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The 10 Biggest Unsolved Mysteries in Video Games

Mysteries are part of the fun of video games, but only when they are answered. These games disappointingly never managed to solve the riddle that they created. Whether inadvertent plot holes or unfulfilled promises, gamers won’t be satisfied until these ten mysteries have been solved!

10. The G Man

The G Man from Half-Life

First released in 1998, the first-person shooter Half-Life spurred a successful series. One of the most mysterious recurring characters in the franchise is The G Man. His behavior is peculiar, and he possesses capabilities beyond the ordinary. He has the role of an employer and overseer and pulls strings to control specific outcomes.

9. Cyberpunk Code

Cyberpunk 2077 Code
CD Projekt Red

Cyberpunk 2077 is the first video game in the Cyberpunk tabletop roleplaying game setting. One facet of the game is the enigma of the code FF:06:B5. It’s present in four locations across the world of the game. It’s led to a ton of speculation and some plausible theories. However, its meaning remains a mystery.

8. Strange Man in RDR2

Strange Man in Red Dead Redemption 2
Rockstar Games

There is a peculiar character in the 2018 action-adventure game Red Dead Redemption 2 set in the Old American West. Three times, in each of the game’s main areas, The Strange Man appears. As he interacts with the protagonist, his words are intentionally vague. Players speculate he could be a time traveler or even the devil.

7. The L Is Real

L is Real monument from Super Mario 64

An intriguing inscription appears beneath the star monument in 1996’s Super Mario 64. It appears to read “L Is Real 2401.” Players speculate it could relate to Luigi and mean there are 2401 stars in the game. They further speculate that, once Mario has collected all 2041 stars in the game – if he returns to the fountain — Luigi will appear.

6. Mount Chiliad

Mount Chiliad Map from Grand Theft Auto V
Rockstar Games

In 2013’s Grand Theft Auto V, Mount Chiliad is the largest mountain in the state of San Andreas. The Mount Chiliad Mystery is a possible myth and/or Easter egg. It refers to a series of strange markings around the mountain. They involve a UFO, jetpack, alien egg, and the All-Seeing Eye. The mystery remains.

5. The Borealis in Half-Life 2

The ship Borealis from Half-Life

The Half-Life series is already filled with mysteries. In 2004’s Half-Life 2, one mystery that has players perplexed concerns the boat called the Aurora Borealis. The vessel carries something important to protagonist Gordon Freeman. However, players never find out what that is.

4. Who is Songbird?

Songbird from Bioshock Infinite
Irrational Games

Some consider Songbird from the 2013 first-person shooter BioShock Infinite to be one of the most tragic video game characters ever created. It’s assumed, but unclear, that Songbird was a person who was then altered by experiments to become a giant, robotic bird-like creature and inhuman.

3. What Happened to the World?

Chell from Half-Life on a ship, next to a Borealis life preserver

A shared mystery is threaded through Portal and Half-Life series concerning the outside world. In Portal, GLaDOS and other scattered hints imply some catastrophe occurred, killing off most of humanity. It implied there was no world for Chell to return to. Portal 2 and Half-Life 2 added no clarity either.

2. Secret of Monkey Island

The Secret of Monkey Island
Lucasfilm Games

The 1990 graphic adventure game The Secret of Monkey Island — set in the age of piracy and a fictional version of the Caribbean — has everyone wondering what the eponymous “secret” was. No one knew what it was or if it even existed. Frustratingly, 2002’s Return to Monkey Island seems to imply the secret was nothing more than a “MacGuffin,” angering gamers.

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1. The Five Bug Jars 

Bug Jars from Skyrim
Bethesda Game Studios

With the open-world nature of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, as players roam freely, mystery is expected. The game doesn’t disappoint and delivers Easter eggs too. Scattered across the land are five jars with living insects inside. What’s cryptic are the strange runic symbols carved into the lids. The markings imply a connection but no one knows the meaning or purpose.

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