Jewish characters in Spider-Man video game don't work on Shabbat

On Saturdays the kippah-wearing characters present every other day disappear.

April 22, 2019 21:06
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The Marvel's Spider-Man booth is seen at the Paris Games Week (PGW), in 2018

The Marvel's Spider-Man booth is seen at the Paris Games Week (PGW), a trade fair for video games in Paris, France, October 25, 2018. (photo credit: BENOIT TESSIER /REUTERS)


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Jewish characters in the popular video game Spider-Man on PlayStation 4 keep Shabbat, a programmer at its creator Insomniac has disclosed.

“This feels like the right time to mention an Easter egg that everyone's passed over so far: these guys don't work on Saturdays!,” Elan Ruskin wrote on Twitter on Friday, including also an image from the game that features Spider-Man and two Orthodox looking men.


In the game and software industry, an Easter egg refers to a surprising hidden feature or an inside joke or message. Spider-Man on PS4 features many, Easter eggs, including a failed marriage proposal.

However, up until now, apparently no user had realized that on Saturdays the kippah-wearing characters present in the game that is set in the streets of New York every other day would disappear.

“Wait how can you tell if it’s Saturday in-game?,” asked a user.

“Real-life Saturday. It checks the clock on your PS4,” Ruskin explained.

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