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- Action Doom 2: Urban Brawl 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 is Hugo Andore, who is in turn a Captain Ersatz of André the Giant. His "you're dead" message is simply "OBEY." note
- A cutscene before one of the boss fights..."He's huge. But that means he has huge guts. Rip and tear."
- One boss fight is against human expies of Bebop and Rocksteady.
- One of the bonus points pickups in the game is The Red Stapler, complete with quotation. Not to mention that you can find Daikatana (the game, not the weapon) as a points item too.
- Some of the ornaments hanging up in Peter Crisp's office includes the Master Sword and Cloud Strife's Buster Sword.
- In Aero Fighters 3, one alternate Final Boss is preceded by a black ball that flashes the following:
"WELCOME TO MARS. WARNING! A HUGE BATTLESHIP "SOH-TAKEKO" IS APPROACHING FAST."
- Alliance of Valiant Arms has one in the form of the "Winchester M1887S" shotgun, which is clearly made to look and operate like the Sawed-Off Shotgun used by Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The player-character even does the iconic flip-cock move between shots.
- American McGee's Grimm turns many of the Grimmified fairy tales into pastiches of various movies. For instance:
The Master Thief: DraculaThe Pied Piper: Surprisingly obscurely, German expressionist films such as M and 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.
- Angry Birds 2 features one to Mary Poppins—some stages have one pig wearing a black hat with a flower that escapes being popped by floating to the ground using an umbrella.
- Antichamber: Several puzzles contain pop culture references in their names, such as "Down The Rabbit Hole", "Cry Me A River", 'I Like To Move It', "A Link To The Past" or "Stairway To Heaven".
- There is one in the trophy list in Arcana Heart 3 to, of all things, Saturday Night Live'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!"
- Arc Angle 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 R-Type. Your character's weapon is based off the Free Range from Thunder Force V. Also, there's an option to make the second boss (a Giant Spider) skippable, in which case he's encountered lying on the floor and his dialogue is "Sorry, I'm dead".
- Almost every acheivement in Army of Two is a reference to some famous movie.
- Assassin's Creed II:
- Astérix 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.
- In Astro Boy: The Video Game, the first boss's introductory dance consists of a moonwalk followed by a spin and toe stand.
- Astro Boy: Omega Factor has several reference to past Treasure games:
- Gunstar Heroes gets the brunt of these references:
- The first level has signs reading "Gunstar".
- Pook's various forms are referred to as "forces", like the Seven Force.
- Astro's six stats (plus the titular Omega Factor) are referred to as "the Seven Forces".
- The ending theme is taken straight from Gunstar Heroes.
- The Artificial Sun is given a single eye, making it resemble one boss◊ from Alien Soldier.
- One hidden alcove◊ has a Unique Enemy with a face identical to those of the Clancers from Mischief Makers.
- Gunstar Heroes gets the brunt of these references:
- The final stage of The Astyanax is a Xenomorph hive from Aliens, and the boss, of course, is the Queen.
- In the Doom Game Mod series Back to Saturn X, the title itself, the names of all the levels, and every other phrase in the intermission texts are titles of songs and albums by Guided By Voices.
- Backyard Sports. 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.
- 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)
- Baldur's Gate 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 Dungeons & Dragons campaign who exclusively played tall, strikingly-beautiful amazons named Centeol. Edwin was a much better-liked character from the same gaming group.
- In Neverwinter Nights 2: 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 NWN 2 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 Mastersofthe Universe.
- The vanilla original Neverwinter Nights had a reference to an Archdruid named Getafix.
- A Dance With Rogues, a fan module series, includes the premade character Lyanna Stormborn, as a Shout-Out to A Song of Ice and Fire (which actually did inspire a lot of the story). The player's adventures seem somewhat similar to those of Arya Stark, after all.
- The realm Star Kriege from Ball Revamped 3: Andromeda looks like something from Star Wars. There are T.I.E. starfighters in the background and "Kriege" means "wars" in German.
- Level 8 in Battle for Dream Island Again episode 5b has a box styled like the Companion Cube from 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.
- Emma, the DJ from Barrow Hill, is an obvious, albeit younger, Shout-Out to Stevie, the female DJ from John Carpenter's The Fog.
- In Olivia's second Story Mode path in Battle Fantasia, she encounters a mysterious stranger who calls himself the "Romance Knight" (who is actually a masked Ashley), who's basically a walking shout-out to Tuxedo Kamen from Sailor Moon. 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 Battlefield: Bad Company has the line "hear the lamentations of... uhh...the people they know".
- The Beatles: Rock Band:
- Playing "Yellow Submarine" leads to a shout out to the 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 Magical Mystery Tour film.
- The Beauties Battle tutorial contains a reference to Skyrim.
- Beyond Good & Evil has a reference to its creator's most well-known work, the Rayman series, in the form of one of its 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, Tonic Trouble, appears as the Mascot of the game's brand of healing items in a Parody Commercial.
- BioForge: Two dropships named Roenick and Chelios, in reference to two then-players of the Chicago Blackhawks.
- In the Bionic Commando remake, one can find a Tricell billboard. There's also a billboard with a Servbot.
- When Helen, Tom, and Luke are on the run from the police and the Mega Corp. and escape to Mars in the Visual Novel Bionic Heart, Luke’s alias is Lucas Walker.
- BioShock has many of these, mainly references to Ayn Rand 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 Andrew Ryan.
- There are a number of posters plastered around saying "Who is Atlas?".
- Fontaine in his final mutated form resembles the famous statue of Atlas as seen on the cover of Atlas Shrugged.
- 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 Headology.
- "Would you kindly find a crowbar or something?"
- In BioShock 2, a poster◊ for Sofia Lamb's services looks extremely like the "Eyes of T.J. Eckleburg" billboard from The Great Gatsby.
- The BIT.TRIP series has several:
- The second boss of Beat is pretty much a sideways version of Breakout.
- The second boss battle in Core is a direct Shout-Out to Missile Command. 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 Pitfall, where Commander Video has to run through a jungle collecting bars of gold while avoiding unattended campfires.
- Boktai is stuffed with references to Westerns, most commonly Spaghetti Westerns. The main characters are named Django (after the protagonist of the Django movies, played by Franco Nero) and Sabata (after the protagonist of The Sabata Trilogy, played by Lee Van Cleef and Yul Brynner). 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 Gatling gun in a coffin he drags along behind him. In Boktai 2, at a certain point, you encounter a character who is obviously Solid Snake, but it's actually a dual Shout-Out - he declines to identify himself, instead calling himself a "man with no name", a Shout-Out to Clint Eastwood's character from the Dollars Trilogy (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 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly during the scene where Tuco tries to hang him in the hotel room.
- The first game in Bubble Bobble 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 "God Hand". Also, a ruins-themed chapter has items related to Indiana Jones (whip, hat and Holy Grail) and a mushroom item obviously has a description that alludes to Super Mario Bros.
- The Worldbuilder game Bug Hunt is an homage to the original Alien movie. Scientist gets Face Full of Alien Wing-Wong, Chest Burster hatches, and causes havoc around the space station.
- In Burger Shop burger-making robot BurgerTron quips during the introduction "If you fry it, they will come." Also, level 60, which is the end of a stage at a beach hut restaurant on a formerly-deserted island, is called "Hippies, Surfers and the Rest."
- The main storyline of Bushwhacker 2 involves searching for the king's daughter, who was kidnapped by bandits. When you finish chasing one of the bandits through a desert on the first island and corner him at the local dock he says "Sorry, but your princess is in another desert!" before jumping in a boat and taking off.
- In Cake Mania 4: Main Street reopening the flower shop prompts the quip "If you build it, they will spend money.", while the "Minor Renovations" upgrade screen for the Burger Barn says "A step above fast food, but not quite fine dining. Needs more cowbell." Sumo Sushi has the following description for the "Crouching Tiger Prawn Roll."
Ebi, ebi, burning bright,
On my plate on sushi night,
What immortal tongue or eye
Could thy tastiness deny?
- 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 steals back a magical talisman which had been traded to some other pirates for a ship. When he returns with it he says "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 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 Cave Story 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 (through the Shack door), think of Balrog speaking in the Kool-Aid Man's voice for cheap, yet instant lulz:
- Champions Online has more than a few. Among others, one of the random chatters for Irradiates includes "One of us! One of us! Gooble gobble gooble gobble!", while a random chatter for scientists is "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 Listen to Reason and Not Without Incident
- Chex Quest 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 Battleship Potemkin. This is probably the most cerebral shout-out to be seen in a game about heroic anthropomorphic breakfast cereal.
- In Clash of Cuties, near the beginning of the game, the Player Characters says "It's dangerous for a girl to wander alone at this time.".
- In Chronicles of Osgorth: The Shattered Alliance, Sir Tandy is a reference to Tandy computers.
- Chrono Trigger:
- The game has a blonde cavewoman named Ayla, a Captain Ersatz of the main character of The Clan of the Cave Bear.
- In the English SNES/PlayStation version, Ayla offers Crono "special Jurassic pork soup" (though this is originally a sake cocktail called Rock Crash).
- A mini-game requires the player to identify one of three identical men, named 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 Final Fantasy IV: The After Years (Two soldiers who accompany Ceodore in the beginning of the game, and also retconned into the original Final Fantasy IV), Final Fantasy VI (The two soldiers accompanying Terra in the beginning), Final Fantasy VII (Two AVALANCHE members), Final Fantasy VIII (The Quirky Miniboss Squad (Or maybe Terrible Trio)), and Final Fantasy X (Two guards you can recruit for blitzball).
- Magus' three main henchmen were named, in the English translation, "Ozzie", "Slash", and "Flea"!
- One of the cavemen in 65,000,000 B.C. will say "Happy happy, joy joy" affoter the Reptites go extinct.
