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MacRumors
Jul 3, 2013, 11:58 AM
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Rovio (http://www.rovio.com) has released a number of Angry Birds titles since its original game took off in 2009, but today its first Angry Birds game received a significant update that adds Bad Piggies (http://appshopper.com/games/bad-piggies) gameplay in the form of a new Egg Defender mode.

In Egg Defender mode, players will use the Red Bird (who has been equipped with new powers) to fight off wave after wave of Bad Piggies. Egg Defender mode adds 15 new levels to the original game, along with 73 pig contraptions.

http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/07/piggies-800x600.jpgThe #1 app of all time gets a fun new update! You may be an expert pig popper, but how will you cope with a moving target? One bird stands between the egg and the advancing pig army in the all-new Red's Mighty Feathers episode. The fearless Red Bird faces wave after wave of Bad Piggies in their crazy contraptions. But wait! He now has some magic feathers from the Mighty Eagle himself - giving Red incredible new powers as he darts toward those pesky pigs at incredible speed!

Fun new gameplay - the Egg Defender mode gives Red special powers to attack the advancing pigs!

15 new levels - the latest Red's Mighty Feathers episode brings fresh new challenges!

73 crazy pig contraptions - wave after wave of Bad Piggies edging closer in their wacky machines!Angry Birds is available for both the iPhone and the iPad for $0.99 and $2.99, respectively.

- Angry Birds (http://appshopper.com/games/angry-birds) for iPhone [Direct Link (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/angry-birds/id343200656?mt=8)]
- Angry Birds HD (http://appshopper.com/games/angry-birds-hd) for iPad [Direct Link (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/angry-birds-hd/id364234221?mt=8)]

Article Link: Original Angry Birds Updated with New Egg Defender Mode (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/07/03/original-angry-birds-updated-with-new-egg-defender-mode/)



Parasprite
Jul 3, 2013, 12:27 PM
Okay.

asd789789
Jul 3, 2013, 01:03 PM
Egg Defender is pretty laggy on my iPhone4... An it seems to be optimized for the iPhone5 display. Things you should see aren't displayed during the game :confused:

verniesgarden
Jul 3, 2013, 01:25 PM
this could be a really cool multi player game, "defend the castle, one player builds contraptions the other defends

madsci954
Jul 3, 2013, 01:39 PM
Jumped. The. Shark.

autrefois
Jul 3, 2013, 02:10 PM
Jumped. The. Shark.

Why is everyone so critical when there are Angry Birds articles? They still periodically put free updates in a 99-cent game that came out in 2009. (It's 2013 now.) And it's not one of those freemium games where you have to keep pouring money into it to actually advance, either.

Plutonius
Jul 3, 2013, 02:20 PM
And it's not one of those freemium games where you have to keep pouring money into it to actually advance, either.

It can be a freemium game if you decide to spend in app money to help you through a level. What is different is that you can actually make it through the game with effort and not be forced to spend money.

iThinkIt
Jul 3, 2013, 02:27 PM
make the games stop.... i have to play it all over again.... make it stop.....:D

MegamanX
Jul 3, 2013, 04:52 PM
I kind of lost a lot of respect for Renio as even in their paid version of their apps they still shove in tons of ads and try to make you buy a lot of crap.

.Asa
Jul 3, 2013, 05:31 PM
I kind of lost a lot of respect for Renio as even in their paid version of their apps they still shove in tons of ads and try to make you buy a lot of crap.

If by 'Renio' you mean 'Rovio', I agree. I used to play Angry Birds a lot before they started shoving ads in my face and removed the button to disable them.

autrefois
Jul 3, 2013, 05:53 PM
It can be a freemium game if you decide to spend in app money to help you through a level. What is different is that you can actually make it through the game with effort and not be forced to spend money.

Exactly. You can actually realistically win the game and with practice, get 3 stars on all levels without paying a cent more than the app's price. If you're stuck on a level, want to speed things up, etc. you can choose to do an in-app purchase, but you don't need to. If someone is going to offer in-app purchases for games, I think that's how it should be.

Arelunde
Jul 3, 2013, 11:51 PM
If by 'Renio' you mean 'Rovio', I agree. I used to play Angry Birds a lot before they started shoving ads in my face and removed the button to disable them.

