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16 secret Lost references in videogames

Lost is no longer just a show. Lost is a multimedia mythology. So while the television series ends this weekend, its impact on popular culture – the island's hold on our collective imagination – will endure.

Just look to videogames for proof. Even though Lost has only been around since late 2004, and even though a single game can take that many years or more to develop, the connection between these two geek hobbies is already surprisingly strong. Hidden references (the numbers, the hatch, polar bears) and clever cameos (Jack, Desmond, Locke) pop up in nearly every genre and on nearly every system.


Above: No, this doesn't count… 

Here are the 16 we've discovered. How many more are out there? And how many more are yet to come?


Lost in…
X-Men Origins: Wolverine

This movie-licensed game begins in a lush jungle, with Wolverine searching through temples and fighting through hostiles to reunite with his friends. In other words, the perfect setting for our first Lost Easter egg – a hidden hatch, complete with glowing window (that only lights up once you approach) and accompanying Achievement (predictably titled "Found!")


Lost in…
Cal Ripken's Real Baseball

The world's first and only baseball MMO strived for authenticity, supporting 18 players so that each team could have a human-controlled player at each position. Such realism, however, was apparently worth breaking for the chance at an awesome Lost reference. Before the game was shut down in 2008, you could occasionally spot stadium advertising for Oceanic Airlines – now with nonstop flights to Sydney, Australia!


Lost in…
Metal Gear Solid 4

Remember this game's bizarre intro, in which you can flip back and forth between various surreal and ridiculous TV channels? Like Snake voice actor David Hayter appearing on a talk show as himself? Or some lady cooking breakfast with slithering snakes and buzzing flies?

Well, that's not even the weirdest part. Pay attention to the channel numbers the next time you play: 15, 16, 23, 42 and 48. Now split 48 in half, move it to the front of the sequence and – voila – you have Lost's six famous digits.


Lost in…
Half-Life 2: Episode Two

The symbol above represents White Forest Station, an abandoned military base and scientist Gordon Freeman's main objective throughout Half-Life 2: Episode Two. The inset symbol in the upper left represents Dharma Station, an abandoned scientific lab and self-made commando John Locke's main obsession throughout the second season of Lost.

Coincidence? Not when this computer is tucked away in a secret area behind that symbol…

And not when you turn on the audio commentary and learn that the game's developers were returning a favor: Lost actually referenced Half-Life before Half-Life referenced Lost. Here's a scene from the 21st episode of the first season, in which Sayid's terrorist buddies argue over a very special shooter:

35 comments

  • redmight - May 26, 2010 2:35 a.m.

    you guys forgot that also in fallout 3 if you have the child at heart perk a little girl in megaton will give you the combination to a safe which the numbers are the famous lost numbers
  • avantguardian - May 25, 2010 10:35 a.m.

    alright i could be way off on this one, but...left 4(!) dead 2(!)...42(!)...yeah? no?
  • kaittybee - May 24, 2010 3:24 p.m.

    a lot of thought was put in to this article! i stopped watching lost after i missed an episode in season three. it threw me right off. fringe was easier to follow :P
  • zigs - May 24, 2010 1:25 p.m.

    "He's British, not Scottish." That's pretty racist and ignorant.
  • Elementskater - May 24, 2010 7:37 a.m.

    @ WickedSid- In Lost, Desmond's middle name is David... Desmond David Hume...
  • The_Tingler - May 24, 2010 2:43 a.m.

    That Left 4 Dead 2 one is a real stretch. "But what does it all MEAN, Sam?" "I don't know, and I don't feel like waiting years to find out." My sentiments exactly.
  • dslayer99 - May 23, 2010 5:25 a.m.

    @drizztmainsword no i agree but the ref.'s were pretty cool like the fallout one
  • dslayer99 - May 23, 2010 5:22 a.m.

    dude lol the just cause 2 stuff was awesome when i found it!!!!!!!!
  • DriveShaft - May 23, 2010 4:51 a.m.

    I'm a huge Lost fan (telling by the name). I knew about a few of these, but had only played the Fallout one.
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - May 23, 2010 12:45 a.m.

    Wow, I have like, 3 of these games and never noticed. Oh yeah, it's cos I don't watch Lost.
  • CH3BURASHKA - May 22, 2010 6:29 p.m.

    I love the article. I fucking hate the video player. Why can't you guys use Youtube or Vimeo or something?
  • RareHero - May 22, 2010 5:48 p.m.

    Wow, that almost makes me want to play Just Cause 2. Great article, I bet we'll even see more references after the finale.
  • drizztmainsword - May 22, 2010 2:51 p.m.

    Am I the only person who thinks Lost is complete dross?
  • Conman93 - May 22, 2010 11:43 a.m.

    I loved the Sam and Max one!
  • philipshaw - May 22, 2010 10:58 a.m.

    I'm a huge Lost fan and I only knew about the Just Case 2 stuff.Great article Charlie
  • RicePuddingUK - May 22, 2010 10:45 a.m.

    Good Article, but you made a mistake You said Desmond from Fallout 3 "He's British, not Scottish", Urm, Scottish is British, I'm from Scotland and that's part of Britain, Britain isn't a seperate country :S
  • bluscorp - May 22, 2010 9:59 a.m.

    I did all that in JC2.
  • TheSugarRay - May 22, 2010 9:51 a.m.

    I hate that chatty bastard in the fallout 3 video.
  • Samael - May 22, 2010 6:41 a.m.

    Yeah Charlie, like sepirothpk said, RVB is still going strong. New episodes every monday and they recently hired Monty Oum, the dude who did Haloid and Dead Fantasy, whose added some pretty sweet effects to their latest episodes. They have a much deeper story then they had in the beginning, but they're still hilarious. Great list though. It's awesome to see some of my favorite games referencing my favorite tv show.

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