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[[caption-width-right:301:Can you recognize all {{Konami}} characters present in this Purikura sequence of this [[VideoGame/MitsumeteKnight Konami game]]? [[note]]Counter-clockwise from top left: [[VideoGame/GanbareGoemon Goemon]]; [[VideoGame/{{Gradius}} Moai Head]]; [[Franchise/TokimekiMemorial Shiori Fujisaki, and Saki Nijino]]; VideoGame/{{Twinbee}}; [[VideoGame/{{Parodius}} Takosuke, and Koitsu]]; [[VideoGame/AzureDreams Kewne]]; [[VideoGame/GanbareGoemon Ebisumaru]]; [[VideoGame/{{Twinbee}} Madoka]]; [[VideoGame/LivePowerfulProBaseball Powerpro-kun]]; [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight Alucard]]; [[VideoGame/{{Suikoden}} Tir McDohl]]; and [[VideoGame/{{Gradius}} Vic Viper]]. And, as an extra subtle ShoutOut, the things Goemon, Alucard and Tir are riding are the arcs of [[LogoJoke the Konami Logo]].[[/note]]]]

->''"Want to be AWinnerIsYou?"''
-->-- '''Earl''', ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver''

This page lists {{Shout Out}}s seen in video games.

!! Games with their own pages:
[[index]]
* ''[[ShoutOut/ThreeDDotGameHeroes 3D Dot Game Heroes]]''
* ''ShoutOut/AceAttorney''
* ''ShoutOut/AlanWake''
* ''ShoutOut/TheAngryVideoGameNerdAdventures''
* ''ShoutOut/AnimalCrossing''
* ''ShoutOut/AssassinsCreedRevelations''
* ''[[ShoutOut/AsterixAndObelixXXL2 Asterix & Obelix XXL 2: Mission: Las Vegum]]''
* ''ShoutOut/AsurasWrath''
* ''Shoutout/{{Bayonetta}}''
* ''ShoutOut/BillyVsSNAKEMAN''
* ''ShoutOut/BinaryDomain''
* ''ShoutOut/TheBindingOfIsaac''
* ''ShoutOut/BlazBlue''
* ''ShoutOut/{{Borderlands}}''
* ''ShoutOut/{{Borderlands 2}}''
* ''ShoutOut/BrokenHelix''
* ''ShoutOut/CapcomVsWhatever''
* ''ShoutOut/ConkersBadFurDay''
* ''ShoutOut/CookieClicker''
* ''ShoutOut/CopyKitty''
* ''ShoutOut/CthulhuSavesTheWorld''
* ''ShoutOut/DanganRonpa''
* ''ShoutOut/DeadRising''
** ''ShoutOut/DeadRising2''
* ''ShoutOut/DiabloIII''
* ''ShoutOut/{{Disgaea}}''
* ''ShoutOut/DragonAge''
** ''ShoutOut/DragonAgeOrigins''
* ''ShoutOut/DragonFable''
* ''ShoutOut/DeusExHumanRevolution''
* ''ShoutOut/DukeNukem''
* ''ShoutOut/DungeonsOfDredmor''
* ''ShoutOut/EpicBattleFantasy''
* ''ShoutOut/EpicMickey''
* ''ShoutOut/{{Fallout}}''
* ''ShoutOut/FalloutNewVegas''
* ''ShoutOut/FarCry3''
** ''ShoutOut/FarCry3BloodDragon''
* ''ShoutOut/FinalFantasy''
** ''ShoutOut/FinalFantasyXIV''
* ''ShoutOut/ForumFantasy''
* ''ShoutOut/GuiltyGear''
* ''ShoutOut/GhostHunter''
* ''ShoutOut/GrandTheftAuto''
** ''ShoutOut/GrandTheftAutoClassic''
** ''ShoutOut/GrandTheftAutoIII''
** ''ShoutOut/GrandTheftAutoViceCity''
** ''ShoutOut/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''
** ''ShoutOut/GrandTheftAutoViceCityStories''
** ''ShoutOut/GrandTheftAutoIV''
** ''ShoutOut/GrandTheftAutoIVTheLostAndDamned''
** ''ShoutOut/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony''
** ''ShoutOut/GrandTheftAutoV''
* ''ShoutOut/{{Halo}}''
* ''ShoutOut/HearthstoneHeroesOfWarcraft''
* ''ShoutOut/HeartOfEvil''
* ''ShoutOut/{{Highborn}}''
* ''ShoutOut/IWannaBeTheGuy''
* ''ShoutOut/JetsNGuns''
* ''ShoutOut/JustDance''
* ''ShoutOut/KatawaShoujo''
* ''ShoutOut/KillingFloor''
* ''ShoutOut/KidIcarusUprising''
* ''ShoutOut/TheKingOfFighters''
* ''ShoutOut/KingdomHearts''
* ''ShoutOut/LeagueOfLegends''
* ''ShoutOut/Left4Dead''
* ''ShoutOut/LEGOAdaptationGame''
* ''ShoutOut/LollipopChainsaw''
* ''ShoutOut/{{Magicka}}''
* ''ShoutOut/{{Marathon}}''
* ''ShoutOut/MarvelAvengersAlliance''
* ''ShoutOut/MassEffect''
* ''ShoutOut/MegaMan''
* ''ShoutOut/MetalSlug''
* ''ShoutOut/ModernWarfare''
* ''ShoutOut/MortalKombat''
* ''ShoutOut/MsSplosionMan''
* ''ShoutOut/{{Neptunia}}''
* ''ShoutOut/OfGuardsAndThieves''
* ''ShoutOut/PAYDAYTheHeist''
** ''ShoutOut/{{PAYDAY2}}''
* ''ShoutOut/PlayStationAllStarsBattleRoyale''
* ''ShoutOut/{{Pokemon}}''
* ''ShoutOut/PokerNightAtTheInventory''
** ''ShoutOut/PokerNight2''
* ''ShoutOut/{{Portal}}''
* ''ShoutOut/ProjectXZone''
* ''ShoutOut/RecettearAnItemShopsTale''
* ''ShoutOut/RedAlert3Paradox''
* ''ShoutOut/ResidentEvil''
** ''ShoutOut/ResidentEvil2''
** ''ShoutOut/ResidentEvil3Nemesis''
** ''ShoutOut/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica''
** ''ShoutOut/ResidentEvil0''
** ''ShoutOut/ResidentEvil4''
** ''ShoutOut/ResidentEvil5''
* ''ShoutOut/RetroCityRampage''
* ''ShoutOut/Rockman4MinusInfinity''
* ''ShoutOut/RuneScape''
* ''ShoutOut/SaintsRow''
* ''ShoutOut/ScottPilgrim''
* ''ShoutOut/{{Scribblenauts}}''
* ''ShoutOut/StarTrekOnline''
* ''ShoutOut/{{Terraria}}''
* ''ShoutOut/TheInfynPrism''
* ''ShoutOut/TheSims''
* ''ShoutOut/SkullGirls''
* ''ShoutOut/SlyCooper''
* ''ShoutOut/AnSMWCProduction''
* ''ShoutOut/{{Starbound}}''
* ''ShoutOut/StarCraft''
* ''ShoutOut/StreetFighter''
* ''ShoutOut/SuperCosplayWarUltra''
* ''ShoutOut/SuperMarioBros''
* ''ShoutOut/TeamFortress2''
* ''ShoutOut/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''
* ''ShoutOut/TomodachiLife''
* ''ShoutOut/{{Unreal}}''
* ''ShoutOut/{{Vietcong}}''
* ''ShoutOut/TheWalkingDead
* ''ShoutOut/WarpForce''
* ''ShoutOut/TheWonderful101''
* ''ShoutOut/WorldOfWarcraft''
* ''ShoutOut/{{Xenogears}}''
* ''ShoutOut/TheXFiles''
* ''ShoutOut/ZettaiHeroProject''

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!! Creators with their own pages:
* ShoutOut/{{Konami}}
* ShoutOut/{{Nintendo}}
[[/index]]

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!!Other works:
* ''VideoGame/ActionDoom2UrbanBrawl'' has plenty of these. Copy-pasting from its work page:
** Each enemy you meet has a specific first name, which sometimes are references to prominent figures within the Doom community. ("Rhaluka" is the name of John Romero's wife.)
** One boss [[{{Expy}} is]] [[Franchise/StreetFighter Hugo]] [[VideoGame/FinalFight Andore]], who is in turn a CaptainErsatz of Wrestling/AndreTheGiant. His "you're dead" message is simply "'''OBEY.'''" [[note]]The OBEY Giant, meanwhile, was a modified version of a sticker fad starring, you guessed it, André the Giant.[[/note]]
** A cutscene before one of the boss fights..."[[Comicbook/{{Doom}} He's huge. But that means he has huge guts. Rip and tear.]]"
** One boss fight is against human {{exp|y}}ies of [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Bebop and Rocksteady.]]
** One of the bonus points pickups in the game is {{The Red|Stapler}} [[Film/OfficeSpace Stapler]], complete with quotation. Not to mention that you can find ''VideoGame/{{Daikatana}}'' (the game, not the weapon) as a points item too.
** Some of the ornaments hanging up in Peter Crisp's office includes the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast Master Sword]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud Strife's Buster Sword]].
* In ''VideoGame/AeroFighters 3'', one alternate FinalBoss is preceded by a black ball that flashes the following:
--> "WELCOME TO MARS. [[VideoGame/{{Darius}} WARNING! A HUGE BATTLESHIP "SOH-TAKEKO" IS APPROACHING FAST.]]"
* ''VideoGame/AllianceOfValiantArms'' has one in the form of the "Winchester [=M1887S=]" shotgun, which is clearly made to look and operate like the SawedOffShotgun used by Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger in ''Film/Terminator2JudgementDay''. The player-character even does the iconic flip-cock move between shots.
* ''VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesGrimm'' turns many of the {{Grimmifi|cation}}ed fairy tales into pastiches of various movies. For instance:
-->'''The Master Thief:''' ''{{Dracula}}''
-->'''Iron John:''' ''The Franchise/{{Terminator}}'', complete with an [[Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger Ahnuld]]-soundalike and "Prince Connor"
-->'''The Pied Piper:''' Surprisingly obscurely, German expressionist films such as ''M'' and ''Film/{{Metropolis}}''; the scene at the end is virtually identical to the "Moloch Machine" scene in ''Metropolis'', and the Pied Piper is voiced by a convincing Peter Lorre impersonator.
* There is one in the trophy list in ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart 3'' to, of all things, ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'''s ''Celebrity Jeopardy!'' skits. Using four different sword techniques in a single match while playing as Kamui will net you a trophy called "That's 'S' Words, Mr. Connery!"
* ''VideoGame/ArcAngle'' has a few- the Shoop Da Whoop face appears as a miniboss, and another is based on the turret circle from the first level of ''VideoGame/RType''. Your character's weapon is based off the Free Range from ''VideoGame/ThunderForce V''. Also, there's an option to make the second boss (a GiantSpider) skippable, in which case he's encountered lying on the floor and his dialogue is "[[VideoGame/MonsterParty Sorry, I'm dead]]".
* Almost every acheivement in ''VideoGame/ArmyOfTwo'' is a reference to some famous movie.
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'':
** Ezio's uncle Mario introduces himself with a cheerful "[[Franchise/SuperMarioBros It's-a me! Mario!]]"
** When you are climbing walls and leaping across buildings you occasionally hear a bystander say: [[Franchise/{{Batman}} "Another capering crusader."]]
* ''Comicbook/{{Asterix}} at the Olympic Games'' has a cutscene where Asterix knocks out a Roman with a headbutt. For a brief moment, the background changes to a soccer field and a referee raises a red card. It's an obvious reference to the infamous incident involving Zinedine Zidane at the 2006 World Cup Final, and may be also a nod to the cameo of Zidane himself in the movie.
* The final stage of ''The Astyanax'' is a Xenomorph hive from ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', and the boss, of course, is the Queen.
* ''VideoGame/BackyardSports''. Oh, where to start. Reese Worthington makes tons of Star Wars references, Dmitri Petrovich talks about many computer languages, and Sunny Day has a Putt-Putt watch. There are many more, too many to fit on this page.
* ''[[VideoGame/BaldursGate Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows of Amn]]'' and the Expansion set "Throne of Bhaal" contain a few shout-out to former fans/forum members, including the character of Lanfear in Shadows of Amn, and Draconis, Yakman and Gromnir in Throne of Bhaal (Gromnir's speech in-game also emulates the poster's style)
** ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' itself has a set of more low-key shout-outs, with the spider-queen Centeol being a mocking shout-out at a player in the game writer's old ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' campaign who exclusively played tall, strikingly-beautiful amazons named Centeol. Edwin was a much better-liked character from the same gaming group.
** In ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2: Mask of the Betrayer'' you can find an item named the Astral Rodent Charm. With the inscription "To M..." on the back. A shout out to Minsc and his miniature giant space hamster.
** In the NWN2 core campaign, the greeter in the Moonstone Mask festhall is named "Evlyn." In the back, you'll find a dancer named "Teelah." It's a nice shout-out to ''Franchise/MastersoftheUniverse''.
*** The vanilla original ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' had a reference to an Archdruid named [[Comicbook/{{Asterix}} Getafix]].
*** A Dance With Rogues, a fan module series, includes the premade character Lyanna Stormborn, as a ShoutOut to ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' (which actually did inspire a lot of the story). The player's adventures seem somewhat similar to those of Arya Stark, after all.
* Level 8 in ''WebAnimation/BattleForDreamIsland Again'' episode 5b has a box styled like the Companion Cube from ''{{VideoGame/Portal}}''. Like in Portal, it becomes your companion in level 9 and is left behind in level 10 by falling into a bottomless pit. Still better than being incinerated.
* The ice cube couple in ''[[VideoGame/{{Banjo-Kazooie}} Banjo-Tooie]]'', George and Mildred, are named after characters from the BritCom ''Series/ManAboutTheHouse''.
* Emma, the DJ from ''Barrow Hill'', is an obvious, albeit younger, ShoutOut to Stevie, the female DJ from Creator/JohnCarpenter's ''Film/TheFog''.
* In Olivia's second Story Mode path in ''VideoGame/BattleFantasia'', she encounters a [[MysteriousProtector mysterious stranger]] who calls himself the "Romance Knight" [[spoiler:(who is actually a masked Ashley)]], who's basically a walking shout-out to Tuxedo Kamen from ''Anime/SailorMoon''. He tosses a single rose at his opponent, signaling his arrival, and then gives a short speech about love and devotion before disappearing.
* The easy mode for single-player in ''VideoGame/BattlefieldBadCompany'' has the line "[[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian hear the lamentations of...]] uhh...the people they know".
* ''Music/TheBeatles: VideoGame/RockBand'':
** Playing "Yellow Submarine" leads to a shout out to the [[WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine movie of the same name]]. The band wears the same outfits as they did in the film, and the submarine itself is very similar to the one in the movie.
