Monthly Archives: November 2011

Angry Birds Developer Turns Down Zynga Offer

Since being founded in 2007, Zynga has grown quite considerably in wealth; making $850 million dollars in revenue last year.  Earlier this year, the “Farmville” developer set its sights on accumulating more wealth by acquiring the company Rovio; developer of the hit mobile game “Angry Birds”.  Zynga’s  plans to buy Rovio, however, were disrupted by  the “Angry Birds” developer itself.

During the Summer, Zynga made an offer to buyout Rovio for $2.25 billion dollars; an offer that Rovio refused.  Rovio representatives say they rejected the proposition due to Zynga’s reputation of having harsh working conditions; which have been reported by The New York TimesAccording to The New York Times, employees have filed complaints that range from stressful deadlines to long hours.

All though it would appear that Rovio is crazy for turning down such an offer, the company may be better off staying independent.  Their hit game “Angry Birds” has become very profitable for the company, having more than 12 million paid downloads since its release on Apple’s App Store.  With brand merchandise including apparel, board games,  toys, and an upcoming movie, “Angry Birds” is bound to make Rovio undergo some serious growth within the following years.

Personally, I think it’s great that Rovio stood its ground against Zynga.  If I had a company with big hit like “Angry Birds”, I would much rather see it grow than be bought out by another company; especially one with a reputation like Zynga‘s. Speaking of which, why is Zynga so interested in buying Rovio anyway? Doesn’t it have enough money already?

PETA Not Happy With New Mario Game

It’s common for people to complain about the violence or sexual content that appears in some mature video games. A complaint about a video game promoting the wearing of fur, however, is something you don’t hear everyday. PETA has recently issued such a complaint, and apparently the offender is Nintendo’s mascot Mario.

In the new 3DS game “Super Mario 3D Land”, Mario has a special raccoon dog suit called the Tanooki which gives him special powers. Players must use the suit at various points in the game to help Mario get through the game’s levels. According to PETA, Mario’s use of the Tanooki is telling players that it’s okay to wear fur.

I am quite curious as to why PETA is now criticizing the use of the Tanooki in a Mario game, as this isn’t the first time it has appeared. The Tanooki first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 3, which came out backin 1988.  Still,  I don’t think the controversy will hurt sales for “Super Mario 3D Land”; the game has all ready sold over 300,000 units so far.

Mario: A Pop Culture Icon

Since the release of Super Mario Bros. in 1985, Mario has been moving up in the video game industry.  The Nintendo’s mascot earned the title as the best selling video game franchise of all time; having sold more than 262 million copies world wide.  With his huge popularity, it should be not surprise that Mario has become a pop culture icon.

Much like other popular fictional characters, Mario can be found in many of today’s merchandise;  such as shirts, hats, lunchboxes, coffee mugs, and backpacks.  There’s even a movie based on the video game franchise; all though it was poorly received by fans. Even the theme music to the game is widely recognized by people.

It is clear that Mario has became an household name; just like Spongebob, Mickey Mouse, and others have as well.  With the continued success of his games, he is sure to stay popular for years to come.  It will be interesting to see what Mario’s future game’s will be like; especially with Nintendo’s new video game console just around the corner.

Robin William’s Daughter Named After Princess Zelda

A commercial released earlier this year for the  “The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D” features actor Robin Williams and his daughter, Zelda Williams sharing a interesting testimonial for the  Nintendo 3DS game.  The advertisement involves Robin getting his daughter, Zelda, mixed up with a character from the video game.  It is  revealed in the end that Zelda is named after Princess Zelda; the character in which Robin mistakes her for.

In an interview with the two, Robin Williams explains how his obsession with the first “The Legend of Zelda” lead him and his wife to name their daughter after the princess from popular game.  Zelda Williams then confesses that she shares her father’s enthusiasm for the video game series as well.  The interview ends with the duo laughing together as they play “The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D” for Nintendo 3DS.

It’s pretty cool how Robin William’s named his daughter after a well known character from a popular video game series.  Nintendo obviously had the right idea when they choose these two to help promote game, and it seems to have worked well.   So far, “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D” has sold more than a million copies world wide.  I’m sure these two are enjoying the game just as I speak.