Google wants to believe
Google’s doodle celebrates the Roswell UFO incident with a point-and-click adventure.
Sixty-six years ago today a top secret surveillance balloon carrying life-sized dummies crashed into the New Mexico desert, so the official story goes. Its debris were hazardous and authorities were particularly militant in keeping curious observers away.
For those who want to believe, there was no surveillance balloon at Roswell. It was a flying disk carrying intergalactic wayfarers who perished upon impact. Truthers will point to a quickly redacted press release issued by a nearby military base that mentioned the crash involved a ship with a saucer-like appearance.
In Google’s doodle game, you play an alien that has crashed in the desert looking to gather items to get his saucer back in space. Once the player finds all the required items, an animation shows the saucer lifting up and flying away along with a fake “Google Daily Record” news story on a “Flying Saucer Spotted in the Roswell Region.” If the player clicks on the story, a Google search about the incident at Roswell appears.
Interest in the Roswell incident increased in 1995 when British entrepreneur Ray Santilli released a video purporting to be of the autopsy conducted on the aliens recovered from the crash site. The frenzied speculation in the press as a result forced the US Air Force to release a report titled “Case Closed: Final Report on the Roswell Crash”.
In 2006, Santilli clarified that his film was a reconstruction. He said only a few frames of the original film of the autopsy he purchased were viewable as the rest had to been victim to the effects of time.