7 Urban Legends We Believed for Way Too Long

Published 11 months ago by Jane Douglas

Hit and myth

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, and I believed these urban legends like a child. Now we've put away childish things, join us to reflect on these videogame urban legends we wholeheartedly believed when we were kids, back when bigger kids could convince us they were true because they had uncles who worked at Nintendo.

History will remember 1996 as the year that gave us Dolly the cloned sheep, Tupac Shakur album All Eyez On Me, the launch of the first Tomb Raider game and, a few days after that, the first time someone wondered if they could take Lara Croft's clothes off. Spoiler: you couldn't.

Rumours spread in playground whispers of the holy grail of a secret Tomb Raider nude cheat: an arcane sequence of button presses that would whip those adventuring hotpants off faster than Lara on laundry day.

It didn't help that a fake nude cheat was published in nineties gaming mags as an April Fool's Day joke, spreading yet more unverifiable misinformation.

Even further back in the mists of time, when videogames came on cartridges, they would occasionally freeze or crash. Being tiny children with no concept of how games were produced, how cartridges worked, what a cartridge was, or how to put our shoes on properly, we instantly knew how to fix a duff cartridge: blow on the little metal bits inside to remove the bad juju or dust or whatever.

Despite this being universally acknowledged as truth by anyone who owned a cartridge-based system, it turns out in the cold light of 2017 that, the moisture in your breath could actually corrode and contaminate the connectors that allowed your console to read cartridges.

In instances where you'd blown on a cartridge and it had started working again, what most likely happened was apparently just the action of taking the cartridge out of the machine and putting it back in again setting things right. Next you'll be telling me Smarties didn't come in different flavours according to their colour.

Previously on Outside Xbox: Why Do Japanese Games Tell You Characters' Blood Types?

About the author

Jane Douglas
Jane is co-editor at Outside Xbox, where she writes words and makes videos. She enjoys dialogue trees.

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