Halloween is right around the corner, so what other better way is there then to spend your time being locked up indoors and reading terrifying video game creepypastas. Don’t know what to read? Then you’re in luck, because just like the generous people that hand out full size candy bars on Halloween, I was generous enough to compile for you guys my top five video game creepypastas. You can thank you me later.
Story by Brian Lee
For those who don’t know what a creepypasta is, first off, no a creepypasta is not the pasta your grandmother makes for you every time you go visit her. Creepypastas are essentially internet fan made horror stories, passed around on forums and other sites to disturb and frighten readers. The name “creepypasta” comes from the word “copypasta”, an internet slang term for a block of text that gets copied and pasted over and over again from website to website. But even though they are fan made, the most disturbing thing about creepypastas is that often they can seem to be too real or completely believable, messing with our heads as we read these terrifying stories.
Number 5 – Herobrine
Herobrine is the subject of a community-made creepypasta set in the world of the popular game, Minecraft. The story depicts of a player minding his own business in a single player world when all of the sudden he notices another player in his world as well. Upon getting a closer inspection, the player finds the mysterious entity that somehow entered his world to look exactly like the Minecraft’s default skin with the exceptions of having no eyes or visible nametag displayed over the character. Herobrine then continues to stalk the player while at the same time performing strange acts like removing all the leaves off of the trees, or creating odd sand pyramid structures in the oceans. Notch, the creator of the game, denies the existence of the oddity despite all the proofs fans are submitting in. Many players believe Herobrine is a ghost, while others think Herobrine is the sign of a bad omen, but whatever Herobrine is, I certainly don’t want him in my world, the Creepers are already enough to deal with.
Number 4 – Fallout 3: Numbers Station
Most players will know that Fallout 3 contains several in-game radio stations. The most diverse and iconic radio station in the game is the Galaxy News Radio or GNR for short. But what most players do not know is that under some specific circumstances, the GNR will become a “numbers station”, a station that broadcasts cryptic numeric messages. While at first it these numbers may seem harmless, with further inspection players will find that these numbers can actually be translated into dark and sinister messages somewhat related to the future or recent tragic events, like “The Queen has died today. The world mourns, as on days like these, we are all Brits.” I would totally recommend looking at the Fallout wiki to find even more deprecated messages because who knows, the next message just might be about you.
Number 3 – Ben Drowned
Ben Drowned is credited as one of the most famous and well-done creepypastas known to the whole internet, so it wouldn’t really be fair if I didn’t somehow include it somewhere on the list. The story is centered on a bought Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask cartridge haunted by the ghost of, you guessed it, Ben. Throughout the game, the player experienced a twisted version of the game, creepy glitches, and some ominous texts like “You shouldn’t have done that”, and “You’ve met with a terrible fate, haven’t you.” To make matters worse, the player is also constantly being chased down by a creepy looking wooden Link statue which is enough to send shivers down my spine by just looking at it.
Number 2 – Lavender Town Syndrome
This this next story is a short one! The legend claims that in the Japanese version of Pokémon Red and Green, the music of the infamous Lavender town had frequencies that would often cause children to go insane and commit suicide. We don’t know if this is actually true or not as both soundtracks from the two separate versions supposedly sound the same, but if anyone is willing to give it a try, get back to me at 512-WHY-WOULDUDODAT?!
Number 1 – Polybius
Polybius is an urban legend about a rare arcade game released in 1981. The game was created by a mysterious company called Sinneslöschen, German for “Sense Deletion”, and was a puzzle and shoot-em-up game. It was only released in a few suburbs of Portland, Oregon and it was supposedly very popular, with people forming long lines to play it. However, players reported strange things about the game, such as hearing a woman crying and seeing grotesque faces out of the corner of their eyes. Players would also have nightmares, experienced nausea, headaches, and blackouts or even develop amnesia. Some even committed suicide! Others stopped playing video games altogether and at least one became an anti-video game activist. According to one owners of an arcade, men wearing black suits would often come to collect “records” from the game.
They didn’t take any money, just simply the data on gameplay. Because of this, the leading theory is that it was some sort of government experiment using subliminal messages; you know the typical government conspiracy stuff. To this day game remains in obscurity as around one month after its release, all of the cabinets had suddenly and mysteriously disappeared. One cabinet reappeared in an arcade 1998, but quickly disappeared again. Guess that shows us that if we see an ominous looking game cabinet at our local arcade, it would probably be in our best interest to steer clear away from it.
Creepypastas are in my opinion one of the best things you could ever read online! They are usually well written and they mess with our heads as we try to firmly get a grasp on what part of the story is real and what isn’t. I totally recommend getting online as there so many more creepypastas out there to read, and who knows, maybe you’ll find something even scarier then what I have listed here! Just be warned though, cause they are always watching.