- One of the chapters of Chrono Trigger is Forward to the Past. Another in Japanese translates to The Call of Lavos.
- Biggs and Wedge first appeared in Final Fantasy VI. There were many other Star Wars shout outs.
- City of Heroes:
- The police contacts in almost every city zone are thinly-disguised versions of famous TV cops, including characters from Dragnet, Due South, Miami Vice, and RoboCop.
- One mission sends you after the "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 "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 "Janet! Dr. Scott! Janet! Brad! Rocky!" exchange occurs.
- Referencing Peanuts: "You got a rock.
- In Civilization V, the achievement for destroying an enemy unit in one turn is called It's Super Effective.
- In Civilization IV, the loading screen music is the opening music from Colonization, another game by Sid Meier.
- In Clash of Clans, the description of the Laboratory includes a blatant call-out to Daft Punk.
...All we know is that their [Alchemists'] research makes our spells and troops harder, better, faster and stronger!
- In the second Clock Tower game, Scissorman is revealed to be Edward, the sole survivor of the first game. Edward Scissorhands reference?
- Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3:
- The game has a reference to Zero Wing: in the Extras menu under soundtrack, Track 34 is titled "All Your Base Are Belong to Us".
- The boat level of Command & Conquer: Renegade had shout-outs to Gilligan's Island and The Love Boat.
- The series' resident Tank Goodness incarnate, the Mammoth Tank, is a nod to the Nazi German super-heavy tank 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 Mammutnote , at one point.
- In the final Soviet mission, completing one of the objectives causes President Ackerson to rage "Why, you little...!"
- In Contra Rebirth, one of the unlockable characters you can obtain is a reptile named Plissken.
- In the opening cinematic of Cortex Command, in one panel that shows the various alien creatures that humans have met, one on the edge is very obviously a Spathi.
- In the iOS game, Crime Scene Mystery (produced by Team Lava), each case has a Shout-Out to something else. To name two, David the Forensic specialist bears a very strong physical resemblance to a forensic specialist on a well-known crime show, and the second case, Trial By Fury, centres around 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 Newgrounds game Crystal Story are named Tristam, Kaeli, Phoebe, and Reuben.
- Condemned: Criminal Origins features an investigation into the murders of several Serial killers who are being offed by their own methods. Late in the game you fight an overweight Lunch lady in a rundown school who used to cook her victims and serve them to the students as a means of hiding evidence. Replace Ethan Thomas with Cassandra Hack and the game could be renamed Hack/Slash.
- G-Darius, of the Darius side-scrolling scifi spaceship-shooter series, is intentionally an anagram of Gradius according to some sources.
- The boss of the Bonus Dungeon of Dark Cloud 2 was the Big Bad of the first game.
- In Dash Quest, the merchant says "It's dangerous to go alone..."
- As well as numerous references in its achievements, Dead Island has Jason from Friday the 13th, the sword used to slice up Zed in Pulp Fiction and a zombified Jenna Jameson.
- Dead Island: Riptide introduces Australian soldier John Morgan, at the start he's posing with Wolverine Claws and is modeled after Hugh Jackman. Snickt!
- DEFCON is largely inspired by the NORAD screens in 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?"
- 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 The Incredible Hulk fame. Also, one of the later levels is named "Drec'nilbie K'luh".
- In Destroy All Humans! 2, there's a mission that requires you to kill one Agent 47 in a discreet manner. And the civilian chatter in its stand-in for 1960s London includes mistaking Crypto for a Silurian, and calls for someone to get The Doctor or Professor Quatermass.
- Rick from Dino Crisis, upon the revelation that the island is crawling with dinosaurs, laments that "it is just like that movie". Shinji Mikami, the game's director, confirmed this in an interview in Edge Magazine and went on to cite both Aliens and The Lost World: Jurassic Park as heavy influences on the game's tone and environments.
- Almost everyone in Devil May Cry has a name that references Dante's The Divine Comedy. Those that do not usually reference something else in myth or legend - like Beowulf.
- The Dink Smallwood 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. The cake is a lie."
- Discworld Noir is mostly a big homage to Film Noir, but includes a few Shout Outs to other things including Doctor Who ( 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 Interactive Fiction version of The Hobbit.)
- In Dishonored, one of the guests at Lady Boyle's party is named Brisby and wears a rat mask.
- In DJMAX Portable Clazziquai Edition, one of the clubs in Club Tour mode has courses titled "Harder", "Better", "Faster", and "Stronger".
- The "Party RPG" Dokapon Kingdom 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 Killer Robot named Robo-Sassin. When he transforms into Robo-Sassin, he shouts: "EX-TER-MI-NATE!"
- Doom II has a secret level which is basically lifted right out of id software's previous FPS, Wolfenstein 3D. If you dig deeper, you can find a secret room where you must gib four strung-up Commander Keens to progress.
- Doom 3: One of the distress calls after the Teleporter Accident is "They're breaking through the walls!", a possible reference to the Aliens line "They're coming out of the goddamn walls!".
- Dota2: Axe's denied phrase ("YOU GET NOTHING! GOOD DAY, SIR!") is based on Wonka's infamous meltdown scene from the 1971 movie version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
- Dragon Slayer II: Xanadu 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.
- Dragon Quest I: The NES version has NPCs Howard and Nester from the Nintendo Power comics.
- Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime contains shout outs to other Square Enix-published series, such as a Platypunk ally named Ducktor Cid (a reference to the recurring character name in Final Fantasy) and the hero goes up against a tank with a treant-like appearance called Chrono Twigger (an obvious reference to Chrono Trigger), whose in-game logo even resembles the Chrono Trigger logo. These two are notable because the series referenced were formerly Square series, whereas Dragon Quest was an Enix series. Dragon Quest also has a monster called a Slimeborg. Resistance is futile.
- Drakengards Easter Egg is a Shout-Out to cavia inc., who develops the Ace Combat series of games and also developed the Flight Sim portions of Drakengard.
- Dra Koi has a Dragon Ball Z shoutout when the dragon estimates the protagonist's power level as being five. The story also does a shoutout to Demonbane, a work from the same company.
- Drift Girls, in Episode 3: "He just doesn't understand. You have to believe in the heart of cars."
- A "Create Gold" spell in Dungeon Keeper 2 is cast with an incantation "Expressus Americanus".
- Dwarf Fortress. You start with seven dwarves. There are also these pages at the DF Wiki. And it's incredibly easy to 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 Batmen for their awesome theme songs. DANANANANANANA BATMAN!"
- While Koei have been known to deliberately make internal references and homages in the course of Gundam Musou, it's much more noticeable, and a bit startling, when shout outs like this turn up in a quote from Dynasty Warriors 7 of all things.
- The game makes tons of references to The Beatles (of which Shigetsato Itoi is a big fan), 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").
- The Apple Kid's mouse's self-introduction is a near-exact quote of the opening sentences of I Am a Cat; only the species has been changed.
- The Elder Scrolls
- The series in general has plenty of shout outs. Almost all of the gods in the series are named after people who have worked on the series, and many NPCs have names that reference other fictional characters (such as Lucien Lachance and Vincente Valteri), sports teams (Tarhiel), and characters from folklore ("Springheel" Jakben of Imbel)
- At least one of the developers seems to have really liked Pokémon. Weepingbell Hall, Marowak's Spine, Peke Utchoo, et cetera.
- One of the developers went to Duke, so, being a big fan of Duke basketball, there is an easter egg sword Eltonbrand that you get by retrieving Shashev's Key (among other requirements). Elsewhere in the game, you come across a (likely dead) enchanter who believed he could fly named "Tarhiel".
- The very name "Morrowind" could be a reference to The Elf Queen of Shannara, which featured the island of Morrowindl, which also had an active volcano being held in check by magic.
- In Omalen Ancestral tomb, the corpse of an adventurer can be found crushed under a rock due to a cave in. There's a scroll that records his last thoughts, signed "Indie". It also mentions that his father made jokes about his childhood pet.
- The Bjorn ice cave on Solstheim has a skeletal corpse with his feet stuck to the ceiling and a sword just out of his reach down below. He apparently didn't use the force.
- Two sections of the Temple canton in Vivec City are called the Hall of Justice and the Hall of Wisdom.
- One of the ruined Ayleid cities is named Vindeisel.
- 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, there's a unique chest called the 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.
- The Blue Suede Shoes item is a reference to the song by Carl Perkins.
- In another Indiana Jones shout for the series, 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."
- Skyrim has so many it needed its own page.
- Elite Beat Agents has a stage whose top screen bears a striking resemblance to a Light Gun Game, complete with a gauge showing how many nuts the protagonist has left in his current magazine. Anyone who remembers hearing the infamous "RELOAD! RELOAD! SHOOT OUTSIDE OF THE SCREEN!" in The House of the Dead 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 Sam and Max. The dog is the one named Sam. Also, the protagonist of "Romancing Meowzilla" was a character in Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan, the game EBA was based on.
- The graphical roguelike Elona features as a potential player class, the Claymore: a mostly-female Half-Human Hybrid with silver eyes and inhuman dodging capabilities, with the ability to heal quickly (but at a price).
- Emerald City Confidential is a Film Noir "retelling'' of the Land of Oz books. At one point, busts of L. Frank Baum and the game creator, Dave Gilbert, show up.
- In the German Amiga game Enemy: Tempest of Violence, the antagonists are a ruthless alien race known as the Tschahis. "Tschahi" is a German phonetic rendering of the surname of Eric Chahi, creator of Another World, a game which Enemy not coincidentally resembles.
- In Endless Ocean: Blue World, after befriending the Pacific White-Sided Dolphin, the narration says "You caught the wild Pacific white-sided dolphin! Give it a nickname..? What? Wrong game? Oh."
