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In a loading screen it said that there is no cow level. What is this referring to?

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Found a screen cap of the message linked elsewhere: – WillfulWizard May 24 '12 at 21:10
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Way back with Diablo 1, there were rumors that clicking repeatedly on the corpse of a specific cow would open up a secret level.

Blizzard denied this (rightfully so), and made a humorous nod to the rumor by including a cheat code in their game Starcraft. Typing "there is no cow level" into the console would allow you to skip a level.

In Diablo 2, they added an actual secret cow level.

In Diablo 3, they did not add in a cow level, but instead added a different secret level.

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+1 for mentioning the Starcraft reference. I actually initially thought this question was in reference to the old Broodwar. Kudos to you sir either way :) – Xander Lamkins May 24 '12 at 23:21
I'm so glad you mentioned the Starcraft reference. Pretty much Fredley, it's an ongoing Blizzard joke through their games. – Mkalafut Mar 27 '14 at 16:07

If you know nothing else about video games, know these three things:

  1. The cake is a lie.
  2. There is no cow level.
  3. All your base are belong to us.

With this knowledge, no video game meme will ever confuse you.

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You definitely forgot the arrow to the knee meme, though everyone hates that now :D – Timothy Roy May 24 '12 at 21:31
I probably blocked it out because of that time when i was younger that I wanted to be an adventurer, but then I took an arrow to the knee =P – Tater596 May 24 '12 at 22:36
-1 This does not answer the question. It should be a comment. – The Jug May 25 '12 at 14:27
@The Jug - I acknowledge that. There was already a great answer to the question, I figure the humor could be appreciated. – Tater596 May 25 '12 at 14:39
-1 I agree with @TheJug – Michael Capobianco Jul 5 '12 at 19:09

Its referring to Diablo 2. There was a Secret Level the "Cow Level". Blizzard said in Diablo 3 will be no Cow Level.

But... in D3 are Secret Levels.

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