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Messages in a bottle (Developer messages you were never meant to see)

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Developers often leave easter eggs and such in their games, but sometimes they do more. Sometimes they leave messages in their final products. Sometimes a warning, other times a joke, and other times a series of well publicized rants that were never meant to ever be seen. I figured I'd share a few of them here for anyone like me interested in such things.

Most of these are old, it seems as times have progressed developers have become a lot more wary about what they put in, knowing now that people are watching. Or maybe they've simply gotten more sophisticated. Instead of leaving their messages in plain text, purposefully encoding their text to avoid the backlash of their forefathers, but still waiting to one day be discovered. But enough about all this forethought, let's get started.

Probably the most common developer note inside of a game, especially on C64 and amiga were the anti-piracy warnings. Some are patient and maybe even constructive.

Beast Busters (Amiga) said:
Why not try doing something constructive with your Amiga, like writing a game for example ???
It may be a lot more complex than protection removal and perhaps a little above your
understanding but with a little patience, a lot of practice and months of hard work you may
create something of which you can be proud and that people will admire you for.
No swearing, No insults, Just grow up! RB 18/07/91
Blood Money (Amiga) said:
Well hello there hackers. I'll warn you now that this game has a LOT of protection,
so it will be a few late nights for you lot. It's a mugs game anyway, you should be
writing games and making loads of money like me (you too could afford a 16V Astra
GTE), but you are obviously lacking in a few brain cells & will put a weeks work
into cracking this for what? SOD ALL, thats what. Well if you do manage to crack
it send me a copy: DAVE JONES, DMA DESIGN, MINTLAW PARK, WEST FERRY, DUNDEE DD5 1RD.
In return you will get sod all as usual. In the meantime I'll be thinking of you
when I'm in Florida, spending some of my dosh.
Others are a little less patient...

Xenon (Amiga) said:
PIRATES are the filth of the fucking world.
Three people have spent 7 months on this product,
& scum bags rip it off in a couple of minutes.
yeah, very funny aint it.
Blue Max (C64 said:
WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN MY CODE? YOU REALLY MUST HAVE SOMETHING
BETTER TO DO THAN RIP ME OFF. BY TRYING TO CRACK THIS CODE YOU'RE
CHEATING ME OUT OF WHAT I SHOULD EARN FOR THE WORK I PUT INTO IT.
I WORKED HARD TO MAKE THIS GAME AND REALLY RESENT THAT I HAVE TO
GO TO THESE LENGTHS TO KEEP PIRATES OUT OF MY CODE. BUT AS LONG AS
THERE ARE PEOPLE LIKE YOU TRYING TO CHEAT PEOPLE LIKE ME, I'LL BE
SPENDING AS MUCH TIME WRITING THIS SENSELESS PROTECTION AS I DO
WRITING GAMES. SO WHY DON'T YOU JUST GIVE UP RIGHT NOW AND TELL
YOUR PIRATE FRIENDS THAT YOU COULDN'T CRACK BLUE MAX. SPEND YOUR
TIME DOING SOMETHING USEFUL WITH YOUR TALENTS, INSTEAD OF MAKING
ME WASTE MINE. AND DON'T BOTHER LOOKING FOR MORE MESSAGES, THIS
IS THE LAST OF THEM. PETER ADAMS
And some are... well...

Mad Professor Mariarti (Amiga) said:
hello hacker fucker
this is matt furniss
heres the deal.
if you hack this game
i will find you
where ever you are
and break your legs
and thats a promise
Jurassic Park (Amiga) said:
MESSAGE TO FAGSHITE AND PARAPLEGIC AND ALL THE OTHER DICKHEADS!
BETTER LUCK THIS TIME! TRY AND REMOVE MORE THAT 20% OF THE
PROTECTION THIS TIME YOU USELESS CUNTS! ISN'T IT TIME YOU STOPPED
PULLING YOUR DICKS AND LEFT YOUR BEDROOMS AND GOT A REAL JOB?
Finally, putting hyperbole aside (for the most part)

