Favorite Running Gags in Games

Over on Virtual Bastion we’re celebrating April Fool’s all month long! This is my first entry for the month, one in which I tackle a comedic classic: the running gag (in video games).


It’s April Fool’s Month on Virtual Bastion! Join us as we celebrate all the silly and kooky things we love about games and gaming. My first theme for the month is running gags. There’s so much ridiculousness here, I can hardly contain myself!

When it comes to comedy, sometimes a good running gag really hits the spot. We’ve seen them repeatedly in TV and movies (the Looney Tunes classic “rabbit seasons vs. duck season” comes readily to my own addled mind), but how about in video games? Given that games don’t follow anything resembling the release schedule of your favorite shows, it might be a little harder to recognize them in the moment. But once you start to examine your favorite franchises, their existence becomes undeniable. It’s in that vein that I present here five of my favorite running gags in games.

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