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Title: (Spoilers) Easter eggs, hidden references, in-game jokes
Post by: nathanel on January 13, 2010, 11:56:49 am
Hi!  :viridian: (btw I LOVE these new VVVVVV emots =])

I thought it would be cool to have a thread to collect all the jokes hidden in room names, in the rooms themselves and anywhere otherplace in the game. Also, I've read that there are numerous references to some old games in room names and enemies shapes. As I pretty much missed the 8bit era, I don't really seem to find them, so I would be great if some good people would also explain them here. But not only old-game-references, as Terry is quite a creative guy (and so is Bennett) and I can feel that there are tons of jokes and references to just about everything.

So, for starters:

- room named Diode in the Laboratory looks like a diode on electronic schemes and also works like one - it lets you pass only in one direction (ok I know it's a simplification). Probably for many people it was obvious but it put a smile on my face when I first noticed it. =)
Title: Re: Easter eggs, hidden references, in-game jokes
Post by: eyf on January 13, 2010, 12:58:05 pm
Don't Adjust the V-Hold.
Title: Re: Easter eggs, hidden references, in-game jokes
Post by: rhebus on January 13, 2010, 01:40:40 pm
Here are some more 8-bit references:
Manic Mine: Manic Miner for the ZX Spectrum [although I think the Yes Men is the most similar room to MM in the game]
It's a Secret to Nobody: Secrets in Legend of Zelda on the NES were marked with "It's a secret to everybody".
Sweeney's Maze: ZZT by Tim Sweeney of Epic Megagames (now famous for Unreal). The monsters here are centipedes from ZZT.
Twisty Little Passages: Zork/Adventure type games

And non-gaming references:
Silverstone Grand V: Silverstone is the usual track for the British F1 Grand Prix
Take the Red Pill: The Matrix
Ascending and Descending: MC Escher picture of the same name
It's not easy being green: Kermit the Frog!  :verdigris:
Green Dudes can't Flip: White men can't jump
Murdering Twinmaker: The Fly

and that's only from two levels  :vitellary: anyone want to do some of the rest of the game?

Also, I like the music track that you get in the Tower in Flip Mode  :viridian: Spoiler: It's in the jukebox as ercoF evitisoP
Title: Re: (Spoilers) Easter eggs, hidden references, in-game jokes
Post by: SoulEye on January 13, 2010, 01:46:02 pm
I can inform you that the soundtrack has one reference (one songs sounds like a specific game and stage), one spoiler, and one secret. The last two are related, and if you find out, it's an anticlimax, so don't get your hopes up (sorry about that, you factfinders).
Title: Re: (Spoilers) Easter eggs, hidden references, in-game jokes
Post by: sergio on January 13, 2010, 01:57:12 pm
I can inform you that the soundtrack has one reference (one songs sounds like a specific game and stage)

Ooh, any hints? Is it a C64 game?
Title: Re: (Spoilers) Easter eggs, hidden references, in-game jokes
Post by: eyf on January 13, 2010, 02:10:18 pm
In Laboratory, there's a teleporter mid-stage and a narrow passageway at the top left corner of the screen. There's a trinket at the end of a very cramped and irregular maze. The maze reminded me of the Gnomish Mines in Nethack. Am I correct?
Title: Re: (Spoilers) Easter eggs, hidden references, in-game jokes
Post by: maxporter on January 13, 2010, 02:20:45 pm
There's a room named "I changed my mind, Thelma" - a reference to Thelma and Louise.
Title: Re: (Spoilers) Easter eggs, hidden references, in-game jokes
Post by: SoulEye on January 13, 2010, 02:41:26 pm
I can inform you that the soundtrack has one reference (one songs sounds like a specific game and stage)

Ooh, any hints? Is it a C64 game?

The game is extremely famous (although cannot claim to be a household name like Mario) and found on many platforms. I played it on Snes the first time though it made its debut in the arcade halls. There was no C64 version to my knowledge. There WAS however a (bad) movie made for it. (That last hint should narrow it down quite a bit)
Title: Re: (Spoilers) Easter eggs, hidden references, in-game jokes
Post by: eyf on January 13, 2010, 03:02:55 pm
The game is extremely famous (although cannot claim to be a household name like Mario) and found on many platforms. I played it on Snes the first time though it made its debut in the arcade halls. There was no C64 version to my knowledge. There WAS however a (bad) movie made for it. (That last hint should narrow it down quite a bit)

Google "gamename c64" and you'll see that there, in fact, was a C64 version of it. :-)
Title: Re: (Spoilers) Easter eggs, hidden references, in-game jokes
Post by: Requiem on January 13, 2010, 06:09:52 pm
Hmm... Street Fighter? Has a C64 version, has a bad movie, and I can KIND OF hear a connection with the main theme, but I'm not too sure.
Title: Re: (Spoilers) Easter eggs, hidden references, in-game jokes
Post by: SoulEye on January 13, 2010, 07:41:40 pm
Yup you're both right. There was a C64 version, and the game is street fighter. Have a listen to Pushing Onwards and Ryu's theme ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jgbOECFhEI ) and also Guile's theme ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iof5pRAIZmw ) ! :)
Title: Re: (Spoilers) Easter eggs, hidden references, in-game jokes
Post by: Tribalsoul on January 13, 2010, 09:05:51 pm
Yup you're both right. There was a C64 version, and the game is street fighter. Have a listen to Guile's theme! :)

