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CoD: Black Ops Hides Full Verison of Zork

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Call of Duty: Black Ops features a few Easter eggs to uncover including the old DOS adventure game, Zork I.

Gamers who love to hunt down Easter eggs in their favorite titles may get a kick out of Call of Duty: Black Ops. According to recent reports, there are at least two, both of which can be accessed from the game's main menu.

As seen in the video below, players are strapped down to a chair mounted in front of the main menu. On the Xbox 360 version, they can escape by tapping LT and RT repeatedly (use the Spacebar on the PC) until the arms break free of the straps. Once unsecured, players can actually roam around the area and eventually come across a PC running the old-school classic DOS.

Here's where the Easter egg fun begins. Type in "DOA" and the old computer will load up a top-down zombie shooter called Dead Ops Arcade-- this unlocks the "Insert Coin" Xbox 360 achievement. Type in "ZORK," and the PC will load up Infocom's classic adventure game Zork I: The Great Underground Empire in its entirety--this will unlock the "Eaten By A Grue" achievement.

For the uninitiated, Zork I was one of the first interactive fiction computer games, published in 1980 and the first part of a trilogy. The game originally appeared on the TRS-80, Apple II, the Commodore 64, the IBM PC and a few others, and was installed using the amusingly oversized 5.25-inch and 8-inch floppy disks.

Activision purchased Infocom back in 1986, and has since dissolved the studio. Activision still owns the licensing rights to the Zork franchise, allowing the publisher to include Zork in any Activision release. That could also mean Activision may have slipped in other classic titles.

UPDATE: Players can actually browse through the virtual PC, typing "DIR" to see its full contents and "HELP" to see a list of commands. There's a good possibility that Activision has hidden other Easter eggs on the PC, so gamers are encouraged to experiment.

Additionally, an Eminem song can be activated on the second zombie map called "Five." Simply find and activate the three red telephones.

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    JasonAkkerman , November 10, 2010 8:13 PM
    If anyone would like to look at the ZORK games, without the need to purchase CoD :BO, you can download them for free here...

    http://www.infocom-if.org/downloads/downloads.html
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    JasonAkkerman , November 10, 2010 8:11 PM
    Ahhhh... I miss my TRS-80....

    I heart ZORK!!
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    endif , November 10, 2010 8:12 PM
    Haha thats awesome. I have always said that games are getting too streamlined by large corporations. I am glad that Activision still has a playful side to it.
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    JasonAkkerman , November 10, 2010 8:13 PM
    If anyone would like to look at the ZORK games, without the need to purchase CoD :BO, you can download them for free here...

    http://www.infocom-if.org/downloads/downloads.html
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    Anonymous , November 10, 2010 8:24 PM
    I don't think calling it a DOS game is really correct. Before infocom bought it, named it Zork, and published it for profit, it was played by many a geek on Unix and VMS mainframes.
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    festerovic , November 10, 2010 9:07 PM
    Nice find JasonAkkerman. Since you posted it, I dl'd Z1 and beat it already! Still beats many of todays games.
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    jhansonxi , November 10, 2010 9:10 PM
    fismitI don't think calling it a DOS game is really correct. Before infocom bought it, named it Zork, and published it for profit, it was played by many a geek on Unix and VMS mainframes.
    The trilogy of Zork I-III were episodic versions of the original PDP-based game which was too large for 8-bit systems. I played it on an Apple IIe back in the day.
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    Mottamort , November 10, 2010 9:12 PM
    Don't you mean VERSION? :) 
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    schmich , November 10, 2010 9:14 PM
    Putting an invisible subscribe button over the entire video...what an *beep*.
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    thirdshop , November 10, 2010 9:57 PM
    wont run under 64bit... :( 
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    calmstateofmind , November 10, 2010 9:58 PM
    good to see video games still putting in easter eggs!
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    mikem_90 , November 10, 2010 10:37 PM
    schmichPutting an invisible subscribe button over the entire video...what an *beep*.


    That's clickjacking. Noscript on Firefox detects that. Could be an ISP or an advertiser on Tom's.
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    clist , November 10, 2010 11:13 PM
    Yeah, great, too bad the game is a laggy piece of poop as compared to CoD4 and MWII - at least on the PC...

    I was so psyched to be able to have another CoD game and one with DEDICATED SERVERS, and then I started playing it and saw that Treyarch hadn't learned anything from CoD5/WaW... just like that game this one has brutally frustrating lag spikes every time an enemy shows up on screen - to the point that it's nearly unplayable (IMO). I am talking about the PC version - of course. I just can;t understand how the Treyarch gameplay could be so bad when the IW experience is so good and they are using the same game engine.

    Well, at least I can play Zork... it'll bring me back to my C-64 days.... ah "Bard's Tale" how I loved thee...

    Cheers,
    CList
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    soundping , November 10, 2010 11:19 PM
    Gimmicks.
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    mayne92 , November 11, 2010 12:04 AM
    "UPDATE: Players can actually browse through the virtual PC, typing "DIR" to see its full contents and "HELP" to see a list of commands. There's a good possibility that Activision has hidden other Easter eggs on the PC, so gamers are encouraged to experiment."
    LMFAO! People are definitely in love with M$...
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    mayne92 , November 11, 2010 12:08 AM
    JasonAkkermanIf anyone would like to look at the ZORK games, without the need to purchase CoD :BO, you can download them for free here...http://www.infocom-if.org/downloads/downloads.html

    Nice thanks Jason!!!!
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    thechief73 , November 11, 2010 12:19 AM
    Now thats pretty darn cool, I wish more games included easter eggs, it adds another level of fun to a game/software, and even if just for a moment gives you that "special felling" like someone just gave you a gift at random, you know what I mean.

    Oh and how do people ever figure out how to do wierd things like that? They must be leaked somehow, the chances of finding that at random is like winning the lotto.
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    Darkerson , November 11, 2010 12:31 AM
    I actually think they did an awesome job on the easter eggs. Not what I was expecting. And at least they didnt make that zombie based smash tv clone a paid DLC.
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    tpi2007 , November 11, 2010 12:39 AM
    Is it me or that video showed the first game going by veeeeery fast ?

    I would laugh out loud if they just used something like DosBox to make it run without correcting the clock cycle problem with old games!
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    adamboy64 , November 11, 2010 2:36 AM
    I clicked the link thinking 'Zork' was like an adware toolbar that was hidden in the game installer infecting heaps of PC's.
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    dEAne , November 11, 2010 4:29 AM
    Easter eggs on the PC? did they figure this out with potential risk?
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