Easter egg (media)

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In computer software and media, an Easter egg is an intentional inside joke, hidden message or image, or secret feature of a work.wikipedia
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Adventure (Atari 2600)

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The term was coined to describe a hidden message in the Atari video game Adventure that encouraged the player to find further hidden messages in later games, leading them on a 'hunt'. The use of the term "Easter egg" to describe secret features originates from the 1979 video game Adventure for the Atari 2600 game console, programmed by employee Warren Robinett.
In this game, he introduced the first widely known video game Easter egg, a secret room containing text crediting himself for the game's creation.

Minigame

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Some games even include hidden minigames as Easter eggs.
Minigames occur variously as gameplay features, or as time fillers while levels are loading, or as Easter eggs even in non video games e.g. a DOOM-like game or a flight simulator in different versions of Microsoft Excel.

Konami Code

The Konami Code, a type of cheat code, became an intentional Easter egg in most games, but originated from Konami's Gradius (1985) for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
The code has also found a place in popular culture as a reference to the third generation of video game consoles, and is present as an Easter egg in a number of websites.

Starship 1

According to research by Ed Fries, the first known Easter egg in an arcade game was in Starship 1 (1977), programmed by Ron Milner.
It contains the first known Easter egg in any arcade game.

In-joke

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In computer software and media, an Easter egg is an intentional inside joke, hidden message or image, or secret feature of a work.
In the computer industry, in-jokes may be hidden in the software as "Easter eggs".

Video game

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It is usually found in a computer program, video game, or DVD/Blu-ray Disc menu screen.
Easter eggs are hidden messages or jokes left in games by developers that are not part of the main game.

List of Google Easter eggs

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The Google search engine famously contains many Easter eggs, given to the user in response to certain search queries.
Easter eggs are hidden features or messages, inside jokes, and cultural references inserted into media.

Warren Robinett

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The use of the term "Easter egg" to describe secret features originates from the 1979 video game Adventure for the Atari 2600 game console, programmed by employee Warren Robinett.
In response to this, Robinett placed a hidden object in the game that would allow the player to reach a hidden screen which displayed the words "Created by Warren Robinett," hence creating one of the earliest known Easter eggs in a video game, and the first to which the name "Easter egg" was applied.

Cheating in video games

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The Konami Code, a type of cheat code, became an intentional Easter egg in most games, but originated from Konami's Gradius (1985) for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
Easter eggs are a related feature.

Jon Burton

Jon Burton, founder of Traveller's Tales, announced that many seemingly apparent Easter eggs in their Sega Genesis games came about as a result of introducing programming tricks to get around some of the difficulty they had in getting Sega's strict certification for their games, catching any exceptions during execution to bring the game back to a usable state as to pass certification.
Burton is a practicing Christian and included an Ichthys as an Easter egg in one of the tracks in Sonic R.

Xyzzy (computing)

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One of these was "xyzzy", a command which enabled the player to move between two points in the game world.
While talking to one of the members of the Ingres development team, Wim de Boer, at that time the secretary of the Ingres Users Group Nederland (IUGN), mentioned the removal of this Easter egg.

Tetris

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One example is the HP 54600B, known to have a Tetris (1984) clone, and the HP 54622D contains an imitation of the Asteroids (1979) game named Rocks.
The game, or one of its many variants, is available for nearly every video game console and computer operating system, as well as on devices such as graphing calculators, mobile phones, portable media players, PDAs, Network music players and as an Easter egg on non-media products like oscilloscopes.

Pinball

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Easter eggs in the 1997 version of Microsoft Office include a hidden flight simulator in Microsoft Excel and a pinball game in Microsoft Word.
In the 1990s, game designers often put hidden, recurring images or references in their games, which became known as Easter eggs.

Chip art

Many integrated circuit (chip) designers have included hidden graphics elements termed chip art, including images, phrases, developer initials, logos, and more.
Chip graffiti is sometimes called the hardware version of software easter eggs.

HP-45

One of Hewlett-Packard's electronic pocket calculators, the HP-45 (introduced in 1973), had a built-in undocumented stopwatch.
It also contained an Easter egg that allowed users to access a not-especially accurate stopwatch mode.

Make love, not war

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If given the file name argument, so that the command reads, it will pause and respond [[Make love, not war|]] before creating the file.
On the DEC PDP-10, typing the command "make love" would result in the response "not war?". This action was copied on some older versions of Unix. Some recent operating systems have brought the easter egg back, such as FreeBSD 7.0; as of /src/usr.bin/make/job.c version 1.126.2.1 if someone types "make love", the coding will answer "Not war".

Microsoft Excel

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Easter eggs in the 1997 version of Microsoft Office include a hidden flight simulator in Microsoft Excel and a pinball game in Microsoft Word.
Also, an easter egg in Excel 4.0 reveals a hidden animation of a dancing set of numbers 1 through 3, representing Lotus 1-2-3, which was then crushed by an Excel logo.

Ardian Syaf

* Indonesian artist Ardian Syaf is known to engage in the practice of hiding Easter egg references to political figures in the backgrounds of his artwork.
Syaf is known to engage in the practice of hiding Easter egg references to political figures in the backgrounds of his artwork.

Ready Player One

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In the novel Ready Player One and its film adaptation, several Easter eggs are discovered in video games in a virtual reality setting, in particular highlighting the Adventure Easter egg.
The story, set in a dystopia in 2044, follows protagonist Wade Watts on his search for an Easter egg in a worldwide virtual reality game, the discovery of which will lead him to inherit the game creator's fortune.

Hidden Mickey

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Easter eggs may still appear in the content itself, such as a hidden Mickey in a Disney film or a real telephone number instead of a 555 fictitious telephone number.
Hidden Mickeys are slipped into many Disney animated films as Easter eggs.

Blink (Doctor Who)

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The Doctor Who episode "Blink", in which the existence of video Easter eggs across a number of DVDs leads to solving the protagonists' dilemma.
Sparrow and her best friend's brother, Larry Nightingale (Finlay Robertson), must unravel a set of cryptic clues sent through time by the marooned Doctor, left in DVD Easter eggs.

List of Easter eggs in Microsoft products

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List of Easter eggs in Microsoft products
Some of Microsoft's early products included hidden Easter eggs.

The Book of Mozilla

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The Book of Mozilla is a computer Easter egg found in the Netscape and Mozilla series of web browsers.

App Store (macOS)

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The first Easter egg to appear after his death was in a 2012 update to the Mac App Store for OS X Mountain Lion, in which downloaded apps were temporarily timestamped as "January 24, 1984", the date of the sales launch of the original Macintosh.
An update to Mac App Store for OS X Mountain Lion introduced an Easter egg in which, if one downloads an app from Mac App Store and goes to one's app folder before the app has finished downloading, one will see the app's timestamp as "January 24, 1984, at 2:00 AM," the date the original Macintosh went on sale.

Ready Player One (film)

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In the novel Ready Player One and its film adaptation, several Easter eggs are discovered in video games in a virtual reality setting, in particular highlighting the Adventure Easter egg.
After Halliday's death, a pre-recorded message left by his avatar Anorak announces a game, granting ownership of OASIS to the first to find the Golden Easter egg within it, which is locked behind a gate requiring three keys.