Google Chrome engineers love hiding fun stuff in Chrome and Chrome OS. That is why you have a Google Chrome dinosaur game, right on the error page that you see when your browser is offline.
Yes, the Google Chrome team has a fair amount of wit. They put a dinosaur on your error page to tell you that you are not connected to the internet. And they put a famous movie dialogue to tell you that the page has crashed.
The Chrome Dinosaur Game
The Chrome dinosaur game was added for users to kill time ( I assume?) when their internet connection is not working. Yea, Google does not want you to leave Chrome even when you are not connected to the web!
This soon became a very popular feature on Chrome. I rarely do that on my Chromebook or work laptop, but I have played the dinosaur game plenty of times on Chrome on mobile.
Now that you have the game available on chrome://dino/, you no longer need to wait for the internet connection to stop working, or disconnect yourself from the internet to start playing this game. Simple type chrome://dino/ on your Chrome addressbar, press ENTER and you have the game open.
On the game screen, press the SPACE key to start playing. The game automatically pauses when you move to another tab and quickly resumes when you are back.
Did I mention that this game works without internet connection?
Do you guys think Google should add an option to save scores and also publish a global scoreboard?
Fixing the Chrome Dinosaur Error
Treat this error message as “you are offline”. Check your internet connection, and if you are sure that it is connected, check another browser and see if you get a similar error message stating that you are offline.
If you are offline, you know what to check next.
If you are connected, and it is just Google Chrome that gives you this error, check the proxy settings and make sure that they are correct. You can go to Settings and search for proxy to do this.
Just to rule out any Google Chrome extension playing any role in this, open up Google Chrome Incognito window (Ctrl + Shift + N) and see if you are able to connect to the internet.
Do You Like Funny Error Messages?
I have met many who hate the “He’s dead Jim” dialogue. Many people told me about how the message pissed them off because they had someone in their family named “Jim” and they didn’t quite enjoy the message. Jim is a common name, and I am not surprised when I hear such complaints. However, I am hoping that this error message will get better acceptance.