Examples of [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer fact check failures]] about video games.

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* The Scholastic book ''[[http://www.mariowiki.com/How_to_Draw_Nintendo_Heroes_And_Villains How to Draw Nintendo Heroes and Villains]]'' contained a couple of infamous errors. Identifying Snide from ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'' as a villain is at least understandable, since he initially worked for K. Rool. Naming [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Bowser]] "Kerog", on the other hand...
* ''The New York Times'' [[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/27/pageoneplus/editors-note-september-27-2013.html?_r=3&& made a correction]] to a 1988 article which claimed that the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' were janitors as opposed to plumbers.
* The ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' franchise tends to attract this, thanks in no small part to its weird names and abundance of creatures.
** An embarrassing number of publications, including ''Time Magazine'', can't get the ''word'' Pokémon right, opting for mutations like Pokey-man or Pokeman. Or pluralizing it as "Pokémons", when the word is still just Pokémon.
** In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmNb3xJFzkc this video,]] a preacher warns us that [[EveryoneIsSatanInHell the whole point of Pokémon is to control spirits from the Dark Realm]].
** The Italian ''Mickey Mouse Magazine'' somehow managed to use ''French'' names for all the Pokémon.
** The blue mouse Pokémon Marill was revealed before it had been named, somehow leading to the nickname "Pikablu". The name appeared in countless publications and even on the Topps trading cards. PoJo's Pokémon Magazine continued to use the name even after ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' had been localized.
** An issue of ''[=GamePro=]'' contained a mostly informative article about the glitch Pokémon [[GoodBadBugs Missingno.]]... with a picture of Togepi. It was captioned "Missingno. is one Pokémon you don't want to catch". Tell ''that'' to the fanbase.
** An Italian electronic encyclopedia claims that Pokémon are "64 horrid bug-dinosaur hybrids". Even the ''number'' is off and always has been, since the first generation alone had 151.
** A Website/{{Cracked}} [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19087_the-9-most-offensive-911-references-in-pop-culture.html article listing 9 insensitive depictions of 9/11 in media]] noted ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite''[='s=] Route 4 and desert ruins roughly correlating to Ground Zero ([[FantasyCounterpartCulture upon lining up Unova with New York]]) as #5. So far, so good... it then proceeds to claim that the desert was formed by a falling meteorite containing the legendary Pokémon Kyurem. Kyurem ''did'' crash-land in a meteorite, but the geographical anomaly formed in the process was the Giant Chasm, which is nowhere near Route 4. Less egregiously, the article gives Kyurem's height as 9'11" - its actual height is the admittedly extremely close 9'10", although Pokémon are designed first in meters and then converted to feet for the English release.
** Then there's [[http://i51.tinypic.com/10n9hfr.png this]] hilarious bit of reporting on ''VideoGame/PokeParkWii''. You know it's bad when they identify Pokémon as "anime heroes" and "TV stars", ignoring their long history in gaming that predates the anime. Then it proceeds to misidentify most of the Pokémon on the page! Mew is now Shinx; the Fire-type Charmander is mistaken for Grass-type Treecko, simply because they're both reptiles; Chikorita is called "Croagun", which is a typo of the completely different Pokémon Croagun'''k'''. Somehow they got Piplup right.
** The [[http://www.esrb.org/ratings/synopsis.jsp?Certificate=32979&Title= ESRB rating synopsis for Pokemon Y]] reffers to [[Characters/PokemonGenerationIGeodudeToMew Electrode]] as an attack. Strangely, it's corrected to Electro Ball on the X synopsis, but the error remains in the Y one.
** A minor goof but in the first year of ''Guinness Book of World Records: Video Game Edition'', Pokemon was apparently made by Sony.
* Several fans (and even one commercial when it was released) for some reason refer to ''[[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 Sonic Adventure 2 Battle]]'' as "Sonic Adventure Battle 2". Of course, there was no "Sonic Adventure Battle 1", and ''[=SA2B=]'' is actually a {{Nintendo GameCube}} remake of ''Sonic Adventure 2''. The "''Battle''" in the title refers to the slight improvements made to the two-player mode of the game.
** Gameplay footage on G4 which labeled the game as "Sonic Battle", which isn't helped by the fact that there actually ''is'' a game (for GameBoyAdvance) called ''VideoGame/SonicBattle''.
** Speaking of the actual game titled ''Sonic Battle'', ''X-Play'' made an error on their review of it, where Rouge the Bat was referred to as "[[RougeAnglesOfSatin Rogue the Bat]]".
** The word "Chao" from the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series works this way too (pronounced "chow"), so it's annoying when people try to make it plural by adding an "s" on the end, making it a totally different word.
** Not to mention that the same game introduced a character named Chaos (pronounced "kay-os"), who is also directly related to the chao, which causes even more confusion!
** At least in Brazil, most times Sonic is brought in on any kind of media, he's referred as a porcupine, not as a hedgehog. Translating "hedgehog" correctly should not be that difficult.
*** You'd be surprised, some languages use the same word for two "similar animals". There's no word for skunk in Japanese, they just use the same word as weasel.
** ''Even Good Game: Spawn Point'', a spinoff of an Australian game review show, messes up. While reviewing ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog4 Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II]]'', they said that Tails was introduced in ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2 Sonic 2]]''. What's the problem? They accompanied this with a video of the start of Angel Island Zone, which is from ''[[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles Sonic 3]]''. They really should know better.
** [[http://www.parrygamepreserve.com/images/features/catalogs/tiger/1992Vol2/1992Vol2Tiger15_M.jpg This page]] from the Tiger Electronics 1992 catalog lists the ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog1'' wrist game as an adaptation of "The popular [[NintendoEntertainmentSystem NES]] game."
* A review of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap'' in a reputable British newspaper claimed that Link must rescue a petrified Princess... [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Peach]].
** The easiest test to see if someone is a gamer or not: Do they refer to the green-hatted, sword-wielding protagonist as ''Zelda''?
** Dear game journalists: ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''[=/=]''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' Link was the only Hero of Time. The other Links either have different titles or no in-game title at all. And he's not an elf, dammit.[[note]]He actually ''was'' an elf in the first game. It was later {{Retcon}}ned.[[/note]]
** Nintendo's [[http://www.zelda.com official Zelda site]] contains so many factual errors in its Encyclopedia that it isn't even funny. One of the most egregious errors is the fact that the site's article on Link implies that there is only one Link. Stating exactly that is one of the worst things you can do in front of a Zelda fan. The encyclopedia's other articles include completely non-canon information that is passed off as canon. [[http://zeldawiki.org/Zelda.com#Bad_reputation_amongst_fans There are many examples of this.]]
** An article on the satirical website Christwire (quoted [[http://www.ludos-mundi.com/2012/09/17/video-games-works-satan/ here]]) titled [[http://christwire.org/2011/03/bared-skin-zelda-tattoo-girls-is-this-your-daughter-on-facebook-photographic-investigation/ "Bared Skin Zelda Tattoo Girls – Is This Your Daughter on Facebook?"]] had this as its first sentence: "''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' is a demonic video games series that follows the path of a young sorcerer named Zelda, as he uses witchcraft and a Satanic blade to violently murder various creatures." As the author of the first linked article notes, there are five factual errors in that sentence alone, never mind the rest of the article.