Modem Wars (C64) said:
I COULD TRY TO PREACH TO YOU ABOUT
HOW PIRACY IS WRONG AND IMMORAL. I DOUBT I
COULD CONVINCE YOU. (I'VE ALWAYS BEEN
SKEPTICAL OF PEOPLE WHO DEFEND THEIR OWN
INTERESTS THROUGH MORALITY). INSTEAD LET ME
TELL YOU SOME PRACTICAL THINGS ABOUT PIRACY.
I KNOW THERE IS A LOT OF JUNK ON THE
MARKET AND PROBABLY YOU THINK WE ARE ALL
GETTING RICH AT YOUR EXPENSE. I'M SURE THERE
ARE SOME PUBLISHERS AND AUTHORS WHO ARE
RIPPING YOU OFF. THEY DON'T CARE IF YOU LIKE
THEIR PRODUCT -- JUST THAT YOU BUY IT. BUT
THAT'S NOT TRUE OF ME. I'VE ALWAYS TRIED TO
DO ORIGINAL, WELL WRITTEN PRODUCTS WITH
INTEGRITY AND WOULD GLADLY REFUND YOUR MONEY
IF YOU ARE DISATISFIED. HOWEVER, SINCE I
ONLY GET A DOLLAR OR TWO FROM EACH PURCHASE
MOST OF YOUR MONEY IS IN OTHER PEOPLE'S HANDS.
(BUT IF YOU WANT MY PART OF YOUR MONEY BACK,
JUST WRITE ME AT THE ADDRESS BELOW).
AS FOR GETTING RICH, IT JUST AINT TRUE
IN MY CASE. (GOING BROKE MAY BE MORE LIKE IT!)
OF THE PRODUCTS I'VE DONE IN THE PAST
(M.U.L.E., SEVEN CITIES OF GOLD, HEART OF
AFRICA AND ROBOT RASCALS) ONLY SEVEN CITIES
MADE ANY MONEY AND HEART OF AFRICA JUST BARELY
BROKE EVEN. WHAT THIS SAYS TO MY PUBLISHER IS
THE MARKET DOESN'T WANT MULTI-PLAYER STRATEGY
GAMES! BUT I DON'T BELIEVE IT. FOR INSTANCE, I
HEAR FROM LOTS OF PEOPLE HOW MUCH THEY PLAYED
AND LOVED M.U.L.E. (MANY MORE THAN 7 CITIES)
BUT THE SALES DON'T REFLECT IT (7 CITIES SOLD
5 TIMES AS MANY COPIES).
THE FACT THAT YOU ARE DIGGING AROUND
ON THIS DISK AND THINKING ABOUT HOW TO DECODE
IT IS PROOF THAT THE GAME IS FUN ENOUGH TO TRY
TO STEAL IT AND GIVE IT TO YOUR FRIENDS. WELL,
IF YOU DO STEAL THIS GAME, ELECTRONIC ARTS
WILL NEVER KNOW THAT THEY ARE WRONG. YOU'VE
GOT TO LET THEM KNOW YOU WANT MORE GAMES LIKE
THIS BY VOTING WITH YOUR WALLET. ALSO, IN THAT
WAY YOU MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO FINANCIALLY
SUCCEED IN THIS BUSINESS. (BY THE WAY, SINCE
I CONVINCED EA NOT TO "COPY PROTECT" THIS
SOFTWARE, IT'S POSSIBLE TO MAKE A "SAMPLE"
COPY FOR YOUR FRIEND AND JUST HELP THEM
IDENTIFY THE MAP OVER THE PHONE BEFORE YOU
BOTH PLAY EACH OTHER).
IF I STILL HAVEN'T CONVINCED YOU NOT
TO PIRATE THIS GAME, THEN DO ME THE FAVOR OF
SENDING ME A LETTER TO TELL ME YOU LIKED THE
GAME EVEN THOUGH YOU DIDN'T FEEL LIKE YOU
OUGHT TO PAY FOR IT. (YOU MIGHT SEND A COPY
TO EA TOO). I REALLY DO CARE MORE ABOUT
WHETHER PEOPLE LIKE MY STUFF THAN WHETHER I
MAKE MONEY. WE'LL GET BY SOMEHOW.
DAN BUNTEN

And you thought piracy talk from current developers was over the top, luckily there is a lot more hidden in these games than simply anti piracy rants. Sometimes if you were an industrious hacker, you'd find some sweet job oppurtunities.

NHL96 SNES said:
Tiburon Entertainment, Inc. developed this product for Electronic Arts.
Tiburon is a small developer located in Longwood Florida, a suburb of Orlando.
We develop entertainment software for console systems, and IBM Compatibles.
If you're a talented programmer or Artist please fax us your resume at 407-862-4077.
Although formal education is a plus, it's not required. This message is directed
to all you hackers and demo coders out there who might be looking through our ROMs.
We have good benefits, and pay competitive wages.
We understand that while your resume may not reflect jobs programming, that you
may still be very talented, and the opportunity may not have been available.
In this case we ask your to mail us you're demos, or examples of work you have done.
Tiburon Entertainment c/o Hey! I'm good, and I want a job
****
Moto Roader (TG16) said:
Thank you very much for purchasing this game.
Did you enjoy it?
But who are you, to be able to read this message?
If you don't mind, please give me a call.
NCS ****** (Ask for Suzuki)
Or, I also use a computer connection, so you can contact me there, too.
NCS NET ***** 7:00pm to 8:00am
Barring a job offer, you might have hit on a secret contest hidden in your child's Sesame Street game!

