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Overwatch
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On May 5th, Overwatch entered public beta. Coinciding with this event, the pornography-hosting website Pornhub had reported that its searches for the game had increased by 817%. More than 600,000 searches for Overwatch related content on Pornhub had been made by May 23rd. Additionally, a website dedicated to Overwatch content by the name of OverwatchHentai.net has been created.

Given the nature of said content and the game itself being intended for a more broad audience, numerous takedown orders have been filed against creators of this 3rd party content, allegedly due to some creators using stolen assets taken from the game.
Contributed by Psychospacecow
The opening segment to the theme for "Stage 7 - Dr Tongue's Castle of Terror" sounds strikingly similar to the main title theme for the movie "The Shining".
Contributed by ProtoSnake
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance has a final boss character by the name of Armstrong. During the 2016 U.S. presidential election cycle, several bloggers and gamers noticed a strong similarity between Armstrong and Republican Presidential Candidate Donald J. Trump. Like Trump, Armstrong is a wealthy businessman who seeks to become the U.S. president. At one point in the game, Armstrong even says that he will 'make America great again', the exact slogan used by the Trump campaign.

Oddly enough, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance was released in 2013, a full two years before Donald Trump announced in candidacy in 2015.
Contributed by SwazTV
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The level "Sea of Serendipity" more so resembles the level "20,000 Lums Under the Sea" from Rayman Legends then the level with the same name from Rayman Origins.
Contributed by CuriousUserX90
During one point of the game, some reversed speech can be heard. When played backwards it says:

"There's something I have to tell you: The Walrus is Paul."

This is a reference to The Beatles song "Glass Onion", which features the line:

"I told you about the Walrus and me man, you know we as close as can be man, well here's another clue for you all: The walrus was Paul."

Spoiler:Another possible connection between the song and the game is the fact that the line "The walrus was Paul" is seen by conspiracy theorists as a message that proves Paul McCartney actually died in 1966 and was secretly replaced by a look-alike (as walruses apparently symbolize death in some cultures). Because Bad Milk's story is an interpretation of reincarnation, this could be the reason the developer's chose to use that particular line.
Contributed by Boyobmas
Series: Perfect Dark
In Perfect Dark, Jonathan is an agent for the Carrington Institute whose last name is revealed to be "Dark" during the "Duel" mission briefing on Special Agent difficulty. This possibly indicates that Jonathan is Joanna's brother, though the game contains no other references to his last name.

In Perfect Dark Zero, Jonathan is introduced at the end of mission 7 after saving Joanna from Chandra Sekhar. In this game, however, his last name is Steinberg.

Because Perfect Dark was made before Perfect Dark Zero, Jonathan may have been Joanna's brother at one point in the first game's development. The inclusion of his name as "Jonathan Dark" may also have been an oversight of the developers if this was later changed. It's likely that Jonathan's character was retconned and his last name to changed to Steinberg in Perfect Dark Zero to have no previous affiliation with Joanna.
Contributed by Kakariko Kid
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
It is likely Nicholai Ginovaef's name was mistranslated based on pronunciation, as the only actual Slavic name the original transcript correlates to is Nikolai Zinoviev. Interestingly, in the Russian translation of the movie Resident Evil: Apocalypse, his last name was changed to Zhukov.
Contributed by Mass Distraction
Frogger: He's Back!
Two pieces of game footage that play during the end credits contain material that don't actually appear in the main game. First, the baby frogs don't burst when Frogger approaches them. Second, the barrels from the Sewer Zone don't explode when hopped on. It's possible that the footage was recorded before these features were removed later in development.
Contributed by GamerBen144
WarioWare: Smooth Moves
The game contains unused graphics from Tennis for the NES. In the Japanese version of the game, the 'Super Nostalgic Entertainment System' is a Famicom (Japanese NES), and one of the cartridges that accompany it in the game is Tennis. Given this, it's possible that graphics from Tennis (and the rest of the games) were going to be used during post-game animations.
Contributed by MeleeWaluigi
Pokemon X & Y
The names of Helioptile and Heliolisk seem to stem from Greek mythology. 'Helios' is an ancient Greek titan who is the personification of the sun. Helioptile's Pokemon X's pokedex entry states that it basks in the sun to get energy, strengthening this connection.
Contributed by Cosmonaut
Series: Pokemon
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Before the release of Pokemon Gold & Silver there were rumors about Marill being a mysterious new evolution to Pikachu and Raichu called Pikablu, somehow achievable in Red and Blue. These rumors were nothing more than conjecture by fans due to the lack of information at the time. However, this name actually made it into one of the official Pokemon movie trading cards by Topps. This is despite Marill's actual Japanese name even being mentioned on the official Pokemon website. It was corrected in a later edition of the set, but for a time it only served as fuel for the rumors.
Contributed by Mass Distraction
Despite the character designs being from the 2007 Animated Film, the game uses the voice actors from the 2003 Series by 4Kids Entertainment.
Contributed by CuriousUserX90
Phantasy Star Online 2
In addition to the cross promotional items and sega-related items, Phantasy Star Online 2 also has a few other references, a few of which might be a result of Konami being a competitor to Sega.

