Samstag, 20. August 2016

Gaming Myths !

There are a lot of urban myths, from crocodiles living in the sewer to the mysterious creature called ‘Slender Man‘, but did you know that there are also urban myths of gaming? From haunted arcade cabinets  to a cartridge graveyard in the middle of the New Mexico desert, urban legends surrounding video games are about as old as the games themselves.
Mind control? Check. The hand of Satan? Check. Enough conspiracy theories for an entire season of X-Files? Check. Some legends are totally fake, some are likely legitimate, and others are… well … we may never know.
Here’s the Top 20 Video Games urban legends, myths and conspiracy theories. For more weird myths check out this amazing blog:

20. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask

We can thank 4Chan for the origin of the origin story behind the legend of the haunted Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask game cartridge. One 4Chan user posted a story about how he came into possession of a blank N64 cartridge with Majora’s Mask written across it in black magic marker. Upon starting the game the user noticed that there was already a game saved on the cartridge titled “Ben.” He ignored the save file and started a new game and noticed that all the NPCs would refer to him as Ben. He deleted the ‘Ben’ save file and started a new game again but the game became even more erratic, the music played backwards and his character began to be followed by a statue of the game’s main character with a creepy smile on its face.
The ‘Ben’ file appeared again together with a new file named ‘drowned’ and after that every time he tried to play the game his character simply died and a message showed on his screen saying “You’ve met with a terrible fate, haven’t you?”.

19. Pokemon

Why is a ten year old running around unsupervised? Pokemon Red and Blue was a massive success for Nintendo but did anyone bother to ask, where the hell are the adults in this game? Some believe the Pokemon actually takes place at the end of, a large scale, global war. One of the biggest clues to support this theory is that both Ash, and his rival, Gary, have no male parent figure throughout the game. And right before battle Surge he states “my electric Pokemon saved me during the war” adding further legitimacy to this theory.

18. Final Fantasy VIII – Squall is actually dead in the second half of the game

Squall was the hugely popular protagonist of Final Fantasy VIII and one prevailing conspiratorial myth is that Squall is actually a ghost. While fighting Edea, Squall is impaled by  a shard of ice tight at the end of disc one. On the second disc however Squall appears with no wounds and no other character brings up the fact that he was, you know, killed.
Some hold to the theory that Squall actually dies from his wounds at the end of disc one and the rest of the game is actually Squall’s dream as he passes away.

17. Pokemon Red and Green – Lavender Town caused a suicide spike

Back in 1996 Pokemon Red and Green was slotted in nearly everyone’s Gameboy around the world but when the game was first launched in Japan it was fast linked to series of child suicides and illness. Children from the ages of 7 to 12 were either falling sick or taking their own lives outright. But the thing is nothing happened until players reached Lavender Town where the town’s specific music caused nausea and eventually suicidal tendencies in children. The music was eventually changed before it was shipped abroad. Here’s a video from the original game:

16. Braid – anti-nuclear message

Braid is deceptively simple in its narrative: boy sees girl, boy tries to rescue girl. But the twist comes at the end of the game where the boy catches the girl and right when they finally meet a bomb explodes and your screen turns bright. Off screen, a voice intones: “Now we are all sons of bitches.” quote that can be directly tied to Kenneth Bainbridge, one of the heads of the Trinity atomic bomb tests.

15. Killswitch

Killswitch is a game that it was supposedly created by Soviet gaming company Karvina Corporation in 1989. While gamers in the States were playing Mega Man 2, russians were playing one of the earliest iterations of a survival horror title where you were give the choice between a young girl or an invisible demon as playable characters. The strange thing about Killswitch is that it would self-delete from your hard drive upon beating the game. A copy of Killswitch was bought on eBay for $733,000 by a Japanese man named Yamamoto Ryuichi. Ryichi had planned to document his play through of the game on YouTube but the only video Ryuchi posted was of him staring at his computer screen and crying.

14. Legend of Zelda – Nazi swastika

When The Legend of Zelda was launched back in 1986 it immediately arouse controversies. The map was shaped like a swastika but while the dungeon is shaped like a swastika, it’s not the Nazi one. This swastika faces to the right and is actually an ancient symbol of peace in Hindu mythology. The makers of Zelda were, it turns out, only wishing players good luck.


