GamerSushi Asks: Favorite Video Game Urban Legends?

Sheng Long Street FighterThe Tomb Raider Nude Code. Sheng Long in Street Fighter II. Savvy gamers instantly smile or roll their eyes upon hearing these phrases because we know what they are: lies. Dirty, shameless lies. Whether we were once fooled by them in our more naive days or we pulled the figurative wool over our friends eyes for a laugh, these myths have persisted throughout the years, like a digital Sasquatch.

So coming across this list from 1UP detailing the most famous video game urban legends, I was hit with a wave of nostalgia and a sudden fit of laughter. My personal tale involves a foolish friend who did all manner of insane things in Final Fantasy VII in a vain effort to bring Aeris back. Things such as accumulate 100,000 GP in the Gold Saucer and steal from a Tonberry 100 times in one battle. Where did this poor sap get this idiotic notion? Why, from me, of course! Man, was he mad!

Which myths on the list did you fall for? Have you ever played a trick on a friend in such a devious manner? GO!

Source: 1UP

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Age: 34 PSN ID: Starkiller81. I've played games since before I can remember, starting with my dad's Atari and I haven't stopped yet. Keep them coming and I will keep playing them.

13 thoughts on “GamerSushi Asks: Favorite Video Game Urban Legends?”

  1. I actually fell for killing that damn dog in duck hunt, a man can only take so much abuse before he gets overly pissed off.

  2. Cool article, I always tried to jump the flag pole. My brother said he did and it looks like I know who I’ll be calling now.

  3. I remember reading the Sheng Long trick in EGM and thinking, “How the holy hell could anyone possibly do that?” But, sure enough, when I went to the arcade over the course of the next month (EGM fessed up in the next issue), I overheard a few people say that they had made it to Sheng Long or knew somebody who had.

    Personally, I always liked the mythic Mortal Kombat blood code for SNES. Since I had a Genesis, I relished rubbing it in people’s face that the SNES version was gimped because the blood and fatalities were taken out (I was in middle school, after all; console loyalty was a matter of life and death back then). But then MK2 came out and, like pretty much every other 16 bit arcade port, was way better on SNES than Genesis and I had to resort to nonsense like, “but it controls better on Genesis!”

  4. Wasn’t there supposed to be a code to play as Simon Belmont in the NES version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? I think it ran in EGM a year or two before the Sheng Long April Fool’s joke.

  5. Both my friend and I used to use all those different button combinations in the pokemon games that were said to improve your chances of a pokeball working. My favourite was pressing Up and B as soon as I selected the ball, then A as it swallowed the wild pokemon then releasing A, B and Up in time with each shake of the ball. Of course it didn’t do anything but I always felt like I was more lucky…. Actually, I still find myself doing this on occasions, it’s just ingrained in my muscle memory.

  6. @supernovaforce

    Yeah, my friends and I did that too! Down B as soon as the ball shuts always seems to work for me.

    Video game myths…well, there was stupid one with my elementary school chaps that Charizard was playable in the original Smash Bros. It was wrong at the time, but right in the sense that we could play as him, Ivysaur and Squirtle in Brawl.

  7. I know I’ve jumped the flagpole in SMB, at least in one level for sure. Not sure if it was 3-3, but I know it happened.

    Also, anyone remember in Pokemon Red/Blue the myth about getting a high-level pokemon to surf around the SS Anne, push the truck, and get 1 of 4 secret pokemon? Man that was a crazy one in my school.

    I also remember hearing about Charizard in Super Smash Bros Mitch, haha. That was a great game actually…

  8. The Communist Mario Conspiracy gave me Russian giggles.

    But the best Urban Legend was, without a doubt, “Hold Down + B to help catch Pokemon”. It friggin works, bro.

  9. @Julez

    Ah the truck… How could I forget the truck. I spent ages trying to figure out how I could do that. I was so disappointed when I found out it was fake 🙁

  10. @Cossack69

    haha dude thats a good one!

    I want to say there were some with Goldeneye for the N64, but honestly I cant really remember.

  11. One of the big ones I remember from my adolescence was Ermac in Mortal Kombat. People swore that you could fight him like Reptile, but it was actually just an error code.

  12. Yeah, didn’t it stand for “earnings per machine” or something like that?

    Also, this thing is totally wrong about NES cartridges. That worked, dammit!

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