For the most part, secrets in video games are difficult to find, but not impossible. After all, the point of sticking something neat in a video game is for people to find it and bathe in its hot, sticky awesomeness. Some developers, however, prefer to hide their secrets like you would hide your particularly shameful pornography. As a result, it can take years before anyone finds them. Like ...
5 Underground Duck Racing in Shenmue II
Despite Shenmue's laudable, perhaps excessive, attempts at immersion (who plays games to "realistically" get a part-time job?), there is one moment that breaks it all. We are referring, of course, to the underground duck racing circuit.
That's not Engrish. It's just a totally accurate description of events.
And as you can see, it's quite the dignified affair.
They never mention the ducks in the main game, nor do they even hint at the many ridiculous steps required to find them. To start, you need to talk to two random NPCs on opposite sides of the map, in places you have no reason to visit. Once you speak to them, walk down an obscure back alley, and pick up a bronze medal featuring a schoolgirl's face.
Or pick up actual women from elsewhere in the lot. Your choice.
Whoa there, partner! Don't spend that schoolgirl token at the used-panty machine just yet -- you need to use it to unlock the third floor of a local arcade. Inside the arcade is a fight club featuring the two NPCs you spoke to earlier. You must beat the tar out of them to continue and, of course, they're the toughest fighters in the game. Even though one of them is an unassuming shopkeeper. Once you win, you get the silver medal, and the shopkeeper introduces you to duck racing. You can bet on your favorite duck and everything, but no matter how often you win, you won't get the gold medal until you win with your own duck. Where do you get a duck? Why, from the duck tree, of course!
"Oh great, they're still in season!"
Yep: There's a duck stuck up in a random tree, apparently so drunk it's forgotten it has wings, and it's your job to knock him to the ground. Of course, to even see the duck, you must first catch several leaves from the tree at once. So this whole secret is all really banking on the player having severe, crippling ADHD, basically.
"My greatest regret is that my father didn't live to see this."
4 The Secret Rules That Control Every Pokemon Game
The Pokemon Company
Since the series debut in 1996, Pokemon has featured hundreds of different creatures that you can abduct and force into combative slavery for your own amusement. Obviously, each species is different, since that's kind of the point. But as it turns out, every single individual Pokemon, even those within the same species, is also different. That's right: Those are unique snowflakes that you're stuffing into tiny, cramped prisons. Each has its own personality, complete with hopes and dreams, or at least, they used to, before you came along ...
And before they came along, you had a personality, hopes, and dreams.
The game's creators pulled this off by installing two hidden statistics that you never see, access, or hear about. Well, not unless you hack the game and change the internal poke-clock, which has been essentially deciding the fate of the game in secret while you toiled away in the long grass, kidnapping squirrels, thinking you're in charge. The statistics are called effort values and individual values (EV and IV if you're nasty.) EV secretly builds each time you defeat another Pokemon, but at least you have some influence over that one. You have less control over IV, which consist of the numbers between zero and 31 assigned at random, yet IV influences every single Pokemon's final stats. In other words, two identical Pokemon born at the same time, raised in the same way, and with the same kill record, will still be different from one another because your machine rolled invisible dice two different ways.
"Pikachu" is Japanese for "illusory choice; the futility of effort."
In short: Life is arbitrary, and you could get hit by a bus tomorrow. Gotta catch 'em all!