If you’ve ever been at the wheel for an extended road trip, you’ve probably experienced the boredom that can come with hour after hour of highway driving. Sometimes you need something to take your mind of the monotony of the droning hum of the tires on the pavement and the static of fading radio stations as you move into and out of their range…
I’m just kidding – obviously anyone who is in control of a moving vehicle should be focused at all times on the road, the weather conditions, the traffic around them, and a number of other factors. Ideally, you want to minimize your distractions while driving, not add to them.
Apparently the designers at GAZ Group, a Russian automaker, missed the memo on that though. GAZ produces the line of GAZelle medium-duty vans and trucks – imagine them being something along the same lines as Ram’s ProMaster or Mercedes-Benz’s Sprinter lines of work trucks. One of the features on the GAZelle Next is an easter egg that allows you to play Tetris on the dashboard – about as Russian as easter eggs get.
Have a look. The video is all in Russian so it’s pretty hard to understand if you don’t speak the language, but I’ve learned quite a bit from reading Reddit about it.
Pretty cool, right? Now of course with most easter eggs, you need to know a certain command or series of commands that will unlock it. In this case, the driver flashed the right turn signal three times, flashed the high-beams twice, depressed the clutch five times and then revved the engine at a steady 3,000 RPM while pressing one of the buttons beside the screen to start the game.
And if you thought it was maybe just a one-off on that vehicle, here’s a different video demonstrating the same thing on a (I assume) different vehicle:
It’s potentially dangerous or even deadly to have a distraction like this presented to you at the wheel. One would think that the automakers would be smart enough only to allow you to play while parked, but apparently that’s not the case. Now obviously Reddit is not the most reliable source for information, much less in the comment section, but according to this Russian-born user whose uncle has one of the trucks, it IS possible to play while driving – just quite uncomfortable.
Now why is Tetris such a Russian easter egg? Well, if you didn’t know, Tetris originated in Russia. That beloved Tetris theme song? Actually a Russian folk song called Korobeiniki.
Though to be honest, I’ve always dug the version of that song that was done by American rock band Ozma:
You may also recognize that song from being featured in Kick Ass 2.
If you’re wondering what these vehicles look like, and you’re hoping for some super sleek futuristic looking thing… Well, you’re going to be disappointed.
— ГРУЗОПЕРЕВОЗКИ (@gazelzhukovskiy) October 3, 2015
Yep, it’s pretty much just a utilitarian cargo- or people-mover.
Now as far as automotive easter eggs go, there are a few out there. One would think that Tesla, being on the cutting edge of technology, would have some pretty cool easter eggs in their vehicles… And one would be correct. Check out this cool Christmas-themed dance routine that the Tesla Model X does:
Seems like cars are getting more and more cool features, and I’m just here still marveling at the simple features on my 15-year-old Volkswagen…
… Boy, am I going to be blown away when it comes time to upgrade!