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What a (Zerg) rush: Google offers game play for special search term

Posted by David Stewart  April 27, 2012 03:40 PM

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The designers of the Google home page are at it again, finding a way to turn one particular result from the search engine giant into a coordinated attack of killer O's.

Go to Google.com and type in "zerg rush". The resulting page will show full results briefly, but those results soon come under attack by a group of O's, which will systematically eat away at the results on the page.

You have a chance to defend your results by shooting down the O's, using your computer's mouse to fire away at the multiplying horde. If you can't keep up or just do nothing, the swarm of O's forms a pair of G's at the top of the page.

You might ask, "What's a Zerg rush and why is it so all-consuming?" From the PC Magazine story on the hidden game:

As described by knowyourmeme.com, the term Zerg Rush originates from the real-time strategy (RTS) game Starcraft. "The 'Zerg' race is notoriously known for its ability to mass-produce offensive units within a short time frame, thus allowing the player to overpower the opponent by sheer number," the website said.

Google has offered a number of surprises, or "easter eggs," with search results during the search engine's history as listed on this Wikipedia entry.

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