- Escape Velocity includes numerous shout outs to Mystery Science Theater 3000 and its featured films: the adjacent systems of Manos and Torgo, another cluster of systems named Gamera, Guiron and Zigra, and a system named Gymkata containing a planet named Hikeeba. The Easter Eggs in the game include a killer forklift, the Satellite of Love and an alternate Opening Scroll parodying the MST3K Theme Tune. There are also a fair number of 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 George's World lies in the THX-1138 system, and elsewhere there is a forest moon named Endor.
- Elite (a major influence on Escape Velocity) also calls its two lowest combat ratings "Harmless" and "Mostly Harmless".
- Escape Velocity Nova has a randomly-occurring Leviathan-class ship called CATS. Its picture in the communication dialog is the portrait of CATS from the Zero Wing opening, and its lines of dialog are also from the Zero Wing opening.
- Also Raczak's Roughnecks (the animated one).
- The total conversion plug-in 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 Sarge, Grif and Tucker found in one TAS system, mentions of the CIS as well as Rogue Squadron. Heck, just listen to the menu theme when the game starts up.
- The doujin game Eternal Fighter Zero has many references to Key/Visual Arts works, as well as for other fighting games. In particular, Mio Kouzuki changes costumes with each special attack, referencing Street Fighter, The King of Fighters, Shingetsutan Tsukihime, Darkstalkers, Cardcaptor Sakura, and more. And Kano Kirishima's entire set of spells is directly lifted from the Mage and Wizard classes in the MMORPG Ragnarok Online. Her staff is an actual item from the game (Mighty Staff)
- One system in EVE Online contains a massive black monolith.
- The MMORPG 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 NPCs to make a shout out.
- Fallout is full of Shout Outs to almost everything including, but not limited to: SF movies, history, Monty Python, famous boxers, movie stars, history, etc.
- In Fate/stay night (a Visual Novel 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 Shout-Out to the Touhou series, complete with danmaku patterns and parodies of the Spell Card activations.
- In FEAR, the office building has a couple of shout-outs to Office Space - namely Milton's trademarked Red Stapler (no Swingline label, though), and TPS Reports scattered on the floor.
- F.E.A.R. 2 had a few shout-outs to various Internet phenomena and other forms of media, such as:
- Fisher-Diver has a Shout-Out to The Most Dangerous Game in the form of a character named Captain Connell.
- Here lies a lonely Flower in the third level of 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.
- Forza Motorsport 4's "Drift" events have a white Toyota AE86 drifting through a corner. Players can get an achievement for doing 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 "Last of the V8s" badge.
- Someone on the localization team for Fossil Fighters liked silly Internet memes. In addition to one NPC wondering what the worth of a man's life is ("...guarding a miserable pile of secrets?"), another gets in a "DO NOT WANT."
- Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist, a fairly obscure 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 Leisure Suit Larry (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 King's Quest II: Romancing The Throne.
- Cedric the Owl has a cameo. A very short cameo.
- Dying in certain circumstances causes the narrator, wrapping up Freddy's story, launch into new ones, containing references to another King's Quest game, The Adventures of Willy Beamish, and (in a non-Sierra reference) The Music Man.
- An in-game newspaper in Fret Nice talks about the new hit band "Grinning Colossus".
- Frozen Synapse's RED expansion has, at the bottom-right of the first challenge map (outside the actual map boundaries), a dwarf.
- The Glider series has a few references to The Wizard of Oz. Glider PRO, with its Art Nouveau aesthetic, also alluded to Little Nemo in the name "Slumberland" for the principal game scenario and the name "NEMO" on the mailboxes.
- God Hand has tons of these. Elvis wears Akuma's prayer beads, Gene has the Shoryuken as a juggle move, and one of the God Reels is 100 Fists, a Spam Attack that references Fist of the North Star. There are also many, many tips of the hat to Clover Studios' previous games, such as Ōkami (one of the Chuihauhas you can race is called Amaterasu) and Viewtiful Joe (the Mad Midget Five). Elvis himself is a giant Shout-Out to, well, Elvis.
- Mind-reading a certain lumberjack NPC in Golden Sun has him say "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 Grand Fantasia takes place on "The Lonely Island", and the victory message you get after you complete it reads "I'm on a Boat!"
- Guild Wars:
- The game has a whole list of Shout-Outs in the skills players can equip. Interestingly, most of them are "shout" skills, like "For Great Justice!" and "Make Your Time!" (Zero Wing), "I Meant to Do That!" (Pee-wee's Big Adventure), "None Shall Pass!" (the Black Knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail) and "Can't Touch This!" (MC Hammer). A few fire elemental spells are named after Rodgort, which in turn comes from Trogdor, the dragon created by Strong Bad in Homestar Runner. And then there's the berserking dwarf Kilroy Stonekin, obviously inspired by the famed Leeroy Jenkins, 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 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 Monty Python and the Holy Grail but this monster is actually black rather than being green like in the movie.
- Half-Life: Opposing Force has a lot of fun with these. The Drill Sergeant Nasty in the training mission barks lines from Full Metal Jacket. The wisecracking soldiers riding in the chopper with you at the start of the game quote a line or two from 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 Half-Life 2, one of the rebels is named Winston, possibly in reference to Winston Smith, protagonist of Nineteen Eighty-Four, from which the game gets a lot of its influence.
- Dr. Kleiner's pet headcrab in Half-Life 2 is called "Lamarr" and sometimes "Hedy". This is a Shout-Out to Hedy Lamarr who, aside from being a rather attractive actress, co-invented the early form of the frequency-hopping technology vital to modern wireless communication.
- Overlord Hol's description in Half-Minute Hero reads: "The last evil lord Noire went to. He can emit a giant laser. If only he had sharks." It also has a fully monochrome level with a boss named CATS, complete with references to the "All Your Base Are Belong to Us" meme.
- The Halloween Hack:
- Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak has the character search the world for three coloured marbles and insert them into a pedestal in a triangular fashion so you can pull a legendary "weapon" from a stone, whilst a familiar chest-opening score plays...
- Harvest Moon:
- Tree of Tranquility features a pair of carpenter's apprentices named Bo and Luke, who even share hair colors with their counterparts from The Dukes of Hazzard (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 taking care of business and working overtime."
- Hellgate: London, 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 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 Shaun's Trusty Sidekick.
- In the newspaper article after one particular level in Hitman: Blood Money, the police chief investigating the murders caused by Agent 47 is named Police Chief Wiggum.
- One of the characters in Homeworld, Group Captain Elson, is named after Peter Elson, an artist who inspired the artistic design of the game.
- The [adult swim].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 Super Mario Bros. 2 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 Icewind Dale 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 tutorial level) of Baldur's Gate, 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 ...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.
- Freeware Game Iji references Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind 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 YouTube Poop, made a YouTube Poop reference.
- Implosion: Apocalyptic Log messages you collect that aren't part of the storyline tend to be shoutouts, many written by people like "Stephen Jobbes" (Head of I.T.), "Albert Weinstein" (Head of R&D), and some lowly researcher named "Nikola Telsar". Other shoutouts: Advertising messages from "Macrosoft Engineering", a memo titled "Full Metal Jacket", a plea from someone who lost his "IDBook" contacts to everyone asking them to resend their contact info, and a message from the ticked-off victim of a practical joke: "I will find you and I will kill you."
- Indiana Jones and His Desktop Adventures: A bandito who says "Hey, I don't got to show you no stinking badges!" and barricades himself in his home when you try to talk to him.
- In the Hunt is basically a giant shout-out to the Sega Master System II game Submarine Attack. Both feature Superior Firepower: Missile Submarines that also have Superior Firepower: Surface To Air Missiles and produce major missile Beam Spam. 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 Intrusion 2 the Steam achievement for killing enemies with a Goomba Stomp is called "Plumbing" and the icon is a Mushroom.
- In the Bad Ending of It Came From The Desert: after the nuke destroys Lovelock, the radio announcer asks: "Is anybody there? Anybody at all?" Also, the town's name may be a reference to James Lovelock.
- Jade Empire has a shout out to Knights of the Old Republic, 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 Jak and Daxter series has a few Shout Outs to Crash Bandicoot and Ratchet & Clank. TLF alone had shout outs to Star Fox, MST3K, Diablo, and Planet of the Apes. Also Dr. Strangelove, with Daxter referring to "missile hat an' spurs".
- In Jetpack, many levels reference classic Arcade Games in their names and designs, including:
- The King Carl mission of Jimmy Neutron vs. Jimmy Negatron is a parody In-Name-Only of King Kong. The loading screen for the mission extends the reference a bit further.
- In The Journeyman Project, the death message for being run over by the Mars maintenance tram is "Well, at least you weren't eaten by a grue!" The AI Arthur in the second and third games may be named after sci-fi writer Arthur C. Clarke.
- One of the bosses of Journey To Silius resembles the Space Jockey pilot from Alien. And since the game was a dolled-up version of a cancelled Terminator game, the Final Boss is a Terminator endoskeleton.
- One of the cities in the game Just Cause 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 Black Rain 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 Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (seen here at about 6:25).
- Killer Instinct:
- A few of the fighters were reminiscent of characters from other works, like skeleton warrior Spinal coming right out of Jason and the Argonauts, 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 T-1000.
- There also is Eyedol's parodic ending, in which 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 Blanka in SFII. Minus the last scene...
- Kingdom of Loathing gives shout-outs to absolutely anything and everything. It would be easier to list things which it doesn't reference.
- Knights of the Old Republic has a few of its own. The most obvious one is Bastila, who is a slightly more developed version of Aribeth from 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 "from a certain point of view". When rescuing Bastila, one dialogue option is "My name is <Fullname>, 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 Take That! to Anakin's awkward introduction to Padme in episode 1.
- In King's Quest II: Romancing The Throne, the Batmobile will come out of Hagatha's Cave while the Batman theme plays.
