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Examples of fact check failures about video games.

  • The Scholastic book How to Draw Nintendo Heroes and Villains contained a couple of infamous errors. Identifying Snide from Donkey Kong 64 as a villain is at least understandable, since he initially worked for K. Rool. Naming Bowser "Kerog", on the other hand...
  • The New York Times made a correction to a 1988 article which claimed that the Super Mario Bros. were janitors as opposed to plumbers.
    • In a similar vein, there exist countless instances across multiple media in which descriptions of Donkey Kong label Mario/Jumpman as a plumber (he was originally a carpenter in Donkey Kong and became a plumber in Mario Bros.), the damsel as Peach (it's Pauline/Lady; Donkey Kong is from 1981 and Peach wasn't introduced until Super Mario Bros. 1 in 1985), and makes no distinction between the original character of Donkey Kong and the modern ones. The last point is a bit more forgivable, as the only noticeable difference between the original DK (now Cranky Kong) and his son/grandson of today is that the latter wears a tie with his initials.
  • The Pokémon franchise tends to attract this, thanks in no small part to its weird names and abundance of creatures.
    • An embarrassing number of publications, including Time Magazine, can't get the word Pokémon right, opting for mutations like Pokey-man or Pokeman. Or pluralizing it as "Pokémons", when the word is still just Pokémon.
    • In this video, a preacher warns us that the whole point of Pokémon is to control spirits from the Dark Realm.
    • The Italian Mickey Mouse Magazine somehow managed to use French names for all the Pokémon.
    • The blue mouse Pokémon Marill was revealed before it had been named, somehow leading to the nickname "Pikablu". The name appeared in countless publications and even on the Topps trading cards. Po Jo's Pokémon Magazine continued to use the name even after Pokémon Gold and Silver had been localized.
    • An issue of GamePro contained a mostly informative article about the glitch Pokémon Missingno.... with a picture of Togepi. It was captioned "Missingno. is one Pokémon you don't want to catch". Tell that to the fanbase.
    • An Italian electronic encyclopedia claims that Pokémon are "64 horrid bug-dinosaur hybrids". Even the number is off and always has been, since the first generation alone had 151.
    • A Cracked article listing 9 insensitive depictions of 9/11 in media noted Pokémon Black and White's Route 4 and desert ruins roughly correlating to Ground Zero (upon lining up Unova with New York) as #5. So far, so good... it then proceeds to claim that the desert was formed by a falling meteorite containing the legendary Pokémon Kyurem. Kyurem did crash-land in a meteorite, but the geographical anomaly formed in the process was the Giant Chasm, which is nowhere near Route 4. Less egregiously, the article gives Kyurem's height as 9'11" - its actual height is the admittedly extremely close 9'10", although Pokémon are designed first in meters and then converted to feet for the English release.
    • Then there's this hilarious bit of reporting on PokéPark Wii. You know it's bad when they identify Pokémon as "anime heroes" and "TV stars", ignoring their long history in gaming that predates the anime. Then it proceeds to misidentify most of the Pokémon on the page! Mew is now Shinx; the Fire-type Charmander is mistaken for Grass-type Treecko, simply because they're both reptiles; Chikorita is called "Croagun", which is a typo of the completely different Pokémon Croagunk. Somehow they got Piplup right.
    • The ESRB rating synopsis for Pokemon Y reffers to Electrode as an attack. Strangely, it's corrected to Electro Ball on the X synopsis, but the error remains in the Y one.
    • A minor goof but in the first year of Guinness Book of World Records: Video Game Edition, Pokémon was apparently made by Sony.
    • According to the Italian Mickey Mouse magazine, the Super Contests are the main objective of the game in Diamond and Pearl. And the whole defeating Gym Leaders and the Pokémon League? According to them, if you didn't partecipate to at least one Super Contest you can't even leave Twinleaf Town. Even when the contests are held in Hearthome City, a town far apart from Twinleaf. That, guys, is what happens when you fail at reading the press release about the game.
  • Italian magazine Pokémon World (later Pokémon Mania) did so many errors that isn't even funny to mention them.
    • First, during the whole Generation 3 period, they randomly decided that the official Italian translations for the names of items and moves suck because they're not literal, blatantly saying that in their opinion that the Google Translate translations are better. Basically, they screwed up kids for months, since their obsession with wrong translations made impossible for many people to find Sea Incense and Deepseatooth/Deepseascale.
    • They did a "Complete Ruby/Sapphire Pokédex" thing on the magazine for months, which had a lot of issues:
      • First, many kids who wrote in the letters page asking for evolutionary methods of various Pokémon got as an answer "Wait until our Pokédex gets to that Pokémon to know it". They did 12-18 Pokémon each month, so if you didn't knew how Seadra evolves in Kingdra you were forced to wait for almost a year before they could tell you the answer.
      • The Pokédex mostly used the anime-styled artworks for the various Pokémon. And if they didn't got them? They used the Sugimori artworks. Very blurry scans of the Sugimori artworks.
      • The last chapter of the Pokédex is probably the most infamous one: for some layout issues, two paragraphs were retained from the part before that one. As a result, Beldum had the description of Spheal and, most important, the "how to get" paragraph in Rayquaza's card was retained from the Luvdisc one, saying that you could get Rayquaza by fishing in the Evergrande City waterfall. Many people still point at that bit to say that Pokémon World was a horrible magazine.
    • They often mistook the Pokédex with the Pokénav, merging them into a single item with a map functionality that allows people to see not only where Lati@s is now, but also makes possible to know the exact tiles in Route 121 where Feebas is found. Such function doesn't exist, but they were totally certain it did.
    • Once, in the pages where they reviewed Pokémon fansites, they reviewed a site filled with spelling errors. For three months, the magazine staff thought that Brock's name was actually spelled "Brok", after reading it written like that in that site.
    • Their strategy guide of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness said once that Primal Dialga is only in Time, while Darkness features Primal Palkia. There is no such thing as a Primal Palkia in that game.
    • In the merchandising pages, they once described a Delibird plush as being "an albino Noctowl in a Santa costume".
  • Several fans (and even one commercial when it was released) for some reason refer to Sonic Adventure 2 Battle as "Sonic Adventure Battle 2". Of course, there was no "Sonic Adventure Battle 1", and SA2B is actually a Nintendo GameCube remake of Sonic Adventure 2. The "Battle" in the title refers to the slight improvements made to the two-player mode of the game.
