I have a love/hate relationship with popular culture. It’s more hate than love, but there are some cases where I can understand why something sweeps the world. The success of Star Wars makes sense to me. So does Plants vs. Zombies. I can ever understand the addictive nature of Sudoku. Sure, it’s repetitive and for me it got boring pretty quickly, but I can comprehend why some folks view it as a challenge and want to do it daily.
On the other hand, there are a lot of pop culture trends that simply make no sense to me. Take lolCats, for instance. What’s the appeal of a picture of a cat coupled with an inanely ungrammatical sentence? Isn’t a cute cat picture more pleasant without the words? (And while we’re on the subject, I disapprove of the acronym “Lol”. While everyone says that it stands for “laughing out loud”, how many people actually laughed out loud while typing Lol? Not many, I’d wager.)
Well, Angry Birds is one of those things that I don’t understand. I’ve played it for about five minutes and it was as appealing as watching a rock. Honestly, what’s the point? The gameplay is repetitive, the situation is senseless (throwing birds at pigs?), and the graphics aren’t terribly good. Yet if this article is to be believed, it’s been the most popular app in America and Europe for months and 200 million minutes are spent per day playing it worldwide. (That’s not actually as bad as it sounds. 200 million minutes per day is only about one hour per day for slightly more than 3 million people, out of a global population of 7 billion. But still.)
If you want a really addictive game, try Rocket Mania.