When springtime rolls around, parents and gigantic bunnies alike scatter about gifts of candy like benevolent 1800’s sugar barons. In that spirit of generosity and in honor of the hunt, Man Crates is sharing our favorite Easter eggs from movies, video games and around the web to keep you satisfied long after your stash of Peeps vanishes.
For those not fluent in geek, an Easter egg, as defined by the Wikipedia overlords, is an “intentional inside joke, a hidden message or a secret feature of an interactive work (often, a computer program, video game or DVD menu screen). The name is used to evoke the idea of a traditional Easter egg hunt.” All around the world dedicated geeks spend countless hours searching for Easter eggs hidden in the nooks and crannies of their favorite video games, movies, and software so the rest of us can enjoy immediately without the slightest of effort when it’s posted on an internet blog.
These children will stop at nothing to recover every last candy, small plastic toy, and coin filled egg.
Easter eggs in pop culture have been around for ages. The Beatles left Easter eggs hidden among their records (it also turns out John was The Walrus) and Alfred Hitchcock famously placed himself in his films. When television sets had rabbit ears and Cher looked like this, Atari programmers hid their signatures in games because their own employers refused to disclose production credits for fear of losing talent to competitors.
Big shot Hollywood directors love easter egging. Mel Gibson hid Where’s Waldo in Apocalypto and Quentin Tarantino has been sprinkling in Easter eggs for years. Pixar references Kubrick’s The Shining and a widely discussed shared universe theory revolves around sightings of Pizza Planet trucks.
Star Wars is popular source material for Easter egginess. Everyone’s favorite sassy robots, R2D2 and C3PO, can be found in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and JJ Abrams’ Star Trek films.
One of the most useful Easter eggs of all time is on the Memento DVD, which allows you to view the difficult-to-follow film in chronological order. If you’re in the mood to chill, you might find Netflix’s Easter eggs for browsing movie genres eggstra helpful. Did you know that the rating on the IMDB page for Spinal Tap rating goes to 11? Or that if you look real hard you’ll see George Harrison pop up in Monty Python’s Life of Brian? We're not eggsaggerating.
The Konami code (up up down down left right left right b a) is famous amongst Contra and Castlevania fans. Thanks to Easter eggs it endures today modding Google Hangouts, invoking light shows on the Pixel and unlocking features and effects on many different websites.
Those who grew up gaming in the 90s remember NBA Jam Tournament Edition hidden characters. You could slam dunk and rain threes as Fresh Prince, the Beastie Boys or Bill Clinton. It simply doesn’t get much better than that.
Around the Web
Google stashes surprises across their products at a prolific rate. Engineers have fun during long, boring coding sessions by dropping little surprises for us feeble-minded end users. You can make a search window do a barrell roll, pony up the Hangouts window, or even play the dino sidescroller when the WiFi is down. If you’re a StarCraft player, you might enjoy Zerg rushing the results page...Kekeke.
If none of that interests you, try watching Star Wars in ASCII, it’s eggcellent!