- The first chapter of King's Quest (2015) contains a load to The Princess Bride, most obviously the raisin juice test before the Trial of Wits - underlined by Manny being voiced by Wallace Shawn, who played the villainous Vizzini in the film and died to the same test in the now famous scene. The battle against Acorn in the game is also similar to the clash of Westley and the giant Fezzik in the film.
- The hotel manager in killer7 bares an uncanny resemblance to Edo Macalister, the hotel manager from Flower, Sun and Rain. Furthermore, when you talk to him, Gymnopedie plays in the background, the main theme of hotel Flower Sun & Rain.
- La-Mulana, aside from the general homage to the MSX, has many references to specific games, some of them quite obscure:
"With my spare money, all I could buy was 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 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 Big Bad 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." (Simon Belmont is described that way in the MSX mahjong game Hai no Majutsushi, also known as Mahjong Wizard.
- A ROM combo involving Castlevania will make your whip more powerful. Also, Lemeza's whip upgrades are the same as the Belmonts' from various Castlevania games.note
- Two ROM combinations let you play parodies of Parodius and Snatcher.
- Combining the two Metal Gear ROMs will make a "!" appear over you when you solve a puzzle.
- Many of Elder Xelpud's seemingly-nonsensical quotes allude to MSX games:
- The Bragging Rights Punishment is a Shout-Out to Dragon Quest II. 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 Lands of Lore, 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 The Legend of Kyrandia. (Both games were made by Westwood Studios.)
- Likewise, both in Lands of Lore and Legend of Kyrandia you can find a "Piscata Rosea" item.
- The Last Remnant has a few shout outs, but at least three to Devil May Cry.
- The two yama NPCs in Athlum and Ghor are named Vergil and Dante, respectively.
- Rush (voiced by Johnny Yong Bosch) at one point shouts "Jackpot!"
- A tournament's slogan is "Welcome back to the stage of history!"
- Almost all of the Remnants and formations are shout outs to previous entries in the SaGa series. Then there's the Bilqis, a weapon that looks like a cross between an axe and a chainsaw...
- La Tale has a minigame named Dot Nuri, which is a clear shout out to Super Mario Bros., right down to the low-res mushroom enemies.
- One line in The Lost Crown: A Ghost-Hunting Adventure is a Title Drop for the M. R. James work, A Warning To The Curious, that provided much of the inspiration for the game's storyline.
- A subtle one: at one point in Lost Planet 2, you have to fend off a giant (nearly) invincible Sand Worm type creature in a desert. It has scurrying legs at its front that are suspiciously identical to those possessed by the Ohmu from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind — similarly invincible insect creatures inhabiting an Earth that's largely desert.
- MadWorld has a few regarding Clover's previous title God Hand, notably the way you dispose of the vampire lady (awesome rack on her, though) ,as you spank her just like the female minions from that game. The final fight against the Black Baron is also chock full of references to the battles between Gene and Azel.
- Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai! has numerous ones to other series, such as Gundam or Dragonball.
- One event in the Visual Novel reveals that Momoyo lost sleep due to spending the night reading one of Yamato's manga collection. The name of the manga? 20th Century Men.
- The boys are always reading copies of "Jasop", discussing the latest "To-Loverun". Yamato asks Yukie to fetch him a copy of "Sasoday". Note that the "N" character in katakana is very similar to "So" in Japanese.
- EVERY SINGLE quit-game skit in the Visual Novel 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 Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam movie compilation.
- In Episode 3 of the anime, Yamato is playing a game on his MBox that resembles a certain bullet hell series. This comes in handy later on.
- During the Kawakami-sen, Cap wants to call his squad, the "Gurrenn-tai".
- Numerous references to other galge and makers, including Giga, who lent their game engine to the Maji Koi series.
- In a scene in Wanko's route, Wanko mention that her heart skipped when Kaku is mentioned. This is extended further by Miyako saying she sounds like Teiiku and Chika saying she sounds like Chouhi.
- During the Kawakami War Gen-san is insistent that he is a competent 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.
- "Tacchan, take me to Koshien."
- The corn in Makai Kingdom 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 "thought we were an autonomous collective." After you succeed, he'll tell you that "now we see the violence inherent in the system."
- The Retraux game adaptation of "Manos" The Hands of Fate contains plenty of shout outs both to Mystery Science Theater 3000 and to other cheesy movies that got skewered on the show, with enemies that include Screaming Skulls, Crawling Eyes, Hobgoblins and even the Robot Monster.
- Of all the places to find a reference to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, who would have expected Mario Party 8? During Bowser's Warped Orbit, if a player lands on a Reversal Space, Bowser mentions doing "the crime warp".
- In Marvel Super Heroes: War of the Gems, Spider-Man's Web Throw (his Gem Power move) has the same exact animation as Birdie's Murderer Chain move as seen in the Street Fighter Alpha games.
- In Marvel Ultimate Alliance, the Murderworld mini-games are classic videogames. Pitfall is even named.
- Master of Orion 2 has almost too many to count, most of it in its tech tree. You can research, among other things, Phasors (ship and handheld), Disruptor Cannons, transporters, Doom Stars (with optional planet-destroying superweapon), and an ''adamantium'' armor. Planet names can be taken from Babylon 5note , Star Trek, Star Wars, and numerous other sources.
- Max Payne:
- The first game, heavily inspired by Hollywood action movies with intricate gunplay and 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 The Matrix. One of the bad guys in the game is "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: 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.
- One of the three mooks who help out Max in the slum level (thinking he's one of them) says "it's raining cats and dogs out there!", to which another replies "for I am a rain dog, too" in a shout out to Tom Waits.
- 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 Titanic (1997) & Star Wars), video game (Final Fantasy VII & Portal), and cartoon & anime (The Flintstones & Dragon Ball'').
- Messiah has a nod to the composer Jesper Kyd in the form of a location called "Club Kyd".
- Metal Slug:
- The game has a reference to one of the bosses in R-Type. Just look at the similarity between the stage 5 boss from Metal Slug 7 and the stage 4 boss of the original R-Type here◊ (the cores are highlighted for your convenience). The ending of Metal Slug X resembles the ending of Independence Day.
- It also has one to In the Hunt by the same developers - The Slug Mariner has the exact same color scheme as the Granvia.
- Kraken, the Final Boss of Metal Slug 7 bears more than a passing resemblance to the Dual Boss of In the Hunt.
- Might and Magic:
- The Mandate of Heaven for instance, had the priestess in the Castle Ironfist temple bless you with "Live Long and Prosper!"
- In the second Might and Magic, there was a Lord 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 Jean-Luc, who offered to "beam you" to another town.
- The Mighty Quest For Epic Loot
- In Minecraft, there is a surprising amount of shout-outs, from the title screen that gives references by the dozen to placing a picture of king graham.
- Minecraft: Story Mode:
- The Monkey Island series, being created by Lucasfilm's game division 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 George Lucas 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".
- The Seagull eating a red herring resembles some of the seagulls from Loom.
- In the Fettucini circus, Guybrush saying "I'm Bobbin, are you my mother?" is a reference to Loom.
- At the Scumm Bar, Cobb advertises the game Loom.
- The Scumm Bar is a reference to the SCUMM engine, previously used for Maniac Mansion.
- The Grog Machine resembles a Coca-Cola logo so much that the swoosh graphic had to be changed.
- When conversing with Herman Toothrot about colors, one of the options is Macintosh gray.
- In Monkey Island 2, Guybrush can talk to LeChuck about Nintendo™ games.
- Chuck the plant, which originated in Maniac Mansion, has become famous enough to have cameos in other non-LucasArts games, such as The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.
- Strong Sad's plant is named Charlemagne.
- One of the cargo containers on the main character's ship in Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock is full of fine leather jackets.
- The half-sunken Statue of Liberty at the end of the Coastal course in the original Need for Speed.
- NetHack has plenty of examples:
- A wizard or valkyrie who gets very hungry will receive the message "Wizard/Valkyrie needs food badly!" as appropriate.
- Dismounting an unnamed horse results in the message "You've been through the dungeon on a horse with no name."; doing so while hallucinating will append the line "It felt good to be out of the rain."
- The Rogue and Sokoban levels emulate their namesakes' gameplay to an extent.
- The entire Tourist class - especially the class quest - is one big shout out to the Discworld books.
- Player characters who steal from shops may find themselves assaulted by the Keystone Kops.
- When you're hallucinating, you're especially prone to seeing shout outs; the hallucinated monsters include Vorlons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal, Totoro, Klingons, and more. If playing on alt.nethack.org there's even more that you can see, including Strong Bad.
- If you die on your first turn, you get the message: "Do not pass go. Do not collect 200 zorkmids."
- In 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 Suspiciously Similar Song version of the Zelda fanfare.
- In Night in the Woods, Mae's house has a blue canary night light.
- In Nightmares from the Deep 3: Davy Jones the screen after you come out of the maze in the mines features a fedora-wearing skeleton with a whip which when spoken to says "Fortune and glory, lady... fortune and glory."
- Horror game Night Blights has, around the house, countless toys and a few other props. One such prop is a crystal statuette of a dragon, but is quite clearly specifically a dragon frozen in crystal. Though much smaller. You can also find, on an upstairs wall, what looks to be a featherless Aku Aku.
- The Zeppelin in Ninja Gaiden Xbox heavily resembles the Hindenburg, and goes down in flames in a similar manner. "Oh, the humanity!"
- No Man's Sky: Numerous.
"I've seen things...a few things before. Left the sun long behind...galaxies waiting to be found. Planets rich in resources. Battles to be fought. Treasures unknown. The universe...you wouldn't believe."
- The player can encounter ancient black monoliths that, when interacted with, imparts information to the player new information.
- Resources are highlighted on player Heads Up Displays as groups of cubes.