** Even the ''Hyrule Historia'' had its share of typos. On the page describing the six sages, the Fire Medallion is incorrectly placed next to Nabooru, the Sage of Spirit, while the Spirit Medallion is placed next to Darunia, the Sage of Fire. This is somewhat understandable, since the one arranging the graphics probably thought the yellow Spirit Medallion looked more fitting next to the gold-skinned Goron, and likewise for the red Fire Medallion and the red-haired woman (the other medallions/sages are color coordinated as such.) However another error in the book involves the picture choice in the Official Timeline. To denote the placement of the game Four Swords in the timeline, they used a promotional picture from the Link to the Past GBA port with the Four Swords game built into it. The result is a split-screen picture with LttP Link on the left and the four Links of FS in the space that is strictly labled "Four Swords." The book also incorrectly labels the Wind Waker promotional art as being "from Niko's picture show."
* Website/{{Cracked}}.com actually made one of the most common errors of the criticisms at ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''. In one article, they say "Get some better voice actors", and provide an example. Problem? The example was taken out of context; and was one of the most [[MisBlamed misblamed]] things ever. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5FTJxfV3pc The "Laughing scene"]]. Anyone who had been playing the game at that point (or even read the script) and not having just taken the scene out of context would have known that Tidus and Yuna did the fake laughing on ''purpose''. Not only do Auron, Lulu, and Wakka stare at the two with an odd look on their faces, but Wakka even says, "[[YoureInsane We thought you had gone crazy]]!" afterwards. What the journalists didn't seem to realize was that the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBHIgh3MEJU&feature=related laughing scene]] sounds ''just'' as weird in Japanese, as well. Ironically, Tidus and Yuna will break out in real laughter immediately afterwards, which sounds entirely different.
** Another article shows the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII gunblade]] as one of fiction's weapons that wouldn't work in real life. While good arguments could be made about it anyway, the article treats it as a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin gun with a blade]], as in, something that shoots bullets at a distance, while in the game it's simply a blade with a trigger that causes a small explosion, increasing the damage you deal with your regular, melee attack. Also, note that the concept actually exists, although it's antiquated and differs notably.
* There was a newspaper article about how "Sega's mascot [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]]" was more recognizable than Mickey Mouse. If he's so recognizable, how do they not know what company he's from?
** Another case of this happened when Penguin biscuits started including trivia questions on their wrappers. "In what game did Sega's Mario first appear?" Maybe that's why they later just focused on jokes...
* A magazine was trying to establish a link between the shootings at Columbine and video games. They used an interview with a survivor's family, while the survivor was playing the video game ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}''... which was described as "just shooting" and was punctuated by the survivor's character being blown up. The only shooting in ''Diablo'' is with a bow, and most of the time, your weapon is a sword or other melee weapon.
* British teenage science magazine ''Flipside'' ran a small article on ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', listing a handful of returning characters as being "Solid Snake, Roy Campbell, and Quinton Flynn". The last one is the name of the ''voice actor'' for one of the characters.
* The BBC once did a report on ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', [[http://www.gametrailers.com/player/usermovies/110735.html and used footage from Killzone 2]].
** It's not unheard of for written articles or players talking about the series to put an "and" in the middle of "Master Chief," giving it the connotation that it's not one term and he is thus extra-badass for being both master ''and'' chief of something. In reality, "Master Chief" is short for the naval rank of "Master Chief Petty Officer," which is, indeed, his rank.
*** All of which could've been averted by just calling him a Sergeant Major like every other SpaceMarine, his friend Avery J. Johnson included (both [=MCPO=] and [=SgtMaj=] are E-9s, in the US military). But ''no'', they had to be ''different''—apparently [[SuperSoldier Spartans]] are something like Navy [=SEALs=].
** The "pretty cool guy" meme does exactly this, with Halo's Master Chief being the original.
* A ''PC Gamer'' review of the ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' [[GameMod mod]] ''VideoGame/MINERVAMetastasis'' reported that it was created by a "team." Another review by PC Zone stated that "even Valve [the creators of the ''Half-Life'' series] should doff their caps and might want to take notes." Adam Foster, who ''singlehandedly'' created Minerva (aside from the music, which was by Joseph Toscano) actively sought out Valve's help in creating the last chapter, and got feedback on how to improve what he'd done so far (he'd been going to a modders' conference, which had gotten cancelled).
* The ''official'' German [=PlayStation=] Magazine reported that ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' was a continuation with a new character named Skylar Goodsworth. Turns out they were tricked by a {{fanfiction}} on what was then a rather obscure site, which not only lacked any form of professionalism, but came from a website hosted by [[http://www.beepworld.de Beepworld]].
* An early preview of ''Final Fantasy IX'' stated that it was to be a remake of the first game in the series. A writer clearly unfamiliar with Roman numerals claimed that Square had started development on "Final Fantasy 1 X".
** Over Christmas 2003, a reporter on CNBC told the viewers, that the hit game for that season was "Final Fantasy times two" (''Final Fantasy X-2'').
* A while back, the Official Nintendo Magazine in the UK described one of the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games as being in the top 150 of games. No problem? Well, they say it's ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' and it's getting a DS remake, but the picture beside it is unmistakably Kefka. The magazine apparently got Japan's ''Final Fantasy III'' (which actually got a DS remake) and North America's ''Final Fantasy III'' (which was ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'') confused.
** Understandable, considering ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' was the first main series Final Fantasy game released in the UK. The NES and SNES games are all examples of NoExportForYou, except for Mystic Quest.
* Following ''[[VideoGame/{{Manhunt}} Manhunt 2]]'' being banned in the UK, an article ran in a local newspaper accompanied by a screenshot from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''.
* The Fox News ''[[VideoGame/MassEffect1 Mass Effect]]'' fiasco. Turns out that Cooper Lawrence, their invited speaker and a self-help author, hadn't even ''seen'' the game, and based her entire rant about the game's numerous, hardcore sex scenes and obsession with objectifying women on somebody in the studio saying it was "like pornography". Seriously, that comment was her ''entire'' exposure to the game. She finally apologised after watching someone play the game for two and a half hours, and after [[InternetCounterattack hundreds of scathing reviews of her latest book]] were posted on Amazon by gamers who had, of course, never read it.
** The Fox News ''Mass Effect'' fiasco also came on the heels of an article by conservative columnist Kevin [=McCullough=] that described the game's "virtual orgasmic rape." Uh... you go with that.
** Another pundit on the same show referred to it as "Luke Skywalker meets Debbie Does Dallas."
** The best part of all this: Jack Thompson said there was nothing to it. ''[[MediaWatchdog Jack effin' Thompson]]'', of all people.
** FNC never really learned from any of this and they still routinely give air time to the standard compliment of {{moral guardians}} in order to sling mud at [[PacManFever games that they've never played but heard were controversial.]]
** To add to the ridiculousness of the whole fiasco, Fox looped the nearly all the sex scenes, unedited, as the B-Roll of the broadcast.
** Fox and Friends co-host Elizabeth Hasselback claimed that the Sept. 2013 Navy Yard shooting incident was evidence that a [[http://gamepolitics.com/2013/09/17/fox-friends-co-host-elisabeth-hasselbeck-we-need-national-registry-video-games national registry should be made for anyone who purchases a video game]], claiming that a link exists between young male gamers and gun violence. Though many studies have been conducted, this has never been definitively proven and many researches believe it to be a complete fallacy.
