The feeling of discovering something in a video game that no one else has found makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, but it is something that is slowly disappearing. Games are now dissected to within an inch of their lives, often before they are even released, thanks to the growing trend of data mining.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still secrets. As they said in The X-Files, the truth is out there, and we’ve discovered and debunked six of the biggest myths about gaming once and for all.
For years, people thought this one was real. Herobrine was apparently a character who looked exactly like Minecraft Steve and could kill anything and anyone with one swing. Legend said he would randomly appear in your game and demand this creepy but sudden extermination of you for no apparent reason. The problem is that Herobrine is not real and never has been. In fact, it is a community-created legend, and there is no reference to him at all in the game – not in the source code, and there is no code that allows him to appear in an unmodified version of Minecraft.
If someone you know claims to have seen him, they are either lying or using a modified version of the game with a skin. However, this does not stop people from making videos claiming he is real.
Sheng Long is in Street Fighter II
This is one of the longest-running myths out there, thanks to a simple mistranslation. The myth-status of Sheng Long can also be classified as a hoax, because magazines in the 1990s decided to run away with the error and make it a joke that people believed.
Because of a translation error in the arcade version of Street Fighter II, a message would appear saying. ‘You must defeat Sheng Long to have a chance’. These chilling words would come from the series stalwart Ryu. EGM (Electronic Gaming Monthly) actually took this idea and wrote about how you could actually fight Sheng Long, and somehow it became lore. Well, we’re here to tell you that you can’t fight Sheng Long in Street Fighter II – it’s a myth, and now we’ve caught it.
Ermac is in Mortal Kombat
Clinging to the fighting game genre, for years many believed that a character who later became playable was in fact hidden in the first Mortal Kombat. The phrase “ERMACS” appeared in the diagnostic menu of the arcade version of the game, leaving people scrambling to find a way to play as him. Unfortunately, in this case ERMACS did not refer to the name of the final character, it just meant ‘ERror MACroS’, which was designed to display when the game made an error.
Given that Ermac is now a character in the game, it’s safe to say that he was willed into existence as a character. Weird.
Bigfoot is in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
The thing about the Grand Theft Auto series is that it’s absolutely brimming with secrets and Easter eggs. Even in GTA V, there are things like UFOs that can be seen or references to strange serial killers. However, it’s everyone’s favorite in the series, 2004’s San Andreas, from which the Bigfoot mythos originated.
Apparently found in the rural areas of San Andreas, such as Shady Cabin or Back O’Beyond, you would also find references to Bigfoot elsewhere. Even the manual had a “thank you” attributed to the myth that is Sasquatch. Besides, it’s definitely the kind of thing Rockstar Games would put in a GTA title, and sometimes, if you hear something often enough, you want to believe it. Unfortunately, it’s not true.
Bigfoot is not in GTA: San Andreas, and even attempts by Terry Donovan, co-founder of Rockstar Games, could not stop people from looking. But we can. Bigfoot is not in the game: stop looking for it.
You can play as Akuma in Resident Evil 2
You can thank gaming magazine EGM for this once again, as they claimed that you could unlock Akuma by typing ‘AKUMA’ instead of ‘GUEST’ into the console in the Resident Evil 2 lab. be playable, and then you would have to complete the game six times to get an A rank, using only the gun and knife. Then when you start the seventh playthrough, you would be Akuma and be able to throw fireballs instead of using weapons, while also having full access to every room in the game without a key.
It’s a cruel hoax, because Akuma and Resident Evil are both Capcom properties, which lends credibility to the myth. But no, you can’t play as Akuma in Resi 2, and that means no Gohadoken for you, sorry. That said, given that Resident Evil 2 is being remade, it would be a nice touch for Capcom to actually include him as a cheat or bonus this time around.
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