“What a strange phenomenon: the game Angry Birds has just passed a half billion downloads. “Angry Birds Fans around the world have so far played a total of 200,000 years of Angry Birds, with 300 million minutes of playing time daily. Moreover, more than 266 billion levels of Angry Birds have been played, with 400 billion birds launched into action, and over 44 billion Stars collected in the process.” What a weird world we live in.” Tim Challies
These are ridiculous usage statistics for an online game. But a whole lot of people seem to enjoy launching cartoon birds at green pigs. I can honestly say that I have never played an online game. Some people find that hard to believe but then again, they can’t believe that I’ve never had a coffee or a soft drink in my life either. A long time ago, I came close to playing an online game with my once – teenage son but I never actually went through with it.
So, what’s the big deal with this absurd game? Why are people so engrossed in Angry Birds and not making a valuable, lasting contribution to society instead? Well, I think it has to do with the need for people to run away from this demanding, disappointing, often painful world that we live in and do something mindless. Now, running to a semi-challenging online game is not my choice of chillin’ out – I would choose cycling or sitting on the deck, watching the waves or hangin’ out with my husband and friends. In fact, I would rather watch paint dry than play an online game – but who am I to judge what relaxes other people? The point is everybody needs unproductive, non-demanding “down time,” don’t they? Apparently, there are millions of people who think Angry Birds fits the bill.
My husband is sitting beside me, totally involved with Angry Birds and showing great signs of dismay when those pig laugh at him. Oh, wait……he’s smirking now and yelling, “Yes! Got you, you pigs!” and “Oh yah, got ’em all…three stars, baby!” He’s feeling quite powerful when he knocks down the ice, wood and stones. “Look at that. Three stars again….who’s your daddy?”
All I can say to that is, “Whoa.”
He started at the beginning and has made his way to Level 2-9. I’m not sure how long he is going to be doing this but I’m outta’ here.