YouTube’s new ‘Easter Egg’: classic arcade game Snake

Users of the video website can unlock the secret game by pausing the video and pressing the up and left arrows simultaneously on their numeric keypad.
It is not clear when the game was added, but since it only works on the new YouTube video player which was introduced in April, it cannot be more than three months old. Videos older than this do not seem to support the game.

The game only appears on the YouTube site itself, not in embedded videos on other sites.
Snake, which was one of the earliest computer games but which enjoyed a huge renaissance when it was included on Nokia mobile phones in the late 1990s, involves guiding a short worm (or snake) around the screen, eating blobs. If the head of the snake crashes into a wall or part of its tail, the game ends.
YouTube is owned by Google, which has a track record of including sly jokes and games in its products. In May, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man, Google included a playable version of the game on its homepage. One estimate put the productivity cost of the stunt at £77 million worldwide.
During the World Cup, a button on YouTube allowed users to play a vuvuzela noise over videos, while two years ago – possibly inspired by the webcomic XKCD – it added a “comment playback” button, which let users hear their own comments in digitised speech.


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    Ammara said,

    oooooooooooooooooooooooooooo thats so awesome :O
    can we still do that now?

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