    • Gameplay footage on G4 which labeled the game as "Sonic Battle", which isn't helped by the fact that there actually is a game (for Game Boy Advance) called Sonic Battle.
    • Speaking of the actual game titled Sonic Battle, X-Play made an error on their review of it, where Rouge the Bat was referred to as "Rogue the Bat".
    • The word "Chao" from the Sonic the Hedgehog series works this way too (pronounced "chow"), so it's annoying when people try to make it plural by adding an "s" on the end, making it a totally different word.
    • Not to mention that the same game introduced a character named Chaos (pronounced "kay-os"), who is also directly related to the chao, which causes even more confusion!
    • At least in Brazil, most times Sonic is brought in on any kind of media, he's referred as a porcupine, not as a hedgehog. Translating "hedgehog" correctly should not be that difficult.
    • Even Good Game: Spawn Point, a spinoff of an Australian game review show, messes up. While reviewing Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II, they said that Tails was introduced in Sonic 2. What's the problem? They accompanied this with a video of the start of Angel Island Zone, which is from Sonic 3. They really should know better.
    • This page from the Tiger Electronics 1992 catalog lists the Sonic The Hedgehog 1 wrist game as an adaptation of "The popular NES game."
  • A review of The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap in a reputable British newspaper claimed that Link must rescue a petrified Princess... Peach.
    • The easiest test to see if someone is a gamer or not: Do they refer to the green-hatted, sword-wielding protagonist as Zelda?
    • Dear game journalists: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time/The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Link was the only Hero of Time. The other Links either have different titles or no in-game title at all. And he's not an elf, dammit.note 
    • Nintendo's official Zelda site contains so many factual errors in its Encyclopedia that it isn't even funny. One of the most egregious errors is the fact that the site's article on Link implies that there is only one Link. Stating exactly that is one of the worst things you can do in front of a Zelda fan. The encyclopedia's other articles include completely non-canon information that is passed off as canon. There are many examples of this.
    • Even the Hyrule Historia had its share of typos. On the page describing the six sages, the Fire Medallion is incorrectly placed next to Nabooru, the Sage of Spirit, while the Spirit Medallion is placed next to Darunia, the Sage of Fire. This is somewhat understandable, since the one arranging the graphics probably thought the yellow Spirit Medallion looked more fitting next to the gold-skinned Goron, and likewise for the red Fire Medallion and the red-haired woman (the other medallions/sages are color coordinated as such.) However another error in the book involves the picture choice in the Official Timeline. To denote the placement of the game Four Swords in the timeline, they used a promotional picture from the Link to the Past GBA port with the Four Swords game built into it. The result is a split-screen picture with Ltt P Link on the left and the four Links of FS in the space that is strictly labled "Four Swords." The book also incorrectly labels the Wind Waker promotional art as being "from Niko's picture show."
  • actually made one of the most common errors of the criticisms at Final Fantasy X. In one article, they say "Get some better voice actors", and provide an example. Problem? The example was taken out of context; and was one of the most misblamed things ever. The "Laughing scene". Anyone who had been playing the game at that point (or even read the script) and not having just taken the scene out of context would have known that Tidus and Yuna did the fake laughing on purpose. Not only do Auron, Lulu, and Wakka stare at the two with an odd look on their faces, but Wakka even says, "We thought you had gone crazy!" afterwards. What the journalists didn't seem to realize was that the laughing scene sounds just as weird in Japanese, as well. Ironically, Tidus and Yuna will break out in real laughter immediately afterwards, which sounds entirely different.
    • Another article shows the gunblade as one of fiction's weapons that wouldn't work in real life. While good arguments could be made about it anyway, the article treats it as a gun with a blade, as in, something that shoots bullets at a distance, while in the game it's simply a blade with a trigger that causes a small explosion, increasing the damage you deal with your regular, melee attack. Also, note that the concept actually exists, although it's antiquated and differs notably.
  • There was a newspaper article about how "Sega's mascot Mario" was more recognizable than Mickey Mouse. If he's so recognizable, how do they not know what company he's from?
    • Another case of this happened when Penguin biscuits started including trivia questions on their wrappers. "In what game did Sega's Mario first appear?" Maybe that's why they later just focused on jokes...
  • A magazine was trying to establish a link between the shootings at Columbine and video games. They used an interview with a survivor's family, while the survivor was playing the video game Diablo... which was described as "just shooting" and was punctuated by the survivor's character being blown up. The only shooting in Diablo is with a bow, and most of the time, your weapon is a sword or other melee weapon.
  • British teenage science magazine Flipside ran a small article on Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, listing a handful of returning characters as being "Solid Snake, Roy Campbell, and Quinton Flynn". The last one is the name of the voice actor for one of the characters.
  • The BBC once did a report on Halo 3, and used footage from Killzone 2.
    • It's not unheard of for written articles or players talking about the series to put an "and" in the middle of "Master Chief," giving it the connotation that it's not one term and he is thus extra-badass for being both master and chief of something. In reality, "Master Chief" is short for the naval rank of "Master Chief Petty Officer," which is, indeed, his rank.
    • The "pretty cool guy" meme does exactly this, with Halo's Master Chief being the original.
  • Any video game article on the satirical website will usually play with this trope, though most people have taken the site at face value.
  • A PC Gamer review of the Half-Life 2 mod MINERVA: Metastasis reported that it was created by a "team." Another review by PC Zone stated that "even Valve [the creators of the Half-Life series] should doff their caps and might want to take notes." Adam Foster, who singlehandedly created Minerva (aside from the music, which was by Joseph Toscano) actively sought out Valve's help in creating the last chapter, and got feedback on how to improve what he'd done so far (he'd been going to a modders' conference, which had gotten cancelled).
  • The official German PlayStation Magazine reported that Final Fantasy IX was a continuation with a new character named Skylar Goodsworth. Turns out they were tricked by a fanfiction on what was then a rather obscure site, which not only lacked any form of professionalism, but came from a website hosted by Beepworld.
  • An early preview of Final Fantasy IX stated that it was to be a remake of the first game in the series. A writer clearly unfamiliar with Roman numerals claimed that Square had started development on "Final Fantasy 1 X".
