Top Ten video game urban legends – my cousin said so Part 2

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Here I am again for the second and last part of the top ten video game urban legends.

I know I am late (and I truly apologize) but I am now ready to list the top five legends in my ranking!

Just a couple of things before starting off:

1) I would like to thank all those who commented on my very first article. So much love… You made me feel special. Oh and also happy new year everyone!

2) Instead, if you have not read Part 1, you may find the following excerpt helpful:

Excerpt from Part One

Excerpt from Part One

But now, it is time to move to the top five legends in the ranking. I have already lost too much time because of Christmas holidays and other distractions…

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5. Minecraft (cross-platform 2009) – Herobrine, the white-eyed ghost

Minecraft

Minecraft

As a super fan of * Minecraft, I just could not help including the most famous urban legend about this game.

Herobrine was first mentioned in 2010 by a video game streamer who went by the name of Copeland. He talked about an anonymous Minecraft user who had reported coming across another character while they were playing offline. This other character had white eyes and ran away anytime the user tried to follow him in order to get a closer look.

The same anonymous user then noticed some small occurrences in his world he had no explanation for, like tunnels, sand pyramids, and leafless trees. They attributed such occurrences to the creepy, elusive, white-eyed character.

Notch – Minecraft’s creator – hastened to publicly deny the existence of a character named Herobrine in the game, thus stopping the hoax. After some time, though, the same Notch decided to play a prank on Minecraft’s players and included the following remark in some patch notes: “Removed Herobrine”.
Needless to say that not only did he “revive” the hoax, it also went viral and still is today…

I have to admit that I did buy into it for a while… I was much younger and my father remembers my screams of terror, when I made myself believe that I had seen it. Yeah I was beyond scared, but then I luckily realized that even if it had really existed, it would have been just a video game character and could have not harmed me in any way.

4. Street Fighter 2 (Arcade 1991) – the legendary Sheng Long

Street Fighter 2

Street Fighter 2

The following is one of the most famous video game legends ever, and it is safe to say that it is known worldwide.

Let us proceed in an orderly fashion, though.

The name “Sheng Long” comes from a mistranslation of “Shoryuken”, none other than Ryu’s jumping uppercut. It can be found in one of Ryu’s catchphrases upon winning a fight (see above image).

Because of that, gamers were under the impression that Ryu was talking about a real person rather than the physical attack itself. Street Fighter 2 was so popular that the rumour quickly spread through arcades and group of friends, even prompting some then gaming magazines to write about it.
Sheng Long was now a secret boss character that would appear by meeting some extreme or bizarre conditions.

Obviously, such conditions varied depending on where you were geographically located. Often, they even varied from an arcade to another, lol. My dad clearly remembers the most unlikely stories that circulated as to how to unlock Sheng Long:

A) You have to select Blanka and beat all the characters by using only his electric thunder.

B) You have to choose E. Honda and beat all the characters by using only his hundred hand slap.

(here comes the funniest one)

C) You have to pick M. Bison and play as player 2. Bison is going to wear a green uniform instead of his classic red one. If you beat all the characters, Sheng Long will show up saying he wants your uniform, and a fight will ensue.

Needless to say, nothing of the above is true and nobody has ever seen Sheng Long in Street Fighter 2, because he does not exist. The only thing worth mentioning is the time I wasted trying to beat all the characters using only Blanka’s and Honda’s special attacks. It is literally impossible, lol.

3. PlayStation 2 (Sony 2000) – A gaming weapon of mass destruction

PlayStation 2

Sony PlayStation 2

Probably, the most absurd gaming hoax, yet you would not believe how many people bought into that.

According to the legend, in the year 2000 Saddam Hussein – the late Iraqi dictator – bought an unknown number of the then brand new PlayStation 2. Was he such a keen gamer? No, he “only” wanted to build a weapon of mass destruction by exploiting the super powerful processor that Sony’s then latest creation contained.

While it is obviously unknown who started such a rumour, it is worth noting that Sony’s advertising campaign was all about PlayStation 2 being the most powerful gaming console ever created.

I am not going to speculate, but such a hoax was definitely well-timed, given that – according to Wikipedia – we are talking about the best-selling video game console of all time…

My dad and his friends often – and hilariously – recall how any storekeeper leveraged the rumour to talk gamers into purchasing a PlayStation 2.

