7 Jokes We Didn't Get Until Much Later

Published 10 months ago by Jane Douglas

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Guybrush smuggling bananas? Bawdy Ken Masters win quotes? Ian Paul Freeley? We didn't get all the jokes in the games we played as kids because some in-game, adult-targeting humour sails clear over the heads of younger players with its grown-up references and risque innuendo. So let's all of us sophisticated adults enjoy those jokes with now our clever adult brains. Beware of rude things and saucy wordplay ahead.

Don't get us wrong, old school shooter Rise of the Triad was not a game for kids. Which is exactly why we wanted to play it so much.

The irony is that even though Rise of the Triad is a game that really only people old enough to vote should be allowed to play, it contains a playable character called Ian Paul Freeley, in probably the most childish joke on this list. And yet we still didn't get it at the time.

If we had to pick a particularly elusive visual gag or movie reference from Space Quest 6, on the other hand, and we do, we'd say the inflatable alien love doll parked in the corner of one room was particularly confusing to underage players.

The mannequin-looking thing owned by the thugs who kidnap you early in the game is, looking back now, clearly artificial companion.

Between the low-detail mid-nineties graphics and unhelpfully sarcastic narrator, however, we were more or less mystified by this rubber roommate.

Which, also looking back now, was a reference to a lady character from Total Recall, another film we had not seen at the time. Thank goodness.

Previously on Outside Xbox: 6 Baffling Puzzles from the 1990s we Still Haven't Solved

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Jane Douglas
Jane is co-editor at Outside Xbox, where she writes words and makes videos. She enjoys dialogue trees.

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