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Cameos and References

Video Game Cameos & References

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Here is a database of cameos and references that I've discovered in games that I've played, and many more that were submitted to me by site readers.

Closed Indefinitely
This section is no longer updated and exists merely as an archive. I no longer have the time or resources necessary to keep the database updated, so any new submissions will not be posted.

What is a Video Game Cameo or Reference?

Cameos and References can be any of the following:

Cross-Series: When a character or object from one game or game series makes an appearance in a completely different game or game from another series.

Specific Reference: A VERY specific reference in one game to another in the series. Be careful with these! Reference must be extremely specific to one event or place or character. Reoccurring ideas, characters, places, enemies, etc., do not count as cameos!

Character Cameo: When a character or object from one game makes a brief or subtle appearance in another game in the same series and is not directly related to the gameplay or plot in some way.

Famous Person: A celebrity guest appearance or character that strongly resembles a famous (real) person.

Music: When a song that was not specifically written for a game is used as part of the game's music.

Movie: A very specific reference to something in a movie.

TV Shows: A very specific reference to something in a TV show.

Commercials/Products: A very specific reference to something in a well-known TV commercial, or a well-known product. Please note that ads placed in games for modern systems do not count. X-Company will not get a credit in the database for paying X-gamemakers to put ads for their products or services in the game. (I will still count these for 16-bit systems and everything before them because they were much more rare back then.) Spoofs of companies, products, and commercials in modern games are fine, though.

Mythology: A very specific religious or mythological reference.

Console: When a game console or part of its hardware appears within the game.

Literature: A very specific reference to something in a book.

Programmers: A reference to the game's programmers or the company that made it. NOTE: Must be included within the game, somehow, not part of the opening or closing credits.

Real Place: When a location in a fantasy setting is clearly based on a real-world location. Be careful with this one, games that take place in the real world do not count.

Art/Artists: Something based on a famous artist or famous work of art.

Comics: Something based on a character in a comic book or comic strip.

Miscellaneous: A reference to something that doesn't really fit into any other category.

Status Explanations

TRUE: Proven true beyond a shadow of a doubt. Case is closed for most of these. If you want to refute a cameo proven true, you must have a really good argument to back it up.

FALSE: Cameos properly refuted are marked "FALSE" and will eventually be removed.

Unverified: A cameo that is most likely true, but I simply have not verified it myself, or had anyone else verify it for me.

Unproven: A cameo that is unproven either may be true, or is most likely true, but there would be no real way to fully prove it without word from someone who actually worked on the game or another official source.

Coincidence: Something that is deemed, through evidence, to be a coincidence, but is kept on the list because of how "bizarre" or "interesting" it is.

Vague: Cameos submissions that are vague require more explanation to stay on the list. If substantial proof is not given, vague cameos are eventually removed.

Unknown Reference: An oddity that's proven to exist in the game, and seems to be a reference to something, but it's unknown what the reference is. (Example: The mysterious initials present in The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants.)

Some information, screenshots, and midis may have come from the following sources:

The Killer List of Video Games
The Nintendo Database
The Video Game Museum
The Video Game Music Archive

Note: Fan-written FAQs and cheat code sites that accept fan submissions can no longer be used as reliable sources for verifying cameos. This is due to the amount of erroneous information and false codes that have been submitted to the site in the past as "true" cameo entries. Only official sources or proof in the form of screenshots or audio files can be used to verify entries. Without proof, all submissions remain "unverified" unless I, Crawl and 1000, or one of the other staff members eventually verifies them.


We do our best to clean up false submissions when possible, but we cannot guarantee everything is absolutely true.

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