The Daily Grind: What’s your favorite pop culture reference in an MMO?

I will never be completely sure of it, but I like to think that the “Deep-Toads” of Lord of the Rings Online’s Moria are a sly reference to the awesome Hypnotoad of Futurama (ALL HAIL THE HYPNOTOAD). I mean, c’mon: They’re huge frogs that toss mesmerizing spirals at you in a way that is unlike how normal amphibians operate.

I really wouldn’t be surprised if it was a reference, because mischievous and sometimes-bored developers are forever tossing in such pop culture nuggets into characters, mobs, and especially quest titles into their games (as a side note: have you ever considered how many quest title names have been created for your MMO? It boggles the mind.).

Assuming that you don’t have a sour puckered reflex against such instances, what’s your favorite pop culture reference in an MMORPG? Bonus question: Did you ever fully realize the truth of one of these references only after a long time of being exposed to it?

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Drevar93 .

In June of 2001 Asheron’s Call added a muddy towel which would drop from mud golems, and could be exchanged for a small amount of XP and coin or a Clean dry towel, which could be worn. The muddy towel had the incription:

“Greetings, traveler! If you’ve found this towel, no doubt something unfortunate has happened to me, because we all know that only the most dire circumstances could part a traveler from his trusty towel. It wouldn’t be the first time, certainly, that something unacceptably rude has happened to me since I started traveling with F.P.”

“In any case, please return this towel to an Explorer’s Society agent. They can be located in Shoushi, Yanshi, Nanto, Yaraq, al-Arqas, Samsur, Lytelthorpe, Rithwic, and Holtburg. I’m sure those fine chaps will come up with a nice and useful keepsake for you.
In gratitude,
A.D.”

It was in homage to Douglas Adams who passed away in May, the month before.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Secret World everywhere.

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boredlol

Mists of Pandaria has a sub-zone called “The Deep” where a panda npc named Adele is rolling around. I still laugh when I think about it :P

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Hirku

TSW is full of them, but my favorites were the Kingsmouth Town businesses like Jack & Wendy’s Bed & Breakfast or Flagg’s Pharmacy.

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Jay Madison

FFXIV does pop culture right, in a way that doesn’t necessarily pull you out of the story being told.

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pid

If diablo 3 is an mmo (and I mean IF), then the “Up all night to get lucky” achievement sounds pretty daft.

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Robert Mann

My reaction is puckered up face. At least, if I’m seriously into a gaming setting that should have nothing to do with our pop culture.

I can appreciate it when relevant, but when not… it’s one more thing that turns me off from games. It doesn’t mean I won’t play based on a few instances of the action, but it counts as a negative for me.

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Cory Enns

The Universal Greeting from Transformers The Animated Movie used in Eldevin

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Yangers

The “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” references in Guild Wars 1 for the “Kind of a Big Deal” title track.

https://wiki.guildwars.com/wiki/Kind_of_a_Big_Deal

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Jeff

I think WoW beat any positive feeling for pop culture references out of me. These days the game with the least to none gets more favor.

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Castagere Shaikura

Yeah back when Wow first came out it was kind of fun. But now its cliche to me. The last one had me kicking a boss mob at the end of fight down a round hole 300 this is Sparta style in Star Trek online.

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hurbster

It’s one of the reasons I quit, turning two Alliance zones into pop culture fests did not sit well with me. And turning half a zone into an Indiana Jones on top of that…

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thirtymil

I don’t mind pop culture references in general provided they’re subtle enough for me not to notice if I don’t get the pop culture being referenced. But having Redridge turned entirely into a Rambo plotline grated.