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->''"We added a shitload of secrets into this thing. Seriously. You thought Hidden Palace was bad? This thing is gonna be like goddamn JFK."''
-->-- '''Anonymous Creator/SonicTeam Member''', ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2SpecialEdition''

Every popular game has a rumor around it that is capable of turning it into a urban legend, and due to an oversight or hanging plot thread, it seems ''just'' plausible. It's not hard to believe them, since the games often have real secrets and glitches that are [[RealityIsUnrealistic so bizarre that they sound made-up]]. But the rumor persists in spite of all the evidence against it.

A common source of these is [[AprilFoolsDay April Fools']] issues of popular gaming magazines. After all, if it's in print, [[TVNeverLies it must be true!]] Other sources include mistranslated lines, aspects of the game being DummiedOut, and {{Missing Secret}}s. The Internet doesn't help either; while it's quick to debunk rumors, it's also very good at generating them.

A frequent motif in such rumors is that of a secret supposedly unlocked by performing some action in the game for hours on end, pulling off a difficult feat several times in a row, or just doing something complicated ''exactly'' the right way, which makes the rumor harder to verify and contributes to its longevity.

Sometimes, the game's creators will include a character or a feature in a sequel because of these rumors. See AscendedMeme and AscendedFanon.

Some games have so many rumors that they can result in the creation of a "FWAK", a parody {{walkthrough}} containing intentionally fake "secrets". The most infamous of these is undoubtedly [[http://groups.google.com/group/alt.games.final-fantasy/browse_thread/thread/4ade399b277a4111/fba20b93e706eddd?lnk=st Eggnog's hidden character FWAK]] for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''. FWAK stands for "'''F'''alse '''W'''isdom '''a'''nd '''K'''nowledge."

Compare WildMassGuessing and FandomBerserkButton. If the rumor is about something a creator allegedly said in an interview or fluff, see GodNeverSaidThat. For more information, check out [[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL15C9269E19F61DF6 Pop Fiction,]] an excellent ''Series/MythBusters''-type show on this very subject, or [[http://didyouknowgaming.com/ Did You Know Gaming?]] which features gaming urban legends and EasterEggs.

''[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Please do not confuse this]] for an UrbanFantasy edition of Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXonIgnSWIo Even if it's]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCvpM6e9XIQ&t=16s an urban legend itself]].''

!!Game Examples:

* ''UrbanLegendOfZelda/FinalFantasy''
* ''UrbanLegendOfZelda/TheLegendOfZelda''
* ''UrbanLegendOfZelda/{{Pokemon}}''
* ''UrbanLegendOfZelda/SonicTheHedgehog''
* ''UrbanLegendOfZelda/SuperMarioBros''
* ''UrbanLegendOfZelda/{{Undertale}}''


* OlderThanTheNES: Numerous rumors surrounded the works of Ultimate Play the Game, later known as Creator/{{Rare}}. Most famously, the cover of ''Lunar Jetman'' features a moon buggy towing a trailer. [[CoversAlwaysLie The game features the buggy, but not the trailer.]] Or does it? Rumours abounded about what the player has to do to unlock access to the trailer. ''Crash'' magazine published a screenshot sent in by a reader showing that he had achieved this feat, but the screenshot was a fake the trailer doesn't exist.
* Due to a number of odd "clues" in the game, a number of people are searching ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'' for hidden secrets and a "17th colossus" that keeps coming up in discussion despite absolutely no evidence or reason for it. Via emulation, glitches, hacks, and probably caffeine, a few members of the official forums have discovered some interesting DummiedOut sections of the map, but no 17th colossus.
* A 3D ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}'' remake or sequel was in the works according to Website/FourChan, but this was a ploy based on someone's 3D animation project.
* ''VideoGame/BuckBumble'' had a cheat actually published as legitimate cryptically called "Dark Stinger", which has you input a long button combination before the opening logos appear.
* ''VideoGame/RockRaiders'' has an annoying rumor of three cheat codes. Extensive searching and hacks have shown that they do not exist (though you can mod in what they are supposed to do), yet the rumor persists.
* An interesting example is in ''VideoGame/TheArtOfTheft'', by Creator/BenCroshaw. As a SelfImposedChallenge, the player can put on a special outfit that makes them ''more'' visible to guards, thus making the game more difficult. There is a rumor that if you complete the bonus mission (all seven of the previous levels in a row) using this outfit, it unlocks a minigame. What you actually get is a message that assumes you heard the rumor already and encourages you to [[DoNotSpoilThisEnding continue telling people that the minigame exists]].
** In a similar vein, beating ''VideoGame/{{Shift}} [[http://armorgames.com/play/1846/shift-3 3]]'' unlocks [[VideoGame/FancyPantsAdventures Fancy Pants Man]] as a playable character; reviewers are encouraged by the game's ending message to identify the unlockable character as Creator/MelGibson instead.
* Players initially believed that the dormant volcano in the first area of ''VideoGame/UruAgesBeyondMyst'' can be entered somehow, allowing access to the D'ni civilization. This isn't true in the original game; the volcano isn't fully solid, and the attempting to climb it will dump you out of the level. A fan mod not only made the volcano climbable, but also imported data from ''Myst V'' to explore.
* The Commodore 64 graphic adventure game named ''VideoGame/CastleOfTerror'' gained a reputation for being NintendoHard because it seemed to be impossible to kill Count Dracula at the end of the game. A gaming magazine published an account from a gamer who claimed to have been able to do it, but the gamer himself proved mysteriously uncontactable when attempts were made to verify his claims. Many years later, the designers confessed the game was in fact UnwinnableByDesign and it was impossible to kill Dracula.
* More from the ''Franchise/TombRaider'' series:
** There is a rumor that there are unreleased versions of ''VideoGame/TombRaiderII'' and ''VideoGame/TombRaiderIII'' on the UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn and UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast, respectively. The two games are believed to contain various unused assets not included in other releases. These range from different outfits, unused weapons, better lighting (in the case of ''Tomb Raider III''), and even unreleased levels, such as the entire Peru section that was cut from the final version of ''Tomb Raider III''.
** There was a rumour going round that you can find the [[VideoGame/TombRaiderII Dagger Of Xian]] hidden away in ''VideoGame/TombRaiderTheAngelOfDarkness''. Apparently, have had to find a secret room hidden in the Aquatic Research Area to acquire it. Needless to say, neither the room nor the dagger exists.
** In ''Tomb Raider 3'', the only way to get Lara's butler [[DirtyOldMan Winston]] off her case (seeing as he follows her everywhere when she's at home, even when she tries to shower) is to lure him into the walk-in refrigerator and lock him in side. This has led to a few rumors that if you do that and leave him in there long enough, he'll be dead (or possibly frozen solid) when you ''do'' open it. Won't happen.
** For years, there were rumors of a cheat code in the early games that would let you play as Lara without any clothes. While the PC version ''did'' have a fan made patch that made it possible (which was taken down after a cease and desist order), there weren't any actual codes to achieve that effect.
*** As ''Magazine/GamePlayersMagazine'' put it: "Nude Raider. We know it doesn't exist. Thanks to this, you can spend hours futilely trying to get a woman to take her clothes off. Talk about realism!"
*** Of course, it was only a matter of time before the PC GameMod community [[VideoGamePerversityPotential made the dream]] [[UncannyValley reality(?)]].
*** One of these (for ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive: Extreme Beach Volleyball'') was the subject of one of ''Electronic Gaming Monthly''[=s=] infamous April Fool's Day jokes. It consisted of playing the 2-week vacation in 13 minutes, which basicly amounted to ButtonMashing to skip everything as fast as possible. Suffice to say, the few people who actually managed this can confirm it doesn't work.
*** Website/IGN64 played a similar April Fool's prank in its early years with [=IGN64=].com claiming the secret for a Vanna White nude code in ''Series/WheelOfFortune 64''.
*** An ad in an American game magazine around the release of ''Tomb Raider 3'' for the game said something to the effect of "We've improved on everything you asked about... but sorry, still no nude code."
*** Arguably the UrExample of the Nude Code is the classic Australian magazine N64 Gamer. Then-deputy editor Narayan Pattison superimposed a topless picture of Creator/ElleMacPherson into a screenshot of ''VideoGame/GoldenEye1997'', with the caption "Write in and we may give you the nude code." The magazine received over 2000 responses from people asking for the nude code, and people were still asking for it over six months after the rumour was bluntly dispelled.
*** In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'', the female characters were rumored to have "nude-alities". Heck of it is, it actually sounded somewhat plausible at the time. Mortal Kombat had ''already'' pissed off plenty of parents, why not take it to the next level?
*** The ''MK'' clone ''VideoGame/TattooAssassins'' ran with this idea and actually implemented "nude-alities". However, it was PlayedForLaughs rather than titillation: nude-alities make the opponent's clothes poof away, leaving them humiliated and [[HandOrObjectUnderwear trying to cover up]].
*** Parodied by ''This Is Otakudom'', where they find a working nude code for ''VideoGame/SpaceChannel5'', ("Dude, they have screen shots") but later realized that it's actually codes for [[FanDisservice Mario]].
--->'''Mario''': It'sa me! Mario!
*** ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends'' was rumored to have a nude code. This was entirely spun out of misunderstanding a scene where Mega Man accidentally [[ShowerOfAwkward walks in on Roll in the shower]]; the only thing you see is Mega Man's embarrassed expression. People who hadn't seen the scene assumed this means the ''player'' can see Roll naked.

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Fighting games are especially susceptible to this sort of thing, because many have LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters to make up their fighting roster, and people like to speculate who might be a SecretCharacter.
* An early Magazine/ElectronicGamingMonthly April Fool's joke insisted that Simon Belmont of the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' games is a secret character in the NES port of ''VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesTheArcadeGame''. After they got called on it, they "promised" never to do something like that again -- while showing a picture of the ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}'' in the first NES ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'' (which predated it by years). They couldn't know that [[HilariousInHindsight later Rare really would]] make a game called ''Battletoads [[IntercontinuityCrossover and]] Double Dragon''.
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'''s Sheng Long, a supposed TrueFinalBoss, is perhaps the most famous "fake" secret character. He's got a long history, which goes from {{Mondegreen}} to AscendedFanon:
** He was first mentioned in Ryu's win quote in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII: The World Warrior'': "You must defeat Sheng Long to stand a chance." This is GoodBadTranslation; "Sheng Long" is not a character, but rather the Chinese name for Ryu's Dragon Punch (or ''{{Shoryuken}}''). The quote should be more like: "You must overcome my Dragon Punch to stand a chance against me."
** Creator/{{Capcom}}'s American division, not knowing what to make of this, used the name "Sheng Long" for Ryu and Ken's master. He was even given this name in the manual for the SNES ''Street Fighter II'', under Ryu and Ken's profiles. Then in Japan, Capcom called the character "Gouken", and all subsequent mentions of the character in the U.S. were changed.
** In 1992, Magazine/ElectronicGamingMonthly (of course) published this rumor as true as an AprilFoolsDay joke. In their version, you have to play as Ryu and win every fight without getting hit once. Then you have to go ten rounds against M. Bison without ''either'' player landing a hit. At that point, Sheng Long will step in and challenge you; if you beat him, you unlock Sheng Long. It's NintendoHard, and ''EGM'' knew it. (''EGM'' would repeat the joke five years later for ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII: New Generation'', [[http://fightingstreet.com/folders/variousinfofolder/shenglong/shenglong.html complete with more doctored screenshots and even character artwork.]])
** Not long after, the character Akuma made his first appearance in ''Super Street Fighter II: Turbo''. His appearance and abilities are very similar to those of Sheng Long, but Capcom would never confirm or deny that he was supposed to be Sheng Long. It was then revealed that Akuma is Gouken's brother.
** Capcom considered adding him to the arcade version of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterTheMovie''; they even had a mo-cap actor picked out and established some backstory, but he was scrapped. The game's [[WordOfGod lead designer]] Alan Noon [[http://shoryuken.com/forum/index.php?threads/street-fighter-the-movie-broke-my-heart.21457/ discussed it here.]]
** Finally, for AprilFoolsDay 2008, the official Japanese development blog for ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' teased Sheng Long as a playable character. By this point, most players cynically dismissed it as a joke. But a couple of weeks later, Capcom revealed that Gouken would become a character in the game (playable on the console version) -- and in some form or another, he has ''every move'' EGM described back in 1992. As for Sheng Long himself, the blog had this to say:
-->''Sheng-Long is still now, and always will be, truly a character of legend.''
* Other ''Street Fighter'' rumors:
** ''Street Fighter II'' had a persistent rumor that the SNES port has a "Boss Code" that lets you play as the four boss characters. People extrapolated this from the ability to play as characters in their ''Champion Edition'' [[PaletteSwap colors]], which can't be done in the arcade, and the bosses have those colors too. The only way to play as the bosses is to hack the game, as in [[http://bootleggames.wikia.com/wiki/Street_Fighter_II:_Champion_Edition this South American bootleg version]].
** Ryu and Ken's "Red Hadoken" in ''Street Fighter II'' was variously considered a glitch or an EasterEgg; no one could really figure out how to perform it, though. (Akira Nishitani later revealed that it is indeed an Easter egg.) It's possible to do this deliberately in ''Super Street Fighter II''.
** A common schoolyard rumor was of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat''-style fatalities in ''Street Fighter II''; there is no such thing. The most popular was a move that [[BloodyMurder shoots blood]] at the opponent, which will OneHitKill them if they have a different blood type.
** ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha 3'' had a rumor that it is possible for a fighter to purposely throw the fight [[CoolLoser in a unique way]], particularly Balrog the boxer (Mike Bison in Japan). Through various arcane controller inputs, you can have Balrog [[ManBitesMan bite his opponent]] (as Mike Tyson had recently done in RealLife) until the fight is called. ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' uses one of those inputs (full joystick rotation and all three punch buttons simultaneously) for Balrog's new Ultra Combo, which doesn't involve biting but does involve other things not allowed in boxing (stomping the opponent's foot, headbutting, and elbowing them in the face).
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' has an incessant rumor mill regarding the character roster with each new release. This was especially true after ''Brawl'' introduced [[Videogame/MetalGearSolid Solid Snake]], the series' first non-Creator/{{Nintendo}} character. This is enough that after ''Brawl'', communities sprang up just for hacking new characters into the game. Some of the rumored characters:
** Veritable Urban Legend of Zelda factory ''Magazine/ElectronicGamingMonthly'' claimed that ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosMelee Melee]]'' features [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic and Tails]] as unlockable characters (and gave a very nearly impossible method to unlock them). None of this is true, but it was so hard to pull this off that few gamers found out the hard way before ''EGM'' came clean. The rumors carried over to ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl Brawl]]''; Sonic made it, but we're still waiting on Tails.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcPyf8-uE4k This suggests]] if you make Kirby suck up Mewtwo and then jump off a cliff, you'll get Mewthree. It's adorable.
** Another ''Melee'' hoax had made the rounds suggesting that you can get [[Videogame/SuperMarioBros Toad]] by shooting every single name during the MiniGameCredits, an incredibly difficult feat that absolutely no one has gone on record as having done. Needless to say this isn't true, and the only screenshots offered were (rather obvious) photoshops, but it did gain some traction in certain circles.
** It was rumored that it is possible to unlock the opponent-only characters in the original ''Smash'' (Giant DK, Metal Mario, Master Hand, or the Fighting Polygons). You can use a Gameshark to play as them, but the game will freeze at the end of the match because none of them have an animation for the post-match "applause" screen. The same thing happens in ''Melee'' if you use DebugMode to play as any of its normally unplayable enemy characters (Giga Bowser, the Wire Frames, Master Hand, and Crazy Hand).
** Videogame/{{Mega Man|Classic}} was rumored to be in ''Brawl'' alongside fellow third-party characters Snake and Sonic. When he didn't make it, scuttlebutt was that there was some sort of falling-out between Nintendo and Creator/{{Capcom}} that prevented it. Keiji Inafune [[WordOfGod claims]] Nintendo [[YouDidntAsk never asked for permission]] and that if they had, he would have allowed it in a heartbeat. Mega Man (and fellow Capcom character Ryu from ''Franchise/StreetFighter'') would make it to ''Smash 4''.
** Videogame/{{Bomberman}} was rumored to be in ''Brawl''; it was so pervasive that Wiki/TheOtherWiki removed a legitimate screenshot (at least in terms of roster) of the select screen [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Super_Smash_Bros./Archive_9#Japanse_screen_shot_of_Charcter_Select because Bomberman wasn't on it.]]
** Bowser Jr. was rumored to outright replace the Ice Climbers for ''Brawl''. Though this was false, the Ice Climbers did end up being cut as playable characters in ''Smash 4'', while Bowser Jr. was among the cast of newcomers. It's highly unlikely there's any sort of connection, though.[[note]]The Ice Climbers were removed for the simple reason that the 3DS version's processor could not manage Nana properly. Since they didn't want any differences in the roster, they removed the character(s) entirely[[/note]]
** [[VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Ridley]] is another long-rumored character, but he's never made it in as a playable character; only as a boss in ''Brawl'' and ''Smash 4''.
** VideoGame/{{Rayman}} was rumored to appear thanks to a [[DoingItForTheArt painstakingly faked]] leak, before [[http://www.polygon.com/2015/2/16/8047305/super-smash-bros-rayman-fake-video the leak's creator stepped forward and detailed the process]].
* Other ''Super Smash Bros.'' rumors:
** IGN joked that an ExpansionPack for ''Brawl'' would be offered as part of a fake service called "Wii Expand". The supposed expansion in question is called ''Super Smash Bros. Brawl X: Extreme'', and it was said to be geared towards an adult audience, with gore and decapitations abound. [[http://video.ign.com/dor/articles/969169/ign-april-fools-videos/videos/supersmashexx_bc_spc_jpn.html Here is the footage of the supposed expansion pack in action,]] as well as [[http://wii.ign.com/dor/articles/968498/smash-bros-goes-hardcore-video/videos/supersmashexx_spc_jpn.html an offscreen version.]]
** There are persistent rumours that the [[JokeCharacter otherwise useless]] Goldeen will use [[OneHitKO Horn Drill]] under certain conditions.
** ''Brawl'' was rumored to have Assist Trophies for [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy Rosalina]], [[VideoGame/{{Mother3}} Duster]], and [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Sothe]]. Either it was a hoax similar to an even more infamous one that would later pop up in ''Smash 4'' involving Chunky Kong (detailed below), or the people who reported their sightings may have mistaken other Assist Trophies for them (likely mistaking Gardevoir for Rosalina, and either Saki Amamiya or Isaac for Sothe).
** ''Smash 4'' has a fake screencap going around which shows Palutena saying that Pit in his debut looked like "a one-night stand between [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Missingno.]] and a garden gnome." This kind of dialogue wouldn't appear in an E10+-rated game, and it's also in the wrong location. But enough people thought it was real that it got well over 10 thousand notes on Website/{{Tumblr}}.
** In the run-up to ''Smash 4'', it was rumored that Chunky Kong from ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'' would appear as an Assist Trophy, with his ability involving bananas raining on the stage (referencing the "this Kong's one hell of a guy!" scene in the DK Rap intro).
** After the discovery of the "landfallspecial" animation in ''Melee'' (used for characters landing at the end of the "helpless" animation), it was claimed that there are other animations in the code for the advanced technique dubbed wavedashing by the community, such as "superdashtechnique", "superdashattack", etc. This is false; wavedashing is entirely an exploit of the game physics, and there are no animations in the game code for it.
* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'':
** Goro, Shang Tsung, and Reptile were the subject of many, many rumors to make them playable in the [[VideoGame/MortalKombat first game]]. None of them work in the original. Goro, though, can be unlocked in the UsefulNotes/GameBoy version, he's barely controllable through a glitch in the SNES version, and he's playable in practically every other game he appears in.[[note]]Even the 2011 game, where he appears in a one-off challenge where you can fight Kung Lao with him.[[/note]]
** The first game also gives us the "ERMAC" glitch, in which all the characters wear red costumes while the words "ERMAC" appear over the life bar. People thought "Ermac" was a secret character of some sort. It's actually short for "Error Macros", and it's part of a sort of DebugMode. The characters are all in red because that's the default color palette; the actors wore red when performing their moves so as not to clash with the green-screen. Nevertheless, Ermac would make his debut in ''Ultimate VideoGame/MortalKombat3''. The red Kitana is more obscure, but she spun off into the rumored character "Skarlet", who would appear for real in DLC in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''.
** The SNES version of ''Mortal Kombat'' is infamous for [[BloodlessCarnage removing the blood]], so naturally there were several rumors regarding how to get it back. Most of them involve some nearly impossible sequence of button presses. ''NMS'' magazine printed a [[http://www.digitpress.com/forum/showthread.php?p=419328 hilarious and widely believed article]] suggesting you can do this by, among other arcane steps, taping a penny on top of the cartridge to weigh it down just right. The SNES version's ROM doesn't have the animations for the original fatalities, but you can hack it to PaletteSwap the "sweat" back into blood.
*** Another rumor sprang from the console versions of ''MK1'': If you fulfill the conditions to fight Reptile in an endurance match and then defeat him, you can fight a green-tinted version of one of the other fighters. It's just a glitch, but numerous magazines hinted that these are secret fighters.
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2'' gave us the following rumors:
*** That Sub-Zero can turn into a polar bear. It was so pervasive that the developers added "Animality" transformations to the third installment -- and yes, Sub-Zero turns into a polar bear.
*** That Shang Tsung can transform into Kano, who was absent from the game for plot reasons. It arose from a counter in the arcade version's test mode reporting the number of "Kano morphs". It also lead to the [[Memes/VideoGames fan meme]] "I HAVE NEVER SEEN A KANO TRANSFORMATION".
*** That the trees in the Living Forest stage can eat the opponent as part of a secret stage fatality. This one isn't true in ''any'' of the versions or remakes of this stage until ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''.
*** That you can knock people onto the hooks in the Dead Pool stage. You can't.
*** That there's a hidden character named "Hornbuckle", a reference to Jade's occasional line "Hornbuckle who?" Fans gave the name to the unnamed warrior fighting the fiery warrior in the background of The Pit 2 (Ed Boon claims that was supposed to be Liu Kang). Jade's comment is, in fact, a reference to one Leanne Hornbuckle, whose name appears in the game's end credits.
** This is invoked in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' during one of Cassie Cage's fatalities, in which she uploads a selfie of her with her defeated opponent, complete with a live feed of comments, reminiscient of Twitter. One of them is from Ed Boon, who asks if anyone has unlocked Fujin -- a character who makes a cameo, [[TrollingCreator but is not playable in the game]].
* In ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'', one of Orchid's finishing moves is flashing her opponent -- the player, of course, can't see anything. Rumors abounded on how to "fix" that; one suggest that you can see her breasts by positioning her in front of a mirror in a particular stage. The developer's response? "I don't recall a mirror in that stage."
* There is a cheat that was in some early [=FAQ=]s of the first ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation that unlocks Justice, Testament, and Baiken without having to beat the game all the way through. It turns out that it really just increases the game's difficulty in Normal Mode.
* There was a rumor in Japan that if the player completes the Famicom version of ''[[VideoGame/KungFuMaster Kung-Fu]]'' 24 times (the number equivalent to the letter "X", a reference to the Japanese title ''Spartan X''), the player will forced to fight Sylvia (the hero's girlfriend) as a BonusBoss. It turns out the rumor was a started by a gag in a video game manga titled ''Famicom Rocky'', where the protagonist uncovers this secret after completing the game too many times. This is what inspired the ''WebAnimation/NatrapsX'' series of parody videos.
* There were persistent rumors that if you beat ''VideoGame/DragonBallZBudokai'' on the hardest difficulty, you will be able to play through the Buu Saga in the Story Mode, especially after people found Great Saiyaman as a playable character. However, no matter how hard you try, there is no such thing coded in the game.
* Rumor had it that the ''VideoGame/XMen'' arcade game has a secret, more satisfying ending that will only be unlocked if you beat the game multiple times in a row on the same playthrough (since normally, a victory loops you back to start to continue your credit). Proving or disproving it required more time and more quarters than most kids could manage. The rerelease makes it clear that it's not true.
* There are many (joking) rumors on how to unlock secret characters for ''[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Scarlet Weather Rhapsody]]'', the most prevalent ones allowing you to unlock [[{{Tykebomb}} Flandre Scarlet]] and [[AnIcePerson Cirno]]. This was not helped by fans making their sprites for ''{{VideoGame/MUGEN}}'' based on the ''SWR'' spriting style; many of them emulate the look incredibly well, going so far as to modify SFX from the game to fit the fanmade sprites. (The Cirno rumors were officially killed with her inclusion in ''[[ExpansionPack Hisoutensoku]]'', though Flandre fans are still left waiting.) A slight bone was tossed to Flandre's fans one of Remilia's alternate color schemes is essentially Flandre. Flandre proper was eventually added to a later game, ''Touhou Genso Rondo'' (a BulletHell duel game) for the ''UsefulNotes/PlayStation4'' that was even released in the West, making this the closest Flandre ever appeared playable.