    • Over Christmas 2003, a reporter on CNBC told the viewers, that the hit game for that season was "Final Fantasy times two" (Final Fantasy X-2).
  • A while back, the Official Nintendo Magazine in the UK described one of the Final Fantasy games as being in the top 150 of games. No problem? Well, they say it's Final Fantasy III and it's getting a DS remake, but the picture beside it is unmistakably Kefka. The magazine apparently got Japan's Final Fantasy III (which actually got a DS remake) and North America's Final Fantasy III (which was Final Fantasy VI) confused.
  • Following Manhunt 2 being banned in the UK, an article ran in a local newspaper accompanied by a screenshot from Resident Evil 4.
  • The Fox News Mass Effect fiasco. Turns out that Cooper Lawrence, their invited speaker and a self-help author, hadn't even seen the game, and based her entire rant about the game's numerous, hardcore sex scenes and obsession with objectifying women on somebody in the studio saying it was "like pornography". That comment was her entire exposure to the game. She finally apologised after watching someone play the game for two and a half hours, and after hundreds of scathing reviews of her latest book were posted on Amazon by gamers who had, of course, never read it.
    • The Fox News Mass Effect fiasco also came on the heels of an article by conservative columnist Kevin McCullough that described the game's "virtual orgasmic rape." Uh... you go with that.
    • Another pundit on the same show referred to it as "Luke Skywalker meets Debbie Does Dallas."
    • The best part of all this: Jack Thompson said there was nothing to it. Jack effin' Thompson, of all people.
    • FNC never really learned from any of this and they still routinely give air time to the standard compliment of moral guardians in order to sling mud at games that they've never played but heard were controversial.
    • To add to the ridiculousness of the whole fiasco, Fox looped the nearly all the sex scenes, unedited, as the B-Roll of the broadcast.
    • Fox and Friends co-host Elizabeth Hasselback claimed that the Sept. 2013 Navy Yard shooting incident was evidence that a national registry should be made for anyone who purchases a video game, claiming that a link exists between young male gamers and gun violence. Though many studies have been conducted, this has never been definitively proven and many researches believe it to be a complete fallacy.
  • An infamous video on YouTube shows Brazilian evangelist Josue Yrion demonizing popular games of the time. His most infamous quotes: "The most— one of the most dirty and perverse games Nintendo ever created"-Yrion on the game that helped create the ESRB "Resident Eevil. The evil, resides in you (this is a Nintendo). Evil possesses you. You are a slave of evil, you are martirized by evil, you serve evil and live on evil". "Doom Namba Too. Doom Número Dosssss. You can see the devil, Hell, souls going in. [Later he shows a magazine with the quote 'So, how's Hell?'] Look at what it says here: How. To go. To Hell!"
    • Yrion is commonly known in the Spanish-speaking world for his extremely uninformed rants. To give an example, he claimed Pokémon was a Satanic game and brought a deck of Yu-Gi-Oh! cards to prove it, narrating a completely improvised Satanic lore for each card he pulled. He also brought a children's book by Mitsuru Nakamura and claimed it was a Pokémon Satanic text. See to believe.
  • There is also Piotr Natanek, a controversial Polish priest (he has been officially suspended by the Catholic Church, but it didn't scare off his followers). In his infamous sermon (available on Youtube) about the occult, he warns the believers against playing "demonic computer games" such as: Diabolo, Dagones Drank, Quake, RPG (yeah, it seems to be a title, not a genre), Pookemons and Kieszonkowe potwory (literally pocket monsters in Polish – not to be confused with manga).
  • Popular Science once had a short article on upcoming first person shooter games that showed a screenshot that was said to be from Doom 3. The problem? Not only was the screenshot from Quake III: Arena, but Doom 3 hadn't even been announced yet.
  • A fantastic example was created by English newspaper The Daily Mail, who wrote an article about CG images of Washington DC destroyed, claiming they were made by terrorists as a "terrifying vision". The reality? The images were promo shots for Fallout 3.
  • A videogame advert was banned for containing the sexually suggestive tagline: "Get your worm out for the birds." The game being advertised, according to the newscasters, was the curiously named Earthworm Joe.
  • GamePro printed a guide to unlocking the secret characters in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. In it, they made several glaring errors, such as calling Sheik Samus (funny, considering what the two have in common), and printing what they apparently thought was a picture of Marth, except it was a picture of Geoffrey, a totally unrelated Fire Emblem character who not only does not exist in the same universe as Marth, but fights with a lance instead of a sword, and on horseback. Apparently, everybody with blue hair is the same person.
    • Speaking of Brawl, the woman who sang the part of Ashley in the game's rendition of "Ashley's Theme" stated on her blog that she was chosen to do a song for the upcoming game, "Super Mario Bros. Smash".
    • In a preview for the original Super Smash Bros., IGN referred to Captain Falcon as "Blue Falcon," mistaking the name of his F-Zero vehicle for his name.
      • In an interview, even his voice actor in GX (the man who voiced Kalas in Baten Kaitos) called the character he voiced "Blue Falcon".
    • Italian magazine Pokémon World kept saying that, in the first two chapters of Super Smash Bros., Link's moveset includes the Gasha seeds from the Oracle games, when it actually doesn't happen in any of the aforemented games.
    • GamePro also once claimed that Bowser was a playable character in Mario Party 2 in their preview.
  • In a preview article for Resident Evil 5, GamePro stated that the story takes place ten years after Resident Evil 4, when it's actually set ten years after the first three games and the prequel Resident Evil Zero.
  • In the letters section of GamePro, a reader asked whether the 64DD add-on for the N64 would have the same advantages that a CD-based system did over cartridges. The GamePro writer rudely informed the reader that it would have the same advantages since the 64DD is a CD based system. The 64DD actually used magnetic disks, not CDs.
  • In this press release for Nicktoons Nitro (somewhat related to the Nicktoons Unite series) they refer to one of the characters as "Avatar", even though that's the title of the character, not his actual name.
  • A St. Louis judge reviewed footage from four videogames to determine whether they (and, by extension, all games) were protected under First Amendment rights. Among the games he evaluated: "Mortal Combat" and, hilariously, "The Resident of Evil Creek."
