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Just saw this film. The plot was a bit messy, but the film is filled with easter eggs. In fact, it IS about the hunt for easter eggs.  I was surprised to see the 2600 play such a big role in the finale, but once I saw that they were playing Adventure, I  quickly guessed how the film would arrive at its ending. :) Everyone here is a 2600 enthusiast, so you guys can probably figure it out, too!

 

 

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There's an easter egg in the book that lead to a competition to win a DeLorean.  The first line of each chapter is bold. A number of the letters appear to have minor printing flaws in them (click to enlarge):

 

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The notched letters spell out the URL anoraksalmanac.com where you play an Atari 2600 game called The Stacks.

 

You can play online* or download the ROM to play via emulation or on actual hardware using a flash cart like the Harmony. Completing the game revealed a QR Code that lead to part 2 of the competition.

 

*though this doesn't seem to work in modern browsers.

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Cool!  I wonder if anyone won the car?  I tried out the game.  The Stacks game is tough with many rooms.  Might need to be mapped out. Pretty decent effort though!

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Its nice that the "printing flaws" are basically the grey dot you get in Adventure.  I never noticed it when I first read it.  I learned about it later.... and yes, someone did win the DeLorean.

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80's Mad Libs:  The Motion Picture!  Based on 80's Mad Libs:  The Novel!

 

The book was painful, at least for me.  Glad some people enjoyed it, but I barely got 40 pages into it before I had to tap out.

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