Origins of the Myths
Myths have been a part of the GTA series since a minor upbringing in Grand Theft Auto III. In GTA III, myths were not as popular as the ones that surfaced a few years later in GTA San Andreas. However, GTA III is still considered to be the beginning of mysteries in the GTA games, as well as Easter Eggs which were more abundant than myths at the time. The "Myth" was a little known corner of the GTA world until GTA San Andreas. GTA San Andreas pioneered what probably is the largest collection of Myths and Legends in any GTA game, or any game at all, to date. The sprawling dark forests and seemingly endless wilderness and huge, wild desert was the perfect combination to hide some of the most bizarre and scary things that have ever been hypothesised in gaming. Bigfoot was the first major myth discovered and was the result of endless exploration and hunting through all the large forests that were included in the game. Suddenly, it was no longer just a game about crimes, but involved something surreal. There have been dozens, if not hundreds of reported myths; and the majority still cannot be undoubtedly disproven. This is what makes a game that was released in 2004 still seem fresh and intriguing today.
Hoax or Fact?
As long as there are myths there will be hoaxes. Modifications (also known as Mods), have made it possible for people to create things that are not in the game and insert them into it. The vast majority of myths captured on camera are in reality mods people create. This does not mean all myths are simply made up by fans. It just makes it hard to distinguish between fakes and the real thing.
List of GTA Games with Myths
Real Life Myths
Myths in the GTA Series all may not have been influenced by real life myths and legends, however creatures such as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster have ties to the real thing. Cryptozoology (crypto "hidden"+ zoology "animals") is the name given for the search for animals whose existence has not been proven. Cryptozoologists study creatures also known as "cryptids", which includes extinct animals, animals that are outside their habitat and cryptids, such as Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster, Chupacabra and so on. Cryptozoology is not considered a branch of Zoology and is thought of as pseudoscience.