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Encyclopedia > Easter egg (media)
The first easter egg.
The first easter egg.

A virtual Easter egg is a hidden message or feature in an object such as a movie, book, CD, DVD, computer program, or video game. The term draws a parallel with the custom of the Easter egg hunt observed in many western nations. Image File history File links Adventure_Easteregg. ... Image File history File links Adventure_Easteregg. ... Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... A chained book in the Bodleian Library at Oxford University A book is a collection of paper, parchment or other material with a piece of text written on them, bound together along one edge, usually within covers. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... DVD (sometimes called Digital Versatile Disc, or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... A computer program is a collection of instructions that describe a task, or set of tasks, to be carried out by a computer. ... Namcos Pac-Man was a hit, and became a cultural phenomenon. ... For the hidden and often humorous features included in computer programs, DVDs, books, CDs, etc. ...


The origin of the term is sometimes falsely attributed to the movie Return of the Living Dead, where a military officer uses it as a code word for lost U.S. government containers of zombies created by a chemical spill, or to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, in which actual Easter eggs are visible in certain shots (under Frank N. Furter's throne, for example). Return of the Living Dead was not released until 1985, and Atari's Adventure, released in 1978, contained what is thought to be the first video game Easter egg (the programmer, Warren Robinett's name). Return of the Living Dead is a series of films that was produced between 1985-2005. ... A Code word may refer any of several concepts: For telecommunications senses, see Code word (telecommunication). ... For other uses, see United States (disambiguation) and US (disambiguation). ... A participant in a Zombie Walk event in Calgary This article is about the undead. ... Toxic waste is a hazardous waste that is toxic (poisonous or hazardous) for a variety of reasons. ... The Rocky Horror Picture Show (RHPS) (first released in the United Kingdom on 14 August 1975) is a science fiction-comedy-horror musical film directed by Jim Sharman from a screenplay by Sharman and Richard OBrien. ... Return of the Living Dead is a series of films that was produced between 1985-2005. ... This article is about a video game for the Atari 2600 video game console. ... Warren Robinett is a designer of interactive computer graphics software, notable as the developer of Adventure, the first graphical adventure video game, and as the founder of The Learning Company, where he designed Rockys Boots. ...


In computer programming, the underlying motivation is probably to put an individual, almost artistic touch on an intellectual product which is by its nature standardised and functional, although Warren Robinett's motivation was more likely to gain recognition, since video game programmers were routinely uncredited then. It is analogous to signature motifs such as Diego Rivera including himself in his murals or Alfred Hitchcock's legendary cameos. Diego Rivera and his wife Frida Kahlo (photographer: Carl Van Vechten) Diego Rivera (December 8, 1886 – November 24, 1957), (full name Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez) was a Mexican painter and muralist. ... Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE (August 13, 1899 – April 29, 1980) was a highly influential director and producer who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and thriller genres. ... Martin Scorsese appears briefly in an uncredited role in this scene from his feature film Taxi Driver. ...

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Computer-related Easter eggs

Software based

Easter eggs are messages, graphics, sound effects, or an unusual change in program behavior, that mainly occur in a software program in response to some undocumented set of commands, mouse clicks, keystrokes or other stimuli intended as a joke or to display program credits. An early use of the term Easter egg was to describe a message hidden in the object code of a program as a joke, intended to be found by persons disassembling or browsing the code. In computer science, object file or object code is an intermediate representation of code generated by a compiler after it processes a source code file. ...

The ASCII cow from apt-get.
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The ASCII cow from apt-get.