  • A news report on video game violence in late 2000 pronounced the title Deus Ex as "Deuce Ecks" and said that it was controversial because it allows the player to become the killer. First of all, why choose Deus Ex of all games to epitomize video game violence? Secondly, the report acted like murdering civilians was the whole point and completely ignored the Wide Open Sandbox format of the game, including the moral choices the player can make with varying consequences.
  • The German report "Frontal 21" is quite famous for this. In "Videogemetzel im Kinderzimmer" (video slaughter in the nursery), "Gewalt ohne Grenzen" (violence without borders) and "Töten am Bildschirm" (killing at the screen), they said, between other things, that you can chop off the arms of grannies in Grand Theft Auto and described World of Warcraft as a WW2-type shooter (apparently mistaking it for World at War). That games in Germany are heavily censored (for example: no blood and no chopped-off parts in GTA) did not stop them: They simply displayed the uncensored original versions which are not legal in Germany, at least not for anyone below the age of 18. This all gets worse if you realise that this was hosted on a paid-through-taxes publicly owned television station, ZDF, which has a governmental duty to educate. Well, at least on paper.
    • They also described the GTA: San Andreas' Hot Coffee mod with the words "Like this game: whoever rapes the most women wins", later arguing on a message board that the player's ability to choose positions was where the rape part came in.
  • A report about violence in videogames by the german show Focus TV also showed what was going on at a LAN party. They first tried to convince the public that the freeware shooter "Cube" was outlawed in Germany and then went on to say that now the participants of the LAN had switched to Warcraft 3, which they described as "Ballern bis die Aliens kommen!" ("Shoot until the aliens come", paraphrasing the German saying "X tun bis der Arzt kommt" ("Do X until the doctor arrives!", an equivalent to "Party hard!"). The kicker? The footage shown was from "StarCraft - Brood War". Then they had an interview with the CEO at Cry Tek, stating that this was the developer responsible for 90% of the violent games published (or rather NOT PUBLISHED) in Germany. Even when all the games they had released at the time were Far Cry and Crysis.
    • The German media at that time really enjoyed purposefully giving out false claims about video games. The Bild-Zeitung (a newspaper about as "good" as "The Sun") showed a picture taken out of the uncut version of Soldier Of Fortune 2 (which is outlawed in Germany, by the way, and our version has all the blood and gore removed and the enemies replaced for robots) taking heavy advantage of the damage system (Ludicrous Gibs) and said that it was a screenshot of Counter-Strike 2. This game doesn't even exist.
  • Nintendo Power has been known to misidentify the species of Krystal from Star Fox more than once. In one issue, they called her a cat (using this as a device to say she should've ditched Fox and hooked up with Panther by the end of Assault), and another claimed she was a ferret.
    • The same magazine also erroneously claimed in a Soulcalibur II article that Yoshimitsu is a ghost.
    • One of their writers also seems convinced that Sonic the Hedgehog's buddy Tails is a mutant squirrel, even after someone wrote in to tell him that he's a fox. It's mainly just a running gag he uses to get a rise out of the fans.
    • There was a German Nintendo magazine that was available to fans (in the beginning, then not, then again) free-of-charge. When doing Mega Man X they wrote about "Die hübsche Reploidin Zero" (the beautiful female reploid Zero) helping X. Zero is male. Booblights and long blonde hair notwithstanding.
  • Many fans of the Super Mario Bros. franchise deem Princess Daisy a mere palette swap of Princess Peach, though this was never true, even in the days of sprite-based graphics. There are actually several differences between their models, many of which are easily noticeable, such as Daisy having flower-shaped jewels as opposed to round ones like Peach, or having shorter gloves, or having two hoops at the bottom of her dress instead of only one like Peach.
  • Not even Disney Adventures, the official magazine for The Walt Disney Company, was any good on their review of Kingdom Hearts, a game developed by, y'know, Disney and Square. Their blurb states that the Disney villains want to change the endings of their stories so the bad guys win. Already done in Disney Villains' Revenge, but firstly, that's not the premise, and second, the story's even deeper and darker than how they described.
    • In Italy, Disney's official stuff (articles on the Italian Mickey Mouse and their strategy guide) about the first game of the series kept saying that Darkside (the giant Heartless Sora fights at the beginning of the game and later before the final boss) is the Big Bad of the game (even referring at him as "the invincible Heartless prince"), and that the game ends with Sora fighting him in Neverland. It's not true.
  • According to this Die Zeit article, Grand Theft Auto is a racing game. Not entirely untrue, however, though most of the racing missions in the series tend to be optional and extremely frustrating.
  • Another GTA example: the Quebec newspaper 24 Heures claims that GTA: Chinatown Wars is focused on "the Asian gang" (The Triad) from Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City... Even if they meant Liberty City Stories, CW is part of the Grand Theft Auto IV era, which is as unrelated as possible (plotwise, anyways) to the Grand Theft Auto III era (of which LCS is a part of; and for the record, the Triad did appear briefly in GTAIV.). They also managed to switch around the text caption for the Resident Evil 5 and Final Fantasy XIII screenshots on the same article as said goof.
  • Also GTA: an article from a British paper claimed that the goal of the game was 'to kill as many people as possible'. Any player can tell you that doing so is actually a detriment to the actual goals.
  • Yet again from GTA, a news report in Australia on the release of Grand Theft Auto V mentioned its R18+ rating due to "extreme violence". While it is true it recieved that rating, it was due to drug use, not violence. (If you're going to be Moral Guardians about it, at least get the issue right) They also said it was the first game to get the R18+ rating in Australia, which isn't true. (That would be Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge, released many months earlier)
  • Animal Crossing players (and just about everyone else), find yourself something big and solid for your head before watching the biggest, most spectacularly epic case of Critical Research Failure. For those not familiar with the game, the turtle character that is supposedly a potential child molester is Tortimer, an NPC. Yes, in Animal Crossing, the game itself tries to seduce your children into sending it pictures of themselves.
  • A Fox affiliate made a news report warning parents to look out for potential pedophilic activity on the Nintendo DS, but of course there's the daunting task of explaining how the DS actually works. Here's a video of the important bits edited into a (misinformative) Nintendo DS commercial.
  • This article probably sums up the major problems pertaining to video games quite well.
  • The Limbaugh Letter rails against Burnout Paradise for its hardline stance on global warming. Its what?
