Watch Part 2 - ''A Dinosaur Story - Extras''
In 2013 Google updated the Chrome web browser with a brand new error screen, that would pop up whenever users would experience an internet shortage.
Besides the message that there is no internet connection, and a few suggestions for diagnostics, the screen also displayed an image of a T-Rex standing still on a desert plain.
The next year, Chrome users would find that they could actually activate an easter egg game with the dinosaur, simply by pressing the space-bar on their keyboard, or tapping on the screen if they were using a smartphone.
The Google Chrome T-Rex icon was designed by Sebastien Gabriel, a visual designer who is also known for designing other Chrome icons, one of them being the ‘’Chrome Repair Bot’’.
The offline game was entirely coded by Google developer Edward Jung.
The dinosaur game is an infinite runner that has no time limitations or scripted epilogue. You basically go for as long as you can, and while doing so, hopefully forget about the frustrations of dealing with one of the biggest first world problems.
Sources and references:
- OMG Chrome: ‘’Interview with Sebastien Gabriel, a Google Chrome Visual Designer’’ http://www.omgchrome.com/interview-with-sebastien-gabriel-google-chrome-visual-designer/
- Softpedia: ‘’Chrome's Cute Offline Dinosaur Now Comes as Standard’’ http://webscripts.softpedia.com/blog/Chrome-s-Cute-Offline-Dinosaur-Now-Comes-as-Standard-392981.shtml
‘’Chrome lonely T-rex’’ https://dribbble.com/shots/1280869-Chrome-lonely-T-rex
‘’Chrome lonely T-rex reloaded’’ https://dribbble.com/shots/1832973-Chrome-lonely-T-rex-reloaded
‘’Google Chrome’’ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Chrome#T-Rex
‘’Specimens of Tyrannosaurus’’ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Specimens_of_Tyrannosaurus
- Quora: ‘’Why does Google Chrome show a dinosaur when you are offline?’’ https://www.quora.com/Why-does-Google-Chrome-show-a-dinosaur-when-you-are-offline
‘’Disable Chrome offline game (T-Rex) if device is enrolled’’ https://bugs.chromium.org/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=462221
‘’add policy to disable dinosaur game on the network error screen on desktop/mobile platforms’’ https://bugs.chromium.org/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=471738
Footage used in the video
- Marques Brownlee: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iObySa91b0
- Unbox Therapy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMiBhvV0Dm8&t=3s
- JerryRigEverything: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enaBiv2j91U&t=9s
- Computerphile: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZRI1IfStY0&t=102s
- Pencil clip https://pixabay.com/en/videos/pencil-write-author-education-pen-8256/
- Exsersize clip: https://pixabay.com/en/videos/yoga-health-woman-mountain-445/
- Keyboard clip: https://pixabay.com/en/videos/keyboard-typing-computer-office-8246/
- ‘’Bad TV Reception Stock Video Clip’’ by recroom https://www.videezy.com/elements-and-effects/244-bad-tv-reception-stock-video-clip
- ‘’Reading book pages’’ by padrinan https://www.videezy.com/abstract/5713-reading-book-pages
- Grass clip http://mazwai.com/#/grid/videos/8
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Music: ''U Make Me Feel'', ''TFB3'', ''Habanera (by Bizet)''
(YouTube Audio Library)
The globe at the end was really interesting, how it zoomed toward the north pole with a south-positive axis. It's not something you see often, with only really north-positive 2D depictions, leading persons to incorrectly relate "north" to "up", so I kinda liked that little thing.
I work in IT and one time this user played for like a week straight. He never got an insane score or anything but is legendary how he avoided work for so long playing such a simple game. In the end he got fired since all machines are monitored and his supervisor ask for the screen recordings.
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