Two well-known early Easter eggs found in some Unix operating systems caused them to respond to the command "make love" with "not war?" and "why" with "why not" (Berkeley Unix 1977 "The Prisoner" reference). The TOPS-10 operating system (for the DEC PDP-10 computer) had the "make love" hack before 1971; it included a short, thoughtful, pause before the response. This same behavior occurred on the RSTS/E operating system where the command "make" was used to invoke the TECO editor, and TECO would also provide this response. The largest easter egg is purported to be in the Atari 400/800 version of Pitfall II, which contains an entire game that was more complex and challenging than the original Pitfall II (Pitfall). Many personal computers have much more elaborate eggs hidden in ROM, including lists of the developers' names, political exhortations, snatches of music, and (in one case) images of the entire development team. The 1997 version of Microsoft Excel contained a hidden flight simulator[1][2]; the 1997 version of Word, a pinball game[3]. Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 contained a small, hidden video game named 'GORILLA.BAS'. The Palm operating system has elaborately hidden animations and other surprises. The Debian GNU/Linux package tool apt-get has an Easter egg involving an ASCII cow when variants on "apt-get moo" are typed into the shell. Another notable easter egg is from The MathWorks' MATLAB: the why command provides succinct random answers to almost any question: Image File history File links Apt-get-easter-egg. ... Image File history File links Apt-get-easter-egg. ... Advanced Packaging Tool, or APT, is a package management system used by the Debian project. ... Unix (officially trademarked as UNIX) is a computer operating system originally developed in the 1960s and 1970s by a group of AT&T employees at Bell Labs including Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie, and Douglas McIlroy. ... An operating system (OS) is a computer program that manages the hardware and software resources of a computer. ... RSTS/E (an acronym for Resource Sharing Time Sharing Extended) was a multi-user time-shared operating system developed by Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) for the PDP-11 series of 16-bit minicomputers, and used primarily during the 1970s and 1980s, although some installations were still being upgraded well into... TECO (pronounced /teekoh/; originally an acronym for [paper] Tape Editor and COrrector, but later Text Editor and COrrector) was a text editor developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the 1960s and was modified by just about everybody. With all the dialects included, TECO may have been... Screenshot Pitfall! (Atari 2600) Pitfall! was a popular video game released by Activision for the Atari 2600 in 1982. ... Read-only memory (ROM) is a class of storage media used in computers and other electronic devices. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Interior Cockpit of a modern Flight Simulator A flight simulator is a system that tries to replicate, or simulate, the experience of flying an aircraft as closely and realistically as possible. ... Microsoft Word, or Microsoft Office Word, is Microsofts flagship word processing software. ... Pinball is a type of coin-operated arcade game where a player attempts to score points by manipulating one or more metal balls on a playfield inside a glass covered case. ... Palm OS is a compact operating system developed and licensed by PalmSource, Inc. ... Advanced Packaging Tool, or APT, is a package management system used by the Debian project. ... There are 95 printable ASCII characters, numbered 32 to 126. ... The MathWorks is a privately-held, mid-size, multi-national corporation which specializes in technical computing software. ... MATLAB is a numerical computing environment and programming language. ...

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Non-software

While computer-related Easter eggs are often found in software, occasionally they exist in hardware or firmware of certain devices. On some PCs, the BIOS ROM contains Easter eggs. Notable examples include several early Apple Macintosh models which had pictures of the development team in the ROM (accessible by pressing the programmer's switch and jumping to a specific memory address, or other equally obscure means), and some errant 1993 AMI BIOS that on 13 November proceeded to play "Happy Birthday" via the PC speaker over and over again instead of booting. Perhaps the most famous example of a hardware Easter egg is in the HP ScanJet 5P, where the device will play the Ode to Joy or Für Elise by varying the stepper motor speed if users power the device up with the scan button depressed. Another fun Easter egg is found in the Kurzweil K2x musical keyboard series (K2500, K2600 and others): if users type "Pong" while in search mode they can play the game Pong. The EEPROM of Nagra smart cards for the Dish Network satellite television system contain the phrase "NipPEr Is a buTt liCkeR". Nipper was a hacker who broke old security routines on the cards, and this text is included as a fallback to old security routines, where the phrase was hashed against an input text to verify the card. Computer software (or simply software) refers to one or more computer programs and data held in the storage of a computer for some purpose. ... Hardware is the general term that is used to describe physical artifacts of a technology. ... In computing, firmware is software that is embedded in a hardware device. ... A typical Personal Computer and its components. ... BIOS, in computing, stands for Basic Input/Output System also incorrectly known as Basic Integrated Operating System. ... Read-only memory (ROM) is a class of storage media used in computers and other electronic devices. ... The first Macintosh computer, introduced in 1984, upgraded to a 512K Fat Mac. The Macintosh or Mac, is a line of personal computers designed, developed, manufactured, and marketed by Apple Computer. ... BIOS, in computing, stands for Basic Input/Output System also incorrectly known as Basic Integrated Operating System. ... November 13 is the 317th day of the year (318th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 48 days remaining. ... The Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HPQ), commonly known as HP, is a very large, global company headquartered in Palo Alto, California, United States. ... To Joy (An die Freude in German, in English often familiarly called the Ode to Joy rather than To Joy) is an ode written in 1785 by the German poet and historian Friedrich Schiller, known especially for its musical setting by Beethoven in the fourth and final movement of his... Für Elise (German: For Elise) is the popular name of the Bagatelle in A minor, WoO 59, a famous piece of music for solo piano by Ludwig van Beethoven, written in about 1810. ... The top electromagnet (1) is charged, attracting the topmost four teeth of a sprocket. ... Kurzweil Music Systems is a company that produces electronic musical instruments for professionals and home users. ... Pong helped bring computerized video games into everyday life. ... DISH Network is a direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service that provides satellite television and audio programming to households and businesses in the United States, owned by parent company EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH). ... Artists impression of a Boeing 601 satellite, as configured for digital television transmission by SES Astra Satellite television is television delivered by way of communications satellites, as compared to conventional terrestrial television and cable television. ...


