Myths can drive you insane. Everyone knows it’s not really real, but that little bit of doubt in the back of your mind that you just want it to be true is damning on its own. We’ve all been there in the gaming world. We’ve all wanted something to be true, so we followed the crazy instructions to make it happen only to be met with utter disappointment. This was incredibly worse when the internet wasn’t as big as it is now and we couldn’t just Google if it was a hoax or not — you had to see it through for yourself. Today, we’ve put together what we feel are the five biggest gaming myths.
Check out our five below and let us know if you believe in them or if you tried to figure them out!
The Madden Curse
The Madden curse has been around since EA Sports started putting players on the cover instead of John Madden himself. However, once that changes, coincidental things started happening to the players and their respective teams if they were featured on the cover. Michael Vick broke his ankle, Drew Brees and the Saints hit a scandal and missed the playoffs, Daunte Culpepper fell completely apart, and Peyton Hillis disappeared entirely. Funny enough, these are some of the memorable occurrences. There are actually many more injuries and failed seasons that have been claimed to be due to the curse.
Tomb Raider Nudity Code
Lara Croft is the original bombshell of the video game industry and in 1996 a rumor started floating around that a code existed to strip her down to her birthday suit. This isn’t surprising considering she was the first sex symbol in video games, but it’s surprising that so many gamers actually believed this myth. Gamers were sure that Eidos was dumb enough to allow something like that to make it into the game and many spent hours trying to figure it out. In case you’re going to go and try for yourself — don’t bother — it’s not real.
Mortal Kombat Blood Code
When Mortal Kombat released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System it did so without blood. Unlike it’s Genesis counterpart, the SNES version didn’t include the blood and gore and this was ultimately a decision made by Nintendo. This also led to many considering Nintendo’s platform a console for kids and that belief has stuck to this day. However, there was a myth that Midway included a cheat code in the coding that allowed to re-enable the gore. Like the nudity cheat above, gamers spent a ton of time trying to figure all of this out, but it was all for not. Just like the above, this code doesn’t exist either.