The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland said:
Hello There Pilgrim.......
If you have hacked this ROM, you no doubt are reading..
this text. This game is basically a 2 Meg. Game. However,..
Nintendo, in their infinite wisdom, has decreed that the..
smallest ROM they will produce for the Gameboy Color is..
8 Meg. -- Now, what to put in that empty 6 Meg.? So, the..
developers of the game decided to put .GIF pictures of..
themselves into the game. Why not? Might as well fill the..
void with something entertaining. See if you can retrieve..
them from this ROM. If you do, you win the prize. Please..
call (609) ******** (in New Jersey, USA) if you have been..
able to view the two .GIF pictures, located in the rest of..
the upper 6 Megs of this ROM. We will have a nice reward..
for you.......Good Luck!....Roger W. Amidon..

(those GIFs mentioned below)


Sometimes you just got a neat little message and a sailor moon reference.

Bust a Move (SNES) said:
Hey, wait a second; why would you copy this? In the name of the ROM, I will punish you!! If you're reading this, you're a bad person. Oh? You weren't trying to copy it, you say. Well, I'm sorry then. Got it, everyone? You can't go around copying games! Copying games is just for bad old men. So, anyway, thanks to those who bought this game. Best regards!
Maybe just some boring cheat stuff

Metal Morph (SNES) said:
Dear Hacker, yes there are some cheats and other hidden stuff in Metal Morph.
Some are on the title page and some are not!! All standard cheats are possible,
you're just gonna have to find them, b-u-u-u-d-d-d-d-y-y-y-y-y!!!
And believe it or not, these are just the "boring" bits! Now we get into the hardcore stuff, the rants game programmers never intended anyone to see. These were almost certainly someone blowing off steam after months of hard work, but they do give a lot of insight on the downsides of being a lowly programmer.

Iron Tank (NES) said:
This is the programmer, KNT
Those asshole scum Nintendo fools! Die! Go Bankrupt!
I hate the Famicom!!
That retard, Mr T!! He fuckin' killed it!
Oh my... Developers have hated Nintendo for quite a long time ;) A couple more Japanese developer rants...

Erika and Satoru's Dream Adventure (NES) said:
"Mmm, that's a nostalgic song playing. Those were good times. Meanwhile, who the hell are these people with this project? I'm so glad it's over. You think it's nothing but good memories? Hell no! Let's use this space to give out some thanks.

First off, Kaoru Ogura, who ran off with some guy in the middle of the project. Yes, you, you bastard. Don't show up at the office without showering after having sex 6 times the previous night. Next, Tatsuya Ōhashi. Yes, you, you bastard. Don't give me your flippant shit — coming in late on the day we ship the ROM like nothing's amiss. You can give me all the porn you want; I'm not forgetting that one. All that fucking weight you put on. No wonder you paid out 18,000 yen and still got nothing but a kiss out of it. Kenji Takano, Namco debugger. You are a part-timer; don't dick around with the project planner. And finally, Kiyoharu Gotō, the biggest thorn to my side in this project. Yes, you, you bastard. Once I get a time machine, I’m sending you back to the Edo period. Go do your riddles over there.

Ahh, that's a load off...wait, no it's not. Kiyoharu Gotō — yes, you, you bastard. Aaaagh, just disappear already.

Come to think of it, some people were helpful to me, too. Mr. Okada, who took all the good stuff. I know all about your abnormal tendencies. Yamagishi, who swore off soaplands until the project was over. Go ahead, knock yourself out now. Iwata, who joined in midway and gave it all he had. Sorry I yelled at you. Keep hanging in there. Fujimura, Udopyu, you probably had it the worst of all. Thanks. I mean it. Gotō's the one to hate here. Also, Takayama, Kudō, Suzuki, Makki, Kaneko, Aihara, Sato (the angel of my heart), Iga. Thanks, everyone.

Yoko-G, good work. This game is dedicated to your wife's birthday."
"Kazumushi, I'm sorry I couldn't come back home much. I love you and always have. Hidemushi"
http://tcrf.net/Erika_to_Satoru_no_Yume_Bouken

No punches pulled here. For anyone curious, a "soapland" is a type of Japanese brothel/"massage" parlor.

Let's try something a bit more western and slightly more recent.