Chip and PCB-based Easter eggs

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Easter egg inside an ADSP-2181 chip: an etching of video game character Sonic the Hedgehog
Easter egg inside an ADSP-2181 chip: an etching of video game character Sonic the Hedgehog

Many integrated circuit (chip) designers have included hidden artwork, including assorted images, phrases, developer initials, logos, and so on. This artwork, like the rest of the chip, is reproduced in each copy by lithography and etching. These are visible only when the chip package is opened and examined under magnification, so they are, in a sense, more of an "inside joke" than most of the Easter eggs included in software. Image of a buffalo, trailing buffalo chips, etched on a digital filter chip from the HP3582a audio spectrum analyzer. ... This work is copyrighted. ... Analog Devices (NYSE: ADI) is an American multinational producer of semiconductor devices. ... Sonic the Hedgehog ) is a video game character and the protagonist of a series of video games released by Sega, as well as numerous spin-off comics, cartoons and books. ... Integrated circuit showing memory blocks, logic and input/output pads around the periphery A monolithic integrated circuit (also known as IC, microchip, silicon chip, computer chip or chip) is a miniaturized electronic circuit (consisting mainly of semiconductor devices, as well as passive components) that has been manufactured in the surface... Image of a buffalo, trailing buffalo chips, etched on a digital filter chip from the HP3582a audio spectrum analyzer. ... Negative lithography stone and positive print of a map of Munich. ... Etching is an intaglio method of printmaking in which the image is incised into the surface of a metal plate using an acid. ... An in joke is a joke whose humour is clear only to those people who are in a group that has some prior knowledge (not known by the whole population) that makes the joke humorous. ...


Originally, the Easter eggs served a useful purpose as well. Not unlike cartographers who may insert trap streets or nonexistent landscape features as a copyright infringement detection aid, IC designers may also build non-functional circuits on their chips to help them catch infringers. Easter eggs, however benign, if directly copied by the defendant, could be used in mask work infringement litigation. Changes to the copyright laws (in the USA, the Semiconductor Chip Protection Act of 1984, and similar laws in other countries) now grant automatic exclusive rights to mask works, and the Easter egg no longer serves any practical use. Cartography or mapmaking (in Greek chartis = map and graphein = write) is the study, practice, science and art of making maps or globes. ... A trap street is a fictitious street included on a map, often outside the area the map covers, for the purpose of trapping potential copyright violators of the map, who will be unable to justify the inclusion of the trap street on their map. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Template:See also Wikipedia:Copyrights Copyright infringement (or copyright violation) is the unauthorized use of material that is protected by intellectual property rights law particularly the copyright in a manner that violates one of the original copyright owners exclusive rights, such as the right to reproduce or perform the... A defendant or defender is any party who is required to answer the complaint of a plaintiff or pursuer in a civil lawsuit before a court, or any party who has been formally charged or accused of violating a criminal statute. ... A mask work is a two or three-dimensional layout of an integrated circuit (IC), i. ... A mask work is a two or three-dimensional layout of an integrated circuit (IC), i. ...


Western Digital's MyBook Pro has several words on the metal band that wraps around 3 sides in Morse Code. The code reads: PERSONALRELIABLEINNOVATIVESIMPLE INNOVATIVEPERSONALDESIGNRELIABLE INNOVATIVEDESIGNPERSONALDESIGN SIMPLEINNOVATIVE This is also mentioned in the MyBook Wiki. There is more information about it there. Western Digital Corporation NYSE: WDC (often abbreviated to WD) is a manufacturer of a large proportion of the worlds hard disks, and has a long history in the electronics industry as an IC maker and a storage products company. ... // MyBook is a series of external hard drives produced by Western Digital. ... 1922 Chart of the Morse Code Letters and Numerals Morse code is a method for transmitting information, using standardized sequences of short and long marks or pulses — commonly known as dots and dashes — for the letters, numerals, punctuation and special characters of a message. ... // MyBook is a series of external hard drives produced by Western Digital. ...


The Commodore Amiga models 500, 600 and 1200 each featured easter eggs, in the form of The B52s song names etched on the motherboards. The 500 says "Rock Lobster", the 600 says "June Bug", and the 1200 says "Channel Z". Commodore is the commonly used name for Commodore International, a West Chester, Pennsylvania based electronics company which was a vital player in the home/personal computer field in the 1980s. ... The original Amiga 1000 (1985) with Commodore 1080 monitor The Amiga is a family of home/personal computers originally developed by Amiga Corporation as an advanced home entertainment and productivity machine. ... ... A motherboard, also known as a mainboard, system board, or logic boards on Apple Computers, and sometimes abbreviated as mobo (generally credited to the magazine Maximum PC) is the central or primary circuit board making up a complex electronic system, such as a modern computer. ... Rock Lobster was The B-52s first single, released in 1978 and in a longer version placed on the bands self-titled debut album, The B-52s, one year later. ...