13. Blowing into the NES cartridges

While the instruction booklet that came with every NES title explicitly instructed against blowing into your game cartridge, that didn’t stop anyone from doing it. Blowing into the cartridges actually was a short-term solution but over the years ‘blow damage’ degraded games. The whole thing got sorted out with the Super Nintendo’s top loading design.

12. Berzerk – the mark of the beast

Jeff Dailey died of a heart attack soon after posting a score of 16,660 in the arcade game Berzerk in 1981. One year later, 18 year old Peter Burkowski also died of a heart attack moments after cracking the Berzerk top-ten high score list twice in fifteen minutes. Some say that the mark of the beast, 666, being in their score had something to do with their deaths. Coincidence?

11. Fallout 3 predicts the future

Some players claim that they have found something in the game that predicts the future. Some say that you can hear a DJ on the station rambling off such cryptic phrases as “The Queen has died today. The world mourns, as on days like these we are all Brits” and “I can’t believe Britney’s actually won an Oscar!” followed by a series of numbers in Morse code that can be interpreted as dates. Bethdesa, the company that designed the game, denies that these cryptic radio stations exist.


10. Lara Croft in her birthday suit

When Tomb Raider first dropped on Playstation 1 rumors began circulating that there is a certain code that lets you see Lara in her birthday suit. The internet was flooded with fake codes, but that’s all they were: fake.


9. New Mexico is home a video game mass grave

In September 1983 about 10 million copies of Pac-Man and E.T movie adaptation video games were returned to Atari by disgruntled fans. It is said that the unwanted game cartridges were shipped to New Mexico where they were dumped into a video game mass grave and paved with concrete.


8. GlaDOS from the video game Portal

Have you ever gotten a good look at GLaDOS? If you look closer ‘she’ kind of looks like a human being flipped upside down. The game’s art director, Jeremy Bennett says that was intentional.
“Eventually, we settled on a huge mechanical device with a delicate robotic figure dangling out of it, which successfully conveys both GLaDOS’ raw power and her femininity.”
But why does she look like a woman who has been bound and gagged?


7. GTA V and the Black Dahlia

There’s a certain website in GTA V,, that is filled with fake newspaper stories and a trail of breadcrumbs that lead players to an in-game murder mystery.  The players read about the death of Lenora Johnson, a fictional actress killed during the golden age of Vinewood cinema. This story is actually based on very real and very famous Black Dahlia case in 1940s Hollywood.
On one page of the site, players are directed to another murder in Los Santos. The murder of Jolene Cranley Evans is strewn with clues on where to find Evans’ ghost on Mount Gordo. At 11pm, players will find a ghost in the distance and she looks like that terrifying ghoul up there. She disappears just after midnight.


6. World of Warcraft and the Seventh Circle of Hell

The Karazhan Cryptsis was an abandoned level from the earlier days of World of Warcraft that was only accessible trough an in-game glitch. The easiest way to access the dungeon was die on one side of the door that walled of the level, and resurrect on the other side. The strange thing about this dungeon is that it was filled with decomposing corpses and the main room full of prisoners sentenced to death by drowning with their hands and feet cut off. After The Burning Crusade expansion, Blizzard built an invisible wall around the door of the dungeon. The creepiest part? They never actually took it out. It’s still just sitting there inside the game.


5. Super Mario Galaxy 2 and the mystery figures of Hell Valley

In the level Shiverburn Galaxy, you can catch three figures on the ridge of a mountain looking down at you. Anywhere on that level, if you look up and to the left, you will find the same three hollow eyed figures watching you. The sky art for that area is called “BeyondHellValley” but Super Mario Galaxy 2 has no level anmed Hell Valley.

4. Saddam Hussein and Playstation 2

When the PS2 was first released reports emerged that Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was stockpiling PlayStation 2 consoles. Why? Rumors said that he was planning to use the PS2 chips as a missile guiding system .


