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An Easter egg is an intentional inside joke, hidden message, or feature in an interactive work such as a computer program, video game or DVD menu screen. The name is used to evoke the idea of a traditional Easter egg hunt.[1]

In computer software, Easter eggs are secret responses that occur as a result of an undocumented set of commands. The results can vary from a simple printed message or image, to a page of programmer credits or a small video game hidden inside an otherwise serious piece of software. Video Game cheat codes are a specific type of Easter egg, in which entering a secret command will unlock special powers or new levels for the player.[1][2]



  1. 1.0 1.1 <Encyclopedia of Video Games: The Culture, Technology, and Art of Gaming>, ABC-CLIO, Wolf, Mark J. P. (2012) P. 177. ISBN 9780313379369
  2. Björk, Staffan; Holopainen, Jussi (2005). Patterns In Game Design. Charles River Media. p. 235. ISBN 978-1584503545. Retrieved January 25, 2013.