The Duel Gaze is an obvious reference to a Duel Disk from Yu-Gi-Oh! Unlike other talisman weapons in the game, it is apparently strapped to the wielder's arm and is not held by a handle. It also has an unlockable ability called "Trap Activated"(Wana Hatsudo), which boosts the power of ranger traps, in spite of being an techer weapon (albeit one that is equipable by all classes). The Red Duel Gazer likewise has an unlockable ability called "Trap Master" (Takumi wana-shi).

A reference to Metal Gear Solid can be found in the talisman weapon "Metalisolidom", a weapon that is dropped by Transmizer, an enemy which bears an uncanny resemblance to Metal Gear REX. Other Lilipia mechs are also commonly referred to by western players as Metal Gears, though the fact they are on Lilipia might actually be a reference to Laputa from Myazaki's Castle in The Sky which, like Lilipia, is also based on Gulliver's Travels.

While there was an Attack On Titan collaboration, the fight against Magatsu plays homage to it without directly using any of the Attack on Titan material. Instead of 3D Maneuver Gear, the Phantasy Star Crew utilized the previously introduced jump pads, as well as a buff that boosted jump height partway through the first quest where you fight it. Additionally, the trailer/opening featuring Magatsu similarly appears to be a homage to Attack On Titan.
Contributed by mattwo
In Phantasy Star Online Rag Rappies are most likely named after the planet Ragol, Al Rappies are most likely named after the Algol system and the Nab Rappies in Phantasy Star Online 2 are most likely named after the planet Naberius.

Though they appear on Ragol, Al Rappies are the non-seasonal rare version of rag rappies in PSO, while in Phantasy Star Universe and PSO2 the non-seasonal rare rappy variant is simply called "Rappy" and appear on every planet, suggesting that Al Rappies are rare because they somehow traveled from the Algol system from the classic Phantasy Star games, though they are still considered to be native enemies, while the rare rappies in PSO2 are part of the "another" enemy group.
Contributed by mattwo
Phantasy Star Online 2
Naberius is named after the Marquis of hell, and Amduscia is likewise named after the demon King Amdusias, listed in the Goetia.

Lillipa is named after the Kingdom of Lilliput, and the lillipans are based on the lilliputians, from Gulliver's Travels.

Vopar is possibly named after the Vorpal Sword from the poem "Jabberwocky" in Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There", but given the abundance of water on the planet it could also be named after the aquatic demon Vepar.

Oracle seems be a Japanese phonetic anagram of Algol, similar to Ragol from Phantasy Star Online, but substituting a C in place of a G.
Contributed by mattwo
World in Conflict
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World in Conflict contains a few references to other similar works.
One of the main characters in the game, Captain Bannon, is most likely a reference to Captain Sean Bannon from the 1987 best selling novel Team Yankee.
Both characters are high ranking US army officers in an Armor Company, and both fight in Europe during a "Cold War gone hot".

There are also plenty of references and similarities to the 1984 film Red Dawn as well.
Both have a large focus on the Soviet invasion and occupation of the United States, they include themes of resistance against Soviet occupation, and as previously mentioned both deal with a "Cold War gone hot" scenario.

The operation name for the Soviet invasion of West Berlin is even referred to as Red Dawn.
Contributed by Makarov
The title of the game seems to be a reference to a letter written by Mike Ranney, a Sergeant in the 101st Airborne Division during WW2, in which he writes;
"I cherish the memories of a question my grandson asked me the other day when he said, 'Grandpa, were you a hero in the war?' I said 'No...but I served in a company of heroes'."
Contributed by Makarov
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Star Fox 2 has an unnamed General Pepper-like Cornerian Officer whose design would later be used for Captain Shears, the Main Villain of the Manga Comic "Farewell, Beloved Falco".
Contributed by CuriousUserX90
Bloodborne
It is heavily implied that the pebbles are petrified eyeballs.
The most obvious indicator is that the pebbles are spherical and appear to have a hole the shape of an iris. It is also worth mentioning that all crows in the game drop pebbles, and that crows are known for eating eyeballs.
Contributed by DrakeVagabond
Paper Mario
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In Dry Dry Desert, north of Kolorado's camp you can find a yellow block which when hit multiple times will reveal three hidden '?' blocks which subsequently give you a Shroom (1 hit), Super Shroom (10 hits) and Ultra Shroom (100 times). This block keeps track of how many times you hit it and has a maximum unsigned four byte value of 4,294,967,295, which means that hitting it more than that amount would reset the blocks and spawn them over the existing ones allowing you to get the Shrooms again, which would take 36.29392 years to reach. Hitting the block another 4,294,967,295 times would reset it again, causing the hidden blocks to spawn over the existing ones again. Continuously repeating the process until the game freezes would take just over 416 years to achieve.
Contributed by KnowledgeBase
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