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Discussing The Stanley Parable is all code words. At first this was born from a desire to avoid spoilers, but after a while it’s the only way to describe the game and the crazy places you end up. There’s the Employee Lounge. The Mind Control Room. Stanley’s Apartment. The Adventure Line. The Happy Room and the Stairs. The Fern.

You know what I’m talking about, don’t you, Stanley? And yet it’s utterly opaque to everyone else.

If we’re talking about Mass Effect, I can say Ilos and get folks nodding. Tuchanka. The Citadel. But those are proper names. You can put those phrases into Google and get results. It’s not easy with The Stanley Parable.

Today’s topic: what other games require the use of code words?