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So I rarely try to pick current things that are still likely to come out of the woodwork with more but I’ve decided that since I have read a fair bit about it,why not? Where applicable I have linked in as much as I can.

So many of us gamers like a weird addition to our day, the old creepy ones that are indie-made can become very popular. Take Slender Manor Kraven Manor as a couple of examples of this. Games that you can play free and add to your youtube channel etc. So when Sad Satan came up naturally it was going to be played if people could get hold of it…

There’s just one snag, footage of it appears to be rare to find and in fact the first set appeared to be by a youtuber ‘Obscure Horror Corner‘. I am subscribed and he seems happy to play lots of these types but Sad Satan came up and people asked why and where it was coming from.

The basic claim is this, via the Tor/unlisted Surface web down where the bad stuff goes came this game. The game has many references to what we would consider the terrible side of humanity, such as references to Charles Manson, graphic real life horror stock and weird sound-bites (there’s also rumour of child pornography and I am NOT going to look into any of it for this reason).

OHC claimed that he was playing the game and filmed some of it, he then deleted the games and links. The link he said is now a dead one. This story was picked up by the website Kotaku where it gave the information from Jamie (OHC) but later on the supposedly given link was questioned about it’s validity. The reason for this (I am no guru here just summarising) is that the game link had a letter 9 in the link thread, but the way they work for .onion links there is that the digit 9 makes it a false or invalid link.

Not long after the website 4Chan had a user that claimed they had provided the original link to OHC and they gave a link, naturally people of the curious nature went a little click happy downloading it. They found that the files contained some graphic pictures and the aforementioned CP (I feel a little queasy writing that let alone anything else). So there come more stories about it affecting computers to the point of needing to rebuild their windows etc. or strange files occurring.

In response to the link going up OHC responded via Otaku that he had provided the broken link to avoid people downloading the files, that clearly contained content that was not legal or was in fact dangerous to the PC. The scepticism remains given this information and others, they wonder if he hadn’t just done this to prolong his hoax. So far there seems to be a cleaned up version that was made by reddit use /u/blindstark that has been made available for download and removed all the graphic images. To download the cleaned up version a user needs the terror engine and link.

Here is the information if you really want to get a copy

So in fact it seems that the general consensus is that someone created the game, when it was challenged he released a far worse version upon the unsuspecting crowd.

Why is this of interest? Well let’s be honest, if you are reading this you are probably already a curious individual and aware of how these things can end up as their own meme. Look at Slenderman as a comparison for how a story can become something engrained in fact, the lore was birthed and watched on the internet by an avid crowd. This appears to be similar though it’s entire motivation has yet to be (or may never be) resolved.

Audio:

Within the gameplay there are various components, suggesting to me that the creator rather likes the curious as well as the gross. In the first of OHC’s video’s the Numbers Station creation is used, the Swedish Rhapsody. Then part of it is from a song by Lynch Mob, KMFDM which was supposedly the favourite station of the Columbine Shooters. The last one on the first clip is a man talking in Russian which has been reversed and again is a Numbers Station ‘RussianMan‘. I can’t help but think the numbers station thing is more because there’s no one likely to claim copyright on them and they can make an eerie effect for noise. And finally his first clip ends with the use of a Led Zeppelin song, Stairway to Heaven.

On the second part most of the audio seems to be a speech by Hitler that has been slowed down, alongside further use of Stairway to Heaven. The third part uses the phrase “If I started murdering people, there’d be none of ya left” which is part of an MSNBC interview with the notorious Charles Manson. There is also further use of this interview. The other audio source appears to be use of a Chinese song, I love Benjamin Tienanmen, possibly due to being a loose reference to the controversy of Tienanmen Massacre.

So part four audio, not a great deal more in here again but there is a reversed speech from Johnny Rotten, The Sex Pistols, this links into the idea that he was aware of the Jimmy Saville scandal way back in the day. After that is more audio that sounds like an English man in an interview, having listened to it, it sounds like someone saying “Do you think you can just wake me up?” probably Rotten himself, it sounds similar enough. The other part of the audio is that there is someone sobbing/crying and then again it plays more Stairway to Heaven.

The fifth and final part (so far or possibly the end) uses a slowed down audio of Simon and Garfunkel’s song Scarborough Fair, the next one that is used appears to be a reversed and slowed down version of the Doors song, Alabama Song. Finally another and the last bit identified is that of Jimmy Saville, now more famous for being announced as using his status as a celebrity to engage in under-age sexual acts, amongst other allegations. The extract is an interview, it is here he points out a quote “Haven’t broken any laws have you? None whatsoever “ which given the events is pretty creepy.

