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It Ain’t Easy Makin’ Games: Easter Eggs So Old They’re Rotten


For the last few installments of this segment, we’ve examined what happens when inconsistencies and outright errors are inadvertently introduced into both console and computer games. This time, we’ll go back to looking at the same kind of complexity—only now it’s intentional.

From a completely new quest in the NES Legend of Zelda for main characters named “Zelda” to the John Romero boss in Doom II, intentional oddities in video games—sometimes referred to as Easter Eggs but often just called cheats—actually lend verisimilitude to a game by making its world just a bit more unpredictable and thus nearer to our own. Sometimes the hype surrounding an Easter Egg becomes more real than the cheat itself—like the apocryphal cow level in Diablo (finally followed up by a real one in Diablo II) and the fabled but impossible nude cheat in Tomb Raider. While some may decry the way such cheats pop the fantasy bubble that helps us suspend our disbelief, they’re definitely a good way to keep even the most experienced gamers on our toes. The cake, after all, might always be a lie.

9.  Waverace Blue Storm: Sarcastic Announcer Voice

Usually this column focuses on cheats or features that are particularly memorable or at least well known, but this one is striking for the exact opposite reason—that it was left unnoticed for nine years after the game was released.

In the Waverace Blue Storm racing game for Gamecube, apparently pressing “Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, A, X, Z” on the sound options screen after setting the sound visualization mode to “vertical rising fog” by tapping “Z” changes the race announcer from a perky professional to a sarcastic and bored-sounding dude who heckles at more than encourages you. “You don’t have an inferiority complex; you’re just inferior,” stands among the gems that this man throws at you.

Except nobody cared—for nine years. Too bad.

Photo credit: http://www.giantbomb.com/beach/95-933/best-beach-in-a-game/35-238950/

Information credit: http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2010/09/wave-race-blue-storm/

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