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What's with the Google dinosaur showing up on error load pages?

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asked Dec 28, 2015 in Internet/Online Business by anonymous
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When Google Chrome fails to connect to the internet, a tiny 8-bit T-Rex shows up in the corner of your browser, above the words 'unable to connect to the Internet'.

 

This is a reference to the long-running joke that T-Rex had large bodies but short forearms, incapable of reaching anything.

 

In this case the Google Rex is incapable of 'reaching the internet'.

 

 

What few realize is that it's actually a very cute endless runner game.

 

Flappy Dino

 

Just hit the spacebar and the dino will jump up and begin running. A stretch of 8-bit desert will appear, punctuated with 8-bit cacti. Hit the spacebar to jump over them. With every jump and 100 points mark you will hear a screeching arcade game blip and you will feel a dejavou to the times when most computer games looked and sounded like this.

 

Wipe away a tear of nostalgia and then see how long you can jump over the 8-bit saguaros. Eventually a flying pterodactyl will get in your path as well, so jump that one too.

 

The game will last until the page refreshes and you are back online. It doesn't save your high-score, but after all, that's not the point. It's just an internet Google Chrome easter egg for you to pass the time.

 

How To Play

 

If you do have internet but still want to play the game, put your phone or laptop on airplane mode and try to load a page in Chrome. It should come up.

 

Alternatively, here is a link to play it directly, or download an app version from the App Store.

 

Have Fun!

answered Dec 29, 2015 by AlecCorday (5,810 points)

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