If you BUY the app, there are NO ads and there ARE free updates. :rolleyes:

mollyparrot
Jul 4, 2013, 12:03 AM
If you BUY the app, there are NO ads and there ARE free updates. :rolleyes:


Rovio have marketed and capitalized brilliantly, but they have been great to their customers. What other game has ever provided so much continuous free content once you've bought it? If they had wanted to be greedy, they could have been adding all the new levels as in-app purchases. I appreciate that they haven't resorted to that and I think it shows that the developers actually care that their users have a fun, satisfying and challenging experience.

Compare that to something like Candy Crush...

nnynas
Jul 4, 2013, 06:48 AM
Rovio have marketed and capitalized brilliantly, but they have been great to their customers. What other game has ever provided so much continuous free content once you've bought it? If they had wanted to be greedy, they could have been adding all the new levels as in-app purchases. I appreciate that they haven't resorted to that and I think it shows that the developers actually care that their users have a fun, satisfying and challenging experience.

Compare that to something like Candy Crush...

+1

although I don't like Angry Birds that much, this is really the way to go, not that freemium BS or overpriced apps.

ArtOfWarfare
Jul 4, 2013, 12:43 PM
Why is everyone so critical when there are Angry Birds articles? They still periodically put free updates in a 99-cent game that came out in 2009. (It's 2013 now.) And it's not one of those freemium games where you have to keep pouring money into it to actually advance, either.

What I have an issue with is the fact that there are dozens if not hundreds or thousands of lesser known apps that deserve more coverage, but MacRumors never touches, while they simultaneously decide to write Angry Birds articles every week.

As an example app they should cover, IDK, maybe one of MacWorld's favorite 50 apps from 2012 (I wonder which one I'm talking about...)

Lancer
Jul 4, 2013, 09:10 PM
Love the update, it's annoyingly hard and isn't helping my battery life!

SockRolid
Jul 5, 2013, 02:09 AM
Egg Defender is pretty laggy on my iPhone4... An it seems to be optimized for the iPhone5 display. Things you should see aren't displayed during the game :confused:

You're probably right. Smooth as silk on iPhone 5.
But man, I don't like the moving pig contraptions.

locust76
Jul 5, 2013, 05:26 AM
Jumped. The. Shark.

Not at all, don't be silly.

DavidLeblond
Jul 5, 2013, 10:54 AM
If you BUY the app, there are NO ads and there ARE free updates. :rolleyes:

Not 100% accurate... the cross promotion ads in the paid version are all over the place. These are different from the money making click-thru ads though.

bedifferent
Jul 5, 2013, 01:09 PM
With an Angry Birds movie coming in 2016, this horse is dead. :p

Angry Birds' Movie Flies Forward (http://news.moviefone.com/2013/05/20/angry-birds-movie-moves-forward/)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1985949/

rmwebs
Jul 6, 2013, 06:15 AM
What I have an issue with is the fact that there are dozens if not hundreds or thousands of lesser known apps that deserve more coverage, but MacRumors never touches, while they simultaneously decide to write Angry Birds articles every week.

As an example app they should cover, IDK, maybe one of MacWorld's favorite 50 apps from 2012 (I wonder which one I'm talking about...)

So you want your MAC app to be featured on the iPhone blog of MacRumors.

I'm sure if you really want MacRumors to feature your app you can pay for it as obviously they wouldn't randomly post about it otherwise. As it stands your app wouldn't generate anywhere near as much affiliate income for MacRumors as an AngryBirds link.

I do however agree that MR over-promotes AngryBirds updates. Taking a look at the top 100 games, or getting a few guest posts from their sister sites AppShopper and TouchArcade would be way better reading.

ArtOfWarfare
Jul 6, 2013, 09:17 AM
So you want your MAC app to be featured on the iPhone blog of MacRumors.

No, but they do have a Mac Blog (which they actually treat exactly like Page 2... Apple stores, Apple's executives, and Apple's minor court cases are all the sorts of news that they stick in the Mac Blog.)

I'm sure if you really want MacRumors to feature your app you can pay for it as obviously they wouldn't randomly post about it otherwise. As it stands your app wouldn't generate anywhere near as much affiliate income for MacRumors as an AngryBirds link.

