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Bookmark this online game and go to war with Web sites

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Sweden's Erik Andersson wanted to impress a girl. So, being a 17-year-old computer programmer, he took to the Internet and came up with a game that destroys Web pages by blowing them apart piece by piece. He is 17, after all.

The game is a JavaScript bookmark that you drag into your toolbar. When you click the bookmarked button, a triangular rocket ship will appear on whatever Web site you're browsing and you can systematically destroy the page, shooting out ads, images, text and graphics.

It makes the entire Internet a giant game of Asteroids. Andersson based the game on the portion of game designer Eskil Steenberg's Quel Solaar, in which asteroids attack at the click of a button. He had some help designing the Web page from his twin brother: "I'm the programmer. He's the designer."

While the Internet is mightily impressed with the simple and addictive game, the girlfriend was not. "She asked, 'Can you make it go back the way it was?' " Andersson said from his home in a suburb of Stockholm.

The Web sites do, in fact, go back to the way they were with the simple click of the escape key.

The relationship was not so salvageable. What happened to the young love? "It blew up."

By Melissa Bell  | September 30, 2010; 2:20 PM ET
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I am actually somewhat aquainted to the boy, and apparently he is currently working on another computer game. His brother is also involved in this, his role is to develop a web page where they can distribute the game. In addition to that, there are two designers on the project. They are hoping to release the game sometime in the first months of 2011.
This is in fact a school project, but after seeing what Erik is capable of, at least I am looking forward to this game.

Posted by: Abobie | October 1, 2010 4:38 AM | Report abuse

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