Craziest Video Game Conspiracies That People Actually Believe
Credit where credit’s due, conspiracy theorists certainly have the uncanny ability to take the mundane and weave it into a grand tale full of surreal twists and turns.
Thanks to the particularly imaginative mind of one Creepypasta user, a conspiracy involving a haunted Nintendo 64 cartridge blew up almost overnight from a fun work of fiction to an internet-wide warning against buying second-hand games.
Bored of his current library of Nintendo 64 games, Alex Hall decided to attend a garage sale in 2010 with the hopes of scoring some cheap second-hand games to play. After some extended scavenging, he came across a battered copy of Majora’s Mask that still worked.
Booting the defaced cartridge up, Hall discovered that a save file, presumably from a previous owner called ‘BEN’ already existed on the chunk of plastic. As anyone would, he decided to investigate the save file to monitor its progress, but what he found was a jumbled mess of a game that was plagued by distorted audio and strange visual glitches.
PS2s To Make WMDs
If you thought the probable cause issued by the UK and North America to justify their invasion of Iraq wasn’t flimsy enough, you obviously never heard about this crackpot theory.
According to a now-removed report published by World Net Daily back in 2000, the deposed and deceased dictator imported close to 4,000 PlayStation 2 consoles during his reign in order to use its components to construct some of those elusive weapons of mass destruction.
The potential threat to the West of Hussein owning such heavy duty weaponry is what sparked the 2003 invasion of Iraq, but I’m hopeful that this particular conspiracy wasn’t what initiated the conflict.
According to the report, the combined might of bundled PS2 units could calculate ballistic data and generate up to 75 million polygons – great for 3D modelling and military applications, but not much else.
Government-Sponsored Killing Simulators
Unlike the previous entry, this one is actually grounded in reality, sort of.
Yes, the US government does dabble in video games from time to time, but not as part of some shady scheme to brainwash the population. It’s not secretive about it either; America’s Army is a first-person shooter directly funded, developed and published by the United States Army and serves as a recruiting tool, for example.
Unsurprisingly, some critics have labeled the practice as a form of propaganda (a discussion that holds some merit), but that’s largely irrelevant here. Because of the above reality, some claim that, by extension, all first-person shooters serve only to warp the minds of those that play them, subliminally training players to become efficient killing machines should the day ever come that the government needs an entirely militarized population for some reason.
The reality, however disturbing it may sound written down, is that shooting fake people with fake guns is entertaining due to the power it bestows on the player. Competing against others in such a scenario – where nobody can get hurt – is simply too enticing to pass up on.
Source – Whatculture
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