Friday, April 27, 2012

Google's Zerg Rush game results in page-destroying mayhem

google_2204852b Searching for the phrase summons a horde of yellow and red Os, which proceeds to destroy Google's results before arranging into two large Gs.

The term "Zerg Rush" is a nod to a tactic in 1998's popular real time strategy game StarCraft, in which aliens called Zergs rush at the opposition's army to overwhelm them.

Searchers can fend off the Os by clicking on each one to destroy them. Gamers are given a score determined by how fast they destroy the Os, which can then be shared with friends on Google+.

It is the latest in a number of "Easter eggs" that Google developers have hidden in the software. Previous efforts have included snowflakes falling from the top of the screen, and spinning around when "Do a barrel roll" was searched for.

Web users took to Twitter to express their delight, with "Zerg Rush" becoming a trending topic. One user tweeted: "Just Googled 'Zerg Rush' and spent the next 40 minutes clicking on O's...I think I need to get a life...still; it was good fun!"

Earlier this week Google released a number of its regular Google Doodle, including one celebrating the life of Gideon Sundback, who would have been 132 on Tuesday. Mr Sundback invented the zip in 1913.

The Telegraph

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