The biggest announcement at the Google I/O conference on Wednesday was that Angry Birds is coming, er, make that has come, to a computer near you. The search engine extraordinaire just released a special free browser-based version of the app sensation on the Chrome Web Store.
When my father-in-law introduced me to Angry Birds last year (yes, my 60-year-old father-in-law!), I didn't get what the big deal was at first. But, a few games later, I was hooked. Angry Birds quickly replaced Bejeweled as my go-to time killing, social crutch game. On the train on the way to work? Angry Birds. In the waiting room at the doctor's office? Angry Birds. Out with a bunch of people I don't know that well and who aren't making enough of an effort to talk to me? Angry Birds!
But, now that it's available in places other than my iPhone, I don't know that I'll be that into it anymore. Especially since we can now all jump levels, thanks to a hacker.
I think a lot of the popularity of Angry Birds came from the fact that it was a smartphone-only game. It was like the game for people on the go! It had a bit of exclusivity. And, let's be honest, it's kind of mind-numbing (who wants to play an elaborate "thinking" game on their smartphone?).
Now that we can play the avian game on our computers -- well, isn't it losing a bit of its allure? A bit of its mystique? It's like its manager has never heard of the word "over-exposure." Perhaps it shares the same one as the Kardashians?
And don't get it twisted here. I like killing time online just as much as the next employee. And I think it's cool that Google managed to even do this. I just don't know if Angry Birds is going to be my choice for procrastination and killing brain cells while on the job. And if it is, it will be Bejeweled all the way home.
What do you think of Angry Birds being available on your computer?
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