Basketball icon.png
Type Entertainment
Easter Egg
First Found on Ramsey Recruitment Center
Researchable No
Stackable No
Recycleable Yes, 1 Nanite
Transmutative No
Duplicative No
Summon Code basketball

Basketball is a special easter egg item hidden in System Shock 2.


It can be found in the first part of the game, when you are on Earth at the Ramsey Recruitment Center in training. By turning to the right once you are outside on the main street, climb on top of a nearby ramp, where you will find the basketball. It is able to be picked up and it will remain in inventory until it is dropped.


Keep the basketball until you are on the Recreation Deck of the Von Braun. Enter the Athletic Sector and once you find the basketball court, dropping it through the basketball hoop will cause a secret message to play. Afterward, there is no further use for it. Either leave it on the basketball court, or recycle it.


This is a basketball version of TriOptimum's new HappyBall™ technology. When a player makes a scoring shot with a HappyBall™, the ball produces a temporary psychic field which causes all nearby people to experience a feeling of happiness and well-being. TriOptimum's research studies suggest that use of HappyBalls™ in company-sponsored tournaments can significantly improve employee morale.


The Basketball is unique in System Shock 2 for reacting to physics in that it bounces and rolls realistically when dropped, unless dropped on an moving platform, in which case it instantly sticks like it was glued.


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