Angry Birds Anonymous

  • Hello, My name is Sparty83 and I have a problem.

    I am addicted to Angry Birds. I play more than I should. I ignore chores that I need to do so I can play a level “just one more time”. I have ignored others to play Angry Birds. I have “canceled” activities that I once would never think of missing so I can play Angry Birds.

    I play Angry Birds on my Android based phone. I have Angry Birds Original, Angry Birds Seasons, Angry Birds Rio, Angry Birds Space, Angry Birds Star Wars and Angry Birds Star Wars 2. I have 3 starred every level. I have gotten the Feather in all levels except for Star Wars and Star Wars 2. (I have a problem, but I am also cheap!)

    I play Angry Birds Chrome. I have 3 starred every level. I have gotten the feather in every level.

    I play Angry Birds Facebook. I have 3 starred every level. I have gotten feathers in most but not all levels. (Again, I have a problem, but I am also cheap!) I play every week’s tournament. I also played Angry Birds Star Wars on Facebook when it was available. Again, 3 starred all levels.

    My wife has a Nook with Angry Birds Original, Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio. After she clears a level, I will 3 star it for her. If she gets stuck on a level, she gives it to me to clear for her so she can play the next one. She has since replaced it with an iPad air. Oh the levels I have to finish.

    I’m Sure there are others out there like me. We all love this game but it has gone well beyond just a simple guilty pleasure that we would indulge in when “we get time” to being an all out addiction. Constantly checking the leaderboards. Seeing which levels we have fallen Below Average on and playing that level until we get blisters on our fingers from non stop flinging of birds.

    And because of this, I have come up with a 9 step process that I plan on working on. (It was supposed to be a 12 step program but those piggies don’t die on their own)

    1. We admitted we were powerless over Angry Birds—that our lives had become unmanageable.

    2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

    3. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

    4. Admitted to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

    5. Were entirely ready to remove all these defects of character.

    6. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

    7. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

    8. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

    9. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to Birdoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

    Currently I am at Step 1.

    Good luck to all and try to remember,

    It’s only a game!

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  • Kelani

    *raises hand*
    Hi, I’m Kel. I’d like to share.

    • When my pets annoy me, I sometimes wish I could bounce Terence off their furry little butts.
    • For the 5% of phone calls I actually answered while playing, I’ve told the other party the chirpy/explosive noises they’re hearing are from a road crew working outside.
    • I’ve deleted useful apps, Bigfoot photos/videos and even my own music to make room for Angry Birds
    • On PC, I’ve set Angry Birds to realtime priority to ensure Windows doesn’t mess with my playing
    • I’ve woken in a cold sweat after dreaming I’d botched a puppy by acci-flinging a bird.
    • I now derive an abnormal amount of pleasure from eating bacon.
    • When Victoria’s Secret commercials come on TV, I find myself wishing the models had more feathers

    Hello @sparty83

    When looking at your leaderboard, I noticed a few other problems:
    * You have not completed ABSWII
    * You have not even begun to play AB Free
    * Worse still, you did not try to find a repository that would still have AB Lite

    Do you have any explanation for that?



    I have completed all of ABSW2, I just have not entered all my scores for Master Your Destiny, Pork side, but as you can see my a screen cap I made of it, all 45 stars.

    Is AB Free available on Android? All the announcements here were for iOS. And that was the same thing for AB Lite. And like my beverages, I don’t do Lite


    @sglouk – in defense of @sparty83, he plays primarily on an android device, Free and Lite are IOS only apps. But….Now that his wife has an iPad air…………..

    Also, SWII has become rather difficult to get above average in, while still remaining cheap!! Kinda discouraging to us purists!


    Hi @Sparty83 — I was thinking about your old AB Anonymous forum today. I am not doing any better, maybe worse. I decided the only way to get through the next week & 1/2 (when I my piano teacher has a student recital) was not to download Stella. Also, this morning I deleted 3 non-Rovio games that I lost some progress on, just so I wouldn’t waste a lot of time on them.


    Hi @Sparty83 I’m AEX10
    I’m sort of new on the nest but I been playing
    Since 2011. But when I look at other people’s
    Scores that are better then mine I just say
    That was the best I could do.
    I don’t push myself to the limit like some people.
    I lOVE Angry Birds But I don’t let it take over
    My life I play it a lot but a stop myself when I need too.
    That’s my advice.