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* ''VideoGame/MarioKart'':
** In ''VideoGame/MarioKart64'', a Thwomp can be found behind bars in Bowser's Castle. Fans affectionately [[FanNickname call him]] "Marty" and started rumors that there is a way to free him. The rumors resurfaced when the stage reappeared in ''VideoGame/MarioKartWii''. He's stuck there in both games.
** Waluigi was rumored to be playable in ''VideoGame/MarioKartSuperCircuit''.
** ''VideoGame/MarioKartDS'' was rumored to have an unlockable Rainbow Cup, consisting of four retro Rainbow Roads in a row.
** ''VideoGame/MarioKartDoubleDash'' was rumored to have Retro Cups; this was mostly an AprilFoolsDay hoax.
** ''VideoGame/MarioKartWii'' was rumored to have a third Mii Outfit; this is based solely on there being an extra space in the character roster. There are some DummiedOut icons and a character model related to it (it's a Toad costume), but it doesn't work properly if hacked into the game.
* In ''Videogame/CrashTeamRacing'', it was rumored that Nitrous Oxide is a secret playable character if you meet certain requirements. Every single ''other'' boss is unlockable, and another super-secret character, Penta Penguin, can be unlocked through cheats. It was long assumed that since you get Tropy for beating all of his easier staff ghosts, you can get Nitrous for being all of his extremely difficult ghosts. But doing that just gets you a shortcut to the scrapbook on the main menu.
* The ''VideoGame/GranTurismo'' is full of hidden cars:
** ''VideoGame/GranTurismo2'' was rumored to have a hidden [=McLaren=] F1 car as a reward for collecting 100 cars in black. This myth was spurred by the case of the U.S. release having [[CoversAlwaysLie an image of a [=McLaren=] F1 interior.]] It's not possible to do this because you can only have a maximum of 100 cars period, and the end credits also do not mention [=McLaren=] as legally required if the car was in the game. The extent of the car's presence is a tentative text string in the game files, before all the cars were licensed and modeled. The F1 car would make its debut in ''[=GT4=]'' and the road car in ''[=GT5=]''.
** HundredPercentCompletion cannot be achieved in ''[=GT2=]'' because so much has been DummiedOut. The most prominent example is the Palm Strip (or the "Plam Strip", based on a description typo), a supposed drag strip. It was discovered that by executing a glitch on Laguna Seca, you can drive out-of-bounds and find a floating piece of land; although the game usually crashes before you can get close enough to make sure, it's often thought to be the original Palm Strip. (It's more likely renmants of the track loading up or the generic course that appears in the arcade modes' loading screens).
** Developers surprised everyone with the Formula 1 cars in ''VideoGame/GranTurismo3'', which quickly sparked rumors of other unmentioned, wacky vehicles that would show up under ridiculous circumstances. The two biggest offenders are motorcycles and a 1,000 MPH Bloodhound [=SSC=] styled land speed record car. There are no rocket cars, but there is evidence of basic models of bikes from very early in development.
** ''VideoGame/GranTurismo4'' was rumored to have a paint shop that you can unlock with more than 2000 A-spec points. It doesn't exist, but ''[=GT5=]'' added the ability to repaint cars and add aftermarket rims from the GT Auto menu.
* For a while, ''[[Magazine/NGamer N64 Magazine]]'' ran a joke section featuring reviews of games from an AlternateUniverse such as ''[[VideoGame/DukeNukem The Duke of Nukem]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/BodyHarvest Bill Oddie Harvest]]''. A number of shops reported customers coming in and asking for ''Beatles Adventure Racing'' (a parody of ''VideoGame/BeetleAdventureRacing'' starring Music/TheBeatles).
* ''VideoGame/LEGORacers'' has a supposed cheat where if you named a character "TRUCK DRIVER" and beat Rocket Racer with it, you would get some sort of super-secret car. [[GameMod Modding]] has shown that this was never a consideration during development.
* In ''VideoGame/WanganMidnight Maximum Tune'', the player can earn "dress-up" parts through winning Ghost Battles to change the visual appearance of their car (spoilers, decals, tires, neon lights, etc.). As stated on official pages and in operator manuals, these changes are purely cosmetic. Despite this, there are players who, after 10 years of the dress-up system being in existence, still insist that dress-up parts influence vehicle performance in some way.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'':
** The original game was rumored to have hidden levels with wall-climbing invincible red Drinniols. It was started by the ''Marathon Secrets Guide'', and [[TVNeverLies everyone was inclined to believe them]]. They were eventually {{defictionaliz|ation}}ed when the game was ported to the Aleph One engine.
** There were false rumors of a true 3D ''Marathon'' game called ''Dr'At'Er'', and one website claimed to have screenshots of it (which were actually ''[[VideoGame/QuakeI Quake]]'' screenshots). The game's title is also "retard" [[SdrawkcabName spelled backwards]].
** In 1998, an alleged Bungie newsletter briefly mentioned ''Marathon Gold'', a collection of the canon Trilogy and a few well-known fan scenarios from the time. It was swiftly debunked.
* Atari's ''VideoGame/{{Battlezone|1980}}'' and its revolutionary vector graphic system, in 1980, has the distinction of being the first example of this trope. It was rumored that you can drive to the edge of the "zone" and climb the mountains to the peak of the volcano, where there is allegedly a castle. Sadly, such exploration is not possible; it's far beyond the capabilities of the era. But it didn't stop people from looking for it in the game, to the point that arcade owners complained that people were hogging the ''Battlezone'' machines to look for it and not actually play the game. Atari responded by adding code in later versions that would make an instant-kill missile hit the player if they fail to kill anything in a reasonable amount of time.
* ''VideoGame/{{GoldenEye|1997}}'':
** A big source of rumors is an extra line at the end of the cheat menu, which implies that something was DummiedOut. It was meant to be for "Line Mode", a cut cheat that can only be accessed by a button-press sequence. Many of the other cheats were rumored to have been meant to fill this spot as well.
** Yet another ''Magazine/ElectronicGamingMonthly'' AprilFoolsDay prank described the "All Bonds" cheat, claiming that it is possible to unlock all the other actors from the ''Film/JamesBond'' series. The game does have the data for the other actors, but Rare couldn't secure the actors' likenesses in time and had them DummiedOut. Rare actively lied about there being anything like that in the game. [[GameMod ROM hacking]] has allowed the fandom to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GoldenEye_007#All_Bonds add them back in,]] albeit a tad messily.
** Rare also lied about a secret level known as the "Citadel". Like "All Bonds", it also exists but was DummiedOut; it's an engine test level. It can be accessed with some serious hacking.
** An inaccessible island in the very first level fueled a lot of rumors, which range from it being the result of leftover testing artifacts to housing secret items of unimaginable power. It was later revealed that it was meant to be an integral part of the first mission; it was abandoned to make room for local multiplayer and for being uninteresting. What had been developed at that point was simply left in.
** There is a rumored third secret level, based on ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' and/or ''Film/AViewToAKill'', as the characters Oddjob and Mayday are in the multiplayer character list. Oddjob is in the game because Rare mistook him for Scaramanga's assistant Nick-Nack from ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'' (the real Oddjob was not in any way short); it's not clear what Mayday is doing in the list.
** Ourumov's briefcase and key were the subject of some speculation, often held to be part of some method to access the above and/or the island on Dam. They're actually part of an abandoned level idea that would have taken place between Silo and Frigate.
** Some rumours talked about a secret weapon called the Skorpion or Spyder, believing it to be the weapon shown on the back of the box. In fact, the box image is the beta [=KF7=] Soviet, while "Skorpion" and "Spyder" are both beta names for the Klobb - the former is its [[AKA47 real world name]], while the latter is what it had been going by until Rare learned there was another real gun by that name. Part of the confusion is that the manual refers to the Klobb as the Spyder, as the second name change came very late during development.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** Each game has rumors of a secret vehicle, like drivable Scarabs and the "Golden Warthog". The "Yellow Banshee" was rumored to be in the original ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', and it may have influenced the heretic Banshee's design in ''VideoGame/Halo2''.
** ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'''s not-quite-{{Metroidvania}} style gameplay is ripe for this kind of rumormongering. Stories of hidden energy swords are pretty popular. Rumors of living Elites hiding somewhere in the city crop up from time to time as well. And those strange markings that pop up in VISR mode could be anything.
** A rumor says that if you look carefully through the Library level in ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' you'll find the mangled corpse of Marvin Mobuto, said in the novelization ''Literature/HaloTheFlood'' to have made his way through a decent part of the Flood-infested Library before getting overwhelmed by the monsters.
* ''VideoGame/{{Quake|I}}'' was itself considered an urban legend, as it was first announced in April and people couldn't grasp the concept of a fully-3D FirstPersonShooter. During its development, though, it was rumored that another 3D shooter, ''VideoGame/{{Hexen}}'', contains a hidden demo of ''Quake'' that can be unlocked by performing a very complicated sequence of actions in the first level.
* The ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' fandom is rife with fake updates. Some, like the [[http://guarddog.50webs.com/ Guard Dog Update,]] are jaw-droppingly realistic, and are only given away by the obviously not Valve-sponsored [=URLs=]. Here's Valve's response it, [[http://www.teamfortress.com/1308.htm in character as Saxton Hale.]] The Engineer was also long-rumored to have a "Golden Wrench" in his update, as ''Webcomic/NerfNow'' [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/335 demonstrates.]]
** Valve eventually [[AscendedMeme actually created the Golden Wrench]]. A mere 100 of them were given out to random players who crafted things during the event. A few players managed to cheat by getting their hands on a leaked list of the exact times wrenches would spawn (if you were the first to craft anything after that time, you'd get it) but Valve took back those wrenches and banned the players involved. There was no ''legitimate'' way to increase your chances of getting one, but naturally there were countless rumors.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'':
** The Passing spawned rumors on the day it was released. [[spoiler: It was said that you can use the defibrillator on Bill's body to bring him back to life, but this rumor was extremely short-lived. as it was proven that the body is just a prop and not a dead bot; there is no red outline on the body when you hold out the defibrillator.]]
** People insist that healing each other instead of oneself makes the AI Director "reward" this teamwork action with more first aid kits in the maps. There hasn't been any hard proof that supports this theory, but enough people believe it that it's stated on the [=L4D=] Wiki.
** It's believed that in The Passing, giving Louis (or any of the other guys) pills or shots will make the bots of the old survivors aim better and give the players better items. The bots' aim cannot improve, since it is possible for the team to get wiped, even if you gave the other bots items beforehand. As for the items, they give you certain items based only on how well you're doing.
** Some believed [[FanNickname Church Guy]] can become a Tank or a [[{{Crossdresser}} Witch]] instead of the other Specials available. Valve didn't intend it, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B3pZiRvvu8 as demonstrated here,]] it isn't hard to ''make'' him one.
* ''VideoGame/{{Carnivores}}'':
** Several websites state that the original game features two secret dinosaurs, the ''Brachiosaurus'' and the ''Seismosaurus'', with the former said to be killed only by a shot in the rear while the latter is hostile and can only be taken down by aiming for the eye much like with the ''T. rex''. The game's data files shows no trace of the two dinosaurs, though it should be noted ''Brachiosaurus'' does appear in the second game as an invincible ambient.
** Many previews for the second game said it would feature a secret, unlockable rocket launcher. Subsequent examination of the game's data files, and later its source code, have shown that there is no trace in the game of a rocket launcher, though one may have been planned early in development.
* One persistent rumor among the ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' community is a program called "snfg.exe" and nicknamed [[FanNickname "Sniper Frog"]]. It supposesdly runs in the background and doles out "luck", like headshots and better kill-streak crates. There has never been a source for this beyond unnamed "hackers", and no one who believes it can agree on whom the program is supposed to benefit -- some say it favors low-level players by encouraging them, others say it favors high-level players to keep them interested ([[BribingYourWayToVictory and buying map packs]]).
* Another rumor concerning a popular ''Call of Duty'' game, ''World at War''. On the zombies map "Der Riese", there is a wall by the furnace that says "Help" (or "Hell", depending on your point of view). People assumed for months, if not years, that there was some way to get past the wall, like some kind of a door. This led to much conjecture on what steps it takes to do so, with the most prevalent being to earn 50,000 to 100,000 points in total, and that the player would be able to buy the wall. While a popular rumor, it is unfortunately untrue. There's nothing on the other side of the wall. With that in mind, "Shi no Numa" had its own rumor mill with Peter's hanging body. Many players would say that if you touch the body or manage to knock it down, it will severely affect the game with such things as one player or all players going down with game over, or one played dying and only being able to bleed out. There hasn't been any proof of such. There are various other rumors concerning the zombies gamemode, with the player being able to destroy the Moon on "Der Riese" if they shoot it with Ray Gun, or that there is a secret easter egg on "Kino der Toten", since knocking can be heard when standing next to the windows on the stage. On "Call of the Dead", of course, considering the easter egg, players assumed the Original Characters are indeed behind the locked door, which is not true. It's only their voices. With "Ascension", there were massive rumors concerning a hidden room only accessible through jumping off the lunar lander at a certain point. [="TranZit"=] had the prominent rumor of having a second bus route, considering when the bus goes through the tunnel to the Diner, there appears to be a closed off lane to the right which is never accessible. "Nuketown" on Zombies had a popular rumor with the players having to do some convoluted easter egg in order to unlock the bunker, and find either a member of the new zombie crew, or a route to [=TranZit=]. Not only was it illogical, but noclipping proves there's nothing inside the bunker.
* ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' has an interesting legend that involves donating Hearts, the currency you gain from monsters. The game outright tells you that you get no item rewards for doing so -- it just brings the Goddess Palutena [[spoiler: or Viridi]] closer to the screen. But some believe it leads to a higher chance for weapon discounts in the shop. The ''real'' reward is that if you donate enough hearts, you can unlock a few extra lines of dialogue from Palutena or Viridi.
* ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'':
** Rumors about playable [[EliteMooks Octolings]] coming soon appeared constantly among the fandom (usually in October for the punny potential) but it never happened for the first game. The [[VideoGame/Splatoon2 sequel]] eventually added Octolings as paid DLC in the ''Octo Expansion'' pack.
** There's a reoccuring rumor in the fandom that the in-series singers (especially Pearl and Marina) sing in English. They don't. It's gibberish ConLang, with most of the resemblance to English being [[{{Mondegreen}} a misunderstanding]]. The characters speak in scrambled up Japanese.
* ''VideoGame/CarnEvil'': Long after the game's release, there was a fairly popular rumor that the character Umlaut was voiced by Creator/FrankWelker, however, there was no evidence to support this. The game's credits do list the voice cast, but it does not list the characters that each person voiced, and Welker is not on the list. Jack E. Haeger, who created the concept for the game and was one of the listed actors, later confirmed in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfHmUOsHwCs&lc=Ugzw5eMi0fByhiSi_3x4AaABAg a YouTube comment]] that it was him who voiced Umlaut, finally clearing up the confusion. Besides, it was very unlikely that they wouldn't have credited Welker for the role, especially considering that he's a big name in the world of voice acting.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'':
** The original game was rumored to have a "secret cow level" that the player can access by [[StopPokingMe clicking on a certain cow]] in the town of Tristram. Although this rumor proved false, in ''VideoGame/DiabloII'' the developers put in an actual cow level in homage to the rumor; similarly, a secret Cow quest was added to the third-party expansion Hellfire, although it isn't a genuine "cow level". The phrase "There is no cow level" is also a ClassicCheatCode in ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'' and a loading screen tutorial tip in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. (It's false; there ''is'' a cow level. Thunder Bluff is ''full'' of [[http://www.wowwiki.com/File:Tauren_Dancing.gif Tauren,]] 8 foot bipedal cows.)
*** In late 2016, a limited time event was added to ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' celebrating the 20th anniversary of ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}''. Much like the secret level in ''VideoGame/DiabloII'', players could access an area of hostile cows and Tauren and the elite Cow King. The mentioned tutorial tip was finally, unarguably, absolutely false.
** In the Battle.net chat interface in ''VideoGame/DiabloII'', there is a gem that can be clicked on to toggle lit and unlite states. It appears to do nothing else, although it will occasionally give a message, such as "Perfect gem activated." Hundreds of rumors about the gem's actual, secret function have spawned. All [[Creator/BlizzardEntertainment Blizzard]] would say about it is that it is "Working as intended." [[http://classic.battle.net/diablo2exp/faq/multiplayer.shtml#gem They eventually revealed that]] [[http://www.diablowiki.net/Chat_Gem all it does is turn off and on.]] It's not connected to anything.
*** The official site for ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'', specifically the home page, has its own chat gem. A {{troll}} on the Battle.net forums started a rumor that if you click on it a certain number of times, it unlocks the playable version of the gameplay demo seen at release. The matter was laid to rest when someone looked in the source code of the site, decompiled the flash that operated the chat gem, and determined that its only purpose is to change colors, changing the gem from "on" to "off".
*** This is also directly referenced in the ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' world editor, where there is a gem that says "gem activated/deactivated". When clicked multiple times, one of the characters will taunt you. It is functional, however: It makes it so that the units you spawn will say their "Ready" quote, and will do their death animation when you delete them.
** A long-enduring ''Diablo II'' legend is [[http://diablo.wikia.com/wiki/Reziarfg Reziarfg]], a monster created by Blizzard's Battle.net staff at the Arreat Summit as an April Fools joke, with stats and some official-sounding lore to back it up. Many Hardcore characters have lost their lives trying to find the elusive beast.
* ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'' has tons of rumors about ways to unlock DummiedOut powers, particularly in ''Soul Reaver'', where there are only two forms of the eponymous sword in the final product, but there are another two in the game engine (shown in the final dungeon's visions of the future). The series' well-documented design history reveals that it was very common for content planned in one game to be left out due to time constraints, and usually a future game would feature it somehow. This in turn means most speculation these days is about ''how'' the powers would have been included, rather than how to unlock them on the presumption that they're still accessible without hacks.

