There is definitely a strong gaming culture out there in which people have their own folklore and slang. And because urban legends are so popular, it’s a no-brainer that games also have their own myths and creepy stories.
Here is our list of 10 weird video game urban legends.
1. Squall Is Dead
Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII are the two main reasons why gamers will never play another Final Fantasy game in the popular franchise without feeling a little disappointed. It’s not because the newer games are bad, it’s just that those two were simply amazing and nothing can even compare to them. Those two games were filled with memorable characters and Squall is the most memorable of them all. Squall is the main character in FF VIII and there are a lot of people who believe that he is dead.
Squall dies at the end of the first disc of the game just to be brought back to life in the second one with no explanation or any wounds. On top of this, no one ever talks about his death throughout the game. It’s also at this moment that it transforms from the somewhat realistic game into a completely over the top game. Many people believe that Squall died at the end of the first disc and that everything that happens after that is just a dream he is having while dying.
This explains why the game transforms in such a matter after the end of disc one and why there are pictures at the end of the game that look like flashbacks of Squall’s life. There is also an image of Squall with no face within those pictures which further makes this urban legend plausible and a lot creepier.
2. Fallout 3 Future Predictions
Fallout 3 is a huge open world RPG. Knowing this, it’s not unlikely to still find things inside the game that nobody yet discovered. Nevertheless, there are some people out there that claim they found something inside the game that predicts the future.
The legend says that the game actually predicts the future using hidden messages and Morse code in the messages from the radio stations inside Fallout 3. There are some messages in the game like “The Queen has died today” and other cryptic ones followed by numbers in Morse code. Those numbers can be translated into dates and some people believe they predict the future. However, the developer of the game, Bethesda, has denied the existence of these things inside the game.
3. The Final Boss in Earthbound Is an Abortion
The characters inside the game basically perform an abortion in order to defeat the last boss in Earthbound.
To defeat the very powerful alien called Giygas the characters in Earthbound travel back in a time where Giygas was weaker. The truly weird thing about this is that the weaker Giygas looks exceptionally similar to a fetus.
The creator of the game didn’t say if the final boss is indeed a fetus or not but he did say that the ending is inspired by a movie he accidentally watched when he was just a kid and he was traumatized by it. The movie is called The Military Policeman and the Dismembered Beauty.
4. Haunted Majora’s Mask Copy
The popular image sharing forum 4Chan is responsible for this urban legend. One of the users on the website shared a story about how he bought a cartridge for the Nintendo 64 with only the words “Majora’s Mask” written on it with a black marker. He shared videos and images with his story that showed a very creepy version of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.
The user noticed when he started the game that there was already a save file on the cartridge with the name “Ben”. He created a new save file and started playing, just ignoring the other one. After starting a new game, the user noticed that all the NPCs in the game started calling him Ben. After this happened, he deleted the old save game and started yet another new one. After doing so, the game became a lot more inconsistent. His character started to get followed by a statue of Link with a very awkward smile on his face and the music began playing backwards.
At some point the old save file named “Ben” appeared again along with a different one that was called simply “drowned”. After the two new files appeared on the cartridge his character began dying for no apparent reason when he started playing the game and weird messages appeared on the screen.
“You’ve met with a terrible fate, haven’t you” was one of those messages.
The game Minecraft is genius simply because of how truly simple it is. You have to mine for numerous materials inside the very large world of the game in order to build monuments, houses, structures or, frankly, whatever you want. But some gamers claim that there are a lot of weird things happening inside this game.
Some gamers say that they found odd structures inside the game world. Some even say that they’ve seen the character that is responsible for those odd structures. They claim that the character responsible is an odd, white eyed version of the protagonist in Minecraft. There are numerous theories regarding the existence of Herobrine inside the game. Some believe that he is nothing more than a bug while others believe that he is the ghost of the creator’s dead brother.
The developers of the game, Mojang, didn’t actually do anything to deny these rumors and on several occasions they even wrote in the lists of updates for the game that they dealt with the Herobrine glitch.
