Bank of Canada hides Space Invaders-themed game on website featuring new Viola Desmond banknote

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The Bank of Canada has hidden a digital Easter egg on its website celebrating the new $10 bill featuring civil rights activist Viola Desmond, unveiled Thursday in Halifax.

Visitors to the website see a 3D image of the bill with a button below it. Clicking on the button spins the ball around and around. Press the button enough times and visitors are taken to a page where they can play a version of the classic Space Invaders video game called ‘Inflation Busters’.

“The Easter egg was intended as a fun way from our web team to drive digital communities, those who might be interested in the website’s design, or how it’s used technology, back to the broader theme of the note,” said Jeremy Harrison, managing director of communications for the Bank of Canada.

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Harrison said the bank saw a lot of people engage with the website last year because of the Easter egg, and it wanted to do something for the new $10 bill that would have the same kind of impact.

At the end of the game, players can click on various social media share buttons that appear on the screen. Once they do, their followers on social media who click on the link are sent back to the website to experience the Viola Desmond story.



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