* ''Magazine/GameInformer'' does an annual AprilFoolsDay prank called ''Game Infarcer''. Its first edition in 2006 featured fake articles on such new game tools as the Wii Balls, world events such as "Game Designers Inciting World War III", interviews with the CEO of Sony (who also happens to be a cyborg), and a review of downloadable content for ''Videogame/{{Madden}} 2008'', where players would have to purchase such elementary things as air for the ball. People who didn't notice the word "PARODY" at the bottom of the page sent angry letters after they realized they were tricked -- or in one notable case, went to the local Gamestop to preorder the Wii Balls in either [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything the flesh colored sack or the blue one]].
* ''Yeah Yeah Beebiss I'' was listed as an NES game on a Play It Again mail order form in ''Video Games & Computer Entertainment'' magazine, and on a Funco mail order form as ''Yeah Beebiss I''. Speculation on the identity of the game ran rampant on sites like the Wiki/LostMediaWiki. The most likely candidate is a game in the ''Family Trainer'' series for the Famicom, ''[[https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/nes/579388-family-trainer-rai-rai-kyonshis-baby-kyonshi-no-amida/images/120004 Rai Rai Kyonshis: Baby Kyonshi no Amida Daibouken]]'', where the player directs the movements of a ChineseVampire with the Power Pad.

{{MMORPG}}s tend to develop a ton of rumors due to their fluid and ever-changing nature.
* One of the earliest MMO urban legends, there are still people who will insist that eating food will improve your skill gain in ''VideoGame/UltimaOnline''.
* In early beta versions of ''VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsOnline: Stormreach'', there was a bug where using your "diplomacy" skill on a treasure chest caused it to give better loot. Although this bug was fixed well before the game went live, the rumor that using diplomacy on a chest gives better loot still remains, despite repeated debunkings by the game's developers on the official forums.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' is a magnet for this:
** The game has a ton of dead-end caves, background details, and sealed off portions of the world, which were placed to give possible expansion areas. The latter, in particular, draw a lot of rumors. Sealed-off portions (presumably abandoned due to most of them being in the "old world") include the Mithra-only part of Kazham, the ship port in Norg, the Galka-only part of Bastok Mines, and the roped-off stairway in Tenshodo headquarters.
** The Beastmaster job was rumored to take XP from other party members when in a party, leading to their exclusion from parties. This persistent rumor comes from a description in a Prima strategy guide.
** Some classic ultimate weapons from other ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games were rumored to be in ''FFXI''. One big example is the Ultima Weapon, the InfinityPlusOneSword of the series. Others include the infamous Vulcan's and Jupiter's Ring, complete with "screenshots". Many claim that the weapons exist in the game's database but just haven't yet appeared in the game proper.
** Countless crafters believe - for no other reason than because they heard it from another crafter - that crafting success can be influenced by facing in a certain direction depending on what kind of crystal is being used. Crafters who have a background in statistics, have logged hundreds of crafting attempts, and performed the appropriate analysis have mathematically determined that this theory is complete bullshit; they generally go ignored. But this is a huge source of controversy in ''FFXI'', leading to many arguments (and even a [[http://ffxi.lokyst.net/timer/crafttimer.html nuclear clock]]). The developers at Creator/SquareEnix were asked about it at Vana Fest, but their answer was convoluted, and it seems [[http://ffxi.allakhazam.com/forum.html?forum=10&mid=1169758710113967020&howmany=50 nobody can even remember what they said.]] The only real reason to follow the directions is because crafting is so goddamn hard in the first place, people are willing to do nearly anything to sink just a little less time and money into it.
** Absolute Virtue is ThatOneBoss. Its [[NighInvulnerable difficulty]], as well as the dev team's habit of changing the fight if someone beats him, has spawned numerous strange theories about how to bring him down.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' spawned many rumors and theories over how to quickly obtain the [[RareDrop Atmas]], items needed to power up your InfinityPlusOneSword. Some believe that you have to complete a FATE during specific times (in the Japanese time zone), while others believe doing the events in a specific order boosts the drop rate. Despite the fact that WordOfGod stated that the Atma drop rate is pure RNG, many people refuse to listen and cling to the hope that any theory will reduce the time needed to farm.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
** The Ashbringer is the game's biggest rumor fountain. The developers left ''just'' enough in the game to make people believe they could actually get (or cleanse) the legendary sword. It was supposed to appear in the original game, but was pushed back to ''The Burning Crusade'' and then to ''Wrath of the Lich King''. The hints in the game are meaningless, and the backstory given in Blizzard's four-issue comic miniseries doesn't address those hints. There's enough evidence to suggest that it had something to do with the legendary ''Franchise/{{Warcraft}}'' fisherman Nat Pagle; rumor is that he hid a secret message regarding Ashbringer's location in his fishing guides.
*** Part of the problem is that the Corrupted Ashbringer, when carried around, did some very strange things (at least before ''Burning Crusade''). It sometimes even talked to you, giving you cryptic messages. It was only added to begin with as an attempt to unify the previous scattered references to the sword; the overwhelming response to ''this'' version caused Blizzard to {{retcon}} most of its lore and make it more plot-important.
*** Players finally got to wield the Ashbringer as the Retribution Paladin artifact weapon in the Legion expansion
** Some quests are rumored to only be attainable while in ghost form. While some quests do require you to be a ghost, and a GM has given a cryptic response suggesting that those are not the only quests of that type, no such quest has yet been found. This is related to a rumor that you can stay in ghost form and revive anywhere else there is a restoration spirit; this mechanic existed very early in the game's history, but was removed shortly after launch.
** There used to be a way to get to GM Island, and a weird rumor suggests that if you make it there, you'll be crowned an in-game GM. The truth is that if you were to get to GM Island, you'd just get banned.
** There are many areas and places that either don't exist or haven't yet been opened that you can supposedly reach. In particular, it's rumored that you can find a secret merchant if you go all the way out into the ocean in Seal Form as a druid, not far from Duskwood.
** The [[InfinityPlusOneSword Sword of a Thousand Truths]], initially made up for a ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode, was rumored to be an in-game item almost as soon as the episode aired. Due to fan demand, they planned to put it in ''Burning Crusade'', but it was changed to become the Gladiator's Slicer. They did put it in ''Wrath of the Lich King'', and although it's now called "Slayer of the Lifeless", it does reference the episode in several ways (such as the description reading "Foretold by Salzman" and the name being a reference to the Sword of a Thousand Truths defeating a player with "[[BasementDweller no life]]").
** The unmarked grave in Stormwind Cemetery. It has no statue or plaque, but does have a Lordaeron symbol. Who's buried there? Fans have some theories. Some think the remains of Arthas Menethil (as in, the Lich King) are buried there, which would explain the symbol. (When this was asked at [=BlizzCon=] 2011, [[ShrugOfGod Chris Metzen said he's not sure if that's true or not]], but it is an interesting idea.) It's also theorized that it's an empty plot intended for Varian himself when he dies, given its proximity to the grave of his wife [[note]]Now debunked in ''Legion''[[/note]]. However, it is strange that he'd be buried in a grave with a Lordaeron symbol instead of a Stormwind symbol.
* For AprilFoolsDay 2009, a quest involving an airship was implemented in ''[[Website/GaiaOnline zOMG!]]''. Of course, the airship never went anywhere, instead crashing the game if one tried to fly in it. And being the first of April, it was natural that users would come up with their own pranks. So it was only a matter of time before someone decided to come up with some insane method to get the airship to fly. When someone finally did, people [[http://www.gaiaonline.com/forum/zomg-gaia-s-mmo/airship-and-airshark-guide-omg-april-fool-d/t.48633513/ ran with it,]] with dozens of people contributing "information" about the new area. Though very few, if any, players fell for it, the prank was popular enough to turn the Airshark into a minor meme.
** The Airshark (which in itself is a parody of the infamous "Landshark" boss) was so popular with the staff that they actually added it into the game as a Random Event.
* ''VideoGame/TheMatrixOnline'' has a long-running example of this trope in the form of "Hack the Ground Smash". The rumor states that using a fake ability called "Hack the Ground Smash" at a certain location will cause the ground to break away, and you'll fall into "Morpheus' secret hideout" where Neo and/or Morpheus are waiting for you. The fake ability apparently has its roots in a very, very old video of the game during its pre-beta days which shows a player using a Hacker ability that involves smashing an energy-charged fist into the ground. This ability never made it into the live game.
* The introduction of several boss characters in ''VideoGame/MapleStory'' was accompanied by rumors on how to get them to appear and/or weaken them. The best example would be several versions of the same "method" to get pushover boss Mano to appear, which involve either killing certain enemies, letting certain enemies spawn, or both at once. In truth, the boss spawns every hour from when it is killed.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' has killing the hermit (a certain shopkeeper), with a multitude of ways (supposedly) abounding to defeat him. At the time the rumors began there was no way to even fight a shopkeeper, let alone kill them. A much, much later item, the Deck of Every Card, [[AscendedFanon makes it possible to fight the Hermit]] (as a nod to the rumor), but not kill him.
** This is lampshaded in multiple items these days, and amongst the veteran players, "killing the hermit" has come to refer to a ''different'' kind of FanWank...
** Rumors can turn up due to certain players having access to certain NPC "character accounts" and using them in mail and chat rooms to create plot which may not match what the game developers have in mind at all.
* The German-based MMORPG ''VideoGame/{{Tibia}}'' had a number of these for a number of years, with ways to get legendary items like the Sword of Fury (a converted spike sword that is readily available outside the beginning area) in the first levels, access to a GM island, and of course, a way to open up the Pits of Inferno or fight the Ruthless Seven.
** The Pits were eventually opened, and the Ruthless Seven became playable bosses.
* ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' once had a player swear Bob the Cat had spoken to him about some recipe or something that no one else ever heard him say. Jagex was coy about it and implied it was a hint at a later event in game.
** There is a rumor about Jagex hiding a secret item in the free version of the game and leaving an incredibly cryptic trail of clues in random junk items. Supposedly, anyone who finds said item will get a free lifetime membership.
** There is another pervasive myth, dating back to 2001, about an underground farm that can be accessed by using a sapphire on a particular tree. Later versions of the myth swap the sapphire for a herring. The farm is generally rumored to contain fantastic new armor; the herring era whispered of a place where the then-rare rune armor can be found scattered on the ground. One early resurgence of the story can be found [[http://web.archive.org/web/20020512023931/http://runetipit.board.dk3.com/viewtopic.php?topic=26759&forum=1&24 here.]] It's been said that this was the inspiration for the city of Zanaris.
*** Using a herring on a tree does have a unique effect... [[spoiler: ''Creator/MontyPython'' references.]]
** For a time, the clothing store in Varrock listed a [[CommonplaceRare Red Party Hat]] among its stock. Said hat was always out of stock, which led players to wait in the shop for ''hours'' on end hoping that it would restock. It ended up spawning all kinds of rumors about when/if the shop would ever restock. Ultimately, Jagex removed the item from the stock listing.
** No, you do not need two buckets of sand to defeat Yakamaru. This one was so pervasive there were ''J Mods'' who believed it.
* ''VideoGame/TheLordOfTheRingsOnline'' has an infamous item called "Erebrandir's Horseshoe". It's granted as an optional quest reward in Volume III of the Epic quest. The horseshoe is a "pocket item" which can be equipped, but gives no stats. However, it displays a buff on the player with a horseshoe icon and tooltip text that reads "Some people believe that horseshoes bring good fortune." Rumours as to the horseshoe's function have proliferated over the years, mostly revolving around the ability to affect loot chances or other randomness-based effects. In an interesting twist, the Horseshoe ''definitely does'' do ''something'', according to WordOfGod. Only two of the Horseshoe's functions have been explicitly revealed, with hints that more undiscovered functions still exist. However, most of the loot-based theories thrown out by the community have been explicitly {{Jossed}}, so those still qualify for the trope.
* ''VideoGame/ClubPenguin'' had an iceberg, and there was a rumor that if enough people drilled on it something would happen. When the game was about to shut down, it was discovered that the iceberg would flip over revealing a dance floor.
* VideoGame/EverQuest generated a lot of these due to the heavy secrecy that Verant maintained regarding the mechanics of the game behind the scenes. Verant was adamant to ensure that the actual number of XP points gained and the formulas used in combat calculations were completely hidden from players, leading to numerous guesses and false rumors about the system's functionality.
** It was long believed that the game only checked your dual-wield skill when your mainhand weapon swung. This lead to the practice of always keeping the faster weapon in the main hand thinking that it would give the offhand weapon more opportunities to swing. In reality, the dual-wield chance is checked every time the weapon should be swinging, and both hands work independently of one another.
** Due to the game's tick-based timing system that processes all effects in blocks of six-second intervals (to reduce bandwidth in a time where most people still used dial-up), it was believed for a long time that the Harmony spell cast by druids and rangers increased mana regeneration. This was because casting the spell on a player would force their client to update their current mana level, sometimes ahead of a meditation "tick," giving the illusion that the Harmony spell itself had increased the target's mana.
** The game's experience-sharing system and classes with XP penalties were the source of a ''ton'' of theory-crafting leading to mountains of false assumptions. In reality, no class or race had a penalty imposed on gained XP. Instead, certain classes and races required more XP per level than others. Furthermore, the way that XP was split amongst the party was based on total current XP, not level, so while it was true that certain class/race combinations received a larger chunk of the share, the actual percentages were usually grossly overstated. However, because Verant so vehemently hid the mechanics from the players, this lead to many players falsely believing that those classes were imposing an experience penalty on the entire party, which in turn made those classes and races less likely to be invited into groups.
** Many players for years believed that performing certain actions in Castle Mistmoore, such as killing specific [=NPC=]s at specific times of day, using stealth to turn in certain rare quest items to specific hostile [=NPC=]s, or even peforming quest actions in completely different zones would cause Mayong Mistmoore, a dark elven vampire that's mired in EQ's lore, to spawn in the throne room of Castle Mistmoore. In reality, Mayong Mistmoore only appeared as part of GM events run by Verant's event staff, and is not an NPC that can normally spawn in-game.

