DK easter egg found

Don Hodges found the easter egg I put in Donkey Kong over 25 years ago.  His write-up is at:

I’m totally impressed.

And no, getting the easter egg to pop up still isn’t worth your time…. 🙂


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8 Responses to DK easter egg found

  1. Aris says:

    Some people have too much time on their hands – they’re obviously not dad’s 🙂

  2. I read your longish entry about your time at Atari and working on Donkey Kong. I’m curious, do you think that learning how to program on a memory restrictive system such as the Atari 800 (via emulator) might make me a better programmer? I’m just beginning C++, but I hear that there are advantages to working to as close to assembly language as possible if you want to understand the nuances of a language. It might help make me a better programmer even.

  3. Marcin says:

    Someone likes puzzles, crosswords etc. Someone likes to dig into 6502 machine code

    Landon, what was the reason you put that egg into the code? 😉

  4. Well… don’t think so. Depends what you want to achieve, but unless you’re coding for embedded systems, you’re better off learning various design patterns and things like OOP and SOA.

  5. landon says:

    @Marcin: One of the posters on Kotaku nailed it: I wanted to sign it. I wanted to be able to prove that I wrote it.

    I didn’t have much ROM space left over, so it couldn’t be spectactular.

    I did two versions of the egg; the one you see is the one that made it in. The other one replaced the “DONKEY KONG” title with “LANDON DYER” (same number of letters in each, which helped a little). If I’d known it would be over twenty years before discovery, I would have left that version in…

  6. Tattoo Ed says:

    First of all, I have to give him credit for the amazing port. I remember playing this on my Atari 800 for years. My friends were all amazed at how it was arcade quality that there Atari 2600 and such could not do! You gotta love people spend so much time 20 years later to find such a thing. Even though the egg itself isn’t anything special, I have now read aabout this on probably 20 sites. At least the original author is getting a little pub now!

  7. Allan says:

    Now Don has found the Easter Egg in Super Pacman.

    But there is still a mystery. Hopefully Landon can remember what JSR 91BD means.


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