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March 8, 2011

11:01
A.M.

Angry Birds Flying To Facebook; Rumors Addressed

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About the hosts

About the host

Host: Ville Heijari

Ville Heijari

Ville Heijari is the Vice President of Communications at Rovio Mobile Ltd., creator of Angry Birds. Heijari is otherwise known as the Bird Whisperer.

About the topic

Ville Heijari addressed questions about Angry Birds: Angry Birds for Facebook, expanding to new mediums, and rumors about the future of the popular game.
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Ville Heijari :

The Bird Whisperer is here, and ready to take your questions! Is there anything you always wanted to know about Angry Birds but never dared to ask before?

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Bird theme

How did you land on "Angry Birds" as a theme for the game? Did you come up with it before or after the gameplay was conceived/developed?

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Ville Heijari :

The Birds were there from the first concept, you can find the sketch on our Facebook page - the rest of the game was built around the characters!

– March 08, 2011 11:05 AM
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Facebook/Angry Birds

Can you give an exact date for the release of Angry Birds onto Facebook?

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Ville Heijari :

No exact date yet available, sorry! We're working hard to get it out before summer. We really want to bring all our fans something unique and special in regards to the sharing and other social aspects of the game. Rest assured, the game will definitely give you a chance to flex your creative muscles! ;)

– March 08, 2011 11:07 AM
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Host Pic

The sweatshirt that you're wearing in the chat photo is so cool. Where can I get one? (red with bird face and bow)
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Ville Heijari :

That was a one-off special for the Valentine's Day that our team was wearing at an event in February - I think we might bring that into retail later on. Personally, I keep pushing the studio to bring the girly-bird into the game first!

– March 08, 2011 11:09 AM
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Angry birds seasons

What date will the St. Paddies update drop?

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Ville Heijari :

Thursday, March 10th! iOS and Android first, Nokia and Palm will follow shortly.

– March 08, 2011 11:10 AM
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Future Projects

Do you have any future projects other than Angry Birds and Seasons?

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Ville Heijari :

Well, Angry Birds Rio is a huge thing for us. I think the team has really outdone themselves in bringing an incredible amount of new details and twists to the existing core gameplay. 

We are also working on a number of completely new concepts in different gameplay styles - expect to see a whole world of different Angry Birds games.

– March 08, 2011 11:12 AM
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Favourite bird

What is your own favourite Angry Bird?
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Ville Heijari :

I like the Yellow Bird, the woodpecker! Everything about him, basically: the speed, the noise, the almost tactical precision you need when using him. But most importantly, the noise!

Everybody hates the Green Boomerang Bird - I may be the only person at the Studio who loves him. He's my precious Emerald Toucan. 

– March 08, 2011 11:15 AM
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Angry birds suggestion.

Ever thought of doing something along the lines of Angry Birds: Pigs revenge? Where you shoot the pigs at the birds?
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Ville Heijari :

We will definitely have a look at the Angry Birds world through the pigs' eyes at some point. Probably no shooting, and more piglike activities going on. You know, they like to build weird stuff, and sneak around sniffing for eggs.

– March 08, 2011 11:16 AM
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Tiny wings?

What are your thoughts on tiny wings? When rio drops I think that'll storm the app charts!

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Ville Heijari :

Tiny Wings is a fantastic little game. Perfect execution of a one-touch gameplay, and terrific design work with the visual and audio. * * * * *

– March 08, 2011 11:17 AM
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Mighty Hoax

Any tips/hints for someone passionately struggling with level 20 of the Mighty Hoax level pack?
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Ville Heijari :

Try checking the RovioMobile YouTube channel for walkthroughs, you should find some help there!

– March 08, 2011 11:18 AM
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Android

Hey! How well do you think Angry Birds would've done on Android if you'd released it as a paid app, as you did on iOS?
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Ville Heijari :

I think we wouldn't have had the same level of broad success on Android if it was distributed solely as a paid app in Android Market. We've seen other titles that have sold millions in App Store sell around 250K in Android Market. 

Things are improving, and having the Android Market available for browsing online helps in discovering new apps, for example. It's the biggest smartphone platform, and it definitely is the fastest growing marketplace.

– March 08, 2011 11:20 AM
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Updates

Will Angry Birds carry on getting a lot of updates like last year?

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Ville Heijari :

There will be more updates for Seasons, more updates for the original game, and episodic updates through the year for the upcoming Angry Birds Rio. 

In short, loads of content coming this year!