It was like:

Customer: “Is it powerful?”

Storekeeper: “Are you kidding me? Saddam Hussein bought 10000 units in order to build a nuclear weapon!”

Well, it speaks for itself, nothing more to add. LOL
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2. Sensible World of Soccer (Amiga 1994) – the mysterious bicycle kick

Swos 96 97

Sensible Word of Soccer ’96/’97

Sensi is a masterpiece, period. In his top 10 retro soccer game list, my father ranked it first and I totally agree. The gameplay is simply sublime, but it has got a flaw: you cannot do a bicycle kick!

Well, let us make this clear: my dad and me have never managed to do it, and the same goes for everybody we have played. Even Jon Hare (the creator of Swos) has stated multiple times that he and his team could not implement it, despite willing to. Yet there are still some wannabe gamers who – after nearly 25 years from its first release – maintain that they regularly perform bicycle kicks, when playing Swos. According to them, people say there is no such a move, because they do not know how to execute it. LOL

Such diehard dreamers are funny today, but back then, rumors were out of control and countless were the unverifiable testimonies. The climax came in the early 2000s, when a low-quality video, featuring a Sensi player scoring with a bicycle kick, began to circulate on gaming forums (no social media back then LOL).

The video was accompanied by precise instructions for its execution:

1) First, you need to follow the ball shadow.

2) Next, you have to wait for it to be in front of the designed player.

3) Then, you have to quickly move the joystick down and then up.

4) After, press the fire button and perform a powerful, “unsavable” scissor kick.

5) Finally, enjoy it!!!

Those storytellers’ glory was not meant to last long, anyway. After a few months, the truth came out: that was not Swos, that was Football Glory, a clone with an appalling gameplay, whose graphics similarity with the former was fairly impressive.

What is Football Glory like in brief? Mmm, Well, let us see, its only pro is that you can do a bicycle kick, LOL.

Football Glory

Football Glory

And before revealing the number one on this list, it is appropriate and polite to give you a small warning:

SPOILER ALERT!

 

1. Final Fantasy 7 (PlayStation 1997) – reviving Aeris

Aeris Gainsborough

Aeris Gainsborough

Yeah, this is the top one gaming urban legend, not even a question!

Finding a way to revive Aeris has been haunting gamers from all over the world for years, including my father. He adores her, she is his favourite Final Fantasy female character ever! He officially gave up trying to resurrect her not later than a couple of years ago, but still struggles to deal with it. His countless “yet there must be a way”are memorable (love you to pieces daddy, just having a bit of fun).

The sweet Aeris is brutally killed by Sephiroth in the first CD of the game and unfortunately it is impossible to revive her. That is part of the plot. It is sad, but we have to accept it…

No, I am lying, we cannot accept it, Aeris cannot die like that! I do not know of anyone who has accepted this event, but I know many who claim to know how to resurrect her. I tried every solution I found online, but none of them worked, they are all hoaxes. There is no secret object, there is no special magic: there is only a lot time wasted.

For the record, you can revive her through a GameShark code, but we are talking about a cheat cartridge, so what is the point of doing that? In addition, in doing so, Aeris rejoins the party, but she is by no means the same. To begin with, she says other characters’ lines, coming across as very awkward. Secondly, her presence – or better said – her return does not change nor affects the plot, on the contrary the game starts crashing very often. In a word, she is invisible, and so I wonder: Is it worth playing like this? in my humble opinion, It is better to remember her for what she left us until she was a real active character in the game.

END OF SPOILER ALERT!
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My first article is over – and this is not a legend, it is true!

I never thought I would write an article for my father’s blog at only 11 years old. I know I have a lot to learn, but I find all that to be extremely fun.

I started brainstorming by myself and I came up with the idea of wanting to talk about something funny… Gaming urban legends have always made me laugh out loud, so I began to write down some of the stories my father and his friends usually tell me. I then added what I knew as a gamer and finally I did research work to check my sources for credibility. Not only will I not forget such an experience, but also I want to repeat it soon, school and sports permitting.

Thank you for your attention, see you soon!

James

 

About James

James is Andrew's eldest son and - just like his father - is a healthy carrier of the retro gaming bug. Currently eleven, he expressed his desire to write his own Retro Stories on his dad's blog. Initially a trainee blogger, an adorable father - son interview earned him his coveted James's corner.

