20 Sep 2018
#GamingBytes: Spider-Man game's hidden Twin Towers mystery, solved
Spider-Man, for PS4, has raked up raving reviews from fans. They cannot seem to get enough of it.
However, in their enthusiasm, fans tend to go overboard with their theories.
One of the greatest mysteries, which had been baffling fans, was the hidden Twin Towers in Manhattan. Fans called it a secret Easter egg.
Now, it has finally been solved. Read about it here.
The shadow of the Twin Towers
The falling of Twin Towers, on 9/11, was one of the most gruesome terrorist attacks on American soil.
Fans had noticed when Spider-Man climbs a particular building, the Twin Towers seem to be reflected on the glass.
But, when one turns around, no buildings are visible in the horizon.
These ghost buildings had confused fans.
However, there is a simple explanation behind it.
Strengthening the fan theories
Most fans had deduced that the ghost buildings were a homage to the actual Twin Towers. This was strengthened by the fact when Spider-Man climbed the building on which the Twin Towers were reflected, players could see the game's version of the Freedom Tower.
Human tendency of making order out of chaos
The explanation, when it came, was boringly simple.
The game's cube mapping technique generates reflections. This method stores 'still images' from the game world, in a library. And, the reflections are an approximation of the images taken from this library.
The Twin Towers were just the reflection of the very building that Spider-Man was climbing and another building to the right.
The need for patterns and in-game references
While the Twin Towers reflection was just a hoax, the view of the game's version of the Freedom Tower was a coincidence.
However, fans rushed to find a connection and cried fire without any smoke.
Nonetheless, 9/11 is referred to in the game if players go to Battery Park.
The tour guides, at Park, speak of citizen boats evacuating Manhattan, post the incident.