Jul 6 200926-Year Old Easter Egg Found In Donkey Kong

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You see those initials? Those are a 26-year old Easter egg from the Atari 800 release of Donkey Kong. Landon M. Dyer, the programmer responsible, just recently unveiled that he secretly put his initials in the game. Want to see them for yourself? It isn't easy:

1. Play a game and get a score of 33,000 through 33,900. This score must become the new high score. [Some other scores will work as well, see below.]

2. Kill off all of your remaining lives. However, your last life must be killed off by falling too far - by walking or jumping off a girder that is too high to land safely. If the last life is killed any other way, the egg will not appear.

3. Set the game difficulty to 4 by pressing the Option button 3 times. The icon for this difficulty is a firefox.

4. Wait a few minutes, and the demo screen where Kong jumps across the screen will appear.

5. The title screen will then appear, and Landon Dyer's initials [LMD] will be at the bottom center of the screen:

Yeah, I'll just settle for the screencap. Aaaaaand I'm good.

UPDATE: Video added after the jump. Warning: don't expect much.

Quarter century old secret discovered in Donkey Kong [fidgit]

Thanks to FDSY, who could dethrone the King of Kong if he wasn't too lazy to get up off the couch.

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Reader Comments

Que monkey balls.

fück me I love donkey kong

I've got your monkey balls right here in your mother's mouth.

Que hurt feeling. :'(

geeze what a waste, he should have made some digi boobs like this (. )( .) or at the very least used the initals LSD or ASS. boooooo, hisssss, fail.

all that for some poor slobs initials? Boo!


I always thought it stood for Lost My Dick.

I thought it stood for



Donkey Kong has been around for such a long time. C'mon GW, you know there are other systems out their instead of the Atari don't you?

Nah, this isn't lame given that back then game programmers and developers weren't given credit for their work. They had to do easter eggs like this just to get their name in the game.

Good work to the programmer and the guy who found it.


This is a complete photoshop job. You can tell its a fake bacause the shadow's are all wrong.

This is exactly like that scene in the movie My Two dads where steve Jobs drinks redbull out of a hot girls cleavage and the geekologie writer whacks off to a zelda porn...



Speak for yourself, dick cheese.

I'm going to buy an Atari 800 and a Donkey Kong game cartridge off of eBay just to see if this works, and if it doesn't you'd better pray I don't find you!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsTi_fbqsoQ Here is video for easter egg

That's a helluva Easter Egg. I wonder who's initials are hidden in "Custer's Revenge." It would probably go right below the tied up Indian woman being raped, and right above the score... you know... for raping the Indian woman.

P.S. Daisy still sucks.





@11 & 12 can SUCK IT because you're short lived hatred never makes it past the 1st round, failure. You tell 'em Shumway!

♥ Daisy ♥ our fellow newb eliminator & beloved geeko participant indigo supremica( I dunno, sounded good at the time)


This is a complete photoshop job. You can tell its a fake because the shadow's are all wrong.

This is exactly like that scene in the movie Never Back Down where Max and Baja take advantage of the white house easter egg hunt to sneak into the oval office and steal part of the desk.

Why did this not come out sooner? I would think the programmer would have blabbed about it way before now.

@25... maybe the poor ****er told his daughter on his deathbed and this is her one chance to publicise her father's name. Maybe this is the only piece of creativity ever to force its way out of Mr Dyer's sphinctre. Maybe, just maybe, it's an outdated protest and really stands for Liberate Mandela, Dickheads.

Who cares?

Liberate te...... ex infernis.

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