Video game Easter eggs

The Easter egg in the Atari 2600 game Yars' Revenge: displaying the programmer's initials, "HSWWSH".
The Easter egg in the Atari 2600 game Yars' Revenge: displaying the programmer's initials, "HSWWSH".

Easter eggs in computer and video games are distinguished from cheat codes which allow players to cheat — see Minesweeper for an example. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1280x800, 20 KB) Summary A screenshot of the Easter egg found in the Atari 2600 game Yars Revenge. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1280x800, 20 KB) Summary A screenshot of the Easter egg found in the Atari 2600 game Yars Revenge. ... The Atari 2600, released in October 1977, was the first successful video game console to use plug-in cartridges instead of having one or more games built in. ... Yars Revenge is a video game developed for the Atari 2600. ... It has been suggested that Multiplayer Video Games be merged into this article or section. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Minesweeper is a single-player computer game. ...


The tradition of including Easter eggs in video games has created small sections of gaming fandom that are as devoted to finding Easter eggs as they are to playing games as they are intended. In Taito's 1986 arcade game Land-Sea-Air Squad, some of the destructible buildings yielded a winged angel and 20,000 points if hit the right number of times. Fandom (from the noun fan and the affix -dom, as in kingdom, dukedom, etc. ... The Taito Corporation (タイトー株式会社, taitou kabushikigaisha) TYO: 9646 is a Japanese developer of video game software and arcade hardware. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


A video game series famed for its Easter eggs is the Grand Theft Auto series. In Grand Theft Auto III there is a sign on one of the walls of a hard-to-access alleyway saying "you weren't supposed to be able to get here you know". An actual chocolate Easter egg is hidden in a secret room in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. This was referenced in the sequel San Andreas by a sign on top of a tower of a Golden Gate Bridge-clone that reads "There are no Easter eggs up here. Go away." The GTA III alleyway Easter egg was seen again in the PSP game Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, where the same wall said "Hello again" with a smiley face. The same game was later released on PlayStation 2, with the wall this time saying "You just can't get enough of this alley, can you?" with a smiley face with its tongue stuck out. Grand Theft Auto may refer to: Grand Theft Auto (series), a series of free-roam video games Grand Theft Auto (video game), the first game in the series Grand Theft Auto (film), a 1977 film by Ron Howard Motor vehicle theft, a felony in the United States This is a... Grand Theft Auto III (GTA III) is an action computer and video game developed by DMA Design, published by Rockstar Games in October 2001 (see 2001 in video gaming) for the PlayStation 2 video game console, May 2002 for Windows-based personal computers (PCs), and in November 2003 for the... Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (released in October 2002) is the fourth video game in the hit Grand Theft Auto series. ... Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the fifth video game in the Grand Theft Auto series. ... THE Golden gate brige is acually green and goes from caloforna to australia it is 19 miles long the bridge is 11000 years old ... PSP can refer to: PlayStation Portable, a handheld game console produced by Sony Computer Entertainment Corel Paint Shop Pro, a graphics editor for Microsoft Windows, distributed by Corel Corporation PSP may also refer to: Payment Service Provider, a company which offers merchants the ability to accept payments Pacifist Socialist Party... The PlayStation 2 (PS2) ) is Sonys second video game console, the successor to the PlayStation and the predecessor to the PlayStation 3. ...


Another very famous Easter egg is the "Megg" from the video game Halo. It is an elaborate sequence that allows players to see a heart with an M in the middle, made with blood splatters. It is called the Megg after Megan, the girlfriend of one of the programmers. The Megg was never supposed to be seen by anyone except him and his girlfriend. Master Chief emerges from smoke and rubble that litters an African plain in Halo 3. ...


There are many other easter eggs in the Halo series, probably the most famous being "The Skulls" found in Halo 2. The skulls are objects that you can pick up that activate different effects like "intensified" explosions. A guide with descriptions and videos of the skulls and other Halo easter eggs can be found at Halo Easter Eggs.


On the bonus disc for the Halo 2: Limited Collector's Edition, if the left button is held for ten seconds, there will appear in a hidden fan work gallery.


