Yahoo! Games has an article about urban legends involving video games
. Though half the legends they list are true. Here's a summary:
Donkey Kong was a mistranslation of Monkey Kong.
False. Donkey Kong was the original title. "Donkey" was apparently meant to indicate stubborn stupidity. "Kong" was a reference to King Kong.
Saddam Hussein tried to build a supercomputer out of Playstation 2s.
False. The rumor was offered as an explanation for a shortage of Playstation 2s, but if an evil dictator did want to build a supercomputer, using game consoles would be a bad way to do it.
Sony first developed the Playstation for Nintendo.
True. Back in the late 1980s Nintendo and Sony were considering a partnership, but negotiations fell apart and the two went their separate ways.
Million of Atari games are buried in the New Mexico desert.
True. Atari buried millions of games it couldn't sell.
A video arcade game called Polybius was actually part of a military mind-control experiment.
False. I posted about the Polybius legend
back in 2004.
A man died by playing video games nonstop.
True. Apparently this has happened more than once. Technically, they died of exhaustion.