Angry Tennis Birds

Overview

Let’s face it: grunting tennis players are incredibly annoying, and it seems to be getting more and more common in the women’s game. So in the spirit of “if you can’t beat them, join them” I created this mash-up to vent some of my vexation, write some fun code, have a giggle, and share with the world.

The app allows the user to “Angry Birds-ize” any external website, such as BBC Tennis, and “play along” to live tennis games using their keyboard, which trigger the comedic sounds from the Angry Birds games.

Playing Angry Tennis Birds makes any tennis match a fully interactive experience, with separate effects for shots (backswing and foreswing), victories, and crowd noises!

Implementation

The HTML5 Google Chrome release of Angry Birds effectively open-sourced the game assets, so it wasn’t too much of a stretch to use them in a mash-up.

The app is run on external sites using a JavaScript injection via a JavaScript bookmarklet, dragged from an original source on the Angry Tennis Birds website.

The application itself is JavaScript, with a tiny visual front-end, and a Flash audio player.

Press

Interestingly, after releasing Angry Tennis Birds at the start of the 2011 Wimbledon championship and publicising it as much as I possibly could on twitter, facebook, and via friends, a week or so later an article appeared in the Sun newspaper titled “Angry Birds – Grunting girls noisier than creatures on app” :

the-sun

I emailed the paper subsequent times… but as soon as the topic came up,¬†communication stopped. Read into that what you will!

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