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17-Year-Old Message Found in Dungeon Keeper Code
Filed under: DUNGEON KEEPER

Seventeen years ago, a designer of the original Dungeon Keeper from 1997 snuck a message into the game's code.

In all-caps, the designer wrote the following text:

I am writing this at 4AM on Keeper's last day. I look around the office and all I see are the tired, pale faces of the Keeper team. This project has destroyed the health and social lives of each member, so I hope you like the game. Amazingly, after sixteen hours a day, 7 days a week, for nearly 5 months, we still do. This game has been written with a passion I am proud to be part of ... I do not just hope you like it, I also hope you are aware of the huge amount of work we have all done.

This message was just recently unearthed, and it turns out it was written by none other than Jonty Barnes, Bungie's director of production.

"It's funny, I'm feeling similar with Destiny," Barnes told Polygon. "Both games have taken absolutely everything I have to give. Both I'm very proud to be part of. Both have changed my life."



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film11 Jul 18 2014, 03:05 pm EDT
If only he could have imagined the bastardisation, er, I mean "innovation" that EA has... inspired upon the series in the past year.
CJ_Parker Jul 18 2014, 04:14 pm EDT
Viral marketing for Destiny = bull-fucking-shit
  touretul: yeah!
Cedtsmk Jul 18 2014, 05:54 pm EDT
That's why I don't design videogames for a living.
satangel Jul 19 2014, 01:52 am EDT
I bet that message wasn't discovered at all, and he had to go and make it public. :)
antonphd Jul 19 2014, 10:01 pm EDT
this is why crying about how disappointed you are with a game makes you a spoiled shit head who needs to grow up. not grow up and quit playing games. grow up and learn to be appreciative of the hard work other people do in life.

- every single game developer who ever worked for any company on any game
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