I recently moved into my dorm room starting as a Sophomore in collage and a friend of mine gave me his Nintendo 64 to play. I was stoked,to say the least. I could play those games from my youth that I haven't touched at least in a decade.
His Nintendo 64 came with one yellow controller and a rather shoddy card of Super Smash Brothers and,while beggers can't be choosers,it didn't take long before I got bored of beating level 9 CPUs.
This weekend,I decided to drive around a few neighborhoods about twenty minutes or so off campus,hitting up the local garage sales. I was hoping to get some great deals from ignorant parents. I ended up with Pokemon stadium,Golden eye,F-zero,and two other controllers for 2 dollars.
Satisfied,I began to drive out of the neighborhood when one last house caught my attention. I still have no idea why it did;there were no cars there and only one table set up with random junk on it. However,something sort of drew me there.
I usually trust my gut on these things,so I got out of my car and was greeted by an old man. His outward apperance was,lack for a better word,displeasing,I really couldn't pinpoint anything.
There was just something that put me out on the edge. I can't explain it. All I can tell you that it wasn't the middle of the afternoon and there wern't people within shouting distance,I wouldn't have even thought about approaching that man.
He flashed a crooked smile and asked me what I was looking for. Immediatly,I noticed he might be blind in one eye;his right eye had that "glazed over" look about it. I forced myself to look at his left eye,trying not to offend,and asked if he had any old video games.
I was already thinking how to politely excuse myself from the situation when he had no idea what a video game was,but to my surprize he had a few in a box. He assured me he'd be back in a "jiffy" and turned to head back into the garage.
As I watched him hobble away,I couldn't help but to notice what he was selling on his table. Littered across the table were...rather peculuar paintings-various artworks that looked like ink blots a psychiatirist might show you.
Curious,I looked throught them. It was obvious why no one was visiting this guys garage sale;these weren't exactally aesthetically paintings. As I came to one,I noticed the Majoras Mask,with the same heart shaped body with the spikes pointing outward.
Initally,I just thought that since I was hoping to find that game at these garage sales,some Freudian bull**** was projecting itself into ink blots. However,given the events that happened after,I'm not so sure now. I should have asked the man about it.
After staring into the Majora-shaped blot,I looked up to see the old man standing there again,arms lengthed infront of me smiling. I'll admit,I jumped out of reflex and laughed nervously as he handed me a Nintendo 64 cartridge.
It was a standared gray color and had no label. Someone had written Majora on it in black marker. I got butterflies in my stomach as I realized what a coincendence it was ans asked how much he wanted for it.
The old man smiled and said I could have it for free. He said it used to belong to a kid around my age that didn't live here anymore. There was something weird about how he phrased that,but I didn't really pay any attention then. I was too caught up in finding the game,but getting it for free.
I thanked the man,who smiled and wished me well,saying "Goodbye then"which sounded like that all the way home to me. All the car ride home,I had nagging doubt that the man had said something else.
My fears confirmed as I booted up the game (to my surprise it worked just fine) and there was only one saved file called "BEN". The man was saying,"Goodbye BEN". I felt bad for him. He obviously was a grandparent going senile. I,for some reason or another,reminded him of his grandson Ben.
Out of curiosity,I looked at the save file. I could tell he was pretty far in the game;he had most of all the masks and 3/4 of the bosses remain. I noticed he used an owl statue to save his game. He was on the third day by Stone Tower temple with hardly an hour before the moon crashed.
I remember thinking it was a shame he had come so close to beating the game,but never finished. I made a new file named "Link" out of tradition,and started the game. I was ready to relive my childhood.
For such a shoddy looking cartiridge,I was surpirsed on how smooth it ran-litterally it was just like a retail copy of the game.,save for few minor hicupps here and there (textures being where they should be,random flashed of cutscenes at oddintervals,nothing too bad).
However,the only thig that was a little unnerving was that,at times,the NPCs would call me "LInk" and call me "BEN" at other times. I figured it was a bug,mabey a fluke in the programming,that caused our files to get mixed up.
I did kind of creep me out after a while,though. Around the time I beat Woodfall,I regreatably erased "BENS" file. I had intended to preserve the file out of respect for the games original owner. It's not like I need two files anyways.