* An infamous video on Website/{{YouTube}} shows Brazilian evangelist Josue Yrion [[ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontWatch demonizing popular games of the time]]. His most infamous quotes: "The most-- one of the most dirty and perverse games Nintendo ever created"-Yrion on [[Franchise/MortalKombat the game that helped create the ESRB]] "Resident Eevil. The evil, resides in you (this is a Nintendo). Evil possesses you. You are a slave of evil, you are martirized by evil, you serve evil and live on evil". "Doom Namba Too. Doom Número Dosssss. You can see the devil, Hell, souls going in. [Later he shows a magazine with the quote 'So, how's Hell?'] Look at what it says here: How. To go. To Hell!"
** Yrion is commonly known in the Spanish-speaking world for his extremely uninformed rants. To give an example, he claimed Pokémon was a Satanic game and brought ''a deck of YuGiOh cards'' to prove it, narrating a completely improvised Satanic lore for each card he pulled. He also brought a children's book by Mitsuru Nakamura and claimed it was a Pokémon Satanic text. See to believe.
* There is also Piotr Natanek, a controversial Polish priest (he has been officially suspended by the Catholic Church, but it didn't scare off his followers). In his infamous sermon (available on Youtube) about the occult, he warns the believers against playing "demonic computer games" such as: ''[[VideoGame/{{Diablo}} Diabolo]]'', ''[[DungeonsAndDragons Dagones Drank]]'', ''Quake'', ''[[RolePlayingGame RPG]]'' (yeah, it seems to be a title, not a genre), ''[[{{Pokemon}} Pookemons]]'' [[{{DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment}} and]] ''[[{{Pokemon}} Kieszonkowe potwory]]'' (literally ''pocket monsters'' in Polish – not to be confused with [[{{Manga/PocketMonsters}} manga]]).
* Popular Science once had a short article on upcoming first person shooter games that showed a screenshot that was said to be from ''[[VideoGame/{{Doom}} Doom 3]]''. The problem? Not only was the screenshot from ''VideoGame/QuakeIIIArena'', but ''Doom 3'' hadn't even been announced yet.
* A fantastic example was created by English newspaper ''The Daily Mail'', who wrote an article about CG images of Washington DC destroyed, claiming they were made by terrorists as a "terrifying vision". The reality? The images were promo shots for ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''.
* A videogame advert was banned for containing the sexually suggestive tagline: "Get your worm out for the birds." The game being advertised, according to the newscasters, was the curiously named ''[[VideoGame/EarthwormJim Earthworm Joe]]''.
* ''[=GamePro=]'' printed a guide to unlocking the secret characters in ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]''. In it, they made several glaring errors, such as calling [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Sheik]] [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Samus]] (funny, considering what the two [[SamusIsAGirl have in common]]), and printing what they apparently thought was a picture of Marth, except it was a picture of Geoffrey, a totally unrelated ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' character who not only does not exist in the same universe as Marth, but fights with a [[BladeOnAStick lance]] instead of a [[HeroesPreferSwords sword]], and on horseback. Apparently, everybody with blue hair is the same person.
** Speaking of ''Brawl'', the woman who sang the part of Ashley in the game's rendition of [[VideoGame/WarioWare "Ashley's Theme"]] stated on her blog that she was chosen to do a song for the upcoming game, "Super Mario Bros. Smash".
** In a preview for the original ''Super Smash Bros.'', IGN referred to Captain Falcon as "Blue Falcon," mistaking the name of his ''VideoGame/{{F-Zero}}'' vehicle for his name.
*** In an interview, even his voice actor in ''GX'' (the man who voiced Kalas in ''Baten Kaitos'') called the character he voiced "Blue Falcon".
*** Even funnier if you know [[DynomuttDogWonder the original Blue Falcon.]]
** Italian magazine ''Pokémon World'' kept saying that, in the first two chapters of ''Super Smash Bros.'', Link's moveset includes the Gasha seeds from [[Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames the Oracle games]], when it actually doesn't happen in any of the aforemented games.
** They also once claimed that Bowser was a playable character in ''Mario Party 2'' in their preview.
* In a preview article for ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'', ''[=GamePro=]'' stated that the story takes place ten years after ''Resident Evil 4'', when it's actually set ten years after the first three games and the prequel ''Resident Evil Zero''.
* In the letters section of ''[=GamePro=]'', a reader asked if the 64DD add-on for the N64 would have the same advantages that a CD based system did over cartridges. The ''[=GamePro=]'' writer rudely informed the reader that it would have the same advantages since the 64DD is a CD based system. The 64DD actually used magnetic disks, not [=CDs=].
* In [[http://www.betson.com/images/cms/press_releases/9e16cf95cea1682a060677311c997065_08-06-08%20Nicktoons%20Nitro.pdf this press release]] for ''Nicktoons Nitro'' (somewhat related to the ''NicktoonsUnite'' series) they refer to one of the characters as "[[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Avatar]]", even though that's the title of the character, not his actual name.
* A St. Louis judge reviewed footage from four videogames to determine whether they (and, by extension, all games) were protected under First Amendment rights. Among the games he evaluated: "''[[Franchise/MortalKombat Mortal Combat]]''" and, hilariously, "''[[Franchise/ResidentEvil The Resident of Evil Creek]].''"
* A news report on video game violence in late 2000 pronounced the title ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' as "Deuce Ecks" and said that it was controversial because it allows the player to become the killer. First of all, why choose ''Deus Ex'' of all games to epitomize video game violence? Secondly, the report acted like murdering civilians was the whole point and completely ignored the WideOpenSandbox format of the game, including the moral choices the player can make with varying consequences.
* The German report "Frontal 21" is quite famous for this. In "Videogemetzel im Kinderzimmer" (video slaughter in the nursery), "Gewalt ohne Grenzen" (violence without borders) and "Töten am Bildschirm" (killing at the screen), they said, between other things, that you can chop off the arms of grannies in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' and described ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' as a WW2-type shooter (apparently mistaking it for ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDuty World at War]]''). That games in Germany are heavily censored (for example: no blood and no chopped-off parts in ''GTA'') did not stop them: They simply displayed the uncensored original versions which are not legal in Germany, at least not for anyone below the age of 18. This all gets worse if you realise that this was hosted on a paid-through-taxes publicly owned television station, ZDF, which has a governmental duty to educate. Well, at least on paper.
** They also described the ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas GTA: San Andreas']]'' [[HotCoffeeMinigame Hot Coffee mod]] with the words "Like this game: whoever rapes the most women wins", later arguing on a message board that the player's ability to choose positions was where the rape part came in.
* A report about violence in videogames by the german show Focus TV also showed what was going on at a LAN party. They first tried to convince the public that the freeware shooter "Cube" was outlawed in Germany and then went on to say that now the participants of the LAN had switched to VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} 3, which they described as "Ballern bis die Aliens kommen!" ("Shoot until the aliens come", paraphrasing the German saying "X tun bis der Arzt kommt" ("Do [[LetXBeTheUnknown X]] until the doctor arrives!", an equivalent to "Party hard!"). The kicker? The footage shown was from "StarCraft - Brood War". Then they had an interview with the CEO at CryTek, stating that this was the developer responsible for 90% of the violent games published (or rather NOT PUBLISHED) in Germany. Even when all the games they had released at the time were ''VideoGame/FarCry'' and ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}''.
