YouTube Missile Command

YouTube isn’t exactly hard pressed for traffic.  But that isn’t exactly about to stop the marketing heads from promoting Geek Week, which runs from 8/4-8/10.  That’s right, it’s almost over and I haven’t even told you why I’m writing this post.  Shall we cut to the chase?

Head to YouTube.  Go to any video – it doesn’t matter which one –  and type in “1980″.  Nope.  Not the search bar, or any field.  Just hammer out those 4 keys on your keyboard and you’ll see the YouTube video drop down and the Missile Command game appear.  To play – you know, because there is a good chance you’ve never heard or seen this game – just point your mouse and click.  The goal is to stop the alien invasion.  You’ll need to employ timing as well as sacrifice, since some alien space crafts will be more a distraction than anything else.  But that’s not all.

Type in “1337″ much in the same way you typed in “1980″.  The text, more specifically the comments, will be converted into Leek speaker, otherwise know eleet or leetspeak.  Get it?  The 1 is an “L”, the 3 a “E”, and so on.  Nerdy?  Yes.  Cool as the Missile Command Easter Egg?  Not quite.

Leet (or “1337“), also known as eleet or leetspeak, is an alternative alphabet for the English language that is used primarily on the Internet. It uses various combinations of ASCII characters to replace Latinate letters. For example, leet spellings of the word leet include 1337 and l33teleet may be spelled 31337 or 3l33t.

Source: Wikipedia

That all said, my personal Google Easter Egg favorite is when you could play Atari Breakout.  In fact, it’s still works.  Just go to Google Image Search and type in “atari breakout” our hit this link.

YouTube Missile Command

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."