From hiding games inside games to rewriting an RPG’s script in real time to annoy streamers, the possibilities are endless.
Easter has passed, and here in the RPS treehouse, we’re lounging with chocolate-filled bellies, talking about our favorite game surprises. What is your favorite video game Easter egg, as Alice O has already asked you, dear reader? On Twitter, it appears that some game developers have been pondering a similar query and revealing the best Easter eggs they’ve concealed in their games – everything from hiding games inside games to live coding an RPG to rewriting an RPG’s script live to annoy streamers.
Jan Willem Nijman, a game designer and developer who has worked on games like Nuclear Throne and Minit, raised the question on Twitter, and the responses in the thread do not disappoint.
First up, one of the Sad Dragon Age Girls Fan Club’s personal favorites.
If you haven’t played Dragon Age: Inquisition, you’ll learn at the end of the game that Solas is the Dread Wolf Fen’Harel, an elven wolf god who was always the bad guy. Some claim to have seen the necklace and suspected it from the start: those people are liars.
If you’re curious about how it works, the game’s website has a brief explanation:
“Prior to release, I set up a way for the game to check with a server for dialogue files written for a specific seed. That way if we spot someone streaming the game, we can take the seed, write some dialogue uniquely tailored for that streamer, and have it played back on the stream minutes later. Like live coding, it’s a bit of a high-risk high-reward strategy, because any bug could crash the game in front of thousands of people.”
I’d say it was worth it based on that one reaction.
Frog Fractions wouldn’t be an Easter egg thread if he wasn’t involved.
Last year, Frog Fractions received a Game Of The Decade remake, in which you could purchase a hat for your frog. Except it wasn’t just a pretty face; it was also the secret to unlocking the mysterious Frog Fractions 4. Frog Fractions 2 was also hidden in a faerie village-building video, as a reminder. Wait, that was Frog Fractions 3, not Frog Fractions 2. The ARG to find it, according to Jim Crawford, was Frog Fractions 2. Isn’t it fun to play math games?
These two made me laugh out loud. I’m curious as to what other strange stuff developers and voice actors have said to fill in the gaps between unrelated noises.
Keeping with the weird sounds, here’s a Wilhelm Scream you may not predict.
That tickled me because I’m the kind of person who will point out a Wilhelm Scream if I hear it in a movie or game. When I play Ori now, I feel obligated to look for it.
Finally, there’s a “dril” Tweet that made it into Fallout 76.
Honorable mentions go to Uncharted’s Assassin’s Creed synchronizations, Dragon Age 2’s giant background cheese wheel, and Cook, Serve, Delicious 1 and 2’s creator who vented their frustrations in random spam emails.
These are only a couple of the best that caught my attention, but be sure to check out the entire Twitter thread for even more cool Easter eggs you may not be aware of.