– March 08, 2011 11:21 AM
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Twitter

Are you the one who answers fan's questions so politely on Twitter?
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Ville Heijari :

We have a whole team working on taking care of our fans - sometimes it's me. :)

– March 08, 2011 11:22 AM
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More about the future

How long, realistically, do you think this can go on? I mean, somewhere inside of you, you have to realize that it's a fad and will go away, right?
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Ville Heijari :

That's a very interesting question, and naturally something we're very wary of. 

We never set out to build a fad, we pulled all of our resources to create the best possible casual game we could. When we started seeing success, we went on to broaden our scope. Right now, we're dedicated to building on this success, and expanding the Angry Birds world.

We want to create both bigger games and a variety of other entertainment experiences around Angry Birds. We like to think we're here to stay, and ouer mission is to entertain our fans around the world. 

– March 08, 2011 11:26 AM
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ABFTW

Keep making new, exciting and fun stuff and angry birds will never die.
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Angry Birds Software Issues

Blogs and Chat Boards are filled with complaints about Angry Birds not working at some point and players losing all their data when the game has to be reloaded. Is there anything in the works to allow players to save or bakup their data in case of software glitches? I had this problem and sent a message requesting help via your website and never reeived an answer. Columbia, MD
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Ville Heijari :

This is definitely a problem, and there have been many reasons for this. Unfortunately, no platform has provided for a completely foolproof method of safeguarding all data. 

We're working on a solution for our players to store their scores and progress on dedicated servers, so that we will get rid of these problems once and for all. I can't provide the launch date for this service yet, but we will provide more info through rovio.com and our newsletter.

– March 08, 2011 11:29 AM
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Plush Toy

You probably get this a lot, but are you guys planning to release the green toucan plush toy? If yes, do you have an approx date?

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Ville Heijari :

 We have a prototype ready, and it should go into production pretty soon - follow our Facebook page to keep posted!

– March 08, 2011 11:30 AM
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WOW

Did you ever think Angry Birds would be so big?

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Ville Heijari :

We though it would be big in App Store. Meaning anything from 500k to 1m downloads. What has happened in the last 15 months or so is an explosive growth of touchscreen smartphone adoption. And explosive Angry Birds adoption as well. 

We really think we polished the game to be the best that we could make, and we're glad that people love it as much as they do!

– March 08, 2011 11:33 AM
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Angry birds RIO

Are you excited for the new game? Anything you can tell us about it? Anything new/different?

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Ville Heijari :

I can't unfortunately tell more about it at this point, but we're all super excited!

Personally, I think it takes things to a whole new level. It's the same gameplay. But the details, new elements, the graphics... trust me, if you liked our games so far, you will love it twice as much. :)

– March 08, 2011 11:35 AM
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Angry Birds 2.0

Hi Ville! The only thing that frustrates me about Angry Birds is that, having 3 stars on all levels, I'm always left waiting a long time for new levels... However, I'm sure with more income, updates could be brought out quicker - so I propose it would not be a bad idea to bring out angry birds 2, make a fortune and re-invest this money in more regular updates and new levels. After all, i don't think that any angry birds fans could complain that they have not had their 99c worth from version1!

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Ville Heijari :

I think we can do better than that... come summer, I can promise you there will be no shortage of levels!

– March 08, 2011 11:36 AM
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3 stars

How many people worldwide have got 3 stars on every level?
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Ville Heijari :

I don't have this figure, but I'll try and dig it up. I'll post this on our Facebook page when I have the numbers.

– March 08, 2011 11:37 AM
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Hang em high.

When will the new Hang em high levels be released?
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Ville Heijari :

We submitted the update today, should only be a matter of a couple of days! :)

– March 08, 2011 11:38 AM
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Plush Toy with Sound

Just by curiosity, have you guys released plush toys with sound? I ordered some from eBay UK with the officials tags (from Commonwealth Toy) but they are not listed on your store. So i hope they are authentic as the seller said. Also, is it true that the plushes are available in 4'', 5''-6'', 8'' and 16'' sizes (never seen a 4'' plush)?

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Ville Heijari :

Commonwealth is indeed producing plushies with sound, so they should be genuine. We just don't have them listed in our store yet.

I'm not 100% sure about the 4" ones, will try to provide more info about the whole catalogue of merchandise later.

– March 08, 2011 11:40 AM
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Angry Birds for Linux

What about Angry Birds for Linux? :)
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Ville Heijari :

We're looking into this! 

So many platforms, such a small studio!