  • A TV report on Kwari, an MMO FPS in which you would actually earn real money for frags (at the cost of paying for ammunition via microtransactions) and other stuff. Said TV report used Crysis footage.
  • This article for Kirbys Return To Dreamland describes Kirby as "Everyone's favorite ghost".
    • One of Kirby's abilities is the Sword one, which gives him an hat very similar to Link's one. For this reason, the Italian Official Nintendo Magazine kept calling it "Kirby wearing a Link disguise". It doesn't help that, when Kirby actually eats Link, the weapon he gets is not the sword but either the Boomerang (in the original) or the Bow (in later chapters).
  • This British newspaper article talks about Metal Gear Solid: Rising starring Raiden, "the baddie from MGS2". He may have been unpopular with the fanbase but that's surely taking it a little far...
  • One would expect mainstream journalists to make this sort of mistake, when online gamestores do it the results can be hilarious. Some of them only Warhammer players will spot, but others are rather more blatant. They've listed player characters as enemies and NPCs, they've got place names wrong, called an Orc a troll and hilariously, called a Dwarf an Elf.
  • "Nintendo Wii is a popular game".
  • Count the number of mass medias who claim Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 to be a terrorism simulator just from taking the Wham Level "No Russian" out of context.
  • In the same fashion, fresh and new case here people: another anti-gaming segment on Alan Titchmarsh show (hit the link for more details). You can see some very interesting claims such as:
  • Parodied by LoadingReadyRun in this video.
  • According to the study "The Mural as Graffiti Deterrence", "All Your Base Are Belong To Us" is a "name of a Korean computer game popular in the 1980s". (Zero Wing was released in late 1989, so even the time period is wrong.)
  • The "Grog XD" report. Some dim-witted journalists found the famous "grog recipe" from The Secret Of Monkey Island on Facebook and presented it as an example of "evil harmful alcoholic recipes available on the interwebs, that teenagers could drink before going out to dance!". They didn't realize it was tongue-in-cheek, nor noticed "XD" is an emoticon. Later on, a vending machine with "Grog XD" showed up in the finale of Tales of Monkey Island, which for many was a Crowning Moment of Funny.
  • President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez once said on his radio show that "Those games they call 'PlayStation' are poison. Some games teach you to kill. They once put my face on a game, 'you've got to find Chavez to kill him.'" No mainstream games exist that feature Hugo Chavez's likeness. This was in relation to Mercenaries 2: World in Flames, in which the player must battle Venezuelan soldiers and ultimately assassinate the nation's leader, though as above, said in-game leader is not Chavez, or even a Suspiciously Similar Substitute of him.
  • There was a very egregiously inaccurate documentary about video games on the Discovery Channel once (this was in Poland, so maybe it was localisation problems). The documentary stated for example that Nintendo systems were never ever released in Europe, that Nintendo and Mario went dead, forgotten and extinct just when the PlayStation was released (despite showing GameCube and Wii footage, consoles which came out years after the original PlayStation), that Grand Theft Auto III was the first GTA game, that Microsoft began its console gaming business with a gaming console called "Xbox Live", and such.
  • This "What if Video Games Were Real" sketch features a joke based on Metal Gear Solid, in which Snake is instructed to "Infiltrate Otacon's new base". For those not versed on the Metal Gear series, Otacon is pretty much the only character who is always on the same side as the player. Nor has he ever had a base, unless the airship they live in in Metal Gear Solid 4 counts.
  • The early-morning show on the (now-defunct) Midwest Radio station in the UK is rife with this, usually whenever the bumbling DJ presenting the show presents listeners with a game-related competition. During one such competition, in which one lucky listener could win a copy of Super Mario Galaxy 2, the question was "What occupation does Mario have?" the answer of course being "Plumber". When the answer was revealed, the DJ and his co-presenter claimed that you could tell that Mario was a plumber because "he carries a spanner (aka a wrench, to those across The Pond) around with him in the games". Um... no he doesn't (and even most people who have never touched a Mario game in their entire life probably know this!).
    • In another instance, during a competition to win a copy of Mass Effect 2, the same DJ referred to the game - constantly, and presumably never realizing his mistake and/or not having any of his colleagues point it out to him (either that, or he did realise and just hoped that no-one would notice) - as "Mass 2 Effect".
  • Although it's not the focus, an article about 1988, the last time the University of Florida lost three straight games, came out with this gem: "Nintendo released Tecmo Bowl." Putting aside the fact that the arcade version was released in 1987 and the NES version was released in 1989, most actual experts agree that it was Tecmo that released Tecmo Bowl.
  • This Fox News article states that Infiniminer was made by Markus Persson (Notch) as a prototype to Minecraft. Infiniminer was actually made by Zachtronics Industries; Notch only drew inspiration from it.
  • CBS reports on the Sega Pass hack incident: "Sega Genesis hacked!" Of course, the console doesn't have anything to do with the incident, and hasn't even been in production since 1997!
  • Public network France 2 gives us this helpful report on the perils of "meuporg" addiction.
    Reporter: Young people spend their days in front of a screen, stuffing themselves on "meuporg." ... "Meuporg" is the barbarian name of online role-playing games where we can meet virtual friends. That's the actual name, I'm sorry.
    Anchor: But how do you spell it?
    Reporter: We spell it M-M-M-P-O-R-P-G.
  • When Rule of Rose was released in Italy, people started talking about it everywhere as a game where little girls bury alive other little girls to win. The main character is not a little girl, the bad guys are. There was also outrage over the assumption that the player would be murdering children in the game, derived from the fact that the villains are indeed children. While child deaths occur in the game, they all happen off-screen, and the player isn't responsible for a single one of them. Incidentally, it's also the player character who gets (briefly) sealed in a coffin — she's the victim, not the instigator. Even when you get past the perversion of the game's premise, you still get this. Apparently, Jennifer has to bury a little girl alive to continue; this never happens, the game is about finding items for little girls (who are in control all of the time). It's easy to see where this comes from, though: every chapter's events are explained by "storybooks". The storybook for The Funeral explains that "a girl" (after reading the other storybooks, it should be obvious that this is Jennifer), who has to bury her best friend to survive. There are three problems: first, the little girl who apparently has to be buried alive is Wendy, who isn't Jennifer's best friend. Second, this storybook is the most vague of them all, only hinting at the chapter's events instead of outright spoiling them. Third, Jennifer's actual best friend, Brown, is killed so that Jennifer can survive, but Jennifer doesn't actually kill him, and he's a dog (which, considering the sort of people who write Cowboy Bebop at His Computer articles, would probably remove the impact if they'd realized).