Spiderman PC (2001) said:
numFrames <= 0 illegal. you're under arrest dipshit
NULL pointer to targetPos
no acceleration specified!
fix this mr. matt duncan
Shitfucker

Too Many Softspots on Mysterio
Now how, I said how in the hell did this happen?
Unknown mysterio xa
Unknown xa response
Unknown state
No mysterio. Fire Matt
softspot
softeyes
Fire Matt after kicking him decidedly in the nutsack

Fire Matt, he fucked up the rhino XA. Actually, kick him in the nuts first

Unknown substate
Fire matt
Should never get here.
Demote Matt immediately
Who's been smokin' crack today?
fire matt immediately please
http://tcrf.net/Spider-Man_(PC)

I may be a little off here... but I think he REALLY didn't like this Matt guy.

And of course, probably the single best known example of this whole thing was from The New Tetris on N64. The man behind it (David Pridie) would die only a few years after it being found, quote from his memorial site...

Most know of Dave's involvement in the video game industry programming games, but not as many know about a secret message he slipped into the final code on one of those games he worked on... the TetrisRant. At the time he got himself and H2O in quite a bit of hot water with Nintendo. He figured it was his small piece of immortality and that no one would find it for years, if at all.

It took the hardcore gamers about 3 days to find it and post it on the internet.
The rants are far too numerous to post in their entirety, but here's my personal favorite. His top "50" hate list.

The New Tetris (N64) said:
*************START LUPIN RANT FOR 50 MOST HATED THINGS********************
1] Idiot teens hanging out in front of 7'11s, KFC, McDonalds, Jack In The Box
etc... Your life REALLY SUCKS if that's the high point of your day...
2] A$$holes who spit on the sidewalk.
3] Drivers who don't know how to use a turn signal. I can reach mine with my
pinky while driving. It's not that hard.
4] Teens with their pants around their a$$.
5] People with personalized licence plates.
6] BMX bikes.
7] People panhandling me. Get a job losers! McDonalds is always hiring!
8] Bums with dogs. I'm sure the dog loves eating cheese from old pizza boxes.
9] The cheeseheads from asia who take a Honda Civic, slap some stickers on it,
put a muffler on it that makes it sound like a riding lawnmower, a ridiculous
sized fin on the back and think they have a formula 1 racer. 'Devastating
Power!' my a$$!
10] The same idiots who then drive their 'hot' civic like they are in the Indy
500 through busy traffic.
11] The huge complex hairdos on african american women, 5 layers, 6000 curls, 4
sprouting areas, 200 dangling bits, 6000 beads, air conditioning and enough
hairspray in it that it wouldn't move if Hurricane George hit it.
12] People with Kleenex, plants, knitted blankets, stuffed animals, or lacey
things in their cars rear window. I should be allowed to pull over and shoot
them.
13] People on the bus who talk so loud your forced to hear about their pointless
lives.
14] Crappy parkers who park their car REALLY close to the painted line so that
you have half a foot to get out.
15] Those old cars (ie, Cadillacs, Lincoln Town Cars, etc...)usually white for
some strange reason... with the acient driver who always drives WAY under the
speed limit.
16] People who write a cheque for a $2 bag of nachos at Safeway.
17] Corvettes, Comaros and Firebirds. Come on, the 80s are OVER!
18] A$$hole tailgaters.
19] Idiots who think they can pedal a bike as fast as a car, so they ride in the
middle of a traffic lane. You should be allowed to run them over, it looks like
natural selection to me.
20] Teenagers on television news reports expressing their opinions on something.
If your under 18 I don't give a sh1t about what you have to say...
21] The singer Brandy, Celine Dion, all the divas....
22] Twits who wear a huge parka outside when its sunny and a mild 5-10 C. The
same thing goes with the whole scarf thing.
23] Muni busses that smell like urine. Which is most of them.
24] Corporate Broadcasting logos in the corner of the channel your watching.
25] Web pages that pop open other pages and windows and then disable your 'back'
button.
26] People who walk around with a huge 'portable' stereos blaring, sharing their
music with everyone around them. Usually crap rap.
27] Junk mail.
28] Peice of sh1t cars that spew out huge noxious clouds behind them.
29] People that throw out huge items on the curb expecting the garbage people to
remove it. Like old dirty matresses. They don't of course, and it sits on the
curb for weeks.
30] Budweiser beer and the people who drink it. I'd rather suck the piss out of
a pig... Its time to poison the bud.
31] Drivers who turn onto the road RIGHT in front of you causing you to slam on
the brakes, even though there is no one for hundereds of feet behind you.
32] People who drive 3/4 in one lane and 1/4 in another... what the hell is
that????
33] Religous people who push their drivel on you when your walking down the
street. Or come knocking on your door.
34] Dead web page links and 'Document not found' errors.
35] Racisist people and the crap they spew out.
36] Those stupid add banners from Geocities on the Internet when you hit
someones home page going through them...
37] All country music.
38] Minivans.
39] People who spray paint their names on rocks, signs, trees etc, in national
parks. Like I care that Bill graduated in 86.
40] Small yappy 'feeder' dogs. Like little Yorkies, poodles, etc...
41] People in the fast lane who drive just 2 km/hr faster than the guy in the
'slow' lane, dawdling along.
42] Film crews making bad movies most people doent want to see blocking the
streets and being annoying.
43] Big fat bugs that splat on my windshield.
44] Those really tight spandex cycling pants on men, they are usually sooooo
tight, you can tell if they are cirumcised.
45] Those really tight spandex cycling pants on 90% of the women. Big fat a$$es
and *wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide* camel toes.
46] Those really annoying commericals from Rogers Cable that tell you all about
the 'evils' of satalite tv and how lucky you are to be getting cable for a mere
$65 a month.
47] Commercials that are SO bad on tv, you have to wonder about the sh1t for
brains who thought them up. Like the Old Navy commericals, or the old as hell
commercial for Sarah Lee, that is STILL ON THE AIR, 'let them eat cake' and 'But
Patrick, I'm to old for life insurance.' Shoot them ALL!
48] Losers that listen to totally cheezy radio stations and then slap dozens of
their stupid stickers all over thier car.
49] Lilith Fair. I say when they are all hugging, listening to the music,
sharing tampons, and bitching about how evil men are, toss in a few hundered
grenades while recording it on camera. Sell the video as a 'To Hot for TV' tape
late at night.
50] Cheap a$$ manufacturers of DVDs who list as 'features' chapters, interactive
menues, and the time. These arent features. Thats like calling your computers
keyboard a 'feature'. Lame a$$ marketing people.
51] DVD manufactureres that sell their DVDs for $40 and up, just because they
know people will pay for it. DVDs have actually become MORE expensive than when
they first came out.
52] Nintendo and everything about them.
53] Old people who clog up the sidewalk walking super slow when you want to get
somewhere.
54] Looking at demo-reels at work that are so incredibly bad, that I just want
to call them up and tell them to go f*ck their demo reel and to never EVER send
another one out to anybody. EVER.
55] Spiders. All spiders. Everyone of them.
56] How on the Nintendo 64 game machine, half the damn titles for it are called
'miscvidgame 64'. Why not come up with a real name? Why is everyone just
slapping a 64 on all the games?
************************************END LUPIN RANT************************
http://tcrf.net/The_New_Tetris