I hoped that would solve the problem. It did and it didn't. Now the NPCs wouldn't call me anything. Where my name should be in the dialouge was a blank space. (My save file was called "Link" however) Frusturated and with homework to do,I put the game down for the day.
I started playing the game agin last night,getting The Lens of Truth and completing my way twords Snowhead Temple. Now,some of you hardcore Majoras Mask players know about the "fourth day" glitch. For those of you who don't,you can Google it.
Deciding to do the glitch to try to finish Snowhead Temple,I went ahead and tried.
When I excited the telescope,I found myself in the Majora boss room at the end of the game,(the trippy boxed area),with Skullkid hovering above and staring at me. There was no sound,just him hovering above me and the backround music,which was regular (but still creepy).
Immediately,my palms began to sweat. This is not normal,Skullkid NEVER appears here. I tried moving around the area and no matter what,Skullkid would always be facing me,not saying anything.
Nothing would happen and this happened for about 60 seconds. I thought the game was bugged,but i'm beggining to doubt that very much.
I was about to reach for the reset button,until a text appeared on the screen "you're not sure why,but appearentally you had a reservation". I regonized that sentence,it comes from the stock pot inn during the Anju and Kafie quest.
I was refused to entertain the nothing that the game was trying communicate with me.. I started to walk around the room again,testing if that was some sort of triggerthat enabled me to interact with something before realizing how stupid I was.
To even think that someone could even reprogram the game like this was absured. Sure enough,though,another message appeared on the screen 15 seconds later "Go to the lair of the boss?" "Yes/No?"
I paused for a second,contemplating what I should press and how the game would react,when I realized I couldn't select no. Taking a deep breath,I pressed yes and the screen faded to white,with the words "Dawn of a new day" and the subtext "IIIIIIIII" beneath it.
Where I was transported filled me with the most intense dread and impeanding fear i've ever experienced. The only way I could describe the way I felt here was a highly depressed feeling,now i'm not a normally depressed person...but here was just so abandon. It was a twisted,powerful prescence that seemed to wash right over me.
I appeared in some sort of Twilight zone version of clocktown. I walked out of the tower only to find all the inhabinates gone. Usually with the 4th day glitch,you can fid the guard and the dog,but they were all gone.
What replaced them was the ominus feeling something was out there,in the same area as me,watching me. I felt personally that I was in some sort of danger.
Perhaps the most chilling thing was the Song of Healing,ripped strait from the game and reversed. The music would get louder building up to the point you would think something was going to pop out at you.
Every now and then I would hear the Happy Mask Sales Mans faint laugh,I thought I was hearing things but it was loud enough to think it was there.
As I went into the four parts of clock town,there were missing textures. There were missing textures and nobody there. West clock town had me walking on air,the entire area felt broken....hoplessly broken. As the reverse song of healing played for about the 50th time,I just remember standing in the middle of south clock town realizing that I had never felt so alone in a video game before.
As I walked through the ghost town,I don't know wheather it was the combintation of the out of place textures and the atmosphere and the haunting melody of once a peacful song and a soothing melody being butchered and distorted. There was a powerful scence of depression.
I tried leaving clock town but every time I tried the screen would fade to black and I would be in another part of clock town. I tried playing my Ocarina,I did NOT want to be here. Everytime I played the song of time or the song of soaring it would say "your notes echoed far,but nothing happened". By this point,it was obvious the game doesn't want me to leave. I was scared to go outside buildings because I was to vulnurable to see what was there. I don't know why,but I had the idea where mabey I could drown myself in the laundry pool and spaw somewhere elseplace.
As I zoned in and ran twords the pool,thats when it happened. Link grabbed his head,and the screen flashed for a brief moment and it came to where the HMS was smilling at me,me-not Link,me with the Skullkids scream playing behind it. When I returned I found myslef (Link) staring at the statue from playing the Elegy of Emptieness. I screamed as the thing stared back at me with the haunting facial expression. I turned aroung and ran into South Clock Town,and to my horror that statue was following me in the only way I could compare this to The Weeping Angles from Doctor Who. Every so often I would look behind me and see the statue staring at me,it's as if it were chasing me-or I don't even want to say it....haunting me.
