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There's a tradition of including versions of the snake game with application software, so it's not too odd to find Old Snakey turning up as part of the first suite of Gmail Labs programs to be run within Google's beta webmail service Gmail.

The gameplay hasn't changed much from the primordial soup from which its basic game type first emerged decades ago; the player uses the arrow keys to control the top-down movements of a snake, who must slither around on a grid in pursuit of small pieces of food. When the food is attained, the snake gets a bit longer and goes after another piece of food that has now appeared on the board. The game ends when the snake collides with surrounding walls or other obstacles, including its own body. In this particular implementation, the snake gets faster and faster the longer it gets.

Old Snakey is invoked by activating keyboard shortcuts in the Gmail settings, then pressing Shift-7, though this can be customized.


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  • "Old Snakey" -- included game

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So has the game been taken down or what? 2 chirinea (44330)
Sep 05, 2011



Old Snakey was given a somewhat ambivalent announcement, hedged in a context of "because we can" rather than "because we should":
"Dave wrote Old Snakey, which lets you play an old school style computer game when you press "&". I'm just going to go out and say it: Old Snakey is probably a bad idea. But Dave wanted to do it, so Dave did it and anyone who uses Gmail can use it. And now you can help decide whether it's a good idea. That's the kind of thing that makes a project fun to work on."
At least it shouldn't cause anyone to go against Google's informal corporate slogan: Don't be evil.
Pseudo_Intellectual (60499) added Gmail (included game) (Browser) on Feb 22, 2010