Yeah, the little easter egg when you use the radioactive waste on the man eating plant leave, go back and it has devoured Leonard. When you look at his outlines clearly visible inside the plant everybody goes “Oh No!!!” except Ransome the beeping Schadenfreude Clown who just goes “Ah hahahahaha!!!” That really made me laugh.
Most of the replies from the *Tron in the Sheriff’s office are hilarious but the… “What’s the last digit of pi… Calculating… Calculating… … … Five … No wait, seven”. Me and my wife really laughed at that one.
Well. I googled as well and I have to admit that I still don’t get the joke about the O-ring and at this point, while everyone else seems to be getting it, I’m almost too afraid to ask. Care to help a brother out?
The Challenger Disaster was a very big thing in the United States in the late 1980s and 1990s and it certainly resonated across the world. I think it’s largely forgotten by now because the Sept. 11th, 2001 attacks on the US sort of overtook it as the “Era Defining Moment” for generations.
Then again, there was a second NASA Space Shuttle disaster, so it’s not as unique anymore.
The joke in the game is subtle, and is made even funnier by the reactions of the characters. You see, 1987 would have been just mere months after the incident, and the mood was still very somber around the American media, so it was “too soon” to joke about it. So, essentially, Willy is making a joke in very bad taste – which 30 years remove becomes funny!
Although the game is translated in many languages and made to appeal to a greater audience, it is still an American game made by Americans, with many American pop-cultural references.
Yes, I remember that event and at the time it was discussed deeply in my country as well but probably not in a way so detailed to link o-rings and that disaster forever. After googling it, it was easy to understood that connection, the joke and the “too soon” reply.
I’m glad that the game made me learn a new aspect of the American culture that I didn’t know.