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James Thomson presents an illustrated story with Easter eggs

  Clarus the Dogcow in Easter Egg Preso by James Thomson

Picture by Paul Hudson

James Thomson, creator of PCalc and Dice of PCalc (see "Take a Chance with Dice by PCalc," 17 July 2019) , held a fun chat at Hacking with Swift Live 201

9 about the history of Easter eggs – hidden features and other secrets that are curled away in apps. Thomson tracked Easter eggs back to the Atari 2600 game Adventure, where the under-appreciated developer Warren Robinett built in a secret room containing his name before joining Atari. (Play adventure here!) Thomson discusses some of the Easter eggs he helped create during his time at Apple and explores other famous Easter eggs such as Clarus the Dogcow and the original iPod's Breakout game. While Easter eggs unfortunately do not exist in modern products from companies such as Apple and Microsoft, Thomson has a takeaway for all software publishers: give credit to your developers!

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