3. The Madden curse

In the early 2000s Electronic Arts began featuring NFL stars on the cover of their sport games and star players were lining up to get a slice of that free advertising. For the next several years every player that was featured on an EA’s cover got injured in the next season. That’s how the Madden curse started circulating but you know what? American football is dangerous guys. Sometimes people get hurt, that’s it!


2. Morrowind Mod jvk1166z.esp

The Elders Scrolls 3: Morrowind is considered the best game in the Elder Scrolls series by many. It’s so popular that it has an online community where users mod the game to add custom quests, characters, weapons and armors. One of these mods is Mod jvk1166z.esp, a mysteryous mod that is only playable on DOSbox, a software that allows gamers to play older PC games on their modern computers. When you start the game using this mod all the main characters from the game are dead and if you stay still for too long your health starts to drop and eventually you die. And if you die from that a new character appears who players call “The Assassin”. Another strange thing about this mod is that the remaining living characters come outside at night and just stand there. If a players tries to interact with them they would simply say “Watch the sky.”


1. Polybius – the oldest gaming myth

Polybius was an arcade cabinet was released in incredibly limited numbers in the early 80s. When played, it supposedly caused all sorts of health problems including amnesia, blackouts, nausea, seizures, headaches, nightmares and, in some cases, players were reported to commit suicide not long after playing. Even stranger are reports that once a week men dressed in black would come through and collect the data stored on the game’s memory.
The legend of Polybius is likely the oldest gaming myth and had the honor of guest starring in an episode of The Simpsons.
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Donnerstag, 18. August 2016

Pokemon Go | Caught Mewto !?

6. Be wary of Photoshops -- These Pokemon are not available

Despite a lot of doctored shots claiming otherwise, Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Ditto, Mew and Mewtwo cannot be caught (for now). It's presumed these rare critters will become available through specially organized events. For now, any trainer who claims to have caught one is lying. (

Pokemon Myths Part 2! WTF ;D

Mewtwo Comes Before Mew In The Pokedex

Fan-favorite Pokemon Mewtwo has taken on many forms, but the creature itself is a clone of the secret 151st Pokemon Mew. The creature was a secret that even Nintendo was not initially aware of, programmed in by Shigeki Morimoto two weeks before the original games finished development. Although Mewtwo was created by cloning Mew, the clone actually comes before it in the Pokedex. Mew has only ever been available in events such as Nintendo’s current mythical Pokemon distribution.

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Samstag, 13. August 2016



 Gastly is a dead Cloyster that has been stripped from his shell

Ditto Is Most Likely A Failed Attempt At Cloning Mew

It’s widely believed that Ditto is the result of a failed cloning attempt of the legendary Pokemon Mew. The logic behind the theory comes from the two creatures sharing the same base stats and weight, as well as using a similar color palette both in shiny and non-shiny forms. The two Pokemon both have access to Transform at level 1 and are the only two creatures to learn the move naturally. Ditto can also only be found (at least in the first generation games) in the Pokemon Mansion where Mewtwo was successfully cloned, or in Cerulean Cave where the clone can be fought and captured.

Montag, 8. August 2016

Weird Facts About Pokemon

Hitmonchan and Hitmonlee Got Their Names From Famous Fighters
At this point, most Pokefans probably know that these two Fighting types were named after Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee – but this is also true for their Japanese names. Hitmonchan’s alternate name (Ebiwalar) is a reference to Japanese world champion boxer Hiroyuki Ebihara, while Hitmonlee’s name (Sawamular) is derived from the world’s first kick-boxer, Tadashi Sawamura.

Rhydon Was The First Pokemon Ever Created

Just like how the rhino-esque creature is first on our list, Rhydon was also the first Pokemon that was ever created by Game Freak. This was revealed in an interview with Ken Sugimori, one of the original designers for the first generation of Pokemon titles. Despite its early creation, Rhydon is placed at 112th in the Pokedex.

