Roswell Google Doodle
Monday 8th July 2013 saw Google pay tribute to the 66th anniversary of the Roswell UFO Incident with a Roswell Google Doodle. Many UFO enthusiasts believe that this day marked the landing of an alien UFO outside the New Mexico town.
Conspiracy theorists claim that the US military captured an alien aircraft outside Roswell on this day in 1947. However, authorities have dismissed this idea, claiming instead that they were retrieving debris from a top secret surveillance balloon.
Much of the suspicion surrounding the event arose for a newspaper published by a local military base. The press release stated the crash involved a “flying disk”. The US Air force attempted to silence the conspiracies. In 1997 they launched a 221 page report. The report was titled: “Case Closed: Final Report on the Roswell Crash”. The reported asserted that the “alien bodies” which witnesses had claimed to have seen were in fact life-sized anthropomorphic test dummies.
However, the event remains to this day the most legendary UFO event in recorded history. From the Roswell incident, endless reports of encounters with both UFOs and aliens have stemmed. Interest in the events surrounding Roswell reached their peak in 1995. In this year, the London based entrepreneur Ray Santilli released a video which showed an autopsy being conducted on one of the Roswell aliens. Although the authenticity of the video was dismissed, Santilli claimed it was a reconstruction of real events.
To celebrate the day, Google launched one ifs most ambitious doodles to date. Doodler Kevin Laughlin explained the Roswell Google Doodle in a blog launched on the day.
“The doodle marking the 66th Anniversary of the Roswell Incident tells the story of an alien, who, despite having mastered interstellar space travel, appears less than adept at making a smooth landing on Earth. The team was inspired by classic point-and-click adventure games, and wanted to invite users to help an alien repair its spacecraft by exploring a 1940’s New Mexican landscape, interacting with farm animals, and solving puzzles. When designing the game, we tried to think of things from an alien’s point of view… chatting with a cow or chicken would be just as novel as meeting human beings for the first time; horseshoes and sacks of feed might be considered fascinating artefacts.”
The game appeared in black and white. In order to play, users clicked on the second letter “O” in the Google logo. Then there was a short video showing the alien crashing. After which, users had to travel around the New Mexican landscape searching for three UFO parts. Once these parts were found, a video again played showing the alien rebuilding his UFO and departing from earth. The final section of the video shows a headline for the “Google Daily Record”, which reads “Flying Saucer Spotted in Roswell Region”.