Although this theory sounds plausible, it's not the case. MacRumors doesn't take bribes to run news stories. If they did, they'd be a deeply flawed news source with a questionable interest in actually sharing news. As is, when MacRumors stands to gain from you clicking on a link in a story, they mention it (IE, when they post about various sales during the Winter holidays, they mention that some of the retailers are giving MR a small portion of the revenue if you get to the page via the MR link.)

I am aware that MR has paid advertising banners, but I have no budget for anything.

rmwebs
Jul 6, 2013, 10:23 AM
Although this theory sounds plausible, it's not the case. MacRumors doesn't take bribes to run news stories. If they did, they'd be a deeply flawed news source with a questionable interest in actually sharing news. As is, when MacRumors stands to gain from you clicking on a link in a story, they mention it (IE, when they post about various sales during the Winter holidays, they mention that some of the retailers are giving MR a small portion of the revenue if you get to the page via the MR link.)

Take a look at every outgoing link - if its going to any 3rd party that sells stuff, its an affiliate link using Viglinks ;) Even if MacRumors dont mention it, every single post that links to an app is a moneymaker.

ArtOfWarfare
Jul 6, 2013, 08:54 PM
Take a look at every outgoing link - if its going to any 3rd party that sells stuff, its an affiliate link using Viglinks ;) Even if MacRumors dont mention it, every single post that links to an app is a moneymaker.

The indirect links point to MR's sister site, AppShopper, while the [Direct Links] go directly to the App Store pages.

rmwebs
Jul 7, 2013, 10:49 AM
The indirect links point to MR's sister site, AppShopper, while the [Direct Links] go directly to the App Store pages.

Yup and MacRumors make money either way as the AppShopper links are also affiliate links.

ArtOfWarfare
Jul 7, 2013, 11:33 AM
Yup and MacRumors make money either way as the AppShopper links are also affiliate links.

The Direct Link is impossible to follow (it goes directly to Apple's domain, meaning MR won't know when you arrive, and there's no JS triggered by the link to say you've clicked it.)

But it looks like going to AppShopper then clicking on their Buy link will track you.

bingeciren
Jul 7, 2013, 02:55 PM
Love the update, it's annoyingly hard and isn't helping my battery life!

It is really annoyingly hard. In fact so hard that I don't really enjoy playing it
any more. It pissed me off to no end that I quit at level 14. :mad:

rmwebs
Jul 7, 2013, 03:14 PM
The Direct Link is impossible to follow (it goes directly to Apple's domain, meaning MR won't know when you arrive, and there's no JS triggered by the link to say you've clicked it.)

But it looks like going to AppShopper then clicking on their Buy link will track you.

Check again :)

Take this post for example: http://www.macrumors.com/2013/07/05/instagram-updated-with-landscape-support-cinema-stabilization-for-front-facing-camera/

The [Direct Link] - hover it, and it looks like its going directly to Apple. Right click it and copy the link and paste it somewhere. It's a Viglink.

Specifically, the exact link is this:

http://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&key=c6684b5502fa2a415a104d824988c196&loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.macrumors.com%2F2013%2F07%2F05%2Finstagram-updated-with-landscape-support-cinema-stabilization-for-front-facing-camera%2F&v=1&libId=e2db3f52-34b8-4e1f-bc92-ad365d662bed&out=https%3A%2F%2Fitunes.apple.com%2Fus%2Fapp%2Finstagram%2Fid389801252%3Fmt%3D8&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.macrumors.com%2Fiphone%2F&title=Instagram%20Updated%20with%20Landscape%20Support%2C%20Cinema%20Stabilization%20for%20Front-Facing%20Camera%20-%20Mac%20Rumors&txt=Direct%20Link&jsonp=vglnk_jsonp_13732279867436

Decoded that looks like this:

http://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&key=c6684b5502fa2a415a104d824988c196&loc=http://www.macrumors.com/2013/07/05/instagram-updated-with-landscape-support-cinema-stabilization-for-front-facing-camera/&v=1&libId=e2db3f52-34b8-4e1f-bc92-ad365d662bed&out=https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/instagram/id389801252?mt=8&ref=http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/&title=Instagram Updated with Landscape Support, Cinema Stabilization for Front-Facing Camera - Mac Rumors&txt=Direct Link&jsonp=vglnk_jsonp_13732279867436

Every single outgoing link to Apple, Amazon, eBay, whatever - they all go via Viglink.