    • And when the rumour spread to the UK people began assuming that the game promoted pedophilia, even leading to a criminal investigation in Poland. While the infamous trailer shows some disturbing, sexualized implications, their whole point is to be disturbing, and none are present in the game itself. The game opaquely hints at sexual abuse of a 16-year old girl, but it's played for pure horror.
    • It's worth noting, however, that Punchline did this intentionally. They spread rumours about the game being sexual and sinister that weren't true just for publicity.
  • In the Official PlayStation Magazine, they printed a picture of the main character from Digital Devil Saga 2 over a fan review of Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne.
  • At the time of its release, it was not uncommon to read about a game called "Jack and Dexter". There were even video game stores that carried it under that title. And it still happens: this video game blog for example uses the erroneous names. Twice. Likewise, there is a good number of reviews to be found on Youtube that consistently refer to Jak as Jax.
  • The author of this article on Dungeons of Dredmor made two simple mistakes. She assumed that all fantasy RPGs are also MMORPGs, and she also believed the flavor text in a Roguelike. The 'secret vegan cults' mentioned in the skill selection screen don't actually appear in the game, which is single player only.
  • This article about Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine. It caused quite a lot of internet backlash.
    • There's also quite a lengthy update which acknowledges the writer knows little about 40k, but also mentions he was referring mainly to gameplay rather than setting, which is more justifiable.
  • A while back, one of The Daily Telegraph's weekend magazines had an issue with the main article being about cosplay. One of the photos accompanying said article was of a cosplayer dressed as Genesis, with the caption listing him as being from "Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Call".
  • Gamedaily's article about Asian female video characters: They said that Hsien-Ko "had good looks, despite her oversized hands." Those are not her hands, those are giant claw gauntlets. While she can control them like they are her hands, she does show her real hands in several of her moves and poses.
  • The official site for Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance claims that Greil is a Ranger, the Black Knight is a Paladin, and Ashnard is a Lord. The "official guidebook" on the other hand, had a section at the end of the book where they showed every playable character, and claimed that characters with a red highlight are already class-changed, while they actually just highlighted all the female characters red.
    • The official guidebook for Fire Emblem (the first one released to the west) claimed that Sonia was "human", though the writers may have been confused due to the fact that she has deluded herself into believing she was human, and constantly refers to herself as such. It is possible they did not want to spoil anything (not that it was really a major spoiler or anything), though they seemed to have no problem revealing Ephidel was one as well.
  • The online alternate costume description of Maya in Kay's color scheme in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 claims that Kay assisted Phoenix Wright, though in actuality she was Edgeworth's assistant and has never even met Phoenix.
  • The cartoon Captain N: The Game Master featured Kid Icarus from the game with the same name as a regular character. Except his name's actually Pit.
  • A Newsweek article claimed that Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik "trained daily on the online shooting game World of Warcraft." World of Warcraft is an MMORPG - one with 10.2 million subscribers at the time of the massacre. Furthermore, only one out of ten classes then available spend much time shooting anything, while the rest focus on melee weapons or spells. And the only thing playing WoW trains people to do is to play WoW.
  • Capcom does this to itself when it comes to the North American instruction manual of the original Mega Man Legends game. On page 16 and 17, the info about the Bonne Family pirates was correct for the most part, but some of it was flat-out wrong. The 2 pages were character bios of Teisel Bonne, Tron Bonne, Bon Bonne, and the Servbots. Instead of being referred to as the "Bonne Family" (or just the "Bonnes"), they're continuously referred to as the "Bonne Brothers", Teisel's name is misspelled as "Teasel", Tron is referred to as Teisel's "eldest daughter" (in reality, they're siblings), Bon's name is given as "Bomb", and "Servbots" is misspelled as "Servebots"... and yes, it's correct without the second "e".
    • On pages 14 and 15, they misspelled the surname of Roll and Barrell as "Casket" (it's actually "Caskett"). Barrell's name was also misspelled as "Barrel".
    • Then, there's the North American instruction manual for Mega Man Legends 2. The Casketts' surname was misspelled again as "Casket" (although they got Barrell's given name right, this time), Teisel is still "Teasel", Tron is called the "eldest daughter in the Bonne family" even though she's the only daughter, Bon is still "Bomb", and finally, Von Bluecher and Klaymoor are called Von Muller and Bancoscus, respectively (which are actually their names in Japan).
  • The live-action Ace Attorney movie. A reviewer writing for the International Film Festival of Rotterdam clearly has no idea what Gyakuten Saiban really is about. While his summary of the movie is quite accurate, he's made several inaccurate statements regarding Ace Attorney. He stated that Ace Attorney Online is where you can find a "free trial package". As in, you can find free trials sponsored by Capcom. Capcom does not sponsor fansites, and the owner of the fansite has always said that the site was never sponsored by Capcom. This reviewer also implies that Ace Attorney Online is the official site for the Ace Attorney series. This caused a bit of a panic that the owner of the site had to make it doubly clear that the website is neither affiliated with Capcom nor is it the official site for Ace Attorney. The reviewer also claimed that Ace Attorney resembles a "non-digital board game" akin to Settlers of Catan. Also he claims that it kinda made him understand why someone would turn "a game, which is not very visual, into a film." Ace Attorney is certainly not a "non-digital board game". And the very nature of Visual Novels (which Ace Attorney really is) make this a very visual game.
  • One children's atlas, in its section on Japan, lists video games as a notable part of the country's culture, including an image of an iconic game character. This'd all be fine and dandy if they hadn't used Crash Bandicoot, an American video game.
  • In a strange example, an official Sony press release describes Final Fantasy VII as "bringing back characters from previous games", listing Cloud, Cid Highwind, and Chocobos as examples, while featuring new characters like Aeris and Barret. In actuality, as each Final Fantasy game takes place in its own separate universe, the game does not truly feature any characters from previous games. Chocobos can be considered valid as they're a series mainstay (though they are a race, not a character), and the confusion for Cid possibly stems from the fact that he both is an airship-related man named Cid (another series mainstay) and has a last name calling back to Kain Highwind from IV and Ricard Highwind from II. Saying that Cloud is an older character, however, is bullshit.