78 thoughts on “Top Ten video game urban legends – my cousin said so Part 2

  1. sheilandc

    This is what my daughter is passionate about. I can’t wait to share this with my daughter. She would be super excited to see this. My son is starting to get into gaming as well. They both love minecraft, both crazy about it. They tried to teach me how, but video gaming is just not for me lol.

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  2. Clement

    You must have done a lot if work coming up with this second part, Happy NE year to you and wishing you a great one ahead, I also have tried every possible means online to see if there is a way of reviving Aeries in the final fantasy 7 but all effort put abortive.i still think there must be a way out though. I will surely share this post  with my friend(paul) he is so addicted to gaming.

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you very much Clement, yes it required some work, but it was fun and I am glad with the result.
      My father thinks alike, he claims a very small portion of his heart (like 0,00001%) will never resign to her death, despite evidence to the contrary.
      Hopefully your friend Paul will also drop a comment.
      Keep following me,
      James

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  3. Dhayours

    Very interesting piece. Nice work. I’ve been into gaming since I remembered how to hold a pad. I’ve played all the games listed from final fantasy to street fighter. I cried when Aeris was killed and wanted to avenge her at all costs. I remember when I first played a game on the play station two. It was a pro evolution soccer game. I didn’t want to stop, it was so powerful indeed. lol

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you Dhayours, I am glad you liked my two-part articles.
      I also shed a tear when Aeris died, especially because it was completely unexpected… A real punch in the stomach.
      The ps2 was actually powerful at the time, but not as much as the legend suggested lol.
      Keep following me,
      James

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  4. Igor

    Hi James! I am not a fan of video games! I did never play any of them. my son contrary did and he would be the right person for it.  I know that video games are a huge industry and many kids and adults are playing them. Video games can be addicting and many kids played them for hours on a daily basis!On the other hand, video games can have also positive influence and impact because can enhance creativity, concentration and similar. However, many video games are produced and will be produced in the future. It is a great niche for many online authors and website builders.Thanks for sharing your article, you surely talked about them from a different angle and I got engaged. I didn’t know there was so many urban legends even in this niche.

    Best regards,Igor

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you very much both for your comment and for your insight Igor. This is still above my head, but I will treasure your words. For the time being dad told me to write my articles and have fun and this is all I am focused on. 🙂
      Keep following me,
      James

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  5. Anna

    Hello, James!

    Even if I’m not a real gamer, I found those legends very intersting. Of all these games I only played Minecraft and I loved it. The legend of the white-eyed character is so cool. LOL 

    My boyfriend is a passionate player, so I think this article will be more that interesting to him. Can’t wait to see what he has to say about it. 

    Thanks for the interesting content!

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you Anna, I will be very glad if your boyfriend too leaves a comment. 🙂
      Maybe he has heard of Herobrine… Minecraft is one of my favourite games ever and now I am introducing it to my little brother.
      Keep following me,
      James

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  6. Madyibilg

    Wow. Thank you for clearing the urban legends that have plagued the gaming community for decades. I’m a street fighter fan myself, so the ‘sheng long’ phrasing has always alluded me, because I would assume it is some secret character or his master, Gouken. But hey, it’s all clear now. I enjoyed reading your article, very interesting indeed. Thanks again.  

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you very much Madyibilg. I am by no means the first to talk about it, but I am glad you got to know that from me. 🙂
      Keep following me,
      James

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  7. Gracen

    Congratulations, James on successfully completing your first article. You did great with this piece on Gaming urban legends. There is always this feeling of accomplishment when we finally accomplish that which we are desirous of. 

    Of all the video games you reviewed, the No. 1, Reviving Aeris got my interest. I mean the brutal killing, the quest for her revival and finally the hopelessness of the situation when she was finally revived.I hope to read more interesting articles from you in the nearest future.

