Level Up! Video Game Myths Quiz


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4 Min Quiz

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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!

What video game vixen supposedly stripped down to her birthday suit if players entered the correct button code?

Lara Croft of "Tomb Raider" fame was the target of an infamous naked cheat code myth. Fun fact: The code never existed!


This video game heroine is killed early in her adventure, and game fans persisted for years with rumors about being able to ressurrect her.

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.


One of gaming's greatest myths has to do with thousands of Atari 2600 cartridges of this game being buried in the desert.

"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.


What mystical object was rumored to be obtainable in "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time", but was not truly accessible in the game?

Zelda's holy object, the Triforce, is visible in the game, but never fully obtainable.


True or false: The iconic video game "Donkey Kong" was so named due to a mistranslation of the name "Monkey Kong."

False. No one knows exactly where the name "Donkey Kong" came from, and no official explanation has ever been given.


True or false: The scandalous Hot Coffee sex minigame in "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" was accessible in unmodified copies of the game.

False. Only by hacking or modding "GTA:SA" could gamers gain access to Hot Coffee.


This popular video game magazine fooled gamers time and again with April Fools' Day jokes, eventually spawning several myths about game secrets.

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.


This beloved Nintendo 64 game was rumored to have a secret location accessible in its very first level. This myth was almost true!

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.


People assume video games are mostly played by kids, but the age of the average gamer is higher than you might expect. What is it?

The age of the average gamer is 37. Wow!


Girls don't play video games, right? Think again -- female gamers represent this much of the market.

Forty-two percent of gamers are girls. That's a healthy chunk of the market!


Myth: This game caused Columbine's shooters to go on a rampage.

Columbine's shooters were fans of "Doom," but no study has ever linked video games to directly causing real-world violent behavior.


True or false: The Atari 2600 was the first home video game console.

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.


This video game sports franchise is plagued by a mythic curse: The players featured on its cover end up injured!

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!?


Video games lead to social isolation, right? This game's more than 10 million subscribers say "no."

"World of Warcraft" and other massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) encourage socialization within their virtual worlds.


Video game technology was so advanced around the year 2000 that this console's chips were supposedly able to power guided missiles!

Rumors existed for a short time that Iraq planned to use PS2 chips to build a computer able to guide missiles. Never happened.


"Pong" was the first video game ever, right? Wrong! While "Pong" was one of gaming's earliest successes, it wasn't the first on the scene. This game was.

"Spacewar!" deserves credit as the first video game, dating all the way back to 1962.


This Pokemon was the subject of many myths and legends and was supposed to be unobtainable -- but through a game glitch, players were able to acquire it!

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.


This violent game was censored on the Super Nintendo, but a (false) myth claimed that the blood could be enabled with the right code.

"Mortal Kombat" was known for its blood -- but not on the Super Nintendo.


True or false: Legendary game company Namco developed the sequel to "Pac-Man," titled "Ms. Pac-Man," which would go on to become one of the most popular arcade games of all time.

"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."


Nintendo helped disprove this myth about video games with its wildly popular "Wii Fit."

"Wii Fit" sold millions of copies and proved that exercise could be a big selling point as part of a game experience.


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