** The German media at that time really enjoyed purposefully giving out false claims about video games. The Bild-Zeitung (a newspaper about as "good" as "The Sun") showed a picture taken out of the uncut version of SoldierOfFortune2 (which is outlawed in Germany, by the way, and our version has all the blood and gore removed and the enemies replaced for robots) taking heavy advantage of the damage system (LudicrousGibs) and said that it was a screenshot of ''VideoGame/{{Counter-Strike}} 2''. This game doesn't even exist.
* ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' has been known to misidentify the species of Krystal from ''VideoGame/StarFox'' more than once. In one issue, they called her a cat (using this as a device to say she should've ditched Fox and hooked up with Panther by the end of ''Assault''), and another claimed she was a ferret.
** Then again, Krystal was a cat in ''Series/DinosaurPlanet'', the unreleased original version of ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'' (that was not even meant to be a ''Star Fox'' game).
** The same magazine also erroneously claimed in a ''[[SoulSeries Soulcalibur II]]'' article that Yoshimitsu is a ghost.
*** He's actually a ninja with a prosthetic arm who talks (and poses) like a demon-possessed Kabuki actor and frequently utters Mahayana Buddhist slogans like "Namu Amida Butsu" and "Your life is in vain." A ghost would be much more normal than Yoshimitsu.
** One of their writers also seems convinced that Sonic the Hedgehog's buddy Tails is a mutant squirrel, even after someone wrote in to tell him that he's a fox. It's mainly just a {{running gag}} he uses to get a rise out of the fans.
** There was a German Nintendo magazine that was available to fans (in the beginning, then not, then again) free-of-charge. When doing ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' they wrote about "Die hübsche Reploidin Zero" (the beautiful female reploid Zero) helping X. Zero is male. [[DudeLooksLikeALady Booblights and long blonde hair notwithstanding.]]
* Not even ''Disney Adventures'', the official magazine for The Walt Disney Company, was any good on their review of ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', a game developed by, y'know, Disney and Square. Their blurb states that the Disney villains want to change the endings of their stories so the bad guys win. Already done in Disney Villains' Revenge, but firstly, that's not the premise, and second, the story's even deeper and darker than how they described.
** In Italy, Disney's official stuff (articles on the Italian ''Mickey Mouse'' and their strategy guide) about the first game of the series kept saying that Darkside (the giant Heartless Sora fights at the beginning of the game and later before the final boss) is the BigBad of the game (even referring at him as "the invincible Heartless prince"), and that the game ends with Sora fighting him in Neverland. It's not true.
* According to [[http://www.zeit.de/2008/40/OdE49-Medien this Die Zeit article]], ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' is a {{racing game}}. Not entirely untrue, however, though most of the racing missions in the series tend to be optional and [[ThatOneLevel extremely frustrating]].
** Well, it ''started'' as a racing game, but the concept was changed early in development.
* Another ''GTA'' example: the Quebec newspaper 24 Heures claims that ''GTA: Chinatown Wars'' is focused on "the Asian gang" (The Triad) from ''Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City''... Even if they meant ''[[GrandTheftAutoLibertyCityStories Liberty City Stories]]'', ''CW'' is part of the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' era, which is as unrelated as possible (plotwise, anyways) to the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' era (of which ''LCS'' is a part of; and for the record, the Triad did appear briefly in ''GTAIV''.). They also managed to switch around the text caption for the ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' screenshots on the same article as said goof.
* Also ''GTA'': an article from a British paper claimed that the goal of the game was 'to kill as many people as possible'. Any player can tell you that doing so is actually a detriment to the actual goals.
* Yet again from ''GTA'', a news report in Australia on the release of ''GrandTheftAutoV'' mentioned its R18+ rating due to "extreme violence". While it ''is'' true it recieved that rating, it was due to drug use, not violence. (If you're going to be MoralGuardians about it, at least get the issue right) They also said it was the first game to get the R18+ rating in Australia, which isn't true. (That would be ''Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge'', released many months earlier)
* ''AnimalCrossing'' players (and just about everyone else), find yourself something big and solid for your head before watching [[http://gonintendo.com/?p=75936 the biggest, most spectacularly epic case]] of CriticalResearchFailure.
** For those not familiar with the game, the turtle character that is supposedly a potential child molester is Tortimer, ''an NPC''. Yes, in ''Animal Crossing'', [[SarcasmMode the game itself tries to seduce your children into sending it pictures of themselves.]]
** In addition, interacting with other players over the internet is only possible by swapping friend codes with that particular player; this is not ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''.
** Not that it matters in some jurisdictions -- according to [[http://www.gamepolitics.com/2009/03/17/cybercop-no-good-reason-adults-own-animal-crossing a spokesman for the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force,]], just being [[PeripheryDemographic an adult]] and owning ''Animal Crossing'' is apparently ''prima facie'' evidence of being a pedophile.
*** [[AllAbusersAreMale Which is even more absurd as the (at least the German) advertising for the game shows a mid-twenty woman playing the game.]]
*** For those who can't get the video in the original link to load, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xAK-X0RA5o here's another video.]]
* A Fox affiliate made a news report warning parents to look out for potential pedophilic activity on the NintendoDS, but of course there's the daunting task of explaining how the DS actually works. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vN7Ra0nVzIE Here's a video of the important bits edited into a (misinformative) Nintendo DS commercial.]]
* [[http://www.gamesradar.com/wii/f/the-top-7-hated-habits-of-the-mainstream-media/a-20090323163554113093 This article]] probably sums up the major problems pertaining to video games quite well.
* The ''[[RushLimbaugh Limbaugh Letter]]'' rails against ''[[VideoGame/{{Burnout}} Burnout Paradise]]'' for its hardline stance on global warming. Its ''what?''
* A TV report on ''Kwari'', an MMO FPS in which you would actually earn real money for frags (at the cost of paying for ammunition via microtransactions) and other stuff. Said TV report used ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'' footage.
* [[http://www.nydailynews.com/tech_guide/2011/10/24/2011-10-24_review_kirbys_return_to_dreamland_is_good_not_quite_epic.html This article]] for KirbysReturnToDreamland describes Kirby as "Everyone's favorite ghost".
** One of Kirby's abilities is the Sword one, which gives him an hat very similar to [[Videogame/TheLegendOfZelda Link]]'s one. For this reason, the Italian Official Nintendo Magazine kept calling it "Kirby wearing a Link disguise". It doesn't help that, when [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Kirby actually eats Link]], the weapon he gets is not the sword but either the Boomerang (in the original) or the Bow (in later chapters).
* [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/gamesblog/2009/jun/01/microsoft-xbox This British newspaper article]] talks about ''Metal Gear Solid: Rising'' starring Raiden, "the baddie from [=MGS2=]". He may have been [[TheScrappy unpopular with the fanbase]] but that's surely taking it a little far...
* One would expect mainstream journalists to make this sort of mistake, when online ''gamestores'' do it [[http://www.beantowngames.com/games/pid101178.htm the results]] can be hilarious. Some of them only ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' players will spot, but others are rather more blatant. They've listed player characters as enemies and [=NPCs=], they've got place names wrong, called an Orc a troll and hilariously, called a Dwarf an ''Elf''.
