When we're playing video games, we don't really think much about the people who make them. If you hate a movie, you may say, "Curse you, Michael Bay!" and if you hate a book, you'll probably think, "Why did I buy Steve-O's autobiography again?" But if you hate a game, it's usually the company that published it that gets the blame. And they get the credit if it's great.
So maybe it's no surprise that game developers come up with devious and quite frankly insane ways to insert their faces in hidden spots of the game. What's surprising is that players managed to find them at all.
6God of War -- Hit the Statues 400 Times and You Can Phone the Creator of the Game (and the Main Character)
God of War for PlayStation 2 follows a Spartan named Kratos who murders his way up the ladder until he can literally become the God of War, ending the game by climbing up Mount Olympus to assume the throne of Ares. There's a developer Easter egg here, but you sure as hell have to work for it.
As you walk to the throne at the end of the game, you may notice two statues standing on each side, but they appear to be nothing but part of the scenery: If you hit them, nothing happens. Well, it turns out that you're simply not hitting them enough times -- you actually can destroy them, it's just that it takes somewhere between 200 and 400 hits to do that. For each statue.
"Yes, this is absolutely the most worthwhile thing to do with my godly power."
And then, if you succeed in not getting bored with the mindless task and actually destroy both statues, the screen will show a code that, once decrypted, turns out to be a toll-free phone number -- the game is from 2005, but the phone was still working as recently as 2010 (although for all we know it might be a Taco Bell by now). So what happens if you call there? You get a recorded message from Kratos himself, who congratulates you for finding the secret:
Halfway through the message, though, the call is hijacked by the game's writer and director, David Jaffe, much to Kratos' confusion and irritation. Jaffe starts off praising you for wasting your time whaling on those statues for an eternity, but then decides you actually "kinda suck" if you simply looked the secret up online, or had it carelessly spoiled for you by some comedy website. Considering that most sane players are likely to whack the statues a few times, shrug their shoulders and move on to the ending, anyone who did find it on their own probably spent the entire game pounding on every piece of scenery for an hour.
Much like Kratos himself. Hiyooooo!
Finally, Kratos gets fed up with Jaffe's talk of "games" and "sequels" and murders him for experience orbs. Really, it was the only way that conversation could have ended.