Urban legends are something most everyone is familiar with. Some of them are plausible, and some of them are laughable. Some of them are local, and some of them are wold wide phenomena. In pop culture, there are many of these urban legends as well, and the gaming community is not exempt from this. Here are what I think are the top 10 urban legends in gaming.
10. Haunted Majora's Mask Copy
This one is actually pretty recent, and I hadn't even heard about it until fellow NFF member Rin mentioned it to me. After I found out about, I did a little research. The story is that a college student went out looking for old games at garage sales when a creepy old man gave him a gray N64 cartridge with "Majora" sharpied on it. He broke rule number one of not failing at life. you don't accept things for free from the creepy old guy. Anyway, after a long string of events, he comes to the conclusion the the cartridge is haunted by an entity named "Ben", who eventually infected his computer as well. Of course, most people probably knew it was all fake, but we all love a good ghost story. That being said, a lot of people found a way to believe in it. Although Jadusable, the legends creator, has admitted that it was all just part of an experiment, in which he tried to write a psychological horror story that would involve the readers in the plot, many are still trying to figure it all out and claiming that it is in fact true. The reason this is so far down on the list is that for starters, it is just so fresh, and it hasn't had time to really settle itself into gaming culture yet. you can read all about this haunted game on Jadusables site, www.youshouldnthavedonethat.com
Animal Crossing was finally released to America via the Gamecube in 2001. Animal Crossing runs in real time, and has hundreds upon hundreds of items to collects, and around 300+ villagers that can move in or out of your town. With this much content, it is quite easy for someone to make up something while the game is still young. Someone decided to do jsut that in the form of Brutus. Brutus was said to be a male villager or the grumpy variety. He was a dog, but instead of using the model the other dogs in the game used, he used a model similar to that of Booker, a bulldog police officer. Not only is this impossible, his short, which is said to have a large "B" on it is not even in the games coding. Furthermore, it was said that Brutus was "evil" and would cut down your trees, leave trash in your town, and other such hateful deeds. This too is impossible, as NPCs can do none of these things. again, the game was young, and loaded with ontent. as such, it was quite believable. Brutus is one of several Animal Crossing rumors, but he is one of my favorites. I also found this on TV Tropes:
Urban Legend Of Zelda: There was a rumor for the Gamecube Animal Crossing on some forums that a purple dog named Brutus, or Burtis, would move to your town and do weird things like talk and send letters in binary, have a house that freezes your Gamecube when you enter it, and would move out of town after staying for 1 day. There was also a (poorly) edited picture of him talking in binary, with the animal edited to be Octavian.
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8. Michael Jackson Composed Sonic 3's Soundtrack
Now, this one isn't completely unreasonable. SEGA did produce the Michael Jackson's Moonwalk game, and Sonic 3 does have some pretty awesome beats. This one could be true, or it could be false. We may never know for sure.
7. Marilyn Manson voiced Voldo in Soul Calibur II
It isn't all too unbelievable. Voldo is basically a zombie, whos voice consists or grunts, moans, and snarls. The voice actor is uncredited, so for all we know, it could truly have been Manson, but I somehow doubt it. In fact, I don't think any human being, even one as inhuman as Marilyn Manson could come close.
6. The Truck
Once you defeat Misty, trade with someone a Pokémon that already knows cut from another game. Then continue the game without going on the SS Anne and get HM02 (fly) and HM03 (surf) as you go. Once gotten both fly and surf, go back to where the SS Anne is. Go right to where the screen switches and you see the ship itself. You will be on the boardwalk that leads to the ship. Surf off to the right until you see a strip of land with a truck on it. People have said that if you move the truck with strength, you will find Mew.
Oh, how we wished it were true. Even though the only ways to obtain Mew were to hack your game via cheat device, cause a glitch, or go to an officially sanctioned event, a lot of us still tried aimlessly to find Mew this way. But ya know what has always bugged me? Why is the truck even there?! It is just alone an an island with no roads or anything! Was is placed a as test for something, and simply forgotten? Perhaps it was simply a remnant of what would be some sort of side quest that got trashed. We'll never know, but it is fun to ponder.
5. Curse of the Tails Doll
Yet another ghost story. In the game Sonic R, a Sonic racing game for the Saturn, you could unlock a character named "Tails Doll". This creepy little bugger was to tails was Metal Sonic and Metal Knuckles are to Sonic and Knuckles. Not only was he somewhat disturbing in appearance, his stats are abysmal. In the game was a mode called Tag, in which the goal was to tag all of the other players. I'm not sure how it all got started, but someone started spreading a rumor around that the game was cursed. Allegedly, if you chose Tails doll, played Tag and won(a whole lot harder than it sounds, trust me) the "real" Tails doll would kill or otherwise harm you that night. I've tested the "curse" personaly, and I'm still here writing this article. But hey, who knows. Maybe the Tails doll is just biding his time...the official site can be found at the following link. http://www.quackerandbowen.com/sonicr.html
4. Aeris/Aerith can be revived.
Final Fantasy VII was an extremely popular game, and also a very good one. Now, we all hated Sephiroth anyway because he's just so easy to hate, but when he killed Aeris/Aerith it somehow made the grudge personal. Many gamers got wind of this rumor and began trying every little thing they were told to revive their fallen ally, but i was all for naught. The only way to get her back is the hack your game.
3. Mario is a Communist
Let's take a moment to analyze Mario, and see just where theorists got this one. Mario's signature color is red. You can't deny he kinda looks like Stalin. Furthermore, his enemy is a King whom he will do anything to overthrow. I somehow doubt there is any connection, but you can't help but grin thinking about it.
2. Sonic and Tails unlockable in Super Smash Bros. Melee
Everyone loves a good April fools joke, and the one pulled by Electronic Gaming Monthly has always been one of my favorites. Supposedly, this duo would be unlocked after defeating 20 of more opponents in cruel melee. Now THAT, my friends, is a challenge. a couple of players managed to go above and beyond this requirement, all for nothing. Ironically, Sonic is now a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and there is always a chance that this rumor is what sparked the idea.
Polybius was an alleged arcade game said to be found in a few arcades in Portland, Oregan around 1981. The game was said to feature insanely trippy graphics, and induced black outs, memory loss, nausea and other more serious effects like seizures, insomnia and horrible nightmares. Supposed players also said that occasionally men in black suits would come and collect data from the game. Polybius may have been a government experiment of some sort. some even say it could have been a form of mind control. To this day, there are no know Polybius cabinets in existence.
There are a lot of gaming related urban legends out there. These are only a few. even though a lot of them are probably not true, I still appreciate urban legends. If there is no mystery to anything, it just isn't any fun.