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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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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 :)
    – Freesnöw
    Commented May 24, 2012 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
    Commented Mar 27, 2014 at 16:07
  • the joke was repeated in WoW's loading screens early on, responded by community that Thunderbluff is one
    – Swift
    Commented Sep 26, 2018 at 7:46
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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 Commented May 24, 2012 at 21:31
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    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
    Commented May 24, 2012 at 22:36
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    -1 This does not answer the question. It should be a comment.
    – The Jug
    Commented May 25, 2012 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
    Commented May 25, 2012 at 14:39
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    -1 I agree with @TheJug Commented Jul 5, 2012 at 19:09
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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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