Are you a player? Have you been there, done that, completed every quest and leveled all the way up? Then get ready to face the myths and rumors of the video game world to see how much you really know. Game on!
Lara Croft of "Tomb Raider" fame was the target of an infamous naked cheat code myth. Fun fact: The code never existed!
Spoiler alert! Aeris dies in "Final Fantasy VII," and grieving gamers searched desperately for a way to bring her back. It just wasn't meant to be.
"E.T." isn't buried in the desert -- but it was, once! Thousands of cartridges were dumped thanks to the game's poor sales, but they were later dug up and removed.
Zelda's holy object, the Triforce, is visible in the game, but never fully obtainable.
False. No one knows exactly where the name "Donkey Kong" came from, and no official explanation has ever been given.
False. Only by hacking or modding "GTA:SA" could gamers gain access to Hot Coffee.
Electronic Gaming Monthly's elaborate April Fools' Day pranks tricked gamers year after year by conjuring up secrets gamers really, truly wanted to believe in.
The "Goldeneye" dam level did have some extra geometry, but it was only accessible with a game-modifying cheat device -- and it turned out to be abandoned code the developers never completed.
The age of the average gamer is 37. Wow!
Forty-two percent of gamers are girls. That's a healthy chunk of the market!
Columbine's shooters were fans of "Doom," but no study has ever linked video games to directly causing real-world violent behavior.
False. Most of us know the Atari as the first video game console, but the Magnavox Odyssey beat it to the punch by five years.
Football players on the cover of "Madden NFL" almost always have disappointing seasons or injuries in the following year. But come on -- there's no such thing as a video game curse, right!?
"World of Warcraft" and other massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) encourage socialization within their virtual worlds.
Rumors existed for a short time that Iraq planned to use PS2 chips to build a computer able to guide missiles. Never happened.
"Spacewar!" deserves credit as the first video game, dating all the way back to 1962.
While kids claimed there were legitimate ways to unlock Mew in Nintendo's old Pokemon games, those solutions were all myths. Only through a complex glitch could Mew be captured.
"Mortal Kombat" was known for its blood -- but not on the Super Nintendo.
"Ms. Pac-Man" was actually designed as an enhancement kit to "Pac-Man." Namco had nothing to do with its creation, though it eventually obtained the rights to "Ms. Pac-Man."
"Wii Fit" sold millions of copies and proved that exercise could be a big selling point as part of a game experience.