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you Gracen, yes it is a great feeling, indeed. 🙂
      Aeris’s death was a punch in the stomach, trying to revive her a sad waste of time. On one hand, SquareSoft (now SquareEnix) created an unforgettable character, on the other one I believe they would do things differenty, if they could turn back time. Nearly 22 years have passed from its first release, yet there are still many bitter fans around.
      Keep following me,
      James

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  8. Gno

    I liked your post about these urban legends. I used Minecraft for a while, but I wasn’t a huge fan of it, but  I played a lot with Street Fighter when I was a child. This was one of the best fighting games at that time. We never met with Sheng Long 🙁

    I really liked the story about PlayStation 2 too. Where did you find this? That was funny!!! 😀  

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you Gno, I am glad that you liked it. 🙂
      No doubt you guys never met him, neither did I, lol.
      I was initially told about the PlayStation 2 urban legend by my father and his friends. I too found it hard to believe it in the beginning, then I did some research work and I found out it was a very popular gaming urban legend back in the noughties. You just need to google “PlayStation 2 Saddam Hussein” and your search will return plenty of results.
      Keep following me,
      James

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  9. Denis

    Wow, James, this was a very well written article!  Congratulations are in order here! I am a fan of retro video games and played all of the ones you mentioned quite passionately.  Especially Street Fighter, however, I wasn’t very good at it and never got to beat Sheng Long, but now I know nobody can, hahaha.  Thank you for sharing these with us, it brought back great memories!

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you very much Denis, I am glad I brought back great memories.
      Your words are definitely encouraging, I will try to get better and better and keep entertaining you all.
      Keep following,
      James

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  10. Renton

    This is an interesting post! I think it is always great to find easter eggs in games through exploration and sometimes just dumb luck, but the hoaxes add an element of mystery because it’s hard to tell if something is a hoax or an easter egg until you try it for yourself.

    I think the Herobrine one is a little creepy because it seems like he is messing around in your game doing his own stuff like building random tunnels! Even though he may not be real (allegedly) it is still creepy to me. I think my favourite hoax is that PS2 was used to make a weapon of mass destruction! 

    The most destructive part of the PS2 is probably the laser that scratches up your discs or could burn your eyes (if it can get to your eyes) or maybe even the player who rage quits and breaks stuff because they are tired of losing, but a weapon of mass destruction? I think not!

    I really enjoyed reading about these hoaxes, thanks for sharing!

    PS: For your next piece would you consider writing about your favourite gaming Easter Eggs?

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you for leaving such an in-depth comment Renton. I also appreciate your suggestion and I might seriously take it into consideration.
      And I agree with you, I was also very scared of Herobrine… Creepy is the right word, such urban legends are also called “creepypasta”.
      Keep following me,
      James

      Ps. I have seen many rage quitters myself (some of my schoolmates have problems with losing), so I have to agree on that too, lol.

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  11. John

    First of all, thank you for this awesome list! 

    Have to say, that for an old school guy like myself, I really love the old games, they bring back so nice childhood memories, and the Amiga Sensible World Of Soccer game you really took me back in time, man those games were so cool back then, I remember sitting at home of a friend of mine playing it, he was the only one who had that game that I knew. So it was special to visit him as then I got to play it, and you are right, there was no way to do a bicycle kick. We also tried it a lot, but no luck.

    he also had another old favourite of mine called “Moonstone” do you remember it? :o) 

    Thanks again for this awesome article!

    /Love your site

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you very much John, I am glad I was able to bring back good memories. 🙂 I also have a lot fun when I play with my friends or my siblings.
      I do not know Moonstone, but my father does, he says it was one of the first Action Rpg games ever that he got to play. Definitely his first Amiga rpg.
      I am very grateful for your beautiful words and I hope you will keep following me,
      James

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  12. Kinggold19

    There is a saying that all work but no play makes Jack a dull boy. There are things that excite us which game is one of them. At leisure, when we feel relaxed, we play one or the other game, and here are the lists of the urban legends that has stand the test of time. For game lovers, these lists are still relevant and they are worth your time. Check them out. 

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you for your comment, I appreciate the point you made. 🙂
      If you replaced Jack with James the result would be the same lol.
      Keep following me,
      James

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  13. Netta

    James, your post makes me smile.  

    You did a grand job of unearthing the retro video urban legends and told some funny stories about the obsessions gamers have about doing the “impossible” and busting out “secrets” and such — even when it’s all fake news. 

    The joy that gamers take in beating the game and the time and energy they put into it is an awesome thing to me.  

    I like, too, the glimpse at the relationship with your dad that gaming together promotes.  

    Good job, guys!  

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you very much Netta, it was fun and I cannot wait to write another article.
      Playing video games is one of my passions and yes I derive a lot of joy from successfully beating games, a joy that I share with my dad, my siblings and my friends.
      Keep follwoing me,
      James

      Ps.
      Greetings and thanks from my father!

