Too early for easter eggs? No, not the chocolate variety that we all love to gorge ourselves on, I’m talking about the virtual kind…
Easter eggs are hidden features, often put there by mischievous coders, in websites, dvds, apps and other forms of digital media. Internet mythology states that these hidden ‘jokes’ were introduced by Atari, in the game ‘Adventure’. Once the player completed certain tasks in a certain order, the name of the game’s programmer, Warren Robinett, appears on screen. Atari were unaware that this ‘Easter Egg’ had been included in the source code!
There are loads of good examples of Easter Eggs on the internet. One which features prominently is the Konami Code. This harks back to the days of gaming on systems like the Super Nintendo and the Sega Megadrive. Cheat codes could be entered by tapping buttons in sequence on the joypad – a regularly used sequence was the Konami Code : ↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A (Or up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A) This code still lives on today! Try going to http://digg.com and entering it (with your sound on) or try entering it on www.vogue.com to find a well dressed dinosaur.
With the emergence of Google as an Internet heavy weight – it’s own range of Easter Eggs has also been unearthed. Try going to Google and searching for “Tilt” or “Do a barrel roll”.
We think that these Easter Eggs show an underlying spirit of fun and playfulness is still alive in the darkest reaches of the Internet – here’s a link to a great BBC article listing loads of other Easter Eggs
Have you found one that isn’t on the BBC list? Let us know in the comments below!