** [[http://au.shopping.com/xPO-LucasArts-Star-Wars-Knights-of-the-Old-Republic Online stores selling "Knights of the Old Republic"]] claim that you play as freedom fighters fighting the "last war" between the Sith and the Jedi.
* "[[http://keloland.com/NewsDetail6162.cfm?Id=90360 Nintendo Wii is a popular game]]".
* Count the number of mass medias who claim ''Call of Duty: VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'' to be a terrorism simulator just from taking the [[WhamEpisode Wham Level]] "No Russian" out of context.
** Most notable though, is the [[CriticalResearchFailure infamous]] FoxNewsChannel [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pE-nOCy7FfE coverage]]. [[Franchise/MassEffect You'd think they'd learned a good lesson by now]], did you? Not this time.
** A fan-based variant: ask someone to name the armaments of the AC-130U from the "DeathFromAbove" level, and they will tell you its smallest weapons are a pair of M61 Vulcans. Even though ''the intro to the level blatantly tells you that is not what it's using.''
* In the same fashion, fresh and new case here people: another anti-gaming segment on Alan Titchmarsh show ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryH2WemACIM hit the link]] for more details). You can see [[ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontWatch some very interesting claims]] such as:
** "Video games are not rated" - Apparently missing ''both'' relevant [[http://www.bbfc.co.uk ratings]] [[http://www.pegi.eu boards]].
** "increased levels of depression and low self-esteem were linked to playing violent video games" - [[http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2010/mar/vvgeffects Erm... no, where did the Iowa State Uni give that conclusion?]]
* Parodied by LoadingReadyRun in [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/escapist-news-network/1123-Pictodicks this video.]]
* According to the study [[http://eab.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/38/3/422 "The Mural as Graffiti Deterrence"]], [[ZeroWing "All Your Base Are Belong To Us"]] is a "name of a Korean computer game popular in the 1980s". (''Zero Wing'' was released in late 1989, so even the time period is wrong.)
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dP5bR1o-elg "Grog XD"]] report. Some dim-witted journalists found the famous [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stYQXgQb6vI "grog recipe"]] from ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland'' on Website/{{Facebook}} and presented it as an example of "evil harmful alcoholic recipes available on the interwebs, [[WhatAnIdiot that teenagers could drink before going out to dance!"]]. They didn't realize it was tongue-in-cheek, nor noticed "XD" is an emoticon.
** Later on, a vending machine with "Grog XD" [[AscendedMeme showed up]] in the finale of ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'', which for many was a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
* President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez once said on his radio show that "Those games they call '[=PlayStation=]' are poison. Some games teach you to kill. They once put my face on a game, 'you've got to find Chavez to kill him.'" No mainstream games exist that feature Hugo Chavez's likeness. This was in relation to ''[[VideoGame/{{Mercenaries}} Mercenaries 2: World in Flames]]'', in which the player must battle Venezuelan soldiers and ultimately assassinate the nation's leader, though as above, said in-game leader is not Chavez, or even a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute of him.
* There was a very {{egregious}}ly inaccurate documentary about video games on the Creator/DiscoveryChannel once (this was in Poland, so maybe it was localisation problems). The documentary stated for example that Nintendo systems were never ever released in Europe, that Nintendo and Mario went dead, forgotten and extinct just when the [=PlayStation=] was released (despite showing [=GameCube=] and Wii footage, consoles which came out years after the original [=PlayStation=]), that ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' was the first ''GTA'' game, that Microsoft began its console gaming business with a gaming console called "Xbox Live", and such.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bKoahtmcHY&feature=PlayList&p=UdMzgejDH1w This]] "What if Video Games Were Real" sketch features a joke based on ''Metal Gear Solid'', in which Snake is instructed to "Infiltrate Otacon's new base". For those not versed on the ''Metal Gear'' series, Otacon is pretty much the only character who is always on the same side as the player. Nor has he ever had a base, unless the airship they live in in ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 4|GunsOfThePatriots}}'' counts.
** For that matter, the joke is that hiding using a cardboard box is fairly ridiculous, and so the guard responds appropriately and shoots Snake. The joke falls flat due to this being how guards already react in the game. They even recognize boxes in inappropriate settings (a random box out in the jungle for instance).
* The early-morning show on the (now-defunct) [[http://www.midwestradio.co.uk/ Midwest Radio]] station in the UK is rife with this, usually whenever the bumbling DJ presenting the show presents listeners with a game-related competition. During one such competition, in which one lucky listener could win a copy of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'', the question was "What occupation does [[TheHero Mario]] have?" the answer of course being "Plumber". When the answer was revealed, the DJ and his co-presenter claimed that you could tell that Mario was a plumber because "he carries a spanner (aka a wrench, to those across ThePond) around with him in the games". Um... no he doesn't (and even most people who have never touched a ''[[SuperMarioBros Mario]]'' game in their entire life probably know this!).
** In another instance, during a competition to win a copy of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', the same DJ referred to the game - ''constantly'', and presumably never realizing his mistake and/or not having any of his colleagues point it out to him (either that, or he did realise and just hoped that no-one would notice) - as "Mass 2 Effect".
* Although it's not the focus, an article about 1988, the last time the University of Florida lost three straight games, came out with this gem: "Nintendo released Tecmo Bowl." Putting aside the fact that the arcade version was released in 1987 and the NES version was released in 1989, most actual experts agree that it was ''Tecmo'' that released ''Tecmo Bowl''.
* [[http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/10/01/s-inspired-minecraft-takes-online-gaming-world/ This Fox News article]] states that ''Infiniminer'' was made by Markus Persson (Notch) as a prototype to ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}''. ''Infiniminer'' was actually made by Zachtronics Industries; Notch only drew inspiration from it.
* Creator/{{CBS}} reports on the Sega Pass hack incident: "SegaGenesis [[http://www.vg247.com/2011/06/20/cbs-sega-genesis-hacked/ hacked!]]" Of course, the console doesn't have anything to do with the incident, and hasn't even been in production since 1997!
* Public network France 2 gives us [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQfaAm4IVDI this helpful report]] on the perils of [[{{MMORPG}} "meuporg"]] addiction.
--> Reporter: [[TheNewRockAndRoll Young people]] spend their days in front of a screen, stuffing themselves on "meuporg." ... "Meuporg" is the barbarian name of online role-playing games where we can meet virtual friends. That's the actual name, I'm sorry.
--> Anchor: But how do you spell it?
--> Reporter: We spell it M-M-M-P-O-R-P-G.
* When ''VideoGame/RuleOfRose'' was released in Italy, people started talking about it everywhere as a game where little girls bury alive other little girls to win. The main character is not a little girl, the bad guys are.
** Of course there was also outrage over the assumption that the player would be murdering children in the game, derived from the fact that the villains are indeed children. While child deaths occur in the game, they all happen off-screen, and the player isn't responsible for a single one of them. Incidentally, it's also the player character who gets (briefly) sealed in a coffin -- she's the victim, not the instigator.
