Angry Birds Developer Rovio Lays off 110 Employees

It’s no surprise that the company that found luck with the insane success of Angry Birds has started to lay off employees.

Despite being the most downloaded mobile game of all time, Angry Birds is a simple game, with a simple concept, a game that arguably got in early and captured the hearts and minds of bored smartphone users before anyone else. This makes it easy to see how Rovio Entertainment, the Finnish company behind the game, hasn’t really been able to match the success of Angry Birds with any other game since.

It’s a problem that faces many mobile games – a game is an overnight success, they rely solely on that game to keep the business going, but once practically everyone owns it, there’s too few people left to buy it.

The layoffs mean the shutting down of the company’s Tampere studio, with their only presence in Finland being at their headquarters in Espoo.

Source: Wired

 

Birds Key To Bringing Dinosaurs Back To Life?

Birds could be the key to bringing dinosaurs back to life, but do we really want that?

Alsion Woolard, a Biochemist at the Oxford University believes that the DNA from modern birds could be used to design genomes to bring back to life the creatures that last walked the Earth about 65 million years ago. Although this idea isn’t new, with the plot of the Jurassic Park movies closely following this theory. In the movies the DNA of dinosaurs was extracted from blood taken from mosquito’s which were trapped and preserved in amber for over 65 million years.

A similar attempt of the Theory made by Dr Wollard was made by scientists in Australia recently however this resulted in failure. Although Dr Wollard still holds hope for this project saying;

“We know birds are the direct descendants of dinosaurs. Could we ‘rewind’ evolution by switching these genes back on? The difficulty was in finding surviving dinosaur DNA, then making a full genome from millions of short fragments in order. In other words we’d need to de-evolve birds to make a full genome closer to that of dinosaurs”.

Just like the debate with cloning, this latest foray into bringing dinosaurs back to life has a lot of scientists debating the ethics around the de-extinction of not just dinosaurs but other animals as well. I for one remember what happened in Jurassic Park movies and I’m not sure I’d like the happening any time soon. What do you think of this new leap into dinosaur cloning and genetics, think it’s a good thing? Only time will tell.

Thank you The Sydney Morning Herald for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of ScreenCrush.

Angry Birds short cartoon series due to launch March 16th

Angry Birds is one of the most successful mobile games going in recent years and its franchise has grown and grown to more than just game downloads. We first saw the plush stuffed toys, then t-shirst, mugs, hats, phone cases, the list just goes on and its going to stop there. Rovio, the games maker has announced that that game is now going to have its own TV show, coincidently named “Angry Birds Toons” is due to hit our screens on 16th March and will be pretty much as you could imagine if you know the game.

Launched way back in December 2009 originally for iOS, the game has streached way past the point that anyone could have imagined and now there are six main game titles, a spin off game and dubbed as “one of the most mainstream games out right now”, it has seem well over 1 billion downloads happen across all its compatible platforms that include PCs, Android, Windows Phone, iOS, games consoles and Symbian.

Angry Birds has also become the biggest mobile phone app that the world has seen so far and unless something goes horribly wrong for Rovio, this isn’t going to change any time soon.

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There is no definite answer as the where and when the show be available to view means other than the shows official site, but we do know so far that there will be 52, 3-minute episodes that will run for the first series, but it looks like this is not where the line will be drawn. Rumours are flowing after the company has given word that there is a movie in the works as well. Believe it or not this is not a joke, as the little birds are due to smash on to the big screen in full 3D in 2016.

Is this all a step too far or will we all eventually absorbed in to Piggy Island where the show is set and end become one with Bomb Bird or King Pig? Time will tell, but for now, just have a look at the trailer above and decide for yourself if you think this is going to go big or end up smashing through the floor.