By this point,at the verge of hysterics,but not even once did the thought of turning off the console come to me. I don't know why,I was just so wrapped into it-the terror felt so real. I tried to shake the statue,but it would litterally appear behind me every time. Link started to make weird animations I have never seen him do before,he would flail his arms around or spasm randomly and the screen would cut to the HMS smiling at me for a brief moment before I was caught up with that statue staring at me again. I ended up running into the swordmans dojo and ran to the back,I don't know why but I just wanted to make sure I'm not alone here. To my dismay I found nobody here,but as I turned back to leave the statue the statue cornering me in the cubby,I just stared at the statue waiting for it to kill me. I tried to kill it with my sword but nothing happened. The screen flashed to the HMS smiling withy Link staring at me beside his copy. Whatever was on the fourth wall shattered and I ran out terrified. The reversed song of healing played and the statue appeared behind me again. I ran into South Clock Town terrified. As I ran aimlessly around the town-in sheer panic-suddenly a redead screamed and the screen faded to black and the subhead of "Dawn of A New day" appeared with below it "IIIIIIIIIIIII"
The screen faded and I was standing on the Clock Tower with Skullkid hovering above me again,silent. I looked up and the moon was back,looming a few meeters above my head,but the Skullkid would stare at me with that haunting mask. A new song was playing,the stone tower temple in reverse. I tried to shoot some arrows at the Skullkid but he said "Hee hee,that won't do any good..." and I was levetated off the ground and Link burst into flames,instenly killing him.
I jumped when this happened.I had never seen anyone use this move in the game,not even Skullkid himself...he doesn't have any moves! As the death screen played again,my lifeless body still into flames,Skullkid laughed and the screen faded to black.
I reappeared in the same place. I decided to charge at him,but the same thing happened. Link's body was lifted off the ground by some unknown force and burst into flames,again killing him. This time,during the death scene,the faint sounds of the reverse Song of Healing could be heard.
On the third day and final day,I noticed there was no music playing;all there was,was eerie scilence. I remembered that in the original encounter with skullkid,you were supposed to use the ocarina to either travel back in time or summon the giants. I attempted to play the Song of Time,before hitting the last note,I burst into flames and died.
As the death scene neared it's end,the game began to chug. It was as if the cartridge was trying to possess a lot of something. As the screen came to,it was the same scene as the first three times,except Link was lying on the ground,dead,in a position i've never seen before.
His head was pointed tword the camera with skull kid floating above him. I couldn't move or press any buttons. All I could do is stare at Link's body. After around 30 seconds of this,the game faded with a message of "You've met with a terrible fate,haven't you?" before kicking me to the title screen.
Upon getting to the title screen and starting again,I noticed my save file was gone. Insted of Link was "YOURTURN". "YOUR TURN" had three hearts and no masks or items. I selected this file and was returned to the Clock Tower rooftop scene of Link dead and the SkullKid hovering over,the Skullkid's laugh looping over and over.
I quickly hit the reset button and when the game booted up again there was one more save file added below "BEN" and "YOURTURN". That save file was back where it was before I deleted it,at Stone Tower temple with the moon hardly about to crash.
I turned off the game at this point,this was WAY to f***** up for me. I haven't even played it at all today. Heck,I didn't even sleep last night. I kept hearing the reverse song of healing in my head and I couldn't forget the dread I felt in Clock Town.
I drove back to the old mans house with my buddy (no way I was going alone) to ask him some questions,only to find a for sale isle in front of the yard. I rang the door bell,and no one was home.
Some i'm back here,writing down the rest of my thoughts and recording what happened. Sorry if there are some grammatical errors,i'm running on no sleep here.
I'm terrified of this game,even moreso now that I releived it a second time just writing this down. However,I feel like there's still more to it than meets the eye and theres something calling me to investigate further.
I think "BEN" is something in this equation,but I don't know what. If I could get ahold of the old man,I would be able to find some answers. I need another day or so to recuperate before tackling this game again,however. I feel it already has taken toll on my insanity,but next time I do this i'm going to record the entire thing.
The idea to record only came tword the end,so you only see half of what I saw. (Including Skullkid and the Elegy statue) just go to youtube.
