The other day I wondered what hidden bits of rad one would find by looking through the files Steam installs for the games I played. What I found was pretty interesting as some games install some cool files and stuff they don't advertise. Understand that all I did to find this information was click around in in my Steam games folder for this information. I recommend you do the same and post your findings to this post or make your own post about it.

Together lets find all the awesome stuff in our Steam games.

But first the steps to finding Steam game Easter Eggs:

  1. Open Steam

  2. Go to your game Library

  3. Right click on a game and select Properties

  4. Select the LOCAL FILES tab

  5. Click the BROWSE LOCAL FILES button

  6. A file window will open, peruse the filesystem taking note of anything you find interesting. PDF's, Soundtrack File's, Viewable Art, etc.

  7. Share on Cheerful Ghost to make everyone's life more awesome, give yourself a pat on the back for being a good person

The Hidden Rad I Found In My Steam Games:

Age of Empires Online: sound/music/* folders contain MP3 files of all the playable in game Culture's soundtracks. sound/amb/ folder contains all the Ambient sound played alongside the music as mp3 sound files.

Borderlands 2: WillowGame/Splash/PC/Splash.bmp the Borderlands starting 2 splash screen.

CaveStory+: data/base/* contains all the BMP game art as well as soundtrack in OGG.

Counter Strike: hl2/media/valve.avi the opening valve intro video. hl2/resource/* the true type font Valve uses. cstrike/sound/admin_plugin/* .WAV files for certain in game actions. cstrike/resource/* all the guns in counterstrike as a true type font!

DoTA 2: dota/resource/cursor/* the in game cursor files.

Dragon Age: Ultimate Edition Bonus/* folders contain the game Soundtrack and Desktop Wallpapers. data/launcher folder contains the launcher art as well as a WMA file of the music that plays over it. docs/ folder contains a few readme bits EULA and patch notes.

Everquest: The base directory contains mp3 in game soundtrack files. AudioTriggers/default/ contains in game mp3 event sound files. help/ directory contains all the in game help files as web-browser view-able HTML. sounds/ directory looks to contain all the in game sounds as mp3 files. storyline/ directory contains in game story elements as text files. voice/default/ directory contains all the game voices as mp3 sound files.

Gratuitous Space Battles: data/bitmaps/backdrops/ directory contains the in game space battle backgrounds as JPGs. data/bitmaps/races/ directory contains a JPG image of all the in game races. data/bitmaps/ui/loadscreens/ directory contains all the game load screens as JPGs. data/deployments/ directory contains all the in game scenarios as text files, in fact most of the game can be configured by editing text files all over this game folder. data/sounds/ directory contains all the in game sound effects and music as OGG files.

This post will be added to as we find out about more games so dive in to your Steam library and let me know what you find in the comments or create your own post!

Travis   Admin wrote on 01/21/2013 at 11:01pm

A lot of this has to do with what you have bought. The AC3 special edition, for example, has a Bonus/ folder that has the soundtrack, but if you bought the standard edition, that's not there.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 01/21/2013 at 11:04pm

That makes sense. Ill note the difference fow show. :D

Travis   Admin wrote on 01/22/2013 at 04:52am

OH! I just remembered this one. Lots of games have secret music and stuff you can find, or some games have unencrypted images or text you can sort through, but how many games have secret *games* for you to find?

Awesomenauts does! It's a retro-styled Smash Brothers style brawler.

hardeyez wrote on 01/22/2013 at 05:09pm

Also, the gcf files in there are packs of files browse-able with tools e.g. you can extract all the sounds from Portal 2 and use "Are you still there?" on your phone :)

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 01/22/2013 at 05:13pm

Awesome, thanks for sharing people ill get these into the post above when I continue on through my Steam games!

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