December 17, 2016 - Masked Lapwing, Masked Plover, or Spur-winged Plover (Vanellus miles)
These lapwings are found in northern and eastern Australia and New Guinea and have also established a population in New Zealand. They feed on a variety of marine and terrestrial insects, crustaceans, and other invertebrates. Though formerly protected in New Zealand, their stable population and aggression toward other local species lead to the loss of their protected status in 2010. Their nests are built on the ground in open areas, including playgrounds, and the flat roofs of buildings. Both parents build the nests and care for the chicks, fiercely defending them from intruders.
I was compelled by the media and Facebook updates and the fact it has been downloaded 250 million times.
It also has the title of the best Iphone game of all-time. Impressive.
My take on it? I guess it won’t be a surprise to many of you that I have a passionate disliking for the game.
Angry Birds is to gaming what the relentless sequels being released are to the film industry, or what reality shows are to TV: Reducing the scope, quality, and originality of ideas on offer. Then, repeat repeat repeat.
Want Angry Birds? Go fuck with some Masked Plovers. I guarantee it’ll be more fun.