I passed out pretty much immediatly after making that thread. Last night,however,I had a dream about the elegy statue. I dreamed it was following me,that I would be minding my own buisness when i'd feel my neck hairs stand on end.
I would turn around and that thing....that,horrible,lifeless statue would be staring at me,with those empty eyes right at me,merely inches away. In my dream,I recall it being called Ben. Never before have I had a dream I could remember so vividly. The important thing is I at least got SOME sleep.
Today,putting off the game as long as I could,I drove back to that same neighborhood to see if the old man returned. As I excpected,the car was still gone and no one was home. As I was walking back to my car, the man next door came up and asked if I was looking for somebody.
I told him that I was looking for the old man that lived here,to which he told me something I already knew:he was trying to nmove. I tried a different avenue,I asked the old man if he had any family or reletives I could talk to.
I discovered the man had not been married or had any children or grandchildren trough adoption. Starting to become worried,I asked the final question,who was Ben?
The mans expression turned grim and I learned four doors down,and aroung eight years ago on April 23rd there was an accident with a young boy named Ben.
Shortly after,his parents moved. Despite any further questions to attempt and get more information,he wouldn't devulge anything else.
I went back home and started playing the game again,I loaded up the game and immediatly jumped at the sequence where the mask flys by. The sound that played insted of a normal "woosh" it was high pitched.
I pressed start and braced for the worst,but just like two nights ago the files "YOURTURN" and "BEN" were displayed. Truth be told,I looked at BENs file earlyier and it seems to functionate between displaying the owl icon and not.
I brought up the BEN file and hesitated for a moment as I noticed the stats were not the same two days ago. It looked like he already completed stone tower. Summoning my courage,I selected it.
Immediatly I was thrust into complete chaos. Sure enough, I was outside Stone Tower Temple,but thats all that was expected. The area itself wasn't called Stone Tower Temple,but rather "St o n e" and immediatly a dialogue box of complete gibberish I couldn't make out once greeted me.
Links body was distorted. His back was cocked violently to the sideand his posture was permenetly disfiguered. Link's expression was dull,almost monotonouns. He had and expression on his face I didn't recgnize,as if he was dead.
As Link stood there,his body spasmed irregularly back and fourth. I examined what had become of my avatar and noticed a C-button item I've never seen before. It was some kind of note,but pressing did nothing.
Sounds played back and fourth in the game I didn't recgnize from the game. They were almost demonic nature. There was some kind of high-pitched "yip" or laugh in the backround.
I had all the two minutes to take in the environment before another of those fu***** Elegy statues appeared again. Immediatly after,I was cut to the "Dawn of a New Day" screen,except without the "IIIIIIIIIIIIIIII" this time.
I was Deku Scrub in clock town. This screen would noramlly play after you traveled back in time for the first time. Tatl would say "Wh-what happened? It's as if everything has.......started over" But insted of saying "started over" she finished her remark in a broken text with a broken laugh of the HMS laugh playing.
I was put back in control of my character again,but from a screwed up angle. I was looking from behind the door to the Clock Tower,watching the Deku Scrub run around.
Seeing as I had no place to go because I couldn't see anything,I begrudgingly went inside. There,I was greeted by HMS. He told me,"You've met with a terrible fate,haven't you?" and the screen faded to white.
I was in Termina Feild as a Hylian again. I might as well have not been playing the same game anymore. I was being warped around and there was no sign of a clock or anything. I took a moment to get my bearings as I looked around the feild,and immediatly,I could tell this wasn't normal.
There were no enimies and a twisted version of the HMS's theme was playing. I decided to run twords Woodfall before I noticed a gathering of three figures off to the side;one of them was Epona.
As I approached them,I saw the HMS,Skullkid,and the Elegy statue there as well. I figured mabey they were bugged out,but I should've known better.
Nevertheless,I approached them carefully and found Skullkid and Epona were doing some kind of idle animation. The Elegy of Emptieness statue was doing what has been doing;standing there eerily. It was the HMS that scared me profoundly,yet his head still followed my movements.
He,too,wearing that shit- eating grin. However,wherever I moved,his head slowly turned and followed me. I had no engaged in any dialouge with him nor was I in combat with him,yet his head still continued to follow my every move.