Another example would be the ones that can be found in the popular Valve game, Counter-Strike. For example, in the level "Estate", when dead (in Free-View mode), players can slide under the house (using the mouse to direct, and the keyboard to go forward and backwards), to see a cube-shaped Easter egg containing the author's names and one of the programmers' pictures entitled "Tofu X", showing him attempting to drink a bottle of Windex. Valve Corporation is an American video game developer based in Bellevue, Washington, USA, made famous by its first product, Half-Life, which was released in November 1998. ... Counter-Strike (CS) is a popular team-based mod of Valves first-person shooter (FPS) Half-Life. ... Screenshot of the house in cs_estate Screenshot of the stairs to the top floor. ... Windexs flagship product Windex is a trademark for a glass and light-duty hard surface cleaner made since 1992 by S. C. Johnson & Son and popular in the United States and Canada since the mid-20th century. ...


In the Nintendo 64 classic, Perfect Dark, pieces of cheese that had no purpose or explanation could be found in every level. The Nintendo 64 ), commonly called the N64, is Nintendos third home video game console for the international market. ... Perfect Dark is a first-person shooter video game for the Nintendo 64 game console. ...


Some computer-era pinball games also included Easter eggs, triggered by pressing the flipper and start buttons in certain sequences. For example, The Addams Family pinball game included two Easter eggs showing extended credits and chainsaw-wielding cows. Cows are used as Easter eggs in many pinball games. Pinball is a type of coin-operated arcade game where a player attempts to score points by manipulating one or more metal balls on a playfield inside a glass covered case. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Pinball is a type of coin-operated arcade game where a player attempts to score points by manipulating one or more metal balls on a playfield inside a glass covered case. ...


In Max Payne and Max Payne 2, Easter eggs included a memorial to a deceased developer, a radio that plays a message from the programmers, and an in-joke that creates a series of moving fireballs, intending to make the level a Mario-like endeavour. Max Payne is a third-person shooter computer game developed by the Finnish company Remedy Entertainment, produced by 3D Realms and published by Gathering of Developers in July, 2001. ... Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne is a third-person shooter developed by Remedy Entertainment for the PC, Xbox, and PlayStation 2 systems. ... Mario ) is a video game character created by Japanese game designer Shigeru Miyamoto and is the official mascot of Nintendo. ...


Text-based games often include hidden messages which appear when the user types specific words into the computer. For example, the Zork series contains a number of these which become running gags and can be used with different results in each game. Zork universe Zork games Zork Anthology Zork trilogy Zork I   Zork II   Zork III Beyond Zork   Zork Zero   Planetfall Enchanter trilogy Enchanter   Sorcerer   Spellbreaker Other games Wishbringer   Return to Zork Zork: Nemesis   Zork Grand Inquisitor Zork: The Undiscovered Underground Topics in Zork Encyclopedia Frobozzica Characters   Kings   Creatures Timeline   Magic   Calendar...


In the video game Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura, there was an in-game myth of a monster capable of transforming to a blue bunny. After completing a quest in the game related to this myth and seemingly proving that the myth was a hoax, the player has a chance to encounter and be stopped by a blue bunny while traveling in the world. If the player attacked the bunny, it would instantly transform into a giant monster. Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura is a computer role-playing game developed in 2001 by Troika Games, and published by Sierra Entertainment. ...


The Fallout (computer game) series has many pop-culture references and easter eggs, one of them being an actual (and useless) faberge egg. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Fabergés Moscow Kremlin Egg, 1906 A Fabergé egg is one of 50 jewelry Easter eggs made by Peter Carl Fabergé of the Fabergé company for the Russian Tsars between 1885 and 1917. ...


In the SNES game Chrono Trigger, if you beat the game in a very difficult and specific way you will be brought to an area in the game that is then populated by the game developers. You can talk to them and some will ask you questions like how you liked the game, and others will have side conversation, like about how a particular sports team is doing. Chrono Trigger ) is a console role-playing game created by Square Co. ...


In the game Ultimate Doom there is a secret room which features the symbol of the band Nine Inch Nails on the ceiling and the floor. Trent Reznor is a fan of the Doom games and has helped contribute music and other work for Quake, another id Software title. Doom is one of the most widely ported computer games: starting with the original DOS version (released as shareware on December 10, 1993), it has been released officially for 7 computer operating systems and 8 different video game consoles. ... NIN redirects here. ... Michael Trent Reznor (born May 17, 1965) is an American musician, singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. ... Zombies attacking the player. ... id Software (IPA: officially, though commonly mispronounced /ay di: soft. ...


In the game "Doom II", in the last level, where the player must fight with an enormous alien face that spawns monster around him, there's an Easter Egg in the "brain" of the monster. To win, a couple of rockets must be fired in a hole in the head of the creature, but through a cheat mode you can fly inside the head and see that actually the explosions take place on a photo of John Romero, id Software (ex) main programmer and founder. This could be interpreted that he his the "brain" behind all the aliens the player fought. Doom II: Hell on Earth is a first-person shooter video game created by id Software. ...


