Myths, urban legends, and rumors are constantly being created and spread about video games and the development behind them. While some are quickly disproven, others continue to live on with the help of the community.
Over the years there have been some notable video game myths that won’t seem to die. In this article, we’re going to showcase ten video game myths that are still being spread talked about today.
Creating and exploring worlds within Minecraft is rather endless and it’s easy sinking countless hours into this procedurally generated video game title. Not to mention the game support online gameplay where players can share their creations with others along with partaking in makeshift game modes such as hide-and-seek.
With such a massive following and endless exploration available within the game, it was only going to be a matter of time before myths and urban legends started to make their way across online forums and YouTube videos.
Herobine is arguably the biggest for Minecraft players where the character resembles the default character skin, however, the character also features white eyes. Rumors and myths have started to float around online stating that the character is the ghost of Minecraft’s creator, Markus Persson’s, dead brother.
This supposed figure would be able to build up or destroy structures within the map along with spawning mobs to attack the player. However, despite Markus Persson stating that he does not have a brother and that the character is not real or even in the source code, this myth continues to live on with the Minecraft community.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Bigfoot
Grand Theft Auto tosses players into an open world where players can freely explore to see just what the entire in-game world has to offer. Each Grand Theft Auto release is controversial though one of the biggest controversial moments the franchise had in its run was with Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
The game released in 2004 where shortly after its release a feature that was previously disabled was discovered. When gamers were able to use a patch created online to unlock the feature known as “Hot Coffee” which allowed players to take part in an intercourse mini-game.
After the discovery, the game was pulled and later released again with the feature completely removed. This has started a new hunt for gamers to see just what else may be hidden away within the game and that’s where the Bigfoot sightings started to come up.
Players started to chime in and post photos online of a supposed Bigfoot creature that roams in the countryside of San Andreas. The myth is that players have a very rare chance of finding the creature and when they do happen to come across it the creature runs away. Others, however, have stated that the San Andreas Bigfoot could actually attack a player if they get too close.
There’s actually some conflicting reports as to if this is simply a myth or not. In past interviews with Rockstar Games members, there have been statements that the Bigfoot creature never existed but something else is in the woods while others have claimed that the creature was included in a beta version of San Andreas that was never released publically.
Final fantasy 7 Saving Aerith
Final Fantasy VII will continue to be a classic hit and at the time gave a reason for players to try a JRPG for the very first time. Players embark on a grand narrative journey as they attempt to save the planet from a megacorporation draining Lifestream, an energy that gives life to everything on the planet.
Throughout the journey, players are met with a cast of characters to root and despise. However, Aerith’s death was an instant gut punch for most leaving an impactful moment. We won’t go into the full story detail of the game, but during the narrative, players meet Aerith who is a young flower seller that eventually helps the fight against the megacorporation Avalanche.
That is until she is slaughtered by the leading antagonist Sephiroth. There’s been plenty of rumors online since the game released that offers various ways of being able to save Aerith from the attack such as sacrificing Tifa, but these rumors turned out to be nothing more than myths.
As far as myths go, there were also rumors that the developers had intended on offering ways to resurrect the character but in order to meet the launch date set for release, the developers had decided to scrap the idea.
For now, it looks like there is no way to bring Aerith back to live or prevent the attack without altering the game’s code.
Polybius is an infamous myth about an old 1980s arcade cabinet. The game Polybius isn’t described very often as it’s reported to only been actively available to play for a single month, but during that month the game attracted gamers to play it nonstop.
Only one cabinet was supposedly available where it was stationed in Portland, Oregon. Out of nowhere, the cabinet appeared where it became so addicting the players would be lined up outside the door of the arcade in order to try the game.
Maintenance was also done often by men in black suits. As the rumor goes, this game was developed as a means for the government to test out a new weapon. Through gameplay, players would become addicted but suffer amnesia, insomnia, night terrors, and hallucinations. After the government was done with their tests they took the game where it was never seen again.
The rumor really began to spread after it was publicized in an issue with GamePro magazine, more speculation and myths started to come out. There have even been developers who have come out stating that they have worked on the project but nothing released has yet to be proven.
