Why Do We Fall for Gaming Rumors?
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Rumors: they're not just high school hallway talk and they're not just around the water cooler at work. They're out in the wild, they're on the Internet, and they can even come from the mouths of your best friends, your siblings. It's impossible to escape them, they're like dust on the wind, water in the sea, celebrity nudes leaked online. They're everywhere.

Sounds like the beginning of a cautionary tale doesn't it? Well, you're not wrong. Rumors might be everywhere, but many still fall for their sultry whispers. “'Building model airplanes' says the little fairy; well we're not buying it.” All rumors should be taken with a grain of salt. Just like dear old granny always said you shouldn't drink schnapps on an empty stomach. With a simple wave of her gnarled finger I stood at attention. Age before beauty and all that. Grandma knew best and I suppose I'm calling myself your elder in this moment. Don't believe everything you read on the Internet kids. That State Farm commercial is ironically lying to you, they can put all kinds of things on the Internet that aren't true.

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These rumor mill cautions are all incredibly relevant to the video game industry. It's very often that we hear things that either aren't true at all, are slightly untrue, or in some rare cases are actually entirely factual. I mean, Bayonetta and Vanquish did in fact release on PCs. But then there's that “Red Dead Redemption” screenshot that surfaced a while back, only to be sussed out as an entirely different IP. There were also the rumors of The Legend of Zelda mobile game. Scalebound murmors have been going around recently too, saying that the game might be back in development. The trademark was renewed, but we don't know for a fact that that means the game will in fact come out. There were also, of course, the rumors about the new Assassin's Creed game, and lookie here, we're going to see more about it at E3 in a few short weeks!

While some rumors revolving around video games could in fact turn out to be true, you should always check your sources. Some sources of so-called fact might not even have a leg to stand on. In most cases, if they don't say where their knowledge came from, you can take it into question. Also, if they're a website that doesn't have anything to do with the subject, they might just be parroting someone else's false rumor for clicks. It's also possible that they're only human and made a mistake. This is a revolutionary concept of course (/sarcasm), but some people do in fact make mistakes and assumptions of truth when it really isn't there. Let's be kind to our fellow man and woman and remember that things like this can happen.

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In the end the fact still remains. It's easy to get caught up in hype. I myself am often trailing the virtual reality rumor train like a starving buzzard looking for scraps of rotting leftovers. When I see anything that resembles the VR future that I've longed for, I latch onto it and start gnawing into it with no remorse. Don't be like me. Don't get caught up in the hype. Take your time to analyze what you're reading. If you take thy word thou mayst prove false! Old lady April says to be careful, and I hope you will heed my words.

April Marie
April Marie
@Legiodith

Contributing Writer
Date: 05/23/2017

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