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The depth of the divide between the different narratives about copyright protection in China was on full display this week, when People's Bank of China adviser Li Daokui and U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke squared off at a forum sponsored by the World Economic Forum.

"Mr Locke has been an outstanding U.S. ambassador and has faithfully carried the message that the U.S. wants to give to our audience: to protect the economy there needs to be intellectual property protection," Li said. "But I disagree."

posted by finite at 5:02 PM on September 16, 2011 [2 favorites]


I hope they built it out of sturdy stone planks and not wood and glass
posted by The Whelk at 5:06 PM on September 16, 2011 [2 favorites]


Angry Birds is a fun game but frankly I'm sick of it as a cultural meme.
posted by randomname25 at 5:06 PM on September 16, 2011 [4 favorites]




Metafilter: frankly I'm sick of it as a cultural meme.
posted by The Whelk at 5:11 PM on September 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Park Visitor Presses Button Too Early on Green "Boomerang" Bird, Kills Three
posted by theodolite at 5:25 PM on September 16, 2011 [2 favorites]


"This [Angry Birds attraction] serves as a method for people to purge themselves and to gain happiness," a park official told the Chinese gaming website Gamersky.com.

I usually do feel happier after a successfull, uh..., purging.
posted by Hairy Lobster at 5:26 PM on September 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Somewhere behind the Great Firewall of China, I like to imagine there's a Chinese rip-off of Metafilter, where FPPs about Hu Jintao contain comments like "Surely this..." and the mods are called called "Filthy western capatlist pig-dogs" in Metatalk after the Hu Jintao FPP is deleted (just as every Hu Jintao FPP before it was).
posted by Effigy2000 at 5:27 PM on September 16, 2011 [11 favorites]


It's not surprising that we don't have one of these here in America; US youths have really been falling behind on critical skills like splitting into three smaller children, exploding, and shooting off into the stratosphere as a result of squeezing a gigantic ovum from their cloacas.
posted by Greg Nog at 5:29 PM on September 16, 2011 [8 favorites]


I don't like the vibe those birds are bringin' to this party.
posted by fuq at 5:29 PM on September 16, 2011


License?? Next they'll be charging me for my Miffed Amphibian theme park.
posted by cmoj at 5:34 PM on September 16, 2011


There is also a Blizzard-themed park called Joyland.

I was hoping for DQ Ice Milk fountains, Oreo cookie cars, and caramel sauce roller coasters. China - your copyright rip offs are missing a key demographic (middle aged Asian Homer Simpson wanna be's).
posted by helmutdog at 5:39 PM on September 16, 2011


This Angry Birds story was all over the web a week ago, except all the stories were about how Roxio wanted to sign a deal with the theme park and make it legit.
posted by charlie don't surf at 5:42 PM on September 16, 2011


Ooh, does this mean that a Mafia Wars theme park can be far behind? Suggested motto: "Say 'ni hao' to my little friend!"
posted by argonauta at 5:48 PM on September 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Do they use real birds? PETA will just have a field day.
posted by sammyo at 6:04 PM on September 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


I hope that people dressed as green pigs follow you around and laugh at you whenever you get lost, throw up on a ride, or drop your hotdog on the ground.
posted by Windigo at 6:15 PM on September 16, 2011 [3 favorites]


China Copies Austrian Town Design

Is there's a desert town in Nevada that totally copied the Eiffel Tower? And lower Manhattan? And part of the Giza Plateau?
posted by rh at 6:21 PM on September 16, 2011 [6 favorites]


Where's the Bioware theme park? I'd be all over that.
posted by pH Indicating Socks at 6:24 PM on September 16, 2011


s/"Is there's"/"Isn't there"
posted by rh at 6:25 PM on September 16, 2011


I'm a miserable ethnocentrist, I guess; stories like this always get my hackles up. "Freakin' China," I think. Which also makes me a miserable hypocrite since I'm pretty firmly against IP/copyright crap.
posted by curious nu at 6:30 PM on September 16, 2011


So they manufacture our smartphones, on which we heartily enjoy our avian-themed pursuits...and they get shit for playing said game (bound by the laws of actual physics) outside, in the "fresh" air? Well pardon China for not coming up with the best ideas, and having disposable capital and novelty-sized slingshots. Do we think they can't afford an intellectual [sic] copyright settlement?

