The Blue Screen of Death (abbreviated BSoD), also known as The Blue Screen of Doom, the "Blue Screen of Fun", "Phatul Exception: The WRECKening" and "Mac osx" apparentley, is a multi award-winning game first developed in 1995 by Microsoft. Along with HTTP 404 - File Not Found, a hugely successful epic Internet MMORPG also developed by Microsoft, the Blue Screen of Death ranks among the greatest computer games of all time. The game simulates a "system error" and displays a series of nonsensical hexadecimal codes for the player to decipher. Since its initial release as an easter egg in the Windows Franchise, BSoD has maintained its position as the most played computer game ever, and is a cornerstone of Microsoft.
The Blue Screen of Death was a concept that Bill Gates had spent a lifetime dreaming about, but unfortunately, due to the limitations of MS-DOS and the limitations of video cards in the early 1980's, the screen had to be black. The Blue Screen of Death was originally called "The Black Death" and was so named because it was designed to rapidly spread like the great plague of London. The Blue Screen of Death was an easter egg hidden within Windows operating systems, but later was released as an extra feature included in Windows XP SP2 Edition. The introduction of the VGA color system allowed version 2 to be blue and that is when the name we know today, the "Blue Screen of Death" was born. BSoD was originally going to be sold as standalone retail software, but Microsoft had to change its plans due to concerns that profits made from the sale would exceed the total amount of money that could be held on all the banks computers which were running Windows 3.1 at the time. This would cause a major crash in Microsoft's bank balance. (more...)