*** Even when you get past the perversion of the game's premise, you still get this. Apparently, Jennifer has to bury a little girl alive to continue; this never happens, the game is about finding items for little girls (who are in control all of the time). It's easy to see where this comes from, though: every chapter's events are explained by "storybooks". The storybook for ''The Funeral'' explains that "a girl" (after reading the other storybooks, it should be obvious that this is Jennifer), who has to bury her best friend to survive. There are three problems: first, the little girl who apparently has to be buried alive is Wendy, who isn't Jennifer's best friend. Second, this storybook is the most vague of them all, only hinting at the chapter's events instead of outright spoiling them. Third, Jennifer's actual best friend, Brown, [[spoiler:''is'' killed so that Jennifer can survive, but Jennifer doesn't actually kill him, and he's a dog (which, considering the sort of people who write CowboyBebopAtHisComputer articles, would probably remove the impact if they'd realized).]]
** And when the rumour spread to the UK people began assuming that the game promoted pedophilia, even leading to a criminal investigation in Poland. While the infamous trailer shows some disturbing, sexualized implications, their whole point is to be ''disturbing'', and none are present in the game itself. The game opaquely hints at sexual abuse of a 16-year old girl, but it's played for pure horror.
** It's worth noting, however, that Punchline did this ''intentionally''. They spread rumours about the game being sexual and sinister that weren't true just for publicity.
* In the ''Official [=PlayStation=] Magazine'', they printed a picture of the main character from ''Digital Devil Saga 2'' over a fan review of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne''.
* At the time of its release, it was not uncommon to read about a game called ''"[[VideoGame/JakAndDaxter Jack and Dexter]]"''. There were even video game stores that carried it under that title. And it still happens: [[http://anothervideogameblog.com/2011/07/04/new-jack-and-dexter-game-on-the-cards/ this video game blog]] for example uses the erroneous names. [[http://anothervideogameblog.com/2011/10/02/weekend-blast-me-3-feature-jack-and-dexter-collection-uncharted-3-batllefied-3-beta-vita-limit-batman-ac/ Twice.]] Likewise, there is a good number of reviews to be found on Website/{{Youtube}} that consistently refer to Jak as Jax.
* [[http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/vegan-video-game The author of this article]] on ''VideoGame/DungeonsOfDredmor'' made two simple mistakes. She assumed that all fantasy {{RPG}}s are also {{MMORPG}}s, and she also believed the flavor text in a {{Roguelike}}. The 'secret vegan cults' mentioned in the skill selection screen don't actually appear in the game, which is single player only.
* [[http://venturebeat.com/2011/05/25/how-many-ways-can-thqs-space-marine-game-rip-off-gears-of-war/ This article]] about ''VideoGame/Warhammer40000SpaceMarine''. It caused quite a lot of internet backlash.
** There's also quite a lengthy update which acknowledges the writer knows little about 40k, but also mentions he was referring mainly to ''gameplay'' rather than ''setting'', which is more justifiable.
* A while back, one of [[BritishNewspapers The Daily Telegraph's]] weekend magazines had an issue with the main article being about cosplay. One of the photos accompanying said article was of a cosplayer dressed as Genesis, with the caption listing him as being from "''[[VideoGame/CrisisCoreFinalFantasyVII Final Fantasy VII: Crisis]] [[VideoGame/CrisisCoreFinalFantasyVII Call]]''".
* Gamedaily's article about Asian female video characters: They said that Hsien-Ko "had good looks, despite her oversized hands." Those are not her hands, those are giant claw gauntlets. While she can control them like they are her hands, she does show her real hands in several of her moves and poses.
* The official site for ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'' claims that Greil is a Ranger, the Black Knight is a Paladin, and Ashnard is a Lord. The "official guidebook" on the other hand, had a section at the end of the book where they showed every playable character, and claimed that characters with a red highlight are already class-changed. Several of them were colored wrong (i.e. Nephenee was labeled as already class changed despite being a Soldier, a starter class).
** The official guidebook for ''Fire Emblem'' (the first one released to the west) claimed that Sonia was "human", though the writers may have been confused due to the fact that she has deluded herself into believing she was human, and constantly refers to herself as such. It is possible they did not want to spoil anything (not that it was really a ''major'' spoiler or anything), though they seemed to have no problem revealing Ephidel was one as well.
* The online alternate costume description of Maya in Kay's color scheme in ''Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3'' claims that Kay assisted [[VisualNovel/AceAttorney Phoenix Wright]], though in actuality she was Edgeworth's assistant and has never even met Phoenix.
* The cartoon ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'' featured VideoGame/KidIcarus from the game with the same name as a regular character. Except his name's actually Pit.
* A ''Newsweek'' article claimed that Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik "trained daily on the online shooting game VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft." World of Warcraft is an MMORPG - one with 10.2 ''million'' subscribers at the time of the massacre. Furthermore, only one out of ten classes then available spend much time shooting anything, while the rest focus on melee weapons or spells. And the only thing playing WoW trains people to do is to play WoW.
* Creator/{{Capcom}} does this to itself when it comes to the North American instruction manual of the original ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends'' game. On page 16 and 17, the info about the Bonne Family pirates was correct for the most part, but some of it was flat-out wrong. The 2 pages were character bios of Teisel Bonne, Tron Bonne, Bon Bonne, and the Servbots. Instead of being referred to as the "Bonne Family" (or just the "Bonnes"), they're continuously referred to as the "Bonne Brothers", Teisel's name is misspelled as "Teasel", Tron is referred to as Teisel's "eldest daughter" (in reality, they're siblings), Bon's name is given as "Bomb", and "Servbots" is misspelled as "Serv''e''bots"... and yes, [[{{Irony}} it's correct without the second "e"]].
** On page 14 and 15, they misspelled the surname of Roll and Barrell as "Casket" (it's actually "Casket''t''"). Barrell's name was also misspelled as "Barrel".
** Then, there's the North American instruction manual for ''Mega Man Legends 2''. The Casketts' surname was misspelled again as "Casket" (although they got Barrell's given name right, this time), Teisel is still "Teasel", Tron is called the "eldest daughter in the Bonne family" even though she's the ''only'' daughter, Bon is still "Bomb", and finally, Von Bluecher and Klaymoor are called Von Muller and Bancoscus, respectively ([[DubNameChange which are actually their names in Japan]]).
* The live-action ''{{VisualNovel/Ace Attorney}}'' movie. A reviewer writing for the International Film Festival of Rotterdam clearly has no idea what ''Gyakuten Saiban'' really is about. [[http://www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com/en/films/gyakuten-saiban/ While his summary of the movie is quite accurate]], he's made several inaccurate statements regarding ''Ace Attorney''. He stated that [[http://aceattorney.sparklin.org Ace Attorney Online]] is where you can find a "free trial package". As in, you can find free trials sponsored by Capcom. Capcom does not sponsor fansites, and the owner of the fansite has always said that the site was never sponsored by Capcom. This reviewer also implies that Ace Attorney Online is the official site for the ''Ace Attorney'' series. This caused a bit of a panic that the owner of the site had to make it doubly clear that the website is neither affiliated with Capcom nor is it the official site for ''Ace Attorney''.
** The reviewer also claimed that ''Ace Attorney'' resembles a "non-digital board game" akin to ''Settlers of Catan''. Also he claims that it kinda made him understand why someone would turn "a game, which is not very visual, into a film." Ace Attorney is certainly not a "non-digital board game". And the very nature of {{Visual Novel}}s (which ''Ace Attorney'' really is) make this a very visual game.
