Every once and a while you find a game that breaks through into societies subconscious in a big way. Games like Mario, Tetris, and Sonic are all mainstays in our everyday life. Another game that seems to have done this is the silly Dinosaur jumping game that cools us off when we get mad about the internet being down. Through what I can only assume is intense human psychology, Google Chrome implanted a game that we all love to hit that space bar on when we are board.
Now, there are two ways to play this game. One, you could always unplug your modem (or type in chrome://dino when using Chrome). Or two, you could simply play it online.
Let’s all agree that once we start playing this game we do it until the internet actually comes back on…. even if it takes hours. Yes for all of you out there that want to kill some time while you pretend to work on your novel, this is the game for you. Don’t think though that this version has any bells or whistles, because it is literally the same game you would find on Google Chrome. That said, what is kind of interesting is their blog documenting the entire process of building and attracting users to it. It reads as nice example of how to build and grow an online game or website.
What’s great about this though is that not everyone likes Google Chrome, especially the amount of data they suck up for their ad monopoly. So if you like using Firefox or my personal favorite Brave, you can still play this very much addicting game.
It’s also worth noting that this site is keeping score based on the country you live in, and my native Canada is only in 4th place. Canadians unite, we need to take over this leaderboard! We will never take over the scores on Pop Cat, so this is next best shot at it.