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[Comments] (3) : Here's the kind of unrelenting journalism we need to see more of. Semi-relatedly, I'd be very interested to hear other peoples' schoolyard video game folklore. The ones I remember are so generic I'm not even sure they actually happened: allegations that finishing a game let you see such-and-such female character nude (we were young, and ignorant of Standards and Practices), bald assertions that you'd accomplished impossible feats.

It seems like the sort of memory that would be really interesting, but when I look back I don't see any inventive lies or interesting legends. It's like we didn't even know how to BS properly. Prove me wrong, fellow nerds.


Posted by Kevan at Sun Apr 20 2008 06:28

A ten-year-old friend of mine just about convinced me that he'd written Pyjamarama on the Spectrum, and would thoughtfully copy down random bits of hex noise from the screen when it crashed.

Online cheat guides are full of extraordinary claims, particularly for older games, back when making up a cheat was an easy way to get your name added to a BBS cheat compilation. They usually have cautionary, memetically-sound clauses to resist any casual disproof by their publisher - if jumping over the balloon on the fourth rooftop doesn't unlock flying-robot-dragon 3D-graphics mode, then you must just be doing it wrong, and should keep trying.


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