** Playing "I Am the Walrus" leads to a shout out to the sequence with the song in the ''Film/MagicalMysteryTour'' film.
* ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'' has a reference to its creator's most well-known work, the ''VideoGame/{{Rayman}}'' series, in the form of one of its [[FirstPersonSnapshooter photographable animals]]. The animal is a cartoonish mosquito found frequently in the ''Rayman'' universe, and has the species name ''A. raymanis.'' The main character of another Michel Ancel production, ''VideoGame/TonicTrouble,'' appears as the {{Mascot}} of the game's brand of healing items in a ParodyCommercial.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bioforge}}'': Two dropships named Roenick and Chelios, in reference to two then-players of the Chicago Blackhawks.
* In the ''VideoGame/BionicCommando'' remake, one can find a [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil5 Tricell]] billboard. There's also a billboard with a [[VideoGame/MegaManLegends Servbot]].
* When Helen, Tom, and Luke are on the run from the police and the MegaCorp and escape to Mars in the VisualNovel ''VisualNovel/BionicHeart'', Luke’s alias is [[Franchise/StarWars Lucas Walker.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{BioShock}}'' has many of these, mainly references to Creator/AynRand and her works (Rapture's society was founded on Randian and Objectivist philosophy).
** One of the major characters is named Atlas. Another is coyly named [[Creator/AynRand Andrew Ryan]].
** There are a number of posters plastered around saying "Who is Atlas?".
** [[spoiler:Fontaine]] in his final mutated form resembles the famous statue of Atlas as seen on the cover of ''Literature/AtlasShrugged''.
** Each bottle of Arcadia Merlot is embossed with the name "Fountainhead Cabarnet Sauvignon," as in ''The Fountainhead'', another of Rand's novels.
** Sander Cohen may be a reference to the pre-WWI playwright, songwriter, dancer, and director George M. Cohen. Sander Cohen and George M. Cohen both have a similar appearance and a similar way of criticizing people who do not perform a piece perfectly. However, George is less likely to kill you for it.
** Non-Rand: One of the books in the library is titled [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Headology]].
** "Would you kindly find [[VideoGame/HalfLife a crowbar]] or something?"
** In ''VideoGame/BioShock2'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNtEouqoh60&t=7m04s one of the posters]] looks extremely like the usual cover of ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby''.
* The ''VideoGame/BitTrip'' series has several:
** The second boss of ''Beat'' is pretty much a sideways version of ''VideoGame/{{Breakout}}''.
** The second boss battle in ''Core'' is a direct ShoutOut to ''VideoGame/MissileCommand''. You have to use your laser to zap the "missiles" (Bits) before they reach the cities below.
** The bonus stages in ''Runner'' are designed similarly to ''VideoGame/{{Pitfall}}'', where Commander Video has to run through a jungle collecting bars of gold while avoiding unattended campfires.
* ''VideoGame/{{Boktai}}'' is stuffed with references to Westerns, most commonly {{Spaghetti Western}}s. The main characters are named Django (after the protagonist of the ''Film/{{Django}}'' movies, played by Franco Nero) and Sabata (after the protagonist of ''Film/TheSabataTrilogy'', played by Creator/LeeVanCleef [[TheOtherDarrin and]] Creator/YulBrynner). Django kills vampires by getting them into the sunlight - to do this, he has to drag their coffins, which they sleep in, outside, referencing how the Django from the movie carries a [[GatlingGood Gatling]] [[{{BFG}} gun]] in a coffin he drags along behind him. In ''Boktai 2'', at a certain point, you encounter a character who is obviously [[TheCameo Solid Snake]], but it's actually a dual ShoutOut - he declines to identify himself, instead calling himself a "man with no name", a ShoutOut to Creator/ClintEastwood's character from the ''Film/DollarsTrilogy'' (which is nonetheless in character for Snake). To further the reference, he's dressed with no bandanna, but with combed-back hair, a dark blue shirt, and tight brown jeans, the same outfit worn by the Man With No Name in ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' during the scene where Tuco tries to hang him in the hotel room.
* The first game in ''VideoGame/BubbleBobble'' series does shout outs in all directions.
* When you clear a mission in ''Buddy Rush'', there's a chance your helpers will compliment you by calling you "Magic Hands". In a earlier version of the game, they actually called you "VideoGame/GodHand". Also, a ruins-themed chapter has items related to ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' (whip, hat and Holy Grail) and a mushroom item obviously has a description that alludes to ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''
* The Worldbuilder game ''Bug Hunt'' is an homage to the original ''Film/{{Alien}}'' movie. Scientist gets FaceFullOfAlienWingWong, ChestBurster hatches, and causes havoc around the space station.
* In the old Mac game ''Capn' Magneto'', the wizard in the Shrine is named "? (The Mysterian)", a reference to the band ? and the Mysterians.
* In the text intro to Chapter 78 of ''Caribbean Hideaway'' Planky the parrot stole a magical talisman which had been traded to some other pirates for a ship. When he came back with it he said "Hey Mr. Talisman, tally me banana, squawk!"
* A downright bizarre case of one: The hidden object game ''Cate West: The Vanishing Files'' has a good number of the street names named after characters from ''Manga/{{Monster}}'', including a Tenma Street, apparently to drive the point home that it's not just generic European names. Now, how many people who play hidden object games do you think are going to get a reference like that?
* Nicalis' releases of ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' changed a few things in the translation. One can't help but think of the Kool-Aid Man when Balrog shows up for any reason at all. The first time he shows up ([[ThereWasADoor through the Shack door]]), think of Balrog speaking in the Kool-Aid Man's voice for cheap, yet instant lulz:
--> ''"Oh yeahhh!"''
* ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'' has more than a few. Among others, one of the random chatters for Irradiates includes [[Film/{{Freaks}} "One of us! One of us! Gooble gobble gooble gobble!"]], while a random chatter for scientists is [[VideoGame/HalfLife "Why do we all have to wear these ridiculous ties?"]]
--> '''Scientist 1:''' "Have you seen Doctor Freeman?"
--> '''Scientist 2:''' "I think he went to fetch another crowbar..."
:: In an attempt to add more examples, two of the munitions skills have purchasable advantages called [[Literature/SnowCrash Listen to Reason]] and [[Film/{{Equilibrium}} Not Without Incident]]
* ''VideoGame/ChexQuest 2'''s "Cinema" level (its upgraded version, at least) has several "movies" playing, including one that is a loop of a baby carriage rolling down stairs, in a reference to ''Film/BattleshipPotemkin''. This is probably the most cerebral shout-out to be seen in a game about heroic anthropomorphic breakfast cereal.
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'':
** The game has a blonde cavewoman named Ayla, a CaptainErsatz of the main character of ''The ClanOfTheCaveBear''.
** A mini-game requires the player to identify one of three identical men, named [[Franchise/StarWars Vicks (Biggs), Wedge, and Piett]]. Biggs and Wedge are Luke's wingmen when blowing up the first Death Star, and Admiral Piett was an Imperial Officer. Biggs and Wedge also appear in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears'' (Two soldiers who accompany Ceodore in the beginning of the game, and also retconned into the original ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''), ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' (The two soldiers accompanying Terra in the beginning), ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' (Two AVALANCHE members), ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' (The QuirkyMinibossSquad (Or maybe TerribleTrio)), and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' (Two guards you can recruit for blitzball).
** Magus' three main henchmen were named, in the English translation, [[Music/BlackSabbath "Ozzie"]], [[Music/GunsNRoses "Slash"]], and [[Music/RedHotChiliPeppers "Flea"]]!
** One of the cavemen in 65,000,000 B.C. will say "[[WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow Happy happy, joy joy]]" after [[spoiler:the Reptites go extinct]].
** One of the chapters of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' is [[Film/BackToTheFuture Forward to the Past]]. Another in Japanese translates to [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos The Call of Lavos]].
** Biggs and [[NonindicativeName Wedge]] first appeared in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''. There were many other ''Franchise/StarWars'' {{shout out}}s.
** When playing as Locke in South Figaro, entering Celes's cell while wearing a soldier outfit will result in a shout-out to the "Aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper?" line.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'':
** The police contacts in almost every city zone are thinly-disguised versions of famous TV cops, including characters from ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'', ''Series/DueSouth'', ''Series/MiamiVice'', and ''Franchise/RoboCop''.
** One mission sends you after the "[[Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension Overation Oscillithruster]]". And one of the types of Enhancements is the actual Oscillation Over-thruster itself. It makes your Phasing powers better.
** Another instructs you to rescue "Stephen Fayte" -- his surname was Strangefate in earlier versions -- who is repeatedly described by ''everyone'' in the mission as "a gifted surgeon, nothing more," although he is said to be often mistaken for Earth's greatest sorcerer.
** One radio mission has the hero sent to rescue [[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow "Dr. Frank N. Scott"]] from the clutches of the bad guys. When the hero stumbles across Dr. Scott, he's reciting a ritual to create a "time warp" that involves a "jump to the left" and a "step to the right." When you interrupt the bad guys, a mini-version of the [[SayMyName "Janet! Dr. Scott! Janet! Brad! Rocky!"]] exchange occurs.
** Referencing ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'': "You got a rock.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} V'', the achievement for destroying an enemy unit in one turn is called ''[[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} It's Super Effective]].''
* In ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} IV'', the loading screen music is the opening music from ''VideoGame/{{Colonization}}'', another game by Sid Meier.
* In the second ''VideoGame/ClockTower'' game, Scissorman is revealed to be Edward, the sole survivor of the first game. Film/EdwardScissorhands reference?
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'':
** The game has a reference to ''VideoGame/ZeroWing:'' in the Extras menu under soundtrack, Track 34 is titled "AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs".
** The boat level of ''Renegade'' had shout outs to ''Series/GilligansIsland'' and ''TheLoveBoat''.
** The series' resident TankGoodness incarnate, the Mammoth Tank, is a nod to the Nazi German super-heavy tank [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panzer_VIII_Maus Panzer VIII Maus]], the largest WW2 tank to reach the prototype stage; it was captured by the Soviets before it ever managed to hit the production lines. How is that relevant? It was going to be named ''Mammut''[[note]][[CaptainObvious That's German for "mammoth"]].[[/note]], at one point.
** In the final Soviet mission, completing one of the objectives causes President Ackerson to rage "''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Why, you little...!]]''"
* In ''VideoGame/{{Contra}} Rebirth'', one of the unlockable characters you can obtain is [[Film/EscapeFromNewYork a reptile named Plissken]].
* In the opening cinematic of ''CortexCommand'', in one panel that shows the various alien creatures that humans have met, one on the edge is very obviously a [[StarControl Spathi]].
* In the iOS game, Crime Scene Mystery (produced by TeamLava), each case has a ShoutOut to something else. To name two, David the Forensic specialist bears a very strong physical resemblance to [[Series/{{CSINY}} a forensic specialist on a well-known crime show]], and the second case, Trial By Fury, centres around [[PhoenixWrightAceAttorney a defence attorney named Nick Rong, a medium who moonlights as his co-counsel, and a potentially corrupt prosecutor]].
* The four main heroes of the Website/{{Newgrounds}} game ''[[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/579445 Crystal Story]]'' are named [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyMysticQuest Tristam, Kaeli, Phoebe, and Reuben]].
* ''G-Darius'', of the ''VideoGame/{{Darius}}'' side-scrolling scifi spaceship-shooter series, is intentionally an anagram of ''VideoGame/{{Gradius}}'' according to some sources.
* The boss of the BonusDungeon of ''VideoGame/DarkCloud 2'' was the BigBad of the first game.
* As well as numerous references in its achievements, ''VideoGame/DeadIsland'' has Jason from ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'', the sword used to slice up Zed in ''Film/PulpFiction'' and a zombified Jenna Jameson.
* ''VideoGame/DeadIslandRiptide'' introduces Australian soldier John Morgan, at the start he's posing with WolverineClaws and is modeled after HughJackman. [[Franchise/XMen Snickt!]]
* ''VideoGame/{{DEFCON}}'' is largely inspired by the [[TheBigBoard NORAD screens]] in ''Film/WarGames'', so scrolling text in the lobby screen includes the list of games from the movie ("FALKEN'S MAZE, BLACK JACK, GIN RUMMY...THEATERWIDE BIOTOXIC AND CHEMICAL WARFARE, GLOBAL THERMONUCLEAR WAR") and "How about a nice game of chess?"
* ''VideoGame/{{Descent}} II'' has green homing missile-launching robots called Lou Guards (which are also expies of the Super Hulks from the first game), a possible reference to Lou Ferrigno of ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'' fame. Also, one of the later levels is named "Drec'nilbie K'luh".
* In ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans 2'', there's a mission that requires you to kill one [[VideoGame/{{Hitman}} Agent 47]] in a discreet manner. And the civilian chatter in its stand-in for 1960s London includes mistaking Crypto for a [[Series/DoctorWho Silurian]], and calls for someone to get [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]] or [[Franchise/{{Quatermass}} Professor Quatermass]].
* ''Almost everyone'' in ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' has a name that references Dante's ''Literature/TheDivineComedy''. Those that do not usually reference something else in myth or legend - like ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}''.
* The ''VideoGame/DinkSmallwood'' mod ''Grasp of Darkness'' has an encounter where an indestructable slime offers you cake if you can last a certain number of minutes against it and its babies. A different portion of the tunnels contains a note which reads "The babies are not worth thy fists. [[{{Videogame/Portal}} The cake is a lie.]]"
* ''VideoGame/DiscworldNoir'' is mostly a big {{homage}} to ''FilmNoir'', but includes a few {{Shout Out}}s to other things including ''Series/DoctorWho'' ([[spoiler: Satrap]]'s big villain speech is a fairly direct lift of Davros's in "Genesis of the Daleks") and other video games ("They'd hidden in a wine barrel. Now why did that make me think of the phrases 'You wait. Time passes.' and 'Thorin sits down and begins singing about gold'?" - the two phrases coming from the "hiding in wine barrels" scene in the InteractiveFiction version of ''Literature/TheHobbit''.)
* In ''DJMAX Portable [[LicensedGame Clazziquai Edition]]'', one of the clubs in Club Tour mode has courses titled [[Music/DaftPunk "Harder", "Better", "Faster", and "Stronger"]].
* The "Party RPG" ''VideoGame/DokaponKingdom'' features a character name Robo-Agent. While he's normally a friendly, affable robot, when someone puts money into his mouth, he turns into a KillerRobot named Robo-Sassin. When he transforms into Robo-Sassin, he shouts: [[Series/DoctorWho "EX-TER-MI-NATE!"]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} II'' has a secret level which is basically lifted right out of id software's previous [=FPS=], ''VideoGame/Wolfenstein3D''. If you dig deeper, you can find a secret room where you must gib four strung-up [[VideoGame/CommanderKeen Commander Keens]] to progress.
* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} 3'': One of the distress calls after the TeleporterAccident is "They're breaking through the walls!", a possible reference to the ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' line "They're coming out of the goddamn walls!".
* ''VideoGame/DragonSlayerIIXanadu'' has the Black Onyx and Fire Crystal items, whose names are surely inspired by ''The Black Onyx'', the first successful Japanese RPG, and its sequel ''The Fire Crystal''.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestHeroesRocketSlime'' contains shout outs to other Creator/SquareEnix-published series, such as a Platypunk ally named Ducktor Cid (a reference to the recurring character name in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'') and the hero goes up against a tank with a treant-like appearance called Chrono Twigger (an obvious reference to ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''), whose in-game logo even resembles the ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' logo. These two are notable because the series referenced were formerly Square series, whereas ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' was an Enix series. ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' also has a monster called a [[Franchise/StarTrek Slimeborg]]. Resistance is futile.
* ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}''s EasterEgg is a ShoutOut to cavia inc., who develops the ''VideoGame/AceCombat'' series of games and also developed the [[SimulationGame Flight Sim]] portions of ''Drakengard''.
* ''VisualNovel/DraKoi'' has a ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' shoutout when the dragon estimates the protagonist's power level as being five. The story also does a shoutout to VisualNovel/{{Demonbane}}, a work from the same company.
* A "Create Gold" spell in ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper 2'' is cast with an incantation "Expressus Americanus".
* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress''. You start with [[Literature/SnowWhite seven dwarves]]. There are also [[http://df.magmawiki.com/index.php/Batman these]] [[http://df.magmawiki.com/index.php/Giant_rat pages]] at the DF Wiki. And it's incredibly easy to [[GameMod add more as you see fit]]. For instance, there's a player-created mod that adds new reasons for dwarfs to like existing critters; among those added are "...likes [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Batmen]] for their awesome theme songs. DANANANANANANA BATMAN!"
* While Creator/{{Koei}} have been known to deliberately make internal references and homages in the course of ''[[VideoGame/DynastyWarriorsGundam Gundam Musou]]'', it's much more noticeable, and a bit startling, when shout outs like this turn up in a quote from ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors 7'' of all things.
-->'''Cao Cao:''' This sword is capable of [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann piercing the very heavens themselves!]] [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars There is nothing it cannot cut!]]
* ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' makes tons of references to the Beatles, the most notable one being the yellow submarine. The series also has a lot of old pop culture such as The Runaway Five being a reference to the Blues Brothers which was so obvious they were changed for the American translation, and theres also a reference to the Barrett strong song ("Money thats what I want") as well as tons of other old pop culture and movie references throughout the entire series also it is natural for it to have tons of Beatles references as Itoi is a huge fan of The Beatles.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' has lots of Shout Outs. Almost all of the gods in the series are named after people who worked on the game, and many [=NPCs=] have names that reference other fictional characters (such as [[Series/ForeverKnight Lucien Lachance]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Vincente Valteri]]), sports teams (Tarhiel) and characters from folklore ("Springheel" Jakben of Imbel) ''Oblivion'' even has a ruined city called Vindeisel.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', there's even a (possible) shout out to ''UnderSiege''. One quest involves a floating inn being hijacked by a group of bandits, and when asked who the main character is, there's an option to reply "I'm just the ship's cook".
** In the Shivering Isles expansion to Oblivion, there's a unique chest called the [[Music/{{Nightwish}} Dark Chest of Wonders.]] Any doubt that it's a Nightwish reference is erased when you crack it and find the Ring of the Oceanborn.
** There is an item in Oblivion called Blue Suede Shoes a reference to the song by Carl Perkins.
** There's an ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' ShoutOut in ''Oblivion'': A quest wherein a rival treasure hunter tries to take your spoils right as you emerge from a trap-filled ruin is named "Nothing You Can Possess."
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' had some rather silly ones, such as some of the interior cells in a Sixth House base be named after ''Pokémon''.
* ''VideoGame/EliteBeatAgents'' has a stage whose top screen bears a striking resemblance to a LightGunGame, complete with a gauge showing how many [[EdibleAmmunition nuts]] the protagonist has left in his current magazine. Anyone who remembers hearing the infamous "RELOAD! RELOAD! SHOOT OUTSIDE OF THE SCREEN!" in ''The VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead'' is going to get a kick out of failing the second section of the song. Also, the two pets in the game are a dog and a cat named Franchise/{{Sam and Max|FreelancePolice}}. The dog is the one named Sam. Also, the protagonist of "Romancing Meowzilla" was a character in ''VideoGame/OsuTatakaeOuendan'', the game EBA was based on.
* The graphical roguelike ''VideoGame/{{Elona}}'' features as a potential player class, the Manga/{{Claymore}}: a [[ActionGirl mostly-female]] HalfHumanHybrid with silver eyes and inhuman dodging capabilities, with the ability to [[HealingFactor heal quickly]] ([[PowerAtAPrice but at a price]]).
* In ''VideoGame/EndlessOcean: Blue World'', after befriending the Pacific White-Sided Dolphin, the narration says "[[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} You caught the wild Pacific white-sided dolphin! Give it a nickname..?]] [[BreakingTheFourthWall What? Wrong game? Oh.]]"
* ''VideoGame/EscapeVelocity'' includes numerous {{shout out}}s to ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' and its [[MysteryScienceIndex3000 featured films]]: the adjacent systems of [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S04E24ManosTheHandsOfFate Manos and Torgo]], another cluster of systems named Franchise/{{Gamera}}, Guiron and Zigra, and a system named Film/{{Gymkata}} containing a planet named Hikeeba. The {{Easter Egg}}s in the game include a [[Film/FugitiveAlien killer forklift]], the Satellite of Love and an alternate OpeningScroll parodying the [=MST3K=] ThemeTune. There are also a fair number of ''[[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Hitchhiker's Guide]]'' references, with planets named Beeblebrox (in the Zaphod system) and Ursa Minor Beta, and "Mostly Harmless" as the combat rating just above "Harmless." Also, the uninhabited planet Creator/{{George|Lucas}}'s World lies in the [[Film/THX1138 THX-1138]] system, and elsewhere there is a [[Franchise/StarWars forest moon named Endor]].
** ''VideoGame/{{Elite}}'' (a major influence on ''VideoGame/EscapeVelocity'') also calls its two lowest combat ratings "Harmless" and "Mostly Harmless".
** ''VideoGame/EscapeVelocity Nova'' has a randomly-occurring Leviathan-class ship called [[VideoGame/ZeroWing CATS]]. Its picture in the communication dialog is the portrait of CATS from the ''VideoGame/ZeroWing'' opening, and its lines of dialog are also from the ''VideoGame/ZeroWing'' opening.
** Also [[Franchise/StarshipTroopers Raczak's Roughnecks]] (the animated one).
** The total conversion plug-in VideoGame/{{Colosseum}} has not only shout out's to the trilogy (Wild Geese, the Virtual Battle Network being themed off of Classic EV) there is also [[Machinima/RedVsBlue Sarge, Grif and Tucker]] found in one TAS system, mentions of the [[Franchise/StarWars CIS]] as well as ''VideoGame/RogueSquadron''. Heck, just listen to the [[VideoGame/StarFox2 menu theme]] when the game starts up.
* The doujin game ''VideoGame/EternalFighterZero'' has many references to Creator/KeyVisualArts works, as well as for other {{fighting game}}s. In particular, Mio Kouzuki changes costumes with each special attack, referencing ''Franchise/StreetFighter'', ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'', ''[[VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}} Shingetsutan Tsukihime]]'', ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'', ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', and more. And Kano Kirishima's entire set of spells is directly lifted from the Mage and Wizard classes in the MMORPG ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline''. Her staff is an actual item from the game (Mighty Staff)
* One system in ''VideoGame/EVEOnline'' contains a [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey massive black monolith]].
* The MMORPG ''VideoGame/EverQuest'' is full of these. Ironically, it is against the rules for players to name themselves in such a fashion, but it is fine for the designers to name {{N|onPlayerCharacter}}PCs to make a shout out.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' is full of {{Shout Out}}s to almost everything including, but not limited to: SF movies, history, Monty Python, famous boxers, movie stars, history, etc.
* In Japan, the ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' series [[DubNameChange is known as]] ''Garou Densetsu''. However, official Japanese artwork of Terry Bogard often features him wearing a baseball cap with the ''Fatal Fury'' logo on its crown, making a Shout Out to the series' name outside of Japan.
* ''[[VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia Fate/hollow ataraxia]]'' has some shoutouts to other works in the Nasuverse. For example, there's a lampshade hanging of how Tohsaka is pretty clearly an expy of [[VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}} Tohno Akiha]], though it isn't stated outright. There are also two new movies playing, both of them nonsensical. They're called [[MeltyBlood NEKOARC]] and [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight TIGERDOJO.]] In allcaps.
* In the visual novel ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' (a game already full of shoutouts to old legends and myths), there are skits that you earn depending how many "Bad Ends" you receive. The second of which features Rin Tohsaka and Sakura Matou, two of the game's heroines, in a rather blatant ShoutOut to the VideoGame/{{Touhou}} series, complete with danmaku patterns and parodies of the Spell Card activations.
* In ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon FEAR]]'', the office building has a couple of shout-outs to ''Film/OfficeSpace'' - namely Milton's trademarked Red Stapler (no Swingline label, though), and TPS Reports scattered on the floor.
* ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon F.E.A.R. 2]]'' had a few shout-outs to various Internet phenomena and other forms of media, such as:
** A reference to the infamous [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtvIYRrgZ04 Onyxia Wipe]] animation on a computer console.
** "Two Beans One Cup Latte" on a menu at a cafe -- a reference, of course, to the coprophiliac, uh, "classic," [[ShockSite Two Girls One Cup]].
* ''VideoGame/FisherDiver'' has a ShoutOut to ''Literature/TheMostDangerousGame'' in the form of a character named Captain Connell.
* Here lies a lonely VideoGame/{{Flower}} in the third level of ''VideoGame/{{Journey}}''. A ''[=flOw=]''-like creature is also found. Since all three were developed by thatgamecompany, this is almost immediately noticeable if you played the pre-''Journey'' titles.
* ''VideoGame/ForzaMotorsport 4'''s "Drift" events have a [[Manga/InitialD white Toyota AE86]] drifting through a corner. Players can get an achievement for doing [[Film/BackToTheFuture 88 miles per hour in the Delorean]], and different badges and titles (avatars and such shown in-game) usually have a shoutout - buying a Ford Falcon XB will give you the "[[Film/MadMax Last of the V8s]]" badge.
* Someone on the localization team for ''VideoGame/FossilFighters'' liked silly Internet memes. In addition to one NPC wondering what the worth of a man's life is ("...guarding a [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight miserable pile of secrets?]]"), another gets in a "DO NOT WANT."
* ''VideoGame/FreddyPharkasFrontierPharmacist'', a fairly obscure Creator/{{Sierra}} game:
** One of the medications in the pharmacy is a hemorrhoid cream called "Preparation G", presumably a forerunner to modern hemorrhoid cream Preparation H.
** The game makes a few shout-outs to other Sierra games.
*** One of the people in the bar is Zircon Jim Laffer, ancestor to VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry ([[IdenticalGrandson whom he resembles closely]]).
*** There's a bridge that informs you every time you cross it that you have only three crossings left (the number never goes down), referencing a bridge that actually ''does'' have limited crossings in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIIRomancingTheThrone''.
*** [[VideoGame/KingsQuestVAbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder Cedric the Owl]] has a cameo. [[DeathByCameo A very short cameo.]]
*** Dying in certain circumstances causes the narrator, wrapping up Freddy's story, launch into new ones, containing references to another ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'' game, ''VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfWillyBeamish'', and (in a non-Sierra reference) ''Theatre/TheMusicMan''.
* An in-game newspaper in ''Fret Nice'' talks about the new hit band [[VideoGame/YouHaveToBurnTheRope "Grinning Colossus"]].
* FrozenSynapse's RED expansion has, at the bottom-right of the first challenge map (outside the actual map boundaries), a [[VideoGame/DwarfFortress dwarf]].
* The ''VideoGame/{{Glider}}'' series has a few references to ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. ''Glider PRO'', with its Art Nouveau aesthetic, also alluded to ''ComicStrip/LittleNemo'' in the name "Slumberland" for the principal game scenario and the name "NEMO" on the mailboxes.
* ''VideoGame/GodHand'' has tons of these. Elvis wears [[Franchise/StreetFighter Akuma's]] prayer beads, Gene has the Shoryuken as a juggle move, and one of the God Reels is 100 Fists, a SpamAttack that references ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''. There are also many, ''many'' tips of the hat to Creator/CloverStudios' previous games, such as ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' (one of the Chuihauhas you can race is called Amaterasu) and ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe'' (the Mad Midget Five). Elvis himself is a giant ShoutOut to, well, ''Music/{{Elvis|Presley}}''.
* Mind-reading a certain lumberjack {{N|onPlayerCharacter}}PC in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' has him say "[[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay]]...with that" (it even pauses for a second after the "okay" appears before that "with that" does).
* An early quest chain in ''VideoGame/GrandFantasia'' takes place on "Music/TheLonelyIsland", and the victory message you get after you complete it reads "I'm on a Boat!"
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars'':
** The game has a whole list of Shout-Outs in the skills players can equip. Interestingly, most of them are "shout" skills, like "ForGreatJustice!" and "Make Your Time!" (''VideoGame/ZeroWing''), "I Meant to Do That!" (''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure''), "None Shall Pass!" (the Black Knight in ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'') and "Can't Touch This!" (Music/MCHammer). A few fire elemental spells are named after Rodgort, which in turn comes from Trogdor, the dragon created by Strong Bad in ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''. And then there's the berserking dwarf Kilroy Stonekin, obviously inspired by the famed LeeroyJenkins, right down to the battlecry.
** A less commonly known one is the skill Headbutt, which for a short time, was named Enadiz Headbutt (Enadiz is Zidane spelled backwards). This is an obvious reference to the following meme [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGFVhzmnYWg&feature=related link]]. Alas, the skill was renamed to just plain Headbutt in time for Nightfalls release.
** There is also The Black Beast of Arrgh another shout out to ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' but this monster is actually black rather than being green like in the movie.
* ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life|1}}: Opposing Force'' has a lot of fun with these. The DrillSergeantNasty in the training mission barks lines from ''Film/FullMetalJacket''. The wisecracking soldiers riding in the chopper with you at the start of the game quote a line or two from ''Film/{{Aliens}}''. And later in the game, there's a puzzle where you have to activate a gearbox and open a valve, referencing Valve Corporation (developers of ''Half-Life'') and Gearbox Software (creators of ''Opposing Force'').
* In ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'', one of the rebels is named Winston, possibly in reference to Winston Smith, protagonist of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', from which the game gets a lot of its influence.
