Angry Birds adds new character inspired by Freddie Mercury

angry birds adds new character inspired by freddie mercury angrybirdsWho knew that the partnership between Rovio’s ridiculously popular Angry Birds and popular American punk band Green Day would just be the beginning of a crossover between the video game phenomenon and pop music? Well, okay, sure; there was always the possibility if not the probably that that would happen, considering the way that both the video game and music industries work, but did you really think that the second instance of the crossover would be the introduction of a new character based upon a long-dead performer?

The newest member of the Angry Birds family is Freddie, a bright yellow bird that bears a distinctive mustache. If he seems a little familiar, then that’s intentional; the character – who is being described as an “honorary” addition to the ranks of Rovio’s less-than-pleased avian cast, and isn’t expected to appear in any incarnation of the game at this time – was created for a special video to promote 2012’s third annual Freddie For A Day event, and based very clearly on the Freddie who gave the fundraising event its name: Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

Freddie For A Day sees members of the public spend September 5th – Mercury’s birthday – dressed as the flamboyant singer, with friends and family sponsoring the day of pop-star-drag to raise money and awareness of AIDS and HIV research. Mercury died in 1991 from complications relating to AIDS and HIV, and the money raised from the day’s shenanigans go to the Mercury Phoenix Trust, set up after his death.

The short cartoon sees Freddie the Angry Bird not only sees the new bird speed through the surroundings on his bicycle (Appropriately, the animation includes a snatch of the Queen song “Bicycle Race”), but also face off against one of the evil green pigs who can usually be seen sneering or laughing at the birds during the games. Suffice to say, things go slightly differently when faced with this new addition to the cast. As well as the video, the character will appear on a limited-edition T-Shirt available through the Angry Birds online store that will feature the new character alongside the more familiar other characters from the popular game (All proceeds from the sales of the T-Shirt will go to the Mercury Phoenix Trust, of course).

According to Rovio’s Chief Marketing Officer Peter Vesterbacka, “Freddie for a Day is such a great way to honor Freddie’s fun and flamboyant spirit while delivering an important message, and we’re delighted to be supporting them in our own Angry Birds style. Queen’s music has endured for a reason, because its creativity and contagious fun appeals to fans of all ages, and we’re happy to help keep Freddie’s memory and music alive for new generations of fans.”


Marriott asking guests for data to see if they were victims of the Starwood hack

Marriott has created an online form to help you find out if your data was stolen in the massive Starwood hack that came to light toward the end of 2018. But take note, it requires you to submit a bunch of personal details.
Movies & TV

The best movies on Amazon Prime right now (February 2019)

Prime Video provides subscribers with access to a host of fantastic films, but sorting through the catalog can be an undertaking. Luckily, we've done the work for you. Here are the best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now.

These are the must-have games that every Xbox One owner needs

More than four years into its life span, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From Cuphead to Halo 5, the best Xbox One games offer something for players of every type.
Home Theater

The best movies on Netflix in December, from 'Buster Scruggs’ to 'Roma'

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘Norsemen’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.

New Chrome feature aimed at preventing websites from blocking Incognito Mode

A new Chrome feature will prevent websites from blocking Chrome users as they browse using Incognito Mode. The feature is supposed to fix a known loophole that allows websites to detect and block those using Incognito Mode.

Microsoft extension adds Google Chrome support for Windows Timeline

The Windows Timeline feature is now much more versatile thanks to the added support for Google's Chrome browser. All you need to do to increase its functionality is to download the official Chrome extension.

Reluctant to give your email address away? Here's how to make a disposable one

Want to sign up for a service without the risk of flooding your inbox with copious amounts of spam and unwanted email? You might want to consider using disposable email addresses via one of these handy services.

Chrome is a fantastic browser, but is is still the best among new competitors?

Choosing a web browser for surfing the web can be tough with all the great options available. Here we pit the latest versions of Chrome, Opera, Firefox, Edge, and Vivaldi against one another to find the best browsers for most users.
Movies & TV

Here’s how to watch the 2019 Oscars livestream online

The 91st Academy Awards will air live on ABC, but there are also a number of ways to watch Hollywood's biggest night online using your mobile device, desktop, or set-top streamer. Here's how to catch the Oscars livestream.

YouTube changes its strikes system, offers softer first-offense penalty

YouTube announced changes to its strikes system for its content creators. The changes include a softer first-offense penalty for creators who violate YouTube's guidelines and more consistent penalties for further violations.

An experimental feature could help reduce memory usage in Google Chrome

Google Chrome might be the most popular web browser, but it also is a resource hog. Google is currently working on an experimental feature for Chrome which sets out to reduce its overall memory usage. 

Need a free alternative to Adobe Illustrator? Here are our favorites

Photoshop and other commercial tools can be expensive, but drawing software doesn't need to be. The best free drawing software is just as powerful as some of the more expensive offerings.

Edit, sign, append, and save with six of the best PDF editors

Though there are plenty of PDF editors to be had online, finding a solution with the tools you need can be tough. Here are the best PDF editors for your editing needs, no matter your budget or OS.