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Angry Birds Space billed as an educational tool. Really?

Launched Thursday, Angry Birds Space, the latest installment to the wildly popular Angry Birds video game franchise, is being billed as a tool for educating people about physics. How scientifically accurate is the physics in the game?

Launched Thursday, Rovio's Angry Birds Space is being dubiously billed as having educational value. Still, it looks like a lot of fun.
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With over 700 million downloads, the first Angry Birds game is a testament to the appeal of simplicity. The much-anticipated sequel, Angry Birds Space, which launched on Thursday, looks just as simple, and as freakishly enjoyable. 

But there is one big difference between the original and its high-flying sequel: Angry Birds Space is being billed as a tool for educating people about physics.

The original Angry Birds allows players to slingshot a variety of ornery avians at oblate green pigs. The pigs have absconded with birds' eggs, hence their anger.

Angry Birds Space incorporates an element of interplanetary gravity. The developers collaborated with NASA to "teach people about physics and space exploration through the internationally successful puzzle game," according to NASA's recent press release.

Peter Vesterbacka, the chief marketing officer of Rovio, which made the game, said in the release that the company couldn't "wait to work with [NASA] on creating more compelling educational experiences."

NASA and Rovio aren't the only organizations touting Angry Birds Space as an educational tool. The Examiner, InformationWeek, and other media outlets have described the game in much the same way.


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