14 Outrageous Video Game Urban Legends That You Probably Believed

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Myths have always been part of human society, but the Internet has allowed stories to be spread much more quickly and efficiently than ever before. In particular, video game rumors have become incredibly popular source material, as players try to find secret items or unlock hidden rooms. Inevitably, video game urban legends run rampant.

While some of the gaming urban legends that fill forums online turn out to be true, there are countless others that are completely and utterly fictional. Some are instantly debunked by gamers, but others are able to fool huge swathes of the community. Sometimes, they become so engrained in the public consciousness that they are simply accepted as the truth – even when there is no evidence to support them.


Blowing On Nintendo Cartridges Made Them Work

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Every kid who grew up in the late 1980s or early 1990s knew that the best way to get a game cartridge to work properly was to blow on it. This would (apparently) remove any dirt or dust and make the title work perfectly again – even if it took a few tries. Well, blowing into the cartridges actually did not help at all, even though almost everybody did it.

The truth is that most times when a game did not load up, it was because the pins were not connected properly. Removing the cartridge to blow into it before reinserting it just gave the pins another chance to line up correctly. In fact, blowing into the games was actually harmful, damaging the pins and causing them to corrode.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Contained A Bigfoot

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Considering the popularity of the Grand Theft Auto series, it make sense that the franchise has inspired its fair share of urban legends. The most famous of these concerns a hidden Bigfoot (or Sasquatch, if you’re nasty) who can allegedly be found in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Despite the fact that the developer has consistently said there is no Bigfoot in the game and no definitive proof has ever surfaced to confirm its existence, many people still hunt for the elusive creature in groups online.

Minecraft’s Ghost Figure Called Herobrine

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“Herobrine” is the name of an urban legend which has captured the imaginations of millions of Minecraft players. According to the tale, the character is a hidden model that is responsible for secretly destroying the player’s work and building his own structures.

He looks exactly like the default character, but with pale white eyes. He’s meant to be a ghost or demon, possibly even the in-game manifestation of the creator’s dead brother. However, Herobrine does not exist in the game in any form, with analysis of the source code proving that no such entity would be able to exist in an normal version of the game. It’s theorized that the character is the result of mods.

Mew Was Hiding Under A Van In Pokemon Red And Blue

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Pokemon Red & Blue became one of the biggest phenomena in gaming when it initially released, selling millions of copies worldwide and inspiring countless spin-offs and other media products. This obviously led to plenty of rumors and urban legends spreading about the game, the most infamous being that you could catch the rare Pokémon Mew by pushing a truck. The claim came from the fact the truck was in a strange place and didn’t seem to serve any other function, but it had no way of awarding a player with Mew.

There Was A Code To Make Lara Croft Naked In Tomb Raider

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When Tomb Raider released on the PlayStation 1 back in 2001, the game became a huge hit. Its protagonist, Lara Croft, also became something of a sex symbol. Considering how a huge portion of the audience for the game was teenage boys, it should come as no surprise that rumors quickly began to spread that there was a cheat code that would make the buxom character appear naked.

This urban legend spread quickly via word of mouth, and before long almost everyone playing the game was looking for the code. The only problem was that it simply did not exist. The entire idea of a nude cheat had simply been an invention.

The Original Diablo And Its Secret Cow Level

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Not long after Diablo was released, rumors began to circulate that it was possible to reach a secret level filled with cattle. All the player had to do was click on a lone cow in the town of Tristram a certain number of times.

The myth spread quickly and became an incredibly popular subject within the community of the game. While there was no secret cow level hidden within Diablo, Blizzard did include such levels in the sequels in response to the urban legend.

The Lavender Town Music In Pokemon Red And Blue Caused Suicides

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The Pokémon franchise has no shortage of creepy urban legends. One such legend was centered around claims that the music from a particular location in the game caused several young children in Japan to commit suicide.

