fbpx

The Arcade’s Top 5 Easter Eggs

With all kinds of movie and video game universes, picking 5 of them wasn’t an easy job. We’ve tried to think of them all – which is, off course, impossible. Lots of gems were crossed off or voted away, taking a full day, scraping the web, this is what we’ve ended up with. Our top five easter eggs.

5. TRON visitor

Ever noticed our little friend Pac-man starring in the original Tron movie? Yeah. That’s right. During the movie one of the characters is looking at the game grid. And whilst it’s hard to see in the movie, it’s pretty clear this screen is multi functional.

4. ‘Phone home’

Is it just us? Or is ET sitting pretty in Star Wars Episode I? Pausing the movie we can see not one, but three look al likes in the Galactic Senate. Back in the day eagle eyed fans noticed the ‘ET’s’ and new theories quickly spread. Soon, the beings got a name of their own, Grebleips. It being a reference to ET’s director Spielberg. Got it?

3. Gothic Masterpiece

So well hidden none of its players discovered it for two years. In Arkham Asylum a secret blueprint was to be found in Quincy Sharps office. The plans showed an expansion of the asylum, taking up a larger part of the city. A brilliant reference to the game its own sequel: Arkham City. Rocksteady gave it away in a preview for the next title. Honestly, have you ever noticed? We certainly didn’t… Easter Bunny: 1. Players: zero.

2. Will Smith got to see it before we did

The fresh prince made a strong appearance in the 2007 ‘I Am Legend’, wandering through an ‘empty’ New York city. One scene, in particular, gives us a good view at what Time Square looks like in what’s left of Robert’s home. And there it is. A big and dusty banner of Zack Snyder’s movie Batman vs Superman, ten years before it actually hit theaters. A legendary easter egg.
Unfortunately, it had nothing to do with producer Akiva Goldsman traveling through time, kindly asking Zack if the DC battle was already in the making. Goldsman explained that he wrote an early draft for a Batman vs Superman movie, but it wound being dropped and Christopher Nolan’s insanely good trilogy launched instead.

Goldsman never actually got permission to put his easter egg banner in I Am Legend.

Surprise, surprise…

1. The ‘adventure’ that started it all

In late ‘70s, Atari decided to stop crediting all developers’ names from their video games. That didn’t sit well with Warren Robinett, the man behind the popular Atari 2600 game, ‘Adventure’. So, he made sure that in the game there is a hidden room containing the message “Created by Warren Robinett”. Simple and effective as it was, it popularised easter eggs in video games. So, cheers Warren!

Bonus entry: Ready Player One

Steven Spielberg’s 2018 movie (based on the book by Ernest Cline) features a video game world where players are looking for a golden egg. The movie has reportedly over 100 popular culture references and cameos, making almost everything in the film an easter egg. We are not sure if anyone has found them all.

related articles

Polybius: The Scariest Game that Never Existed (?)

People say that overexposure to video games can be hazardous to your health. But has there ever been a game that was intentionally dangerous? According to the legend, the US government, in 1981, produced some arcade cabinets which were shipped off to various arcade halls. Those cabinets contained the game Polybius, named after the ancient Greek historian. Polybius was supposed to look like your typical space shooter game, but it came with a twist. It was said to be addictive and would cause effects, such as seizures and hallucinations…on purpose. All these happened under the watchful eyes of “men in black” who would frequent those arcade halls and monitor the behaviour of people playing the game. Some versions of the story claim that the game was the product..

Playing: It’s Serious Business

Today we are going to talk about playing. But we will go deep. In fact, we will travel to the 20th century, when an entire new academic field, the field of Game Studies, was being developed. What? You didn’t know games can be studied academically? Well, you are in for a surprise! You see, playing games has always been part of human nature. As the famous Dutch historian Johan Huizinga would put it, we are “Homo Ludens,” which is also the title of a book he published in 1938. Then, Roger Caillois, a French sociologist, elaborated further on that in 1961 in the book Man, Play and Games. Caillois separated play into two types: ludus and paideia. Ludus, a Latin word, concerns the type of play that is..

Rare Action Figures

At the Arcade Hotel, we love figures and retro toys. If you walk around our lobby or stay in one of our rooms, you will have the opportunity to gaze at our wonderful collection of items from series, such as He-Man and Marvel comics. However, there are a few figures out there that is almost impossible to get for the regular collector. We selected three very interesting cases for you, to have a look as to what makes them so special. Vinyl Cape Jawa This one is highly sought in collector circles and always a part of rare figures discussions. Jawas in the Star Wars universe are known to collect scraps, but this rare Jawa figure with a vinyl cape (instead of the regular cloth one) will cost..