– March 08, 2011 11:41 AM
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on the john

Do you think it's weird that so many people play Angry Birds on the john? So much better than reading Esquire or something.

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Ville Heijari :

All things in moderation, I say. Actually, the February issue of Esquire featured a logo design from the Angry Birds game designer, Jaakko Iisalo - so you're not safe from Angry Birds even when reading Esquire.

True story - Jaska's title in his business card reads "Mr. Angry Birds". 

– March 08, 2011 11:43 AM
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Competitions.

Will you be doing any competitions anytime soon? I would love to win some Angry Birds merch!

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Ville Heijari :

Yes!

There will be a number of competitions coming up in the next weeks. Like us on Facebook and subscribe to our newsletter to follow up on them.

– March 08, 2011 11:44 AM
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More Info on Angry Birds

I'm a newbie playing Angry Birds and have it on my new Droid.  However is there a place to go to find out more about Angry Birds itself? Such as what each bird does, more details? I feel clueless sometimes.

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Ville Heijari :

I recommend you check out our YouTube channel (RovioMobile), and the fan site www.AngryBirdsNest.com :)

– March 08, 2011 11:45 AM
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Hand Puppets

Where can I get a Woodpecker hand puppet?
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Ville Heijari :

No such thing in production, but if you're going to make one, I want one too!

Let's see what we can come up with.

– March 08, 2011 11:46 AM
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family fun

My whole family plays angry birds . Me, my wife, my 6yr old daughter and my 3 yr old son
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Might Eagle

I want to buy the Eagle, but it really should come in a 10 pack or something. Is it true I have to pay every time I want to use him? And do I always get 3 stars?

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Ville Heijari :

It's a one-time purchase! 

Buy once, unlimited use. So $0.99 gets you eternal Eagle bang for the buck. 

– March 08, 2011 11:47 AM
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Video Game Music Soundtrack release?

Firstly, congratulations to Angry Birds composer Ari Pulkkinen for creating an extremely catchy, memorable and flexible theme song for the series. Will there ever be a compilation of the various themes released as a soundtrack, and how valuable do you feel the role of sound design and music has been to the Angry Birds experience?
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Ville Heijari :

It's definitely a great part of the whole experience, and especially the different variations of the theme in the Season versions, for example, really tie the whole package together. 

Ari did a spectacular job with the music and sound design! We're working to bring all of the music into iTunes eventually.

– March 08, 2011 11:49 AM
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New Birds?

Hey! First of all, I have to thank you and Rovio for hours and hours of joy playing Angry Birds.  But b2t: Are there any plans to add new birds and new abilities?

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Ville Heijari :

Short answer: Angry Birds Rio ;)

And a longer one: we've said it before and I'll reiterate - you've only seen a tiny glimpse into the Angry Birds world so far!

– March 08, 2011 11:50 AM
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updates

Let me get this right so I can clear my diary! 10th Mar - Seasons Updates - 45 new levels 11th / 12th Mar - Hang em high update - 15 new levels 22nd mar - Rio - 45 new levels So, 105 new levels coming in the next 14 days!!!!
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Ville Heijari :

Oh boy, that's a lot of levels! 

And I assure you, that's just within the next 14 days - plenty more in the pipeline!

– March 08, 2011 11:52 AM
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Not a network programming office, honest

In the very, very, very, very unlikely event there is no NFL football on TV, what would you think of bringing Angry Birds to television?

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Ville Heijari :

We are planning to create an animated series around Angry Birds. No production schedules or timeline yet, sorry!

Check the miniseries we're doing with Bing on YouTube - expect similar hijinks, in a much larger scale.

– March 08, 2011 11:54 AM
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angy birds

Angry birds is a social app. How would Angry Birds benefit Facebook?

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Ville Heijari :

You know, some time ago, the head of gaming on Facebook stated some reasons why Angry Birds would never work on Facebook. We're doing a lot of work just now to prove him wrong. 

There will be everything you'd expect, and some more. Creating, sharing, playing... and something you'd never expect. Summer can't come soon enough! :)

 

– March 08, 2011 11:57 AM
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Ville Heijari :

OK, 

the Bird Whisperer has to fly - thanks everybody for the questions, and apologies to those I didn't have the chance to answer to.

You can post your questions to us in twitter @RovioMobile, and we'll try to get back to you. Keep your eyes peeled and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our newsletter - lots of stuff happening this spring and more to follow throughout the year!

Thanks again to all our fans for your continuing support! 

SQUAWK!

 

Ville Heijari
Bird Whisperer
Rovio Mobile

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