As I said earlier, there doesn't seem to be a lot of these things in newer games, but then again they may be there and simply better hidden... Some of these are definitely tabloidish, but certainly an intersting part of gaming history.
 

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This is awesome, actually. Leaving a piece of your mind out there. I wonder how the hated guys have felt about the messages.
 

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Thanks for sharing, it's all quite funny / odd / interesting.

Wasn't there one in one of the old Shining Force games, that lead to the horrid relationship between Climax and Sega, now? That's the first idea that came to mind when I saw the topic title.

I guess people have less reason to hide stuff now-a-days, now you can jump onto gametrailers, youtube, or an anonymous MB, and vent the frustrations... to people who'll talk back! How times have changed...
 

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Fun stuff. I read that Erika and Storu's Dream Adventure stuff on a random blog a few days ago where they censored the names. Glad to see the original pulled no punches. Fuck that Goto guy.
 
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IIRC some of the old Armored Core games have ASCII mechs hidden inside the ISO if you look at it with a hex editor.

EDIT: here's an example from AC Nexus, and seems to be the only surviving image of it on GIS
 

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I bet we weren't supposed to see the Hot Coffee mod.
Actually, I bet we were. The fact that it was disabled with what was essentially a digital on/off switch means they thought they could sneak the content in and keep the M rating. We may never know for sure of course, because Rockstar would never be able to admit to it.

Some more programmer stuff, this is from Bungie pre-Halo (specifically, found amongst Marathon 1/2's files)

Marathon (Mac) said:
Hey you, looking through my resource fork:

Because of time constraints, many of the interesting parts
of Marathon (i.e., the texts, the chapter screens, etc.) were
not encrypted like I've done in the past with Minotaur or
Pathways. This also makes globalization easier.

So when you read all the computer terminals from ResEdit
or find out what the final screen looks like, don't post
on comp.sys.mac.games or AOL or whereever you call home
on the information toll-road and ruin things for everyone
else. Go find it in the game, and tell people how to get
themselves there.

I'd also like to say that Greg and I have only slept for 15
hours in the last seven days. <grin>

I hope you guys are already working on level editors and
figuring out the format of the "Physics Model" file!
Competent programmers serious about doing any sort
of add-ons to Marathon should e-mail me on the internet
at jon3@quads.uchicago.edu for help and (maybe) header
files.

