of great ways to whittle your productivity down to a splinter. Might we recommend SteamBirds Survival? It’s free, fun and just happens to be our Chrome Web App of the Week.
There are thousands of websites out there that will happily assist you in standing on the neck of your day-to-day productivity, but few can do it as effectively and as addictively as Famous Objects From Classic Movies, our Cool Site of the Week.
No one should escape the deflating experience of suddenly feeling old by seeing something they once used now exhibited in a museum. (“Hey, I used to have a rotary landline telephone just like that!”). To bring this discomfort to younger folks than ever before, some enthusiasts in Silicon Valley are founding a Digital Game Museum.
News flash: Angry Birds is a huge hit. Alright, so maybe that isn't much of a news flash, but if you're curious as to just how popular it has become to fling birds at green pigs, castles, and other objects, then check this out. According to Rovio, Angry Birds has notched over 140 million downloads, which is higher than the population of Japan. And according to Rovio CEO Peter Vesterbacka, a big reason for the game's success is the iPhone.
You don't hear an awful lot about Fraps anymore, the universal Windows app used primarily for benchmarking but is also capable at capturing in-game screenshots and taking realtime video of your epic frags. Maybe that's because many of today's games come with their own built-in benchmarks. Whatever the reason, Fraps doesn't appear to be going anywhere anytime soon and has been on somewhat of an aggressive update schedule the past several months. The latest update -- version 3.4.2 -- adds a handful of fixes and optimizations.
It stands to reason that if you sit around all day playing videogames and not much of anything else, you're going to put on some weight. That much is obvious, but according to a new study, the lack of physical exertion isn't the only reason why frequent gamers pack on the pounds. The study found that playing games compels people to eat more, even when they're not hungry.
It's all fun and games, that is until a major association throws its weight around and tells everyone that your game sucks. That's basically what the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) is doing to Amazon. In an open advisory about Amazon's Appstore distribution terms, the IGDA said it "applauds Amazon's efforts to build a more dynamic app marketplace," but voiced "significant concerns about Amazon's current Appstore distribution terms and the negative impact they may have on the game development community." What exactly has the IGDA so riled up?
The Nintendo Wii has always held a pricing advantage over its two main competitors, Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3 consoles. That's no longer the case with Microsoft now selling a 4GB Xbox 360 for $199, the same price as the Wii. To regain its competitive edge at the register, rumor has it that Nintendo is going to knock another $50 off the Wii on May 15th.
Talk about technology coming full circle. Earlier this week, Commodore USA announced it was reviving the Commodore 64 with a replica model updated with modern components, and now Atari has gone and dumped a collection of 100 classic Atari games into the iTunes Store. It includes 18 classic Atari arcade games, including the ever-popular Pong, as well as 92 Atari 2600 games.
Our insane stat of the day involves Rovio's Angry Birds Rio app, which has been downloaded a whopping 10 million times in just 10 days following its March 22 release. That includes downloads for both iOS and Android. Angry Birds Rio is a $0.99 download via iOS, but was made available for free on Android through an agreement with Amazon on its new Appstore for Android.