Fun with your DVDs

Ever since the early days of Atari, there's been a tradition known as "Easter Eggs" - almost completely hidden surprises, requiring some unanticipated combination of clicks and presses, known only to the programmers and the select few. The very first Easter Egg was created by Warren Robinett for the Atari game Adventure. In protest against Atari's policy of not including author's names in their games, Warren included a hidden message (with complimentary graphic glories) deep in the game.

Though game companies have become much more reasonable about crediting those who deserve credit, the Easter Egg tradition has continued. In fact, it has branched out to include not only videogames, but also to the PC, the Palm and even the DVD.

The Easter Egg Archive lists over 6500 Easter Eggs to be found in software, movies, TV, books and even art (e.g. - did you know that in every Dali painting there's a portrait of the artist?). DVD Easter Eggslists more than 1400 Eggs.

Easter Eggs are an important funomenon, not only because they give artists a way to lay claim to their property, or because they provide an extra level of interest for the people who own their products, but also because they catalyze community. Next best thing to discovering a new Easter Egg is being able to tell everyone about it.

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