I recognized SFII/Guile from the moment I first heard the music in a trailer or song sample, but I always thought the similarities were created on a subconscious level. I really didn't expect it that it was done on purpose.
Title: Re: (Spoilers) Easter eggs, hidden references, in-game jokes
Post by: Requiem on January 13, 2010, 09:28:27 pm
Went back and listened to Guile's Theme. (http://www.entertonement.com/clips/mxrgjrrvfg--Guile's-Stage-Theme-SongSuper-Nintendo-Street-Fighter-2-Guile-Nintendo-) Can't tell which song off V sounds similar, but I know it is definitely similar... Pushing Onwards, perhaps? Gotta go back and listen to all of them now...
Title: Re: (Spoilers) Easter eggs, hidden references, in-game jokes
Post by: SoulEye on January 13, 2010, 10:03:57 pm
I guess it was unconscious at first, then I recognized it, but thought it was just fun! :viridian:
Title: Re: (Spoilers) Easter eggs, hidden references, in-game jokes
Post by: The Brass on January 17, 2010, 09:35:43 am
One could just enter it into the address bar and get the appropriate wiki page, but the 1954 FIFA World Cup Final (Vinyl) was one of the most dramatic football games of all time. The supposed-to-be-weak West Germany 3-2'd the expected winner Hungary, and this was very important for the post-war identity of the country.
Title: Re: (Spoilers) Easter eggs, hidden references, in-game jokes
Post by: Mercen4ry on January 17, 2010, 11:04:59 am
In a game with this much spiky death, I'm amazed there aren't more Megaman references. :o

Frankly, just about every other room has some form of in-joke. Listing them will take enough space on its own, so I'll leave that to other posters.


I must ask, though. Does the "?SYNTAX ERROR" terminal in The Laboratory serve a purpose? It'd be kinda neat to stick an Easter Egg in there if it doesn't. ;)
Title: Re: (Spoilers) Easter eggs, hidden references, in-game jokes
Post by: StephenM3 on January 17, 2010, 10:26:13 pm
When Vermillion says, "Let's go exploring!" I burst out into a gleeful grin.

Damn I miss Calvin and Hobbes, even if I never read it when it was in newspapers. (I was 5 at the time of death.)
Title: Re: (Spoilers) Easter eggs, hidden references, in-game jokes
Post by: Mercen4ry on January 17, 2010, 10:32:47 pm
*
Specifically referencing the last strip in the series. That's a nice catch. :viridian:

Off-Topic, but Watterson is still around and publishing follow-ups to the series. He decided after ten years that he wanted to retire to painting; good for him, says I. ;)
Title: Re: (Spoilers) Easter eggs, hidden references, in-game jokes
Post by: ecsdaowzwpjlvn on January 19, 2010, 06:27:46 am
"Free your mind" and the next room (forgot the name) - Matrix

They work as a tip -- you just have to press "right".
Title: Re: (Spoilers) Easter eggs, hidden references, in-game jokes
Post by: A7A on January 19, 2010, 09:13:59 pm
"Free your mind" and the next room (forgot the name) - Matrix

They work as a tip -- you just have to press "right".

That was so creepy when I tried it out and it actually worked! As I understand it there was no collaboration between terry and the room-namer, right?
Title: Re: (Spoilers) Easter eggs, hidden references, in-game jokes
Post by: SoulEye on January 19, 2010, 09:28:05 pm
The rooms were named after they were created so it could very well be called a collaboration.
Title: Re: (Spoilers) Easter eggs, hidden references, in-game jokes
Post by: A7A on January 19, 2010, 09:32:56 pm
SoulEye: Indeed, but the room-namer had do free hir mind without the help of the clue ze created in the future! It could be done with input from Terry of course. :)

Quantum mechanics room!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double-slit_experiment
Title: Re: (Spoilers) Easter eggs, hidden references, in-game jokes
Post by: The Brass on January 19, 2010, 10:54:26 pm
Pretty much every scientifically named room in the Laboratory was a subject on the physics course I completed before Christmas, and by the beta leak, stuff like the Vibrating String Problem were still ahead. I got full points on it in the test!
Title: Re: (Spoilers) Easter eggs, hidden references, in-game jokes
Post by: VAgentZero on January 20, 2010, 09:02:05 pm
Without a doubt, the best reference in the entire game has to be the one to MAVERICK BUS.   :vermillion:
Title: Re: (Spoilers) Easter eggs, hidden references, in-game jokes
Post by: Ultra on January 20, 2010, 11:26:31 pm
Hey,

