Gaming urban legends

Jonathan Kaulay collects ten of the best. [via Alan White]
In 2005, an unopened copy of the self-deleting game surfaced on Ebay where it was promptly bought for $733,000 by a man from Japan named Yamamoto Ryuichi. Ryichi had planned to document his play through of the game on YouTube. The only video Ryuchi posted was of him staring at his computer screen and crying.

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  1. These aren’t urban legends; most of them are creepypasta stories, told as if they’re urban legends. For instance, here’s Killswitch: http://inuscreepystuff.blogspot.com/2010/08/killswitch.html

    $5, however, will guarantee you $10 that I will not be the only person to make this observation.

  2. Rob I don’t know if Charlie Brooks is and idiot, but DAVID Brooks surely is. You might want to correct you last paragraph.

    Also You might want to consider directing people to various groups and sites that will be helping defend Snowden.

  3. Surely if you’re aware of a self-deleting game, the first thing you’d do is make a backup of said game.

    I find it hard to believe someone would pay that much for a game and not know this…

    1. Surely if you’re the designer of a self-deleting game, the first thing you’d do is make it self-delete when someone tries to make a backup.

  4. Ryichi had planned to document his play through of the game on YouTube. The only video Ryuchi posted was of him staring at his computer screen and crying.

    What’s the punchline?  The copy was unopened, so he played and won the game but forgot to record it?

  5. I wouldn’t put too much faith in the fact checking on this story. In a one paragraph, three sentence excerpt the guy’s name is spelled three different ways.

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