Oh, but for the days when game hacks were as simple as slipping a cartridge into the Game Genie, or flipping through a page in Tips & Tricks magazine. The finding of Easter Eggs in 2010s gaming requires far more patience and determination (as well as working knowledge of programming language and Morse Code, sometimes). Since that’s all rarely within a single gamer’s abilities, there’s often a level of crowd-sourced teamwork necessary here that’s only previously been required for alternate reality games. Here are just a handful of the most labyrinthine code crackings in recent titles…
Now, did you know there are more than a couple horror movies lurking within GTA V’s epic crime saga? Some crafty players plunged into the game’s code and found a set of coordinates for tiny peyote plants hidden throughout the Los Santos city map. These hallucinogenic greens can only be found at specific times, and during specific weather conditions–both of which must manipulated with cheats. Eat one bite of peyote, and you’ll turn into Sasquatch. Eat seven bits of peyote in the correct order and, as Sasquatch, you’ll be on the trail of a homicidal Teen Wolf for a showdown that makes Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman look tame.
To bury the lead, Battleground 4 asks you to invest hours of code-breaking to earn a spiffy white uniform. It’s a Klondike Bar quandary. What would you do for some LA Dice camo? Would you hunt down tiny light switches and flick them on in a precise order? Decipher Morse messages relayed by a flickering lamp? Multiply a few huge numbers? Speed up garbled messages in an audio editor? Wait patiently in a one spot for two straight minutes? Are some cool threads truly worth that effort?
It’s hard to imagine how any secret could get more Byzantine than the one that’s been discovered in Trials. Some alternate reality games have begged treasure hunts in real life, certainly, but this one saw dedicated gamers searching for treasure boxes in five separate countries. Some ARGs ask for a lot of patience, but this somehow led to a pact that apparently won’t be fulfilled for at least two generations? Prof. Fat Shady details the search in an extensive article, and the whole matter winds up sounding like a real life Da Vinci Code. Have you ever been that curious about an Easter Egg?
Are there any other codes, hacks, or Easter Eggs which somehow outdo these in terms of complexity? If there are, describe ’em in the talkback. We’d love to profile ’em here.
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