  • After a British Special Boat Service action to rescue hostages in Afghanistan, the Sunday Times ran a picture of an "elite SBS soldier" with his face blacked out "to protect his identity." This was unnecessary, however, as his identity was already known to millions of gamers around the world: it was actually a picture of John "Soap" MacTavish, who is in the SAS (later Task Force 141), not the SBS, who is only once shown doing anything special involving a boat, and perhaps most obviously, who is a fictional character. Worst of all, the picture was not one of those cinematic promotional images that might, in the dark, after a double shot of Scotch and with your eyes closed, look like a photograph. No, it was a clumsily done screencap, with visible pixels and his equipment clipping through his gun.
  • Pick a story on Night Trap. Any story. Chances are, it fits this.
  • Another one from Cracked, "The 6 Most Baffling Video Game Spinoffs", has... quite a few.
    • Pokémon Channel is primarily about watching television with Pikachu, but the article claims there is literally nothing else to do in the game.
    • Bomberman: Act Zero is a(n ill-conceived, granted) rehash of the original NES game's plot; the article phrases it to sound like an original concept.
    • Shadow the Hedgehog was released before Sonic and the Black Knight and Unleashed, not after as the article claims.
    • Shadow and Sonic are different characters (granted, Shadow could easily be mistaken for a Superpowered Evil Side).
    • For there to be more spin-offs than actual games in the series, the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise would need to consist of somewhere in the vicinity of three games - Fanon Discontinuity notwithstanding.note 
  • You would think that a store specialising in selling games wouldn't make this kind of mistake, but shortly after the release of the N64 in the UK at least one store advertised Turok the Dinosaur for sale...
  • One Dance Dance Revolution player celebrated his 800th AAA rank by posting a picture of it on his Facebook timeline. A Facebook page picks this image up and posts it, congratulating him...but erroneously calls the song "Xepher Tatsh". The most embarrassing part about it? Said page is the official DDR Facebook page!
    • Even "better", the same page mistakes a Pump It Up cabinet for a DDR cab. The admin of the DDR page mistook DDR's rival series (which has had a long legal history involving Konami, to boot) for DDR.
  • Cracked again, this time for getting Knights of the Old Republic mixed up with its spinoff Star Wars: The Old Republic. In "5 Bizarre Ways Online Gaming Is Affecting the Real World" (scroll down to #3), they called KOTOR an MMORPG in a Take That presumably meant for SWTOR.
  • Before and around its release, several articles claimed the Wii U to be "a new controller for the Wii". First of all, the controller is not the console, it's just a controller, and secondly, it's an entirely new console, and its controller and games cannot be used on the Wii.
  • Official advertisements for Super Mario RPG stated that without Mario's help, various characters' wishes would never come true, such as Mallow finding his parents, Bowser getting his keep back, or Geno becoming a real boy. Geno is a star spirit possessing a doll for his goal of getting the pieces of the Star Road back - he never becomes human and never expresses any desire to do so.
    • Another error seen in official sources, such as Nintendo Power and at least one TV ad, was referring to the sword in the castle as Smithy. The sword is named Exor, and is never confused with Smithy inside the game itself. Smithy is the final boss in the alternate dimension to which Exor acts as a portal.
  • LSD: Dream Emulator is quite famous for being based on a dream journal? But on whose dreams was the game based? It must be Osamu Sato, the lead designer! Bonus points because Wikipedia rightly claims that the dream journal was kept by Hiroko Nishikawa, but the general public thinks Wikipedia is a bad source of information, and many gaming websites (who should know more about video games) claim it was kept by Sato.
  • One review of Hatoful Boyfriend didn't like the player character's name, "Cloaca Mahoney"... a deliberate joke name used by Angie Gallant's "Let's Play" walkthrough of the game. They'd have known if they'd played the game... or even read the LP, really.
  • When the South Park FPS was released on the Nintendo 64 in the UK, The Guardian newspaper chastised Nintendo for bleeping out all the swearwords. What they didn't know was that this was the norm for the show at that time: F and S words were bleeped out, even on UK channels where they didn't have to be after 9pm (the show was never on any earlier than that anyway) and even the PAL VHS releases at the time were still censored in this way, essentially meaning the game was just following the format of the show. Matt and Trey were interviewed on a documentary on Channel 4 where they even stated themselves that they thought the show was funnier with the bleeps and had been happy to leave them in. Though later episodes have been allowed to have more of these words to go uncensored, as well as being released on DVD without any bleeps, back in 1998 that wasn't the case at all.
  • Gamers and some gaming media alike tend to believe that most PC games run on the Source engine just because other game engines look similar to it (and apparently the only popular games are ones made by Valve). In actuality, the Source engine is mostly used only by Valve, though they do license it, and it isn't the majority engine by a long shot.
  • Don Reisinger of Slash gear said Nintendo had no choice but to go multi-platform and said that Activision has no plans for Wii U titles. Had he ever set foot in a game store, he might have noticed the fact that Skylanders Giants was not only released on the Wii U, but that Skylanders Swap Force will be as well. He also apparently never heard of 007 Legends.
  • Near the end of this Lore in a Minute video, they say that in Mirror's Edge, "Faith must follow all things inexplicably painted red". They aren't really red; it's a visual representation of how Faith can easily spot something to... do parkour stuff on. They also only turn red after you come close enough, and "Runner Vision" can be turned offnote .
    • Anothe Lore in a Minute example: in their Phoenix Wright video it is stated that "Miles took over his father and became an esteemed prosecutor". In actuality, Miles Edgeworth's father was a defense attorney.
  • An article of Nintendo Power, volume 72, about the X-Band specified the Super NES Multitap as the first means of multi-player gameplay ever. No it wasn't; there were other devices before it for different consoles. Two of those were the FourScore and Satellite for the original NES, the former of which was even advertised on the back covers of certain earlier issues from 1990 and '91.