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  14. Cory Haasnoot

    Thanks for posting the urban legends top 10. I loved hearing these stories about legends and rumors that people start up. It amazes me how widespread a hoax can get and that so many people believe it. But that’s how society is today. If it sounds crazy it must be true right lol. Thanks again for this reading material it makes life a little more fun!

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you Cory, this is exactly what my dad (jokingly) says: “Does it sound crazy? Then it is true!” LOL
      It was a lot of fun to unearth so many gaming urban legends, I just could not imagine some of them were so widespread.
      Glad you enjoyed my article, keep following me,
      James

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  15. Roopesh

    You got me hooked! I must admit, I am not a regular gamer due to my work commitments but when I take leave or have the weekend free I dive into and get totally immersed.

    I liked reading these urban legends and as soon as I have completed with this comment, I am going to read the previous parts you have, 

    I remember the days of Street Fighter. Man, I used to play until my hands could not press any further. It was fun, and I remember the Sheng Long story. It got me thinking, ‘what goes through a developer’s mind when they are creating these masterpieces?”

    How do they add more secrets, special moves, cameos, etc?

    I am not complaining, that’s what it makes it an awesome cult, and that’s what makes it fun!

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you for your nice words Roopesh, I too ask myself such questions, anyway.
      My dad says today we know who the programmers and the developpers are, we can read their interviews follow them on their social media accounts and even watch video featuring them. The art of creating video game has been somehow exposed. Back then he and his friends barely knew the developpers’ names. That aura of mistery made developpers super heroes or similar. LOL
      It was like: “Wow, how did they add such a feature? They must be geniuses, if only I could meet them…”
      Keep folllowing me,
      James

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  16. Martine

    I loved the content of your article. It was well written and kept me interested till the end. The description of each game was very interesting.

    I am surprise by your second place choice, I am not a particular fan of swos (I preferred Kick Off), but your description made me want to revisit this game.

    I think you did a great job! 

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you Martine, I am very glad I made you want to revisit Swos.
      Maybe you will appreciate it more after a few years, this has happened to me with some games.
      I appreciate your compliments and I hope you will keep following me,
      James

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  17. Seun Afotanju

    When you talk about games count me in, I’ve been a  freak from when I was a kid till today infact I spend most of my hard earned money buying video games, they seem to make me happy most especially soccer games and street fighter but Soccer has and will still be my favorite. I knew about Sheng Long and was one of those unsuccessfully trying to unlock it. In my town people said you had to beat the game 5 times in a row in order to see him appear. I did it and nothing happened, hahaha. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. James Post author

      My pleasure Seun and thanks for letting me know about an alternative version of the Sheng Long legend.
      Glad to hear we share the same passion, for this reason I hope you will keep following me.
      James

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  18. Barbara

    Well, I guess for once I have something interesting and original to share with my two sons. Every time I am on the Internet and I think I found something interesting to show them they always claim it is boring blah blah blah stuff, as they put it but for once I am 100% sure I  will make them happy. I am not a video game player myself but, as I said I live in a house with two super addicted kids and I am sure they will love to read your post. Thank you for writing it!

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    1. James Post author

      I am glad to hear that Barbara and thank you very much in advance for showing my article to your sons.
      I would love for them to stop by and leave a comment too.
      Keep following me,
      James

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  19. Michel

    You brought back memories, especially reading about the phantom character in Minecraft. I remember the kids all talking about it when I was younger, but I never met anybody who actually saw anything. I also remember reading about the hoax with Saddam Hussein but remember thinking to myself that it was probably a ploy by the company to sell more of their gaming machines.

    Very interesting reading and especially as I hadn’t heard about some of these urban legends before now. Imagine trying to resurrect a dead character. Well, I suppose the soap operas do it all the time.

