hidden easter eggs

You know what’s something that I love about the Portal series that sets it apart from a lot of other games? 

Portal is, unnecessarily, very musical.

Its a puzzle game, there’s literally no reason for it to be as musical as it is. I’m not just talking about the score, either, though it is incredible. All video games have some kind of music so that you aren’t listening to nothing while you travel around maps and shoot at things. And for RPGs the music is a very important part of storytelling. Undertale did this masterfully.

But I’m talking about how you find easter eggs of turrets singing to each other as a past time, or how one of the loading screens is Potatos lamenting about being thrown down into old Aperture. Music is a theme in the game. Putting aside the music that you test by, these are examples of all the musical encounters you have just by walking around the game without tripping a cut scene. (Though I would like to note that GLaDOS singing the ending credit song for each game was also a very odd path for Valve to take that paid off. )

- Exile Vilify on the radio.

- Still Alive on the radio.

- Turrets practicing ‘Turret Wife Serenade’.

- The companion cube sings a version of ‘Cara Mia Addio’ when you pick it up.

- Funnels have their own music.

- Test Chamber 20 of Portal 2; the laser buttons have rhythm when they’ve all been activated.

- The things that re-direct lasers make their own music too.

- Wheatley plays classical music to try and show off to the player.

- The Announcer plays smooth jazz for you in one of the earlier tests.

I know I’m still missing some, but if you were to take these out of the game nothing would change. They don’t add anything to the story (aside from Wheatley trying to prove he isn’t a moron and failing at it), and some of them are Easter Eggs so you could just as easily miss them. There’s no point to them being there but we love that they are. It adds a character and charm to the game, like the Aperture facility itself is a big orchestra with robots that love to sing.

And it leaks into its fan base, too. We have a Portal 2: Musical that has been performed twice! Harry101UK makes his own original Portal music videos and tracks as a hobby.The Portal Stories: Mel mod not only uses all of its own original music, but it also has hidden musical easter eggs like a radio playing a rock version of ‘Want You Gone’. The most popular Portal fanfiction, ‘Blue Sky’, is named and themed after a song by Electrical Lights Orchestra. It is almost mandatory that if you are to make Portal content the universe you’ve created does not seem complete unless there is at least one hint at its musical themes. (That’s my opinion anyway, I realize the first game wasn’t nearly as crafty with its usage of music as much as Portal 2 was)

I dunno, it was just a thought I was sitting on for a while that I really appreciate the franchise for.

Ok, so my husband thinks this scene has more than one meaning to it, more than one layer. There is the obvious meaning here where Supreme Leader is talking about Luke. And I think Snoke IS indeed talking about Luke here. But my husband thinks this is a hidden Easter egg plot which will unfold in IX: This could actually refer to Kylo Ren. You can see Snoke’s hand and pointer finger right above Kylo’s head when he’s saying the line “If Skywalker returns…” If Kylo returns to his old self, as Ben Solo Skywalker, the NEW kind of Jedi will rise…

Things you probably didn't notice while watching your favorite stop-mo movies.

CORPSE BRIDE:
-The name of the piano “company” that “made” the Everglot’s piano is named after Ray Harryhausen (sorry, I probably spelled that wrong…)
-In the beginning credits, it states that the film is not only a Warner Brothers and a Tim Burton film, but also a LAIKA film as well. Many animators who now work full-time at LAIKA had gotten their start with this film and the animating and puppet/set design crew included some of LAIKA’s most treasured employees, such as Deborah Cook (costume designer) and Chris Butler (who later directed “ParaNorman”). So yes, it would be valid to call Victor (or Emily or Victoria) a “LAIKA Kid”.
-There are constant literary references hidden throughout the film. The keyword for returning to the Land of the Dead after a Ukrainian Haunting Spell had been casted, “hopscotch” is a reference to the novel “The Book Thief” and during the scene where the living meet up with their dead loved ones in the Land of the Living, a line from “Gone With the Wind” is used. (“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a da*n”)

CORALINE:
-On the moving van at the one scene in the beginning of the movie when the Joneses move into the Pink Palace, the title of the moving company is “Ranft Brothers”. If you think back to “Corpse Bride”, you might recall a brief note at the very end of the credits saying that the film was dedicated to Joe Ranft- a beloved storyboard artist at Pixar who briefly worked on the film shortly before his sudden passing. The name could have been placed there on purpose to honor his memory or have been completely coincidental, however I thought I’d make the connection…
-Also on the moving van, there is some graphiti that reads “Stop-Mo Rlesz!” on the back doors of the van. (This is where I actually got my current blog title from so, kudos to LAIKA! And yes, indeed. “Stop-Mo” does in fact, “rule”.)

