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|Shishka's Guide to Easter Eggs *long, imgs*|
|Posted By: Shishka <firstname.lastname@example.org>||Date: 3/23/03 11:31 p.m.|
So, you're playing Halo, one day, cutting a swath through a group of Flood like any other battle, when all of a sudden, you see it. It catches your eye and you are drawn to it. You stare at it for hours, looking at it from every possible angle. War is raging behind you, and the Flood have successfully repaird the 'Autumn and are headed for Earth, but you're oblivious because you have found it. Your priority is no longer to save the human race, but to report "it" to HBO. In a daze from your incredible finding, you type as quickly as you can. Satisfied that you're about to begin a revolution on the forum, you click "post message." You have just posted your easter egg discovery to the forum.
You wait for a few minutes, reloading the forum page a few times, until finally, people start responding. Excited, you click on your responses. But what's this? They say it's not an egg! Some people are even making fun of you! And to top it off, someone apparently posted this exact same find a year ago!.
Dejected, you go back to Halo. How could they not believe in your egg? It has to be an egg! What else could it be? After all, you know what an egg is when you see it...
...Or do you?
With the passing interest of cheats, and the lack of interesting glitches or tricks being discovered, forum goers are turning their eyes towards the more elusive easter egg. A day doesn't go by, now, without someone posting what they believe is an egg to hbo. And one-hundred percent of the time, they're wrong. This is a guide to easter egg hunting in Halo, designed not only to define the eggs, but refine your searching skills, and how you should post a discovery.
So, without further ado...
Shishka's guide to Easter Eggs
1. The Egg Defined
2. The Hunt Begins
3. The Discovery Announced
4. The Conclusion
The Egg Defined
What is an Egg?
An easter egg, simply put, is something hidden within an application. This is rather broad, but we can refine the definition for games. From Shishka's Guide For Newcomers:
"...an easter egg is anything hidden within the game, that is not related to the game directly, nor does it in anyway affect gameplay."
That defines what an egg is pretty well. An egg is something hidden, often in plain sight. Often, it's some kind of in-joke. Either with Bungie in general, or that particular mapper or programmer or texture artist or whatever. Easter eggs can be as obvious as the bulletin board in the Pillar of Autumn:
Or as vague as a birthdate:
Also, easter eggs do not have to be well placed words. In fact, they don't have to be visual at all. "The Siege of Madrigal" egg is a perfect example of the fact that an egg can be just about anything. Note the fact that I said "just about." This is my segue to...
What isn't an Egg?
This is the part most people have too much trouble gripping, and in fact the reason this guide exists. All too often, people look too much into something they see during their egg hunt, and accept their finding as something it's not. Please read this part carefully, as this may or may not save you from potential flaming when you post your egg discoveries.
The Marathon Logo:
The important thing to remember when egg hunting is to use common sense. If you have to strain to prove its an egg, it probably isn't an egg. Are those numbers representative, or are they just detail? Don't just convince yourself of something and post, that'll just get you in trouble.
The Hunt Begins
Where do I look?
Anywhere, and everywhere. Eggs can be anywhere, and getting to them may be part of the fun of finding them. Ferrex's signature in the maw is the perfect example:
You pass the secret room as you rush through the Maw, but it requires a little trickery if you want to find it for yourself. The Food Nipple Grunt is another prime example, you have to take a moment from your busy schedule (ie, running for your life) in order to find him.
What should I look for?
Nooks and Crannies:
The Discovery Announced
What should I do before I post?
Also, make sure your egg meets the "egg guidelines." If my definition wasn't enough for you, Louis has written up a lovely FAQ on the subject, available here.
Check the forum archives!
What should I do when I post?
When Forums Attack
If it turns out that you're not looking at an egg, expect some criticsm. If it turns out that you're looking at something that's not an egg that has been posted about in the past, expect a LOT of criticism. If you make no effort in your post whatsoever, expecting to get some kind of credit for your childish drivel about something you're sure is an egg, while we can't hardly read what your saying, expect to recieve no respect at all. If you won't make an effort in your post, we won't make an effort to take you seriously.
At the same time, some things should be taken in stride. Don't look at flames as a reason to give up and go home, look at them as a reason to improve your posting skills, and let them drive you on in your egg hunt.
The Last Egg
Something very important to keep in mind is that there are two types of easter eggs. Those that are meant to be found, and those that are not. It's quite possible that we may never find all of Halo's easter eggs. But that's no reason to announce the hunt as dead, now is it?
I realize this is kind of wordy, but I hope it helps some of you out. It seems a lot of people want to participate in the hunt, but really don't have a clue as to what they're looking for. I figure a very specific forum post on the subject should help since most of you seem to completely miss Louis' well written egg FAQ.
|Shishka's Guide to Easter Eggs *long, imgs*||Shishka||3/23/03 11:31 p.m.|
|Re: Shishka's Guide to Easter Eggs *long, imgs*||Konrad9||3/23/03 11:36 p.m.|
|Nice.||Louis Wu||3/24/03 12:20 a.m.|
|Good call! *NM*||Shishka||3/24/03 12:30 a.m.|
|Re: Nice.||opie301||3/24/03 1:03 a.m.|
|Re: Nice.||Louis Wu||3/24/03 1:28 a.m.|
|Yay!||PanZer||3/24/03 12:24 a.m.|
|Very nice||P_40E||3/24/03 12:28 a.m.|
|Re: Very nice||Louis Wu||3/24/03 12:30 a.m.|
|Re: Very nice||P_40E||3/24/03 12:44 a.m.|
|play halo! *NM*||oddworld18||3/24/03 12:46 a.m.|
|Re: play halo!||P_40E||3/24/03 12:50 a.m.|
|Re: play halo!||Red Loser||3/24/03 1:00 a.m.|
|Re: play halo!||Lion||3/24/03 2:54 a.m.|
|Re: Very nice||P_40E||3/24/03 2:22 a.m.|
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