Where am I?

Other places to find me on the web

Deviant Art Linked In


Latest News from Gamecreature

Monday, April 17, 2006


Easter Eggs and Cows

I posted this week's cartoon a little early because it was Easter. For those of you who might have been hiding under a rock, all sorts of electronic media have hidden extra "goodies" for users to discover. Gauntlet Dark legacy has several hidden levels, including a barnyard and a model of the studio's offices. Pixar DVDs (Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo and The Incredibles) have a lot of extra hidden clips that require a bit of effort to find. These extras are called Easter Eggs, because they are usually a pleasant surprise that you have to hunt. In pinball, these are sometimes called DOHO (Documented Occurance of a Hidden Object) and the DOHO's frequently involve cows. This is because an early Williams pinball game about the Chicago fire had a bit about Mrs. O'Leary's cow and that bovine has been cropping up everywhere since. So when I started 3D Ultra Pinball for Dynamix, who was I to buck tradition? I built cows into the font that relays in-game information to the player, but they were never accessed. However, the cows can be seen in the other 4 pinball games, including Nascar Pinball. The last pinball game, Thrillride, made use of Hershey's chocolate syrup mascot. There have not been any cows in my latest game, though there are some pink sheep in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Hmmm, maybe it's time for a new tradition...

Last week's cartoon compared the points system in Microsoft's Live Marketplace to the ticket redemption system at an arcade. I was wrong. Evidently the gamerpoints one earns while playing XBox 360 games do not earn you anything at all! So it's still like an arcade but instead of tickets, they have a giftshop and you gotta pay cash. Glad we got that sorted out.

This weekend (April 21-23) I'm going to be a guest at Concentric at the Crystal Lake Holiday Inn. If you're in the area, be sure to stop by and maybe get a book signed or watch me work on the next week's cartoons or maybe even play a little Star Trek with me. It'll be fun!
Comments: Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home

What's New

This Week's Comic


(Click to view full size!)

Latest Games

The Walking Dog Game Crazy Quilt Game Burger Builder Game Garbage Run Game Humpty Dumpty Game Critter Crunch Game


July 2005   August 2005   September 2005   October 2005   November 2005   December 2005   January 2006   February 2006   March 2006   April 2006   May 2006   June 2006   July 2006   August 2006   September 2006   October 2006   November 2006   December 2006   January 2007   February 2007   March 2007   April 2007   May 2007   June 2007   July 2007   August 2007   September 2007   October 2007   November 2007   December 2007   January 2008   February 2008   March 2008   April 2008   May 2008   June 2008   July 2008   August 2008   September 2008   October 2008   November 2008   December 2008   January 2009   February 2009   March 2009   April 2009   August 2009   October 2009   February 2010   March 2010   May 2010   June 2010   July 2010   August 2010   September 2010   October 2010   November 2010   December 2010   January 2011   February 2011   May 2011   July 2011   September 2011   October 2011  

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?

Subscribe to Posts [Atom]