PARANORMAN:
-In the scene where the Babcock family is in the car and they just arrived at the site where Agatha was located and saw the cyclone she had created hovering over the woods, there is a brief shot that features some buildings and an alley way. If you look to the left, you see a building with some white letters on the back. This building is known as the “Coraline Jones Building”.

My fan art of Amaimon & Behemoth from Ao no Exorcist. 

Traditional mediums, paper and ink. It’s not even a scan, it’s a fucking picture I took with my phone, so I feel like it looks a bit different than the original

Amaimon is playing video games in his bother’s mansion. You can’t really tell, but whatever. It was supposed to be just Behemoth originally, Amaimon kinda just happened to be drawn along the way.   

That reminds me, there is an easter egg hidden in this drawing from a different fandom (Hint: It’s not anime) So who ever finds it first gets a request drawing.  Anything you want to within the real of ethically and morally acceptable. Although, you could argue that ethics and morals are subjective…You know what I mean! ;)

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“Tales From The World of Remnant” (Ruby Version)

Inspired from various artworks from previous pulp and retro comics. Drawing concept was inspired from top shot of a cosplay photographic composition.


In celebration of not only Volume 5 of the show coming up soon, but also the 5 year anniversary of the show and drew to remember the debut homage that what got the show started and how it begins.

BONUS: There are a little bits of easter eggs hidden in this cover somewhere. But I only drew them to honor them in a way I would have done what they could haven’t done before and I would this not just as a fan but also a representative honorary artist. So, if you happen to find it, good luck on this one.

Another challenge of trying something different for my new artwork so lets make it count.

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I have hidden an Easter egg in this one. 

This is based on an other theorem I really like. Given five point on the plane in convex position, one can always draw an ellipse through them.  So my algorithm calculates the red points first, and then finds the ellipses through them.

I am currently writing my master thesis on a theorem that is connected to this one.  

Easter

It’s easter at Hogwarts. Fred and George are both alive and kicking. They have decided that since Umbridge left, this might be a good moment to re-do their last year and cheer all the traumatized war-veterans up with some top quality pranks.

And maybe play matchmaker for a couple or two.

Maybe.


“Alright listen up ladies, gents and all who feel more comfy somewhere in between!” Fred’s eyes shot towards Alicia, who these days went by Al and they/them. “Today is the day!”

“The day you have all been waiting for!” Shouted George.

“The day of all days!” Added Lee Jordan.

“Yes, yes, yes. We heard it, now get to the point guys, I have to study.” Complained Ron, who got a loving look from Hermione in return.

“We will, brother dear. We will. Though I will add feeling up your girlfriend is not a part of the exam this year.” Answered Fred.

“Pity.” Said McLaggen. A comment that earned him a well aimed stinging hex from both Ron and Hermione.

“Today we will see who is the best student, the best seeker, the best lion badger eagle or snake this school has to offer!” A loud cheer went up among the attendants of each house. Every seventh and eighth year student was present on the grass in front of the entry hall, even the Slytherins. “Today we will see who has the power to overcome their past and their prejudice and look forward into a bright future!” Continued Fred.

“Lee, George and I have hidden seven easter eggs on the Hogwarts grounds. It is your job to find them.” Some Hufflepuffs immediately started to look around. The others knew better. There was more to it.

“But!” Shouted Lee over the sudden chatter. “Whoever finds an egg has to carry out the instruction inside.”

“And has to do so with their assigned partner!” No one really liked the cheeky grin that had appeared on the faces of the trio.

“When the instructions are followed to the letter, you will not just win eternal glory, but also a romantic date for two with your person of choice, provided by us!” Ron grabbed Hermione’s hand and grinned, but Harry’s mood sunk. A date… With who was he supposed to go on a date?

“And the pairings are…” Ron was paired with Hermione, Ginny with Luna and Seamus with Dean, but that was where the predictable picks ended. Neville was paired with Blaise and Lavender with Millicent. It wasn’t just Harry who got fidgety after the number of unassigned people shrunk.

“And last but not least, The Boy Who Lived and the boy who will probably be the death of him, Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy!” Harry’s heart sank.

“Go now, easter bunnies! Search! Have fun!”

Harry locked eyes with Malfoy. Fun…

More likely it would be a funeral.