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    1. James Post author

      That is true Michel, my mom says that all the time. LOL
      I guess this was the reason she too believed Aeris could be revived.
      Regarding the hoax with Saddam, I am too young to speculate, so I prefer to keep a low profile for the moment. All I can say is, that if it was a ploy by Sony, then it was the smartest ploy ever.
      I am very grateful for your nice comment and glad that I was able to bring back good memories. 🙂
      Keep following me,
      James

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  20. Ayebogbon

    I like games and love playing them when I have the chances. I have to say the games mentioned, based on their descriptions, are very interesting. I haven’t played all of them, but I’ve played the Minecraft and the Sensible World of Soccer. I could spend hours on them, especially the soccer one.
    And no, I have never come across Herobrine lol

    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you Ayebogbon, I am glad you liked my article.
      Nobody has ever come across Herobrine, despite their claims! XD
      Keep following me,
      James

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  21. Md moinul Islam

    Hello JAMES,I have read  the whole review about this information.Your post sheds some light for anyone who is addicted to these games.It is really specific information about the most famous gaming urban legends.I am not an avid gamer myself but my younger brother is totally into games. I will share this post with the people who love these games starting from him.Thanks for sharing this great post.      

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you very much Md, I am glad you enjoyed my article. It is great to know that you will share it with your brother and friends.
      I wrote this article mainly because gaming urban legends crack me up, but I have to say it was also fun trying to shed some light on them.
      Keep following me,
      James

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  22. mzakapon

    Hi James,

    I have read your whole article about top ten video games which is really popular. You were right, Part 2 is even better! I too played some of these games in my childhood. Now my two daughters are very interested for playing video games in mobile. I think it will be helpful for them if I buy a play station for them. But I have a little bit concern about their study. Do you think it will affect their learning and study? Thanks for sharing this excellent article.

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you Mzakapon, it is great to hear that you liked both parts.
      In my case playing video games does not affect my studies, as my dad set up some strict “gaming time limits” long ago.
      I am allowed to play one hour and a half a day MON- FRi and 3 hours on the weekends.
      When it is time to stop I stop, otherwise I would not be allowed to play for at least one week (2, if I refused to stop on the weekends).
      I love video games too much to disobey. 🙂
      Keep folowing me,
      James

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  23. Louis

    I played Street fighter too. I loved using major bison. I never knew anything about this legends sadly enough I didn’t play the final fantasy. However I had one of the powerful PlayStation 2. I spent almost half of my time gaming on this device for most part of my early teens. I wonder if there’s any legend about Tekken or mortal Kombat.Good write up

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you Louis, I am glad you enjoyed my article.
      I do not know any legends about Mortal Kombat, but if you read Part 1, you will find one about Tekken.
      Keep following me,
      james

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  24. Henry

    Hi James! I love your article! Good job son! You have a great dad and also a great future together as bloggers!

    I started coming to this site because I enjoyed your dad’s posts. But from now on I’ll always be on the watch out for yours too!

    I really enjoyed Sensible World of Soccer! And I was happy it was included in this top ten! Yeah, the mysterious bicycle kick! LOL

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you very much for your nice words Henry, I do not know what to say.
      It is great to think that you will keep coming to also read my articles.
      I believe that Swos will be featured in many more lists, both my dad and me love it!
      James

      Ps. Greeting from my dad!

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  25. Cheri

    This article is terrific fun. What a great sense of humor and writing style you have, James! My son is an avid gamer, and I’m going to see if I can “stump him” with any of these great legends you’ve shared. I bet I score…haha. Thanks for sharing these video game urban legends and dispelling some persistent myths about them. Thanks mostly, though, for making it all such a joy to read. Keep up the good work!

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you very much Cheri, I am really overwhelmed by all the love you are showing me.
      I am particularly glad to hear that my article was a joy to read because for me it was a joy to write!
      I will do my best to keep entertaining you all.
      James,

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  26. Igor

    Hi there 🙂 This is a very interesting article. I will be honest, I do not understand the phenomenon of Minecraft. For me, it is nothing interesting and a little bit boring (whether Herobrine exists or not). However the sensible world of soccer is something which will never come back. I loved it, we played this with my brother. Gold times!

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    1. James Post author

      Thanks for your comment Igor, I appreciate your compliments. 🙂
      My father does not like it either, I got him to try a few times, but he easily gets bored. So I can understand where you are coming from.
      That I remember, I have been playing Minecraft with my younger sister since the very beginning. It was her first video game ever (she was 5) and basically I had to teach her everything. Plus, we had our own houses in our own worlds and we frequently visited each other. It was a lot of fun. And we both were scared of Herobrine. LOL
      Then of course, Swos is one of the games I have played the most with my father, so it is impossible to not love it and I can relate to your nice memories.
      Keep following me,
      James

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  27. joseph webster

    I must admit I am not a very big gamer. But I really enjoyed the break down of your top video games.You have a bright future ahead of you, James. You are only 11 gosh, yet you are very meticulous in what you do. Every paragraph is a short story and all of them are fun to read. I had heard of the ps2 urban legend, yet you really made me laugh. Keep up the amazing work!

