Console Cameos

We track down the real-world systems that hide in your virtual playground

Game: Brave Story

Console cameo: PSP

Not-too-bad RPG Brave Story has a cameo right away, and actually becomes part of the main plot. Due to the main character's intense PSP gaming, a series of events are set into motion that ultimately lead to grand adventure, chatty party members and all of that wonderful JRPG junk.

Game: Home

Console Cameo: PSP

"Hey, what should the interface for Home look like?"
"…w..what? Sorry, I was taking a nap. Hm, can't we just put a PSP in there?"

Game: Metal Gear Solid

Console cameo: PlayStation

After beating Ninja and talking for god damn ever to Otacon, you'll find this... thing on a shelf next to a TV. It's supposed to be an original PlayStation, but that might as well be a Saturn.

Game: Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes

Console cameo: GameCube

Same spot, six years later, different platform.

The ambiguous PlayStation is replaced with a GameCube and Wavebird (new at the time) and the system's startup menu on the TV. And you can tell what it is this time.

Before we go, we have to acknowledge titles we didn't have a chance to dissect. Toy Commander apparently has a Dreamcast. DOAX has some kind of prototype Xbox too (or so we hear). Even with a four page list, there are bound to be plenty of instances we missed. But if you're still in the mood for remembrance, how about a quick recap of everything we've seen?

Feb 20, 2008

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