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Postby Shaktirisar В» 24.12.2018


By Douglas Heaven. Brad Hill knew what the jumbled letters represented, but he had no idea where they would lead. A handful of players had started finding strange things in Trials HD , a game released in by Finnish studio RedLynx in which you drive stunt bikes over outlandish obstacle courses. One player uploaded a screenshot of some brass plaques he had found strewn on the ground after crashing his bike through a trapdoor.

They were covered in what looked like a coded message and the player wanted to know what it meant. Developers have been hiding things in games for decades. Known as Easter eggs, they are often just brief messages or joke items. One of the earliest appeared in Adventure , released in , which contained a secret room where programmer Warren Robinett had written his name. Nowadays developers across the board are hiding increasingly complex puzzles. As a result, people are getting together to play in a new way.

Online communities with hundreds of members are spending years picking over new releases, chasing up obscure references and cracking codes. A few developers are even hiding whole games inside others.

That first clue Hill came across turned out to be just one of a series of mind-bending puzzles hidden in Trials HD and its follow-up Trials Evolution that would ultimately take a few dozen people years to find and solve. Despite the enormous cliffhanger, Hill regrets nothing. His account of how all the clues were pieced together unfolds like a Dan Brown novel.

And the game keeps giving. Only last week, Hill uncovered a clue hidden in a secret level of Trials Evolution that the group had missed several years ago. There is also a strong social element. The more complex Easter eggs can pull in hundreds of players, working together and sharing clues. There are even rival communities that race to uncover everything a game has to offer. When Trials Evolution came out, players were ready.

The second that people found stuff we knew what to do. What they gradually uncovered was a puzzle involving not only multiple layers of clues and coded messages, but also a string of GPS coordinates that marked the real-world locations of four buried boxes in Helsinki, San Francisco, Sydney and Bath, UK.

Inside each box was a key. The players who now have those keys have been told that one of their number — or rather one of their descendants — will receive the final solution to the puzzle in For him, the thrill came from the many small breakthroughs on the way.

Hill copied the track onto his phone and listened to it on the way to work the next day. With headphones, he could suddenly hear very faint beeps in the background.

At the time, it alerted the group to how well hidden some of the clues were going to be. But such tricks are becoming commonplace. Morse code has been a key feature of puzzles in the Battlefield games, for example. The novelty comes from how the code is concealed. Like Trials , the Battlefield games often contain hidden puzzles that have taken even dedicated players months to unravel. One of the most notorious is known as the Dragon Valley Easter egg in Battlefield 4.

The search began when one player spotted a skull symbol on the back of a pillar. Other players then noticed that a nearby lantern was blinking erratically. The blinking turned out to be Morse code. This kicked off an Easter egg hunt involving five tiny switches hidden across the game.

The last was discovered inside a tree and was only accessible by blowing up the trunk and hovering above the stump in a helicopter. The switches turned out to be part of a complex logic puzzle. Turning on an exact sequence of lights in a building revealed a hidden keypad, another coded message and finally a number — unique to each player who bothers to complete the puzzle — that unlocks a special outfit for their character.

But arguably all video gaming is pointless. For Hill, the appeal of Easter eggs is that they offer an extra layer of challenge for especially dedicated players.

But Easter eggs remain hidden until someone cares enough to find them. Late last year, he released Drones, the Human Condition , a top-down shooter in which you have to survive waves of rogue robots.

But this fast-paced action is only half the game. Combining clues from both games, you can unlock more levels or power-ups in the shooter and move ahead in the Orwellian narrative of the hidden game. Brett says he has also concealed other things, including a recipe for Scotch pancakes. For now, the hidden game remains hidden — and most players have yet to notice that there is even a puzzle there at all.

Brett plans to drip feed clues until someone bites. Easter eggs bring fans closer to the people who make their favourite games. Video games today are designed for the masses. When a blockbuster title hits the shelves, it is a highly market-tested product. But secrets tend to slip in under the radar, created by one or two developers who work on them in their spare time. Even the extended riddles of the Trials and Battlefield games were created by just one individual at each of the studios behind them.

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Re: battlefield games bad eggs

Postby Zololmaran В» 24.12.2018

An open platform for all web games! Some story about a terror plot in New York and the Marine claims he has information to stop it. Battlelog IS the PC main menu.

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Re: battlefield games bad eggs

Postby Doll В» 24.12.2018

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