The same applies to TouchArcade and AppShopper - its how MacRumors makes a (hell of a big) income. :)

asthamapheo
Jul 7, 2013, 04:32 PM
going back to angry birds in 3...2...1....
definitely, the best game of all time.

ArtOfWarfare
Jul 7, 2013, 05:17 PM
Check again :)

Take this post for example: http://www.macrumors.com/2013/07/05/instagram-updated-with-landscape-support-cinema-stabilization-for-front-facing-camera/

The [Direct Link] - hover it, and it looks like its going directly to Apple. Right click it and copy the link and paste it somewhere. It's a Viglink.

Specifically, the exact link is this:

http://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&key=c6684b5502fa2a415a104d824988c196&loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.macrumors.com%2F2013%2F07%2F05%2Finstagram-updated-with-landscape-support-cinema-stabilization-for-front-facing-camera%2F&v=1&libId=e2db3f52-34b8-4e1f-bc92-ad365d662bed&out=https%3A%2F%2Fitunes.apple.com%2Fus%2Fapp%2Finstagram%2Fid389801252%3Fmt%3D8&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.macrumors.com%2Fiphone%2F&title=Instagram%20Updated%20with%20Landscape%20Support%2C%20Cinema%20Stabilization%20for%20Front-Facing%20Camera%20-%20Mac%20Rumors&txt=Direct%20Link&jsonp=vglnk_jsonp_13732279867436

Decoded that looks like this:

http://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&key=c6684b5502fa2a415a104d824988c196&loc=http://www.macrumors.com/2013/07/05/instagram-updated-with-landscape-support-cinema-stabilization-for-front-facing-camera/&v=1&libId=e2db3f52-34b8-4e1f-bc92-ad365d662bed&out=https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/instagram/id389801252?mt=8&ref=http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/&title=Instagram Updated with Landscape Support, Cinema Stabilization for Front-Facing Camera - Mac Rumors&txt=Direct Link&jsonp=vglnk_jsonp_13732279867436

Every single outgoing link to Apple, Amazon, eBay, whatever - they all go via Viglink.

The same applies to TouchArcade and AppShopper - its how MacRumors makes a (hell of a big) income. :)

Excerpt from the page source (added bold for emphasis on the "Direct Link" portion.)

<a rel="nofollow" href="http://appshopper.com/games/angry-birds" target="_blank">Angry Birds</a></i> for iPhone [<a rel="nofollow" href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/angry-birds/id343200656?mt=8" target="_blank">Direct Link</a>]

I also tried your copy and paste method, and a link to Apple's domain was pasted. I even tried it on the specific story you suggested.

blitzer09x87
Jul 7, 2013, 06:08 PM
still the best app in the app store. i am really addicted to angry birds, i have to charge my phone 2 times a day because i am playing angry birds all the time.

MegamanX
Jul 8, 2013, 09:51 AM
If you BUY the app, there are NO ads and there ARE free updates. :rolleyes:

not any more.
I was clear on the paid version they even are shoving ads in there. Mind you the ads are for their stuff but still ads. Plus they push you to keep doing all the micro purchases. What used to be a really great game just became so loaded down with crap.

rmwebs
Jul 8, 2013, 12:47 PM
Excerpt from the page source (added bold for emphasis on the "Direct Link" portion.)

<a rel="nofollow" href="http://appshopper.com/games/angry-birds" target="_blank">Angry Birds</a></i> for iPhone [<a rel="nofollow" href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/angry-birds/id343200656?mt=8" target="_blank">Direct Link</a>]

I also tried your copy and paste method, and a link to Apple's domain was pasted. I even tried it on the specific story you suggested.

The link TO AppShopper wouldn't be running through it - it'll be enabled for external (moneymaking) sites. For example the app links, links to the Apple online store, etc.

My point is, for MacRumors (or any 'big' Mac/App site) Angry Birds posts = big revenue. Random Mac App posts = little revenue.

johnterry
Jul 8, 2013, 08:50 PM
very love this game :)