* One children's atlas, in its section on Japan, lists video games as a notable part of the country's culture, including an image of an iconic game character. This'd all be fine and dandy if they hadn't used Franchise/CrashBandicoot, an '''American''' video game.
** This is actually justified since [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Japan loved Crash]] back in the '90s. But if the atlas was published more recently, it would probably make less sense to put him in there since he isn't popular nowadays when compared to bigger icons like Mario or Sonic.
* In a strange example, an [[http://www.ff7citadel.com/press/pr_ff7-salesrecord.shtml official Sony press release]] describes ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' as "bringing back characters from previous games", listing Cloud, Cid Highwind, and Chocobos as examples, while featuring new characters like Aeris and Barret. In actuality, as each ''Final Fantasy'' game takes place in its own separate universe, the game does not truly feature any characters from previous games. Chocobos can be considered valid as they're a series mainstay (though they are a race, not a character), and the confusion for Cid possibly stems from the fact that he both is an airship-related man named Cid (another series mainstay) and has a last name calling back to Kain Highwind from ''IV'' and Ricard Highwind from ''II''. Saying that Cloud is an older character, however, is bullshit.
* After a British [[BadassArmy Special Boat Service]] action to rescue hostages in Afghanistan, the ''Sunday Times'' ran a picture of an "elite SBS soldier" with his face blacked out "to protect his identity." This was unnecessary, however, as his identity was already known to millions of gamers around the world: it was actually a picture of [[CallOfDuty John "Soap" MacTavish]], who is in the SAS (later Task Force 141), not the SBS, who is only once shown doing anything special involving a boat, and perhaps most obviously, who is a fictional character. Worst of all, the picture was not one of those cinematic promotional images that ''might'', in the dark, after a double shot of Scotch and with your eyes closed, look like a photograph. No, it was a clumsily done screencap, with visible pixels and ''his equipment clipping through his gun.''
* Pick a story on ''VideoGame/NightTrap''. ''Any'' story. Chances are, it fits this.
* Another one from Cracked, "[[http://www.cracked.com/article_20158_the-6-most-baffling-video-game-spinoffs.html The 6 Most Baffling Video Game Spinoffs]]", has... quite a few.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonChannel'' ''is'' primarily about watching television with Pikachu, but the article claims there is literally nothing else to do in the game.
** ''[[VideoGame/{{Bomberman}} Bomberman: Act Zero]]'' is a(n ill-conceived, granted) rehash of the original NES game's plot; the article phrases it to sound like an original concept.
** ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'' was released ''before'' ''Sonic and the Black Knight'' and ''Unleashed'', not after as the article claims.
** Shadow and Sonic are different characters (granted, Shadow could easily be mistaken for a SuperpoweredEvilSide).
** For there to be more spin-offs than actual games in the series, the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' franchise would need to consist of somewhere in the vicinity of three games - FanonDiscontinuity notwithstanding.[[note]]Of course, only three sub-series have numbered sequels, so this is excusable.[[/note]]
* You would think that a store ''specialising'' in selling games wouldn't make this kind of mistake, but shortly after the release of the N64 in the UK at least one store advertised ''[[VideoGame/{{Turok}} Turok the Dinosaur]]'' for sale...
* One ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution'' player celebrated his 800th AAA rank by posting a picture of it on his Facebook timeline. A Facebook page picks this image up and posts it, congratulating him...but erroneously calls the song [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbrvfjudaQ1qcj9w7o1_r1_1280.png "Xepher Tatsh"]]. The most embarrassing part about it? Said page is ''the official DDR Facebook page!''
** Even "better", the same page [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ma74gbO07L1qb67g7o1_500.jpg mistakes]] a ''PumpItUp'' cabinet for a DDR cab. ''The admin of the DDR page mistook DDR's rival series ''(which has had a long legal history involving Konami, to boot)'' for DDR.''
* Cracked again, this time for getting ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' mixed up with its spinoff ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''. In [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20283_5-bizarre-ways-online-gaming-affecting-real-world.html "5 Bizarre Ways Online Gaming Is Affecting the Real World"]] (scroll down to #3), they called ''KOTOR'' an {{MMORPG}} in a TakeThat presumably meant for ''SWTOR''.
* Before and around its release, several articles claimed the WiiU to be "a new controller for the Wii". First of all, the controller is ''not'' the console, it's just a controller, and secondly, it's an entirely new console, and its controller and games cannot be used on the Wii.
** In defense of the reports, Nintendo has themselves admitted that they handled marketing and launch of the Wii U abysmally, leading to this trope for quite a lot of people.
* Official advertisements for ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' stated that without Mario's help, various characters' wishes would never come true, such as Mallow finding his parents, Bowser getting his keep back, or Geno [[PinocchioSyndrome becoming a real boy]]. Geno is a star spirit possessing a doll for his goal of getting the pieces of the Star Road back - he never becomes human and never expresses any desire to do so.
** Another error seen in official sources such as ''Nintendo Power'' was referring to the sword in the castle as Smithy. The sword is named Exor, and is never confused with Smithy inside the game itself. Smithy is the final boss in the alternate dimension that Exor acts as a portal to.
* ''VideoGame/LSDDreamEmulator'' is quite famous for being based on a dream journal? But whose dreams was the game based on? It must be Osamu Sato, the lead designer! Bonus points because Wikipedia rightly claims that the dream journal was kept by Hiroko Nishikawa, but the general public thinks Wikipedia is a bad source of information, and many gaming websites (who should know more about video games) claim it was kept by Sato.
* One review of ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' didn't like the player character's name, "Cloaca Mahoney"... a [[HelloInsertNameHere deliberate joke name]] used by Angie Gallant's "LetsPlay" walkthrough of the game. They'd have known if they'd played the game... or even read the LP, really.
* When the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' FPS was released on the Nintendo 64 in the UK, ''The Guardian'' newspaper chastised Nintendo for bleeping out all the swearwords. What they didn't know was that this was the norm for the show at that time: F and S words were bleeped out, even on UK channels where they didn't have to be after 9pm (the show was never on any earlier than that anyway) and even the PAL VHS releases at the time were still censored in this way, essentially meaning the game was just following the format of the show. Matt and Trey were interviewed on a documentary on Channel 4 where they even stated themselves that they thought the show was funnier with the bleeps and had been happy to leave them in. Though later episodes have been allowed to have more of these words to go uncensored, as well as being released on DVD without any bleeps, back in 1998 that wasn't the case at all.
* Gamers and some gaming media alike tend to believe that most PC games run on the Source engine just because other game engines look similar to it (and apparently the only popular games are ones made by Valve). In actuality, the Source engine is mostly used only by Valve, though they do license it, and it isn't the majority engine by a long shot.
* Don Reisinger of [[http://www.slashgear.com/why-nintendo-has-no-choice-but-to-go-multiplatform-11290129/ Slash gear]] said Nintendo had no choice but to go multi-platform and said that Activision has no plans for Wii U titles. Had he ever set foot in a game store, he might have noticed the fact that ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}} Giants'' was not only released on the Wii U, but that ''Skylanders Swap Force'' will be as well. He also apparently never heard of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/007_Legends 007 Legends]].
