It’s Easter!

Well, not that Easter is a big thing around here. Especially since I’m not a kid anymore and not particularly Christian … However, any excuse is good to post some Easter Eggs that can be found in video games. I’m sure you all saw some, even if you didn’t know. The list below is just a small part of all the Easter Eggs in video games. I hope this post will at least make you chuckle a little bit and enjoy your Easter holidays!

First of all, World of Warcraft has A LOT of Easter Eggs. Below you’ll find a few of these witty references.

  1. Diablo I & II : The weapon “Wirt’s Third Leg” is a reference to the character of Wirt the peg-legged boy from Diablo, and his wooden leg which you could actually pick up and wield as a weapon after Wirt’s death in Diablo II.
  2. Donkey Kong: In Un’ Goro Crater, the gorillas sometimes drop an item named “Empty Barrel”, a reference to Donkey Kong throwing barrels at Mario in the Nintendo arcade game and the continued importance of barrels in the Donkey Kong Country and Donkey Kong 64 series.
  3. The Legend of Zelda: In Un’Goro Crater there is a character named Linken (Link) who has a bit of amnesia. Doing quests for Linken will help him regain his memory. He will remember a raft, a throwback to the original The Legend of Zelda where one of Link’s collectible items is a raft. One of the other items you must bring Linken is a faded photograph, which shows Linken with a female princess that is similar to Princess Zelda. Other items you find in his old rafts are a map and a compass, objects that are found in every Zelda game dungeon. If you complete Linken’s quests he will reward you with Linken’s Boomerang and Linken’s Sword of Mastery, references to Link’s trusty boomerang and the Master Sword.
  4. Dracula: The Guild Master of the Undercity is named Christopher Drakul, clearly a reference to Christopher Lee, who played the vampire lord more than any other man in film.
  5. Fight Club: There is an area in the Undercity where two NPCs named Tyler and Edward are fighting. The undead around them also have names from the movie, such as Marla and Chloe. There is also a weapon in the game named Fight Club.
  6. Forrest Gump: A dwarven fisherman named Gubber Blump can be found on the beach near Auberdine; he is a reference to both Forrest and his friend Bubba. His dialogue is similar to both characters; he introduces himself “My name’s Gubber, Gubber Blump” and later recites a list of all the different ways to cook crab.
  7. Highlander: A master swordsman named Klannoc Macleod, the Islander can be found on Fray Island near Ratchet, a reference to Connor MacLeod.
  8. Indiana Jones: During the quests in Zul’Aman you’ll encounter an npc named Harrison Jones. A reference to Harisson Ford who plays Indiana Jones. He also says ‘See you later kid’
  9. Star Trek: In Booty Bay, there is a goblin named Scooty who operates the “Transporter 3000”. Completing the quest and using the transporter takes you to Gnomeregan, where a goblin named Sprock waits on the other side, with his faction labeled as “Away Team”. Also, in Gadgetzan there is a goblin named Jhordie Lapforge who stands next to a similar Transporter which serves as the destination for the Ultra-Safe Transporter available to Engineers of the Gnomish persuasion. Finally, in Orgrimmar, the NPC Engineer’s name is Nogg, a Deep Space Nine Reference. In Oggrimmar in the Valley of Honor there is a goblin named Sovik which is reminiscent of the Vulcan Saavik first introduced in The Wrath of Khan.
  10. O RLY?: After the saying became popular among players, one of newly added Goblin Auctioneers in Booty Bay was named “O’Reely”. There is also a white owl that flies around a hut near Steamwheedle Port in Tanaris named “O’Reilly”. Furthermore, there has been added an Undead auctioneer by the name of “Yarly” in the Undercity Auction House.

Naturally there are tons more, but let’s move on to some other games. below you’ll find a couple of other easter eggs with a YouTube video or image attached to make it more clear.

