In a nutshell: Angry Birds.

I’ve never been tempted by the game, although I’ve certainly heard about it. The compulsion to play. The cross-generational appeal and competition-driver, like for this New York Times father. And the fact that it’s the #1 selling app of all time, not to mention plush toys, merchandise, blah blah blah.

But not owning a mobile device made the game irrelevant to me, and even when I got my NC and the game was available, I thought, $4.99 just to see what the fuss was about? I’d rather have a toasted chicken salad sandwich and coffee from Tim Horton’s.

However, I was browsing the Google Chrome Web Store the other day, and saw that they now have an Angry Birds app. For free. How on earth was I to refuse?

In less than a week I’ve gone through all the levels available, and I’m seriously considering getting the full version on my Nook Color. A part of me looks at the puffs of feathers as the birdies evaporate amidst rubble of glass and stone, and thinks it’s monstrous. The other part of me (the part that wins) pumps my fists in the air when the yellow bullet bird (my favourite) dive bombs and annihilates a smug fat helmeted pig. Yes!

Do you play Angry Birds? What’s the appeal if you do?

– Jean AAR