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* ''VideoGame/JetSetWilly'' was plagued by rumors that it is possible to sail the ship ("The Bow" and "The Yacht") away to an island and continue exploring over there; the persistence of these rumors resulted in the feature's inclusion in ''Jet Set Willy II: The Final Frontier''.
* ''Kekcroc'' is supposedly a 1993 UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis game that appeared at local discount stores before disappearing. Some have claimed to have played the game, or have played ports on DOS, NES and Game Boy. Evidence of the game appears in crude screen shots, box art, and an audio clip, though the veracity of the game's existence depends on whether Website/FourChan threads can be considered a reliable source.
* ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie''
** "Stop 'n' Swop" is an unlockable feature that displays special items you collect. The plan was for these items to be used in the sequel ''VideoGame/BanjoTooie'' (as hinted at by Mumbo Jumbo in the ending cutscene, even). The problem is that many of them, including a critical Ice Key, were DummiedOut or are in otherwise totally inaccessible areas, so there were a ton of strange rumors about how to get them. A fansite eventually had to release codes that allowed you to collect them; many of these codes are incredibly obtuse and as ridiculous as any rumor. Creator/{{Rare}}'s original plan was for the items to be transferred between cartridges by swapping them out while the game was running (hence the name "Stop 'n' Swop"), but this proved to be beyond the Nintendo 64's capabilities[[note]]early designs for the console stored game data in RAM long enough for players to swap the cartridges, but later versions reduced this time significantly, making the mechanic unfeasible[[/note]]. ''Banjo-Tooie'' had to add in those features into the game itself (through items that resemble ''Banjo-Kazooie'' cartridges). Further rumors suggested that there are totally "legit" ways to get these items without using passwords (which suggests the only reason you don't get rewards for these items is because you used passwords to get them).
** For the Xbox Live rer-elease, Rare gave ''Banjo-Tooie'' its own "Stop 'n' Swop II" feature, which spawned its own rumors. Like the original, they claim that the reward items will be useful in another game, but as far as anyone knows, they're just {{Bragging Rights Reward}}s.
* In 2005, Paul Brown claimed a series of NES-style screenshots, showing a monster made of butter saying "Ja I am made of dur butter und you are worth 2K monies" and "Eat Communism!!!" came from a ''VideoGame/BioForceApe'' prototype. In 2010, the real prototype was found, disproving that the screenshots were ever in the game.
* The unreleased localization of ''[[Literature/TheGreatGatsby The Great Gatsby]]'' adaptation on the NES, known in Japan as ''Doki Doki Toshokan: Gatsby no Monogatari'', was found at a yard sale and purchased for fifty cents, with the instruction manual rubber banded to the cartridge, and a 1990 magazine ad. No further hard copies are known to exist, but luckily, the game was fan translated and made available online.
* The ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' series gave us a number of rumors, including:
** That you can play as X in ''Zero 2'' and that the ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX X]]'' series recurring villain Vile is an optional boss in ''Zero 4'', both of which turned out to be Photoshop hoaxes;
** A supposed hidden boss called "Ghost Sigma", which was claimed to resurface upon the release of ''VideoGame/MegaManZX''. It doesn't help that in ''Zero 3'' you can have a rematch with Phantom, who dies in the first game, and that a boss in ''Zero 2'' who fires projectiles based on Zero's greatest foes includes two shaped like Vile and Sigma.
* The ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series:
** The original ''VideoGame/{{Metroid|1}} has a PasswordSave system that accepts certain interesting combinations. "NARPAS SWORD" (followed by blanks or zeroes) is one of the most famous of them, and it was put into the game intentionally. However, fans took this to mean that there was a "Narpas Sword" of some kind in the game; there isn't. It's really supposed to be "NAR PASSWORD", and there are different theories as to what "NAR" means. [[labelnote:It's actually...]]a reference to Tohru '''Nar'''ihito (who converted the game to cartridge format from the Famicom Disk System version, thus giving it its PasswordSave feature).[[/labelnote]]
** ''Metroid'' also lets you see Samus in a bikini if you finished the game in less than an hour, and certain passwords will let you play the whole game with her in that state. This led to rumors that you can see her naked if you beat it in an inhumanly possible time, which is not the case. One such password that works is "JUSTIN BAILEY", which people thought was a MeaningfulName (but really just coincidentally looks like someone's name); the strangest is the idea that "bailey" is UsefulNotes/AustralianSlang for a swimsuit (which it isn't).
** The suitless Samus rumors continued with later games like ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' and ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime''; all of them let you see her without the suit if you beat them fast enough, but none of them actually let you play without the suit (or in any state of undress, really). The desire to play suitless in ''Super Metroid'' has led to various fan-made hacks that let you do so.
** One site discussed a myth that you could play as boss Kraid if you beat ''Metroid'' fast enough.
** ''Metroid'' actually caused an {{inver|tedtrope}}sion; many gaming magazines pointed out the statue room as a shortcut to Tourian, akin to the WarpZone of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros''. They presented it as a secret of some kind, when in fact it's the ''only'' way to get to Tourian. This then led to rumors that there is a longer, "legitimate" way to get there which doesn't exist.
** ''Super Metroid'' is a veritable urban legend factory, at least partly because of the [[SequenceBreaking insane things]] you ''can'' do in this game. Two of the most popular myths were about a hidden green Chozo statue and a secret area called "Warfair"; [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/snes/588741-super-metroid/faqs/19122 both of these and some others are discussed here]].
* ''VideoGame/DrawnToLife'': After paying 10,000 coins in the Wishing Well, one is given access to the Developer's Room. One character found there asks if you found the secret flower in the Villain's Lair which [[spoiler: brings the mayor back to life]]. He's lying.
* Due to the [[HardModeFiller predictable structure]] of ''VideoGame/ChuckieEgg'' (a new gameplay twist every eighth level), combined with its [[NintendoHard extreme difficulty]], it's not really surprising that there are rumours about twists that don't actually appear in the game, most notably a series of levels with two Mother Ducks. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen This was indeed planned]], but never implemented.
* ''Franchise/SpyroTheDragon'':
** ''VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon1998'', the original [=PlayStation=] game, came with an instruction booklet that has, in the last few pages, an illustration of what is presumably an older Spyro. There were quite a few rumors about ways to obtain this form of Spyro in the actual game. They're all false, of course. The dragon is one of the first rescuable dragons in the game.
** ''VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon'' has an unreachable island in the background of the Midnight Mountain home level. No matter what, it is impossible to glide or otherwise get to it, and you will lose lives in the process. Of course, rumors spread about what is on this island, such as another egg or a secret level. Eventually, it was discovered through hacking that the island contains three life butterflies, and that's it. The game artist claimed that it was originally supposed to be where the Super Bonus Round stage was located, but it was moved to a different location, and the original island was never removed. Somebody did manage to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v84tOqL0fd0 recreate the whirlwind that was initially supposed to take the player there.]]
* Up until 2009 with the release of ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime A Crack in Time]]'', an easy way for a troll to bait ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' fans was to say that they found an Insomniac Museum, a place with cut content and behind the scenes info, in a game that didn't have one. At that time, only two games had them, and they usually got the benefit of the doubt, since accessing them was based more on luck (using an otherwise inoperable teleporter late at night in a specific level). Typical instructions were usually to do something challenging like reaching the end of a bridge that gets destroyed in the first level you can never go back to. With ''A Crack in Time'', the museum is unlocked more predictably (beating an extra boss, or a pre-order bonus), and the claims mostly died out.
* There are rumors going around that the name of the main character in the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' games was supposed to be "Monkey Kong" and the unusual name is the result of a mistranslation. Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto himself denied this; the character got his name because the word "donkey" describes his stubbornness. (Inevitably, among the dozens of clones of the original game is one titled ''Monkey Kong'' for the UsefulNotes/ColorComputer.)
* ''VideoGame/Rayman3HoodlumHavoc'' has the 2D Nightmare, a DummiedOut minigame in the UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube version (among a bunch of other unlockable minigames). First, people argued over whether or not it even exists (emulator hacks and cheats were eventually developed that prove it does). Then people argued over how to access it legitimately (still unknown).
* ''VideoGame/ToyStory'', naturally, had a rumor that you can play as Buzz via cheat code. No such code was ever discovered, and the only known cheats are level skipping and invincibility.
* Every once in a while a rumor for a new ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' game (usually involving Creator/NaughtyDog) pops up. A frequent title is ''Crash Bandicoot 3D: Uka Uka Resurrection''. Eventually the series was revived--with remakes, not new game.

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* Originally, ''Videogame/Portal2'' was going to include the scene where [[spoiler: Caroline is forcibly uploaded into [=GLaDOS=]]], but it was deemed unnecessary and DummiedOut. However, some of [[spoiler: Caroline]]'s dialogue from this scene still remained in the game files, consisting of [[spoiler: many variations of the sentence "Mr. Johnson, I don't want this"]]. Some people started the rumor that the scene was cut for sounding too much like a rape scene, which many assumed to be true.
* ''VideoGame/TetrisTheGrandMaster 3'''s Shirase mode ends at level 1,300, assuming you've met the time requirements to be allowed to continue past levels 500 and 1,000. Allegedly, there exist levels beyond 1,300, but no one has been able to confirm this rumor. Its source is none other than [[LyingCreator Ichiro Mihara]], the producer of the ''TGM'' series.
* ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'':
** The original game was once rumored to have a fifth age called the "Thelastic Age", as well as a red button in the Selenetic Age maze. The later ''realMyst'' remake (as well as the PSP release) does add a fifth age, Rime -- but still no red button, other than the one that replays the sound clue.
** ''realMyst'' is rumored to have an as-yet-undiscovered EasterEgg which allows the player to carry a working gun around Myst Island. There is an easter egg that gives the character a gun, but it can't be fired.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Antichamber}}'', some cheat code sites say pressing ESC before [[spoiler: capturing the black cube entity]] will allow you to retain the black gun. This is a cheap trick to get you sent back to the starting chamber when you're about to win. You can turn your gun black this way, but it gives you no special abilities aside from leaving black cubes; when you restart the game, your gun will be red again.

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* ''VideoGame/RockBand 2'' has a "Game Modifiers" menu (basically ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'''s "Cheats" menu under a different name) which include a modifier called "Awesomeness Detection"; its description says only that it "[l]ets Creator/{{Harmonix}} know that you are awesome!" It has no apparent effect on gameplay. There are lots of rumors, though, as to what its true purpose is; one suggests that it changes the singer's vocals when playing online, although that one's been proven false. Harmonix [[TrollingCreator enjoyed being cryptic]] about what it does, suggesting that things will totally happen if you truly are "awesome enough", and that high-level players should definitely be playing with Awesomeness Detection on; they eventually copped to it doing absolutely nothing.
* ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'':
** ''Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock'' has two bonus characters available for purchase in the shop. These characters are different depending on your platform (Wii or [=PS2=] give you {{Music/Elvis Presley}} wannabe Elroy Budvis and rock 'n roll robot Metalhead, but [=PS3=], Xbox 360, and PC give you Grim Ripper, a recurring member from the previous games, and the God of Rock, who is shown in the opening cutscene). Also, the creepy vocalist can be replaced by Music/BretMichaels -- but again, only on the [=PS3=], Xbox 360, and PC versions through a cheat code. Some people fell for a rumor suggesting that you could unlock all missing characters via a cheat.