* Dr. Kleiner's pet headcrab in ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' is called "Lamarr" and sometimes "Hedy". This is a ShoutOut to Hedy Lamarr who, aside from being a rather attractive actress, co-invented the early form of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spread_spectrum frequency-hopping]] technology vital to modern wireless communication.
** "[[Film/BlazingSaddles That's Hedley!!!]]"
** [[Film/BackToTheFuture "Great Scott!"]]
* [[SealedEvilInACan Overlord Hol]]'s description in ''VideoGame/HalfMinuteHero'' reads: "The last evil lord [[BigBad Noire]] went to. He can emit a giant laser. [[Film/AustinPowers If only he had sharks]]." It also has a fully monochrome level with a boss named [[VideoGame/ZeroWing CATS]], complete with references to the "AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs" meme.
* ''VideoGame/TheHalloweenHack'':
** A guy and his cat in Twoson reenact a ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} strip.
** The FinalBoss shows up looking like [[spoiler: a modified [[VideoGame/YumeNikki Uboa]].]]
** The Id boss was based on one of the {{Final Boss}}es from ''VideoGame/{{SaGa 3}}''. Specifically, it was meant to be an inversion.
* ''VideoGame/HamtaroHamHamHeartbreak'' has the character search the world for three coloured marbles and insert them into a pedestal in a [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime triangular fashion so you can pull a legendary "weapon" from a stone, whilst a familiar chest-opening score plays...]]
* ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'':
** ''Tree of Tranquility'' features a pair of carpenter's apprentices named Bo and Luke, who even share hair colors with their counterparts from ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' (Bo's got blond hair and Luke's a brunette). Their personalities are inverted, though: Luke's the impulsive apprentice, and Bo's the rational one.
* ''Animal Parade'' has a few more:
*** In one of Animal Parade's events, Calvin can find Owen and Luke attempting to demolish a very historic wall in the mines and, scolding them, cry that "It belongs in a museum!"
*** The Pantsuit item has, as its description, "A suit for [[http://www.lyricsondemand.com/b/bachmanturneroverdrivelyrics/takincareofbusinesslyrics.html taking care of business and working overtime]]."
* ''VideoGame/HellgateLondon'', features a Wart, a young boy with a prosthetic leg, who will give you his spare pegleg to use as a weapon. This is a reference to a similar, but more obnoxious, character from ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'', Wirt, whose pegleg could be used as a weapon in the sequel. This is made more explicit by the Peg Leg having the flavor text "This won't cost me 50 Palladium, will it?", a reference to Wirt's tendency to charge the player character for anything he could get away with -- most noticeably, access to his shop of rare items. ''Hellgate: London'' was developed by many of the same people as the two ''Diablo'' games. Also, there's a usable cricket bat called [[Film/ShaunOfTheDead Shaun's Trusty Sidekick]].
* In the newspaper article after one particular level in ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}: Blood Money'', the police chief investigating the murders caused by Agent 47 is named [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Police Chief Wiggum]].
* One of the characters in ''VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}'', Group Captain Elson, is named after Peter Elson, an artist who inspired the artistic design of the game.
* The Creator/AdultSwim.com original game ''House of Dead Ninjas'' is a {{Retraux}} affair designed to resemble an early NES game - and even comes with a manual. The first enemy profiled, Niji, is described as "a Pretty Cool Guy" who runs straight ahead "and doesn't afraid of anything," which may be more memetic than referential. But then it says he likes to pretend he's a girl and calls himself "Ninjetta" - a reference to Birdo's profile in the original ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2'' manual. Most of the enemies are based on classic Mario or Zelda enemies; the stone-faced crusher Gror is basically a Thwomp, while Magicloke is a Wizzrobe (note the name).
* In ''VideoGame/IcewindDale 2'', there's a bunch of mercenaries in the starting town (Targos) you can strike a conversation with. They go on to gripe about all sorts of menial tasks they had to do to "prove their prowess", the tasks in question being the very same you face at Candlekeep, the starting town (and [[JustifiedTutorial tutorial level]]) of ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'', an earlier Infinity Engine RPG. (Involving, at least, clearing rats out of a warehouse and fighting illusionary monsters.) The "other" adventuring band seems to have taken a rather more ...[[CuttingTheKnot straightforward]] approach to the errands than the player at Baldur's Gate, though (e.g. ending the illusionary battle by whacking the illusionist over the head with a shield). There are also several references to the story of the earlier ''Icewind'' game that took place some thirty years before the sequel.
* FreewareGame VideoGame/{{Iji}} references ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' with one of the final boss' attacks, the game being inspired by the movie. The Scrambler will occasionally insert "mah boi" into sentences. Yes, Daniel Remar, the last person you'd expect to like YoutubePoop, made a YoutubePoop reference.
** The Banana Gun weapon is a ShoutOut to the Banana weapons from ''VideoGame/{{Tyrian}}''.
* ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndHisDesktopAdventures'': A bandito who says [[Film/TheTreasureOfTheSierraMadre "Hey, I don't got to show you no stinking badges!"]] and barricades himself in his home when you try to talk to him.
* ''VideoGame/InTheHunt'' is basically a giant shout-out to the SegaMasterSystem II game ''SubmarineAttack''. Both feature SuperiorFirePowerMissileSubmarines that also have SuperiorFirepowerSurfaceToAirMissiles and produce [[MacrossMissileMassacre major missile]] BeamSpam. They have a similar number of levels and similar enemies. The boss that drops parts of an ancient ruin on top of you exists in both games, too.
* In VideoGame/{{Intrusion 2}} the Steam achievement for killing enemies with a GoombaStomp is called "Plumbing" and the icon is a [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mushroom]].
* In the [[ItsAWonderfulFailure Bad Ending]] of ''It Came from the Desert'': after the nuke destroys Lovelock, the radio announcer asks: "Is anybody there? Anybody at all"? (''The Day After''). Also, the town's name may be a reference to James Lovelock.
* ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' has a shout out to ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', another of Bioware's games. In ''Jade Empire'', the recruiter at the arena remarks something along the lines of "you are indeed mysterious, stranger." In ''KOTOR'', Mysterious Stranger was the codename given to the player character when (s)he participates in the Duel Ring.
* The ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter'' series has a few Shout Outs to ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' and ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank''. ''TLF'' alone had shout outs to ''VideoGame/StarFox'', ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'', ''Diablo'', and ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes''. Also ''Film/DrStrangelove'', with Daxter referring to "missile hat an' spurs".
* In ''VideoGame/{{Jetpack}}'', many levels reference classic {{Arcade Game}}s in their names and designs, including:
** [[VideoGame/WizardOfWor "Wizard of Wor"]] (''VideoGame/{{Warlords}}'', despite the misleading name)
** "Jet-Pac" (''VideoGame/PacMan'')
** "Donkey Pack" (''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'')
** "Jetpack Invaders" (''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders'')
** "Breakout" (''VideoGame/{{Breakout}}'')
** "Centipack" (''VideoGame/{{Centipede}}'')
* In ''TheJourneymanProject'', the death message for being run over by the Mars maintenance tram is "Well, at least you weren't [[{{Zork}} eaten by a grue!]]" The AI Arthur in the second and third games may be named after sci-fi writer ArthurCClarke.
* One of the bosses of ''Journey To Silius'' resembles the Space Jockey pilot from ''Film/{{Alien}}''. And since the game was a [[DolledUpInstallment dolled-up version]] of a cancelled ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' game, the FinalBoss is a Terminator endoskeleton.
* One of the cities in the game ''VideoGame/JustCause'' is named "Nuevo Estocolmo", being an obvious reference to Stockholm, capital of the developers' native Sweden.
* The arcade beat'em-up ''Karate Blazers'' by Visco, which can be found all over the place in Flash game form, references ''Film/BlackRain'' in its third boss, identical triplets who all look like Sato, the bad guy of the film. The weirdest shout out is the fourth boss: a morbidly obese man dressed exactly like Nadia from ''NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'' ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eN3q_qokLNc seen here]] at about 6:25).
* ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'':
** A few of the fighters were reminiscent of characters from other works, like skeleton warrior Spinal coming right out of ''Film/JasonAndTheArgonauts'', werewolf Sabrewulf being loosely based on a character of the same name also from a Rare game, or the resident alien Glacius sporting the ShapeShifting abilities of the [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay T-1000]].
** There also is [[BigBad Eyedol's]] parodic ending, in which [[spoiler:a woman in purple approaches him claiming that he's her long lost son Billy, lost in a car incident, and that she gave him his bracelets for his birthday]]-mirroring exactly the epilogue of [[Franchise/StreetFighter Blanka]] in ''SFII''. [[spoiler:[[SelfMadeOrphan Minus the last scene...]]]]
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' gives shout-outs to absolutely anything and everything. It would be easier to list things which it ''doesn't'' reference.
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' has a few of its own. The most obvious one is Bastila, who is a slightly more developed version of Aribeth from [[VideoGame/NeverwinterNights an earlier BioWare game]].
** "Canderous" was also the name of a minor NPC in Castlekeep.
** The Wookie seems quite similar to Chewie, swears a life debt to your character, and travels with a "scoundrel." (Though, unlike Han, Mission is a sweet-natured teenaged girl).
** And there are a ridiculous amount of references to the movies. From the opening shot of the Endar Spire under attack (shades of the Tantive IV) to the Star Forge (the final Boss battle area was inspired by the Throne Room in ROTJ). In the second game, the Exile can point out that lying is still lying, even if it's [[JediTruth "from a certain point of view"]]. When rescuing Bastila, one dialogue option is "My name is , and I'm here to save you!" (A recreation of Luke's line to Leia). During torture, you're also given the option to say "Alderaan. It's on Alderaan" - a direct reversal of Leia's stall tactic of "Dantooine. It's on Dantooine!" You also have the option to call Zaalbar a "walking carpet" when you meet him (a reference to Leia's dismissal of Chewbacca). In the second game, you can say "Maybe you'd like it back in your cell?" when Atton complains about your rescue attempt (reference to Han's reaction to Leia complaining about their lack of planning), and if you beat the game as a light-side and then as a dark-side character you get an easter egg in which Atton asks a female character "Are you an angel? No, that's the worst line I've ever used. Hope some poor kid doesn't start using it," doubling as a TakeThat to Anakin's awkward introduction to Padme in episode 1.
* ''VideoGame/LaMulana'', aside from the general {{homage}} to the {{MSX}}, has many references to specific games, some of them quite obscure:
** A ROM combo involving ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' will make your whip more powerful.
** Two ROM combinations let you play parodies of ''VideoGame/{{Parodius}}'' and ''VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}}''.
** Combining the two ''Franchise/MetalGear'' [=ROMs=] will make a "!" appear over you when you solve a puzzle.
** Many of Elder Xelpud's seemingly-nonsensical quotes allude to MSX games:
--> ''"With my spare money, all I could buy was [[VideoGame/{{Gradius}} Salamander]]. I always got the bad ending."'' (In the MSX ''Salamander'', you need to have ''Nemesis 2'' in the second cartridge slot to get the good ending.)
--> ''"Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B A. What's that?"'' (none of Konami's MSX games uses the [[ClassicCheatCode Konami code]], which originated on NES/Famicom games, and Xelpud is a staunch Famicom hater).
-->''"I wonder what happened to Venom? I haven't seen him since I heard him laughing while in a time slip. I certainly hope he's doing well."'' (Venom is the BigBad of the MSX ''Nemesis 2'' and ''3'', and the ending of ''Nemesis 3'' has the protagonist fleeing from him in a time warp.)
-->''"I can't believe that Simon is a model pervert."'' ([[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} Simon Belmont]] is described that way in the MSX mahjong game ''Hai no Majutsushi'', also known as ''Mahjong Wizard''.
** The [[BraggingRightsReward Bragging Rights Punishment]] is a ShoutOut to ''VideoGame/DragonQuestII''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjlSMGVEXJA Yes]].
** One fish enemy in the Spring in the Sky has an iron pipe sticking out of its crotch, like the hero of ''Ashguine 2'', and the background music for that stage, "Curse of IRON PIPE," is based on a theme from that game (which is why it had to be replaced in the WiiWare version). The game is also referenced in Elder Xelpud's ramblings.
* In ''VideoGame/LandsOfLore'', when you examine a random bush, you get a response: "Is that a Pseudobushia Hugiflora?" Pseudobushia Hugiflora is a talking plant you have to grow in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfKyrandia''. (Both games were made by Creator/WestwoodStudios.)
** Likewise, both in ''Lands of Lore'' and ''Legend of Kyrandia'' you can find a "[[RedHerring Piscata Rosea]]" item.
* ''The Last Remnant'' has a few shout outs, but at least three to ''Devil May Cry''.
** The two yama {{N|onPlayerCharacter}}PCs in Athlum and Ghor are named Vergil and Dante, respectively.
** Rush (voiced by Creator/JohnnyYongBosch) at one point shouts "Jackpot!"
** A tournament's slogan is "[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Welcome back to the stage of history]]!"
** Almost all of the Remnants and formations are shout outs to previous entries in the ''VideoGame/{{SaGa}}'' series. Then there's the Bilqis, a weapon that looks like a cross between an axe and a [[VideoGame/MakaiToshiSaGa chainsaw]]...
* ''VideoGame/LaTale'' has a minigame named Dot Nuri, which is a clear shout out to ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'', right down to the low-res mushroom enemies.
* One line in ''The Lost Crown: A Ghost-Hunting Adventure'' is a TitleDrop for the Creator/MRJames work, ''A Warning To The Curious'', that provided much of the inspiration for the game's storyline.
* A subtle one: at one point in ''VideoGame/LostPlanet 2'', you have to fend off a giant (nearly) invincible SandWorm type creature in a desert. It has scurrying legs at its front that are suspiciously identical to those possessed by the Ohmu from ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' -- similarly invincible insect creatures inhabiting an Earth that's largely desert.
* ''VideoGame/MadWorld'' has a few regarding Clover's previous title ''VideoGame/GodHand'', notably the way you dispose of the vampire lady ([[MemeticMutation awesome rack on her, though]]) ,as you spank her just like the female minions from that game. The final fight [[spoiler: against the Black Baron]] is also chock full of references to the battles between Gene and Azel.
* ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'' has numerous ones to other series, such as Gundam or Dragonball.
** One event in the VisualNovel reveals that Momoyo lost sleep due to spending the night reading one of Yamato's manga collection. The name of the manga? ''[[Manga/TwentiethCenturyBoys 20th Century Men]].''
** The boys are always reading copies of [[Magazine/ShonenJump "Jasop"]], discussing the latest [[Manga/ToLoveRu "To-Loverun"]]. Yamato asks Yukie to fetch him a copy of [[ShonenSunday "Sasoday"]]. Note that the "N" character in katakana is very similar to "So" in Japanese.
** EVERY SINGLE quit-game skit in the VisualNovel is a shout out to something, including other roles played by each character's voice actor/actress. One such simple gag goes as follows
---> Momoyo: ''"I'm gonna play the little sister character today!"'' ''"Hey brother! Where are you?"''