Professor Oak’s Nidorino Has The Cry Of A Nidorina

Nidorino is one of the very first Pokemon that a new player ever saw when beginning their Pokemon adventures. During the introduction to the much-loved Pokemon Red/Blue, the Pokemon professor shows off his very own creature – a Nidorino. However, this Pokemon doesn’t quite give off the right call, instead giving the cry of the female Nidorina

Azurill Can Change Gender While Evolving

Due to Azurill’s gender ratio meaning that 75% of the creatures are female, but its evolution Marill containing the regular 50/50 chance when assigning gender, there is actually a 1 in 3 chance that your Azurill will become male when it evolves. Some fans have debated whether this is a reference to some amphibians being able to change their gender, but whether that’s true or not, this unique event will only happen prior to Generation 6, suggesting that it may have been unintentional.

Slowbro Is The Only Pokemon That Can Devolve

According to the sometimes less-than-reliable Pokedex entries, Slowbro is unique in its ability to return to its previous evolution Slowpoke. The creature initially evolves when a Shellder latches on to Slowpoke’s tail, and it seems like the process is reversed if the shell Pokemon ever lets go.

Meowth And Pikachu Are Opposite Pokemon

In the Pokemon anime series, Pikachu and Meowth are on opposite sites, with the latter belonging to the notorious Team Rocket. However, the opposite theme runs deeper than this alone. Pikachu is number 25 in the Pokedex whereas Meowth is the reversed number 52. There is also the more obvious association of the two being a cat and mouse.

Magneton Weighs A Lot More Than Three Magnemites

When Magnemite evolves, it joins with two more of its kind to form Magneton. Logically, as the Pokemon initially has a weight of 13.2 pounds, the evolution should surely weigh about 3 times as much. In fact, Magneton weighs over 10 times the weight of a single Magnemite, stacking up at a whopping 132.3 pounds.

The move ‘Splash’ Is A Mistranslation Of The Japanese Word For ‘Hop’

Splash is the useless Pokemon move that performs almost no action whatsoever and can be learnt by very few creatures, the most obvious of which being Magikarp. However, despite its name, the move is actually a Normal-type, rather than a Water-type move, and can be learnt by Pokemon such as Hoppop, Spoink, and Buneary. This is because the Japanese version of the word was mistranslated and should in fact be called ‘Hop’, which makes much more sense.

Pikachu Can Talk And Learn Surf In Pokemon Stadium

Fans of the Nintendo 64 game Pokemon Stadium that also owned a copy of Pokemon Yellow were able to transfer over the game’s signature monster from their GameBoy Colours, in order have a Pikachu capable of learning Surf in-game. The Pikachu would also speak with the same Japanese voice actor that still voices Ash’s companion in the anime to this day (Ikue Otani). Once Pikachu has learnt surf, gamers can play a Surfing Pikachu mini-game back in Pokemon Yellow.

Arcanine Was Intended To Be A Legendary Pokemon

The fire dog Pokemon Arcanine was originally going to be a legendary creature, alongside the trio of Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres. In fact, in the Pokemon anime’s second episode, Pokemon Emergency!, Ash sees an engraving of Arcanine along with the birds on a stone tablet. The creature’s category is also named Legendary Pokemon, despite it being able to be obtained by regular means.

Tangela Originally Couldn’t Use Vine Whip

When Tangela is first introduced in episode 26 of the anime, Ash’s Pokedex provides the following information: “Tangela, a Vine Pokemon. Its body is wrapped in vines. The rest of its form is hidden beneath these vines.” Somehow, despite this, the Grass-type could not use the move Vine Whip in Pokemon Red and Blue. In modern games, Nintendo have corrected this oversight and Tangela now learns Vine Whip at level 7.

Koffing And Weezing Were Going To Be Named After American Cities

The poison-type Pokemon Koffing, as well as it’s evolution Weezing, were originally going to have very different names to their current labels. In the Pokemon Red and Blue beta, the names initially laid out for the two were ‘Ny’ and ‘La’, in reference to the air pollution in New York City and Los Angeles.

Mewtwo Comes Before Mew In The Pokedex

Fan-favorite Pokemon Mewtwo has taken on many forms, but the creature itself is a clone of the secret 151st Pokemon Mew. The creature was a secret that even Nintendo was not initially aware of, programmed in by Shigeki Morimoto two weeks before the original games finished development. Although Mewtwo was created by cloning Mew, the clone actually comes before it in the Pokedex. Mew has only ever been available in events such as Nintendo’s current mythical Pokemon distribution.