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* Much of ''VideoGame/The7thSaga'''s popularity depends on one of these. [[GameplayAndStorySegregation According to the storyline]], the other characters are actively searching for the Runes at the same time you are. It was commonly believed that, if you're too slow, it's possible for someone to beat you to one of the Runes. However, this only happens twice, with the Star Rune and Sky Rune, and no matter how fast you are you can't stop a randomly-selected character from stealing the Rune. ''Nintendo Power'' even claimed in its review that it's possible to get to the Sky Rune before it was stolen.
** It's often said that TheMedic Valsu becomes [[{{Unwinnable}} impossible to defeat]] at too high a level, but fortunately this is a myth. His ally version learns a GameBreaker spell called Elixir that full-heals both HP ''and'' MP, but his enemy version can never cast this. That said, lack of Elixir will not stop the BadassPreacher from murdering you with his ''other'' healing, buffs, and ice magic.
* Rumors have abounded for years on how to reverse [[spoiler:Yoshimo's geas (which leads to him dying when he is forced to attack you in Spellhold)]] in ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'', ranging from all manner of arcane strategies involving his heart (a quest item) that can be optionally turned in for a sidequest, or another method of resurrecting him later on in the game. It doesn't help that there is a line later in the game (in Suldanessellar) that suggests the character was originally planned to stick around through the later acts, as well as a line in ''Throne of Bhaal'' where you can attempt to ask the Fates to resurrect him (but they refuse to do this for plot reasons). There ''is'' a global override variable in the game that allows you to get past this (albeit one so profane and so obscure that it was likely only intended as a developer in-joke) and a manner of exploiting the game to keep him in your party, but no such plot-related reason allows you to keep him past the midway point of the plot.
* ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'': Thanks largely to a misprint in a strategy guide, it was rumored for years that you can beat Balio and Sunder in their initial, HopelessBossFight appearance. This did not seem so far-fetched, as the reward promised is unremarkable at best, but it was proven years later that it is, indeed, impossible.
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' and sequels:
** ''Chrono Trigger'' is filled with doors that don't go anywhere or are blocked by the dreaded InsurmountableWaistHighFence, but it's hard to tell a real explorable area from one that's just there for the heck of it. Spekkio's room in the End of Time in particular has a back gate that's purely decorative, but it hasn't stopped people from planting EpilepticTrees.
** Schala's UncertainDoom in ''Chrono Trigger'' led to a persistent rumor that the game has a subquest that lets you find her again. It was even claimed that such a quest had been DummiedOut (but a couple of mistranslated lines still pointed to it), suggesting at the very least that there is a way to get her back; examination of the game's early versions suggests this is not the case. This very page was [[Administrivia/RenamedTropes once titled]] "Schala Lives" in reference to this rumor. ''Chrono Cross'' does address Schala's fate, but very strangely. The DS remake does let you find Schala through a subquest in its NewGamePlus; [[spoiler:[[ForegoneConclusion you still can't save her, though.]]]]
** In ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'', erroneous text from a Brady Games guide led players to believe that the Wraith monster will sometimes drop the Ghetz' Shirt, an armor that increases several stats in exchange for giving the wearer several status ailments.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'':
** The game's director, Hidetaka Miyazaki, encouraged this by implying that the pendant has some kind of special use. Some players tried everything; trying to drop it in front of bosses, locations, characters and bonfires, or seeing if it unlocks special dialogue or interactions with the game's covenants. He later revealed that he was just [[TrollingCreator playing a prank]] by leading people to pick a starting gift that does nothing at all.
** Shortly after ''VideoGame/DarkSouls2'' was released, a rumour spread that there is a form of copy protection present in the game files that, when activated, will throw a JumpScare at the unsuspecting player. Anyone who played the game immediately figured out that it's a hoax, as a certain NPC mentioned in the story doesn't actually exist. [[http://steamcommunity.com/app/236430/discussions/0/558754259728970660/ Here's the thread.]]
** Many players believe that you can get humanity from people rating your messages as helpful, with some planting messages specifically for this purpose as an exploit. In reality, the rating system just influences how long the message sticks around, as a way of weeding out trolls posting bogus hints.
* ''VideoGame/DigimonWorld'' has many rumors about "secret" {{Mons}} not listed in the Digimon chart, particularly those that are known to exist in the game but aren't normally available. For example, Metal Etemon and Gigadramon function more or less properly, as do their digivolution items, but there is no way to obtain them without the help of a cheating device. [[SchmuckBait The "hints" you can find around the Internet]] tell a different story.
** The Prima guide for ''VideoGame/DigimonWorld2'' hints that a secret Digimon, Kimeramon, can somehow be found in the game, but doesn't give any explicit instructions on how to find him. Data for him exists in the game, and he is fully functional, but the only way anyone knew how to get him was with a VideoGame/GameShark. In the years that followed, various rumors about how he can be obtained surfaced (mostly revolving around the game's BonusDungeon, Tera Domain, and how he has a small chance of spawning on one of its floors), and people posted stories claiming to have found him, but no evidence of it ever surfaced. Years later, it was discovered that, in the Japanese version of the game, he can be obtained via the use of a PocketStation and a separate game, via an NPC in the Coliseum. Since the PocketStation was never released outside of Japan, this NPC was cut in the NA version of the game, giving credence to the idea that the Prima guide is mistaken, and that Kimeramon was simply DummiedOut. Some people in the game's small community remained so fixated on the issue despite this that they data-mined the game and found more and more evidence that he really cannot be obtained, such as him being absent from the game's encounter list, which all but debunks the myth.
** ''DigimonWorld3'' continued the series tradition with rumors about secret partner Digimon you could add to your party by fulfilling some obtuse tasks and Digivolutions for existing partner Digimon who, naturally, required absurd stats to unlock. A notable example of the latter was the nonexistent "Kaseidramon", who was supposedly only unlockable on Veemon and was originally from a "Japan-only" Digimon movie. There even used to be a multi-page document floating around the Internet which detailed his backstory, explaining how he was originally conceived for ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' but had to be axed due to his considerably DarkerAndEdgier nature not sitting right with Toei Animation. Needless to say, Kaseidramon never existed, in either ''Digimon World 3'' or ''Tamers'', but some people believed the rumor anyway.
* ''VideoGame/DragonFable'' and the legends abound about the mysterious locked door in Oaklore Keep. When a player tries to enter it, it simply says you must be Level 100 to enter. The LevelCap is now 85. Players who used hacks to achieve Level 100 have reported that, as expected, the door really doesn't open. This hasn't stopped new players from posting theory threads on the forums constantly, though, thinking they've discovered something new.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestI'' has a commonly believed rumor that the Dragonlord's [[OneWingedAngel true form]] was originally his pet dragon, which was changed by the NES localization team for being a GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere. In reality, the Dragonlord is stated to have revealed his true form even in the original Japanese game.
* For the original ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'' on Super Nintendo (which [[NoExportForYou never made it out of Japan]]), there was a persistent rumor that if you choose "wrong" in the LoveTriangle by marrying Nera instead of Bianca, various characters will be hit by the DiabolusExMachina -- Bianca's ill father will succumb to DeathByDespair, Bianca herself will be forced to eke out a living as an abused barmaid, Nera's UnluckyChildhoodFriend Crispin will be miserable, and that Nera is near-useless in battle on top of this. This myth went un-busted until September 2014, when Dragon's Den, the largest English-language ''Dragon Quest'' fan site, tracked down a video of a play-through where the player marries Nera and none of this happens. Dragon's Den proceeded to trace the source of the rumor and found it originated as a [[BlackComedy dark joke]] in one of the first online [=FAQs=] for the game, which predates even the first fan translation; since this FAQ was many Western players' first experience with ''DQV'', it was taken at face value, and thus nobody married Nera to verify the claim.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'':
*** M'aiq the Liar, the series' EasterEgg LegacyCharacter, makes his debut here. Most of his comments involve either game tips that are [[BlatantLies blatantly false]] or these, hints to in-game secrets that didn't actually exist. (Two of his conversation topics are legitimate in-game secrets, but you'd be forgiven for dismissing them as more lies given all his other blatant lies.)
*** The [[http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/Jvk1166z.esp "jvk1166z.esp"]] FanFic/rumor refers to a typical video game {{Creepypasta}} about a spooky mod which you really [[TheMostDangerousVideoGame shouldn't play]]. A supposedly legit copy of "jvk1166z.esp" turned up on the Bethesda mod forums and was uploaded to a modding site. It was very quickly debunked as a ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' hair mod (with multiplayer files from a ''Franchise/StarWars'' game), one of the "proof" screenshots of the Assassin was found to be from another (legit) mod, and further discussion proved that making the mod as it was described [[http://www.fliggerty.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=5543 was]] [[http://forums.bethsoft.com/topic/1435303-jv1166zesp-as-an-actual-mod/ impossible.]]
*** There are supposedly a number of ways to join [[BigBad Dagoth Ur]] in the game, all of which were debunked rather quickly. As it turns out, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen his Sixth House faction was to be joinable, but time constraints forced the developers to drop it as an option]]. There are still a few DummiedOut bits of this code in the game and a number of [[GameMod Game Mods]] have been created which make it an option.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
*** The inscriptions of the lids on the bug jars have led to tons of fan speculation. Some of the theories include the Thalmor plotting the end of the world, mass genocide in cites that created a summoning circle, and summoning Talos (depending on the theorist, this may be unrelated to the last one); there's even debate on what language the inscriptions are in! (Of course, the Thalmor ''are'' [[http://www.imperial-library.info/content/forum-archives-michael-kirkbride plotting to end the world,]] but it has nothing to do with the bug jars.)
*** More than once, people have been told a ferocious underwater creature roams the oceans near Skyrim, and that staying in the water will result in the creature viciously attacking, possibly killing you since you're underwater and thus cannot defend yourself. This has been proven false on numerous occasions, as no such data for a "water monster" exists anywhere in the game; but people still insist it is there, and mods for it have appeared.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'':
** The makers of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' specifically and maliciously started a rumor that made its way into several [=FAQs=] and countless forum discussions, by having some [=NPCs=] claim that you would have gotten 100% completion if you did action X once the game is over.
** Also in ''Fallout 2'', many rumors abounded regarding Sulik's sister Kurisu and methods for actually finding her in game. Such is the frustration at not eventually rescuing her that some mods have placed her in the game. The planned ''Van Buren'' version of ''Fallout 3'' planned to tie up that dangling plot by including her with an explanatory backstory, but it was never realized due to the project's cancellation. The only way the story can genuinely be given closure is if you download the Restoration Project, which will add a quest where you can find Sulik's sister at a slavers camp and then free her as well as the other slaves.
** Numerous ''Fallout 2'' walkthroughs stated that a street boy named Cody from New Reno will show you the crashed alien ship location like in ''Fallout 1'', and give you the Alien Blaster a powerful beam weapon. They came with photoshopped screenshots. There is no such location, but the Alien Blaster is available elsewhere. It is possible to talk to Cody and give him food, but he is very easy to scare off, making this rumor hard to disprove.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' had the "Barking Lasers" hoax, which is a patently obvious joke, but took on a life of its own and spread netwide through fansites and Wikia. The origin is a two-frame animated gif which shows Dogmeat shooting lasers from his mouth, and this encouraged fans to expend hours of time and go to great lengths -- up to and including killing Dogmeat -- in an attempt to get him to use the Wazer Wifle.
* In ''VideoGame/GodEater Burst'', it is rumored that Kanon Daiba has the "God of Rare Drops" skill, which increases the chance of getting rare materials after a mission. Even though it's been proven false, some players will still bring her along for luck when they're hunting for that last item they need for an upgrade.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' had several, including the infamous [[http://goldensunwiki.net/wiki/Wheat_Sword Wheat Sword]] and hoax cheats to enable [[ChineseGirl Feizhi]] or [[CoolOldGuy Kraden]] as player characters.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** Electronic Gaming Monthly came out with an April Fool's joke about a ''Kingdom Hearts[=/=]Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' crossover called ''[[http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc71/ultracoolman/mushroom-kingdom-hearts_mini.jpg Mushroom Kingdom Hearts.]]'' Some people bought it, of course.
** In ''Kingdom Hearts II'', it was rumored that one can unlock King Mickey as a summon by finishing Jiminy's Journal, returning to Disney Castle, and entering a newly-created door/portal in the area. In there, the player will have to clear the entire room of Heartless alongside King Mickey before he gives Sora the King's Charm, which can summon him. According to the myth, the King's Charm costs "four bar of Guard"(?). Interestingly enough, one version of this myth requires the player to beat the Lingering Will to obtain it.
** The first ''Kingdom Hearts'' has a rumored "Heartless Blade"; if you managed to complete the Hundred Acre Wood, get all spells, and beat Ansem three times with the Ultima Weapon, you will supposedly obtain this secret Heartless keyblade, which is just as powerful as the Ultima Weapon. Oddly, in the original ''Kingdom Hearts'', there is no way to refight bosses (besides ones in the coliseum), so refighting Ansem is impossible.
* In ''VideoGame/LegendOfMana'', there were rumors that after [[spoiler:Sandra's death]], if you give [[GuideDangIt specific answers]] to Inspector Boyd, take the right Jumi party member, make an item called "Sandra's Core" through a tedious tempering process of Emerald to produce Alexandrite, and fight to the inaccessible (it's only seen in cutscenes) deepest level of the underworld, Sandra will return and become a playable character (with incredible stats and Syncro effect, of course!).
* ''VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals'' has a locked door in the final area that was rumored to be openable if all the Iris Treasures were obtained from the Ancient Cave. The woman who stores them for you hints that something may happen if they're all gathered, a major character [[spoiler:who is one of the Sinistrals]] is named Iris, and the Iris Treasures are ''extremely'' time-consuming to collect (one can only be obtained through a boss battle that's all but rigged, while the others are [[RandomlyDrops random drops]] in a 99-level dungeon). For years, gamers looked for an explanation beyond them just being {{Bragging Rights Reward}}s until the rumor was finally killed by WordOfGod -- which really pissed off the fans who essentially wasted fifty hours of their lives on this.
* ''VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue'' for the UsefulNotes/SegaCD has a weapon in the game manual called the Dark Scimitar which is not included in the final release of the game. Many fan communities went wild trying to find out where the Dark Scimitar is located (believing that if it was in the manual, it ''had'' to be hidden in the game somewhere). A fan finally found a way to get it (along with many other unusual items) through a glitch that's created when characters, specifically Lemina (the glitch is called the Lemina Bug for that reason), leave your party.
* ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic'':
** ''Might & Magic VI'' has its share of rumours, being the most successful of the series. There were rumours of a white goblin and an elaborate "flute quest" which originate from the fact that there is a flute quest item in the game, only it doesn't do anything; it's probably a leftover from a removed quest.
** The map for ''Might & Magic VII'' includes a frozen landmass to the northwest of the main continent named "Vori". Absolutely no mention of it is made in-game, and there is no way to travel there -- which, of course, didn't stop some people from claiming that you can.
* ''VideoGame/{{Mother}}'' / ''VideoGame/EarthBound'':
** Lots of rumors surround Giygas, the final boss of ''Mother 2'' (''a.k.a.'' ''VideoGame/EarthBound'') -- specifically, that it's meant to represent a fetus. It was claimed that you can see an image of a fetus if you look in the background at a very specific time, and that you can hear Giygas crying for help when you defeat him (busted [[http://herbaldrink.deviantart.com/art/VGMythBusters-Giygas-67655728 by this guy]], and that sort of thing is beyond the SNES's sound capability anyway). It doesn't help that the boss arena resembles a WombLevel, and that the battle takes place in the past. ''VideoGame/Mother3'' didn't help matters when it revealed that [[spoiler:the world of ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' was destroyed, and you are living in a different world with all the survivors]]; this led to another theory suggesting that this happened because killing Giygas in the past causes a TemporalParadox.
** ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' was not re-released [[NoExportForYou outside Japan]] for the longest time, which led to many rumors as to why. Eventually, people settled on the idea that [[ScrewedByTheLawyers they couldn't license some of the in-game music samples]] (and Nintendo didn't want to alter the original game). Then the game ''did'' get an American re-release on the UsefulNotes/WiiU's UsefulNotes/VirtualConsole with minimal edits (none of which affect the music), which torpedoed that theory; now fans apply the theory to ''VideoGame/Mother3'' instead.
* ''VideoGame/MysticArk'' was long held up as an actual sequel to ''VideoGame/The7thSaga'', rather than a mere SpiritualSuccessor, until someone finally started work on translating the game and discovered right off the bat that their stories are entirely unrelated.
* A bunch for ''VideoGame/Persona5'', mostly revolving around how to get the "true ending", due to [[VideoGame/Persona4 the last game in the franchise]] having a "good ending"/"true ending" split.
** Most involve [[spoiler: Goro Akechi, with the original theory saying you needed to [[LevelUpAtIntimacy5 max his Confidant]] to save him from his BolivianArmyEnding.]] This one was jossed after players verified that [[spoiler: his Confidant ranks up automatically, and you cannot hang out with him.]] The next theory involved maxing out ''all'' Confidants and visiting the protagonist's school on the last day after giving your notebook to Sojiro, which will unlock [[spoiler: Goro's Palace.]] Very little evidence is available to support that theory, most of it being photos that could very easily been Photoshopped.
** Another common rumor around the time of the game's release was that [[PairTheSpares Ryuji would hook up with Ann if you didn't romance her]]. This isn't true.
* In a case of a rumor coming true in a later revision of a game, players were finally allowed to legitimately reverse [[spoiler:Nei's death]] in the [[VideoGameRemake remake]] of ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarII''. It's [[GuideDangIt extremely hard and time-consuming]] to pull off, and it also requires [[OldSaveBonus a save file from the remake]] of the first ''VideoGame/PhantasyStar''.
* ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' has a few persistent rumors about alternate ending animations (based on the unused evil/neutral ending songs on the soundtrack), a proper romantic subplot with Fall-From-Grace (originally intended but removed for budget/time constraints), the ability to read Fall-From-Grace's diary, and an opportunity to have sex with Annah if you keep her invisible "morale" stat at maximum level at all times. She does come onto you at one point, describing in good detail the things she plans on doing to you, but any further dialogue choices will result in her backing off and claiming she wasn't serious.
* In ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana'', there was a rumor that both the Girl and the Sprite can receive another elemental since they only have seven each, and [[MissingSecret there are eight elemental slots]] (when you look at their magic descriptions). However this rumor can easily be dispelled by the fact that while each character only gets seven summons, there are eight ''total'' only the Sprite gets dark magic, and only the girl gets Light. Naturally, the Girl has an empty space where dark magic would be; likewise the Sprite for light magic.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'''s [=GameFAQs=] board started a minor rumor about getting into Estelle's room. You can't, except in [[NoExportForYou the PS3 version]].
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI'' was long rumored to have a few lines of code to scare [[SaveScumming Save Scummers]]; it was suggested that if you hit the SNES reset button enough times, the game will throw up a screen telling you to "TURN IT OFF IMMEDIATELY" (in Japanese). It wasn't until twenty-odd years later that anyone had the courage to debunk it, when official translator Gideon Zhi declared the rumor false on Twitter.
** ''VideoGame/MegamiTenseiII'' had a few of its own:
*** Normally, you can only create Good and Neutral demons through fusion, but rumor had it that there was a way to create Evil demons too. The guy in the first town even mentions that he's working on a way to fuse demons that can't normally be fused. Unfortunately, it can't be done without a cheat device, leaving potential [[GameBreaker Game Breakers]] like Tiamat and Girimekhala unusuable.
*** There was also a rumor that you could finish the game without siding with the Partner and abandoning the Friend, either in the original or in the remake. This, again, is impossible without cheating: you can't finish the game without the Water Seal, and you can't get that without the Partner in your party.