---> Suguru: "''I'm right here! Your elder brother stands before you!''"
---> Momoyo: ''"Found ya!"''*PUNCH*
--->This skit references these two characters' voice actor/actress' roles in the Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam movie compilation.
** In Episode 3 of the anime, Yamato is playing a game on his [[XBox360 MBox]] that resembles [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} a certain bullet hell series]]. [[spoiler:[[IKnowMortalKombat This comes in handy later on]]]].
** During the Kawakami-sen, [[Creator/KatsuyukiKonishi Cap]] wants to call his squad, the [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann "Gurrenn-tai"]].
** Numerous references to other galge and makers, including Giga, who lent their game engine to the [[VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai Maji Koi]] series.
** In a scene in Wanko's route, Wanko mention that her heart skipped when [[VisualNovel/KoihimeMusou Kaku]] is mentioned. This is extended further by [[Creator/HyoSei Miyako]] saying she sounds like [[VisualNovel/KoihimeMusou Teiiku]] and Chika saying she sounds like [[VisualNovel/KoihimeMusou Chouhi]].
** During the Kawakami War [[Creator/JunichiSuwabe Gen-san]] is insistent that he is a competent [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight archer]]. Nothing comes out of this since the purpose was to point out that he is an archer. Should come as no surprise that this is the only time in the entire game that the English word "archer" is used instead of the Japanese word of archer that is used in all other instances.
** [[{{Touch}} "Tacchan, take me to Koshien."]]
* The corn in ''VideoGame/MakaiKingdom'' speaks in a very British accent, and when you try to take over the vegetable world, the corn leader of the rebellion tells you he "[[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail thought we were an autonomous collective]]." After you succeed, he'll tell you that "[[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail now we see the violence inherent in the system]]."
** Also, The One's curse will kill you [[Literature/TheRing three days after you receive his call]].
** One of the higher leveled magic books is the [[Manga/DeathNote Note of Death]]. (Don't write your own name in it.)
* The {{Retraux}} game adaptation of ''ManosTheHandsOfFate'' contains plenty of shout outs both to ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'' and to other cheesy movies that got skewered on the show, with enemies that include [[TheScreamingSkull Screaming Skulls]], [[TheCrawlingEye Crawling Eyes]], {{Hobgoblins}} and even the RobotMonster.
* Of all the places to find a reference to ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'', who would have expected ''VideoGame/MarioParty 8''? During Bowser's Warped Orbit, if a player lands on a [[InterfaceScrew Reversal Space]], Bowser mentions doing "the crime warp".
* In ''Marvel Super Heroes: War of the Gems'' for the [[SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem SNES]], Spider-Man's Web Throw (his [[LimitBreak Gem Power move]]) has the same exact animation as Birdie's Murderer Chain move as seen in the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha'' games.
* In ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance'', the Murderworld mini-games are classic videogames. ''VideoGame/{{Pitfall}}'' is even named.
* ''VideoGame/MasterOfOrion 2'' has almost too many to count, most of it in its tech tree. You can research, among other things, [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Phasors (ship and handheld), Disruptor Cannons, transporters]], [[Franchise/StarWars Doom Stars]] (with optional planet-destroying superweapon), and an [[MadeOfIndestructium ''adamantium'' armor]]. Planet names can be taken from ''Series/BabylonFive''[[note]]the punctuation of Za'Ha'Dun is missing, though, due to limitations of the game code for handling planet names[[/note]], ''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''Franchise/StarWars'', and numerous other sources.
* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'':
** The first game, heavily inspired by Hollywood action movies with [[GunKata intricate gunplay]] and [[BulletTime lots of slow motion]], has a few references to its influences: The password to a criminal-operated laundromat is "John Woo", and a certain lobby shootout scene near the endgame seems very similar to the one in ''Film/TheMatrix''. One of the bad guys in the game is "[[Film/TheUsualSuspects A real Keyser Soze]] type."
** In the first game Max can find a mook who had been killed with a stake in the back. Said mook had written out part of the killer's identity: [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buff.]]
** In the second ''Max Payne'' game there is a billboard advertising a kung fu movie starring Kenneth Yeung. In real life, Kenneth Yeung is the creator of the Kung Fu mod for the first Max Payne game.
* ''VideoGame/{{McPixel}}'' has bonus worlds unlocked by finding all the solutions in the stages immediately before them, which are each a set of six levels based around shout outs to film (such as ''Film/{{Titanic}}'' & ''Franchise/StarWars''), video game (''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' & ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}''), and cartoon & anime (''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones & ''Manga/DragonBall'').
* ''VideoGame/{{Messiah}}'' has a nod to the composer JesperKyd in the form of a location called "Club Kyd".
* ''VideoGame/MetalSlug'':
** The game has a reference to one of the bosses in ''VideoGame/{{R-Type}}''. Just look at the similarity between the stage 5 boss from ''VideoGame/MetalSlug 7'' and the stage 4 boss of the original R-Type [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/MetalSlug7rtype.jpg here]] (the [[AttackItsWeakPoint cores]] are highlighted for your convenience). The ending of ''Metal Slug X'' resembles the ending of ''Film/IndependenceDay''.
** It also has one to ''VideoGame/InTheHunt'' by the same developers - The Slug Mariner has the exact same color scheme as the Granvia.
** [[http://metalslug.wikia.com/wiki/Kraken Kraken]], the FinalBoss of ''VideoGame/MetalSlug 7'' bears [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xsh5_-8v5Vs#t=02m55s more than a passing resemblance]] to the DualBoss of ''VideoGame/InTheHunt''.
* ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic'':
** ''The Mandate of Heaven'' for instance, had the priestess in the Castle Ironfist temple bless you with "[[Franchise/StarTrek Live Long and Prosper]]!"
** In the second ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic'', there was a Lord [[WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle Peabody]] who offered your party use of a Time Machine if you went out and retrieved his "boy," a Paladin named Sherman. Most of the hireling names were jokes of some kind, and one of the "portal" services was operated by a fellow named [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Jean-Luc]], who offered to "[[TeleportersAndTransporters beam you]]" to another town.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', there is a surprising amount of shout-outs, from the the title screen that gives references by the dozen to placing a picture of king graham.
* The ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series, being created by Lucasfilm's game division Creator/LucasArts (formerly Lucasfilm Games), includes dozens of shout outs to Lucas' movies:
** There's the number 1138 popping up a lot, a bridge troll being actually Creator/GeorgeLucas in disguise, and wall graffiti suggesting its readers to call 1-800-STAR-WARS (which, at the time, was [=LucasArts'=] hint line number) "for a good time".
** Chuck the plant, which originated in ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion'', has become famous enough to have cameos in other non-Creator/LucasArts games, such as ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' and ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney''.
** [[VideoGame/StrongBadsCoolGameForAttractivePeople Strong Sad's]] plant is named Charlemagne.
* The [[Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes half-sunken Statue of Liberty]] at the end of the Coastal course in the original ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed''.
* ''VideoGame/NetHack'' has plenty of examples:
** A wizard or valkyrie who gets very hungry will receive the message "[[WizardNeedsFoodBadly Wizard/Valkyrie needs food badly!]]" as appropriate. Dismounting an unnamed horse results in the message [[Music/{{America}} "You've been through the dungeon on a horse with no name."]]; doing so while [[MushroomSamba hallucinating]] will append the line "It felt good to be out of the rain." The ''VideoGame/{{Rogue}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Sokoban}}'' levels emulate their namesakes' gameplay to an extent. The entire Tourist class - ''especially'' the class quest - is one big shout out to the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books. Player characters who steal from shops may find themselves assaulted by the Keystone Kops. Many of the references are [[ViewersAreGeniuses incredibly obscure]] and only show up in extremely unlikely circumstances.
** When you're hallucinating, you're especially prone to seeing shout outs; the hallucinated monsters include [[Series/BabylonFive Vorlons]], Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles, the [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal]], [[Anime/MyNeighborTotoro Totoro]], [[Franchise/StarTrek Klingons]], and more. If playing on alt.nethack.org there's even more that you can see, including [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad]].
* In ''VideoGame/NieR'', the hero is asked to save a prince from a forbidden shrine who is searching for his mask. When the prince is found and he finds his mask, the screen goes letter box as the camera gives a slight bird's eye-view of the prince, his mask spinning in midair a little bit over his outstretched hand. This perfectly mirrors "Item Found" cutscenes of the 3D ''Zelda'' games. It also comes complete with a SuspiciouslySimilarSong version of the ''Zelda'' fanfare.
* In ''Nightmares from the Deep 3: Davy Jones'' the screen after you come out of the maze in the mines features a [[{{Film/IndianaJones}} fedora-wearing skeleton with a whip]] which when spoken to says "Fortune and glory, lady...fortune and glory."
* The Zeppelin in ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' XBox heavily resembles the Hindenburg, and goes down in flames in a similar manner. "Oh, the humanity!"
* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'':
** The Rank 9 Assassin, Dr. Peace, sometimes holds his guns out at his sides, arms slightly bent. This is exactly the same way Curtis Blackburn holds his guns during his boss fight in ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'', {{Suda 51}}'s previous game. Dr. Peace bears more than a slight resemblance to Curtis as well (the major difference is that his hair is brown while Curtis's is white).
** There are several other ''Killer7'' references as well. Bad Girl has a "chiller7" brand fridge, and the techniques Lovikov teaches you bear names that refer to the Smiths. ("Memory of Mask": MASK DE Smith, "Memory of Child": Con Smith, "Memory of Demon": Dan Smith, etc.)
** There are numerous ''Franchise/StarWars'' references, ranging from laser sword based combat to mooks dressed in Darth Vader costumes to the end-of-mission congratulatory screen, which sports a [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong thematic pastiche]] of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' theme and ends with the famous hyperspace visual effect from the movies.
** There's even one to ''VideoGame/GodHand''. Lose a BladeLock clash against Rank 4 and he turns Travis' beam katana into a powerless, heart-topped wand. Players of ''God Hand'' will recognize it as Shannon's weapon of choice. Also, the final boss has a similar fighting style to GodHand's Gene, a similar dodging animation, and [[spoiler:is called "Jeane"]].
** And also one to ''Film/BackToTheFuture'': [[spoiler:The ToBeContinued message.]]
** [[spoiler:Henry]], a Scottish-accented BadassLongcoat with a [[LaserBlade Beam Claymore]], is a ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' shoutout.
** When you die, the test card with the Zaka TV logo is taken from ''VideoGame/MichiganReportFromHell'' and ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}''.
* The hotel manager in ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'' bares an uncanny resemblance to Edo Macalister, the hotel manager from FlowerSunAndRain. Furthermore, when you talk to him, Gymnopedie plays in the background, the main theme of hotel Flower Sun & Rain
* ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' has several shout-outs to ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'', the main source of inspiration for the designers. There are also references to other Capcom games, such as ''Street Fighter'', ''Devil May Cry'' and ''Viewtiful Joe''.
* ''VideoGame/OrganTrail: Director's Cut'' gives a quick nod to the creators of the original game with a Steam achievement called "Don, Paul and Bill's Curse"[[labelnote:who?]]Don Rawitsch, Bill Heinemann, and Paul Dillenberger[[/labelnote]], which you earn by having one of your party members die of dysentery.
* In ''Outcast'', the player can stumble upon one of the natives playing the ''Franchise/StarWars'' tune on a flute.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}: Raising Hell'', in the Infernal Abyss, you come to a labyrinth, prompting Gnarl to say [[Film/{{Labyrinth}} "Oh, great, a labyrinth. If you see any rosy-cheeked maidens whinging about Goblin Kings, or if anything starts singing...Kill them!"]]
* In ''Overlord II'', following the player's attack on a city's gate involving explosives, the game confirms the event by saying, 'You've [[Film/TheItalianJob1969 blown the bloody doors off!]]'
* ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'' features the [="MagSec 4"=], a large handgun which fires in bursts. It's essentially the Auto 9 of ''Franchise/RoboCop'' fame with a lighter paint scheme and [[AKA47 a different name]].
* Wang-Tang from Creator/{{Capcom}}'s ''VideoGame/PowerStone'' is a homage to Goku from ''Manga/DragonBall'', complete with a [[SuperMode Super Saiyan-esque transformation]] and is even voiced by a woman (MegumiOgata), which also applies for [[Creator/MasakoNozawa Goku's Japanese voice]]. The game also shares its name with a special weapon from [[VideoGame/MegaMan5 another Capcom game]].
* In ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheForgottenSands'', push 20 enemies off ledges and you get an achievement titled [[Film/ThreeHundred "This is Persia!"]]
* The ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' series contained a number of these. The most prominent example took place in the first game, where the player was required to answer three questions in order to enter Erasmus' castle. The whole sequence was a direct reference to the similar one in ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''. The VGA version also included [[VideoGame/MonkeyIsland "I want to be a pirate"]] as a possible answer. In addition, in the fifth game, if the main character drowned, the game over text would mention [[VideoGame/MonkeyIsland Guybrush Threepwood's]] ability to hold his breath for 10 minutes.
* The first phase of the boss of ''VideoGame/{{Raiden}} IV'''s second stage looks and behaves similarly to the stage 2 boss of ''VideoGame/DonPachi'', while the third boss, which consists of multiple ships that first attack separately then combine, was apparently inspired by the third boss of Konami's old ''Raiden'' clone ''Lightning Fighters''.
* The Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei game ''VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy'' has a homeless NPC that you can encounter in Episode 2 early on. After you bribe the Lucky Charm out of his hands, you can read his mind again to reveal him saying "You all assume I'm safe here in my hood, unless I try to start again." This is a shout out to Linkin Park's song, Breaking the Habit. And also in Chapter 2, Oboroguruma, a ghost car that appears at the Full moon, says this:
--> '''Oboroguruma:''' [[Franchise/SailorMoon IN tHe NaMe of ThE fULl mOOn, I wIll PuNiSh YOu!]]
* Freebie MMO ''VideoGame/{{Rappelz}}'' had many {{N|onPlayerCharacter}}PCs in the first area directly named after characters from the OgreBattle strategy RPG series. (At least in the English version.)
* ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal'':
** The game features a [[FakeUltimateHero Captain Qwark]] lookalike robot shouting, "[[WesternAnimation/TheTick Not the face!]]"
** ''Crack in Time'' goes absolutely nuts with them, see the series's page for details.
* The "Bunnies helped tame the Wild West" level of ''VideoGame/{{Rayman}} VideoGame/RavingRabbids'' has a giant steampunk robot for the end boss, which seems startlingly reminiscent of the climax of ''Film/WildWildWest''.
* The Sega Genesis game ''Revenge of VideoGame/{{Shinobi}}'' features a boss fight with Franchise/SpiderMan. And when you defeat him, he turns into Franchise/{{Batman}}. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzh7kMcuDYY Watch this video]].
