10 secret messages hidden in videogames that were almost never found

Video game developers are a curious bunch and they really seem to enjoy leaving all sorts of hidden easter eggs in the games they work on. The idea of millions of gamers around the world stumbling upon an expression, inside joke, or just a clever statement is very appealing to these hard working creatives.

There have been tons of examples of gamers discovering hidden messages in a variety of different titles.

Dead Space 3

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In Dead Space 3 most of your crew are dead, or have turned into a deadly creature called a necromorph. The protagonist Issac’s girlfriend Nicole is one of the main characters discussed in the game.

If you make it to the end of the game without realizing it yourself, the first letter of the 12 chapters reveal Nicole’s awful fate, Nicole is Dead!


There are satanic figures hiding in the soundtrack of the 2016 doom reboot. iD software payed homage to the accusations of satanism they received from the public after they originally released the ground breaking and violent title back in 1993.

If you look closely at the audio track “cyberdemon” with a spectrogram, you can clearly see the a pentagram and “666”.


Halo 3

If you disconnect your Xbox Live account and set your console dashboard date to December 25th you’ll have a surprise waiting for you in Halo 3.

Once you load the game up, the loading screen a message can be found across the Halo reading “Happy Birthday, Lauren!”

Grand Theft Auto IV

GTA IV is chocked full of Easter Eggs. If you head over to Happiness Island on a helicopter and land the helicopter on top of the Statue of happiness, there is a plaque on the wall waiting to be read.

The plaque says “No Hidden Content this way.” Disappointing.

If you reach the top of the Gant bridge in San Fierro via JetPack. There’s a sign that says “There are no Easter Eggs up here, go away.” GTA loves to mess with your mind.


Halo 3: ODST

Before Halo parted ways with Bungie it appears that the developer had already begun working on a new project. During Firefight in Halo 3 ODST, players can find the poster pictured above which reads “Destiny Awaits” with the traveler on the top right.

Additionally, the game makes a reference to Halo: Reach as an Asklon logo is visible at the bottom of the poster.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

In 2011, Naughty Dog almost revealed their next hit video game. Before The Last of Us graced the gaming industry in 2013, their 2011 game, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception there is a newspaper found in the Harris Brewery which has the headline “Scientists are still struggling to understand deadly fungus,” this is a clear reference to the virus that is present in The Last of Us.


Quantum Break

Last year, Remedy Entertainment made the Microsoft exclusive Quantum Break. In the game during one of the missions players can find a chalk board, which makes a reference to another Remedy title, Alan Wake. Additionally at one point during the game, players can find a woman playing Alan Wake on her computer.

Call Of Duty Black Ops 3

During an interrogation scene in the game, character Mason can access a computer, and after typing a password this message appears on the screen. “Woods is alive and remains the sole remaining American guest of the Hanoi Hilton. Thought you should know.”

Call of Duty Wikia:

Master Sergeant Frank Woods is a supporting character in Call of Duty: Black Ops, the deuteragonist of the 1980s missions in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, a main character in the 2025 missions, and a main playable character in Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified.


Portal 2

Believe it or not, GLaDOS quotes Moby Dick. While providing instructions at a rapid rate GLaDOS seems to have inserted a random and unintelligible quote. When slowed down, it reads, “And methodically knocking people’s hats off – then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.”

Tetris – Nintendo 64

Now this one is kind of different, and very long winded. This is actually a case of a developer named David Pridie inserting a harsh rant at the games producers. The text was hidden deep within the game, but found in a matter of days.

I must say, this was a fun time coming down to San Francisco to do The New Tetris. Allthough there were a few problems. First of all being our producer.. D*N, my god.. is this guy useless or what?? I don’t hate you D*N.. but you SUCK, and I mean SUCK as a producer. You should go back to testing video games, but I doubt you could even manage that properly. I feel sorry for you. During this project you just sat around and played video games.. starcraft and everquest. Don’t even deny that.. when you WERE working, it was making stupid Excel ™ spreadsheets to try and tell me how many bugs I had left to fix on a graph.. like WTF is that??? who cares.. I have the bug list in front of me, like I need to see it in freaking technicolor. So D*N, I must say this.. hold onto, and fake your job while you can, because once they find out how truely useless you are, you will be out of a job. I cannot think of any skillset you would fit into in this industry, so you better hold on tight. (This guy thought I could save a name in 8.4 BITS.. like umm.. .4 BITS?? WTF is .4 BITS?? its either ON or OFF, not in between… anyhow, Enough about you though. Well boys and girls, I just thought I would immortalize some thoughts I have at the moment into a rom which will be burned forever. This game sucks. The music is great but the game itself is not how we wanted it unfortunately. I mean, it is a good game, but some things could be polished, as well as sped up. Could use another month to finish this thing off AFTER all the bugs are fixed. oh well, woh is me.