Thanks,
Jason (Dec. 18, 1994 1:57am.)

PS. In case you were wondering, you can't ever find the
pirated copy of Copland in Marathon. That item used to be
a weapon that we took out late in development (the copy of
Windows NT was it's ammunition) but that will find it's
way into the Network Upgrade for Marathon.
Marathon 2 (Mac) said:
Here we are again, guys.

Nobody here has slept very much recently or eaten
anything besides pizza or burritos in a few weeks, but
we hope you like what we ended up with.

I don't have much to say, and I won't be fool enough to
give away my email address again, but I figured everyone
would be disappointed if there wasn't some inane little
message here.

So.

Keep your heads up and your fingers off the Caps Lock key.
See you at MacWorld.

Jason, Ryan, Greg, Mark and Rob
Marathon Trilogy edition (Mac) said:
You again?

Two and a half years after the wild coding Blitzkrieg that
created Marathon, I'm back here removing the serial
number protection for the trilogy release. Without source.

I had this really dumb idea back then that I'd have the
game wait until April 1st 1995 before enabling a second
layer of serial number verification.

Ha. After hacking out three dialogs from each of the 68k
and PowerPC versions, with only MacsBug to light the way,
I'm sort of glad I never got time to do that.

Now Myth is the order of the day, and we're aiming for a
early fall release. The coming summer won't turn into
the unairconditioned blur of boiling late nights ordering
pizza and drinking powdered Gatorate to stay hydrated
that 1995 was, but I imagine we'll keep busy somehow.

I have this feeling it's going to be snowing again when I
have free time again.

So. No serial numbers. It's always bothered me that
Marathon's public lifetime would be over when the last
registration card or serial number list got lost. Hopefully
this is the version that I'll be playing in fifty years
under emulation on some fuckfast portable the thickness
of a sheet of paper that walks my dog, dresses me every
morning and grinds up my food because I don't have any
teeth left. And hopefully it won't be running Windows.

Later,
Jason (March 17, 1997 4:39pm)
Oh delicious irony Bungie...
 

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Wasn't there a Japanese game in which one of the developers detailed the things he would like to do to a certain female? It was kind of disturbing.
 

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This isnt on the same level as the entries in the OP, but when the Jazz Jackrabbit community created a level editor for JJ1 it was revealed that in some of the levels thered be curse words written in tiles in areas the player could never get to.
 

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Here's another Amiga one,

Lotus Turbo Challenge 2 said:
Quote from Barry Leitch, the game's composer: "The infamous one with the subliminal speech. The Speech says 'you will not copy this game', we originally had a bit of speech that said 'You must kill mommy and daddy' but we didn't have the balls to leave that in the game..."
 

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Visiting TCRF, I see.
The "New Tetris" rant are the best, and it's funny to see that even the lead developer doesn't really like that game.

Similary, there is a hidden message in Jak 3.You see some alien letters scrolling on some PCs, but they are actually just english in a different font. It says something about the dog of a certain developer who got killed or something.
 

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Years and years ago, I put Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete into my PC. I have NO IDEA what program I used, or how I did this, but I listened to the first track it brought up.

It was this evil, demonic voice jokingly telling me that it could see me, and that it knew what I was doing. I remember it saying something like "Remember that time you cheated on that test? I was there." It was telling me to stop trying to extract the audio. It mentioned some program...I think it had maybe an "X" in it? I don't remember, but it mentioned some program that I wasn't using. It said "I know you're trying to extract the audio files with _______" and I don't recall the name. All I recall is thinking "Well...I'm not using that program."

I've never been able to figure out how I did that, or hear it again. I'd love to.

**EDIT**

WAIT! I think what I did was put it into my original PS1. I had a Pro Action Replay, and I think I might have used that to listen. I have no idea. I have my PS1, but the replay and the little spring are loooong gone.

**EDITEDIT**

I recall one more thing about it, and this one is weird.

I was never able to hear it again. I remember going back to show someone and the track was gone. I only heard it the one time. I was never able to see it, or hear it again. That, really, is what freaked me out.
 

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Years and years ago, I put Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete into my PC. I have NO IDEA what program I used, or how I did this, but I listened to the first track it brought up.

It was this evil, demonic voice jokingly telling me that it could see me, and that it knew what I was doing. I remember it saying something like "Remember that time you cheated on that test? I was there." It was telling me to stop trying to extract the audio. It mentioned some program...I think it had maybe an "X" in it? I don't remember, but it mentioned some program that I wasn't using. It said "I know you're trying to extract the audio files with _______" and I don't recall the name. All I recall is thinking "Well...I'm not using that program."

I've never been able to figure out how I did that, or hear it again. I'd love to.

