The Catholics of the world have already celebrated Easter. The Orthodox Christians are still looking forward to it, but the video game players can enjoy an Easter-themed activity all the year round. Naturally, we’re talking about the Easter egg hunt.
Originally the “Easter egg”, or "Пасхалка" in Russian, was a hidden secret or a message the developer left for the players in a videogame. Most of the time these Easter eggs did not belong to the in-game world and referred to other games, books, movies or existing people instead. At first such "compliments" from the developers were carefully hidden, and finding them was a challenging task – which made completing the necessary prerequisites and bursting into the secret room or claiming the unusual reward all the sweeter.
Over the years the meaning of this expression changed. Nowadays the “Easter egg” is simply a reference to some different intellectual property, no matter how obvious. Having said that, one should not get the Easter eggs mixed up with the signs of the times: if you hear an Elvis Presley song in “Mafia 3” which takes place in the sixties, this song matches the historic background of the game’s setting. On the other hand, if an alchemist in “Sphere 3” abuses one of his potions and starts rambling about the return of the king and dances with dragons, you can be sure the developers are paying homage to the works of J. R. R. Tolkien and George R. R. Martin.
Looking for Easter eggs in games can be as fun and challenging as actually completing them and modern video game-related portals often publish the lists of Easter eggs discovered in the most recent titles. If you’re an attentive gamer who manages to look around in addition to following the plot, you may enjoy seeing the hidden moments you found in the game one more time, but don’t worry if you realize you’ve missed a secret or two. It’s a great excuse to play the game again – they say a picture is worth a thousand words, and so is a cleverly concealed secret.