* ''VideoGame/RevolutionX'' has several of these.
** Someone on the dev team really liked ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'', as the final boss remarks "It's only a flesh wound!" after having limbs blown off, and "Llamas Trained By" appears at the very end of the credits (flashing wildly, no less).
** Occasionally, after a particularly large explosion, you'll get to hear [[Music/{{Aerosmith}} Steve Tyler]] crying "[[Franchise/MortalKombat TOASTY!]]" Well, this ''was'' made at the height of Kombatmania.
** The [[GoldenEnding good ending]] has [[VideoGame/SmashTV "Welcome to the real]] [[TotalCarnage Pleasuredome!"]]
** Blow up the school bus in the Middle East and you get a screen informing you that [[Music/AliceCooper "School's Out... Forever."]]
* The ''VideoGame/{{Re-Volt}}'' RC car driving game has two tracks called [[Film/BoyzNTheHood "Toys in the Hood"]], set in peaceful suburbs.
* One of the creatures in ''Riven: The Sequel to VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' was named a ''Ytram,'' which was named such after the creators of ''Myst'' and ''Riven'' received numerous messages from an overzealous fan. "Ytram" is his name spelled backwards.
* At least two in ''VideoGame/RyuGaGotoku'' (''Yakuza''):
** Goro Majima is a sadistic, unstable gangster who literally laughs at pain- even his own- and is willing to kill his own henchmen for the slightest infraction. Not to mention he's so obsessed with killing the protagonist himself that he'll do just about anything to stop someone who's near beating him to the punch. And in the American version (''Yakuza'') he's voiced by [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Mark Hamill]]. Here's a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=778VDaSLeX4 cutscene]] as Exhibit A.
** The main villain of the game, Akira Nishiki. A childhood friend of the protagonist who eventually turns into a MagnificentBastard with ambitions of controlling the entire Yakuza organization and ruthlessly resorts to ''almost'' any means to achieve his goals. And in ''Yakuza'' he's voiced by [[Series/{{Smallville}} Michael Rosenbaum]].
* The arcade game ''VideoGame/SanFranciscoRush 2049'' has, on the cabinet, a telephone-style numpad for entering your password for your in-game account. It's also used in-game to activate codes. One such code, "8675309#", is an obvious reference to the song "867-5309/Jenny" by Tommy Tutone. Entering this code will end your current game.
* The eroge Schoolmate 2 has a scene where the female protagonist (or rather one of the ghosts that's possessing her) finds a vibrator that she'll soon put to good use. She warns you of her discovery by [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda lifting the vibrator up to the air while singing "Ta da da daaaa!!!"]].
* The three episodes of ''Videogame/SecretAgent'' are named "[[Film/TheHuntForRedOctober The Hunt For Red Rock Rover]]" (the RRR being the MacGuffin you're after in this episode), "[[Series/GilligansIsland Kill Again Island]]" and "[[Film/DrNo Dr. No Body]]".
* ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana'' has a vampire bat as one of the bosses. It's name? Film/{{Buffy|TheVampireSlayer}}.
* ''VideoGame/SensoryOverload'' has, at one point, a random [[TheMaze maze]] of identical rooms, eventually leading to a secret item, the Silencer. When you enter the maze, it says "You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike", obvious ''VideoGame/ColossalCave'' shoutout.
* ''VideoGame/SepterraCore'' has a shout-out to the "Aren't you a little short for a Stormtrooper?" scene from ''Star Wars: Film/ANewHope'' when Maya infiltrates Connors' pirate base. The number [[Film/THX1138 1138]] crops up in the form of an override password.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSeventhGuest'', Stauf's "welcome to my house" speech seems to be a reference to ''Film/TheLegendOfHellHouse''.
* ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'':
** The Wolf Bout in ''Shadow Hearts Covenant'' features several references to the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Gundam]] franchise. For example, the Black Dog Stars are based on the short-lived GoldfishPoopGang of the original series, while Blanca's ultimate move, Red Comet, is a ShoutOut to the nickname of recurring Gundam character Char Aznable.
** In ''From The New World'', a convict named Smith in Alcatraz asks you to spread a message to his ally Murdock. Murdock tells you to give the message to Peck, and Peck asks you to send the message to Baracus. [[Series/TheATeam Sound familiar?]]
** Another in ''From The New World'': The Erick Theatre on Chelsea in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity is showing ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera''.
* ''VideoGame/ShadowWarrior'' also has a few, including:
** A strung-up Lara Croft.
--->'''Lo Wang:''' She's raided her last tomb!
** A tomb, presumably belonging to Creator/JackieChan, if Lo Wang's remark is anything to go by.
** Pick up a second Uzi and Lo Wang will say "Be proud, Mister Woo."
* ''Sherlock Holmes'':
** ''The Awakened'' is packed with these. Not only is the game itself a pastiche of Creator/ArthurConanDoyle and Creator/HPLovecraft, but two major characters under investigation (Dr. Gygax and Lord Arneson), as well as the authors of several reference books Holmes consults, are named for RPG designers. Plus, there's a cameo appearance by a little Belgian kid on a train, whose name just happens to be Literature/HerculePoirot.
** In the "sequel", ''Nemesis'', you need to take a picture of a bat to stun it (Long story). When you look at the picture, sure enough, the shadow looks exactly like [[Franchise/{{Batman}} a famous insignia]]. And then the guard says to take it to a man named Wayne, as it was his camera.
* ''VideoGame/{{Shift}} 4'' has the ending make a reference to ''[[spoiler:Shaft]]'', but the series as a whole creates lots of shout outs to ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'':
-->"The [[spoiler:timer]] is a lie!"
* Morgan Industries, one of the factions from ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'', has a subdivision called ''Morgansoft''. Its slogan: "Where do you want your node today?" -- a not-so-subtle reference to [[{{Microsoft}} a famous real-life software company]] and its then-ongoing "where do you want to go today?" ad campaign.
* In ''VideoGame/SimEarth'', you can advance the evolution of a species with a [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey square black Monolith]]. Also, when the planet's civilisation reaches a high enough level, the cities turn themselves into starships and lift off from the planet, possibly a reference to James Blish's ''CitiesInFlight''.
* An early mission in ''[[VideoGame/TheSims MySims Kingdom]]'' requires you to build "[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid solid gears of metal]]" in order to open a gate to another part of the first island.
* The ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series is fairly laden with obvious references, especially with the [[Franchise/StarWars Death Egg]] (originating in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'', and seen many times since). But there's also less obvious ones, such as G.U.N, a play on ComicBook/{{SHIELD}}
** In ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'', like one of the shout-outs in ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' above, Eggman can be seen with a SegaDreamcast in his cockpit.
** In ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'', if you do certain paths, you hear two of them. The first is after completing the first level with the "hero" ending, Sonic says "I guess that means...welcome to the next level." "Welcome to the Next Level" was one of Sega's old slogans. The second occurs on any level that occurs on the ARK, you will hear the guards occasionally say "Protect Yuji Naka", a shout out to the person credited to the creation of Sonic.
** There's a long tradition of Creator/{{Sega}} consoles appearing in Sonic. In one of the old books he owned a GameGear which he could use to reprogram Robotnik's robots. Whether [[CelebrityParadox he ever played]] ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' is [[MindScrew thankfully]] unexplored.
** [[InternetBackdraft The arguments forever rage on]] over whether Super Sonic or [[Anime/DragonBallZ Super Saiyan]] came first.
** A quest in ''[[VideoGame/SonicChronicles Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood]]'' tasks you with retrieving a shopkeeper's prized possession in exchange for a piece of Eggman's old tech, which is needed to advance the story. The missing item in question? The shopkeeper's [[Film/OfficeSpace beloved red stapler]].
** Eggman's robot storage facility in ''Sonic Battle'' is named [[Music/TheRollingStones Gimme Shelter]].
** In ''SonicColors'', Sonic makes a crack about how "Nobody said there'd be math", a reference to a running joke from ''{{Madworld}}'', whose head writer also wrote for ''Colors''.
* ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur'': The fourth game features the "Tower of Lost Souls" mode which has similar reward functions to VideoGame/TheTowerOfDruaga.
* In ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'', when Christophe sends the hero and his/her group off to fight one of the World Eaters, Danette demands to know its special powers and weaknesses:
-->'''Gig''': "...it can fly at like 5 million miles an hour. It has heat vision, it can breathe super-freezing air, and it can shoot freaking lasers from its eyes. Oh, but it can't see through lead, and it's totally weak to a certain element from its home world."
-->'''Danette''': "R-really?"
-->'''Hero''': "No. He just stole that from [[Franchise/{{Superman}} somewhere]]."
* In ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest VI'', the endodroid subplot is a reference to ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''. Lick the wallpaper in the elevator, and Roger will say, [[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory "The snozzberries taste like snozzberries!"]] Talk to the elevator door, and the narrator will reply in the whiny voice of Cedric from ''VideoGame/KingsQuestV''. There are also references to ''Franchise/StarWars'' and ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'', among other things.
** The intro of the VGA remake of ''Space Quest I'', where the Arcada is captured by the Deltaur, is a shoutout to the opening of ''Film/ANewHope''.
** The landing platform on Labion looks like the Endor landing platform from ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''.
** Another ''Terminator'' reference is Arnoid the Annihilator in ''SQ 3''.
** The Energizer Bunny makes an appearance in the starting area of ''SQ 4''.
** The series as a whole is so full of these, it should have its own page.
* In ''Space Rangers 2'', there's a disease that you can catch that makes you see strange things in space, including [[Franchise/StarWars Death Star, battle between Red Squadron and Darth Vader's wings]] and Series/BabylonFive station.
* ''VideoGame/SpiderManWebOfShadows'' features Spidey remarking, "[[Webcomic/PennyArcade You know what? Chicken butt,]]" at least if you're running it on PSP.
* In the game based upon ''Film/SpiderMan2'':
** Aside from having the usual shout outs to Spider-Man and the Franchise/MarvelUniverse in general, the game also includes a considerably more subtle shout out to a completely different work. The shout out comes in the form of a random piece of dialogue you might hear from some thugs on the street.
--->"[[Film/AClockworkOrange Time for a little of the ole ultraviolence]]"
** There's also Mysterio saying "[[Franchise/EvilDead Clatto Verata Nicto!]] and [[VideoGame/ZeroWing YOU HAVE NO CHANCE TO SURVIVE MAKE YOUR TIME!]]
* The ''Film/SpiderMan3'' game has Spidey telling villains "[[Franchise/{{Batman}} I'd heard you were a cowardly and superstitious bunch...]]"
* '''Splosion Man'' makes a Shout Out in the process of pointing out that something else in the game isn't actually a Shout Out -- the achievement for getting all the Cakes is called "This is not a VideoGame/{{Portal}} reference."
* There are a lot of strange creature in ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'', but one of the stranger Maxis-created ones are the Barney Empire. And yes, they were [[Series/BarneyAndFriends purple dinosaurs]]. Oddly enough, they also [[spoiler:lived in close proximity with the Grox]], [[TakeThat/VideoGames which might say something about Barney]]...
* ''Franchise/SpyroTheDragon'':
** A ''T. rex'' shaped robot enemy ''VideoGame/SpyroEnterTheDragonfly'' is known as the R-1000. It is an obvious reference to the T-1000 of Franchise/{{Terminator}} fame right down to the liquid metal construction.
** ''VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon'':
*** In the level 'Desert Ruins', there's an explorer called [[Franchise/TombRaider Tara]], who is a not-so-subtle parody of Lara Croft. Not only does she have large...bazoomas, when she sees Spyro, she complains that she spends "all day moving crates, and pushing switches", only for someone else to come and steal her treasure.
*** There is one in Shelia the Kangaroo's stages. Unlike the rest of the game, it's almost completely viewed [[SideView from the side]]. Its name? '[[Franchise/CrashBandicoot Krash Kangaroo]]'.
*** The first-person shooter section with goals entitled, [[VideoGame/{{Doom}} 'You're Doomed!' and 'You're Still Doomed!']].
*** Moneybags claims that Sgt. Byrd is pining for the fjords. [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus Not that children would get that one]].
*** In Enchanted Towers, one task involves rescuing a wolf called Farley, and returning them to their owner, named Mowat. At one point, Mowat says "[...] Don't cry, wolf, never cry, wolf...". Then entire thing is a ShoutOut to the book ''Never Cry Wolf'' by Farley Mowat.
** ''A Hero's Tail'' has a scene where the Professor advises Spyro on what he needs to reach a level. Most of his suggestions are shout outs to other games.
** There's one even in the first game, to VideoGame/ParappaTheRapper. In the "Gnorc Cove" level, when Spyro rescues Tomas, at the end of their conversation Spyro goes "You gotta believe!" in a similar tone to that of Parappa.
* ''VideoGame/StarControl'' series has enough shout-outs to earlier works of science fiction to have [[http://wiki.uqm.stack.nl/Influences_and_References long "Influences and References" list]] in its own wiki. Perhaps the most obvious is the roster of human starship pilots, which includes such names as [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Kirk]], [[Franchise/StarWars Solo]], and [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic Adama]] -- as well as literary shout-outs such as Literature/{{Ender|sGame}}, [[Literature/{{Dune}} Halleck]], [[Creator/StanislawLem Pirx]], [[Literature/PolesotechnicLeague Van Rijn]], and [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes Spiff]]. Several are hidden inside {{Technobabble}}; especially subtle is a reference to ''Literature/RoadsidePicnic''. Even ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' gets a plug.
* ''VideoGame/{{Startropics}}'' has a [[VideoGame/{{Gradius}} Moai head]] as a boss in one of its later levels.
* When the player is doing well while playing as Han Solo in ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront II'', an enemy stormtrooper will occasionally exclaim, "Hey! Solo shot first! That's not fair!", a clear reference to [[TheDogShotFirst Han's confrontation with Greedo]] at Mos Eisley in the original Star Wars movie.
* The VideoGame/AgeOfEmpires clone ''Franchise/StarWars: Galactic Battlegrounds'' features the Imperial basic troops (unsurprisingly, stormtroopers) announcing "[[Film/THX1138 THX-1138]] ready, sir."
* At one point towards the end of ''TheSuffering'', you can answer a phone that isn't actually ringing to get a warning from a girl that [[TheRing you will die in seven days.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'', the home base of the characters is always somewhere near water -- it's actually an enormous ship, in the most extreme case. This is a subtle Shout Out to [[Literature/WaterMargin the novel]] from which the series gains its name and some of its themes -- including the recurring OneHundredAndEight [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters characters]] -- in which the bandit protagonists were based out of a marsh.
* ''VideoGame/SummonNight Swordscraft Story'' has standard MythologyGag's to the main series, but Atlus added at least one ShoutOut in it. [[Film/TheWizard "I love the knuckle. It's so bad"]]
* In ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DLand'', In World 5-2, you see Mario from a topview. If you have a fire flower, sometime in the level, you can light 4 torches, and the familiar "Zelda" jingle that plays whenever you solve a puzzle. In fact, Zelda is turning 25 this year, (2011) another reference to the Zelda series, by means that it's World 5-2, backwards = World 2-5, or 25.