The Suicidal Troll (Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion)

Personally, I didn’t know about this one before I read it somewhere else. Apparently you’ll find him under a bridge southeast of Bravil, and you can grab “A Poorly Scrawled Note” from his body. Upon opening it in your inventory, you’ll read his final words:

Mee worst troll evurr
nobuddy pay brijj tole
me nott sceary enuf
mee gett drunc an kil sellf
troll droun

Nothing to see here (GTA: San Andreas)

Like Oblivion, GTA has always featured a massive open world that’s perfect for hiding Easter eggs in. If you’re one of those that likes exploring every nook and cranny of Rockstar’s cities, you may have flown to the top of the bridge that connects San Fierro to Las Venturas. After jetpacking to the top, the only Easter egg you’ll find is a self-defeating sign informing you that there are no Easter eggs.

The Lost Island (Just Cause 2)

It would seem that developer Avalanche Studios has a few employees that are a fan of Lost. Just Cause 2 features a very recognisable reference. There is a certain island in the game that will make your plane crash just like Oceanic flight 815. Now I didn’t quite get this reference the first time it happened to me, I thought it was some random bug. But when I went exploring I found the very famous ‘Lost hatch’. A great reference in a fun game, what more do you want?

John Romero (Doom II)

John Romero, the charismatic designer with the famous long hair, was the face of Doom in more ways than one. While Doom II was still in production, a late-night trip through the final level with “no clip” mode on revealed that someone in the Doom offices had made Romero’s role with the game a little more sinister. Although to defeat the end boss players shot at a large demon head affixed to the wall, the actual damage was being done to a graphic–unable to be seen during normal gameplay–of John Romero’s head on a stick behind it. To have the last laugh, John Romero and the sound designer recorded Romero’s voice for the demon, which said, “To win this game, you must kill me, John Romero”. However, the voice was distorted and reversed so it wouldn’t be obvious. To witness this egg in action, you must activate the no-clip cheat, as Romero did, and pay a visit to his face up close and personal. The pixelated picture winces as each bullet makes contact, until finally, after enough damage has been done, you complete the game.

The Cow Level (Diablo II)

If you’ve ever played Diablo II you know what I’m talking about, The Secret Cow Level.  This started as a joke when a rumor spread throughout the Internet about a cow that appears in the original Diablo game.   Supposedly, if you clicked on the cow a certain number of times a portal to a secret level would appear.  To shut down the rumors Blizzard created a cheat in another of their games, StarCraft, where the player could enter the text “there is no cow level” to instantly win the mission.  And in 1999, a screenshot was released showing cows fighting, which instantly revived the rumors.  When Diablo II released players discovered that the cow level was real.

Halo Dance Party (Halo: Reach)

Hidden in New Alexandria is a dance club featuring a DJing Brute and dancing grunts. Quite possibly the most random thing I ever saw … Hey, even the Covenant needs some leisure time I guess.

The Easter Bunny! (Saints Row 2)

In a game filled with randomness, this is the pinnacle of it all. There’s an Easter Bunny that you’ll find if you complete a series of events (including a visit to an island that worships Volition). The mother of all Easter Eggs, because you know … Easter Bunny, Easter Eggs … catching on yet?

There a tons more of Easter Eggs to be found in just about every game these days. Just think about the giant octopus in Assassin’s Creed II or Schrodinger’s cat in BioShock 2. If you enjoyed this and are now looking for more Easter Eggs you can always visit this website for a very extensive list of Easter Eggs found in video games. Happy Easter everyone.

/Niels

Author: Niels Van Hellemont

Hi, my name is Niels and I'm a long time fan of movies, anime, comics, games and whatnot. Could say that I'm a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the above mentioned things. I'm currently studying for a Bachelor After Bachelor in Advanced Business Management - Human Resources Management.

1 thought on “It’s Easter!”

  1. “The Cow Level (Diablo II)

    If you’ve ever played Diablo II you know what I’m talking about, The Secret Cow Level. This started as a joke when a rumor spread throughout the Internet about a cow that appears in the original Diablo game. ”

    I still remember the old Cow level. It was the best way to level up faster! Haha, thanks for bringing that old memory.

    Cheers,
    Alex
    Diablo 3 barbarian runestones

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