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* Back in the 1980s, there were rumors surrounding the old ''VideoGame/MissileCommand'' game that [[IKnowMortalKombat the Pentagon kept track of high scorers]], in case of a real WorldWarThree.
* ''VideoGame/StarControl II'' had an extremely persistent myth of a cloaking device for the main flagship. Despite WordOfGod that such a device is not in the final game, screenshots of it are actually printed on the back cover of the game, and it wasn't until the source was released that it was confirmed to be absent. Likewise for the secret code that makes the Pkunk Fury ship immortal.
** There's also the legendary Black Spathi Squadron, a splinter faction of the Spathi composed of brave warriors who fly Eluders painted jet black and fight bravely throughout the universe! They're not actually in the game, of course.
*** A new player asking where to find the Androsynth is always a source of humour on the ''Ur-Quan Masters'' forum. [[spoiler:(You can't find them. Don't ask about the Androsynth. You make me [=*=]frumple[=*=].)]]
* There were many theories back in the day that there is a way to shoot the dog in ''VideoGame/DuckHunt'' for the NES. One is that you have to get to Stage 99 to do it. Easily the most straightforward example of wish-fulfillment on this page, and a good chunk of ''Duck Hunt'' hacks let you do just that.
** It's entirely possible in the arcade version, but only in the bonus round if you accidentally shoot the dog, the bonus round immediately ends and the dog walks out in bandages and on crutches to admonish you to "SHOOT THE DUCKS, NOT ME!"
* Older-than-NES example ''VideoGame/SpyHunter''. There was an urban legend about there being a run-and-gun shooting level taking place in a graveyard. Completely bogus...although it may have led to the addition of the third-person shooter levels of the second [=PS2=] game. There were also rumors of a flying level, which actually appears in ''Super Spy Hunter'', although that's a DolledUpInstallment.
* Every time a new ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' game is announced, the fans will say that [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome Mima]] will be in it. Even if it makes no sense. Ditto Shinki...until ZUN trolled all the Shinki fans by giving Byakuren one of Shinki's most distinctive attacks.
* When ''VideoGame/{{Galaga}}'' was released, rumors were that you can get a triple ship. That isn't true. You can in ''Galaga '88'', though.

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* ''Magazine/AmigaPower'' claimed that ''VideoGame/ThemePark'' players can unlock--with enormous difficulty--a violent ''VideoGame/{{Syndicate}}'' crossover, creating an urban legend that wouldn't die. The magazine's writers never admitted that "Sinister Theme Park" mode was a hoax--only that they were responsible for its creation, that the screenshots were doctored, and that "literally no one" has ever managed to trigger it. [[TrollingCreator But do keep trying, because Bullfrog precisely implemented their idea in later copies of the game!]]
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Elite}} Elite]]'':
** One of the all-time classics is the alien Mirage ship from ''Frontier: Elite II''. They wound up chucking it into a secrets guide (complete with made-up specifications) and featured a Mirage II in the sequel ''First Encounters''.
** It was also rumoured in ''Frontier'' that there is a black hole at the centre of the galaxy, with even [[LyingCreator the game's creator David Braben]] backing this story up at times. Many players wasted hours looking for it, but disassembling the game files shows it's not true.
*** ''VideoGame/EliteDangerous'' does have a black hole at the centre of the galaxy, specifically [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagittarius_A* this one]].
** A persistent one is the planet Raxxla, mentioned in ''The Dark Wheel'' (a [[{{Feelies}} novella that came with the first game]]). According to WordOfGod, it does exist somewhere in ''VideoGame/EliteDangerous'', but no one has found it yet.
** The manual for the first game makes reference to rock hermits who lived on asteroids, enormous ships called Dredgers, GenerationShip[=s=], and the hidden planet Raxxla. These were added by the developers just for flavour text, but many players swear they'd seen a Dredger just as they left hyperspace. One of these, hermit asteroids, was added to later versions of the game.
*** As of April 2017, generation ships [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6StOmJ-A4U can now be found in]] ''Elite: Dangerous''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Creatures}}'' is a virtual life game series involving cute aliens, and has a ridiculously large amount of [[http://creatureswiki.net/wiki/Category:Easter_Eggs actual easter eggs]]. When a person asked a very off-topic question in the Creatures help community, they got [[http://groups.google.co.uk/group/alt.games.creatures/browse_frm/thread/29083b4398053c12 an extremely sarcastic reply]]. The "Secret Adventure Mode" quickly became a fandom in-joke, confusing many newcomers to the games into thinking it actually exists. The port of the first game as an expansion to the fourth game (conveniently titled ''Creatures 1 to Docking Station'', or ''[=C12DS=]'' for short) added an actual Secret Adventure Mode to the game along with a plethora of other easter eggs.
* The creators of ''Website/{{Neopets}}'' have somewhat double-crossed this trope, similar to the example above. There's a myth of a place called Jelly World where everything, even the people, is made of jelly. But it's not a myth [[http://www.neopets.com/jelly/index.phtml Jelly World is a real place]], yet not on any official map. Denizens of the site, however, like to aggravate others by insisting it doesn't exist, even when most of them know it does, following in the footsteps of the creators of the site, who originally denied its existence. [[spoiler:Of course, there isn't really a Jelly World.]]
** However, if you're lucky enough to get the lab ray and zap your pets with it, [[spoiler:you can actually turn them into Jelly Neopets. Like Jelly World itself, they are claimed to be non-existent by the creators of Neopets]]. Some will obsess over the non-existence of these pets, and will try to get them. [[spoiler:In fact, one [[http://www.neopets.com/userlookup.phtml?user=pigfish99 user]] [[http://www.neopets.com/userlookup.phtml?user=jelly_pigfish has]] [[http://www.neopets.com/userlookup.phtml?user=pigfish33x3 gotten]] '''[[http://www.neopets.com/userlookup.phtml?user=twilightultima sixteen]]''' of these pets.]]
*** Oddly, despite the obvious nonexistence of Jelly World, there's a word filter on the chat boards [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial that turns "Jelly World" into the name of any one of the legitimate worlds]].
** In the original ''Neoquest'' game there exists a door that's locked and has no apparent means of opening it. For years people tried various means of unlocking the door or obtaining the key, to no avail. To make it worse, the staff hasn't revealed whether it's actually possible to open the door.
** The Neopets Team has a somewhat haphazard approach to how they build new features on the site, which can lead to confusion and WildMassGuessing. The Discarded Magical Blue Grundo Plushie of Prosperity, for example, was [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a page with a discarded magical blue Grundo plushie]] and nothing else. The sticking part is the "prosperity" part, as it seemed to do absolutely nothing. Rumors abounded on how to make it pay off, from the standard blatant lies about achieving impossible conditions resulting in a reward of rare items to more placebo effect-driven claims that it increases the frequency of Random Events. The truth? TNT just hadn't had the chance to activate it yet. Years after it was programmed in, they added the option to talk to the plushie, which can result in various good or bad effects (which is just part of an overhaul of the world it resides in).
** New players can get this from the veterans, as the Neopets world is rife with old, inactive features and locations left over from previous events.
** There's also the infamous Bonju avatar (avatars being essentially the Neopets equivalent of "achievements", rewarding you with little icons for your user lookup/forum posts for completing specific tasks around the site), which had players puzzling for ''three years'' over how to unlock it, and was the subject of countless wild rumors. TNT finally caved in and revealed the [[GuideDangIt ridiculously obtuse]] solution in one of their editorials. [[spoiler:Mix a Blumaroo Steak, Gourmet Cooking for your Pet and Orange juice at the Mystery Island Cooking Pot - NOT Bonju's cooking pot. Oh, and you have to have the Mad About Orange avatar as your active at the time. Oh, and this ''only'' works during the month of August. Whew!]]
* ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'':
** In ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife'', there is a shed with a door that can never be opened. On one forum, a lot of rumors spread about how to open the door and what you'll get. In actuality, it's just a piece of leftover code that was blocked off rather than removed.
** The numerous rumors that sprung up about acquiring the animals that hung around Forget-Me-Not Valley, which all wear neckerchiefs like the one that the player's dog wears. Carter's and Flora's Chihuahua are especially popular. Despite all rumors, the only pets you can own are the initial dog and a cat that Romana later gives you.
** All those rumors for ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonFriendsOfMineralTown'' and its female counterpart about how you can get your dog to have puppies. This one's likely because you can do so in ''Back To Nature'', which ''Mineral Town'' is a remake of.
** One that runs throughout the series in the games where you can marry the Harvest Goddess, your child will possess farm-improving magical powers.
** That leaving your dog in your greenhouse in ''VideoGame/{{Harvest Moon 64}}'', ''Back To Nature'' or ''Mineral Town'' will keep it from being destroyed by storms. This persists even after people posted video proof that it doesn't work.
** ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonMagicalMelody'' has the "Rival marriage" system that was apparently left out of the international versions. The supposed "marriage pictures" are fanworks.
** There are often characters who are [[EnsembleDarkhorse well-liked]], such as Carter from ''More Friends of Mineral Town'' and Flora from ''A Wonderful Life'', who have rumors on how to marry them. They're never courtable.
** Doctor from ''Friends of Mineral Town'' is named "Tim" and reveals this in an event. In reality, he is only ever called "Doctor". His name is ''Trent'' according to the DS games. This rumor is likely mixing him up with a dog named "Tim" from ''Back to Nature''.
** In ''Back to Nature: For Girl'', there's a reoccuring rumor that you can keep playing if you marry Gray. That's not true. Even with him the game ends after marriage.
* ''VideoGame/RuneFactory'':
** In ''VideoGame/RuneFactoryFrontier'' there's a popular rumour that Raguna can marry his depressed neighbor Kross.
** In ''VideoGame/RuneFactory 2'', there are two: One where there are methods to find the rumored ghost that haunts the clinic at night - never mind that Jake specifically tells you that he started that rumor as a joke. The other is a way to unlock a so-called "third generation", presumably with the child of Aaron/Aria and his/her [[ChildhoodMarriagePromise "betrothed"]]. Mentioning this on an HM forum is a good way to start a chain of mocking replies regarding the ridiculous things that will "unlock" the third generation (i.e. feeding Herman every recipe, even the stuff he hates, or fighting Douglas, Gordon and/or Jake in a duel)
* ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'':
** There tends to be a rumor (or an accusation) made that a certain male townsperson (specifically, a cat named Bob) [[WholesomeCrossdresser wears a dress]]. According to some, this is a programming error — he's supposed to have normal "guy" clothing. However, this is false Bob wears the same type of [[HalfDressedCartoonAnimal sacklike clothing]] both male and female cats wear. His "default" shirt pattern has flowers on it, but it's a flower shirt that is available to all characters (players included) and is worn indiscriminately regardless of gender. ''New Leaf'' makes it more noticeable that it's a shirt.
** Brutus is allegedly a black version of one of the dog townspeople with red eyes. He is claimed to move in if you neglect your game for too long, speaks and sends letters in binary, and has a house full of nothing but fish that crashes after entering it. He apparently leaves the town after just one day. Everyone who claims to have seen him has either misplaced their cameras or had him...mysteriously disappear as they were getting ready to snap a photo. The one "screenshot" available on the internet is clearly edited.
** Then there were the numerous other rumors of what Resetti does to you if you continue to reset long after he nearly has a stroke trying to hammer in "RESET THE GAME '''''NOT'''''!" into your head. Without going into the more gory or "colorful" outcomes that are blatantly false, one particular (and common) variant to this rumor is that if you reset over 60 times, Resetti will finally get fed up and dig like crazy underground, migrating all the neighbor's homes up a hill from below and causing all the neighbors to be mad at you for a week. Less outrageous (but just as false) is the rumor that his joke about erasing the player's save data stops merely being a joke at some point (this also tends to be claimed to be triggered by a certain amount of resets). The reality is, after a certain number of resets, the game simply loops through the last six conversations.
** There was one rumor floating around for the UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube version that if you open your file every day and talk to the same neighbor (again, every day) for a straight year, you'll have the option to [[InterspeciesRomance marry that neighbor]]. But alas...
** ''Super Tortimer'' is a fake NES game Tortimer gives you as an AprilFoolsDay prank in the Gamecube title. No matter what fans say, there's no data to play it.
** There was actually a massive hoax perpetrated at one point regarding ''Animal Crossing: City Folk''. A young child was playing the game when supposedly Tortimer asked the child for either a photo or some personal information. The child's parent apparently saw this and came to the conclusion that a hacker had made his was into her child's Wii. She removed the game, contacted the authorities, and told them. Suddenly, the Missouri Police are sending out threat warnings to everyone that Tortimer is actually the avatar for some pervert who is trying to solicit children for sexual favors, photos, or confidential information. While it didn't take long for gamers to realize the absolute ridiculousness of this (Nobody can join a game in ''Animal Crossing: City Folk'' without first exchanging a 12-digit code with each other outside of the game; Tortimer is in fact an NPC and not controlled by players, and even offline one can encounter him), it didn't take long for parents in the Missouri area to panic that someone was trying to invade their children's video games. When the state tried to sue Nintendo, Nintendo simply proved them wrong with the coding and hard facts, and the Missouri Police quickly stopped talking about it, egg all over their faces.
** When the series was new, gamers didn't know what could and could not be done. There were various rumors on how you could date or even marry villagers, add new buildings like libraries to the town, start those clubs villagers mention, and get your own car similar to Gracie's. These rumors died out by ''Wild World''.
* ''VideoGame/TheSims'':
** ''VideoGame/{{The Sims 2}}'' has many of these, including several alleged methods of getting twins and another cheat that supposedly will get Bella Goth back.
** A small rumor claims that the urn of Vita Alto, a premade sim in ''VideoGame/{{The Sims 3}}'', can be found in a basement in Pleasantview in ''Sims 2'', and she can therefore be revived. Of course, this was proven untrue both by the fact that none of the houses in Pleasantview ''even have'' basements, and because she cannot be found in Sim PE, which a deceased character would be able to be.
* An old rumor was that ''VideoGame/SimCity2000'' contained a secret "Lost Arcology", with several convincing-looking screenshots floating around (the inclusion of one such screenshot in a licensed strategy guide implied that it may have been present in early versions of the game). Accessing it was typically said to be via ridiculous, impossible methods (like having your city reach a population of 100 trillion, when the limitations of the game put the maximum theoretical population somewhere in the double digit millions).
* ''VideoGame/{{Nintendogs}}'' has had its fair share of these over the years. The most common ones are:
** That Nintendo created a "Nintencats" but either never released it because they believed a cat game wouldn't sell, or that it was a Japan-only game that [[NoExportForYou was too poorly received to be released anywhere else]]. [[HilariousInHindsight Now there's a "Nintendogs + Cats". Go figure.]]
** The other rumor is that your dogs can breed. This is despite the fact they're puppies who can't be more than 3 - 5 months old. Numerous videos exist "proving" this can occur, and saying it's impossible often gets you yelled at by people who believe otherwise.
* In ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher 2,'' anything concerning ??? monsters, especially the Enemy monsters. To put it simply, the enemy monsters are a Boss monster that is unable to be unlocked for yourself, with the exception of Japan-only White Mocchi. Didn't stop thousands of rumors about them, though.
* There have been rumors of dead animals in ''[[VideoGame/ZooTycoon Zoo Tycoon 2]]'' turning into ghosts as an Easter egg. There are glitches that cause animals to turn transparent. However, people who believe the rumor claim that the glitch ghosts are not the same as the "real ghosts". Blue Fang has [[http://www.zooadmin.net/Smf/index.php?topic=1345.350 stated]] that any "ghosts" in the game are just glitches, although the rumor still continues.
* New players to the ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' games are often enjoined to [[SnipeHunt go look for the UFO base]], a station that's supposedly the source of the {{flying saucer}}s you occasionally see flying around and sells every item and ship in the game dirt cheap. This started as an Urban Legend of Zelda, but at this point it's basically a RunningGag in the fanbase.
* ''VideoGame/TomodachiLife'' infamously lacks a GayOption, which can be a bit offputting to gay players, since the game has a strong focus on romantic relationships and all but forces you to make your first Mii a SelfInsert. Shortly after its US release, a rumor cropped up asserting that the Japanese version has a GoodBadBug to allow same-gender marriages, and that said bug had been patched out despite player requests to leave it in. No such bug actually exists, though, and any screenshots of an apparent same-gender couple are due to DudeLooksLikeALady or LadyLooksLikeADude. This can be exploited, of course, by deliberately giving one Mii the wrong gender so they can marry someone of the "same" gender, but that's possible in all versions and in no way a bug, since there's no imaginable way to detect whether a player is doing this.

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* In the arcade versions of ''VideoGame/PunchOut'', rumors abounded that, should you build up a string of repeated victories over the final champ, you'll be challenged by audience member VideoGame/DonkeyKong. If defeated, he will be knocked back into the audience. [[spoiler:Maybe that has [[AscendedFanon something to do with]] why he's in the Wii game.]]
* ''VideoGame/NBAJam'' has myriad rumors about additional secret characters with souped-up abilities. The most popular of these are Michael Jordan (who can dunk from the three-point line), Franchise/{{Superman}} (who can dunk from halfcourt), Shaquille O'Neal (who can't be knocked down), and select characters from ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' (which were planned for the console release but dropped). The next-gen remake restarted the cycle.
* ''VideoGame/WWFSmackdown2'' has Ken Shamrock and Big Show's names as part of screenshots on the back of the case. They were dummied out, but still (very rarely) can appear randomly as 'Unknown' in a Royal Rumble or Slobberknocker match. Rumors persisted that you can unlock them, but it isn't possible without a cheating device, and even then they lack entrances (you have to turn entrances off to prevent the game from crashing when playing as them). What's more, most of their parts and moves can be unlocked to create them [[MissingSecret except for their heads]].