Ditto Is Most Likely A Failed Attempt At Cloning Mew

It’s widely believed that Ditto is the result of a failed cloning attempt of the legendary Pokemon Mew. The logic behind the theory comes from the two creatures sharing the same base stats and weight, as well as using a similar color palette both in shiny and non-shiny forms. The two Pokemon both have access to Transform at level 1 and are the only two creatures to learn the move naturally. Ditto can also only be found (at least in the first generation games) in the Pokemon Mansion where Mewtwo was successfully cloned, or in Cerulean Cave where the clone can be fought and captured.

Clefairy Was Almost The Face Of Pokemon

The fairy Pokemon Clefairy was originally set to be Ash’s starter Pokemon in the anime, instead of Pikachu. Due to a last minute change, Pikachu got the role instead, because of the creature’s popularity. This would have made Clefairy the most recognisable Pokemon in existence, rather than the electric mouse. While this would have made the anime closer to the Pocket Monsters manga, Nintendo made the right choice teaming Ash with Pikachu. After all, Detective Clefairy just wouldn’t have the same ring to it. (

Each Spinda Has A Unique Pattern Of Spots

All right, so this isn’t technically a true fact. As it happens, Spinda does have an incredibly large amount of variations due to its spots forming a random pattern with each encounter and easily deserves its spot on the list of unique Pokemon, but each one is not quite as exclusive as the Pokedex may have you believe. Whereas some of the creature’s Pokedex entries claim that there are over 4 billion types of Spinda to catch, there are actually about 4,294,967,295 different variations, not including shinies.

Fishing Is Possible In Pokemon Red And Blue‘s Gyms

You’ve all seen the Rhydon statues that sit just inside the first generation gyms, but what you might not know is that you can fish for Pokemon inside them. In Pokemon Red/Blue, using an Old Rod on any Rhydon statue will cause the player to encounter a Magikarp. In the Cerulean City gym, you can use any of your fishing rods, as well as fish for Pokemon in the gym’s water areas. There’s no real reason why you’d want to do this but it’s an interesting glitch for sure.

Psychic-Type Weaknesses Are Based On Common Fears

This one is more of a fan theory than a true fact, but it’s certainly plausible. Although Psychic-Types were hugely overpowered in the first generation of Pokemon, they do in fact have weaknesses in the form of Ghost, Dark, and Bug-types. These types are all representative of common fears, though if that’s the case I’m sure many people that suffer from pyrophobia or aquaphobia may argue the case that Psychic should be weak to Fire and Water-types too.

Wobbuffet’s Main Body Is A Decoy

Wobbuffet’s Pokedex entries seem to suggest that there’s more to the blue punching-bag than meets the eye. Many of the entries appear to imply that the Pokemon’s main body is simply an inflatable decoy, and while we see the creature speak in the anime series, the real body is the small black tail with eyes that hides behind it. Because of this, Wobbuffet cannot actually attack (other than by using struggle), but instead counters opponent’s attacks by bouncing back at them in true punching-bag style.

Smeargle Cannot Use TMs But Can Use Almost Every Move In The Games

The Painter Pokemon Smeargle has not been able to make use of any Technical Machines to learn moves since its introduction in Gen 2. It can, however, utilize almost every known move, including signature moves, by using Sketch to copy the last attack used by an opponent. There are exceptions to the rule though; Smeargle cannot use Sketch to copy Chatter or Struggle. Not only can Smeargle keep the copied move forever, the creature can also pass it down to other Pokemon via breeding within its egg group.

As a franchise, Pokemon continues to impress and amaze the fans. Having older titles that still hold up today is part of the reason why Pokemon has managed to sell 200 million copies of just its main series alone. That’s without taking into account the success of spin-off titles such as last month’s Pokken Tournament and the upcoming Pokemon GOThere’s sure to be many new facts to discover when Sun and Moon release later this year, so be sure to stay tuned for information as it is revealed. How many of our 20 facts did you already know? Are there any others you can think of? Drop us a comment to tell us your thoughts.

Montag, 1. August 2016


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