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Old 10 October 2005, 21:22   #1
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In-Game References

The upside of playing through every single Amiga game for the HOL is that one often comes across amusing references left by crafty developers. Here we shall name them all!

A reference is generally a one-off pointer to something cultural e.g. another Amiga game, a film or TV show. Wiz 'n' Liz, the first example below, has a number of famous images that come from outside the game - but they don't really count as references. For example, it has a Grim Reaper which is too abstract and the Pyramids and the Statue of Liberty which are used in many games to conjure Egypt and the USA.

What will probably become clear is that Amiga developers watched a little too much science fiction - resulting in a plethora of sci-fi references.

The numbers [x] below refer to each screenshot in order.

Anyway...

Wiz 'n' Liz
A game chock-full of sci-fi and game references.

References:
[1] Dr. Who's Tardis and his sidekick K9
[2] Puggsy - another Amiga game published by Psygnosis
[3] Puggsy again
[4] The 2001: A Space Odyssey black monolith (up at the top right)
[5] A lame Star Wars reference!
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Old 10 October 2005, 21:58   #2
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Wiz 'n' Liz cont.

[6] "Bob", from the Church of the SubGenius parody
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Old 10 October 2005, 22:08   #3
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Premiere

Besides the general movie themes there are a number of more defined references.

[1] Chuck Rock VIII
[2] Heimdall
[3] "SET 1" in the Star Trek font
[4] Wolfchild III
[5] The Core logo in the design stage
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Premiere cont.

[6] Chuck Rock statue
[7] Georges Méliès film Le Voyage Dans La Lune (1902)
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Old 10 October 2005, 22:27   #5
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Only one cheeky reference here:

[1] "Here lies Bitmap Brothers 1989-199."
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Just an addition to the Wiz'n'Liz info. Picture number 3 in the first panel contains caricatures of Andy Ingram and Jon Burton from Traveller's Tales (developers of Puggsy). The sub-game has you throwing tomatoes at them. The reason for this is that there is a level in Puggsy containing Wiz'n'Liz wabbits that you can shoot and kill with the laser. Martyn Chudley (programmer) and Mike Waterworth (artist) were just getting some good-natured revenge.
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Project-X

Don't stop to look for references or you'll be killed quickly.

[1] The Alien Breed space station 15RC-4
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Darkmere

This J.R.R. Tolkien-inspired game has direct references to the author.

[1] "There And Back Again [the subtitle of The Hobbit] by J.R.R. Tolk".
[2] "The Tolk Inn"
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very interesting thread, more more!
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Leander

More Psygnosis related referencing.

[1] Lemmings
[2] The Killing Game Show
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Lemmings

Psygnosis again!

[1] Shadow of the Beast
[2] Shadow of the Beast 2
[3] Menace
[4] Awesome
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Lemmings 2

And again...

[1] Aliens cargo loader
[2] Aliens dropship
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Carcharodon

A serious case of Watched-Aliens-Twenty-Times-itis:

[1] Aliens
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Cyberpunks

A second case of Watched-Aliens-Twenty-Times-itis:

[1] Alien/Aliens
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A third case of Watched-Aliens-Twenty-Times-itis:

[1] Aliens
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Turrican 2

A fourth case of Watched-Aliens-Twenty-Times-itis:

[1] Aliens
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Turrican 3

A fifth case of Watched-Aliens-Twenty-Times-itis:

[1] Aliens
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psygnosis = psychosis ...
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The Three Stooges

Ah, at least this one's not sci-fi.

[1] Defender of the Crown
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should record some of this info in the game's hol record adds value to the record.
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