Read Dean and Seamus Here

Read Luna and Ginny Here

Read Harry and Draco here

Read the ending here

Read the night of Dean and Seamus here


This is part one of my easter themed drarry/linny/deamus fic…

Hope it doesn’t fail,

If you have any suggestions about what sort of assigments could be in the eggs you’re more than welcome to enlighten me with them, I’m sure you guys have a much better sense of humour than I do.

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Tales From The World Of Remnant (Weiss Version)

Inspired from various artworks from previous pulp and retro comics. Drawing concept was inspired from music cover and the trailer itself.


In celebration of not only Volume 5 of the show coming up soon, but also the 5 year anniversary of the show and drew to remember the debut homage that what got the show started and how it begins.

BONUS: There are a little bits of easter eggs hidden in this cover somewhere. But I only drew them to honor them in a way I would have done what they could haven’t done before and I would this not just as a fan but also a representative honorary artist. So, if you happen to find it, good luck on this one.

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When I was young my favorite color was always ‘garden-green’ (that was the name of a particular crayon): – a yellow-green like a field full of mustard-flowers and dandelions after a rain; garden green reminded me also of Sundays, especially Easter Sundays, when my family would let me go out to the yard to find chocolate Easter eggs hidden for me in the wet grass; but the green dress had a different hue altogether, a darker green, though not as somberly pure as an evergreen tree because she possessed a hint of blue in her. – How can I triangulate upon this lovely green? – At one time the forest must have been women’s green dress. But now the leaves are scattered; and only one leaf of all the billions contains the vanished forest. This green dress of hers was the leaf. From its template the primeval ferns could have been reconstructed, the great green trees with raspy sticky bark, the emeralds in the moss, the long afternoons after the dinosaurs when we hid our faces behind our translucent-webbed hands, and the very weed-sap was green and sweeter than maple.
—  William T. Vollmann, “The Green Dress”

VALENTINE PANIC!

A short romance visual novel/dating sim


You need a job and fast. However, every job to apply for seems to not have any positions available to you. Before you give up, you find luck in the Pink Lady Cafe, working a full-time job for Valentine’s Day. Simple, right?


Features:

  • 4 Romance Options (2 Male, 2 Female)
  • Genderless and Nameable Main Character
  • Full Voice Acting
  • Memory Card Game!
  • A couple of hidden easter eggs?

Team:

Writer/Producer - Michaela Laws
Artists - ReddArt, Anirhapsodist
Editor - Natasha Laws
Music by Christopher Escalante
Voice Talents - Sean Chiplock, Eric Dubyu, Caitlynn French, Michaela Laws, Sheila M. Lin, and more!

He did things to me that I really like. He knew how to play me, he knew my shortcuts, my cheat codes. He knew how to find all my hidden quests, my Easter eggs, my alternate endings deep within. He knew how to play me and so I miss him, because these other boys, they can’t even begin to play me; can’t seem to figure out how to play to win
—  game over ( @prolixen )
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#GAME4HAM

WOO! Final part of Hamilton the Game. Thank you all for your likes and shares, and @linmanuel for your enthusiasm and seal of approval! I hope you all enjoy this series as much as I loved making it. #YAYhamlet! :D


Part 4 of 4: Here are the descriptions/mission for each game:

  • Follow the Money: Maddison, Jefferson and Burr (interchangeable leads) suspect Hamilton of misusing government funds. Help them track down the money and find out what Hammy’s really up to!
  • Cut Scene: DAAAAAAAMN!!!!
  • BATTLE! I Hope you Burn: Play as the Schuyler sisters (interchangeable leads) as they take down Hamilton for his infidelity. This is definitely how Eliza reacted. fact. canon.
  • DUEL! Philip Hamilton vs George Eacker: Philip can’t have anyone disparaging his father’s legacy. Summon all the courage you require in this duel against Mr. Eacker!
  • Cut Scene: Unimaginable
  • Cut Scene: Can we get back to politics? Please? Choose your player.
  • Election of 1800: Did you choose Jefferson or Burr? Out-scream your opponent to win Hamilton’s vote!
  • Cut Scene: Obedient servant
  • DUEL! Aaron Burr vs Alexander Hamilton: It’s the ultimate showdown! Do you run, or fire your gun, or let it be?
  • End Page

Full series: || Part 1 || Part 2 || Part 3 || Part 4 …And Peggy! ||


AND PEGGY! Bonus Game: Live fast, die young, marry rich, REGRET NUTHIN’! Collect as many coins as you can in 30 seconds. (find the hidden easter eggs (easter…Peggs) within the games to unlock this bonus game!)