The legend stated that the soundtrack in Lavender Town was so depressing it was driving people to kill themselves. This was possibly linked to the fact that the in-game town effectively acted as a cemetery for deceased Pokémon, planting the idea of death into the minds of players. However, the theme song didn’t cause suicidal thoughts. Because of course it didn’t – it’s just a game.

The Triforce Being Available In Ocarina Of Time

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The Triforce is the most powerful item in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Effectively, it gives the wielder unlimited power and abilities. However, it is not an obtainable item within the game, even though there is an apparent space for it in the inventory screen.

This led many to believe the Triforce may be hidden within the title. In 1999, in fact, one gamer claimed they had found the Triforce. After posting vague hints about where to find it, the player eventually handed over screenshots that showed Link learning a new song and going to a new area before finally getting his hands on the secret item. Eagle-eyed fans were able to spot errors within the screenshots, though, and proved that they were fake.

Polybius Was A Government Controlled Arcade Game That Had Dangerous Side Effects

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The legend of Polybius is so prominent that it was even featured in an episode of The Simpsons. According to stories, the arcade game was frequently visited by government officials who would record data from the machine.

The game itself was capable of inducing a variety of side effects, including insomnia, stress, night terrors, and amnesia. However, there is no actual evidence that the game even existed in the first place. Most experts believe the legend sprang from tales of the FBI raiding machines that were tampered with for gambling.

Street Fighter II Had A Secret Character Called Sheng Long

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The hoax that introduced the world to the character of Sheng Long originally came about due to an April Fool’s joke in Electronic Gaming Monthly. The prank used a mistranslation error to suggest there was a secret character called Sheng Long within Street Fighter II. The story was quickly picked up by other outlets who republished the material, leading to the urban legend spreading across the world.

Players quickly began trying to unlock Sheng Long using the method described in the magazine without success, as the character was simply not present in the game.

There Was A “Haunted” Copy Of Majora’s Mask

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A creepypasta that circulates about The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask posits that there was a “haunted” copy of the game. Apparently, it’s a saved game on the cartridge called “Ben.” According to the urban legend, the saved game couldn’t be deleted and the content of the game was changed so that NPCs all referred to Link as Ben, music would play backwards, and actions would not work as intended.

The story states that the spooky copy of the game does not have any promotional art and simply has the word “Majora” written on the front in black marker pen. While the videos show that the game exists in some form, it is likely the work of hackers who have altered the game’s code rather than supernatural spirits.

Fallout 3’s Cryptic Radio Messages That Predict The Future

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According to multiple sources, there are hidden radio messages in Fallout 3 that predict the future. The urban legend claims that a character known as Three Dog will read out numbers in a rather depressing voice and then play a series of Morse code messages over the airwaves.

These apparently relate to dates in the real world and predict things like the death of the Queen and the BP oil disaster.  While many believed the cryptic messages did exist, Bethesda has since stated they are not part of the game and the theory is simply not true.

Saddam Hussein Using Playstation 2s To Power Weapons In Iraq

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In 2000, various reports began to circulate that the dictator Saddam Hussein was stockpiling PlayStation 2 consoles. The machines, which had only been available for a few months, were apparently being used to circumvent an arms embargo placed on Iraq and were to be used in various weapon systems. The reports claimed that the processors and CPU inside the consoles were powerful enough to work as a supercomputer if they were joined together to work in conjunction.

Despite the fact that it was widely believed thanks to sensationalist news reports, the story was completely fictitious. While the chips inside the PlayStation 2 could be linked up to form a more powerful machine, it would have taken much more time to develop specialist software to allow this to happen.

Killswitch Would Delete Itself After Completion

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The urban legend of Killswitch revolves around a 1989 game that was allegedly only released in very small numbers and would delete itself and all content associated with it upon completion. This apparent survival-horror adventure game had players choose between two characters as they attempted to finish the game for the first and only time.

The only problem is, there is no evidence that this game actually ever existed. There is no record of the developer or any auctions of the title, and the fact that it would be able to delete itself without any of the community finding a technical solution to prevent that is completely implausible.


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