In the exasperating competition for her fiancé’s attention, Aussie Melissa Swift admitted she was no match for Angry Birds, the wildly popular video game where players use a slingshot to launch wingless birds at pigs.
No matter how much she protested, Swift couldn’t get her 30-year-old boyfriend, Ben Levi, to stop playing the game.
"We'd be watching TV and he'd be playing Angry Birds," the 24-year-old Swift told The Huffington Post. "We'd be out to dinner with friends like civilized people and you've got Angry Birds going on under the table."
The situation looked bleak, as Swift became an “angry bird” herself, defined in the Urban Dictionary as an annoyed girlfriend whose boyfriend is addicted to the Angry Birds game.
The bane of her existence resurfaced last month, when Levi asked his girlfriend to try out the new Angry Birds Friends game on his tablet during a lunch date at a local restaurant. Reluctantly, Swift agreed and started launching birds.
What Swift didn’t know was that her clever boyfriend had contacted Rovio Entertainment, the creator of Angry Birds, and asked if the company’s creative team could prepare a custom level with a special message for his fiancée. To his surprise and delight, the Finland-based company agreed to his request.
Over the next few months, Rovio representatives worked with Levi to create a unique and unforgettable marriage proposal.
When Swift reached Level 3, she was left nearly speechless when the screen showed the headline, “MARRY ME MEL.”
"I think I would have been less surprised had I seen a flying pig," Swift told The Huffington Post. "I remember looking at it and not really comprehending what it meant. He was down on one knee and it just all fell into place and I just started crying… It was just unbelievable."
The whole scene was captured by hidden cameras set up by the video game company, which produced the video at the end of this post.
Swift has a new appreciation for Angry Birds, telling The Huffington Post, "It took Angry Birds to finally get him to propose. I love them. Nothing else would motivate him, but Angry Birds did it, so I'm forever grateful."
Is this couple destined to have an Angry Birds-themed wedding? We wouldn’t bet against it.
See the video of the Angry Birds proposal below…