* You can find a WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine in Ricco Harbor from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine''.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' contains an incredible number of Shout Outs to the mecha genre, which should come as little surprise as the entire series can be considered a virtual love-letter to the genre and its fans. One famous example is Ryusei Date, an AscendedFanboy who yells out phrases from his favorite shows while in battle. Further, some of the mecha unique to the game were made as homages to others; the most famous of these are the Grungust series, made to resemble Mazinger Z and its brethren, and the Huckebein series, which look like dead-ringers for [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Gundams]]. In their first appearances, they even went so far as to give one of the Huckebein's alternate colors the familiar red, white and blue scheme.
** In the ending to ''Original Generation 2'': several members of the team are re-assigned to a remote base in Russia called Gandum. Ryusei seems to find the name [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam awfully familiar...]] Earlier in the game, Masaki gives another character the nickname of "Comet", as she's TheRival of a third character known as "Shooting Star", and happens to be piloting a red fighter. One of Masaki's [[TalkingAnimal cats]] starts to say "So should we call you the Red...", but is [[YouWannaGetSued interrupted before she can complete her sentence]]. This sure sounds familiar to some rivalry in a HumongousMecha show... As well, Excellen accidentally refers to the machine Calion as the "Galion". Ga''le''on is the name of the lion that turns into Anime/GaoGaiGar.
** In ''Original Generations'', Excellen Browning shows ''her'' own brand of nerdiness, especially when she references ''Film/BackToTheFuture''.
** In games where they appear together, [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Amuro Ray]] and [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Misato Katsuragi]] flirt constantly, a [[CastingGag reference to the fact that their voice actors played Usagi and Mamoru]] in ''Anime/SailorMoon''. As well, many characters will note how they sound similar to other characters.
** Mio Sasuga from the ''Masou Kishin'' sub-series of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' brings us a ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' shout out, especially in ''Alpha Gaiden'' where attacking with her Zamzeed's Chou Shin Dou Ken had her yelling Kenshiro's battle cry ''Atatatatatata!'' and ending with his CatchPhrase ''[[YouAreAlreadyDead Omae wa mou shinderu]]'' "...Just kidding!"
** In addition to the general influence from and gags related to mecha series, Super Robot Wars contains a massive degree of homages, pastiches and general shout-outs to every thinkable medium. In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsUX'', for example, the protagonist quotes (or comes very close to quoting) quite a bit of dialogue from Shigotonin, one of the nicest looking attacks performed by the originals is a shout out to one of that series' most iconic sequences, and one of the major themes associated with the heroes is a clear musical parallel to it's musical intro.
* ''[[VideoGame/SupremeCommander Supreme Commander 2]]'' has a subtle ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' shout out late in the game:
-->[-Which one should I attack first?-]\\
[-The ugly one.-]\\
[-.....could you be more specific?-]
** Are you sure it's to ''Series/{{Firefly}}''? It sounds more like to ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles 2'', where they fight the two mutants and go, "You take the ugly one." "Which one's the ugly one?"
* The SpaceElevator in ''VideoGame/{{Syndicate}} Wars'' is placed in Sri Lanka. This is also home of ArthurCClarke, who popularised the idea in fiction.
* Freeware puzzle game ''TAG: The Power of Paint'' features a neat ShoutOut. In the game, different color paints give you different powers when you walk over them. [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} And red paint makes you go faster.]]
* Several of the quests in ''Tales of Lagoona 2: Peril at Poseidon Park'' are called "[[{{Film/Spaceballs}} You've captured their stunt doubles!]]," "[[{{Film/Sneakers}} My voice is my passport]]," "[[{{LiveActionTV/DoraTheExplorer}} I'm the map]]," "[[{{LiveActionTV/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus}} I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay]]" and "[[{{Film/Scarface}} Say 'cello' to my little friend]]." The latter's description said that every time two rival orchestras got together in a back alley "[[{{Film/WestSideStory}} finger-snapping and drum solos]]" took place. The main character's grandfather said "[[{{LiveActionTV/Batman}} Holy barnacles, Batmanatee]]!" when he saw the park improvements, while a ''Barnacle Falls Bulletin'' headline stated "[[{{Videogames/Portal}} Aperture Science lies about cake for test subjects]], lawsuit pending." A quicksand-making puzzle said to watch out for "[[{{Film/ThePrincessBride}} rodents of unusual size,]]" and two of the characters are named [[{{WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle}} Peabody and Sherman]].
* Every single game in Namco's Franchise/TalesSeries have shout outs to each other (with the exception of ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'', which is the first game and therefore has nothing to shout out to). In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', various other Tales characters are Bonus Bosses; in another Tales game, a character has a Mieu keychain (Mieu is the cute annoying creature from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''); in ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny'', the character Klarth from ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' makes a cameo; and so on. A fan favorite is the Indignation spell which has appeared in every game in the franchise, with nearly the same casting incantation. The first scene where Indignation appears (the intro to ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'') can be replicated almost exactly in ''VideoGame/TalesOfEternia'' if you know when and where.
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' also features the recurring phrase "Give me your name and I'll give you mine," from the [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Dwarf-raised]] Lloyd.
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'', Cress can equip a set of ten items from ''VideoGame/TheTowerOfDruaga'' to receive the title "Gilgamesh". The same title and a similar set of items exist for Zelos Wilder in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', which is also a prequel to ''Phantasia''.
** They also like to reference other Namco-Bandai games. ''VideoGame/{{Pac-Man}}'' is a favourite - there's a Pac-Man sculpture in Flanoir in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', and Jade Curtiss's belt is shaped like Pac-Man in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''.
* In the ZXSpectrum game ''Techno Cop'', one crime to which the player is called is "Baby being crushed". The perp's name is [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus Charles Paisley]].
* ''VideoGame/TetrisTheGrandMaster'' had a LicensedGame spinoff based on ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''. The goal in that game was to clear seven jeweled blocks rather than make lines. This objective was adapted into a game mode in the latest game in the series, ''Tetris: The Grand Master 3 - Terror-Instinct''. Heboris, a fan clone of [=TGM=], features a similar mode called Tomoyo.
* Some of ''VideoGame/ThunderForce V'''s bosses are named after bands: for instance, Music/DeepPurple for Stage 1, and Music/IronMaiden for Stage 2.
* ''VideoGame/TimeGal'' has one, but only in Japan: in one of the death scenes in 1588, Reika is chased by a shark. What does she say while this is happening? "[[Film/{{Jaws}} JAAAAAAAAAWZUUUUUUUUU!]]" In the U.S. version, when swinging on a vine in 65,000,000 B.C., she ''attempts'' a {{Film/Tarzan}} scream.
* The first motorcycle level in ''Franchise/TombRaider: Legend'' is a shoutout to the ending of ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''.
* The acronym for the titular unit of ''Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X'' may be evocative of HAWC from the novels of Creator/DaleBrown.
* The earlier ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' games seem to have a number of shout outs to Creator/AgathaChristie's novels, including music tracks named "U.N.Owen was her?" and "Who done it?", a spellcard named "Literature/AndThenThereWereNone?", and a character whose last name is Margatroid, who is based on a character from A Murder is Announced. There are also several references to ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', such as Reimu's Fantasy Haven (several times), and several basic attacks in ''Hisoutensoku'', and the Red Stone of Aja from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''.
* Seeing as how ''VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron'' is basically High Moon Studio's love letter to the childhoods of boys who grew up in The80s, the whole game runs on Shout Outs to the Transformers universe. What isn't a blatant re-purposing of content from other continuities is simply PragmaticAdaptation: turning Megatron's alt mode from a pistol to a tank is one of them. Clearer examples are often used for the names of achievements. For example, if you kill two snipers within 5 seconds of each other, you are rewarded with the achievement "Targetmaster." [[note]]For those who aren't Transfans, the Targetmasters was a line of toys produced during Generation 1.[[/note]]Props go out to the [[spoiler:boss battle with Soundwave during the Autobot half of the Campaign mode. After the player hasn't seen hide nor hair of Rumble, Frenzy, or Laserbeak during the three missions where you can play as Soundwave, and possibly a mild Shout Out in his possession of the Sentry ability, he produces all three during the boss encounter, and are in fact integral to defeating the monotone fiend.]]
** The entire game is basically a re-imaging of the backstory to G1, with a TV series following up on it planned. It has shout-outs to every other Western ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' thrown in for good measure. Actually explaining ''how'' Starscream went from a scientist and friend of Jetfire to a treacherous Decepticon is a nice touch.
** ''Fall of Cybertron'' continues the tradition, with Slug (formerly Slag) quoting his entrance from ''The Transformers: The Movie''. Plenty of other pop up as well, including Starscream's crown from his coronation scene in the same film.
* In ''VideoGame/TrinityUniverse'', there's an optional event where Kanata and his friends run into Recit after he goes on a rash of cash register vandalism. Recit immediately admits to being responsible, which disappoints the Prinny, who expected to engage in a battle of wits where Kanata would "[[VisualNovel/AceAttorney use logic, deduce, and present evidence]]" to incriminate him.
-->'''Prinny:''' "Take that, dood!"
-->'''Pamela:''' "Objection!"
* ''VideoGame/TrueCrimeStreetsOfLA'': [[Franchise/EvilDead "Like this? This is my BOOMSTICK!"]]
* In the ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' "sequel" ''Kagetsu Tohya'', there is a shoutout to the boxing manga/anime ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo''. For comedy purposes Ciel uses a fighting style she calls "The Hitman Style" and assumes a stance similar to that of Mashiba Ryo, the character who uses that style in ''Hajime no Ippo''. This is a reference to this manga because Thomas "Hitman" Hearns, the real-life boxer who this style was based on, did not call his style "the Hitman Style."
** Arc, in her cat form, counters this by avoiding the punches in an "oddly familiar circular motion", a reference to Ippo's "Dempsey Roll" and peek-a-boo style.
* In Outlaw's ending of ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal: Head On'', Carl accidentally wishes for Jamie to "shut up", and her [[WipeThatSmileOffYourFace mouth fuses shut]] in the same manner as Neo's in ''Film/TheMatrix''.
* In ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'', you can at one point choose to save a desperately ill character's life by feeding her your blood. The cutscene is identical to the scene in which Lestat embraces Claudia in ''InterviewWithTheVampire''. In the same game, [[MultipleEndings one of the "good" endings]] is a ShoutOut to [[spoiler:''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', with the Sarcophagus being stored away as in the final scene]]. Of course, that shot itself was a ShoutOut to [[spoiler:''Film/CitizenKane'']].
* VideoGame/VegaStrike has its [[DontFearTheReaper lightsome]] "''Space [[Creator/RobertAHeinlein Is A Harsh Mistress]]''" gameover [[http://vegastrike.svn.sourceforge.net/viewvc/vegastrike/trunk/masters/sprites/died.png?view=log screen]] [[note]]if something wrong, it's due to JPEG misnamed PNG[[/note]]. Rlaan bio-fuel is named "Chitty-chitty-boom-boom", there's "Tritanium armor" and Industrial Gems include "Dilithium telluride" ("a desired item among the religious fanatics of the trekkie religion"). There's also a mention of [[Literature/CatchTwentyTwo Snowden]] in the description of heavy flak.
* ''VideoGame/VictoriaAnEmpireUnderTheSun'' features many Shout outs. Most are historical in nature, but some random events reference movies. Most notably several "Lose X of random resource" events, for instance, losing Precious Metal has the acceptance button display the text "My preciousss!" and cotton has "Frankly, I don't give a damn."
* ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe'' is full of {{Shout Out}}s, not only to ''Franchise/KamenRider'' (an obviously huge influence), but to various other media (the game takes place in the world of films), including ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'', which was also created by director Hideki Kamiya.
** Each level has a movie poster, shown during the credits (or in the Brady Games guide) they are, in order: ''Film/{{Dracula 1931}}'', ''Film/KingKong'', ''Film/{{Jaws}}'', ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'', ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'', ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'', and ''Franchise/StarWars'' ([[Film/ANewHope the original]]). They even have text references to the movies (or game) they come from.
** ''Double Trouble'''s bosses are {{Captain Ersatz}}es of heroes like Franchise/RoboCop and the Franchise/{{Kamen Rider}}s.
** Lets face it, the games are practically a ''love letter'' of Shout Outs, there are so many different references, it's fun trying to find them all, a favorite being the ''Franchise/StarWars'' reference and plot point in the last level.
* ''VideoGame/VivaPinata'' contains numerous shout-outs to other Rareware productions in many of the garden decorations--there's a "Bear and Bird" statue of [[VideoGame/{{Banjo-Kazooie}} Banjo and Kazooie]], the "Dastardos Scarer" that keeps the evil doctor out of your garden looks like Mumbo from the same game, and there's even a "Pirate Statue" commemorated to a built-into-something-else-entirely SNES project of Rare's called "Dream." (The description even says, "Dedicated to a dream that will never die...") There's also an old arcade machine that's "lost its VideoGame/KillerInstinct."
** As well as the Mallowolf's attack being to throw amulets from ''Sabre Wulf'', and it's home looking like the head of the wolf from said game.
* In the [[GameMod custom map "Defense of the Ancients"]] for ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III'', there's a custom character made for it named Lina Inverse, the Slayer. Her spells and background are based on the character of the same name in the Anime/{{Slayers}}.
* Beating the campaign in ''VideoGame/Warhammer40000SpaceMarine'' nets you the achievement [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Here, at the End of All Things]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 5}}'' consists of many shout outs to the previous ''Franchise/WildArms'' games including NPC cameos of the previous heroes, alternative costumes for the party members that resemble outfits of the previous heroes (one of them being the most powerful armor in the game for Dean), and the occasional quote from those NPC cameos that reference to their adventures in the previous games (like the Virginia cameo making a reference to meeting Maya Schrodinger, her constant rival in VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 3}}, when you give her a Golden Angel). And in a non-Wild [=ARMs=] reference, the Memory Bird in Harmonde gives a parody that many ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' players will surely recognize:
--> '''Memory Bird:''' What is greed? A miserable pile of selfishness! But enough talk...
* The ''Videogame/WingCommander'' universe has plenty of these:
** Many of them can be found in [[http://images.ea.com/ea/arcade/draft2cRGB.pdf "Star* Soldier", the manual for Wing Commander Arena]], mostly in the form of references to members of the online fandom.
** The galaxy map that shipped with some versions of ''Prophecy'', has stars named after famous science fiction authors, online fandom members, and famous astronauts. In one particular case, a RealLife star, Barnard's Star, was renamed to Bernard's Star, to honor Jason Bernard, who played Captain William Eisen in ''VideoGame/WingCommander III'' and ''VideoGame/WingCommander IV''. Bernard passed away shortly after the release of the latter game. See also the ''TCS Eisen'' from ''VideoGame/WingCommander Prophecy'', mentioned in a character's dialog.