In Banjo-Kazooie, an Easter Egg can be given if the player obtains the Jiggy from the sandcastle in Treasure Trove Cove, returns to Banjo's house in Spiral Mountain, stands on the yellow lines on the carpet closest to the fireplace, and then switches to first-person view and looks at the picture of Bottles the mole, he will offer the player a chance to complete a "moving picture" puzzle in which the player will receive codes to alter Banjo's looks, such as enlarging his head or making him tall and thin, whereas the final code will turn him into a washing machine. However, this does not affect gameplay. Another easter egg is gotten at the end of the game, once the player collects all 100 Jiggies, where Mumbo Jumbo reveals information about the sequel, Banjo-Tooie. Banjo-Kazooie is a 3-D platform/adventure video game for the Nintendo 64. ... Banjo-Tooie (Japanese title: バンジョーとカズーイの大冒険2, Rōmaji: Banjō to Kazūi no Daibōken 2, English translation: Banjo & Kazooies Great Adventure 2) is the sequel to the 1998 Nintendo 64 game Banjo-Kazooie. ...


In Wii Sports (Bowling), on the second stage of the training, on the last lane, throwing the ball to the side in a certain way triggers an explosion, resulting in dropping all 91 pins. Wii Sports is a video game produced by Nintendo for its Wii system. ...


Various games feature hidden references to/images of the 'Dopefish', a character from id Software's platformer title Commander Keen. (See the Dopefish article for a complete list of games.) Yorp redirects here. ... Several poses of the Dopefish, accompanied by its far less famous cousin, the Schoolfish. ...


Compact disc and DVD Easter eggs

"Dancing Yoda" in an Easter egg from the Revenge of the Sith DVD
"Dancing Yoda" in an Easter egg from the Revenge of the Sith DVD
Bloody Gir, an easter egg on the animated series, Invader Zim.
Bloody Gir, an easter egg on the animated series, Invader Zim.

Some compact discs include hidden features which may be called Easter eggs, such as screensavers for a computer which can only be accessed if the CD is played in a CD-ROM drive, or hidden tracks. An example of the latter is the album Nevermind by Nirvana: at the end of the final track there is a period of silence, after which the unlisted song 'Endless, Nameless" appears. Many other CDs have similar features, some with hidden material appearing on high track numbers (often 69 or 99) and sometimes merely after a long pause in the final track. An exhaustive listing would be nearly impossible. Image File history File links HipHopYoda. ... Image File history File links HipHopYoda. ... Jedi Master Yoda (voiced by Frank Oz) is a character from Star Wars fictional universe, who appears in all of the franchises films except for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. ... Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is the third episode of the Star Wars film series (but the sixth film to be produced), to be released on Thursday, May 19, 2005. ... DVD (sometimes called Digital Versatile Disc, or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... Image File history File links Bloodygir. ... Image File history File links Bloodygir. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with GIR (Invader Zim). ... Invader Zim is an American animated television series created by comic book writer/artist Jhonen Vasquez and aired on Nickelodeon. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A Lego RCX Computer is an example of an embedded computer used to control mechanical devices. ... The CD-ROM (an abbreviation for Compact Disc Read-Only Memory (ROM)) is a non-volatile optical data storage medium using the same physical format as audio compact discs, readable by a computer with a CD-ROM drive. ... now. ... Nevermind is the highly influential second studio album from the American grunge band, Nirvana. ... Nirvana was a popular rock band from Aberdeen, Washington, United States. ... Endless, Nameless is a song by the band Nirvana. ...


The practice also occasionally occurred with LPs. Possibly the first ever Easter egg on record was on The Beatles' 1969 album Abbey Road. Original sleeve pressings list "The End" as being the last track on the album. However, after a break of about 12 seconds, a short piece called "Her Majesty" appears. However, the surprise was spoiled for CD buyers as this track is included in the sleeve listings. LP or lp may stand for: Look up LP in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Beatles were a highly influential English rock band from Liverpool, Merseyside, England. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... Abbey Road is the eleventh official album released by The Beatles. ... The End is the next-to-last song to appear on the album Abbey Road by The Beatles. ... Her Majesty is the name of a song written by Paul McCartney (although credited to Lennon-McCartney) that appears on The Beatles album Abbey Road. ...


