When it comes to video games, the rumor mills are constantly churning out ridiculous theories about secret metaphors hidden deep within the games by clever developers. Although most of the time these rumors are dismissed as merely over-imaginative analysis, occasionally we come across claims that are so convincing that they beg for an official confirmation or debunking. Here are 14 such game myths that actually turned out to be completely true.
14. Secret Boss in Mortal Kombat
Long before the internet was around to confirm such things, video game secrets were passed down from one gamer to the next in the schoolyard. One of the most popular ones from the early ’90s is the story of a secret character in Mortal Kombat named Reptile, who could only be challenged by fulfilling a specific set of parameters. To fight him, players had to decrypt hints and perform a double flawless victory. Finding and defeating Reptile became a rite of passage for kids to hold over their less skilled classmates, and even though this easter egg was one of the earliest to be demystified, it remains one of the best gaming myths that ended up being true all along.