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you very much for your beautiful words Joseph, again I do not know what to say.
      For the moment I am having a lot of fun doing this and I am glad people notice this. Anyway, I will do my best to keep entertaining you all.
      James

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  28. Mariah

    I love the hoax about the gaming weapon of mass destruction. That is hilarious. So people actually believed that could be true? I guess some people will believe anything. I wonder how much the rumor actually impacted the sales of PlayStation 2’s. Like, I wonder if more sold than there would have been if that rumor wasn’t around.

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you Mariah, I appreciate that you liked it.
      Yes people did believe it was true. Like I said, many storekeepers would tell the hoax to potential buyers in order to magnifiy PlayStation 2’s power. And the sales were more than impacted, we are talking about the best-selling video game console of all time.
      We have to consider though, that this urban legend was started nearly 20 years ago. Internet was not widespread yet and word of mouth was still a very powerful force. Such a rumour, today, would last nore more than a few hours, at best.
      Keep following me,
      James

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  29. Nancy

    James this was a fun read. I always like learning about “hidden meanings” in anything including video games. I think the white eyes ghost would have freaked me out too. I’m guessing if you play too much you might think you see it. LOL

    The PlayStation hoax was interesting. I had never heard of that before. Wonder if that helped bump up their sales?

    Great job on the article. Hopefully, we’ll read some more articles written by you soon!

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you Nancy, I appreciate your support. 🙂
      If you play too much you can see anything, I think. LOL
      In my case, both my sister and me were super scared of Herobrine and we thought we saw him everywhere.
      Since the PlayStation 2 is the best-selling video game console of all time, the hoax did help sales, in my opinion.
      There is no counter evidence, of course, but the hoax was widespread.
      Keep following me,
      James

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  30. Vicki

    Hey James and well done with this awesome blog

    My grandson is a gamer and he has a Play Station 2 – Don’t think he knows about Saddam though but will share your story with him and also your link to this site as I am sure he will really enjoy what you have shared here

    I too will be coming back for some more interesting info about gaming

    I used to play Minecraft as well but these days I am too busy working 🙂

    Go well and keep writing- you are doing a really awesome job

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you very much Vicky, I am glad you liked my article. I also thank you for sharing my article with your grandson, I would love for him to leave a comment too.
      Fortunately I am still a student and I can easily find some time for playing.
      Keep following me,
      James.

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  31. enrique vanegas

    Thank you for sharing ¨Top 10 video game urban legends – my cousin said so Part 2¨. I honestly thought Street Fighter would rank higher, because the Sheng Long legend is world-wide popular, just like you said. Despite this, Competition up there is tight and I cannot blame you for picking Sensible World of Soccer or Final Fantasy.
    Keep producing good stories!

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    1. James Post author

      Thanks for your encouragement Enrique. 🙂
      Yes, the Sheng Long legend is world-wide popular, but so are the top 2 and there are people who still talk about them.
      Not an easy choice, anyway.
      Keep following me,
      James

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  32. Adrian Holland

    Oh you have to love the world of gaming. Not only do you have to be a skilled programmer, but also have a massively active imagination to code games for the mass market. Then the imagination of that market takes the imagination just a few thousand steps further.

    The only pity is that some poor dad (me in the case of the Sheng-Long episode) to be forced into the sad position of having to dash their son’s imagination by exploding the current myth.

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    1. James Post author

      I agree Adrian, much respect to programmers and developpers. I still see this as a magic world and urban legends only make gaming more fun.
      My dad can easily relate to you, he has been forced to dash our imagination many times so far, but he does in a funny way and we are never disappointed. 🙂
      Keep following me,
      James

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  33. Kehinde Segun

    Street fighter was cool because I could remember vividly that my mind was always at home just trying to kick my brother’s ass.We also tried to unlock Sheng Long, but never succeeded… Simply it did not exist.

