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Bitcoin Easter Egg Hunt: It’s Time to Geek Out!

Easter eggs can be found everywhere if you know where to look at. From real life Easter egg hunt to the inside jokes, cryptic messages that you find in video games, movies, DVD menus and computer software to the small gifts you find in food items. You can treat yourself if you know where to look at.

History of Easter Eggs

Easters eggs are defined as a “message, trick, or unusual behavior hidden inside a computer program by its creator”. The digital Easter eggs go back to the 70s. The Atari 2600 game, “Adventure” is where it all started from.

The Easter egg came out when Atari forbade its developers’ names from appearing on games to avoid being lured away by competitors. To get past this rule, one of the Adventure’s developer left a hidden message buried deep in the game. The only way to access it was to carry an object across a series of rooms before passing through the final wall which finally revealed the words “Created by Warren Robinett” which were displayed in continuously changing colors.

It doesn’t sound like a big deal but back them this was rebellion and it started the whole Easter trend’ where people would hide Easter eggs in software and other multimedia. Many gamers might be aware of it as now these eggs get your rewards that players can benefit from.

Back when Bitcoin came into the picture in 2009, it was a new opportunity to hide your coded messages. Since the beginning Bitcoin has been a breeding ground for Easter eggs of all sorts.

Bitcoin and The Easter Eggs

If you crack open genesis block, inside you’ll find Satoshi’s famous line which everyone obtained from The Times; “Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks.”

Another covert banking reference can be found in Call of Duty Black Ops 3. If you go deep in the game, you’ll come across a billboard in post-apocalyptic Singapore shows “Live life in confidence knowing your bank will take care of your future.”

Whether it is based of on the game’s narrative which is placed in a dystopian future, a subtle self-promotion of cryptocurrency OR a dig at the current financial order, the headline resonates the Easter egg on the Bitcoin genesis block.

Conceal Your Easter Egg Anywhere

The hidden message is not limited to video games only, cryptocurrency has been concealed in street art, stashed in Lego and placed in pictures, where it rested for years till it was finally cracked by someone.

In 2017, the Google Home smart speaker contained a Bitcoin-based Easter egg. They way to access it was to ask the assistant to speak to Mr. Satoshi, and the computerized voice will offer to provide information on a range of cryptocurrencies.

Sometimes it take very long to discover these eggs, for example, it took nine years for the public to discover the second encrypted message hidden in the genesis block. So it is likely that there are more hiding somewhere. And, since Easter is not so far, it is time you start hunting now. Who knows what you might find, might even get clues directing you towards the real Satoshi? The possibilities are endless.

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Soha Ali

As vanilla as it sounds, a filmmaker in the making. Soha brings the irony out of the crypto world by contributing to the Unfiltered section of BlockPublisher. Contact the editor at editor.unfiltered@blockpublisher.com

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