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July 24, 2010

Play Snake in YouTube's Player

YouTube's player has a clever Easter egg: make sure the player has focus (try pausing and resuming the video), hold the left key for about 2 seconds and press the up key, while still holding the left key. You can now play Snake while watching the video.



This trick only works in YouTube's new player, which is only available for videos that don't include annotations or ads. It's limited to the videos played on YouTube's site and it doesn't work for embedded videos. Here's an example of video you can use to play Snake.

YouTube is not the only Google product that lets you play games. Gmail has a Labs feature called "old Snakey" that adds a Snake game inside Gmail.

{ via TheNextWeb. Thanks, Kevin. }

39 comments:

  1. That's very cool! I like the Old Snakey lab in Gmail.

    BTW, thanks for the info on the "new" player, which I like. I was wondering why some videos use the old player, which looks clunky and the new one with the fading controls.

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  2. Thats good for slow connections.

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  3. Now that is really cool! LOL

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  4. Now if they'd just release their Easter Eggs API...

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  5. Hi.
    I've had a YouTube account. Now, I'm not able to login to it. I've entered the correct User Name and Password. When I want to retrieve the password, I can get the link and change the password. However, I'm not able to login. I can get the correct User name through my mail. When I try to retrieve the user name, I can do it. I can also retrieve the password. Still, I'm not able to log in my account. I'm receiving all the comments that are being posted for my uploads.

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  6. i found this thing on accident actually. my video was loading and i just hit the arrow keys and suddenly it shot downward. at first i thought it was just an error. so later on i tried it again and noticed there was a dot that you could go and get and soon enough it was snake. then i researched it.

    pretty weird.

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  7. ive been trying to get this to work. even tried different browsers.. it doesnt work for me on any videos on any browser ive tried. ive given up.

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  8. you have to have the video completely paused before you try to do this.
    hold left arrow key for three seconds, then press the up arrow quickly afterward. Make sure the video is already at the beginning too so it doesnt just rewind everything lol

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  9. It doesn't appear to work anymore. I can't seem to get it to work either.

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  10. I played the snake game today in fire fox.Game was intresting...Enjoy

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  11. Here you you can play:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIQIYFxBDH4

    and here

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_Q3fhvC-DQ

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  12. now you have to hold left key and tap up key to activate

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  13. you don't even have to hold the left key, only just press either the up or down arrows

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  14. yeah, and if you type in wow on any on youtube you start playing world of warcraft

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  15. still works for me haha

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  16. I found this Easter egg accidentally a few minutes ago. I was trying to scroll down the page with the arrow key while the video was loading, but I ended up turning the "loading" symbol into the Snake.

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  17. I can't seem to make it work, no matter what i do. I'm definitely on the right videos, but i don't know. ):

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  18. it still works. i found this by accident while waiting for a video to load since i have a slow connection.

    oh google, always at it.

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  19. i found it by mistake, too.

    thought it was some kind of virus, but i dont think the video is loading while im playing it?

    dunno.

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  20. Obviously if YouTube hadn't of allowed this then how on earth would it be accessed through the videos, its been programmed/encoded in the vid :). No virus, just for fun. Enjoy peeps
    1) pause at 0:00
    2) hold left key for three seconds
    3) press the top arrow key once

    Enjoy the game.

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  21. a correction to person above using firefox 4.0 beta 10 it has multiple ways to play
    steps 1 is the same
    2) hold left for 2 to 3 seconds
    3.1) quickly press up letting your finger off of left
    3.2) quickly press down letting your finger off of left
    which option on three you do doesn't matter but I can't seem to get 3.1 to work after mistakenly hitting down instead of up but hey it works and avoid things that the video is a light color in the beginning to be able to see the "food" preferably a dark background so you can see the white

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  22. how to have it? through download?

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  23. i've tried it and it worked and im not happy about it cuz once i did it, da videos dont work anymore ,when i play a video a black
    screen appears and i cant watch da video just hear the videos song. plz i dont want des anymore just want to fix it :((
    any 1 can help????????

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  24. Surprised that I only JUST found out about this.

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  25. I just started playing around with it while waiting for the IT crowd to load (:
    It started moving, I soon realised you had to get to the dot. Fun, even if I am a failm at it :P

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  26. do you have to restart the vid if you die

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  27. How do you disable it?
    I can't move through the timeline of the video or anything while it's on.
    I found it by accident while browsing scary videos... V_V''''

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  28. monkeyballsandpeacezombiesmakeamazingbabysNovember 13, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    i just push left down right and it comes up but do it fast !

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  29. it doesnt work on my computer! It works for my cousin and she tried mine and nothing :(

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  30. same here found out by accident geniues

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  31. how to play bounce in youtube player??

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  32. WRONG INSTRUCTION!!! JUST PRESS THE UP KEY

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