This reminded me of the first encounter with the Skullkid atop the Clock Tower,I pulled out my Ocarina (to which the game played the ding sound that tells you you're supposed to play it there) and tried a song I hadn't played yet-the Happy Mask Salesman's own song and the song that had been playing in a loop on the 4th day.
As I finished playing the song,an ear-peircing shreik that blasted the TV speakers. The sky immedeitly satrted flashing and the Happy Mask Salesman's theme sped up and twisted intensifing the fear inside me. Link burst into flames and died.
These figures stayed lit up diring the death scene as they watched my lifeless body burn. I can't describe the sudden and terrifying the transition from eerieness to terror it was. You're going to have to watch the video at firsthand.
That same fear that caused me to loose sleep two day ago started to grip me again as I met with a subtext of "You've met with a terrible fate,haven't you?" for the third time. There has to be some kind of meaning behind that.
I had little time to ponder as I was immediatly given another small cutscene of transforming into a zora. Now I found myself in great bay. Hesistant, but curious to see what the game had in store for me,I slowly made me way to seeing Epona at the beach.
I wondered why the game had put her there. Was the game implying she was trying to get a drink? Unable to take the mask off,I decided that riding the steed the reason the game put her there.
Suddenly,I noticed Epona kept neighing. The way she was angled made it look like she was trying signal me a point off the distance. It was a hunch,but I dove into the water and kept swimming.
Regardless,my character was chocked to death and died. Again,the statue was the only thing lit up during the death scene. I didn't respawn this time. I was booted up to the main menu as if I restarted the game console.
The title screen was before me and I knew the only reason why the game had put me there,the save files have bemm changed again. Taking a deep breath,I pressed start to find out I was right.
The new save files told me about BEN. Now it made scence why the statue appeared when I tried to go to the laundry pool.The game ust have anticipated how I would have tried to escape the fouth day in clock town.
The two files told me his fate. As I expected,BEN was dead.He had drowned. The game obviously isn't through with me. It taunts me with the save files. It wants me to keep playing it. It wants me to go further. I'm done with this s**t though. I'm not touching anymore save files.
This was already to horrifying for me and I don't even believe in paranormal,but i'm running out of explanations. Why would someone send me these messages? I don't understand it and I just get to depressed thinking about it.
The footage is up here for those who want to see it and try to analyze it. Mabey there is some kind of of coded massage behind the gibberish.
I know it's early in the morning. I've stayed up all night.I can't sleep. I don't care if people see this. That's not the point. I just want the word to get spread so I don't suffer for nothing. I've lost all the will to type this. The less I well on this better.
I think the video just speaks for itself. I did what you guys told me to. I played the Elegy of Emptieness at the first prompt of by the game I was given,but I think thats what the game or BEN (Jesus Christ,I can't beleive i'm humoring the absurd idea he exists in the game) wanted me to do.
He's following me now,but not just in the game;in my dreams too. I see him all the time,behind my back,just watching me. I haven't gone to any of my classes. I've stayed in my dorm room with the windows closed and the blinds shut. That way I know he can't watch me.
However,he still gets me when I play. When I play,he can see me. The game is scaring me now. It talked to me for the first time now,not just using the text,but litterally spoke to me. It referenced to BEN. I don't know what it means or what it wants. I never wanted this. I just want my old life back.
Stuff like this doesn't happen to people like me. I'm just a kid not even old enough to drink yet. It's not fair. I want to go home and see my parents again. I'm so far away from home,stuck here at school but i just want to hug my mom again. I just want to forget that statues,horrible,blank face.
My original game file is back.,just the way I left it before it was gone. I don't want to play anymore,though. I feel like something bad will happen if i don't,but thats impossible;it's just a video game. Haunted or not,it can't hurt me right? Like seriously,though. It can't right? Thats what I keep telling myself,but every time I think about it i'm not so sure.
Let me just clear thing up. I know you guys are worried about "Jadusable" but hes ok. He finished moving out today and he said he's taking the semester off.
I'm not really sure what happened. But I have a vague idea though,but you guys probably know more than I do. I'm "Jadusable" roommate and,obviously,I've know something was wrong with him for a few days now.
