Easter Eggs, Where Have Thy Went?
The heading of this article might be redundant to some, but I’m pretty stoked about the appearance of these little jests put into our present games. (Or rather the general lack thereof.)
I’ve been gaming for quite some time and I sincerely cannot imagine my life without these games and the fun they’ve provided so far.
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In all fairness, most of my memories formed throughout my life contain glimpses of games and the “Awesome!” gesture or truism provided by them.
From the days of playing Prince of Persia on a DOS-propelled computer with a black and yellow screen all the way through till now with Metro: Last Light.
All those memories of mine have fragments of easter eggs and little quips the developers of X game put into it for those who wish to explore the world to the extent of sheer madness. Let’s be honest, easter eggs were hidden so incredibly well that most of us won’t even know about them. Driving past with a tank in the streets of Vice City, never knowing that a nearby building has an egg on a pedestal that is only accessible with a certain passable window. It really was something to be expected in one’s games, but almost impossible to know where one should look.
I’ve been playing Metro: Last Light over the weekend in between all the non- gaming related distractions and started to wonder about this matter when witnessing more than a few times, actually, the book of Metro 2033 and its follow-up, Metro 2034 by Dmitry Glukhovsky lying prone on a table. (The books, not the author.) Surely, most gamers will walk past this if they’re not the exploring type, but it still is in some degree an easter egg. Much more easily accessible, but an easter egg, nonetheless.
One table had the two existing books, Metro 2033, Metro 2034 and the yet to be completed Metro 2035.
This got me thinking about the lack of easter eggs lately. Sure, you have in BioShock Infinite the Possession Vigor with reversed Shakespearean quotations from Romeo and Juliet, but what happened to the crazy, over the top easter eggs?
I’ve heard / read multiple times that gaming is becoming more mature and all kinds of dictums like that. Does this include the appearance of less and less, mad as a March hare easter eggs?
I’m genuinely missing these easter eggs and, who knows, perhaps I’m just phlegmatic to see them, but they are more of a rarity nowadays.