Among the many joys of playing a new video game is the experience of stumbling upon a delightfully nerdy Easter egg hidden away by the developers. Video game movie references offer an entertaining look at the pop culture that shaped the creators of your favorite games. While some are easy to spot, such as a nod to a famous Star Wars scene in Skyrim, others are more obscure, like the easy-to-miss shout-out to Office Space in F.E.A.R.
The pleasure of these little cinematic nods is often directly proportional to how out of the way they are. Plenty of games rub our noses in their pop-culture pedigrees, but the selections below demonstrate that a little subtlety can go a long way.