Imagery

In the first part there is an image regularly used, of a photograph by Walter Sanders taken of Franz Joseph, 9th Prince of Thurn and Taxis. Other than being a little creepy thanks to the antlers there’s really nothing more to it. Most of the video other than that is exploration. 

In the second part we see an image of JFK before he was shot, there is however reference to the president in regards to loose conspiracy theorists/claims etc. of paedophilia. (Again merely a speculation I have seen come up about the CIA covering this up). An image by photographer Roger Ballen, “Shadow Chamber” is used showing a picture of a child that has their head in their clothes giving a strange impression they are headless. The collection itself is really very interesting – Roger Ballen. 

Jimmy Saville with Margaret Thatcher is seen in another image used, Saville was an English DJ and was also in a show called ‘Jim’ll Fix It’ where he arranged for children’s dreams to come true. Sadly it was seen that he was not always the thing of dreams, facts came to light afterwards that were nightmare fuel. Over 450 people had made complaints about his conduct and Thatcher had tried to get him knighted whilst she was Prime Minister, alongside the idea that she was directly involved in the cover ups. So again the image links into the idea of child abuse. (again if you want more Reddit user Hyper_Reality used sources in their discussions).

In the video the words In Nomine Dei Satanas Luciferi Excelsi show up, this is effectively translated as a In the name of our god Satan, Lucifer on high. Effectively this has been cited as part of a Black Mass ritual. This seems to be more an extract simply lifted because it either sounded cool or they wanted to throw in a bit more of the underground culture vibe. In all honesty the Sad Satan idea seems to be a reason to vaguely link it and nothing more.

The third video provides more, so there are some bits of coded text that were translated into “I can track you”, “U are on my list” and “5 victim” (citation was reddit user Cyberham) and seems to be a suggestion to some that the game has been made with a coded ability to follow and track a user that downloads it, and also that the number 5 is to do with the Satanists of Ash Tree Close. In regards to this it is sometimes also mentioned that Jimmy Page (Stairway to Heaven etc) was was somehow involved.

Are you still reading? I know there’s a lot here isn’t there? So part four then gives an image of Rolf Harris, another man who was brought to the forefront about child molestation charges. For anyone that is in my age generation we grew up with both Saville and Rolf Harris on TV, to see the news was quite an intrigue. I always did find Saville a bit creepy… anyway moving on! He is in the image there and again that’s a strong theme throughout the videos currently available.

In another frame we see Lady Justice, perhaps this is the image that is supposed to be there to point out the abhorrent themes and nature of those things in the game. The idea that this one flashing image offsets the rest, if I am honest, is pretty pathetic but the flash frame does provide at least some incite to the idea that the themes are morally and legally outrageous.

Part Five – it seems very strange that in the fifth one we get an image of Andres Escobar who was famous because he was shot and killed after shooting an own goal back in a football (Soccer) match in the USA. After his death his family started to teach disadvantaged children to play soccer under his name, I don’t know if this is supposed to link to the idea of there being good people for children or the creator is trying to put a sinister light on it.

Further into the last part that got uploaded, there was a picture of Roman Polanski who was arrested for the rape of 13 year old Samantha Geimer, in 1977.

One last image that was involved is that of druids, now this I think might be linked to some of the suggestions that the druids may well have been involved in cannibalism and child sacrifice. Since the links involved mostly seem to include anything to do with child scandals this is where I presume the link comes in.

Recent evidence that Druids possibly committed cannibalism and ritual human sacrifice—perhaps on a massive scale—add weight to ancient Roman accounts of Druidic savagery, archaeologists say. Article this was in is Druids Committed Human Sacrifice, Cannibalism? James Owen, National Geographic News. Related TV show Secrets of the Druids, 2009.

Summary so far?

Honestly this is probably a lovely hoax written by someone with an eye for a little artistry, and who has spent a little time getting to grips with the Terror Engine. It’s a creepy little thing made more intriguing because the OHC poster claims it came from a site not found on the surface web.

Now to make things a little easier to understand on that level = this doesn’t mean it’s going to be a criminal activity it is more that pop culture and popular opinion sees it that way, thanks to news releases about things like Silk Road being closed down over drugs. Quite often the reason these things are so darkly alluring is because we truly do not understand it, much like medicine in the dark ages, so it frightens us. We assume a great deal of things, ALL of it must be bad, because SOME of it is listed as bad. Not the case… there’s a lovely site there about over 2000 cat facts. Yes it’s open to abuse, clearly, but there’s also a reason it might not be listed that is more mundane, it was never listed to be found there.