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* Rumors of secret weapons and characters for multiple completions of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' were widespread. Claims that completing the game 50 times with Otacon and 50 with Meryl will garner you Raven's Vulcan Cannon were even mentioned in magazines such as ''Powerstation''.
** Even more widespread were rumors of the possibility of replacing [[ReplacementScrappy Raiden]] with Solid Snake during the Big Shell in ''Metal Gear Solid 2''.
*** This one became partially true with the release of ''[[UpdatedRerelease Substance]]'', where you can play as Snake on the Big Shell in a series of non-canonical scenarios (or go skateboarding on it). There's still no way to control Snake during the actual Big Shell Incident, however.
** Also rumours of a FAMAS being available on the Tanker chapter; these are based on early trailers, and the weapon itself doesn't show up in the final game.
*** Further fueled by the flashback footage showing Snake using the FAMAS against the guards on the Tanker.
** Hard-working perverts have confirmed neither Johnny Sasaki in the first game or Raiden in the second game have any junk in their texture sets for any hypothetical action to uncover.
* The release of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' spurred a large number of rumors and alleged missing content, due to the TroubledProduction that ensued between Konami and Creator/HideoKojima. Some of the biggest include:
** That there was something planned with all the unused level space outside Camp Omega in ''Ground Zeroes''. Various videos showcase all of the buildings and terrain outside Omega itself via clipping through the gates, including detailed textures and far more space than what is normally visible inside the camp. While this may have been intended to be part of an OldSaveBonus that would have transferred to ''Phantom Pain'', nothing appears in the final version and the only remnant of Camp Omega is in a ''Metal Gear Online'' map, now cloaked in fog and called "Black Site".
** That the "Classified Intel Acquisition" tape found in a Side-Op in ''Ground Zeroes'' is actually a secret audio recording that [[https://www.msx.org/forum/msx-talk/general-discussion/metal-gear-solid-5-cassette-tape contains untranslated data from the MSX game system]]. There was rampant speculation as to its true purpose, including claims that it might be a secret message from Kojima himself or used to unlock additional content in ''Phantom Pain'' (and there is an additional MSX-related tape that could be found in that game). It was eventually discovered that the MSX data is an incomplete ROM for the game "The Portopia Serial Murder Case" (which inspired Kojima when he was younger), and that there is no hidden secret to be found.
** That there is an alleged missing chapter of the game, referred to as "Chapter 3", which was removed prior to the release of the game and was/is intended to be released as a content patch. Fans often refer to this missing content due to the unfinished nature of some plotlines (notably, Eli and the child soldiers steal Sahelanthropus from Mother Base and fly away to parts unknown). Evidence pointing to this includes a supposedly-unused entire ending detailing Mother Base celebrating global disarmament (in actuality, it's a [[GuideDangIt difficult-to-unlock ending that requires the online FOB mode]]), the existence of an unused and incomplete mission called "Kingdom of the Flies" (which appears in a pre-viz/animatic form on the Collector's Edition extras disc) and supposed hints in-game that there is more content to be discovered. This even [[http://gamingbolt.com/metal-gear-solid-5-producer-responds-to-secret-chapter-questions-as-fans-rally-to-unlock-it got the attention of producer Ken-ichiro Imaizumi]], who stoked the fires by claiming that he "couldn't tell" the fanbase what needs to be unlocked. It even inspired [[https://www.reddit.com/r/NeverBeGameOver an entire sub-Reddit forum]] dedicated to datamining its secrets. Although there are aspects of a "Chapter 3" still on-disc (namely, text files referring to a number of scrapped missions that are all HardModeFiller of missions from earlier in the game) and a "Chapter 3" title card, it appears that nothing new was intended and most people have given up on waiting for the alleged content patch.
** There were also [[https://www.reddit.com/r/metalgearsolid/comments/3kbjuq/spoilerish_somethings_coming_on_911/ rumors]] that an alleged content patch would be unlocked on September 11, 2015. This is in reference to an image of the World Trade Center towers that appears at the end of the unused "Kingdom of the Flies" mission with Liquid Snake's famous line ("It's not over yet!"), as well as a site called Ingsoc.org that referred to an unrevealed game called "Black Hound". While the "Black Hound" game is a real title (though not developed by Kojima or Konami - it's developed by an individual coasting on the uncertainty and confusion around ''Phantom Pain''), no such content patch ever arrived.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}: The Dark Project'', there's an underground graveyard level called the Bonehoard. You have a rough map of this place, which insinuates the existence of an area called "The Alarus Extension", which players tried for ''years'' to find. Not only is the extension sealed off, but it doesn't even exist in the level! Additionally, ''Thief'' players love to spread the falsehood to newbies that within this non-existent area exists a Bow Upgrade, along with complicated instructions on how to get into the extension. It often takes the gullible neophytes hours, if not days, to realize they've been duped.
** Many of the numerous fanmissions for the series like to make reference to one or the other, as well, either because the author thought it was funny or because s/he was deliberately messing with people's heads.

[[folder:Survival Horror]]
* In yet another case of ''Electronic Gaming Monthly''[='s=] seemingly endless April Fools jokes, the April 1998 issue of [=EGM2=] contained a method claiming to unlock ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' boss Akuma in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'' as a secret character by finishing the game 12 times with an A rank using only the knife and the pistol, and entering the username as "AKUMA" on the computer terminal in William Birkin's lab. Images depicted a full 3D Akuma (probably ripped from the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterEX'' games) throwing Hadokens at Zombies.
** Around March or April 1999, ''Play'' magazine were very excited over the discovery of a hidden gate in ''Resident Evil 2'', opposite the police station. Speculation was that after going up to it, you can find some way to go through it, find [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil Rebecca Chambers]] fighting zombies, then play as her. Rebecca is likely a result of using a cheat cartridge or [[GameMod PC skin.]] You can find the gate, but there is no way to go through it.
** A rumor spread for a while of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'' getting a special edition subtitled ''Final Hope'' which would have added a campaign for Claire Redfield and received a port to the UsefulNotes/WiiU.
* Many have claimed that the first ''VideoGame/{{Silent Hill|1}}'' game has an "Ambulance Ending" in which Harry rampages through the town in an ambulance; a common piece of joke fanart is the so-called "lost" [=UFO=] ending for ''Silent Hill 4'' (which doesn't have one).
** This is probably due to confusion with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WivDg4oAXM8 a budget Japanese video game called]] ''Zombies vs. Ambulances''.
** In the first ''Silent Hill'' you can allegedly "commit suicide" by nonstop running running until Harry dies from a heart attack. Which is odd, considering ''James'' is the heavy wheezer.
** This rumor often revolves around the bottle of distilled water in the alternate school. Supposedly, you can somehow use it build a bomb of some kind, which will allow you to blow open the [[InsurmountableWaistHighFence traffic gate]] in front of the Alchemilla hospital.
*** Long ago, the RedHerring items in Midwich Elementary such as distilled water and glucose were also the source of rumors that Cybil Bennett was originally supposed to be a playable character in an alternate scenario, and that the items were for her to use.
** There's an engine in the Shell station. Rumors say it can be installed in one of the cars.
** The boat cabin wheel is also a subject of discussion; it doesn't do anything in-game, but Harry has dialog for it. Current opinion holds that it was [[DummiedOut part of a cut ending]] involving boat travel a la ''VideoGame/SilentHill2''.
** Now there are claims that you can [[http://www.cheatmasters.com/new_cheats/2782/Silent_Hill_cheats.html save Lisa and get an "Excellent" ending.]]
*** [[spoiler:Implied to be true in one of the routes in Silent Hill Play Novel, where Harry refuses to leave Lisa and the two goes deep into Nowhere.]]
** Rumor persists of ''VideoGame/SilentHill3'''s mysterious "secret" level inside the hospital (which is impossible to get to because even with hacking, there is just a big empty building with no textures) on the PC version. There are mods out there that can "make" the hospital, but there is no official way.
** At one time it was a pretty common rumour that completing extreme mode 10 would unlock Alessa's dress as an alternate costume. What you actually unlock is the God Of Thunder outfit.
** Another rumor comes from ''VideoGame/SilentHillOrigins'' (a.k.a. ZERO), where you can use the otherworld [[MagicMirror mirror trick]] to bypass the apartment level and head straight into the hotel. There is no normal way to do this even using the described trick because the apartment is ''necessary'' to trigger the events in the hotel.
* In ''VideoGame/ClockTower: The First Fear'', the game features multiple endings, many of which are determined by whether or not each of Jennifer's friends are killed off during the game, bar a few exceptions, some varying on what Jennifer does in the last few screens, while others are determined by acts unrelated to the girls. Out of those endings, many players have speculated on what would happen if Lotte survives, Anne ''and'' Laura survive, or all three girls live alongside Jennifer. Due to a mass number of glitches, it actually ''is'' possible to achieve these ([[HesJustHiding or in the former's case, technically count this by chalking it up to "if I don't see it, it didn't happen"]]), but unlike the rumors which imply that all the girls can potentially be saved to earn the best ending possible, [[DevelopersForesight the designers had partially anticipated this enough to automatically lead to ending F]] [[spoiler: which involves Jennifer being killed in the elevator; it's triggered if she had, at minimum, not witnessed either of Lotte's deaths. Note that it is also legally impossible without exploiting [[RandomNumberGod unpredictable]] [[GoodBadBugs glitches]] to have both Anne and Laura survive.]]
* Beating the first six nights in the original ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' unlocks a customizable seventh night that allows the player to set the difficulty of the Animatronics from "1" to "20". Naturally, this kickstarted a rumor that entering the numbers "1-9-8-7" will trigger either a cutscene, or will unlock a supposed "8th night". Neither are true, and putting in said "1987 code" causes Golden Freddy to jumpscare the player and crash the game. It turns out developer ScottCawthon was well-aware that people would attempt this and added in the "1987 code" as a joke on the players.
** Another rumor that persisted in the early days of the game's release was that of "Sparky the Dog". The rumor was that Sparky is a hidden 6th Animatronic that either appears randomly, or if the player performs some form of various convoluted step-by-step instructions. Sparky is then said to appear in the "parts and service" room before vanishing. It turns out that Sparky doesn't exist in the game and is merely a fancharacter someone photoshopped into a screenshot of the game.
** A rumor that that began spreading shortly after the release of ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2'' centered around supposedly encountering [[BigBad the Purple Guy]]. There are supposed screenshots and even video of the event showing players being attacked by the murderer. However, this also turned out to be a hoax. The screenshots were photoshopped images of Toy Chica combined with Shadow Freddy, and the videos were created by people who hacked into the game to create custom renders.

[[folder:Turn-Based Strategy]]
* Creator/Team17 are notorious for this. They mentioned in passing to magazine PC Zone that a mission pack was coming out for a ''VideoGame/{{Worms}}'' game (''Worms 2'') that would make worms babies and set missions at night. Then, of course, their most infamous claim, made on April 1st, was the [=**=]spaceman[=**=] cheat, which supposedly summons a [=UFO=] in ''Worms 2''. Many people tried it before the official announcement at Noon that day that it was an April Fools joke.
** Team17 had a bit of fun with this when they made an announcement regarding ''Worms 4: Mayhem'' on April 1, claiming that in this game you would be able to use the ninja rope to pull crate drops closer towards you. This turned out to be absolutely true.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' has rumors from the [=GameFAQs=] board that there's a hidden job called the Barmaid. It says that if you dismiss all of your clan members and do the mission "Wanted: Barmaid", Luso will become one.
* There was a ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' rumor that gained a bit of momentum but died with the growth of the internet - that evidently, you can recruit Olan into your party. Part of the reason this had momentum was because hackers discovered he actually doesn't glitch the game out, implying that he ''might have'' been [[WhatCouldHaveBeen intended to join or return as a guest.]]
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars''
** A game mechanic example: all units (allied or enemy) throughout the franchise are classified as either a "RealRobot" (accurate and agile) or "SuperRobot" (strong and tough), yet some players have noticed there are certain units in some installments who don't belong in either classification (eg. a real dealing more damage than a super, or a super being more evasive than a real), deeming these units as "hybrid" robots ([[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelions]] being an example[[note]]Despite the nature of their home series, Evangelions are treated as real robots in any ''Super Robot Wars'' appearance[[/note]]). Most players insist there's no such thing as "hybrids": a unit is either a "real" or "super" - there is no in-between.
** ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsDestiny'' has the infamous "armor bug", which is actually the result of enemy units packing far greater firepower than most other games provide them, such that the normally NighInvulnerable super robots that rely on tanking hits through strong armor instead lack enough durability to survive through this method. This is such a radical departure from the norm for the franchise, which usually strongly favors super robots, that rumors began of a GameBreakingBug by players who didn't run the calculations.
** One persistent rumor sees fans claiming that Mist Rex, protagonist of ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsK'', will be appearing in whatever game is upcoming. This is simply a {{Troll}} joke, since Mist is hands-down the '''least''' popular protagonist who's ever appeared in ''SRW'' (details on ''K''[='s=] page) and is done to elicit angry reactions from fans not savvy enough to realize it's a joke.
* In ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre'', you were said to be able to recruit Lans Tartare, Balzepho, and Volac. However, battle data for Volac does not exist in the game, and as it turns out you can't make the three join you unless you hack them in, or any of the Dark Knights for that matter. Not to mention, saying those three are recruitable carries an implication that Balzepho would actually join forces with Haborym - which, given their history together, would end in disaster.
** However, the remake actually ''does'' make one of the Dark Knights recruitable -- instead of one of those three, it's ''Ozma'', who has become an AscendedExtra.
*** The fact that younger Lans Tartare was the incredibly [[WideEyedIdealist idealistic]] and [[FreudianExcuse sympathetic]] protagonist of [[GaidenGame his own game]] probably helped this along.
* There are several from the ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' series, such as a rumour that [[DarkIsNotEvil Canas]] could upgrade to a Dark Druid (the class of the BigBad), due to the class appearing in the game's AttractMode, or that all heavy weapons give more Weapon Exp. (They don't; many heavy weapons do tend to have higher wexp yields to compensate for the fact that [[MightyGlacier you won't be striking as often with them]], but this isn't always the case.) A list of them, along with debunking evidence, can be found [[http://serenesforest.net/general/common-misconceptions/ here.]] Granted, some of the things that were ''actually'' DummiedOut of games in the series are [[http://serenesforest.net/general/unused-content/ almost as crazy as the rumours.]]
** The weapon weight rumor was very popular during the early days of [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Path of Radiance]], when people noticed that forging allows players to increase the weight of weapons. Since heavier weapons in the [=GBA=] games usually have higher Weapon Exp gains, people assumed that increasing the weight would increase the exp gains, and the rumor spread from there.
** A very persistant rumour about ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' is that Azura and Silas were originally planned to be the game's [[GayOption Gay Options]]. This has no direct evidence or WordOfGod to back it up, and while a placeholder name for a support between the Female Avatar and Azura's children as siblings exists, there's no evidence of the Female Avatar having an S Support with Azura at any point in development.
*** ''Fates'' had quite a few rumors about the plot flying around during the early days of fan translations as well. One of the biggest ones were the CureYourGays accusations aimed at Soleil's supports with a male Corrin (in fairness, the former's bisexuality is not well-conveyed in the original and really only comes up during their S support), which were at least partly responsible for the chain being completely rewritten for the English release. Another was that the ending of Revelation changed if the Avatar was married to Azura.
*** Also, the rumor about Silas being a GayOption can very easily be debunked by the fact that there were ''never'' any placeholder supports in any of the appropriate areas. Not only did Silas and a male Avatar not have an S-Rank at any point, Sophie and a female Kana never had any sibling supports, either.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden'' and its remake have two very similar ones that go hand in hand. First, in ''Gaiden'', Genny/Saber was a FanPreferredCouple, because they were the only two characters whose endings said they got married without specifying who their spouse was. However, they were ''never'' officially stated to be a couple. This became important when ''Echoes: Shadows of Valentia'' rolled around. Many fans assumed that Genny/Saber had gotten [[ShipSinking sunk]] due to the age gap (data mining revealed that Genny is 15 and Saber is 34), and a few other characters getting similar marriage endings. However, there was nothing to be sunk, as they were never canon in the first place.
* A popular claim on various cheat/FAQ sites is that in the first ''VideoGame/ShiningForce'', if you use an exploit to get outside the town of Guardiana (by forcing an NPC to move into the path of a guard blocking the exit from the town), continue on to the first battle at the Gate, and proceed to clear it using only the player character/"Max", you will unlock something called "Shining Influence". It is never explained what this glitch would do, and some speculated that it would give an additional boost to the other party members for the rest of the game. It was later proven that no such item or glitch unlocks after completing the first battle solo -- if anything, it's a major drawback because the player is subsequently unable to recruit the first four (normally mandatory) members who join you after speaking to the king for the first time.
* Soon after the release of ''VideoGame/{{XCOM2}}'', a rumor appeared that characters gain a hidden 5% bonus to their Hack stat for every successful hack on security towers. This may have appeared due to Specialists gaining 5 points to Hack every level-up, and XP for hacking towers, but the rumor explicitly claims the hidden bonus can't be seen on the promotions screen. Looking through the source code shows no such effect, but people still enjoy encouraging people to take risky hacks even if they don't want the reward.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''Yume Miru Kusuri'' features a NotBloodSiblings sister character who has a reasonable amount of romantic tension and interaction built up with the PC. This, coupled with a character in-game who [[LampshadeHanging talks about how these games]] ''[[LampshadeHanging love]]'' [[LampshadeHanging to have secret characters]] whose routes can only be unlocked after meeting some arbitrary goals in previous playthroughs, has a lot of players firmly convinced that a hidden route for said sister character ''must'' exist somewhere in the game. The more-believable rumor is that it was supposed to, but got [[MissingSecret cut during development]]
* ''VisualNovel/{{Remember11}}'' is rumored to have a secret ending for Satoru[[spoiler:, perhaps due to the story arguably having [[NoEnding no ending at all]]]]. It doesn't help that the [[GuideDangIt flowchart]] ''[[TheComputerIsALyingBastard explicitly says]]'' that there ''is'' one.
* The obscure (to English audiences) visual novel / adventure game ''Crystal Dragon'' is well-known in Japan for a supposed hidden strip rock-scissors-paper game option, which was made up by a gaming magazine to see who would copy their work.
* Misha from ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' was never meant to have a route, nor is there any sign of it in the game. [[spoiler:She was always written as [[IncompatibleOrientation gay and unobtainable]], and the only chance to have sex with her is pure FanDisservice that leads directly into Shizune's bad end]]. The rumor persists because she's a fan favorite.