Berzerk is believed to be one of the best arcade games ever created. You have to battle numerous robots in the game and it also has one of the most recognized bosses in video game history: Evil Otto, which is just a smiley face. Berzerk is also the first game to ever be linked to a person’s death. The game was connected to another death just a year after the first one.
In 1981, Jeff Dailey was the first one to die because of the game. Just after a year from Dailey’s death, Peter Burkowski, a healthy 18 year old was playing the same game. After he wrote his initials in the game for getting a high score he took a few steps back from it and collapsed to his death. Both the death causes were identified as heart attacks.
7. Morrowind jvk1166z.esp Mod
Morrowind is considered the best in the Elder Scrolls franchise. There is a very vast community of modders online and they constantly add new armors, weapons, characters and quests to it. An urban legend claims that there is a mod that can drive people insane.
It first appeared on the internet some time ago and was initially thought to be a virus because the game would halt on the title screen when trying to open the mod. It was shortly discovered that if you open it through DOSbox the game won’t freeze.
When you start Morrowind with this mod all the characters inside the world are dead. On top of this, if you spend too much time in the same place your health starts to deplete. If you die because of standing still, a new character will take the place of the old one. Gamers around the world started calling this new character the assassin. The character looks like a man but his arms and legs are bent and long like those of a spider. Gamers also noticed that if you are very attentive you can see the assassin hiding around the player, but only for a few moments.
Another very odd aspect about the mod is that the characters that are still alive in the game come outside at night and simply stand still. If you try to interact with any of these characters they will simply tell you to “Watch the sky”.
There was also a new dungeon discovered in the game. Inside it you can find what gamers named the “hall of portraits”. There are pictures on the walls of the new dungeon that are taken directly from the user’s “My Pictures” folder. There is a locked door at the end of the hall. No one ever proved that they opened the door but there are some stories about gamers that have become obsessed with opening the door, spending days without sleep trying to figure out how to unlock it. Some people even claim that they started to hallucinate and seeing the assassin in their homes.
The story behind this mod is truly an amazing one but what’s even more astonishing is that the mod actually exists. But beware if you download it.
8. Lavender Town Syndrome
When the Pokémon Green and Red videogames were launched in 1996, they were some of the greatest games available on the Game Boy. However, the game caused some major issues in Japan.
The game was originally launched in Japan and it was connected to a series of illnesses and suicides among small children with ages ranging from 7 to 12. The small kids did not commit suicide or become ill until they reached Lavender Town inside the game. It was the music within the game that was eventually linked to these incidents. Apparently the tones of the music caused nausea and headaches and eventually lead to suicidal tendencies among children. The music was changed before the game was released to other regions. The video above is from the Japanese version.
Killswitch is a game that was allegedly created in 1989 by a Soviet developer named Karvina Corporation. There were only around 5,000 to 10,000 copies of the game ever produced and it was extremely popular amongst Soviet people. It was one of the first horror games ever created. You had to choose between two characters, an invisible demon or a girl. The purpose was to get around a coal mine while fighting demons and monsters. It was very hard to navigate inside the game with the invisible demon so most of the times people chose to finish it with the girl. No one ever completed Killswitch with the invisible demon character and it’s believed that if you were to finish it with that character all traces of it would have been deleted from your computer.
An unopened copy was sold in 2005 for $733,000 on eBay. The buyer was Yamamoto Ryuichi, a man from Japan. He planned to document himself playing the game. However, the only video posted by Ryuichi on YouTube was one where he was just staring blindly at his computer display, crying.
This is probably the oldest urban legend regarding video games and it even got the honor to appear in an episode in The Simpsons.
Polybius was a game that appeared all of a sudden in an arcade in the 80s in Portland, Oregon. The arcade cabinet was black and had only a logo at the top and green joysticks. Polybius was a combination between Pac-Man, Tempest and other popular ones the time. It supposedly caused health issues including night terrors, headaches, seizures, nausea, blackouts, amnesia and was even responsible for some suicides.
The legend also says that peculiar men dressed in black were often seen tempering the unit which resulted in some speculations that Polybius wasn’t actually a game but an experiment of the government. It’s uncertain whether it actually existed or not.
So there you have it. This was our list of 10 weird video game urban legends.