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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas players still believe in Bigfoot

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was released nearly nine years ago, but the debate about one of the myths surrounding it — whether Bigfoot exists in the game — continues even today, according to The New Yorker.

Of course, Bigfoot is one of the world's most enduring real-life myths, a legend that takes different forms in numerous cultures around the globe. With the release of San Andreas in 2004, the ancient discussion on Bigfoot was reborn, spurred by players who uploaded clips to YouTube containing supposed sightings of the creature in the game's desolate Back o Beyond region.

"I was in Back o Beyond, walking up a hill. It was foggy out, but behind some plants I clearly saw a giant black figure," said Kaleb Krimmel, a teenage San Andreas player, in an interview with The New Yorker. "I aimed my camera to take a picture, but by the time I steadied the viewfinder it was gone."

Online communities still keep up the hunt for Bigfoot today, even though Rockstar Games representatives dismissed the creature's existence in San Andreas as a myth long ago — "there is no Bigfoot, just like in real life," said Rockstar CEO Terry Donovan.

Check out the full story on the persistent Bigfoot debate at The New Yorker.

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