    Les Toreadors

    Haha, I for one am not alarmed when people talk about video game addictions. I have been a gamer since I was like, age 4 or 5 when someone sat me in front of a crude joystick and keyboard, then realized I was in control of a fully armed F-16 fighter jet over enemy territory.

    When one of my colleagues talked about Angry Birds I took some time to mull over the new fad and eventually tried it out after 2 months of procrastination. I had a then brand-new Samsung phone/tablet hybrid then (OMG $650 phone) and Angry Birds on a ‘large’ screen by 2010 standards gave hundreds of hours of entertainment.

    I don’t usually get too concerned over 3 starring everything but I make a point to note carefully how each level is designed, where their weak spots are, and that all bacon should be exploded for 5,000 points. My ‘devotion’ to the bird side is only made 200x stronger with the release of Angry Birds: Space and I also used to have a large collection of Angry Birds plush toys, which I made a point to import direct from UK warehouse outlets. I refuse to support the local ‘licensed retailers’ here in South East Asia because of their tendency to mark up product prices to lunar orbit and beyond – no way am I paying $50 for a small Bird when Walmart in the States has them for $5 or something!

    Eventually my entire office was indunated by Angry Birds plushies and I started selling them off to members of my motorcycle club who don’t have a chance to own them due to excessive local prices. I also made jokes that pigs are ‘not halal’ and thus must be exploded. I made a few new Malaysian friends from that lol!

    I controlled my ‘addiction’ by using Angry Birds and follow on titles as a bedside game. I am too busy at work to fling to my heart’s content anyway.

    Later, I switched to the Pork Side in September 2012 due to Rovio’s new “bacon appreciation project” aka Bad Piggies pre-release artwork. Bad Piggies appeals to my long-hidden love of sandbox games, which I played extensively early in the 1990s (you remember The Incredible Machine don’t you?).

    I also got to meet various key persons of the franchise in an impromptu last-minute Facebook-advertised event in my nation of residence, and of course, I did talk about using Angry Birds as a tool for physics education, demonstrated using civil engineering knowledge to rapidly demolish tall pig buildings, finally talking about Bad Piggies and asking if I could start up a new facepork fan page for the launch of the new game.

    The answer was an enthusiastic YES.

    2 years later I have nearly 200 Bad Piggies insane creations to showcase on YouTube, can mess around with @birdleader learning to publish Bird articles (hopefully without going off-topic and writing about military aviation), and have a new appreciation for green bacon. Bad Piggies as a game may not survive, but it was a nice experience learning how to protect junior contributors and a new community from a whole shipload of hate speech and directed attacks from, shall we say, less mature persons and communities for nearly the whole duration of running a Pork Propulsion Laboratory.

    Of course, wanting to do my own thing and make more simulations of real life things by ‘pigitizing’ them means I just ignore the trolls and let them see ‘doing my own thing’ means being able to do pigger and better things as time goes on! If I want drama I will do it in real life where there are real rewards roleplaying the cast of Desperate Housewives :)

    True gamers use the Internet to help others and benefit all mankind through selfless acts of sharing strategies and fostering quality community engagement… Angry Birds Nest style.


    @gelfling — You should put your list of signs of addiction here!


    Now that Rovio released Angry Birds Classic – I’ve fallen off the wagon – HARD


    you should care another things to ignore Angry Birds. If you play more it will affect your life


    You should go out more to see real birds like bluebirds, red bireds, etc


    Alas I to might have a problem – but I seem to kill more birds than pigs some days.. I have 3 computers with one being my main & have had since I bought my first angry birds cd: 2 dead mother boards & two dead computers with one being due to a glass of wine on laptop – 2nd computer runs several specialised craft programs for specialised equipment [& is technically last purchased due to memory size] – 3rd is backup laptop that also has programs that 2nd computer has & is laptop – 4th computer was sold with a machine, when downsized craft machines & I deleted the angry birds when sold..

    alas I have found the last few times I have put seasons on my replaced computers, they are all faulty [seasons 1 won’t run & tried deleting & still get same fault] – no updates on any of the angry birds has happened & where once I had Rio & Rio 2 – I now only have Rio :(  I do not play online ..

    are the update links still available for the older cds


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