WE'RE THE PIGS, PEOPLE!!
posted by obscurator at 6:42 PM on September 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


WE'RE THE PIGS, PEOPLE!!

These eggs ARE rather delicious.
posted by curious nu at 6:52 PM on September 16, 2011


I'm the pig, you're the sheeple.
posted by mek at 6:56 PM on September 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Somewhere behind the Great Firewall of China, I like to imagine there's a Chinese rip-off of Metafilter...

Chinese Metafilter: A method for people to purge themselves and to gain happiness

Yeah, Yeah, I know, take it to Chinese Metatalk, we don't want to hash it out on the Red.
posted by PlusDistance at 7:03 PM on September 16, 2011 [4 favorites]


Fuck y'all that is awesome. Giant real life slingshots? Have you been to Busch Gardens? This sounds waaaaaay more fun.
posted by nathancaswell at 7:39 PM on September 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Is there's a desert town in Nevada that totally copied the Eiffel Tower? And lower Manhattan? And part of the Giza Plateau?

I've written about this on Mefi but I'll do it again: so there is also a Macau-copy of this Nevada-town's simulacrum of Venice. In fact, it's significantly bigger than the Vegas-copy "original".

Back to this tale, much respect for this park, as opposed to all the other shanzai's; you need a fair amount of creativity and original thought to convert a video game into an amusement park. The only question is how closely it matches with the official Angry Birds experience; if Roxio wants to work with these guys, the answer could be "quite close".
posted by the cydonian at 7:49 PM on September 16, 2011


An unauthorized Angry Birds theme park has opened in China.

To be honest, if this was a licensed AB theme park I would start ragging on this shit. All sorts of stuff starting from how its the cultural equivalent to garbage pail kids to about how the employees there are treated like shit.

But knowing this is unauthorized makes me smile.

EAT THAT CHILLINGO!!!!
posted by hal_c_on at 8:22 PM on September 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Smile at me next time I lose, motherfucker. I'll start up all sorts of angry bird theme parks in samoa.
posted by hal_c_on at 8:22 PM on September 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Guys, it's Rovio. Roxio makes the CD burning bloatware.
posted by oneironaut at 9:45 PM on September 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


BUILD MORE OVERLORDS!
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 10:41 PM on September 16, 2011


Next up: Real-life Fruit Ninja and "Angry Birds: Rio" with employees dressed as crazy lemurs.
posted by bleep at 11:06 PM on September 16, 2011


Oh, I'm sure the Park's authorized, just maybe not by anyone in the US.
posted by ODiV at 12:55 AM on September 17, 2011


Call me when they open the Tiny Wings theme park.
posted by Decani at 3:43 AM on September 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


Call me when they open the Roller Coaster Tycoon theme park.
posted by TheRedArmy at 6:03 AM on September 17, 2011 [2 favorites]


If you watch the video, it becomes clear that they have not done very much playtesting. The birds don't have enough mass to actually knock anything down. They just bounce off the structures. *fail*
posted by honest knave at 6:34 AM on September 17, 2011


Six Flags Over Jesus.
posted by spitbull at 7:27 AM on September 17, 2011


the Tiny Wings theme park

They just grease you up and send you down a few hills.
posted by The Whelk at 8:01 AM on September 17, 2011


Damn, there are now new levels of flattery to strive for!
posted by luvcraft at 9:19 AM on September 17, 2011


Guys, it's Rovio.

LOL. Roxio is now a division of Rovi Corp.
posted by charlie don't surf at 9:34 PM on September 17, 2011


Oh, I forgot.


To be honest, if this was a licensed AB theme park I would start ragging on this shit.

Rage on, hal.
posted by charlie don't surf at 9:50 PM on September 17, 2011


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