**EDIT**

WAIT! I think what I did was put it into my original PS1. I had a Pro Action Replay, and I think I might have used that to listen. I have no idea. I have my PS1, but the replay and the little spring are loooong gone.

**EDITEDIT**

I recall one more thing about it, and this one is weird.

I was never able to hear it again. I remember going back to show someone and the track was gone. I only heard it the one time. I was never able to see it, or hear it again. That, really, is what freaked me out.
This was actually a common thing that Working Designs did with its games. For example, for Dragon Force on the sega saturn, if you played the plain audio files on the disk it would warn you that the game could "blow out your speakers" and then proceeds to play a loud exploding noise. They had a lot of fun with their games, RIP Working Designs -_-
 

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This was actually a common thing that Working Designs did with its games. For example, for Dragon Force on the sega saturn, if you played the plain audio files on the disk it would warn you that the game could "blow out your speakers" and then proceeds to play a loud exploding noise. They had a lot of fun with their games, RIP Working Designs -_-
The TG-16 CD's started this trend they all had an audio warning, some like the WD ones were a bit more comical though...
 

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Years and years ago, I put Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete into my PC. I have NO IDEA what program I used, or how I did this, but I listened to the first track it brought up.

It was this evil, demonic voice jokingly telling me that it could see me, and that it knew what I was doing. I remember it saying something like "Remember that time you cheated on that test? I was there." It was telling me to stop trying to extract the audio. It mentioned some program...I think it had maybe an "X" in it? I don't remember, but it mentioned some program that I wasn't using. It said "I know you're trying to extract the audio files with _______" and I don't recall the name. All I recall is thinking "Well...I'm not using that program."

I've never been able to figure out how I did that, or hear it again. I'd love to.

**EDIT**

WAIT! I think what I did was put it into my original PS1. I had a Pro Action Replay, and I think I might have used that to listen. I have no idea. I have my PS1, but the replay and the little spring are loooong gone.

**EDITEDIT**

I recall one more thing about it, and this one is weird.

I was never able to hear it again. I remember going back to show someone and the track was gone. I only heard it the one time. I was never able to see it, or hear it again. That, really, is what freaked me out.
vireland! Can you answer this if you're around? D:

I don't recall this myself...
 

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Pretty amusing stuff. Great thread, OP.
 

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I vaguely recall the Dreamcast GameShark having a rather snarky message in it but I can't find it anymore.
 

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Final Fantasy Tactics, Japnese version.

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POWER TO MAKE YOUR DREAM COME TRUE

I'm 68000, Z80, 8086, 6502, 65C816, R3000, C, C++, and Delphi programmer
Suzuki Kazuo<suzuki@cup.com>.
Send me a cool e-mail. Y(^_^)
 

KittenMaster

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The Erika and Satoru hidden message will always be my favorite bottle of pure ether, especially because it was actually programmed in the game.
 

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Here's a kicker:



German version of Links Awakening. Where in the english version that cucumber guy - once you put the powder on him - says 'Yo, mon!', in the german version, translated, they pretty much say: "Don't fuck without a condom!"

I have no idea what in the hell the translators were thinking and if Nintendo ever found out about that.
 

Respawn

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NY
I COULD TRY TO PREACH TO YOU ABOUT
HOW PIRACY IS WRONG AND IMMORAL. I DOUBT I
COULD CONVINCE YOU. (I'VE ALWAYS BEEN
SKEPTICAL OF PEOPLE WHO DEFEND THEIR OWN
INTERESTS THROUGH MORALITY).
Always run into these. Quite a few on here I'm sure.
 

neptunes

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I remember hearing that there were some racist and Amit-Semite messages hidden in the US version of Front Mission for the SNES. Can anyone confirm that this was ever true?
 

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That Modem Wars message was written by a (former) guy called Dan Bunten whose life and career took a bunch of really depressing turns before dying of cancer. He was well-liked and respected within the industry, not that it seemed to do him much good in the end.

Wasn't there a Japanese game in which one of the developers detailed the things he would like to do to a certain female? It was kind of disturbing.
I remember the one you're talking about... lots of onomatopoeic words for cunnilingus.
 

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I remember hearing that there were some racist and Amit-Semite messages hidden in the US version of Front Mission for the SNES. Can anyone confirm that this was ever true?
Unless I'm totally blanking on it, none of the Front Mission SNES games came out in the US. I think all we got was 3 (PS1), 4 (PS2), and the DS one which was a port of I think the first game if that's what you mean?
 

