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Easter Eggs & Videogames

Mike Musgrove

Good Friday is also, sometimes, a slow Friday. So let's talk about Easter eggs-- not the kind you hunt for on the White House lawn, but the kind you find in video games and, sometimes, on software & DVDs.

Easter eggs are hidden little treats, jokes or messages planted in software just for the sheer heck of it.

The first one in a video game, by many accounts, was hidden in the 1980 Atari 2600 game Adventure-- stumble into the right secret area and you'd come across the game programmer's name.

Somewhere along the line, Easter eggs got self-referential. On one of director Kevin Smith's movie DVDs, "Mallrats," there's one hidden on the disk where Smith yells "stop looking for Easter eggs!" And in one hidden part of the Grand Theft Auto games, there's an Easter egg of the sort that looks, yes, like an Easter egg-- the type you might actually look for on the White House lawn.

For my money, the best one ever was in a 10-year-old "real time strategy" game called Myth, from a game developer called Bungie that now makes a game called Halo. In one level of this sword-and-sorcery title, if you happened to scroll way, way, way off to one obscure corner of the map, you'd stumble across a trailer home surrounded by empty beer bottles. If you zoomed in on the trailer, you could hear hillbilly-ish fiddle music coming from the thing. (Perhaps, I guess, you had to be there to really appreciate the humor of this.)

Dag, now I have to go dig up Myth and play it again.

By Mike Musgrove  |  April 6, 2007; 3:58 PM ET  | Category:  Mike Musgrove
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