10 Video Game Facts That Aren’t True

Just like real life, GTA's Sasquatch was never real.

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We're all nerds here, it's fine. We can all freely admit that we love a bit of trivia.

Problem is, what happens when trivia that we were all so sure about turns out to be wrong?

Before the days of the internet, it was difficult to know who or what to trust as fact-checking was hard to come by. You had to keep your wits about you! However, since the turn of the millennium, our access to infinite information means that we can all find the truths to some of the questions and urban myths that have plagued us for so long.

Or, at least you'd like to think so...

But just because the internet has a wealth of information on it doesn't mean it's all true. And moreover, the problem with too much information is that if we think we know something we don't bother to read deeper.

In this list we're going to look at some so-called video game "facts" that have been around so long that a lot of people just take them at face value.

In truth? There's more to the story than you remember.

10. Tomb Raider Had A Nude Code

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Lara Croft was a big turning point for female representation in the video game medium which, for all of her successes, does mean that she's also been the centre of some rather uncouth controversy.

During development, Eidos management reportedly suggested to the Tomb Raider design team that they include a cheat code that makes Lara raid tombs in the nude. The developers refused although word spread about the idea and somehow made it to the general public.

What makes this one particularly striking is that, at the time, it was hard to know the truth. Because of a patched ROM that was circulated, it was possible to play as Lara in the buff in the PC version of the game. Eidos would later take legal action against those who hosted the file online. Numerous hoaxes and patches appeared and “Nude Raider” was not only a common April Fools gag in gaming publications but a mainstream news item at times.

No, unsurprisingly, Tomb Raider’s developers didn’t include a code that makes Lara take all of her clothes off. But they did have some fun at the expense of gamers in the sequel, advertising a nude code that would actually result in the player being killed by spontaneous combustion


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