Top 9 Urban Legends of Gaming
Luigi is Dead
Game: Luigi’s Mansion
Luigi’s Mansion was one of the greats from the GameCube era, and followed Mario’s older brother sucking up ghosts with a vacuum in a haunted mansion. While it was meant to be a little creepy, it certainly wasn’t meant to get as dark as certain forums might have you believe. A story has circulated online for quite some time now that if you head to a very specific room in-game and stand at just the right spot, you can just make out a shadow that closely resembles Luigi, hanging from the ceiling -- like he had hung himself already and you’re only playing the game as Luigi’s ghost.
There’s much speculation as to what the image actually is: a glitch, leftover code, or something much, much darker? We’ll never know.
Max Payne Memorial
Game: Max Payne 2
After losing a member of the development team in 2003, Remedy included a touching memorial to Miika Forsell, found in Part 1, Chapter 7 of Max Payne 2.The eerie room (that can be likened to the Satanic ritualistic levels found in the first game) is home to a shrine with a photo and memorial dates of the fallen team member. It’s quite small and out of the way, and can be found at the side of a building after climbing through an open window. It’s an interesting homage to a beloved member of the development team that actually exists -- though it’s truly a little unsettling to the uninitiated folk who aren’t quite sure about what’s going on in the room without running to Google first.