I've lost count of the number of hours wasted chasing down leads from UK Press over the years claiming Person X was developing Game Y on System F...only to find it was an utter fabrication by the magazine at the time.
Sometimes it was 'innocent' enough, they assumed as he/she had converted a game, they'd be handling it's sequel and indeed said sequel or conversion had been greenlit for said platform.
But when your falsely quoting someone, who appears to give a key developer policy/stance/viewpoint on a platform, i do find myself questioning the writers and indeed magazines agenda at that time.
Cases in point being: Edge and the Saturn coder..Quote gave impression that coder really knew Saturn hardware inside out and as a result, the saturn version when it appeared would really make most of the hardware..in reality no Saturn version ever planned, coder PS1/PC only.
Ace and Zero claiming Bob Armour would be doing 7800 Gauntlet, Bob really talented coder on Atari, 7800 ideal hardware for Gauntlet.Ditto The Games Machine claiming John Croudy would be handling Druid II on A8..
Ultimate Future Games claiming Jaguar Quake 30% complete
C+VG detailing Gremlins plans for the 7800
It simply generated false hope at the time and years since gave rise to even falser hope that there were these 'Lost Games' hopefully sat somewhere just itching to be discovered and people latched onto them, listed them in various articles, using screens from other formats etc and the myth continued.
Edge's Psygnosis/Jaguar claim was part of a much wider, industry look at Jaguar hardware and there were more than enough honest doubts raised by publishers/developers over Atari's ability to market and support the Jaguar, as it was..without the need to create a fabricated claim.
The question of US Gold and Tiertex's plans for various conversions to Atari Lynx has never really gone away, ever since Raze claimed Strider 2 was 50% complete and other publications claimed E-Motion, Rotox, Leaderboard etc were headed Lynx way.
All news to the very developers behind the ST/Amiga versions who'd of been more than aware who had the rights to produce console versions.
If anything 'good' has come from the various investigations, it's been i've been able to get a look at the much bigger picture as it were, in terms of the (UK) realationship between Atari-The press-And the development/publisher community.
You soon find out who Atari deemed 'important' in terms of badly wanting onboard to support their hardware (Audiogenic not being deemed important enough for Jaguar, Atari Uk wanting Argonaugt, but not being able to convince them Jaguar was going to suceed, not being able to afford rights to convert games themselves etc)...which publishers knew from the start not to take a risk on new Atari hardware (Mev Dinc passing over chance to develop on Panther) and which were going to risk it with conversions (Gremlin Graphics with Switchblade 2 on Lynx for example), but if sales were'nt there...that was it, no future games planned.
But some of the stuff claimed as fact, repeated again now and new claims being as false as those years earlier....