Of course now that someone has either created it via a replication of the video’s seen and it has gained interest the abuse factor raises. Downloading the links you see on forums can do one of two things… give you a game that has some files in with with disgusting pictures for the sake of it, OR probably filled with malware and other things to attack your PC. So in summary you can download it at your own risk, but the link I gave above appears to be the safest one so far.

So what facts do we actually have?

  1. OHC has five videos claiming to have found the game, he hasn’t got the original downloaded and yet released videos after the claim he had, either he was editing them or it’s false. Given that there seems to be no editing in the games this might raise suspicion.

  2. The links now found are pretty much the one above from a reddit user that cleaned up the files he downloaded for folks and the other one with CP images and gore.

  3. The overall theme is definitely about children, you could say they might be a victim of this theme or perhaps more disturbingly just find this a great fuel to get people interested, and you know what it has? I mean here I am writing it up as an example.

  4. The Deep Web/Invisible Web blah blah makes it more of a talking point, if it was just uploaded it would likely have even garnered a fraction of this interest.

  5. It actually looks boring… sorry I have to be the one to say this. All my interest was going on about how it might end up being shocking but other than images and loud noises the overall theme is pretty poor, the game has zero direction in the extracts provided so what exactly happens at the end? It seems like someone created an exploration game and threw in as much dodgy dark-subculture as they could to get a rise.

  6. If you are the creator and went to all these lengths to troll and get attention, I say hats off sir/madam. Achievement unlocked.

Got any comments or views on the matter? I’d really love to hear them and if you have got the end then sure send me information. Want to keep yourself anon from posters? Send me an e-mail silentthrillblog@gmail.com

In 2005 the ever popular World or Warcraft MMO introduced a new raid to the game, it was Zul’Gurub (now a dungeon instance) that has been cited as a model for real world epidemic study. The games mechanics introduced a damaging effect called ‘Corrupted Blood’ from the last ‘boss’, Hakkar, that came off the players when they either died or the boss was killed. It could however be on the pets that players brought along and when they left the instance it continued to stay on the pets.

Consequently some players inadvertently spread this to others as it leapt from the pets to the players, this incident primarily occurred in Ironforge, the Dwarven City. Some players indeed found this quite amusing and deliberately brought it to the city as well.

Discussion forums at the time discussed the sight of bodies in the streets of the city, and it seems that at least three of the multiple servers were affected. The towns and major cities were abandoned by those not affected as they went into the countryside. The urban areas were then graveyards with the white bones of the dead.

It was interesting to see that players that had an ability to help did so, they directed the lower level characters away from the area and where they could remove the disease from others they did but other players deliberately brought the contagion to others.

Blizzard then attempted quarantine, the idea being that those affected would stay in a contained area but vindictive players (or those not taking it seriously as it was a game) brought that to those areas, praying on the weak and the fact it was a confined area. Some players ensured that the pets that caught it were then ‘un-summoned’ to remove the issue but ultimately Blizzard had to hard reset all the servers and reprogram the glitch.

After the outbreak the next even in 2008 was intentional. Blizzard released a zombie plague week in order to promote the new release of the expansion ‘Wrath of the Lich King’. This one was seemed more true-to-life as it was a small risk of transmission and encountering a lone zombie was not as dangerous as a large number of the infected. It was met with both praise and criticism, and from my side, mostly praise as it was an interesting adaptation to the game for a short period of time.

The epidemic of the Corrupted Blood was compared to real life breakouts, the CDC did ask for information about the statistics but Blizzard found they could not provide them as it was a computer glitch. It was also fascinating to see that it was carried from a remote area into a larger one, that people and animals could contract it, much like Avian Flu, and that people in larger areas were more at risk.

However there were differences from the real world too that negate parts of the study, such as it did not affect the non-playable characters because they did not transmit it. Alongside this there were no visible signs of the disease, such as pustules or other effects, but there was one thing that made it feel realistic – the rush of journalists wanting to cover the story and then get back out of it.

