I've recently downloaded Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow on my phone, and I noticed it has a progress bar with humorous messages in it (it usually loads fast enough for only two messages to appear). Two much older games I can remember that had the same feature were Sim City 2000 ("reticulating splines") from 1993, and Afterlife released in 1996. Afterlife even had such messages as "Bored with loading, restarting" which would temporarily set the progress back to the beginning without affecting the real load time, and I believe it also had a mirror image progress bar that increased to the left.

What was the first game (or other software) to display the loading progress in a humorous way?

  • Wouldn't this be better suited to Arqade? – LyricLy Dec 29 '17 at 5:23
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    Probably the second game to display loading progress. – Mark Dec 29 '17 at 9:37
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    I'll bet it was something on the C64: given that writing your own fast loader was pretty much obligatory for commercial titles on both tape and disk probably within a year of its introduction, you can bet that somebody somewhere put a joke into theirs. – Tommy Dec 29 '17 at 15:53
  • I think a question like this (first game to do X) is considered off topic on Arqade, @LyricLy – Paul Dec 29 '17 at 19:44
  • As per retrocomputing.meta.stackexchange.com/q/530/278 I've voted to close as Too Broad. – wizzwizz4 Jan 7 '18 at 8:32

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