[[folder:Wide-Open Sandbox]]
* The ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series has enough of these that there exists [[http://gta-myths.wikia.com/wiki/GTA_Myths_Wiki an entire wiki]] devoted ''just'' to the myths, rumors, and urban legends that the games have spawned. Among the more famous ones:
** In ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity Vice City]]'', there were claims that there are ways to make the military submarine submerged off the north coast of the east island surface, up to and including talk of a secret ending where you can nuke the city.
** ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas San Andreas]]'' was the first game in the series to be hit with rumors on a large scale. Perhaps not coincidentally, it's also the first game in the series to feature a [[DontGoInTheWoods widespread countryside]] to explore.
*** One of the big ones was that there exists a Sasquatch (Bigfoot) character somewhere on the map, which was "proven" by some people with Photoshopped images. There's no Bigfoot in the game code. However, a Sasquatch not only ''does'' appear in ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption''[='s=] [[HalloweenEpisode Undead Nightmare]] DLC, but that game lets you ''kill and skin him''. And the achievement you get for doing so? "Six Years In The Making". Undead Nightmare was released six years after ''San Andreas'', to the day. The final bonus mission in ''GTA V'' [[spoiler:also has Franklin being enlisted by a man who'd been looking for Sasquatch for nine years (the amount of time between the releases of ''San Andreas'' and ''V'') to help him hunt one. It turns out to be a guy in a Sasquatch suit, though.]]
*** Another was that there are "ghost cars" that spawn in some precise locations and drive around without a driver. These "ghost cars" are just abandoned, wrecked cars that the game spawns in hilly areas. Since new cars don't spawn with their parking brakes on, they'll sometimes just roll down the hills.
*** There were also rumors about zombies being in the game, fueled by a rather mysterious corporate building in San Fierro.
*** Another common rumor that there are aliens, [=UFO=]s, and other extraterrestials in the game, which are partly true, sort of. Two of the Truth's missions have some interesting content that may or may not be caused by aliens [[spoiler:One of them has you stealing some green goo from a heavily armored train, and another on a plane the enemies call you "carbon based life form"]]. A glitch in the game can cause the lights of planes to spawn, but not the plane itself, creating what technically is an unidentifiable flying object in the sky.
*** ''San Andreas'' also has a single mission where you fly to Liberty City and have a shootout in the Italian restaurant which features prominently in ''3''. There are an enormous number of rumors suggesting that there is a way to unlock all of Liberty City. Hackers figured out how to get there, either getting outside the mission area or returning later; a surprisingly large part of the city is actually present (about 70% of Portland), hovering in the air miles above northeast Los Santos, but is useless because there is no collision detection except in the area used in the establishing shot.
*** Many similar rumors abound, such as the existence of Film/{{Jaws}}[[note]]Sharks, along with other wildlife, would show up for real in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV''[[/note]], the Loch Ness Monster, [[Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre Leatherface]], etc. Most of these have been officially refuted.
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' has a whole bunch as well:
*** Lola the prostitute is [[LadyNotAppearingInThisGame featured on the PS3 box art]] and has a page on the police archives (accessible if you use the computer in the police vehicles), so there are rumors that she's in the game.
*** One piece of fan rumor turned out to be correct. In ''IV'', you receive an achievement called "Impossible Trinity" after completing a mission in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. After it was revealed that Johnny Klebitz (who appears in that mission) is the playable character for the first ExpansionPack, ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheLostAndDamned The Lost & Damned]]'', players seized upon the achievement name and predicted that Luis Lopez (who also appears) would star in his own DLC. Sure enough, he's the protagonist of the second expansion, ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony The Ballad of Gay Tony]]''.
*** There is also the "Ratman", which is similar to the ''San Andreas'' rumors about Bigfoot. Supposedly, there is a humanoid monster that lives in the subways and attacks other [=NPCs=] and the player. It's faster than other [=NPCs=] and attacks by swiping at Niko, [[IAmAHumanitarian chewing on his corpse]] when it kills him. Extensive searches in-game and through the game's code have dismissed this claim, and any "proof" of the Ratman has been proven to be hoaxed.
*** The abandoned Sprunk factory in [[{{Joisey}} Alderney]] is widely rumored to be haunted, thanks to a scream that some people claim to have heard when wandering through the factory (usually after firing off a round). More likely, it's just one of the bums that spawns inside.
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' is home of the possibly biggest mystery of the franchise, nicknamed simply as the Mount Chiliad Mystery. It all begins with a simple mural on a wall of a shed having its place on Mount Chiliad, containing a crude drawing of supposedly a mountain, a flying saucer, a cracked egg, what looks like a person flying a jetpack, five red X's, weird lines inside that mountain, thunderbolts, and more. More so, after reaching 100% completion of the game, the player is able to trigger a total of three (four if counting a broken one underwater) ''actual'' flying saucers, all in different places hovering in the air with no real purpose. After uncovering the existence of these things, the Internet has since then gone crazy about this. What is the purpose of this mural, or of the saucers? Can the player unlock a flyable saucer, a jetpack, or something different? ''Is'' there actually a mystery, considering Rockstar never really confirmed it? Incredible theories and even valid finds have been popping up since then, like an actual alien egg inside the game files, weird green lights on bunkers, theories about a hidden karma meter inside the game, even more unreadable murals inside the game, and much, ''much'' more, even one year after the game's release, stating clearly that there isn't just a mystery inside the game, it is more like a game around the mystery. While it isn't clear if this mystery is solveable, Rockstar has been taunting players cryptically to "continue the search for the truth". The hunt is ongoing to this day, with many hunters trying out new and continuously more unusual theories to maybe solve this giant thing one day.
*** It was often believed that you can manipulate the stock market outside of specific missions by blowing up property belonging to one company, causing their stocks to fall and their competitor's to rise. This is not true, and was likely started by the assassination missions having a similar system.
*** Another widespread rumor popping up for ''V'' is that the police will [[{{Profiling}} racially profile]] Franklin for arrest in situations where Michael or even Trevor would get a pass - even going so far as to [[PoliceBrutality open fire on sight]] in rich, white neighborhoods. This was {{Jossed}} by Rockstar after complaints that the game was perhaps a little ''too'' realistic for its own good.
* Speaking of Rockstar, ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' has its share of supposed secrets. One of the most prominent after the game's release was the rumor that you can find a ruined [=DeLorean=] hidden in the mountains in a reference to ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII.'' No one's ever discovered it.
** Another persistent rumor states that the town of Tumbleweed is haunted. There are certainly strange things that go on in that area (and that area only), but nothing has ever been officially confirmed.
** The DLC ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemptionUndeadNightmare'' has spawned the ever resilient myth that there is a werewolf somewhere in the game, with most sites claiming it to be somewhere in Tall Trees and only coming out during the full moon. Extensive searches have turned up nothing, and reported screen shots of it have been proven to be fake. Other sightings have been dismissed as just a wild horse, usually the American Standardbred, [[note]] the black horse, which is found in this part of the game[[/note]] rearing up and giving the illusion of a bi-pedaled werewolf.
* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' has Herobrine, the supposed dead brother of the game's creator, known for creating strange structures and being elusive. WordOfGod has jossed the rumor, but the creators like to poke fun at it: almost every update has a line that says "removed Herobrine" or something similar. On top of this, in a multiplayer server, if a player is killed by an arrow shot from a dispenser, the message that displays the cause of death is said to be from Herobrine. Sometimes you may look into a mod of a game, or even a game itslf, and will find the log referencing to a Herobrine of sorts. He does exist... as part of many of the billion mods made by the community.
** Rendering spasms can give the impression that Herobrine's face appeared on the screen. It is awfully uncomfortable to witness that happen.
** One of the Christmas Skin Packs includes a "Holiday Herobrine". Basically, Herobrine with a Christmas Sweater.
** On 9 March 2012 at the GDC, Notch mentioned that "there is one [recipe] people haven't found yet", this happening about a week after two unused textures for hieroglyphic-covered blocks mysteriously appeared in the texture file. This sparked a huge number of rumours and speculation.
* ''VideoGame/{{Blockland}}'' has "The Golden Brick" which supposedly exists in the Slate map, and, upon clicking it, you apparently unlock ''Blockland Adventure Mode''. It's untrue, but it's still thought to be ''[[RuleofCool such a cool idea]]'' that many players pretend that it's real [[RuleOfFun just for fun]].
** There's also the Renderman, an apparition not unlike Herobrine from ''Minecraft''. It's supposed to appear when you take a screenshot on a [[DarkIsEvil dark map]], and in DOF screenshots(basically screenshots taken while your character shakes violently, to produce a very blurry image) he appears ''very close to the player''. Many pictures have been provided of him to 'prove' his existence. He was revived in the [[HolidayMode Halloween Update]], where a 'new form' of Renderman appeared: Preppers, flashing red ASCII Terror Faces ("°Д°") which were claimed to randomly appear on dark maps. Combined with the usual presence of NothingIsScarier in dark maps, many didn't want to load these maps for fear of encountering [[HeWhoMustNotBeNamed HIM]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'': Even before the game's release, the developers touted information that you can unlock a new character and secret mission if you have met certain criteria and found a hidden severed leg. A few weeks after the game's release, a member of the Website/GameFAQs community found the leg, and was disappointed to find that nothing happens. The developers even acknowledged that people had found the severed leg, but they refused to give further information. Rumors now focus on things such as all the crazy things you have to do to get the leg to work, and some believe that there's another leg out there and that this leg is just a red herring.
* In ''VideoGame/JustCause2'', it has been rumored that there is some sort of UFO that can appear and blow you out of the sky in a simple blast. This is actually the electrical tower that becomes a focus for a side mission.
* Some Spider-man games have a few. The first Movie tie-in game allowed playing as the Green Goblin, so people claimed that you could play the sequels as their respective villains.
** Spider-man 2:
*** According to some, [[ThatOneSideQuest reaching 100%]] in ''VideoGame/SpiderMan2'' would add a "Change" icon to play as Doc Ock somewhere on the game. There's absolutely no footage of this. Humorously, one persistent rumor on a few gaming sites said that jumping off of the Statue of Liberty 30 times will let you play as Kermit the Frog. Sadly, this does not happen.
*** There's apparently also a few ways to unlock the DummiedOut Governor's Island. Again, no footage. Additionally, there's supposedly a costume store hidden in the city, opening its doors at X time of day.
*** As Lizard was originally planned to appear, several people claim that he is still in the game. Usually the theories say that he's in the sewers, accessible through a certain manhole after a certain requirement has been met.
** There was a rumor that you could play as Venom in the [=PS2=], PSP and Wii versions of ''Film/SpiderMan3'' tie-in game [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames (The not-so-good version)]]. As collecting 50 Spider-emblems after the final mission unlocks the Black suit for unlimited usage, people latched on the idea that collecting 100 meteorite fragments would unlock Venom as a playable character. [[ForeGoneConclusion Turns out that it doesn't]]. All footage about it is just very blurry footage of the Black suit.

* Naturally, while the ''UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy'' was on the market, there were persistent rumors that color graphics are indeed possible through the use of cheat codes, system modifications, and what have you. There are even mock-ups circulating the internet of [=VB=] games with colorized graphics. This was in spite of the fact that Nintendo themselves [[WordOfGod unapologetically proclaimed]] that the Virtual Boy's internal graphics processor has only a two color palette, and thus more colors would've been physically impossible given the hardware specs. Needless to say, these rumors died with the [=VB=] itself.
* Even [[TheKiddieRide kiddie rides]] get myths every once in a while. Usually this pertains to [[LicensedGame licensed rides]] that simply do not exist, but someone's friend's cousin's sister twice removed claims to have seen. Some of them are probably unlicensed grey-market rides made by less scrupulous companies in the Far East.
* Every few years there is a new rumor of a "UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast 2", but they are never real.
* Just prior to the reveal of the UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}, there was a convincing hoax known as the "Nintendo [=ON=]". It was a Virtual Reality device you strapped to your head.

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* Supposedly, Konami and Upper Deck Entertainment have created several ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' cards that have never been released to the public, only allowing them to be played by R&D employees at Upper Deck in specialized "Duel the Master" matches at tournaments. These include the Seal of Orichalcos, Power Balance, and alternate versions of the Egyptian God Cards. Since the only "proof" of these cards existing are proxies, there's no way of knowing if this is actually true.
** The anime gives this a nod very early on, establishing that Pegasus' Toon monsters are one-of-a-kind cards that were never released to the public due to them being "too powerful". During the last parts of the KC Grand Prix arc, it's revealed that Pegasus' company routinely gives away copies of unsanctioned cards as prizes (a habit that the actual card game took up).
** This has been proven to be true, at least for [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/The_Seal_of_Orichalcos the Seal of Orichalcos]]. As for the Egyptian God cards, alternate, tournament-legal "effect" versions have been released for [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Obelisk_the_Tormentor Obelisk the Tormentor]], [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/The_Winged_Dragon_of_Ra the Winged Dragon of Ra]], and [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Slifer_The_Sky_Dragon Slifer the Sky Dragon.]] The latter addition has prompted the creation of the long time anime-only [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/The_Creator_God_of_Light,_Horakhty The Creator God of Light, Horakhty]] as an actual card. It even has its own type, "Creator God". The Seal of Orichalcos too has been released legally, though obviously with a very different effect to that of the anime or the Duel the Master version. No word on Power Balance, though.
** Prior to the official release of Primal Origin, there were sources depicting "Starduston" as a fake "Duston" version of "Stardust Dragon". It also was claimed to have an effect highly reminiscent of "Stardust Dragon": During either player's turn, when a card or effect is activated that would destroy a card(s) on the field: You can Tribute this card; negate the activation, and if you do, destroy it. You can only control 1 face-up "Starduston".
* In the early days of ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', when cardlists were not available and the first ''big'' expansion set (Legends) was coming out, a rumor was started among the then-nascent Internet about the card "Throat Wolf", a creature which supposedly has "firstest strike". It also was rumored to have the ability to attack on your opponent's turn. Usually guides on how to get the super rare card mention other non-existent cards, like the Clockwork Doppelganger.
** Of course, spoofed in the parody set Unhinged, which actually has a secret card that ''only exists in foil'' and is not listed in most spoilers. It's [[http://magiccards.info/uh/en/141.html "Super Secret Tech,"]] and its collector number is 141 out of 140.
** Unstable, the third parody set, made the long-fabled "Last Strike," (a creature that deals combat damage after both First Strike and normal damage), along with Triple Strike (a creature that deals First, Normal, ''and'' Last Strike damage).
** Unstable also kicked out a few Urban Legends of Zelda of its own by breaking the long-held rule that each card must have a unique name. The set features a number of cards with the same name and cards type but different stats, rules text, and/or art. This led to some very interesting discoveries in the time between the official "complete" spoiler of the set (which listed one version of each of said cards) and the product's wide release a few weeks later.

* The operator's manual for ''Pinball/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' refers to a "secret video mode", which is believed to be a version of ''VideoGame/{{Breakout}}''. The exact requirement for invoking it is unknown, however, and it's unclear if it was disabled in the final release. Even so, many pinball players keep spreading rumors of the exact sequence of actions needed to activate it.
* A rumor persists that setting the DIP switches for Creator/{{Gottlieb}}'s ''Pinball/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' pinball to a certain combination will cause the game to play the theme music from [[WesternAnimation/SpiderMan1967 the Sixties animated series]] during the attract mode.

!! InUniverse examples:

* Possibly implied by ''Disney/WreckItRalph''. Kids who go to Mr. Litwick's arcade may tell their friends about their experiences with hidden secrets and easter eggs, such as a randomly-appearing fourth wall-breaking character in ''Hero's Duty''; a Turbo cameo in ''Road Blasters''; [[spoiler:King Candy]] being a playable character in ''Sugar Rush''; and a secret bonus level in ''Fix-It Felix''. While all of these are [[SubvertedTrope actually true]], they only happened within this one specific arcade. Therefore, these "hidden secrets" will surely seem like Urban Legends of Zelda to anyone who hears about them, goes to a different arcade, is unable to replicate them, and determines that they're not actually real.

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