Is Angry Birds Flow?

December 26th, 2011

Althouse links to a piece by Lori Culwell on the meditative qualities of Angry Birds.

[T]he birds put my mind into a deeply Zen-like and hypnotic state, not unlike “flow” as described by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Maybe the people at Rovio have given us a game that is part meditation, part allegory for life. Maybe Freud would point out that my finding Zen in a game based on pig destruction signals latent anger issues.

I have become a big fan of Angry Birds. I really enjoy playing it. I usually hate video games. I don’t play any other games. But there is just something about Angry Birds. Maybe it’s because you can play a level so quickly. You can pause, come back to it. Play it over and over again and win in different ways. Score more points by using fewer birds or destroying more stuff. I don’t know. Something about it is just fun.