* Near the end of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AUhiQ1py3Y this]] Lore in a Minute video, they say that in ''[[VideoGame/MirrorsEdge Mirror's Edge]]'', "Faith must follow all things inexplicably painted red". They aren't really red; it's a visual representation of how Faith can easily spot something to... [[BuffySpeak do parkour stuff on]]. They also only turn red after you come close enough, and "Runner Vision" can be turned off[[note]]In the Hard difficulty setting, the game doesn't even let you have it on.[[/note]].
** Anothe Lore in a Minute example: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNywLPYpNYI in their Phoenix Wright video]] it is stated that "Miles took over his father and became an esteemed prosecutor". In actuality, Miles Edgeworth's father was a defense attorney.
* An article of ''Nintendo Power'', volume 72, about the X-Band specified the Super NES Multitap as the first means of multi-player gameplay ever. No it wasn't; there were other devices before it for different consoles. Two of those were the [=FourScore=] and Satellite for the ''original'' NES, the former which was even advertised on the back covers of certain earlier issues from 1990 and '91.
* ''Videogame/BioShockInfinite'' has articles that state that the game itself is [[http://www.explosion.com/27625/bioshock-infinite-5-points-that-prove-its-another-sexist-game/?utm_source=zergnet.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=zergnet_52949 sexist towards women]], claiming that a woman needs to be protected and there are no female enemies, which is completely false as Elizabeth can fend for herself (and more often than not takes care of Booker by finding him ammo and saving him with her medical knowledge) and both sides of the conflict have female troops (which ironically some of the troops in the game show a dislike for people who are sexist) and one of the main bosses in the game is a woman. And another stating that [[http://designislaw.tumblr.com/post/56908254260/bioshock-infinitely-trampling-over-minorities-in-the the game is racist]], despite the fact it shows the all white society to be even more horrific and shows how racism is treated. Many gamers even found TheLottery cringe worthy with a majority of said gamers throwing the ball at the announcer rather than the mixed-race couple. [[http://designislaw.tumblr.com/post/54407385762/murderduders-the-men-without-souls-and-the-women-made From the same author]], he claims that the player can comfort Elizabeth and Ellie, from VideoGame/TheLastOfUs, with the press of a button. He seemingly missed that [[spoiler:Ellie is Joel's ReplacementGoldfish for his dead daughter, and Elizabeth actually is Booker's daughter.]] Later on, [[http://designislaw.tumblr.com/post/70292634713/the-allegiance-of-whiteness-the-games-village-of he now thinks that Bioshock: Infinite is satire, which it clearly isn't.]]
* A [[http://www.klkntv.com/story/23928921/8-year-old-faces-felony-charges story]] claims that an 8 year old is facing felony charges after charging $800 to his grandmother's credit card in {{Minecraft}}. Minecraft itself costs around $30, has no in-game store, and even if you are talking about the Xbox 360 version, has nowhere near $800 worth of skin packs to purchase. Guilty of this trope are: the grandmother, the boy's father, the police, and the (non-gaming/tech) news outlets who are repeating the story.
* ''Cracked'' again, because we've not criticized them enough yet. [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20657_the-6-most-bizarre-ways-to-lose-popular-video-games_p2.html this article]] complains about you dying in ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII Assassin's Creed III]]'' (which itself is not correct. You get desynchronised) if you don't skin the animals you kill, yet you get away with murdering political figures. In doing this they miss the whole point of the series, where the Animus machine you're in allows you to see an interactive recording of the past, so you can kill these political figures because your ancestor actually did it. So you get desynchronised from this recording because your ancestor skinned all the animals he killed, and by not doing it yourself, you're straying too far from the recording. Basically, Cracked seemed to not realise that ItMakesSenseInContext.
** In the same article, they claim that in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogCD'', the "I'm outta here!" IdleAnimation "ends your game. As in you go back to the main menu and start from Level 1 with no Chaos Emeralds". While Chaos Emeralds are the staple BonusStageCollectables of [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog the series]], for this game they are substituted with Time Stones.
* On the [[http://www.1170kfaq.com/podcasts/patcampbell/232830071.html Pat Campbell radio show]], he discusses “The Slaying of Sandy Hook Elementary.” This is a fan-created Flash game available to play for free on some web sites. While discussing the game, Pat said "Any of you with teenage boys...is that on their Christmas list?", implying that he believes this game is available to purchase in stores.
** It should be said that Pat occasionally has Jack Thompson as a guest.
* Official press releases for ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'' state that this is the first game in the regular series to feature Princess Peach as a playable character. [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2 Everybody knows that's wrong]].
** When the newspaper ''Chicago Red Eye'' made a review of the game, [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ovASWQwf6uc/Up_K-sa8u9I/AAAAAAAAWpk/1LN8XfZww2M/s1600/unnamed.jpg the editor accidentally used a fan cover made by a user from]] Wiki/{{Fantendo}} instead of the real cover. More blatant since the game is for WiiU, while that cover haves a Wii cover design.
** The Gamestop in-store advertisement of ''3D World'' says that, like her appearance in ''Super Mario Bros. 2'', Peach can float. The problem is that they show ''[[SuperMarioGalaxy Rosalina]]'' when they say that.
* Find an Italian review of ''[[Videogame/ApeEscape Ape Escape: On the Loose]]''. Any short, non-professional one, coming from some magazine for kids. You will sure find only one screenshot of the game, more precisely [[http://firm-guide.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Ape-Escape-picture-1.jpg this one]]... which comes from ''Ape Escape 3''.
* Gamestop in Italy placed preorders of ''[[Videogame/MarioKart Mario Kart 8]]'' showing [[http://www.deviantart.com/art/Mario-Kart-8-397160071 a fan-made cover]]. The fakeness of that is blatant, with Peach, Wario and Bowser being clearly their artworks from ''Wii'' and having ''[[Videogame/MarioAndLuigi Fawful]]'' between the playable characters.
* In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zJD9B0za9k this]] video, where JonTron references the creepypasta [[http://cdnl.complex.com/assets/CHANNEL_IMAGES/VIDEO_GAMES/2013/01/content/ghost2.png Pokémon Creepy Black]], he manages to give not one, but two wrong descriptions. More specifically, he said that it was "the one where Pokémon die instead of faint" and "the one with the version of Lavender Town that made those Japanese kids get mysteriously ill". Creepy Black is actually about having the ability to "Curse" your opponents (Pokémon ''and'' trainers) and make them mysteriously disappear.
* Upon the release of ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 5'', a Spanish magazine launched an article about the characters of the game. The article had Craig Marduk labeled as "Marshall Law" (a completely unrelated and very different character), presented Ling Xiayou as come from the future (presumably a misunderstanding from her goal to build a time machine to change the past, and does happen in her ending) and said that [[FlatWhat Yoshimitsu was Ogre's son]].
* BBC Radio 1 once had a phone-in quiz, to which one question was "What was the first computer game; was it (a) a football game, (b) a tennis game or (c) a golf game?" The correct answer is of course "(d) none of the above -- it was a space-battle game." This is true regardless of whether one means the first ''ever'' video game (''Space War'', circa 1964) or the first ''coin-op'' game (''Computer Space'', 1972). ''VideoGame/{{Pong}}'' (1973) was the first ''successful'' coin-op.
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