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Thursday, March 8, 2012

NASA promotes Angry Birds playing it in space; watch gameplay of new game

Angry Birds Space is coming March 22, and who's the best option to promote the game? NASA, of course.

Rovio released a video today promoting the upcoming game that will be downloaded a bajillion times. It shows NASA astronaut Don Petitt on the International Space Station teaching young minds all about physics using Angry Birds props. Afterward, footage of the new game is shown.

There are two ways to look at this. 1. NASA's really, really poor and will do all it can to stay relevant. Promoting one of the hottest smartphone games on the planet that now takes place in space comes across as selling out. Big time.

Or 2. NASA has programs aimed at kids, and this is great way to teach them all about math, physics and all that science stuff that can be very complicated at times. Using Angry Birds doesn't make it boring.

Regardless, the video is humorous, although awkward at times. As for the game itself, it's pretty much Angry Birds meets Super Mario Galaxy. The franchise badly needed a refresher, and it looks like Rovio is going to deliver on that. Shooting birds around rocks and using gravity will offer a whole new set of challenges.

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