- One player ship resembles the Viper from Battlestar Galactica (1978) and Battlestar Galactica (2003) while the wingman ships shown in the trailers are reminiscent of Cobra Mk. 3 starships from Elite.
- One of the planets shown in the "Infinite Worlds" trailer is called LV-426.
- The Alien Temples shown in the "Portal" trailer resemble both certain black monoliths and certain ring-shaped portals.
- The "I've Seen Things" trailer features narration reminiscent of the "Tears in Rain" speech from Blade Runner, provided by the same actor.
We are the masters of galaxies, the overlords of the cosmos. Each foe will submit with bended knee to the ALMIGHTY Gek Dominion. We are the FIRST SPAWN. Look upon our works and DESPAIR.
- One of the heavy metal alloys you can find is called Lemmium.
- The top rank for number of words learned is Babelfish. One possible alien interaction is the receiving of a slug that goes in the player character's ear and teaches new words.
- This quote from a Gek Plaque which can be found in a Gek controlled planet:
- One of the damaged factories has you looping through time doing the same thing repeatedly, and one of the options to fix the problem is recharge the flux capacitor.
- One VERY easy to miss one is what happens when you use the Pulse Drive to quickly reach distant planets. You quickly rush past sets of 2 parallel lines◊. This may seem inconsequential, but this is a subtle reference to MANY old space shooting games that used vector graphics, where parallel lines moved past the player constantly to indicate forward motion. Here's Star Wars Arcade◊ as an example.
- Star Wars:
- One of the components a certain type of ship can have are solar panels on the side, like with TIE Fighters.
- Some Freighters have a distinct flat wedge shape with a raised command deck at the back, much like Star Destroyers.
- Automatically docking with a Space Station (which can be spherical) and rushing past the beams on the side with tall vertical lights on them is extremely reminiscent of the Millennium Falcon docking with the Death Star via a tractor beam from A New Hope.
- No More Heroes:
- 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 killer7, Suda51'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 Star Wars references, ranging from laser sword based combat to mooks dressed in Darth Vader costumes to the end-of-mission congratulatory screen, which sports a thematic pastiche of the Star Wars theme and ends with the famous hyperspace visual effect from the movies.
- There's even one to God Hand. Lose a Blade Lock 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 God Hand's Gene, a similar dodging animation, and is called "Jeane".
- And also one to Back to the Future: The To Be Continued message.
- Henry, a Scottish-accented Badass Longcoat with a Beam Claymore, is a Highlander shoutout.
- When you die, the test card with the Zaka TV logo is taken from Michigan: Report From Hell and killer7.
- In Nonstop Knight, an ad for gems says, "It's dangerous to go alone! Take these gems."
- In one early season of Nexus Clash, hiding anywhere had a chance to send you to the Wood Between the Worlds.
- Ōkami has several shout-outs to The Legend of Zelda, 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.
- Organ Trail: 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"who? , which you earn by having one of your party members die of dysentery.
- Ori and the Blind Forest:
- There are several hidden references to classic games, including a Super Mario Bros. pipe in the Sunken Glades, a Triforce engraved on a tree in Thornfelt Swamp, and a dead Meat Boy in the Forlorn Ruins.
- A Wilhelm Scream is heard if you Bash an enemy off the highest cliff in the Valley of the Wind, whose name itself is a reference to Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.
- The final credits picture is of Ori napping on Naru's belly, in the style of Mei and Totoro.
- The Other Side Tower Of Souls has a "Back to the Future" achievement, complete with a picture of sidekick Boris, a talking cat, sporting an Emmett Brown hairdo. He even lampshades it when you first travel to the past by saying "Now I look like Doc Brown."
- In Outcast, the player can stumble upon one of the natives playing the Star Wars tune on a flute.
- In Overlord: Raising Hell, in the Infernal Abyss, you come to a labyrinth, prompting Gnarl to say "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 blown the bloody doors off!'
- Perfect Dark features the "MagSec 4", a large handgun which fires in bursts. It's essentially the Auto 9 of RoboCop fame with a lighter paint scheme and a different name.
- Pony Island:
- One of the files when you exit to the desktop for the first time is called MissingNo. Interesting because it's a shout-out to a famous glitch in a game that's all about fixing and exploiting glitches.
- One of the glitched option screens has a list of Yes, No, Maybe, I Don't Know, and Can You Repeat the Question.
- The way the colored version of Pony Island starts out as a bright and cheerful world and gradually decays into something more nightmarish is more than a little reminiscent of Eversion, including trees withering away and the screen briefly flickering at some points to a screen showing only a setting sun that looks similar to Eversion's World 4.
- The I AM ERROR Room has ERROR with a design very similar to that other game he was in.
- Louey himself is obviously a reference to Flowey. Aside of names, they both use "howdy, friend" and look innocent at first.
- If you answer "Chara" when Hopeless Soul asks for your name, he will say "You might be in the wrong game."
- Speaking of Chara. Asmodeus talks to you in nothing but a black screen with slowly advancing text and ominous music, he also attacks the screen if you answer his questions wrong. Sound familiar?
- Checking the Credits in Pony Island 3D only gets the message "Credit Where Credit Is Due," written in a mix of Comic Sans, Papyrus, and Wingdings.
- Wang-Tang from Power Stone is a homage to Goku from Dragon Ball, complete with a Super Saiyan-esque transformation and is even voiced by a woman (Megumi Ogata), which also applies for Goku's Japanese voice. The game also shares its name with a special weapon from another Capcom game.
- In Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, push 20 enemies off ledges and you get an achievement titled "This is Persia!"
- The Quest for Glory 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 Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The VGA version also included "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 Guybrush Threepwood's ability to hold his breath for 10 minutes.
- The first phase of the boss of Raiden IV's second stage looks and behaves similarly to the stage 2 boss of 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 Shin Megami Tensei game Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army 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: IN tHe NaMe of ThE fULl mOOn, I wIll PuNiSh YOu!
- Randal's Monday is filled with references to everything from The Lord of the Rings to The Legend of Zelda to Terminator.
- Freebie MMO Rappelz had many NPCs in the first area directly named after characters from the Ogre Battle strategy RPG series. (At least in the English version.)
- Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal:
- The "Bunnies helped tame the Wild West" level of Rayman Raving Rabbids has a giant steampunk robot for the end boss, which seems startlingly reminiscent of the climax of Wild Wild West.
- The Sega Genesis game Revenge of Shinobi features a boss fight with Spider-Man. And when you defeat him, he turns into Batman. Watch this video.
- Revolution X has several of these.
- Someone on the dev team really liked Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 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 Steve Tyler crying "TOASTY!" Well, this was made at the height of Kombatmania.
- The good ending has "Welcome to the real Pleasuredome!"
- Blow up the school bus in the Middle East and you get a screen informing you that "School's Out... Forever."
- The Re-Volt RC car driving game has two tracks called "Toys in the Hood", set in peaceful suburbs.
- One of the items in Rule of Rose is a storybook titled The Little Princess...no, not that one. Although both the book and game explore the journey of an emotionally repressed orphan girl struggling to retain her moral integrity when faced with the stark realities of life in Victorian England, so the mistake is understandable.
- The arcade game San Francisco Rush 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 lifting the vibrator up to the air while singing "Ta da da daaaa!!!".
- The three episodes of Secret Agent are named "The Hunt For Red Rock Rover" (the RRR being the MacGuffin you're after in this episode), "Kill Again Island" and "Dr. No Body".
- Sensory Overload has, at one point, a random 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 Colossal Cave shoutout.
- Septerra Core has a shout-out to the "Aren't you a little short for a Stormtrooper?" scene from Star Wars: A New Hope when Maya infiltrates Connors' pirate base. The number 1138 crops up in the form of an override password.
- In The 7th Guest, Stauf's "welcome to my house" speech seems to be a reference to The Legend Of Hell House.
- Shadow Hearts:
- The Wolf Bout in Shadow Hearts Covenant features several references to the Gundam franchise. For example, the Black Dog Stars are based on the short-lived Goldfish Poop Gang of the original series, while Blanca's ultimate move, Red Comet, is a Shout-Out 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. Sound familiar?
- Another in From The New World: The Erick Theatre on Chelsea in New York City is showing The Phantom of the Opera.
- Shadow of the Wool Ball: Apart from some textures outright based on the decoration from Wolfenstein 3D, there's the secret level "Smells of Doom" which has kittens dressed up like the protagonist from Doom, as well as "Nostalgia Park" which contains areas using textures from Wolfenstein 3D and Prince of Persia, complete with animatronics of enemies from the respective games.
- Shadow Warrior also has a few, including:
- Sherlock Holmes:
- The Awakened is packed with these. Not only is the game itself a pastiche of Arthur Conan Doyle and H.P. Lovecraft, 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 Hercule Poirot.
- 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 a famous insignia. And then the guard says to take it to a man named Wayne, as it was his camera.
- Shift 4 has the ending make a reference to Shaft, but the series as a whole creates lots of shout outs to Portal:
"The timer is a lie!"
- Morgan Industries, one of the factions from Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri, has a subdivision called Morgansoft. Its slogan: "Where do you want your node today?" — a not-so-subtle reference to a famous real-life software company and its then-ongoing "where do you want to go today?" ad campaign.
- In SimEarth, you can advance the evolution of a species with a 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 Cities in Flight.
- An early mission in MySims Kingdom requires you to build "solid gears of metal" in order to open a gate to another part of the first island.
- Solomon's Keep has a Video Game/Gauntlet reference. There's a chance for the evil necromancer himself would appear on a cleared floor to whack the player wizard's hit points really low. After which he says: "Muahahahaha! Blue Wizard needs potion badly!"
- The Sonic the Hedgehog series is fairly laden with obvious references, especially with the Death Egg (originating in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and seen many times since). But there's also less obvious ones, such as G.U.N, a play on S.H.I.E.L.D.