A more unusual method of hiding tracks is to insert material before the first song, only reachable by "rewinding" the CD from its beginning. This achieved by using the "pregap" space on an audio CD between index 0 and 1. Albums that use this kind of Easter egg include Factory Showroom by They Might Be Giants, Burn by Sister Machine Gun, and many others. Again, a comprehensive list is beyond the scope of the concept's description. The Pregap on a Red Book audio CD is the portion of the audio track that precedes index 01 for a given track in the table of contents (TOC). ... Factory Showroom is the sixth studio album by the band They Might Be Giants. ... They Might Be Giants (commonly abbreviated to TMBG) is an American alternative rock duo consisting of John Linnell and John Flansburgh, collectively known as the two Johns or John and John. Known for their experimental pop music, they have been popular on college campuses and earned a reputation for intellectual... Sister Machine Gun began life in 1990 as an industrial duo formed by Chris Randall and Chris Kelly in Chicago. ...


Even more prevalent are Easter eggs in DVD releases of movies; these are often in the form of hidden trailers, documentaries, or deleted scenes, and are accessed by manipulation of the disc's interactive menus. An example is the Region 1 2000 DVD release of James Cameron's 1989 feature film The Abyss, which has at least nine Easter eggs, including at least three different trailers for Aliens and two for True Lies, two other James Cameron films. More elaborate eggs include that in the 2002 release of Christopher Nolan's 2000 reverse-time thriller Memento, which plays the scenes of the movie in conventional chronological order. The 2-disc version of The Incredibles has many easter eggs, most of which can be accessed on different screens by clicking the omnidroid that appears (after a little while) in the upper right hand corner. Roman Polanski's The Ninth Gate features several hidden trailers for the film. DVD (sometimes called Digital Versatile Disc, or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... James Cameron (born August 16, 1954) is a three-time Academy Award winning Canadian-American film director noted for his action/science fiction films, which are often extremely successful financially. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Abyss is an award-winning science fiction film from 1989, written and directed by James Cameron, starring Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and Michael Biehn. ... Aliens is a 1986 science fiction movie starring Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Carrie Henn, Bill Paxton and Paul Reiser. ... True Lies is a 1994 action movie/comedy directed by James Cameron. ... James Cameron (born August 16, 1954) is a three-time Academy Award winning Canadian-American film director noted for his action/science fiction films, which are often extremely successful financially. ... Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Christopher Nolan (born July 30, 1970) is an Academy Award nominated film director, writer and producer. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Memento is a neo-noir–psychological thriller film written and directed by Christopher Nolan, based on his brother Jonathans short story Memento Mori. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


The deluxe editions of The Lord of the Rings feature the following Easter eggs: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring movie poster (2001) The Lord of the Rings film trilogy comprises three live action fantasy epic films; The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord...

The film "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" has an easter egg that includes several "alternate" scenes and an otherwise unavailable director's commentary by Rawson Marshall Thurber, these are all accessed by pressing the enter button on the DVD remote control every time the character "White Goodman" played by Ben Stiller snaps his fingers. Jack Black (born Thomas J. Black, Jr. ... Gollum is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkiens universe of Middle-earth. ... Elijah Jordan Wood (born January 28, 1981) is an American actor and music executive. ... This title can refer to either: The Two Towers (book), the second part of The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. ... Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story is a comedy from 20th Century Fox, written and directed by Rawson Thurber and available on DVD or VHS December 2004. ... Benjamin Edward Stiller (born November 30, 1965) is an Emmy-winning American comedian, actor, and film director, the son of Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, both of whom are veteran comedians and actors themselves. ...


The animated television series "Invader Zim", pictures of a easter egg named Bloody GIR are hidden in frames through the last 14 episodes. Invader Zim is an American animated television series created by comic book writer/artist Jhonen Vasquez and aired on Nickelodeon. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with GIR (Invader Zim). ...


Even such serious films as Doctor Zhivago, Dances With Wolves and Tombstone can have Easter eggs. Doctor Zhivago (Russian: Доктор Живаго) is a 1965 film directed by David Lean and based on the famous novel by Boris Pasternak. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Tombstone is a 1993 Western movie written by Kevin Jarre and directed by George P. Cosmatos. ...


Most DVD releases of George Lucas' films include blooper reels or hidden videos that can only be accessed by entering "1138" on the DVD remote when the "THX" logo has been highlighted. This is an in-joke referring to his first film, THX 1138. George Walton Lucas, Jr. ... The official THX logo. ... THX 1138 was George Lucas first full length movie. ...


In the movie Dumb and Dumber, an Easter egg in the form of an actor's commentary on a scene is accessed in the special features menu, and moving the cursor to an invisible icon that looks like an Easter egg when highlighted. Dumb and Dumber is a 1994 comedy film starring Jim Carrey as Lloyd Christmas and Jeff Daniels as Harry Dunne. ...


