Wowowo.. I found something... and I'm pretty proud of myself on this one. Yes, it is possible for me to be proud of myself, so this surely is something that I like.
So I've been watching a lot of Gaijin Goomba's videos over the past.. I don't know... year or so? And I really like the idea that he has of finding hidden cultural references in games, which often turn out to be really deep and good, when they appear only subtle and hidden at first glance. Aaaaand I'm telling you this because it's the first time that I've found a pretty damn big cultural reference on my own on a game that I don't even play.
The game is Bayonetta 2 for Wii U (surprising, huh?). Now, this game focuses a lot
on biblical references. I mean, you have heaven and hell... you're facing against a lot of angels and other biblical creatures... This game really goes full on the Catholic stuff. So you bet I was excited when I found... Nordic references. Yep.
Now, I have no idea how the progression level works in that game, so I'm gonna make a quick summary of that part of the "level" (the interesting bits at least). You get inside a tower, that is called "Jörmungand tower"
(sorry for the French screenshot). You don't pay attention to the name, because you're normal. You fight some bad guys, yadi yadi yada, you jump on the walls, stuff like that... Fast forward a few minutes when you end up on... erm... okay, that is a very long serpent
that raps around the tower. Mmmkay, I guess they like cool pathways then. Wait, are those... snakes.. made out of wind
? (I'm highlighting the important parts, but really, this is normally very subtle). Well, this game is weird, and I'm here for the fighting anyways, so let's not focus on the scenery too much. Because the serpent breaks
and you get attacked by a really big flying snake, called Inspired
. Mkay, so they did all these snakes thingy to put you in the theme for the boss guy, seems legit. Let's beat some snake up, collect points, and go on with my life.
Now, fellow gamer, you just encountered a cultural reference as big as a freaking continent and didn't notice it, good job. Although, I admit that you have to be a real weirdo to get that reference ^^. This is where I come in (I'm a weirdo, remember?). Now, let me spoil you the end right now, this is a reference to the Nordic mythology. Wait, I already said that? Crap. Indeed, let's look at the facts.... First, we have the strange name of this tower... "Jörmungandr
" or something. Now, if you would have clicked on this link, you would have seen that, yes, this name exists, and it is the one of a very big snake of the Nordic mythology. Not much to say about this guy other than Thor is pretty pissed at him. So, let's look back at the game. We have a very big serpent that raps around a tower, with some wind serpents on it, and a big angry serpent at the top. Well... those wind snakes aren't really made from wind, since you can't really make something from wind.. I mean, it's raining a lot, and these kinda look like watery-windy flying creatures of sort. Now, let's look at our beloved Jörmungandr again... Hum... he is a creature of the sea, that was banished in the oceans by Odin... and when he gets really mad, he creates some tidal waves... Sounds familiar? I mean, that's not like there's absolutely no water levels in Bayonetta, and this part here is oddly one of the vary rare parts in which it rains... I don't know, seems oddly coincidental, don't you think? Okay, now let's move on to the big guy, Inspired
. Well, obviously it's a big old serpent. Let's look at something a bit more useful, like it's description for example, shall we? "Works of art have depicted them as flaming wheels; however, artists of true inspiration have pictured Inspired as a long snake-like body encircling upon itself. It is often thought that Inspired act as a wheel, holding up the chariot of the beloved God.
". You know what, they insist a lot on the circle thing... you know, "wheel" (x2), "encircling upon itself". And that's something you definitely see in his fighting pattern. Wait.... "Encircling upon itself"... that's how the big stone serpent was, you know, the one you walk on to get to the boss? It was warped around the tower. Man, there's definitely something about circles here. Now, let's look at Jörmungandr again. He is often depicted as the "Midgrad serpent" (Midgrad being the human world in Yggdrasil
, which is the tree that bears all 9 words of the Nordic mythology), because he encircles the world, surrounding the earth and grasping his own tail. Yup, that too is a reference! So, we have some serpents, like Jörmungandr, we have the water theme, like Jörmungandr, we have the encircling itself thing, like Jörmungandr, we obviously have the name of the tower... Yup, that's a pretty big an awesome reference to me! Now, maybe they left one last clue... maybe a word or something... Oh, I know! Maybe the fact that this boss is Inspired
..... by the Nordic mythology?
And there you have it, something that was definitely too big for the activity!
(Oh and, I didn't read much of the wiki pages because I was lazy, so I did most of it at the top of my head. If you find a mistake or another aspect of this reference..)