- In Sonic Unleashed, like one of the shout-outs in Pokémon above, Eggman can be seen with a Sega Dreamcast in his cockpit.
- In Shadow the Hedgehog, 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 Sega consoles appearing in Sonic. In one of the old books he owned a Game Gear which he could use to reprogram Robotnik's robots. Whether he ever played Sonic the Hedgehog is thankfully unexplored.
- A quest in 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 beloved red stapler.
- Eggman's robot storage facility in Sonic Battle is named Gimme Shelter.
- In Sonic Colors, 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.
- SoulCalibur: The fourth game features the "Tower of Lost Souls" mode which has similar reward functions to The Tower of Druaga.
- In Soul Nomad & the World Eaters, 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 somewhere."
- Space Quest. The series as a whole is so full of these, it oughta have its own page.
- In Space Quest I: The Sarien Encounter, the Sarien Spider Droid references the Imperial Probe Droid from The Empire Strikes Back, though crawling instead of hovering. The Ulence Flats buildings resemble the domed structures of Tatooine, both situated in the desert. The bar resembles Mos Eisley Cantina; the alien band may reference Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes, the Mugger in the original version resembles Greedo, and the alien with eyestalks may reference an Ithorian. The Blues Brothers are also playing.
- In the intro of the VGA remake, the Arcada being captured by the Deltaur is a shoutout to the opening of A New Hope. The store Droids R Us is a reference to Toys "R" Us. In the VGA version, the store is known as Droids-B-Us. The store contains a Dalick and a Def-Tech droid, the HA-Y-AO droid refers to Hayao Miyazaki and the robots from Castle in the Sky, the Max-42 droid resembles the Maximilian robot from The Black Hole, the Murage droid may refer to Mecha and Kaiju in general, the YX-10 droid resembles the B-9-M-3 robot from Lost in Space, the SUX-9000 droid is named after the car 6000 SUX from RoboCop, the FB-001 sales droid resembles Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet, and there is the head of an Ultron-17 robot. In addition to The Blues Brothers and Madonna, one of the bands playing at the bar is ZZ Top, removed from later versions for legal reasons. A Galileo shuttlecraft is parked by the bar, with visible "NCC" intials.
- In Space Quest II: Vohaul's Revenge, the landing platform on Labion looks like the Endor landing platform from Return of the Jedi.
- In Space Quest III: The Pirates of Pestulon, in the junk freighter, there is "a bowtie fighter dating back to the cologne wars", an Acme rocket, a Battlebot head that could refer to Optimus Prime or Gundam, an escape pod from 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Aluminum Mallard, referring to the Millenium Falcon, oversized Tinkertoys and LEGO bricks, a ship's wing that resembles an X-wing fighter, and a droid next to the grabber, resembling Johnny Five from Short Circuit. The in-game deaths reference the Iran-Contra affair, Gerald Ford, The Little Rascals, Purina Dog Chow, and Space Quest I and II. On Phleebhut, Arnoid the Annihilator is a Terminator droid; postcards at the World O' Wonders reference Disneyland, King's Quest, face huggers from Achoron, and Sandworms from Arrakis. Monolith Burger is a Bland-Name Product based on McDonald's, and includes Tang in the menu. When docking at Monolith Burger, the Enterprise can be seen leaving. On Ortega, the thermal detonator and shield generator refer to Return of the Jedi. On Pestulon, the Nukem Dukem robots refer to Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots. The Two Guys from Andromeda are found encased in lime Jello. The ending is a shout out to Sierra, Ken Williams, and the Space Quest series.
- In Space Quest IV: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers, the Energizer Bunny makes an appearance in the starting area. The Magmetheus bar theme is similar to the Cantina Band theme in A New Hope, and the lit tables resemble the tables at the bar in Star Trek III. There is a Landspeeder in the Space Quest XII era. After capturing Roger Wilco Jr., the Sequel Police say to Sludge Vohaul, "This is the rebel scum we captured in the Space Quest 4 time sector." The Timebuster 2000 SUX is named after the 6000 SUX from RoboCop. The Space Quest X: Latex Babes of Estros era refers to the game Leather Goddesses of Phobos. When Zondra says, "Into the sub, flyboy," this is a reference to Princess Leia telling Han Solo, "Into the garbage chute, flyboy." At the Galaxy Galleria, Dandy and Radio Shock refer to Tandy and Radio Shack in the disk version. The Sacks store refers to Saks Fifth Avenue, and the Maebot refers to Mae West. The games in Software Excess reference Carmen Sandiego, Chuck Yeager's Advanced Flight Simulator, Defender of the Crown, It Came From The Desert, King's Quest, Loom, Pinball Construction Set, SimCity, and Trinity, game designers Bill Budge, Brian Moriarty, and Roberta Williams, and game companies Brřderbund Software, Cinemaware, LucasArts, Maxis Software, Sierra. The in-game hint book references Poltergeist, The Fugitive, Twin Peaks, Life Call/Life Alert commercials, and Ovaltine commercials. The games at Buckazoid Bill's Arcade and Sushi Bar reference Bump 'n' Jump, Duck Hunt, Frogger, Hard Drivin', Spy Hunter, Stunt Driver, and Super Monaco GP. Ms. Astro Chicken is a reference to Ms. Pac-Man, and features Cedric from King's Quest V. At the arcade, Agent 13 of Get Smart is in the trash can. When sitting in the time pod at the arcade, one of the aliens resembles Yoda. The Space Quest I era is a shout out to Space Quest I in EGA. The security droids resemble the Imperial Probe Droid from The Empire Strikes Back. The Xenon Supercomputer GUI resembles a Macintosh and references Leisure Suit Larry 4, King's Quest XLIII, and Space Quest IV.
- In Space Quest V: The Next Mutation, Cliffy the Scottyoid and Raemes T. Quirk refer to Montgomery Scott and James T. Kirk of Star Trek. Spike the Face Hugger is a reference to Alien. The WD-40 annihilator droid is named after WD-40 lubricant, and her ship resembles a Klingon Bird of Prey. Genetix Research Corporation refers to Dynamix. When observing the opened trash picked up the the Eureka, the narrator says, "What a wonderful smell you've discovered," said by Han Solo in the garbage chute in A New Hope. At StarCon Academy, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader are occasional duel in the hallway. Two of the cadets resemble Worf and Spock. StarCon Academy orbits Nova 9, a reference to the Stellar 7 series, and the Big Bad Gir Draxon is mentioned in the manual. Parodying the National Enquirer, the manual references the battle between Imperial troops and Ewoks in Return of the Jedi, incidents of teleporter accidents, the rotundity of Jabba the Hutt, the sighting and impersonation of Elvis, the real life dramas of The Jetsons and Lost in Space, the whimsicality of the The Far Side, the originality of the game designers using Star Trek and Star Wars reference manuals and an Alien Face Hugger model for inspiration, Sea-Monkeys, the longetivity of Dick Clark, the hairstyles of Princess Leia, Spock, and William Shatner, and the strength of the Vulcans.
- In Space Quest VI: Roger Wilco in The Spinal Frontier, the endodroid subplot is a reference to Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Lick the wallpaper in the elevator, and Roger will say, "The snozzberries taste like snozzberries!" Talk to the elevator door, and the narrator will reply in the whiny voice of Cedric from King's Quest V. A Shuttle 1701-D is parked at the DeepShip 86 shuttlebay. There are also references to Star Wars and Alien, among other things. Wriggley is a reference to Ripley from Alien. Stellar Santiago is a reference to Carmen Sandiego. The Dismembers Only arcade contains references to Amtrak, Encyclopedia Britannica commercials, Family Matters, Mortal Kombat II, Mixed Up Mother Goose, Mother Teresa, NBA Jam, Street Fighter, and The Three Stooges. MC Cola is a reference to MC Hammer. The bar Orion's Belt contains references to Babylon 5, Star Trek, Isaac Asimov and William Gibson. The Boot Liquor store contains references to Jurassic Park, Kilgore Trout from Breakfast of Champions, Kira Nerys from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Alan Dean Foster, Douglas Adams, Gene Roddenberry, Harlan Ellison, H.P. Lovecraft, Jerry Pournelle, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Piers Anthony, Raymond E. Feist, Richard Brautigan, Robert A. Heinlein, Robert Silverberg, and Ursula K. Le Guin.
- The Space Quest Companion hint book references an ArrakisCorp.
- In the Fan Sequel, Space Quest: The Lost Chapter, when typing "Pop claws" on the Vercotron and looking out the window, Roger appears as a 90's era Wolverine.
- In Space Rangers 2, there's a disease that you can catch that makes you see strange things in space, including Death Star, battle between Red Squadron and Darth Vader's wings and Babylon 5 station.
- Spandex Force 2: Superhero U has a "Professor Stormbringer" as well as a "Lighting Lad" who claims he misspelled the name on his application. During Professor Blizzard Wizard's Christmas speech he states "And also, to So-and-So, for cool logic in the face of danger, I award Chimeron House fifty points."
- Spider-Man: Web of Shadows features Spidey remarking, "You know what? Chicken butt," at least if you're running it on PSP.
- In the game based upon Spider-Man 2:
- Aside from having the usual shout outs to Spider-Man and the Marvel Universe 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.
- There's also Mysterio saying "Clatto Verata Nicto! and YOU HAVE NO CHANCE TO SURVIVE MAKE YOUR TIME!
- The Spider-Man 3 game has Spidey telling villains "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 Portal reference."
- There are a lot of strange creature in Spore, but one of the stranger Maxis-created ones are the Barney Empire. And yes, they were purple dinosaurs. Oddly enough, they also lived in close proximity with the Grox, which might say something about Barney...
- One of the Specimens from Spooky's House of Jump Scares was intentionally designed to resemble the Happy Mask Salesman from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.
