Gaming the System

Sometime the old-school ways of getting an edge on the competition are the best ways.

1. This 2009 video game hybrid was a co-production between Traveller's Tales, based in England, and Harmonix, based here in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
(L) Contra Band(S) Guitar HeroQuest
(A) Lego Rock Band(T) Grand Theft Audio

2. If you know where to find them, space marines which sound suspiciously like Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter show up in one of the missions of which of the following first-person shooters?
(I) Doom(O) Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles
(R) Duke Nukem Forever(N) Halo 4

3. The Ratchet and Clank game series include multiple installments where a secret area showcases things which did not make it into the current game (or a previous one). In each of these games, what name is given to this secret area?
(S) Insomniac Museum(A) Heretical Zone
(N) Alternate Universe Portal(E) Little Shop, Little Shop of Secrets

4. The secret room in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past contains a greeting from which of the following?
(T) American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald(W) Nintendo Power contest winner Chris Houlihan
(I) Composer Koji Kondo(G) Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde

5. Maniac Mansion, one of the earliest point-and-click adventure games, appears as a fully playable game-within-a-game in which ohter Lucasarts title?
(A) Grim Fandango(E) Day of the Tentacle
(R) Sam and Max Hit the Road(O) The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

6. The game Borderlands 2 contains which of the following secret areas as a graphically distinctive homage to an entirely different video game?
(B) Construction site, in the style of Donkey Kong(A) Pit lined with tetrominoes, in the style of Tetris
(R) Cave, in the style of Minecraft(S) "Knight Club," in the style of King's Quest

7. In Left 4 Dead 2, which of the following tunes can be played on a jukebox within the game?
(T) "Pac-Man Fever" by Buckner and Garcia(P) Theme from Mortal Kombat
(O) "Everybody Loves Donuts" From "'Splosion man"(S) "Still Alive" from Portal

8. This early videogame is notable for being one of the first - possibly the very first - to have both a hidden room and a hidden designer credit in it. (But no duck.)
(W) Adventure(U) Mystery House
(H) Castle Wolfenstein(T) Pitfall!

9. The so-called "Hadouken", a super-powerful weapon hidden at the end of a Mega Man X stage, is a what?
(I) Fireball(O) Orb which shoots lightning
(C) Homing missile(N) Multidirectional BB Gun

10. Spoiler alert! The initial letters in the chapter titles in the video game "Dead Space" spell out a Something of a spoiler. What do they spell?
(D) Alpha base not safe(A) No known cure
(R) The boat sinks(T) Nicole is dead

11. Star Wars: the Force Unleashed II contains a statue and wearable outfit from what decidedly un-Star-Wars-Like source?
(S) Star Trek: Deep Space Nine(E) The Transformers toy line
(H) The Monkey Island series(D) The Duke Nukem series