** The credits to the last two games of the series, ''VideoGame/WingCommander Prophecy Advance'' (GBA port) and ''VideoGame/WingCommander Arena'' (Xbox Live Arcade) give thanks to several members of the fandom who helped with continuity and technical issues during the production of those games. Also, [[Literature/WingCommander several of the later novels]] (including the movie {{novelization}}) give thanks to fans who helped in a similar manner.
** In game examples include Colonel Blair, which comes from the fan name of the first two games being Blue Hair, as well as his callsign Maverick, stemming from Chris Robert's love of ''Film/TopGun''. And in ''Heart of the Tiger'', Blair is played by Creator/MarkHamill. The end game, which has you flying down a trench run to blow up Kilrah, is a direct take off of ''Franchise/StarWars''. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Tom Wilson in an outtake that is included at the end, where he puts a spin on one of the scenes where he plays Maniac.
--> "[[CelebrityParadox Isn't that the guy from Star Wars]]?"
** There's another ShoutOut, this time to ''The Franchise/{{Terminator}}''. The NonstandardGameOver has the Kilrathi invade Earth, and we get a nice scene where a furry foot crushes a human skull, replete with the sky aflame in nuclear fire.
* In ''[[VideoGame/WithFriends Stampede Run]]'', one of the victory poses has that character doing the [[Music/{{PSY}} "Gangnam Style"]] dance.
* ''VideoGame/VectorThrust'''s achievement roster boasts numerous references to several anime and video games the team is fond of.
** Getting a high amount of kills with the Napalm Bomb unlocks the [[SuperDimensionFortressMacross Fire Bomber]] achievement.
** Surviving a battle with 1 point of HP left names you [[AceCombatZero Solo Wing]]. And hitting a certain amount of enemies head on earns you [[AceCombatZero Fire Away, Coward!]]
** The location where a few campaigns take place is known as [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros the Mushroom Kingdom]], at least for now.
* ''VideoGame/{{Wizard101}}'' features an NPC named Cassie the Ponycorn (Cassie being the real name of the eponymous Sissy of ''VideoGame/SissysMagicalPonycornAdventure'' fame).
* The {{mooks}} in the Village level of ''VideoGame/WonderBoyIIIMonsterLair'' look like the Toadstool people from the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' universe, and the stage boss is a KingMook version. They were also in ''VideoGame/WonderboyInMonsterLand''.
* The Level 13 boss in ''VideoGame/WonderBoyIIIMonsterLair'' is a CyberCyclops knight that looks like a [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic Cylon Centurion]], complete with the oscillating red eye.
* ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' contains a shout-out to the original ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Final Fantasy]]'' in the form of an EasterEgg. The description of the Black Cat Atlas, Vol. 10 reads: "Playing Reaper Creeper requires [[BlindSeer Matoya's]] Spell, but "[[SdrawkcabName NEERC SEVAS EHT TARDNALD LOH]]" is a mouthful, so most folks don't bother!" Read backwards, holding L and R at the same time on the save screen displays how long you've been playing. In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'', the talking brooms in Matoya's cave would only say "TCELES B HSUP"...an indicator to press B+ Select on your controller to access the world map.
** Minamimoto uses an attack in a cutscene that's another shout out to ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' [[GeniusBonus as well as an obscure math pun]]. He calls it "Level ''i'' Flare", a reference to the recurring level-targeting Blue Magic throughout the series; targeting everything with a level divisible to whatever x is in "Level x Flare", usually 5 (and since ''i'' is the square root of negative 1, and -1 times -1 equals 1, and everything is divisible cleanly by 1, that means that every number, real ''or'' imaginary, is a multiple of ''i''. ''Nothing'' escapes Level ''i'' flare, no matter ''what'' its level is.)
* The ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' series had a number of shoutouts to its spiritual predecessor ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}''. ''Xenosaga Episode III'' was especially chock-full of them. The most elaborate one is Mai Magus, who has a guardian mecha named Leupold, lives with her grandfather, Aizen, and lost her father, Tethlla. This is a direct parallel to Maria Balthasar from ''Xenogears'', who has a guardian mecha, Seibzehn, lives with her grandfather, Isaac, and lost her father, Nikolai. Each of these characters are also visual {{exp|y}}ies of their counterparts in the other game.
** Abel is a CaptainErsatz of Fei, the protagonist of ''Xenogears''. [[spoiler:In fact, Fei's first incarnation was called Abel.]]
** The bosses in Abel's Ark are all shout outs to particular mecha in ''Xenogears''.
** Abel's Ark itself resembles the Eldridge.
** The core of Abel's Ark is very similar to the chamber that holds the final bosses in ''Xenogears.''
** The music in Abel's Ark has audio references to "One Who Bares Fangs at God" and "The One Who is Torn Apart"
** Nephilim is an {{expy}} of Elly, made all the more apparent when [[spoiler:she "grows up" at the end of the game]].
** Jin dresses like Citan, and uses a katana like him. They even share a surname, Uzuki[[spoiler:, though it is an alias in Citan's case]].
** Jr. uses dual pistols, like Billy Lee Black, but is closer in personality to Bart Fatima.
** One scene with Kevin and Shion in their bedroom looks very similar to a scene with [[spoiler:Kim and Elly]] in their bedroom.
** Omega Universitas is almost identical to Weltall, and it even turns into Omega Id, which is based on Weltall-Id, Weltall's super mode.
* ''Franchise/{{Ys}}''
** In ''[[YsIIIWanderersFromYs Wanderers from Ys]]'', the corridor leading up to the Lava Zone boss has lava waves that act just like the prominences in ''[[VideoGame/{{Gradius}} Salamander/Life Force]]'''s third stage, as well as fire birds. Also, [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong the music sounds similar]] to that of ''Salamander''s first stage.
** In ''Ys: The Ark of Napishtim'', the priestess Olha's name may be a reference to Arha, a character from the ''Literature/EarthseaTrilogy'' who is also a priestess. And both stories take place on islands. Also, the Ark resembles TheMonolith from ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey''.
** At one point in ''VideoGame/YsSeven'', an NPC at the tavern is trying to remember the name of the flower girl Tia...but all his guesses instead resemble the name of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII a different, rather famous video game flower girl]].
* On the title screen of ''Zombie Solitaire'', which depicts several zombies walking down a street which includes a pocket-size cemetery, the few legible gravestones sport the names "Elvis Presley," "Jimi Hendrix" and "Jim Morrison." Also, a scene which involved solving a simple puzzle to exit the sewers had a skeleton with a [[{{Film/IndianaJones}} whip and fedora]] slumped on a bridge, while the ending scene on a tropical beach depicted a {{Magnum PI}} era Tom Selleck with what was probably intended to be a shortish John Hillerman standing next to him.
* A monster in Hades in ''VideoGame/ZorkGrandInquisitor'', while listing things adventurers wanted mentioned red pages and blue pages. Red and blue pages are things the player needs in ''{{Myst}}'', the first graphic adventure to use video and 3D images.
** An easily-missed line of dialogue from the endgame is "[[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Oh my God]], TheyKilledKenny!"
* ''VideoGame/TwentyTwentySeven'': Daniel mentions in a conversation that "[[VideoGame/{{Fallout}} War...war never changes.]]"
* [[Franchise/DotHack .hack//Mutation]] has a character by the name of [[Franchise/StarTrek Q]] appear in a one-time scene say a single line in a snarky tone, and the voice sounds very much like John de Lancie.
* ''BurningRangers'' was a sleeper hit for the Sega Saturn that never received a sequel or re-release, but Sega loves to make shout outs to it in their other games. For example, ''PhantasyStarOnline'' and [[PhantasyStarUniverse its]] [[VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2 sequels]] have missions inspired by ''Burning Rangers'', ''VideoGame/SonicPinballParty'' features instrumental remixes of its theme songs, and ''[[SegaSuperstars Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed]]'' features a track based on the game's second stage (an underwater amusement park/research facility that's being consumed by flames).
* Absolutely '''everything''' by Artix Entertainment has bucketloads of shout-outs; between ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest'', ''VideoGame/DragonFable'', ''VideoGame/MechQuest'', and ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'', it'd probably be easier to list the series they ''don't'' reference, especially when it comes to sci-fi, fantasy, video games, and {{shonen|Demographic}} anime.
* Creator/BlizzardEntertainment tends to use a lot of them (with ''ShoutOut/WorldOfWarcraft'' having its own page):
** ''[[VideoGame/{{Diablo}} Diablo II]]'', in the ExpansionPack ''Lord of Destruction'', has a late game boss fight against three Barbarian Ancients. The barbarians in this game have a very Norse-inspired culture. The three ancients bear a strong resemblance to Olaf the Stout, Erik the Swift and Baleog the Fierce, the three ''Lost Vikings'' of the early Blizzard platform puzzle game by the same name. ''World of Warcraft'' has a similar reference. One of the miniboss encounters in Ulduman, you fight three dwarves that are named after the three Lost Vikings.
** Blizzard's {{R|ealTimeStrategy}}TS games, the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'' series, carry most of their meta-humor in the annoyed phrases said by various units when they are clicked repeatedly, as you may notice [[ShoutOut/{{Starcraft}} in the Starcraft ShoutOut page]].
** There are many lines like those in ''Warcraft III''. For example, the bandit units, if clicked on enough, will quote Ulysses [=McGill=] from ''Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?'' repeating the line "I don't want Fop, goddammit, I'm a Dapper Dan man!" The human peasants and knights also reference ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''.
** "This one time, at [[Film/AmericanPie bandit camp]]..."
** "My [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Warhammer cost forty K]]."
** At least three units make lines about "[[Film/TheSixthSense seeing dead people]]."
** A line from the map Deception: "Advanced Combat Training: [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu]]".
** The final mission in the ''Warcraft III'' expansion is called "[[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire A Symphony of Frost and Flame]]"
* Nearly every game by Looking Glass Studios and the various companies its employees have formed since it closed down has used the number 451 (or 0451) as a door code, along with other companies using it as their own shout out. These games include
** ''VideoGame/SystemShock''.
** ''VideoGame/DeusEx''.
** ''VideoGame/{{BioShock}}'')
** ''{{VideoGame/Dishonored}}'' uses it as the combination for a safe. This is a reference to the novel ''Literature/{{Fahrenheit 451}}'', and as a running reference could also be considered a shout out to the earlier games.
** ''VideoGame/{{Transistor}}'' uses it as a 'maintenance code' for a door to another section of a level.
* Are there any recent games made by Creator/{{Namco|Bandai}} which ''don't'' make a shout out to ''VideoGame/{{Pac-Man}}''?
* The HolyHandGrenade of Antioch from ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' shows up as a weapon in a number of games, including ''VideoGame/{{Worms}}'', ''Bard's Tale'', and the MMORPG ''Asheron's Call''. ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' has a special encounter where you meet Brotherhood of Steel paladins searching for said item.
** A major Postal 2 game mod included the weapon as well- although when it was put onto disc and sold in an official retail compilation along with the game itself, the name was changed as were the sound effects, for copyright reasons. Also, the "Holy Orbs of Antioch" used by the Black Templars in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''.
** ''Fallout 2'': you can encounter a crashed ''Franchise/StarTrek'' shuttle at one point.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout Tactics|BrotherhoodOfSteel}}'' follows this line, as most of its [[http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Fallout_Tactics_special_encounters special encounters]] are shout outs or parodies ranging from HorsemenOfTheApocalypse to the [[{{Mascot}} battery bunnies]] to "''[[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay Hasta la vista, calfy.]]''", also featured [[FreeTheFrogs Deathclaw Liberation]] and several famous...errr...''vehicles''.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' continues the proud tradition with mockingly named weapons, alien crash sites, three dog shouting out to ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' with his 'You can't stop the signal' and ''Babylon 5'' when he calls you the 'last best hope of humanity'.
** The game begins in [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Vault 101]], the Overseer, a stand-in for Big Brother, rules over a "cult of personality", and one of the security officers is named O'Brian.
** A less obvious shout-out (that may or may not have been intended as such) appears in the ''Fallout 3'' expansion ''The Pitt''. The sub-human creatures deemed "trogs" bear an uncanny resemblance to a subterranean pack of predators from [[Film/TheDescent a certain movie]].
** ''Operation Anchorage'' references a [[VideoGame/MedalOfHonor Lieutenant Patterson]].
** In the town of Andale, you find [[Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre a shack full of corpses and skeletons, along with a pair of Ripper chainsaws]]. The residents of the town also happen to be [[CannibalClan inbred cannibals]].
** Vault 106 had psychoactive drugs injected into its air filtration system which drove the occupants insane, which likely references the Pax experiment in ''Film/{{Serenity}}''.
** When you get on the garbage lift in ''Mothership Zeta'', one of the dialogue options when speaking to Sally is "[[Film/ANewHope What an incredible smell you've discovered]]". When the lift stops by a brahmin holding pen, she says, [[Film/{{Twister}} "Cows! We've got cows!"]]
** Fallout 3 has mayor [[Film/TheThing1982 RJ Macready.]]
** References to ''Film/MadMax'' abound, such as the [[HellBentForLeather Leather Armor]], Dogmeat the Blue Heeler, the pic of the Lone Wanderer walking alongside Dogmeat on the back of the package and during the ending, the Raiders' outfits, and the [[TheThunderdome Thunderdome-style]] [[GladiatorGames gladiator arena]] in ''The Pitt''.
** "It is I, [[Film/TheWizardOfOz the Great and Powerful Three Dog]]", and later, "Ding dong, the sanctimonious, self-righteous, self-proclaimed presidential asshole is dead".
** [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} "Raiders can't be bargained with or reasoned with"]].
** [[Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes "It was you... you did this! You goddamn murderer! You killed them all!"]] if you [[MoralEventHorizon call an orbital nuclear strike on the Citadel]]. Also, the cult worshipping the nuke in Megaton is a reference to the Doomsday Bomb cult in ''BeneathPlanetOfTheApes''.
** Dr. Horace Pinkerton appears to be named after the character Horace Pinker from ''Film/{{Shocker}}''.
** The quest "Those!", which involves a town invaded by giant fire-breathing ants, is clearly ripped from the B-movie ''Film/{{Them}}''.
* The ending of [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/349194 this]] webgame appears to be a shoutout to THX-1138.
* 2K sports lacked the NFL license for All-Pro Football 2k8, denying them the use of real NFL stadium names. They instead created venues such as [[Series/{{Angel}} Wolfram & Hart Coliseum]], [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Weyland Corporate Field]] and [[Series/{{Firefly}} Blue Sun Stadium]].
* In ''VideoGame/AstroBoyTheVideoGame'', the first boss's introductory dance consists of [[MichaelJackson a moonwalk followed by a spin and toe stand]].
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