Does Not Illustrate: Easter Egg

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1 Spark94th Apr 2012 05:40:03 AM from Castle Wulfenbach , Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
Gentleman Troper!
The trope Easter Egg is not about literal eggs, but about little details or references that the programmers left in a game. Nevertheless, the illustration is a literal egg. There are so many screenshots we could use to illustrate that better.
Special trousers. Very heroic.
2 Willbyr4th Apr 2012 05:57:07 AM from North Little Rock, AR , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Keep Until Better Image Suggested...I'd much prefer an actual example, but the egg isn't actively hurting the page.
3 Spark94th Apr 2012 06:02:07 AM from Castle Wulfenbach , Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
Gentleman Troper!
Yeah, okay. Here's a suggestion. This is commonly referred to as the first ever easter egg in video games: image.
Special trousers. Very heroic.
How about the literal Easter Egg in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City? Or the sign that says "There are no Easter Eggs here. Go away." from whichever Grand Theft Auto game it was.

edited 21st Apr '12 2:41:06 PM by stickmeister0

Keep Until Better Image Suggested
6 FinalStarman21st Apr 2012 02:59:53 PM from Clinton, Massachusetts
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The Adventure one may be too obscure to convey the point.
That does not look secret to me.***

edited 21st Apr '12 5:10:12 PM by rodneyAnonymous

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This page has a pretty good image of Ocarina's well-known easter egg.

There's also the famous Houlihan room....
I like the Houlihan room. At least the text says it's a secret. While not strictly necessary for the image, it's also one of the absolutely best examples of the trope.

The Zelda emblem on Samus' gunship works, as does Psycho Mantis. They're not as strong, though.
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11 FinalStarman21st Apr 2012 08:58:26 PM from Clinton, Massachusetts
[up] That is a list of references to other games, not Easter Eggs. The gunship thing is definitely not an Easter Egg and I'm pretty sure the Psycho Mantis one isn't either.

I think the literal image+caption is doing a better job than any of these examples.
[up]Depends on your definition of secret.
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13 Servbot21st Apr 2012 09:12:31 PM , Relationship Status: Yes, I'm alone, but I'm alone and free
@Post 3: Much as I'd love having the Ur-Example for Video Game Easter Eggs as the page picture, alas, the screenshot doesn't look like an Easter Egg on its own.
14 Spark922nd Apr 2012 03:32:00 AM from Castle Wulfenbach , Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
Gentleman Troper!
The Houlihan room is a good example.
Special trousers. Very heroic.
15 Willbyr22nd Apr 2012 08:34:34 PM from North Little Rock, AR , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
The Houlihan room works for me.
What about this? It's an easter egg in every meaning of the word and it fits the subtitle in the pic already existing.
17 GGCrono27th Apr 2012 02:40:55 PM from Greenville, NC , Relationship Status: And they all lived happily ever after <3
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As it happens, I put the current image there in the first place. My thinking was, it would be a hard concept to convey in just an image, so I went with the Literal-Minded joke. smile

Some people seem to be more clever than I, then, so we'll see what happens.
"Honesty is the best policy but insanity is a better defense."
Actual easter eggs are occasionally represented by exactly this Visual Pun (in Leisure Suit Larry 7 a rainbow-splashed egg icon pops up in the corner of the screen whenever you find an easter egg), so it's not entirely non-illustrative.
I think if we could get a good screenshot of the hidden Flower in the desert from Journey with a caption like "You see we made this other game called Flower" or "That's one big desert you searched through to find this." That would work pretty well. especially if we could throw in something about secrecy in the caption as well.

The Mario picture from Ocarina of Time can also work quite well i think.

edited 6th May '12 4:51:44 PM by NorthernDruid

The problem here is that almost all your suggestions are mild cases of Fan myopia. It is difficult to add one of already suggested pictures from a game without making a long descrition, not to mention the many links to the pages of the works if one is referencing the other.

I think the current picutre is good. It is the same sort of picture we got on ´What Happened To The Mouse´, where the page picture is a Mouse.

If you are going to remove the current picture, remove that Mouse too, because both are there for same valid reasons.
In uffish thought
[up] Removing one doesn't mean we have to remove the other — Visual Puns are fine. Some tropes aren't picturable easily, so a Visual Pun is a fun way to still have an image. For Easter Egg, however, we think we can do better than a pun.

As it is, I'm not liking many of the suggestions, though the Holuliwhatchyamacallit is alright.
22 jkbeta9th Jun 2012 03:29:24 AM from right behind you , Relationship Status: You cannot grasp the true form
How about the Easter Egg in Microsoft Excel 97? A flight simulator in a spreadsheet program should be pretty clear. Never mind.

edited 9th Jun '12 3:32:49 AM by jkbeta

I vote for the Houlihan room.

edited 21st Jul '12 10:25:10 AM by cfive

24 Willbyr21st Jul 2012 07:02:50 PM from North Little Rock, AR , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
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A perfect caption for the Houlihan room would have to be "It's a secret to everybody."

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