Since its release several years ago, the popularity of Angry Birds has spread the video game to millions of players using iphones, ipads, tablets and even facebook for game play. The game is based on some very accurate laws of physics in the battle between birds and pigs. Now the developer of Angry Birds, Finland-based Rovio Entertainment, has partnered with NASA to release ‘Angry Birds Space.’Released last week on Thursday, March 8, Angry Birds Space takes the video game play entertainment to a new level with the opportunity to teach people about physics and space exploration.
Both installments of the Portal games have been lauded for the educational value of their physics-based puzzles, but now Valve is working to make education a more explicit goal of the games.
On June 22, Joystiq reported that Valve will be adding authoring tools to Portal 2, thereby making it possible for, say, instructors to create problems for their students so as to demonstrate physics concepts. Stayed tuned to the Portal web site for the upcoming release of these tools.