There was a discussion about using the platform for further study with the players however it never really came to fruition. It was felt that it was not really going to be indicative of a real world situation. There was not enough realistic data because players regenerate and with that meant there was little threat on the infection if all the player precautions could be set up, it would really be more for entertainment…

It was also discussed that WOW could be used in terms of how terrorists form collaborations and cells, this again would only be used for entertainment as a model could not be formed from the game. It did however give interesting light when someone pointed out that people quickly got smart in the game about how to do the biggest damage to the most amount of people and how. And lets not forget that it is a game and the very worst that can happen, unlike real life, is you can re-spawn and get back to doing what you like, so it really does not mirror real life.

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Outlast and it’s DLC were developed by Red Barrels and for survival horror fans like me, this is on the top of the list. It is a first person game and in both the main game and DLC you play unfortunate chaps trying to escape a bizarre psychiatric horror. Available on PC, via Steam if you should so choose, or Xbox and Playstation. 

I’m going to attempt to review this without spoilers, except to say that if you thought the first one had crazy scenes you won’t be surprised to find out there are more in the DLC and some pretty gross moments. Neither protagonist uses combat, you’re weapon is a camera used I that sort of found footage Blair Witch-type and you get to occasionally shove someone or orchestrate movements so they end up deceased or fatally injured as you run the hell away.

In the first, main part, you play Miles Upsher, he’s the guy that heads inside to expose the atrocities. He’s been tipped off and ends up trapped inside. The DLC is Waylon Parker’s story and he risks it all to send out the e-mail that ultimately leads to Miles into the asylum.

The game has plenty of places you can explore, lots of grizzly sights and in sections some fast paces gameplay. You use your camera as a light source and so you have to watch out that you don’t blow your chances by running low on batteries.

The ‘patients’ are often unhelpful, talk gibberish are are down right psychotic/violent. It’s a best guess scenario when you meet them but that just adds to the fun factor. Put the headphones on and turn off the lights, then have a great time immersing yourself in a game to keep your heart racing.

Continuing with my love of mystery ships that I enjoy reading about it another one that I have discovered as a great tale. It appears to be a fictional tale but I am not ignoring it entirely due to the age and the interesting tale that comes with it.

She was found trapped in ice to the west of Greenland, by the whaler ship Herald, on 11th October 1775. Five men boarded the vessel and found the crew of 28 dead below, frozen and almost perfectly preserved. They found the captain in his chair, pen in hand and with the log book open on the desk. In the cabin was also the body of a woman, a boy that was covered over with a blanket and a sailor with a tinderbox. (Tinderboxes contain a flint, steel and a fibrous material). They took the log before they left but were not willing to keep searching around her.

They checked the log to find the last entry made was 11th November 1762, meaning that she had been lost in the Arctic for 13 years. The log was so frozen that it slipped from the binding leaving only the first and last few pages remaining in it.  The crew had died of exposure, something unsurprising given the nature of the place they had gone and most likely the lack of preparation for those harsh conditions.

Supposedly she left England for the Orient, 1761 and the captain took a gamble to go through the Northwest Passage to shorten the journey, instead trapping her in the nice north of Alaska. It seems she made the voyage later on without the crew, so was the first to cross the Northwest Passage posthumously. When the crew of the whaling ship later tried to relocate her they were unable to do so.

For gamer information nuts and Assassins Creed lovers, in Assassins Creed 3 there is a part where Connor (main character) goes aboard the ship looking for clues to the whereabouts of Captain Kidd’s treasure.

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Minecraft is one of those games I know I’d get very addicted to, almost surely because of its free-form nature. I know they are working on the Lovecraftian server to build HPL’s monumental areas, and this just adds to the temptation!

Of course I can’t resist a good ghost tale, in or out of the real world so I’m going to write about the famous one in Minecraft, Herobrine. A now internet phenomena it was started by a screenshot of a distant and foggy figure on the minecraft forums.

The original poster stated that they had been coming across strange constructions in their single-player game. A suggestion that someone (or thing) was present in the game along with them. It went on to say that others had indeed been discovering this same strange event in their games (Creepypasta much?).

Post were then deleted or a simple ‘stop’ message would appear and the account involved was that of Herobrine. Investigations by the community were then made and one poster said that Herobrine was the username of a Swedish Gamer, and the brother of Minecraft’s designer, Notch. Notch confirmed he did have a brother who was ‘no longer with us’.

The reality of that last bit is that Notch has stated he has a half-brother who is very much alive, but they just don’t see each other that often. He said Herobrine does not exist and he has no intention of placing the ghost character in. However he does seem to love to add fuel to the fire by putting in mention of ‘Removed Herobrine’ from update notes for the game.

Fun times? Have you seen Herobrine?