    The PlayStation 2 was the revolutionist of the gaming community. I’m still gonna have that console inside my storage room, I need to check. I don’t think I could use it as a weapon though, lol.

    Thanks for your article, it was genuinely fun to read.

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you Kehinde, I am glad that you liked it.
      I like to write fun articles and it is great to see people appreciate it. 🙂
      Keep following me,
      James

      No, you cannot use a PlayStation 2 as a weapon, unless you throw it at someone. LOL.

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  34. Nate

    This is a great article (and a great blog). As a kid, my first gaming system was the Atari 2600, so this is all right up my alley. I’m glad I discovered it!

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you for your nice words Nate. 🙂
      I will do my best to keep on entertaining you. My dad bought an Atari at a flea market a couple of years ago and we occasionally play it. Not my favourite gaming system, but it has some good gems.
      Keep following me,
      James

      Ps.
      Many thanks from my dad too!

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  35. AbiodunS

    I love mine craft and street fighter. I have played it couple of times, but always try as much as possible not to get addicted to it because I know that video games can be very addictive. I had heard of Herobrine, anyway.

    My younger brother is also a gamer, I will try and tell him about the top urban legends you list here, perhaps he knows and will comment on your article as well.

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you very much Abiodun, it would be great if he too left a comment.
      Yes video games can be addictive, but my father set some strict rules long ago and I have never failed to respect them.
      Keep following me,
      James

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  36. Facio

    Hello, I appreciated the topic, I hadn’t though about that for a long time but I think I’ll talk about it very soon with some old pals. Funny cousins say so many things but you know people think that telling lies in the form of others’ experiences make them more credible. This is a mad world and we have to keep up with all these funny, yet silly people forging legends.Take care an keep on writing about this, I will be looking at your site soon.

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you very much Facio, I appreciate your comment. 🙂
      It is true, once one of my schoolmates told me the same thing. Basically he says he has got to know something from his cousin, so that people think he is not lying. If he said he did or saw something unusual himself, nobody would believe him.
      I think he is not the only one I know anyway. Only in my class, there are at least 2 other people who tend to exaggerate things.
      There is no shortage of new legend starters. LOL
      Keep following me,
      James

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  37. Eric Cantu

    Haha, great article. Sometimes the urban legends are so out there and ridiculous that they actually become fun. And when it’s finally found out that they are completely false, it’s like the air is let out of our balloon. lol. I remember one that goes back even further to Super Mario Bros and the legend of world -2. Guess what? (It didn’t exist either) lol. Thanks for bringing back memories!

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    1. James Post author

      Thanks for your comment Eric, I am glad I was able to bring back good memories.
      The only gaming urban legend about Mario Bros that I know is about unlocking Ninja Mario in Super Mario 64, so I think you win this time. 🙂
      Anyway I asked my dad too and he said it could be the 10-1 world hoax. Can you confirm it?

      keep following me,
      James

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  38. Dale

    First off as an 11 year old this is an absolutely great blog.  You have a great life ahead of you as a blogger.  You should have very proud parents.Now lets get to the actual blog.  In my opinion because Im 51 years old there is nothing better than retro gaming.  I have played every one of the games you reviewed here and it brings back a lot of memories.Thank you for taking the time to write a great article.  Im going to have to show this to my grandson.Dale

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    1. James Post author

      Thank you so much Dale, your comment made my day… And it is great to hear that you love retro gaming!
      Yes my parents are quite proud, especially because I set up a goal and I met it. 🙂
      Also thank you very much for sharing my article to your grandson, I would love for him to leave a comment too.
      Keep following me,
      James

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  39. Karin Nauber

    James, I love your stories on your dad’s blog. You may still have much to learn, but you are very gifted—just like your dad—at spinning a good story that is fun to read as well as informative!

    I hadn’t heard of a few of these urban legends, so it was fun to read about them! My Playstation 2 is the most powerful thing in our house! (It can keep me glued to it for hours!)

    Keep up your writing and storytelling! I love the retro games. I think I’m going to break out my Playstation 2 tonight!

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  40. James Post author

    Thank you very much Karin, I am glad you took time to leave another comment. 🙂
    Yes, that is definitely a good way to look at our beloved gaming systems: they are so powerful that we just cannot stop playing. LOL
    I will do my best to keep entertaining you all, keep following me,
    James

    Ps. Hearty greetings from my dad!

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