- Spyro the Dragon:
- A T. rex shaped robot enemy Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly is known as the R-1000. It is an obvious reference to the T-1000 of Terminator 2: Judgment Day fame right down to the liquid metal construction.
- Spyro: Year of the Dragon:
- In the level 'Desert Ruins', there's an explorer called 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 from the side. Its name? 'Krash Kangaroo'.
- The first-person shooter section with goals entitled, 'You're Doomed!' and 'You're Still Doomed!'.
- Moneybags claims that Sgt. Byrd is pining for the fjords. 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 Shout-Out 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 Parappa The Rapper. 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.
- Star Control series has enough shout-outs to earlier works of science fiction to have 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 Kirk, Solo, and Adama — as well as literary shout-outs such as Ender, Halleck, Pirx, Van Rijn, and Spiff. Several are hidden inside Technobabble; especially subtle is a reference to Roadside Picnic. Even The Princess Bride gets a plug.
- Startropics has a Moai head as a boss in one of its later levels.
- When the player is doing well while playing as Han Solo in Star Wars: Battlefront II, an enemy stormtrooper will occasionally exclaim, "Hey! Solo shot first! That's not fair!", a clear reference to Han's confrontation with Greedo at Mos Eisley in the original Star Wars movie.
- Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds features the Imperial basic troops (unsurprisingly, stormtroopers) announcing "THX-1138 ready, sir."
- The Shin Megami Tensei game Strange Journey has a skill called Bites The Dust, which turns the target into a living bomb.
- SteamWorld Dig has a hidden area in the Old World stage, where you find a half-destroyed video game shop deep in the caves. It's adorned with Half Life 3 logos and posters (It's Fianlly Here!). It also has a line of skeletons who were presumably queing for launch day - shame about the world ending first. One of them is even wearing a rather familiar HEV suit...
- Streets of Rage 3 has a trio of Ninja Mooks named Mifune, Kosugi, and Chiba.
- Subnautica’s Sea Emperor looks similar to a combination of some of Pacific Rim’s Kaiju.
- At one point towards the end of The Suffering, you can answer a phone that isn't actually ringing to get a warning from a girl that you will die in seven days.
- In 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 the novel from which the series gains its name and some of its themes — including the recurring 108 characters — in which the bandit protagonists were based out of a marsh.
- Summon Night: Swordcraft Story has standard Mythology Gags to the main series, but Atlus added at least one Shout-Out in it. "I love the knuckle. It's so bad"
- Summon Night Swordscraft Story 2:
- In Sumomo Theater, enemies resemble a female GeGeGe no Kitaro, the floating samurai helmeted boss from Getsu Fuma Den, the zombies in Ghosts 'n Goblins, fire-breathing ninjas from The Ninja Warriors, horned enemies from the arcade version of Rygar, the hoverbike riders in Seicross, the avian pilot from Sky Kid, the Rick Dom mecha in Space Harrier, blue ghosts from Spelunker, and the wizard from The Tower of Druaga.
- In Super Mario 3D Land, 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 Yellow Submarine in Ricco Harbor from Super Mario Sunshine.
- Super Robot Wars 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 Ascended Fanboy 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 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 awfully familiar... Earlier in the game, Masaki gives another character the nickname of "Comet", as she's The Rival of a third character known as "Shooting Star", and happens to be piloting a red fighter. One of Masaki's cats starts to say "So should we call you the Red...", but is interrupted before she can complete her sentence. This sure sounds familiar to some rivalry in a Humongous Mecha show... As well, Excellen accidentally refers to the machine Calion as the "Galion". Galeon is the name of the lion that turns into GaoGaiGar.
- In Original Generations, Excellen Browning shows her own brand of nerdiness, especially when she references Back to the Future.
- In games where they appear together, Amuro Ray and Misato Katsuragi flirt constantly, a reference to the fact that their voice actors played Usagi and Mamoru in Sailor Moon. As well, many characters will note how they sound similar to other characters.
- Mio Sasuga from the Masou Kishin sub-series of Super Robot Wars brings us a Fist of the North Star 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 Catch Phrase 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 Super Robot Wars UX, 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.
- The Shadow Army mooks in Super Robot Wars V, after being critically damaged by a Gundam, will ask if it's equipped with Shingan Sensor. This is actually a reference to "Hidden Shadow of G", an extremely obscure UC Gundam spinoff about a ninja Gundam fighting other mobile suit ninjas.
- An equally obscure one happens in the "Three Strengths" Super Robot Wars V DLC mission, where Kouji compliments Shinji, saying that he was a "warrior of miracle", referencing the name of the cheesy, super robot-esque insert song of the Sega Saturn Evangelion game.
- Super Smash Bros. Crusade has a Sandvich from Team Fortress 2 as a recovery item. Unlike in TF2, though, this is a regular food recovery item and doesn't recover all your damage.
- Supreme Commander 2 has a subtle 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 Firefly? It sounds more like to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, where they fight the two mutants and go, "You take the ugly one." "Which one's the ugly one?"
- In Swordigo, a man hands the hero a sword, and says, "Before you go, take this sword. It's dangerous to go unarmed."
- Sword of Chaos:
- The Space Elevator in Syndicate Wars is placed in Sri Lanka. This is also home of Arthur C. Clarke, who popularised the idea in fiction.
- In Stampede Run, one of the victory poses has that character doing the "Gangnam Style" dance.
- In Strawberry Vinegar, if Rie refuses Licia's deal:
Rie: I know about Dr. Faustus, and I know what happens to people who make contracts with demons.
Rie: And you don't know anything about mollusks, or carnivorous plants, or honey pots?
- Licia mentions that her mother loves the manga Silky Mami and Violet of Versailles.
- Rie knows a concerning amount about the H-scenes in Fate/stay night:
Licia: Ehehe...I really don't know what you're talking about. Is it some kind of code?
Rie: I-in a matter of speaking, I suppose.
- The online forum Licia's sister visits where she posts pictures of anime girls and tells people to kill themselves. Licia says her sister gets really mad every time she gets on it, but for whatever reason keeps going on it. A certain real website comes to mind.
- The name of a waitress changes to Sadako after Rie comments on how her complexion and black hair make her look like she should be in a horror movie.
- Freeware puzzle game TAG: The Power of Paint features a neat Shout-Out. In the game, different color paints give you different powers when you walk over them. And red paint makes you go faster.
- Several of the quests in Tales of Lagoona 2: Peril at Poseidon Park are called "You've captured their stunt doubles!," "My voice is my passport," "I'm the map," "I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay" and "Say 'cello' to my little friend." The latter's description says that every time two rival orchestras get together in a back alley "finger-snapping and drum solos" take place. The main character's grandfather says "Holy barnacles, Batmanatee!" when he sees the park improvements, while a Barnacle Falls Bulletin headline states "Aperture Science lies about cake for test subjects, lawsuit pending." A quicksand-making puzzle says to watch out for "rodents of unusual size," and two of the characters are named Peabody and Sherman.
- Every single game in Namco's Tales Series have shout outs to each other (with the exception of Tales of Phantasia, which is the first game and therefore has nothing to shout out to). In Tales of the Abyss, various other Tales characters are Bonus Bosses; in another Tales game, a character has a Mieu keychain (Mieu is the cute annoying creature from Tales of the Abyss); in Tales of Destiny, the character Klarth from Tales of Phantasia 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 Tales of Phantasia) can be replicated almost exactly in Tales of Eternia if you know when and where.
- Tales of Symphonia also features the recurring phrase "Give me your name and I'll give you mine," from the Dwarf-raised Lloyd.
- In Tales of Phantasia, Cress can equip a set of ten items from The Tower of Druaga to receive the title "Gilgamesh". The same title and a similar set of items exist for Zelos Wilder in Tales of Symphonia, which is also a prequel to Phantasia.
- They also like to reference other Namco-Bandai games. Pac-Man is a favourite — there's a Pac-Man sculpture in Flanoir in Tales of Symphonia, and Jade Curtiss's belt is shaped like Pac-Man in Tales of the Abyss.
- In Tap My Katamari, in a victory screen, the Prince says, "One does not simply roll a Katamari..."
- In Tap Titans, the hero Twitterella the Tweeter is a reference to Twitter. The enemy Nicholson is a reference to Jack Nicholson.
- In Tap Titans 2, Sawyer is a reference to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Zato is a reference to Zatoichi, and possibly Zato-1 from Guilty Gear.
- In the ZX Spectrum game Techno Cop, one crime to which the player is called is "Baby being crushed". The perp's name is Charles Paisley, the "baby crusher" mentioned in the Piranha brothers sketch from Monty Python's Flying Circus.
- Tetris: The Grand Master had a Licensed Game spinoff based on Cardcaptor Sakura. 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.
- In Theta vs Pi 7 early on you talk with a piano player who is less than impressed. He claims that even his plumber is a better adventurer than you.
- Some of Thunder Force V's bosses are named after bands: for instance, Deep Purple for Stage 1, and Iron Maiden for Stage 2.
- Time Gal 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? "JAAAAAAAAAWZUUUUUUUUU!" In the U.S. version, when swinging on a vine in 65,000,000 B.C., she attempts a Tarzan scream.
- The first motorcycle level in Tomb Raider: Legend is a shoutout to the ending of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
- The acronym for the titular unit of Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X may be evocative of HAWC from the novels of Dale Brown.
- Torchlight II has a pair of gloves called "Cool Hand Dukes" with the description "What we got here is a failure to communicate." It also has a shotgun called a "Boomstick" with the description "Listen up you primitive screwheads!"
- Totem Tribe has a series of stones with mostly-helpful information along the coast of the game's various islands. On Monkey Island, one of them says "Guybrush Threepwood was here."