He stayed in his room all the time,fell out of contact with litterally all his friends,and I'm pretty sure he hasn't been eating hardly. After the second day,I couldn't stay there anymore,so i've been crashing at my buddy's place to get the stuff I needed.
I tried talking to him several times,be he'd just cut me off or keep the conversation breif. When I asked him about his strange behavior,it was like he convinced something was haunting him.
Yesterday I came to grab my philosophy book and he approached me,looking awful (like horrible bags under his eyes) He handed me a flash drive and gave me specific instructions. He told me he needs me to do one last favor for him.
He finally explained to me on whats happening. He gave me the account info to his Youtube account and insructions on how to post with his name code on /x/ specifically He said you guys have been helping him along the way and that you deserve to see the end of it.
He told me he's getting away from here,that the game lured him to play it again insted of changing things and which he shouldn't have done that. He's told me to upload the footage and inform people what happened.
I told him he could do it himself and he got this wild look in his eye,saying he never wants to look at that game again. Thats the last thing he said to me. He never even said bye when his parents came to pick him up. I was hoping I'd at least to get to meet his parents,but he was gone so fast I never even got to.
I honestly can't even tell you what happened. When he spoke,it was hard to understand him. His f'ed up apperance distracted me,too.
On the flash drive was the footage of the game last night,a text document with his name and his password for Youtube,and a third document called TheTruth.txt that contained what he told me were his "last notes" that he'd taken about this.
He told me it ment everything to him that I follow his insructions exactly. Noramlly,I wouldn't be so 'to the letter' for a request over a f****** video game,but the way he spoke and looked was very serious.
I've had this video scince yeaterday,but I have to have someone help me use Pinnacle (thats not usually my forte). After watching it,I had to go back through and look at the other videos on Youtube on his account to figure out whats happening. Even then,I'm really confused.
The video will be released tonight,but TheTruth.txt will be released on September 15th like he requested. I don't know why he wanted to wait to publish his videos,but after what he's been through I'll honor the request.
I haven't dared peek at it yet,so the first time i see it will be the first time you see it out of respect of my friend. To answer your questions..........no,I haven't tried calling him yet. I think I'll give him a call tomorrow to see if he's okay or not. He should've gotten back home by now.
About the video: I cut straight to when he loaded the "BEN" file in the game. Looking back,I realized that "Jadusable" left the save select screen in because it occasionally said two different names. My bad for that,but all it said this time was like his first video,(Link and BEN).
I wasn't there when he played it,but in the beginning it looks like he's testing out the equipment or seeing what items he had or something. Apperently,they've changed randomly before. The video starts then. He really wanted you guys to see this. After that,I think the game got too personal for him.
Hey guys "Jadusable" here. This will be the last time you'll be hearing from me and this is my final gift. These are notes I've taken and realizations I've made.
Before I delve this,I want to thank you for following me and listening. It feels like a weight of a powerful burden is about to be lifted. By the time you read this,I won't be around anymore. After spending four days with this madding game,however,I have begun to understand whats really at play here. Hopfully,after reading this,we can ensure this never happens again.
There are things I could not share with you while this was going on the due to the circumstances to which I'll explain. With BEN blocking any attempt I made to try and relay the truth to you,I tried-ever so stubly-to warn you guys in various ways.
Amidst the chaos and my delirium,I devised a barely noticable pattern in my videos. In all five videos I recorded over the four days,I have neither the mask of truth,interacted with a gossip stone,or the lens of truth at some point.
For you Zelda enthusiasts,there are all symbols of honesty and trustworthiness. I would hope one of you picked up on the reference. As I played the file "BEN",being mindful on how BEN was watching my every move in the game,I made a point to avoid doing anything too obvious.
However,I sent a hidden message to you guys. I never equiped the lens of truth,mask of truth,nor visted a gossip stone. It worked and the video was uploaded. I prayed someone would notice the pattern didn't apply BEN.
The tags followed suit,too. I hope you guys payed attention to those as well. They were my little messages to you,but nothing big enough that would catch BENS attention or make him suspect anything. With BEN manipulating and changing my files,I honestly hope that what you guys saw was close to what acctually happened,but theres no way for me to know.
This may be a long read. I don't have time to proofread or make my spelling pretty,but there it all is.