Our character becomes immediately sad when jumping on that marked area.  :'(
Title: Re: (Spoilers) Easter eggs, hidden references, in-game jokes
Post by: Applekid on January 21, 2010, 12:14:11 am
Hey,

Our character becomes immediately sad when jumping on that marked area.  :'(


Well, yeah. If you use the Super Gravitron for Educational Purposes you have to stand in the Naughty Corner.  :vitellary:
Title: Re: (Spoilers) Easter eggs, hidden references, in-game jokes
Post by: StephenM3 on January 21, 2010, 12:24:50 am
Why would you make Veridian stand in the naughty corner?  He didn't do anything wrong.  If he used the SG for educational purposes it's your fault anyway.  No wonder he gets so sad.  :victoria:
Title: Re: (Spoilers) Easter eggs, hidden references, in-game jokes
Post by: SoulEye on January 22, 2010, 10:40:01 am
Someone asked why there are only 5 V's sung in Pressure Cooker. This is the answer:

That's a reversed expression - an inversion if you like. Turning things on the flipside! An anti-thesis, a juxataposition, reversion. Anti-matter, Nuclear explosion. Indirect direct. A tear in the VVVVVV space-time continuum.
Title: Re: (Spoilers) Easter eggs, hidden references, in-game jokes
Post by: The Brass on January 22, 2010, 12:52:46 pm
reversion
(http://i328.photobucket.com/albums/l321/MutoidLog/reverse.jpg)?
Title: Re: (Spoilers) Easter eggs, hidden references, in-game jokes
Post by: SoulEye on January 22, 2010, 03:21:00 pm
That would be it. Thanks for the visual clarification!
Title: Re: (Spoilers) Easter eggs, hidden references, in-game jokes
Post by: Kalir on January 24, 2010, 10:08:13 pm
What exactly is up with the Disco Elephant of Sorrow, anyway?
Title: Re: (Spoilers) Easter eggs, hidden references, in-game jokes
Post by: Timmaah! on January 26, 2010, 01:29:03 pm
Not a reference to another game, but just a cute little play on words: The room "What Lies Beneath" is directly above one of the rooms with the "LIES" moving across at speed. What lies indeed!


Also, I can hardly believe no-one's mentioned this one yet. That ghost in The Tomb of Mad Carew looks awfully familiar... I think I should remember, only all this flipping up and down is making me Dizzy...

(http://www.kanzakura.net/images/thetombofmadcarew.png)
(clickedy-click) (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/44/Treasure_Island_Dizzy.png)

I leave you with the poem "The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God", by J Milton Hayes (bolding mine):

Quote
THE GREEN EYE OF THE LITTLE YELLOW GOD
J Milton Hayes

There's a one-eyed yellow idol to the north of Khatmandu,
There's a little marble cross below the town;
There's a broken-hearted woman tends the grave of Mad Carew,
And the Yellow God forever gazes down.

He was known as "Mad Carew" by the subs at Khatmandu,
He was hotter than they felt inclined to tell;
But for all his foolish pranks, he was worshipped in the ranks,
And the Colonel's daughter smiled on him as well.

He had loved her all along, with a passion of the strong,
The fact that she loved him was plain to all.
She was nearly twenty-one and arrangements had begun
To celebrate her birthday with a ball.

He wrote to ask what present she would like from Mad Carew;
They met next day as he dismissed a squad;
And jestingly she told him then that nothing else would do
But the green eye of the little Yellow God.

On the night before the dance, Mad Carew seemed in a trance,
And they chaffed him as they puffed at their cigars:
But for once he failed to smile, and he sat alone awhile,
Then went out into the night beneath the stars.

He returned before the dawn, with his shirt and tunic torn,
And a gash across his temple dripping red;
He was patched up right away, and he slept through all the day,
And the Colonel's daughter watched beside his bed.

He woke at last and asked if they could send his tunic through;
She brought it, and he thanked her with a nod;
He bade her search the pocket saying "That's from Mad Carew",
And she found the little green eye of the god.

She upbraided poor Carew in the way that women do,
Though both her eyes were strangely hot and wet;
But she wouldn't take the stone and Mad Carew was left alone
With the jewel that he'd chanced his life to get.

When the ball was at its height, on that still and tropic night,
She thought of him and hurried to his room;
As she crossed the barrack square she could hear the dreamy air
Of a waltz tune softly stealing thro' the gloom.

His door was open wide, with silver moonlight shining through;
The place was wet and slipp'ry where she trod;
An ugly knife lay buried in the heart of Mad Carew,
'Twas the "Vengeance of the Little Yellow God".

There's a one-eyed yellow idol to the north of Khatmandu,
There's a little marble cross below the town;
There's a broken-hearted woman tends the grave of Mad Carew,
And the Yellow God forever gazes down.
Title: Re: (Spoilers) Easter eggs, hidden references, in-game jokes
Post by: alastair jack on January 27, 2010, 08:15:53 am
What exactly is up with the Disco Elephant of Sorrow, anyway?

It's so tall it makes you look up at it!