The Weekend Chat: Your Favourite Game Secrets?

 
 

Today it was revealed that every Xbox One X features a small easter egg. Inside the box, engraved on the motherboard is a cutesy picture of Halo’s Master Chief riding a scorpion. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this either – last year’s Xbox One S had a similar engraving.

Building on that subject, we’re keeping this week’s topic simple:

What are some of your favourite gaming easter eggs?

Is it something tucked away in hardware or code? Or a secret level? Let us know in the comments below!

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Comments Comments (19)

 
Posted by MadCant
On Friday 6 Oct 2017 4:10 PM
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Well, how about IDKFA...
 
 
 
Posted by Xaphriel
On Friday 6 Oct 2017 4:13 PM
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I know it's obvious now, but man, when I first realised that the blocks on the PS2 startup screen were my save data. Mind. Blown.
 
 
 
Posted by LukeB
On Friday 6 Oct 2017 4:18 PM
3
It destroyed my childish mind with joy when I read the text on-screen that told me that Commander Keen and Duke Nukem existed in the same universe. As a kid, I always liked to think they were brothers, and that it was Duke's high school helmet that Keen was wearing. However that's completely false child logic, as Keen's last name is Blaze (unless Nukem isn't actually Duke's last name?!?)
 
 
 
Posted by Booker_T_SUCKAAA
On Friday 6 Oct 2017 4:50 PM
5
The hidden rooms of money bags under the first octopus in Alex Kidd in Miracle World.

And finding out the Fatality codes for the original Mortal Kombat. Fun times, back in the days.
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Friday 6 Oct 2017 6:07 PM
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The Various Warcraft 3 Easter Eggs.
 
 
 
Posted by emetic
On Friday 6 Oct 2017 6:59 PM
1
6 October 2017, 04:10 PM Reply to MadCant
Well, how about IDKFA...
Oh but how about how there was that crazy bit with the John Romero head on a spike and it said something or other.
 
 
 
Posted by emetic
On Friday 6 Oct 2017 7:00 PM
2
6 October 2017, 04:13 PM Reply to Xaphriel
I know it's obvious now, but man, when I first realised that the blocks on the PS2 startup screen were my save data. Mind. Blown.
I did not know that.
 
 
 
Posted by jmduknz
On Friday 6 Oct 2017 8:48 PM
2
The ants expansion to command and conquer. I remember sitting there with a morse code key working out the instructions as to where to click.
Looking forward to trying golf on July the 11th too.
 
 
 
Posted by emetic
On Friday 6 Oct 2017 9:07 PM
1
The Diablo 2 secret cow level would have been the coolest thing ever maybe, but I don't remember if I found that myself by accident or by looking up gamefaqs or what. Looking up walkthroughs did spoil a lot of secrets.
 
 
 
Posted by Ron
On Saturday 7 Oct 2017 10:19 AM
2
I still remember the secret location of the wrap whistles in super Mario 3 for back in the 1990's. You can finish the game in 10-15 mins.
 
 
 
Posted by sakuraba
On Saturday 7 Oct 2017 10:33 AM
2
Hands down the abacabb megadrive blood code on mortal kombat for me and i still remember it haha
 
 
 
Posted by TenguNZ
On Saturday 7 Oct 2017 6:39 PM
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6 October 2017, 04:10 PM Reply to MadCant
Well, how about IDKFA...
AND IDCLIP, IDDQD...
 
 
 
Posted by Wozza
On Saturday 7 Oct 2017 11:00 PM
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7 October 2017, 10:19 AM Reply to Ron
I still remember the secret location of the wrap whistles in super Mario 3 for back in the 1990's. You can finish the game in 10-15 mins.
Yeah that was one of two that came to my mind straight away.

That and the Naboo Starfighter on Rogue Squadron on N64. They kept that craft a secret in the game until episode 1!
 
 
 
Posted by Romulus
On Sunday 8 Oct 2017 12:36 AM
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7 October 2017, 10:33 AM Reply to sakuraba
Hands down the abacabb megadrive blood code on mortal kombat for me and i still remember it haha
2, 1, 2, Down, Up if you were on the Master System - best code ever!
 
 
 
Posted by emetic
On Sunday 8 Oct 2017 3:19 PM
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8 October 2017, 12:36 AM Reply to Romulus
2, 1, 2, Down, Up if you were on the Master System - best code ever!
What happens if a.modern developer puts in a secret code with stuff that isn't reviewed at censor rating time anyway? Do they risk the game being pulled and having to be reclassified?
 
 
 
Posted by ChimeraNZ
On Monday 9 Oct 2017 8:09 AM
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6 October 2017, 08:48 PM Reply to jmduknz
The ants expansion to command and conquer. I remember sitting there with a morse code key working out the instructions as to where to click.
Looking forward to trying golf on July the 11th too.
Yeeees the secret ant missions were the best, tricky, but awesome!
 
 
 
Posted by ost
On Monday 9 Oct 2017 10:57 AM
1
The game International Karate + on the 16 bits by Archer McLean. It was a fun beat 'em up for up to 3 players, but you spent most games typing random words in to see what text would appear, or what changes would happen in the background of the game. If you typed too many curse words the game would turn off!
 
 
 
Posted by Romulus
On Monday 9 Oct 2017 5:28 PM
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8 October 2017, 03:19 PM Reply to emetic
What happens if a.modern developer puts in a secret code with stuff that isn't reviewed at censor rating time anyway? Do they risk the game being pulled and having to be reclassified?
I think censors were more relaxed back then :) But to your point, I think they give a game the highest possible rating (i.e. with all blood, gore, etc).
 
 
 
Posted by naspamspam
On Monday 9 Oct 2017 5:34 PM
1
Probably PacMan in skyrim.