When you're caught up in a good video game, you're usually in a pretty oblivious state: you can barely notice your bladder is about to explode from not taking a bathroom break in 15 hours, let alone pay attention to every little detail on your screen. What better time for a developer to go ahead and slip in an inexplicably terrifying Easter egg that most people will never see?
As we've discussed two times before, we unfortunately have seen the horror lurking beneath the surface of your favorite video games, and now we're continuing our Halloween tradition of passing on the curse to you. Behold:
7Grand Theft Auto V -- The Ghost of Mount Gordo
Few groups of people are better at making shit up than GTA fans. For example, remember when everyone said you could run into a woman's ghost in GTA IV? Let's set the record straight: there's no lady ghost in that game, people. Come on.
It's in GTA V.
If ghosts exist in GTA, there's no way our character isn't being haunted by roadkill 24/7.
Yep, that happens. Presumably as a way to address the rumors of ghostly activity and the accusations of misogyny in one fell swoop, Rockstar Games went ahead and hid a she-spook in the latest game. If you want to see it for yourself, you'll need to: 1) be at Mount Gordo between 11 p.m. and midnight on the game's clock, and 2) make sure your cat isn't in the room while you're playing, because if it jumps on you when the ghost appears you're gonna die for real. Then there'll be two ghosts here, and we're not sure if we can handle that.
You can see the ghost only through a sniper scope, since it has intimacy issues and tends to disappear when you get too close. However, if you do have the balls to go stand on the rocks where the ghost used to be floating, you might notice it leaves a message written in blood:
Holy shit! The killer is a sideways rabbit!
It says "JOCK" -- and what do you know, there's a character called Jock Cranley in the GTA universe who appears as an actor/stuntman in previous games and is running for governor in this one. Jock is mentioned in billboards, radio ads ... and, if you dig a little deeper, in this old news clipping about how his wife, Jolene, died in a mysterious accident on those same rocks, just as she was about to "ruin" his career:
We wholly support his quest to find the real killers.
But what if you don't own GTA V and still want to experience this fun Easter egg? Well, you can always visit Mount Gordon in Pennsylvania and find out if the real-world version of this legend is true. There's just one little difference: that particular lady wanders around without a head. For once, we're OK with Rockstar making a female character less realistic.
6Just Cause 2 -- The Entire Island From Lost Is Hidden in the Game
Just Cause 2 is your average third-person action game about a badass with guns trying to overthrow a Southeast Asian dictatorship. There's nothing supernatural about it (other than the laws of physics not working in this universe), and nothing too creepy in the story.
Except those socks.
However, all of that changes if you go out of your way to fly over a particular island on the game's huge map, at which point your plane will spontaneously burst into flames and crash. Sound a little familiar? That's because the Just Cause developers hid the entire island from the show Lost (complete with its magnetic plane-crashing powers) in the game. You know, just because.
Those aren't ruins in the middle, that's Hurley's Twinkie stash.
This isn't just a throwaway Easter egg, though -- the frightening level of detail is on par with a 60,000-word Lost fan-fiction novella starring the polar bear and Dynamite Guy. For instance, you can find what looks like the charred remains of the show's Oceanic 815 flight:
No Michelle Rodriguez -- sorry to disappoint everyone.
The giant S.O.S. Bernard made in the sand:
In this version, Bernard is dyslexic.
And, if you follow the arrow up there, even the infuriatingly mysterious hatch:
Don't open it, though, or it will trigger Season 2.
They could have left it at that, but nope: if you make it to the northern stretches of the island, you'll find yourself face-to-face with an impossibly hard to kill enemy soldier. He'll never lay a finger on you. Not even if you open fire on him. Oh, and also, he's constantly shrouded in a thick, black, veil of smoke -- yep, either he's got a bad stomach problem or he's the freaking smoke monster.
"Both, actually. Sorry."
Some players even report hearing his signature eerie mechanical sounds, but the creepiest part is the persistence he shows in following you around the island. You can dash, jump, grapple hook, and para-glide your way through the entire forest, and still find him lurking a mere 10 feet behind you when you finally stop. That's some Mario Kart shit there.
And, of course, in the spirit of the show itself, none of these curious happenings are ever explained. Probably for the best.