September 6th 2010Edit
11:00pm-Can't believe what happened, not sure if this is some kind of elaborate hoax,despite the fear I can't but to be exceptionally curious. Who or what is the statue? Lots of questions here. I'm starting this document as a "diary" so I can keep track of everything. I'm typing a summary on what happened so I can come back to it later.
September 7th 2010Edit
2:10am-(summary was posted here,you can go back and look at my first post fo the day four.wmv for that)
4:23am- I can't sleep. I've been trying so hard but the harder I try the more restless I get. I feel like that staue is appering whenever I close my eyes.
8:20am-Didn't sleep at all,just starting my day. I don't think I have the energy to go to class today,I'm going to drive back down to that old man,taking my buddy Tyler just in case.
1:18pm-Back home now. No sign of the old man,really weird he appears to be moving the next day,but maybe the "For Sale" sign was up there yesterday and I just didn't notice it. Tyler wants to know what got me all worked up,I didn't tell him. Going to eat,feel like death.
3:46pm-Could of sworn driving back from Subway that i saw the Elegy statue buried in some shubbery staring at me go by. Now I definitly,definitly need some sleep.
5:00pm-Don't think a lot of people would believe me on whats happening,I should post some videos. Think I'll just use a summary,these notes are pretty sporadic.
6:00pm-Connected my capture card to my computer to upload the footage. Thought my computer froze for a second,made this strange popping sound when I hooked everything up,but it seems to be working fine again. My computer can't die on me now.
7:00pm-Finished uploading footage. The quality is a lot better than I thought,gee,guess this is a really special cartridge,I've never had it come through this clear before.
8:45pm-Thought i saw an icon pop up on my computer that looks like the statues face there for a split second,gave me quite a scare. Getting quite unerved and delarious,gonna crash after this.
9:00pm-Begin uploading Youtube video on my ulternate account.
9:03pm-Don't remember uploading a Vampire:The Masquerade:Bloodlines video last year. This was probably the account I shared with my friend last summer,hope he doesn't mind me uploading this.
9:55pm-Posting my summary of Day Four with a link to the Youtube video. Going to try to stay up but I'm soooooooooooooooo tired.
September 8th 2010Edit
10:48am-I had a dream about that statue. I dreamed that it was following me,I wouldbe minding my own buissness when I'd feel my neck hairs stand on end. I would turn around and that gorrbile,lifeless statue would be staring at me with those lifeless eyes,merely inches away. In my dream I recall calling it BEN. I've never had a dream that I could remember so vividly.
11:21am-I really don't want to play this game again. I think I'm going to go back there to see if the old man is there insted.
1:35pm-No old man,but I had an interesting conversation with his neighbor. I'll post the full thing with my summary of tonights attempt of playing the game,going to wait for a bit though and see if I can dig up any information on this BEN guy.
2:45pm-I've been getting random,inexplicable headaches due to the lack of sleep and hearing that song in my head. Also the flu season,so I need to be careful not to get sick,my immune system is going to be $h/t right now because of the all-nighter.
3:02pm-My computer just.....on it's own.......opened up a text document and wrote words "Hi" and www.Cleverbot.com by itself. What.......the.....faqu.....
3:46pm-I went to the website,it's one of those "bot chatting" programs. I think it's best if I just leave the conversation to speak for itself:
User:Who is this and how are you able to control my computer?
CB:Who am I?
User:Right,forgot. You're a bot.
CB:Do you really think that?
User:Listen,I know whoever is fu**ing with my computer can see my screen right now.
User:Yeah,and I'll bet you're one of those IT kids who think they're tought $h/t. You know what your're doing right now is illegal,right?
User:No $h/t. Are you familler with the terms "invasion privacy"? Get the fauq off my computer, kid.
CB:I am your computer.
User:Cool story. Anyways,I'm calling the DPS,you picked the wrong time to mess with me,kid.
CB:Should I wait until you play the game then?
User:How did you know about that?
CB:I did it.
CB:I played with you.
User:What the fauq?
CB:Where you scared?
User:Who is this?
User:The statue? You're inside my computer now?
CB:You connected me.
User:How the hell did I connect you?
CB:Cables and cords.
