Easter Eggs!

An Easter Egg from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

 

Every time I play a video game, I spend hours searching for any possible Easter eggs or secrets that the game developers have put into the game. An Easter egg is a hidden message, joke, or piece of content that has been put in a video game by its creators and are usually left unmentioned by developers, so players have to seek them out for themselves. Sometimes, I will play through an entire game without finding any hidden message or Easter egg, but this is uncommon, as developers usually put hidden content in their games for their fans to find, as players normally enjoy this process. To me, Easter eggs can extend the amount of time that I invest in a game, because after I find one secret I want to find them all. Easter eggs are sometimes not kept secret forever, as developers want the hidden content to be shown to the public for whatever reason, and a good example of this is the secret room in Batman: Arkham Asylum which features blueprints for the next game, Arkham City, in the Batman franchise. Replaying games with an eye towards finding these secrets after you have completed the game once or twice is often a good way to find Easter eggs, as you pay more attention to the environment and surroundings (frequent locations of Easter eggs) rather than the story. Every player is different, however, and some do not care about finding Easter eggs and instead look up videos online to find the secrets without putting in the time to look for themselves. Good Easter eggs, in my opinion, are the ones that very few people find and stay hidden for a long amount of time after the game is released. Generally, I can imagine that most people enjoy searching for and discovering Easter eggs through whatever method they use, whether it be looking at a video of someone else finding them or finding them in-game themselves. Still, whatever your opinion of Easter eggs is, I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts on these little secrets that developers seem to like to hide in their games!

Personally, what I love about Easter eggs is that they can be anywhere, whether it is hidden in a game or a piece of written work, and usually they are in the last place that anyone would think to look. For example, reread my first paragraph and try to find the secret that I have hidden in that passage!

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Hint: First words.

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Answer: If you read the first letter of the first word in each sentence, you will see that “EASTER EGGS” are hidden where people never think to look!

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Easter

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Thought Order Analysis:

  1. I love finding Easter eggs and secrets that are hidden within video games.
  2. I love finding Easter eggs because it allows me to interact with another facet of my favorite games, thus allowing me to extend the time I spend interacting with a game. Once the story is over and the game is finished, I can still go back into my favorite games and continue to play as I explore around the maps and levels for hidden secrets that the developers have put into their games. When I find these secrets I have a sense of accomplishment because I feel like I am among a select few who have found the secrets in the game and not gone online to watch someone else find them. I also enjoy finding Easter eggs that I had no clue existed because I am caught off guard and I am completely surprised. Easter eggs usually give a glimpse into the minds of the developers of that game and because of that these secrets are extremely varied from game to game; For example, in Halo: Reach there is a hidden tribute room that houses notes and pictures in which the Halo developers thank various people and companies for helping make Halo (as well as the other developers who have used elements and content from Halo, like Red vs. Blue), while Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas features an Easter egg on the top of a bridge that says “There are no Easter eggs here. Go Away.”
  3. Video games cost a lot of money and I want to get as much out of very game that I buy as I can. It is hard to justify spending $60 on a game that you play for like 10-15 hours, so I hunt for Easter eggs and secrets as a way to further extend the time I spend in a game, thus getting more for my money; Video games are expensive and because of this I feel like I need to get everything possible out of a game to warrant the expense. Also, the developers of a game feel so removed from the game that they made (i.e. most people do not know the developers of their favorite games), and Easter eggs give players a chance to interact with content that these people have personally hidden in their games, which creates a direct connection between developer and player.

 

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