Chrispy Blahg

I'm Chris Pereira, and I write about videogames for places like IGN and MacLife. I used to write for 1UP, and long before that I wrote Digimon episode recaps, which my therapist says I shouldn't hide as part of the healing process.

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Fri Jan 10

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? Angry Birds Go

Seeing as I haven’t blogged or written anything that I wasn’t being paid for in quite some time, I thought it was about time that I got back to writing for myself. I’ll be doing that in the quickest way possible, with a series of posts looking at elements of games that I am stupefied by in one way or another.

First up: Angry Birds Go. It’s neither the game itself, nor the exclamation point I omitted, which I’m compelled to write about. There are a few things about this game that do warrant words being written about them, but I find it difficult to address any of them before this: Rovio sells a select number of karts for $50.

50 fucking U.S. dollars.

How is this even a thing? I mean, it’s astounding. I realize this is a free-to-play game and money has to be made somehow, but it’s outrageous that anyone could think this is a reasonable amount to charge for a single kart in an iOS racing game. Imagine sitting in a room, contemplating possible pricing for the game’s various in-app purchases (you’ll notice the $50 kart isn’t among the game’s top IAP sellers on iOS — fancy that), and blurting out “50 dollars?” You’d expect to be laughed at, wouldn’t you? 

I realize this isn’t a new development, as the game has been out for some time now, but I booted up the game for the first time recently as someone who gets a fair amount of enjoyment out of kart racers and Angry Birds games and I was floored by this.

There are other aspects of this worth objecting to, like how you apparently can’t race an unlimited number of times due to your bird getting “tired,” which I suppose is to be expected if you’re racing one of the freebie karts in a free-to-play game. The fact that your 50 DOLLAR purchase doesn’t entitle you to an unlimited amount of energy, though, is absurd. Can you imagine spending $50 on a kart, racing it for a while, and then being told you need to take a break or spend more money? 

Fortunately I didn’t find out about this energy system for myself as I deleted the game after seven races for a reason I’ll cover in my next post.

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