We had one entry that didn’t make it into today’s article, and I liked it a lot, so I’m going to share it with you.
Amiga OS: They Made It
This one isn’t technically a game, but the Amiga was well known for its games… and basically nothing else. This is built right into the OS.
Amiga OS was developed by a small team intending to market it as a video game machine. After the Great Video Game Crash of 1983, however, they shelved that idea and got bought by Commodore, who wanted to retool the OS as part of its line of computers intended follow up the Commodore 64.
Since Amiga computers were cheaper and quite a bit more capable than DOS or Mac OS (Windows 1.0 wasn’t released until almost 6 months later and was even more crazy expensive), Amiga thought they’d have a huge hit on their hands. But Commodore wasn’t marketing Amiga to their liking, and so the Amiga team started to grow very bitter toward their corporate masters.
In version 1.2 of the OS, they hid a little something for the guys at the top, who, in fact, saw it before release and reportedly confronted an engineer about it. He said he’d change it. He totally did not. He just made it way more difficult to find. If you press an insane series of keypresses, all while ejecting and re-inserting a floppy into the disk drive (presumably with your dick since your hands were already all over the keyboard), you got this (check the top menu bar):
Commodore caught it again after release and so it was changed in the next version to “Still a champion.”
One more thing about that screenshot: I couldn’t find it anywhere on the internet, so I decided to make it myself. After two hours of figuring out how to emulate Workbench 1.2 and two hours of working out a keyboard macro to get the message to show up, I finally got what you see above.
I spent four hours screwing with my computer to make it say dirty words just for you guys.