New York Times issues apology over Angry Birds

The New York Times is generally fairly on the ball when it comes to technology reports, and you’d expect that in an article about the freshly-released Steve Jobs posthumous biography, the writer would be particularly savvy when it comes to gizmos, gadgets and the like.

Not so.
In a report published late last week, writer Janet Maslin referred to uber-popular casual game Angry Birds as an example of a successful App for iOS (specifically, as a “delightful activity” that can be indulged in, thanks to Apple‘s hardware).

The writeup – though brief – is positive, as Maslin suggests the game may be “as quaint as Pong some day”, but there was one small problem with her article. She completely failed to understand the concept of the game, forcing a written apology from the newspaper.

An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the premise of “Angry Birds,” a popular iPhone game. In the game, slingshots are used to launch birds to destroy pigs and their fortresses, not to shoot down the birds

Angry Birds

These birds use the NYT to line their cages

It’s a simple mistake – the game’s only been downloaded 400 million times around the globe, and a mere 30 million people spend time with it each day. How could she be expected to know all the details? It’s only a video game, after all!

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