8 Spooky Video Game Urban Legends

Author Thumbnail Caitlin Donovan October 05, 2016 20:31 PM

3The Legend of the Haunted 'Majora's Mask'

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The lengthy story of the haunted Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask cartridge is one of the most popular (and elaborate) creepypastas and some credit it with starting the trend of video game urban legends. The story is detailed, but as a bare bones version of the story: A young college student who went by the username Jadusable bought a copy of Majora’s Mask from an old man at a yard sale. The man said “goodbye, Ben” when Jadusable left, though that wasn’t his name. When he started up the game, he saw that the save file was labeled “Ben”.

When Jadusable played the game, strange things started to happen. Most notably, he found himself being stalked by the Elegy of Emptiness statue. Link began to burst into flames and after the third time, even when the player restarted the game, Link’s dead body remained and there was an ominous message: “you’ve met a terrible fate, haven’t you?” The save file changed to “Your Turn” then back to “Ben” again.

When Jadusable went to visit the old man again, but he was gone, supposedly moving, according to a neighbor. When he asked about Ben, the neighbor told him he was a neighborhood boy who had drowned.

Jadusable posted videos of his gameplay and all the weird events that happened on his Youtube. Link drowned in the game, and the save file changed to Ben Drowned. Jadusable claimed the statue was now stalking him in his real life too, and now appearing in his dream. He also said he heard a voice speaking to him about Ben. 

Shortly after that, Ben started possessing his computer, posting things to his YouTube account and even talking to him through Cleverbot, asking Jadusable to free him from the cartridge. Things escalated and eventually, the Jadusable to destroy the cartridge and his laptop, warning he would not post again and any future updated would be from Ben and shouldn’t be trusted. The updates after that were codes that led to a website for a cult called “The Moon Children”.

The story just continues from there. There was even a video game based on it. This video gives a pretty good (but long) summary of the tale:


4The 'Fallout 3 Predicts the Future' Legend

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One big gaming rumor is that the morse code that can play on the radios in Fallout 3 actually predicts the future. For instance, one gives the date of the BP Oil spill, alongside “accident in gulf, several dead. Oil spill apparently averted.” There’s also supposedly a code predicting the date of the death of Gary Coleman, coupling the numbers with “What you talkin’ ‘bout? You’ll be missed.”

However this hoax has been definitively debunked. The predictions also said the Queen of England would die on March 19, 2014 and that didn’t happen. Unless they’re covering it up by using a double. (It seems unlikely Britney Spears will win an Oscar in 2023 either, which is another prediction). 

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Caitlin Donovan is a long-time nerd with a passion for superheroes and epic fantasy. She lives in North Carolina with her cat and wrestles with writing novels and doing editorial work when she's not ranting about pop culture online. She runs a blog at ladyloveandjustice.tumblr.com
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