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Google celebrates Atari’s Breakout with Easter egg

Game is 37 years old
Tue May 14 2013, 12:54

SMASH DOWN A CEILING GAME Breakout is 37 years old, and in celebration you can play it through a Google Easter egg.

Google has a playful side, and it regularly celebrates things and people with its front page doodle. This headnod in the direction of a classic Atari game is less obvious however, and can only be found through an image search.

If you type "atari breakout" into the Google Image search box and wait, you will be transported back in time almost four decades to a time where games were beepy, blocky, lots of fun, and hellishly addictive.

We've already regressed on the work front by playing the game and it is not even lunchtime yet. We were playing for a solid hour until someone important wandered through the office.

It is very neat, and of course it works well.

37 years ago games weren't all about pressing hundreds of buttons, virtual reality, waving your arms around, kicking in doors and using fishing reel peripherals, and the nostalgic trip back into one of those old time greats might make you wish for a return to that simpler, more carefree age.

If you want to play Breakout now you are going to need a computer, a mouse, a computer image search, and preferably, a desk that backs onto a wall.

Breakout remains very bleepy, so some headphones or quickly muting your speaker are in order.

Although the Easter egg has just recently come to life, it is being rapidly spread through Twitter. Breakout actually turned 37 in April. µ


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