- The earlier Touhou games seem to have a number of shout outs to Agatha Christie's novels, including music tracks named "U.N.Owen was her?" and "Who done it?", a spellcard named "And Then There Were None?", 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 Fist of the North Star, such as Reimu's Fantasy Haven (several times), and several basic attacks in Hisoutensoku, and the Red Stone of Aja from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
- Seeing as how Transformers: War for Cybertron 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 Pragmatic Adaptation: 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 Props go out to the 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 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 Trinity Universe, 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 "use logic, deduce, and present evidence" to incriminate him.
Prinny: Take that, dood!Pamela: Objection!
- True Crime: Streets of L.A.: "Like this? This is my BOOMSTICK!"
- In the Tsukihime "sequel" Kagetsu Tohya, there is a shoutout to the boxing manga/anime Hajime no Ippo. 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 Twisted Metal: Head On, Carl accidentally wishes for Jamie to "shut up", and her mouth fuses shut in the same manner as Neo's in The Matrix.
- In Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, 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 Interview with the Vampire. In the same game, one of the "good" endings is a Shout-Out to Raiders of the Lost Ark, with the Sarcophagus being stored away as in the final scene. Of course, that shot itself was a Shout-Out to Citizen Kane.
- Vega Strike has its lightsome "Space Is A Harsh Mistress" gameover screen 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 Snowden in the description of heavy flak.
- Victoria: An Empire Under the Sun 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."
- Viewtiful Joe is full of Shout Outs, not only to Kamen Rider (an obviously huge influence), but to various other media (the game takes place in the world of films), including Devil May Cry, 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: Dracula (1931), King Kong, Jaws, The Hunt for Red October, Devil May Cry, Gladiator, and Star Wars (the original). They even have text references to the movies (or game) they come from.
- Double Trouble's bosses are Captain Ersatzes of heroes like RoboCop and the Kamen Riders.
- Viva Pińata contains numerous shout-outs to other Rareware productions in many of the garden decorations—there's a "Bear and Bird" statue of 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 Killer Instinct."
- 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.
- Vector Thrust'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 Fire Bomber achievement.
- Surviving a battle with 1 point of HP left names you Solo Wing. And hitting a certain amount of enemies head on earns you Fire Away, Coward!
- The location where a few campaigns take place is known as the Mushroom Kingdom, at least for now.
- In the custom map "Defense of the Ancients" for 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 Slayers.
- Beating the campaign in Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine nets you the achievement Here, at the End of All Things.
- The litter bins in We Happy Few resemble Daleks.
- Wild ARMs 5 consists of many shout outs to the previous Wild ARMs 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 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 Castlevania: Symphony of the Night players will surely recognize:
Memory Bird: What is greed? A miserable pile of selfishness! But enough talk...
- The Wing Commander universe has plenty of these:
- Many of them can be found in "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 Real Life star, Barnard's Star, was renamed to Bernard's Star, to honor Jason Bernard, who played Captain William Eisen in Wing Commander III and Wing Commander IV. Bernard passed away shortly after the release of the latter game. See also the TCS Eisen from Wing Commander Prophecy, mentioned in a character's dialog.
- The credits to the last two games of the series, Wing Commander Prophecy Advance (GBA port) and Wing Commander 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, several of the later novels (including the movie novelization) give thanks to fans who helped in a similar manner.
- The Wing Commander III manual mentions a Holovid movie based on System Shock.
- The Wing Commander Armada manual mentions a Holovid movie based on the events of the Crusader series.
- 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 Top Gun. And in Heart of the Tiger, Blair is played by Mark Hamill. The end game, which has you flying down a trench run to blow up Kilrah, is a direct take off of Star Wars. Lampshaded 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.
- The Witness: An old game by CBS Electronics called "Mountain King" featured a timed challenge, all while two classical music tracks sounded: "Anitra's Dance" and "In the Hall of the Mountain King", both from Edvard Grieg. Players who have made to the end of this game will find similar to another timed challenge which also plays those two same tracks...
- World of Mana:
- Wizard101 features an NPC named Cassie the Ponycorn (Cassie being the real name of the eponymous Sissy of Sissy's Magical Ponycorn Adventure fame).
- The mooks in the Village level of Wonder Boy III Monster Lair look like the Toadstool people from the Super Mario Bros. universe, and the stage boss is a King Mook version. They were also in Wonderboy In Monster Land.
- The Level 13 boss in Wonder Boy III Monster Lair is a Cyber Cyclops knight that looks like a Cylon Centurion, complete with the oscillating red eye.
- The World Ends with You contains a shout-out to the original Final Fantasy in the form of an Easter Egg. The description of the Black Cat Atlas, Vol. 10 reads: "Playing Reaper Creeper requires Matoya's Spell, but "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 Final Fantasy I, 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 Final Fantasy 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 Xenosaga series had a number of shoutouts to its spiritual predecessor 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 expies of their counterparts in the other game.
- Abel is a Captain Ersatz of Fei, the protagonist of Xenogears. 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 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, 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 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.
- ''Yandere Simulator':
- One of the kabuki masks in Akademi's drama clubroom looks exactly like Amaterasu's facial markings.
- The Villain Protagonist's name, Ayano Aishi, is an unintentional example. Though originally chosen because of its meaning- "love" and "death" together- it also sounds very similar to Ayesha, who is one of fiction's most famous Yanderes.
- In Wanderers from Ys, the corridor leading up to the Lava Zone boss has lava waves that act just like the prominences in Salamander/Life Force's third stage, as well as fire birds. Also, the music sounds similar to that of Salamanders first stage.
- In Ys: The Ark of Napishtim, the priestess Olha's name may be a reference to Arha, a character from The Tombs of Atuan who is also a priestess. And both stories take place on islands. Also, the Ark resembles The Monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- Two of the major characters in Ys V are named Massea (Masha) and Niena (Nina). The latter is also The Ingenue and a Chekhov's Gunman.
- At one point in Ys Seven, 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 a different, rather famous video game flower girl.
- At least two in 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 Mark Hamill. Here's a cutscene as Exhibit A.
- The main villain of the game, Akira Nishiki. A childhood friend of the protagonist who eventually turns into a Magnificent Bastard 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 Michael Rosenbaum.
- 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 has a skeleton with a whip and fedora slumped on a bridge, while the ending scene on a tropical beach depicts a Magnum, P.I. era Tom Selleck with what's probably intended to be a shortish John Hillerman standing next to him.
- A monster in Hades in Zork: Grand Inquisitor, 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.
- 2027: Daniel mentions in a conversation that "War...war never changes."
- .hack//Mutation has a character by the name of 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.
- Burning Rangers 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, Phantasy Star Online and its sequels have missions inspired by Burning Rangers, Sonic Pinball Party features instrumental remixes of its theme songs, and 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 AdventureQuest, DragonFable, MechQuest, and AdventureQuest Worlds, 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 anime.
- Blizzard Entertainment tends to use a lot of them (with World of Warcraft having its own page):
- Diablo II, in the Expansion Pack 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 RTS games, the Warcraft and 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 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 Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
- "This one time, at bandit camp..."
- "My Warhammer cost forty K."
- At least three units make lines about "seeing dead people."
- A line from the map Deception: "Advanced Combat Training: Hiten Mitsurugi Ryu".
- The final mission in the Warcraft III expansion is called "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
- System Shock.
- Deus Ex.
- Dishonored uses it as the combination for a safe. This is a reference to the novel Fahrenheit 451, and as a running reference could also be considered a shout out to the earlier games.
- Transistor uses it as a 'maintenance code' for a door to another section of a level.
- Are there any recent games made by Bandai Namco Entertainment which don't make a shout-out to Pac-Man?
- The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch from Monty Python and the Holy Grail shows up as a weapon in a number of games, including Worms, Bard's Tale, and the MMORPG Asheron's Call. 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 Warhammer 40,000.
- Fallout 2: you can encounter a crashed Star Trek shuttle at one point.
- Fallout Tactics follows this line, as most of its special encounters are shout outs or parodies ranging from Horsemen of the Apocalypse to the battery bunnies to "Hasta la vista, calfy.", also featured Deathclaw Liberation and several famous...errr...vehicles.
- Fallout 3 continues the proud tradition with mockingly named weapons, alien crash sites, three dog shouting out to 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 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 a certain movie.
- Operation Anchorage references a Lieutenant Patterson.
- In the town of Andale, you find a shack full of corpses and skeletons, along with a pair of Ripper chainsaws. The residents of the town also happen to be 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 Serenity.
- When you get on the garbage lift in Mothership Zeta, one of the dialogue options when speaking to Sally is "What an incredible smell you've discovered". When the lift stops by a brahmin holding pen, she says, "Cows! We've got cows!"
- Fallout 3 has mayor RJ Macready.
- References to Mad Max abound, such as the 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 Thunderdome-style gladiator arena in The Pitt.
- "It is I, the Great and Powerful Three Dog", and later, "Ding dong, the sanctimonious, self-righteous, self-proclaimed presidential asshole is dead".
- "Raiders can't be bargained with or reasoned with".
- "It was you... you did this! You goddamn murderer! You killed them all!" if you 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 Beneath Planet Of The Apes.
- Dr. Horace Pinkerton appears to be named after the character Horace Pinker from Shocker.
- The quest "Those!", which involves a town invaded by giant fire-breathing ants, is clearly ripped from the B-movie Them!.
- The ending of 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 Wolfram & Hart Coliseum, Weyland Corporate Field and Blue Sun Stadium.
- One of the minigames in Lazy Jones is titled "99 Red Balloons", and the BGM is based on the Nena song of the same name. There's also "The Hills Are Alive", referencing The Sound of Music, "Outland", whose music incorporates the five tones of the Close Encounters of the Third Kind theme, and "The Reflex", after the Duran Duran song.
- In Dark Castle, the wizard's keep has a walking broom that multiplies when hit.
- At the beginning of Risen, which starts you out empty handed, one of the drowned castaways on the beach has a herring in his pocket.