Pop Culture in your game?

I was running through Everquest 2 the other night with the hubby when I ran across Adam and Jamie. I laughed long and hard.  They are mad scientist tinkers up in the Steamfront Mountains.  I ended up making a few test dummies and helping  destroy them.  It was like being in a mini Mythbuster's episode.  I loved it.

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It got me to thinking though.  How often am I picking up on Pop Culture reference's in my games?

Let's talk about DDO.

Apparently the Dev's have a thing for hiding references in quest name's.  My favorite has always been Mentau the Fleshmaker.  If you can't figure out what that references back to, watch the short video below.

The dev's also seem to have a penchant for rock songs.  While researching references for this blog, I ran across post after post on the DDO forums talking about how the Vale quests were all Rock songs, the Depths quests use footballer's from Manchester United, and the text from Wiz King "I'm a god, why can't I live on" from the song Powerslave by Iron Maiden.  I've noticed some of these references, but to be honest, they weren't in my face glaring.

One  I have never run across and just learned about is that in Dirty Laundry an enemy  recites the Black Knight's lines.  I have to go run this one now and find it.  I must.  I can't wait to giggle over it.  Just in case you are a n00b, there is a video below of the the Black Knight.  If you didn't know this, you should turn in your geek card >.<  Just saying!

I learned that the big giant banker in Meridia is named for Andre the giant.

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How about this one?

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arnal swarts

I never caught it.  I seriously snorted water when I learned about it this morning.  I am gonna have to hire him tonight in my static group and see if anyone notices :D

I called a friend who plays WOW.  He knew about Haris Pilton.

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haris piltob

I think the end rewards for her speak for themselves ;)

An acquaintance pointed out Ricole Nichie to me.

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ricole nichie

I think there are probably gobs and gobs of pop culture reference's sneakily hidden around our favorite games. Some are more obvious than others. I blissfully seem to miss the majority of them, and it took some work to pull some of them up for this blog. Maybe I am so super immersed in what I am doing it doesn't register for me. Probably it's more likely I am simply not going to catch an Iron Maiden song line, or the soccer players :D

What have you noticed in your game? Are you running through a quest when you stop swinging to laugh at some obscure line of dialogue? Does it bother you to see them in your game?

They don't bother me. It doesn't pull me out of the game, nor does it in anyway get in the way of my enjoyment. In fact, it strongly adds to things as I pay a little more attention to what is going on around me.

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DDO Cocktail hour episode 36 is out and ready for your listening pleasure.

It is somehow a week before Thanksgiving. ACK! I don't know how this happened. How is it almost time for me to put up a Christmas tree and get completely bloated in my yearly binge eating marathon?

I am off to try and right some wrongs in Fable 3. I am Queen, I roll like that :D "Off with her head"

Game on!!!