Other developers have even ridden on the hype surrounding this myth by launching their own games with the Polybius name such as freeware PC games to the latest being a PlayStation 4 VR title that launched on May 9, 2017.
Much like Polybius, Killswitch is a game that’s hard to determine whether or not it actually exists. This was an old PC game which would have been credited as one of the first horror adventure titles. According to the myth, within the game players take on the role of a young woman who has fallen into a mineshaft. With minor injuries, players are tasked with solving puzzles and avoiding hostile enemies as they attempt to reach the exit.
The game was said to be tough and even cryptic at times but it didn’t stop players from eventually beating the game. With that said, the title had apparently deleted itself from the user’s computer upon completion.
Only 50,000 copies were made which means that the few who did get their hands on a copy of the game were unable to keep it after it was completed. Additionally, the game also included another character, an invisible demon. The problem with this character is that it was also invisible to players leaving it impossible to go through the game and as a result, there doesn’t appear to be any information as to what happens to the game when you complete it as the demon.
If the myth is to be believed then there are still copies left out there in the world. But as we move into an area where gamers battle disc rot, these copies that supposedly exist may not even play.
Final Fantasy VIII Squall Dies
Final Fantasy video games take players through a deep and interesting narrative journey and over the years there’s been a number of questions that players have been discussing online. One of those has to do with Final Fantasy VIII.
Released back in 1999 for the PlayStation and PC platforms, players take on the role of Squall Leonhart who must fight against an evil sorceress. The game is actually broken up into multiple discs though the real myth and urban legend happens right at the end of the first disc.
During the end of disc one, Squall is impaled by a large ice spear where he meets his demise. That is until disc two shows Squall without any injury leaving players to believe that he’s actually dead and everything from disc two to the ending is just the last few moments of the character’s hallucination before death.
Recently, Kotaku had a chance to speak with Yoshinori Kitase who was the director for the game. During the interview, Kotaku asked Yoshinori if the rumors and speculation that Squall is dead after disc one were true.
“No, that is not true. I think he was actually stabbed around the shoulder area, so he was not dead. But that is a very interesting idea, so if we ever do make a remake of Final Fantasy VIII, I might go along with that story in mind.”
As it turns out the myth according to the game director is false, but still gamers debate the theory online with there even being a dedicated website full of theories and speculation on why Squall is actually dead,
Pokemon Lavender Town Syndrome
Who can forget finally reaching the end of rock tunnel, arguably the most maddening part of the game, besides the old man in viridian city who couldn’t let anyone pass without his coffee; only to discover you’ve gone from the most frustrating part to the saddest and creepiest. Lavendar town is basically a giant graveyard run by ghosts and mediums, besides that there’s one other noteworthy part of this town that is forever burned into kids minds, the soundtrack.
Outside of being unsettling for children who were more familiar with Pokemon being full of life, Japanese kids were left with a horrifying soundtrack. The myth is that within the Japanese versions of the game, a high pitch sound was included in the town’s theme music where it made kids go crazy. Supposedly over a hundred children committed suicide after hearing the song which would be covered up along with changing the tone for release outside of Japan.
Tomb Raider Nude Code
If you enjoyed the Tomb Raider franchise when it first came out then chances are you’ve heard about the infamous nude cheat. When Tomb Raider launched on the original PlayStation players not only received a great new adventure title full of exploration, puzzle solving and action but also a staple video game character, Lara Croft.
The game also featured a few different cheat codes such as skipping stages and access to all of the weapons and ammunition. However, one cheat code that everyone seems to have been talking about was a code to strip Lara Croft down to her birthday suit.
This fabled cheat code would make Lara Croft nude throughout the game, but as it turns out, the cheat code never existed. Instead, players would be punching in a combination of buttons with no results.
The Madden curse is also a pretty well-known myth. Over the years every Madden video game cover features an athlete from the NFL and as it turns out almost every athlete that has been photographed would end up hurt that following season.
This curse was highly talked about and even led some fans to lobby against certain players from showing up on the cover. There were even talks of making a movie based around this curse but as of the time the movie has been scrapped.