16 secret Lost references in videogames

Lost in…
Champions Online

Cryptic symbols and hidden eggs are fun, but not nearly obvious enough for this 2009 superhero MMO. Play past the tutorial and you'll be sent to a frigid wasteland (aka, Canada) to rescue a group of plane crash survivors being attacked by ice demons. The name of this mission? "The Ordeal of Oceanica 408." Your contact? "JJ Shepard," who dresses just like the protagonist of Lost, Jack Shephard, and whose name is a combination of that character and Lost's creator, J.J. Abrams.

Want more obvious? Two of the passengers you rescue are called Furley and John. Here's John:

Lost in...
Call of Duty: World at War

Don't stare at that image for clues. This uber creepy Lost reference can only be heard. Load up Verruckt – part of the game's first DLC map pack – and wade through several waves of Nazi Zombies until you reach the power generator room with the severed hand on the switch. Survive long enough in this area and you might catch a demonic voice reading off Lost's numbers, then resetting the hatch computer's counter. It took us a few frustrating tries, so maybe just listen to our video below instead:

Lost in…
Sam & Max: Moai Better Blues

Play the second episode of Sam & Max's second season and you should see this Lost reference coming from a thousand miles away. The dog detective and his rabbit sidekick are sucked into a vortex and dropped on a tropical island with talking statues, underwater chimps and the infant versions of famously "lost" celebrities like Amelia Earhart and Jimmy Hoffa. Naturally, when you find the wreckage of an airplane on this island, there's a familiar hatch door with familiar numbers nearby.

Sam and Max, of course, can't resist some wink-winking and nudge-nudging here. Watch the video below for their sly jokes at Lost's expense:

Lost in…

What's the best way to spice up a loading screen, that dull and repetitive piece of real estate that gamers quickly learn to dread? Give us a little something to discover and decipher, like this time code from the video-themed load menus of Skate. Remove the "M," separate those digits correctly and… you see? You see what they did there?

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  • 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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