Discover the physics of Angry Birds

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Do you wish you could take your Angry Birds gameplay to another level? Are you looking for every last little edge you can find against those insufferable little porcine bastards and their silly little houses?

Well look no more — Wired's Rhett Allain can give you the leg up you've been searching for. In his ongoing series of posts titled The Physics of Angry Birds, Allain asks (and finds the answers to) the kinds of questions that are going to help you bring your air-raiding skills to a whole new register. Why does he do it? Because he can, dammit:

But what about the physics? Do the birds have a constant vertical acceleration? Do they have constant horizontal velocity? Let's find out, shall we? Oh, why would I do this? Why can't I just play the dumb game and move on? That is not how I roll. I will analyze this, and you can't stop me.


Seriously, the man is a hero.

The latest installment in the series dropped today, with Physics of the Yellow Angry Bird. Allain works his usual math & physics skills and uncovers some pretty interesting properties of vertical acceleration (remember, the yellow birds are the ones that shift direction and velocity when you tap the screen). Check out the post to find out what they are, and how you can use them to your advantage.

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Can someone tackle the psychology of Angry Birds next?

Why oh why do so many people find the game so damned addictive?