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‘Zerg rush’ chews up Google search results

Feeling besieged by pesky little problems today? You might want to be careful with your Google searches.

Users who look up the term “Zerg rush” Friday are finding the latest in a series of geeky Easter eggs planted by the search giant’s engineers. The search produces a swarm of marauding “O’s” which inevitably destroy virtually everything on the search-results page.

The term quickly became a top search topic for Google Friday morning, as gamers and the merely curious flocked to the feature.

In gaming terms, a “Zerg rush” is when a player is swarmed by a huge number of weak opponents. Any one of the bad guys is easy to take out, but the threat is that they’ll overwhelm you with sheer numbers.

It came from “Starcraft,” a 1998 real-time strategy game in which a player could choose to play as “Zergs,” an alien race. Skilled players soon learned that they could quickly spawn a massive number of low-level units (“zerglings”) and overwhelm their opponents.

According to Know Your Meme, the first instance of the term came during a game among some Korean players (a significant portion of the early “Starcraft” player base). The first Urban Dictionary definition of the term appeared in 2004.  Read More

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