  • BioShock Infinite has articles that state that the game itself is sexist towards women, claiming that a woman needs to be protected and there are no female enemies, which is completely false as Elizabeth can fend for herself (and more often than not takes care of Booker by finding him ammo and saving him with her medical knowledge) and both sides of the conflict have female troops (which ironically some of the troops in the game show a dislike for people who are sexist) and one of the main bosses in the game is a woman. And another stating that the game is racist, despite the fact it shows the all white society to be even more horrific and shows how racism is treated. Many gamers even found The Lottery cringe worthy with a majority of said gamers throwing the ball at the announcer rather than the mixed-race couple. From the same author, he claims that the player can comfort Elizabeth and Ellie, from The Last of Us, with the press of a button. He seemingly missed that Ellie is Joel's Replacement Goldfish for his dead daughter, and Elizabeth actually is Booker's daughter. Later on, he now thinks that ''Bioshock: Infinite'' is satire, which it clearly isn't.
  • A story claims that an 8-year-old is facing felony charges after charging $800 to his grandmother's credit card in Minecraft. Minecraft itself costs around $30, has no in-game store, and even if you are talking about the Xbox 360 version, has nowhere near $800 worth of skin packs to purchase. Guilty of this trope are: the grandmother, the boy's father, the police, and the (non-gaming/tech) news outlets who are repeating the story.
  • Cracked again. this article complains about you dying in Assassin's Creed III (which itself is not correct. You get desynchronised) if you don't skin the animals you kill, yet you get away with murdering political figures. In doing this they miss the whole point of the series, where the Animus machine you're in allows you to see an interactive recording of the past, so you can kill these political figures because your ancestor actually did it. So you get desynchronised from this recording because your ancestor skinned all the animals he killed, and by not doing it yourself, you're straying too far from the recording. Basically, Cracked seemed to not realise that It Makes Sense in Context.
  • On the Pat Campbell radio show, he discusses “The Slaying of Sandy Hook Elementary.” This is a fan-created Flash game available to play for free on some web sites. While discussing the game, Pat said "Any of you with teenage that on their Christmas list?", implying that he believes this game is available to purchase in stores.
  • Official press releases for Super Mario 3D World state that this is the first game in the regular series to feature Princess Peach as a playable character. Everybody knows that's wrong.
    • When the newspaper Chicago Red Eye made a review of the game, the editor accidentally used a fan cover made by a user from Fantendo instead of the real cover. More blatant since the game is for Wii U, while that cover has a Wii cover design.
    • The Gamestop in-store advertisement of 3D World says that, like her appearance in Super Mario Bros. 2, Peach can float. The problem is that they show Rosalina when they say that.
  • Find an Italian review of Ape Escape: On the Loose. Any short, non-professional one, coming from some magazine for kids. You will sure find only one screenshot of the game, more precisely this one... which comes from Ape Escape 3.
  • Gamestop in Italy placed preorders of Mario Kart 8 showing a fan-made cover. The fakeness of that is blatant, with Peach, Wario and Bowser being clearly their artworks from Wii and having Fawful between the playable characters.
  • In this video, where JonTron references the creepypasta Pokémon Creepy Black, he manages to give not one, but two wrong descriptions. More specifically, he said that it was "the one where Pokémon die instead of faint" and "the one with the version of Lavender Town that made those Japanese kids get mysteriously ill". Creepy Black is actually about having the ability to "Curse" your opponents (Pokémon and trainers) and make them mysteriously disappear.
  • Upon the release of Tekken 5, a Spanish magazine launched an article about the characters of the game. The article had Craig Marduk labeled as "Marshall Law" (a completely unrelated and very different character), presented Ling Xiayou as come from the future (presumably a misunderstanding from her goal to build a time machine to change the past, and does happen in her ending) and said that Yoshimitsu was Ogre's son.
  • BBC Radio 1 once had a phone-in quiz, to which one question was "What was the first computer game; was it (a) a football game, (b) a tennis game or (c) a golf game?" The correct answer is of course "(d) none of the above — it was a space-battle game." This is true regardless of whether one means the first ever video game (Space War, circa 1964) or the first coin-op game (Computer Space, 1972). Pong (1973) was the first successful coin-op.
  • White Day: A Labyrinth Named School was featured in GameSpot's House of Horrors, and one of the commentators stated the game was made by Unnamed. This is entirely false and shows that they did not research the game beforehand. The game was developed by a small Korean game development team called Sonnori, and Unnamed was the person who translated and patched the game so it can be played on modern operating systems.
  • Tomodachi Life fell victim to this trope when a Game-Breaking Bug was patched out, and a lot of gaming media in North America and Europe misreported it as "patching out" the Gay Option.
  • Absolutely every gaming 'fixes' article posted on Chaos, seen here. Why? Because the people running it didn't actually write the articles specifically for each game. They just wrote a generic article and presumably replaced a bunch of names with mail merge or something. As a result:
    • Every single article has 'Wii U', 'PS3', '360' and 'PC' in the URL, even if the game in question is for only one of those systems... or something else like the original Game Boy.
    • They mention unreadable discs, for games not on discs.
    • DLC codes and online multiplayer servers are mentioned, for games with neither. So you get stuff like 'Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon DLC code not valid' despite the game having no DLC. Or 'Cant Connect to 'The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages' Online / Multiplayer / Server'.
    • These articles exist (and are identical) for just about every game under the sun.
  • Bully was widely criticized for glamorizing and rewarding schoolyard bullying. While Jimmy Hopkins is by no means a model student, the entire storyline revolves around him trying to put a stop to the bullying at Bullworth - but since most of the critics made their comments based purely on the name before game content was available, this isn't surprising. Jack Thompson even claimed the game was a Columbine massacre simulator.
  • This LA Times headline reports on "Nintendo's White PlayStation 4", and includes a picture of Kyle Dodson holding a Wii U controller and playing the "Nintendo Splatoon" note 
  • One strip of Penny Arcade got its facts wrong about Mega Man X's place in the series. This started a back and forth in their rants before Gabe was able to set the record straight.
  • Cracked again! In this article, they talk about a part of Ratchet and Clank 2, in which you're able to a make an alien girl's boobs grow. Great. Except the bit in question is from Ratchet and Clank 1, not 2.
  • In Critikal's Five Nights at Freddy's video, he refers to Bonnie the bunny as a bear multiple times (he probably confused him with the eponymous Freddy Fazbear).
  • A very painful on comes from VG24/7, where they manage to call Pokemon Omega Ruby And Alpha Sapphire remakes of Pokémon Red and Blue, as seen here. Ouch.

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