People love to gossip. No one’s above this. This is why rags like the National Inquirer flourish. This is why gossip magazines like OK, In Touch and Star are some of the best selling publications on newsstands.
Gamers are no different. We love our little tidbits of unsubstantiated, unconfirmed, unreliable datum that we can post on internet forums with the impish preamble of “Did you hear? I read somewhere that….” The factoid could have no merit. It could originate from, at best, dubious sources. But in the shady world of rumor mongering, things like fact-checking isn’t as important as the drama born of a well-timed rumor.