@MUWANdo

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I remember hearing that there were some racist and Amit-Semite messages hidden in the US version of Front Mission for the SNES. Can anyone confirm that this was ever true?
Kinda, but not quite. The ROM for the JP-only Front Mission spinoff Gun Hazard contains a soundbite from some right-wing UK nutjob, specifically the phrase "We're gonna burn your building down, you fuckheads. C18's watching you, you communist, nigger-loving, Paki cunts". It was presumably taken from the song "Dog Tribe" by UK dance group Fun-Da-Mental who used it as a sample (they're not a skinhead group or anything, AFAIK) but no-one has any idea why it's in the ROM.
 

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If you enter my(then) cat name on a game ive worked on it will play a cute song about him and then crash.

I was quite burnt out on that project =/
 

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Here's a kicker:



German version of Links Awakening. Where in the english version that cucumber guy - once you put the powder on him - says 'Yo, mon!', in the german version, translated, they pretty much say: "Don't fuck without a condom!"

I have no idea what in the hell the translators were thinking and if Nintendo ever found out about that.
NOEs German translations had a certain...ahem, creative charm to them back in the 90s. You can thank Claude Moyse for that sort of thing. Given they were generally working with preliminary English scripts in those days and playing the games to see where text popped up and given what that sprite looks like...

I'd bring up this classic Moyse story...NCL might be quite normal for a Japanese company but looking as a westerner it seems odd. Though yeah going back that story, you would get fired for that sort of behaviour anywhere...

I remember hearing that there were some racist and Amit-Semite messages hidden in the US version of Front Mission for the SNES. Can anyone confirm that this was ever true?
Front Mission Gun Hazard. It was audio that said
We're gonna burn your building down, you fuckheads. C18's watching you, you communist, nigger-loving, Pa
 

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is it possible to see that rant in game in The New Tetris? i have that game and was my favorite version of Tetris of all the ones i played. i had no idea the devs of that game were so salty on Nintendo (not very surprising that 3rd parties don't like them if they never liked them even in their glory days)
 

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is it possible to see that rant in game in The New Tetris? i have that game and was my favorite version of Tetris of all the ones i played. i had no idea the devs of that game were so salty on Nintendo (not very surprising that 3rd parties don't like them if they never liked them even in their glory days)
I would assume its only in the rom. Not hidden in a menu or something :p
 

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I just remembered another one! Pachi Com! There were two versions of the game--one for Famicom, one for MSX--and they both feature developer messages from the same dude. Here they are:

Famicom:

I'M SAYING WHAT I WANT FROM HERE ON IN !!
Mr. GOUHARA from JPM planning does absolutely nothing but gives me all sorts of crap anyway. SHUT UP, YOU IDIOT!

DEG/NANA/KOYA from company "T" [presumably Toshiba EMI]
You RETARDS say one thing, then something else later all the time. I worked ALL NIGHT working on what you told me to; don't say to me "it was better before"! Who the hell do you think is going to play this, with its boring bonus stage and the balls that get stuck? If you use SELECT to put the JOY right, that'll make it +1, you idiot! You're a sound company; quit ignoring pachinko sounds and trying to put these weird sounds in instead! Do you WANT it to be this hard to hear the balls?! I've left the PREVIOUS sounds, so edit this if you want to hear it. Set hex address AFFC to 1FAF and AFC4 to E0EE to get decent sounds. (Tiger_V & Kugi) Company "T", you idiots! GOU, you retard! Anyone can tell you what good sound is!

Does company "N" develop with company "I"'s PROS80? I'm AMAZED they can make stuff on that weird (3&#8243; floppy disk) machine! Do they trace the holes when drawing art, too? [i.e. Do they program graphic data directly without the use of any artist tools?] If you're sick of tracing holes, I'll sell Bear's art machine (ROM) and debugger for 5 million YEN... Tel 03-864-6880 That's cheap if you want pretty art!!!

Why did they take out the 6502's decimal mode [from the NES architecture]? It's a decimal computer... Did they mess up the mask cutting or something?

by Y.S Anyone who happens across this is a pervert! There's another message in the MSX Pachi Com... If you're a pervert, buy it and see! It's in Okinawan dialect, though!
DON'T TELL ANYBODY YOU SAW THIS!!!
by Y.S
(for what it's worth, his fixes really do make the game way more playable)

The MSX version isn't fully translated and doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but here it is.
 

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I just remember another one! Pachi Com! There were two versions of the game--one for Famicom, one for MSX--and they both feature developer messages from the same dude. Here they are:

Famicom:



(for what it's worth, his fixes really do make the game way more playable)

The MSX version isn't fully translated and doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but here it is.
Wow, I love this shit. Japan's game industry is to this day so secretive, getting any info out of them that wasn't cleared by multiple PR/legal departments is such a chore (i.e. like hacking ROM's). "The people I work with suck, and my producer is a fucking jerk-off." The more things change, eh?
 

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Interesting, but I think op basically said it all.



I have this, although slightly ot