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Posted at 9:33 AM ET, 03/ 8/2011

Angry Birds, Facebook and you: Understanding your addiction

By Katie Rogers
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It's their world, we just live in it.(AP Photo/Rovio).

Angry Birds is now coming to Facebook, and that confirms what we all know is true: This game is more than just a fling. It's the perfect fit for the digital age.

Think about it. Angry Birds lets you destroy fortresses and kill evil pigs with the flick of your index finger. Because this game combines the violence of Mafia Wars with the absurd cuteness of FarmVille, it's no wonder the Angry Birds are coming to roost on Facebook.

Why has this game taken off? The answer is simple. At the end of the day, it's about a group of birds collecting a prized possession (egg) back from greedy swines. Whether we realize it or not, Angry Birds is the perfect time suck for a tech-savvy, post-recession world obsessed with vindicating the little guy.

Who could possibly have a problem with it -- other than some employers?

AngryBirds is coming to #Facebook !!!! Good bye world, good bye job, hello PIGS!!!less than a minute ago via web

Digital David and Goliath comparison aside, Angry Birds is addictive because it's just barely difficult enough to keep us hooked on making it to the next level, just dynamic enough to make us forget about Tetris or solitaire ... and just cute enough to distract us from the fact that it's just a little bit violent.

Pop culture's absorption of the game is starting to show: The perfect Exhibit A is "Angry Birdsky," which marries the game with the work of mysterious street artist Banksy.

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Print by Austin-based artist Brandon Ortwein.

If you don't have access to the game yet, don't worry: Angry Birds is now on Android and Apple's iOS, Palm, Nokia and some game consoles, and it's expected to be available on the Windows Phone 7 soon.

Why do you love Angry Birds?

Ville Heijari, the vice president of the company that created of Angry Birds, is chatting on our site at 11 a.m. EST. What would you ask the "Bird Whisperer"? Use #angrybirds to tell us on Twitter or by peeking in on the chat here.


By Katie Rogers  | March 8, 2011; 9:33 AM ET
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