DVD releases of television series can also feature Easter eggs, particularly The Simpsons. Moving the cursor to a T-shirt Bart is wearing, for example, gives viewers a news broadcast about the underground manufacture of illegal Simpsons shirts. Simpsons redirects here. ... Bartholomew Bart Jo Jo Simpson is a main character in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Nancy Cartwright. ...


In order to distinguish between different editions of the same film, some distributors have taken to listing Easter eggs in lists of "extra features" on the packaging and promotional material; some do not consider Easter eggs advertised in this way to be true Easter eggs.


Security concerns

Because of the increase in malware, many companies and government offices forbid the use of software containing Easter eggs for security reasons. With the rise of cybercrime and the prevalence of the Easter egg's cousin, the logic bomb, there is now concern that if the programmer could slip in undocumented code, then the software cannot be trusted. This is of particular concern in offices where personal or confidential information is stored, making it sensitive to theft and ransom. For this reason, many developers have stopped the practice of adding Easter eggs to their software. Microsoft, who has in the past created some of the largest and most elaborate Easter eggs such as the ones in Microsoft Office, no longer allows Easter eggs as part of their Trustworthy Computing initiative.[4] Malware is software designed to infiltrate or damage a computer system, without the owners informed consent. ... Cybercrime is a term used broadly to describe criminal activity in which computers or networks are a tool, a target, or a place of criminal activity. ... This article is about Logic bombs, a type of malicious software code. ... The term ransom refers to the practice of holding a prisoner to extort money or property extorted to secure their release, or to the sum of money involved. ... Microsoft Office is a suite of productivity programs created or purchased by Microsoft and developed for Microsoft Windows, and Apple Computers Mac OS and Mac OS X operating systems. ... Trusted computing (TC) refers to a family of specifications from the controversial TCPA with their stated goal of making computers more secure through the use of dedicated hardware. ...


Non-interactive media Easter eggs

  • BBC MindGames Magazine contains a number of hidden puzzles and messages in each issue which it refers to as Easter eggs, and which it challenges its readers to find.
  • In the Dan Brown book Digital Fortress, a numerical message at the back of the book, when decoded, spells out "WE ARE WATCHING YOU".
  • In an SB E-mail, waiting until after the end of the short (in wich Homestar pours Mountain Dew soda on Strongbad's computer) reveals a twenty-second sub-video of Homestar remarking: "Dang! This is like, the never ending soda!" He then sings.
  • In most flash cartoons, animators put in easter eggs in the form of links to secret cartoons. These can be found by clicking on the window and pressing tab until something is highlighted. Many animators consider this "cheating" and prefer that you find the eggs by mousing over the whole window until you find something.

This article is about the novel. ... Peter Smith is a British jurist serving on the High Court of Justice who has presided over several prominent cases. ... The Smithy code is series of letters embedded, as a private amusement,[1] within the April 2006 approved judgement of Mr Justice Peter Smith on the The Da Vinci Code copyright case. ... BBC MindGames is a British magazine devoted to puzzles, brainteasers and articles concerning the mind. ... A puzzle is a problem or enigma that challenges ingenuity. ... Digital Fortress book cover Digital Fortress is a novel by American author Dan Brown and published in 1998 by St. ... Homestar Runner, usually just called Homestar, is the star of his eponymous cartoon series, Homestar Runner. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Strong Bad is the primary villain in the fictional world of Homestar Runner. ...

Notes

  1. ^ Excel 97 Flight to Credits. The Easter Egg Archive.
  2. ^ Excel 97 Flight Simulator - For later versions of Microsoft Excel. The Easter Egg Archive.
  3. ^ Pinball in Word 97. The Easter Egg Archive.
  4. ^ Larry Osterman (October 21, 2005). Why no Easter Eggs?. Larry Osterman's WebLog. MSDN Blogs. Retrieved on 2006-07-29.

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See also

now. ... Undocumented features are frequently found in computer software releases. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

External links

  • Easter Egg Archive – Up-to-date lists and discussions of Easter eggs, both digital and found in art, books, etc.
  • Easter eggs and the Trusted Computing Base – Network World article outlining the concern over Easter eggs
  • Chip Fun: Microchip-based Easter eggs – From the National Museum of American History; photos by Integrated Circuit Engineering Corp.
  • DVD Easter Eggs – Lists many Easter eggs in DVDs
  • List of hidden features on DVDs – At the "DVD Review" website
  • Digital Press' classic video games Easter egg compendium
  • Halo Easter Eggs- Listing of the Best Halo Easter Eggs
  • Lee's PeeknPoke Issue 5 – PDF retro game magazine with Atari 2600 hidden easter egg feature
  • Easter Eggs – Software Easter Eggs

 
 

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