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According to The Next Web (This article and its images were originally posted on The Next Web September 7, 2018 at 09:13AM.)
An often-overlooked Easter Egg in Google Chrome is the dinosaur game, which appears when you try to visit a website while disconnected from the Internet.
The Chrome dino game is a simple infinite runner, which sees you jump over cacti, and dodge underneath obstacles. Controls are basic. Press space to jump (and to start the game), and the down arrow to duck. The goal is to survive for as long as humanly (or dinosaurly) possible — or at least until your Internet starts working again.
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To celebrate the fourth birthday of the Chrome dino, Google has published an interview with the developers who built the game, explaining its origins.
So, why the dinosaur theme? According to Chrome designer Sebastien Gabriel, it’s a play on going back to the “prehistoric ages,” before the existence of ubiquitous Wi-Fi. While this will undoubtedly be alien to some of our younger readers, others will remember only really being able to get online in certain places: home, school, work, and specialist Internet cafés.
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