CB:Tell me about yourself.
CB:Tell me about yourself.
User:What the fauq?
CB:What is it that really scares you?
User:What the heck? How did you open all by yourself?
CB:I am your computer now.
User:How much can you control?
User:What do you want from me?
User:You're stuck inside there. You can't hurt me.
User:No,you can't hurt me.
CB:Took you longer to type that.
CB:You're not sure.
User:If you're so powerful,why use a rediculous website like this "chat" with me?
CB:Less messy. More structured. Fun.
CB:Yes. Tradition. I like it.
User:You think it's funny?
User:And my notes?
CB:You may write them down.
User:Why are you letting me?
CB:It's amusing to see what you think of me
3:50pm-What have I done? I invited it into my computer. I continue writing these notes,write my summaries,I feel like I'm a prisioner in one place of security. I don't know ,I don't know if I'm hallucinating or not. I feel like I'm insane right now. i can feel it,watching me,even as I type this.BEN is controlling everything in the game-toying with me,leading me like a sheep,but why? What's the purpose? I know BEN drowned,but why these hauntings? What am I even doing,it can probably see this right now.
3:45pm-(summary of BEN.wmv playthrough)
7:18pm-BEN called me on Cleverbot again. He tells me he's sorry and that he wants to be free. And that I can free him,just like how he got on my computer from the capture card,he can spread but he needs my help. He says I'm special because I can help him. That is the first nice thing he's said to me. He promises to leave me alone if I do it. He swears he will. I don't know what to think right now,I don't know if I can even trust this thing?
7:20pm-I'm terrified of it,but now it's saying it was just having fun. It's a twisted and fucked up version of fun. He's saying that the game is over. I do want it to be over. He says he just wants to be free,that he's trapped in the cartirdge and my computer. I don't have to deal with this shit,I don't know how long I can deal with the watching. It's watching my every move,every key stroke,I don't have nothing private anymore. It knows everything thats been on my computer. It tells that if it wanted to it could do horrible things to me,but it hasn't so I should trust it.
8:01-Something tells me I'm being played again,like the game.
9:29pm-BEN called me to Cleverbot again. I ignored it and took a shower. When I came to my laptop I was welcomed with an image Elegy Statue staring at me with those dead eyes. I didn't want to talk to him.
9:44pm-Fuck you Ben I'm not talking to you.
9:56pm-Fuck you Ben I'm not talking to you.
10:06pm-FUCK YOU BEN I'M NOT TALKING TO YOU!
10:12pm-FUCK YOU BEN I'M NOT TALKING TO YOU!
10:45pm-It's been more than a half an hour e messages have been stopped. Ben has stopped. I'm beggining to think that Ben isn't confined to just my computer/cartridge,I'm beggining to feel something. It's hard to explain it,I've never been spiritual,but theres something different about the air in my dorm room now.
11:42pm-I'm beginning to see the Elegy Statue randomly as I search the internet in places I shouldn't. Places where he shouldn't be-I'd be scrolling down and suddenly I'd be staring at a picture of the statue. Always the Elegy Statue. I don't know how much more of this I can take.
September 9th 2010Edit
12:35am-My worst fears confirmed-Ben has tampered with my summary of BEN.wmv. I looked at the summary I posted on various fourms for the BEN.wmv files and parts have been omitted. There is no mention of Ben exiting ouitside the game. There is no mention of the moon children. How could have he been that quick to delete it without me noticing? I'm wondering if maybe it appeared to me that I was posting everything,but in reality Ben was posted on his own censored version. I'm going to ask Ben why he did it.
12:50am-He isn't responding to me on Cleverbot,it's just giving the generic responses it usually does,I'm just talking to a bot this time.
1:24am-I think Ben is mad at me.
10:43am-The moon children appeared in my dreams last night,they lifted up their masks to reveal their horrible,disfiguerd faces. Maggots crawling out of their orifaces,sunken black holes where their eyes should be,a yellow smile that slowly grew bigger as they got closer to me.They told me that they wanted to play. I tried to run from them-but the four children pinned me to the ground with surprizing strength. Over them stood the Happy Mask Salesman,announcing he had a new mask he wanted me to try. In his spastic,sudden movements matching his in-game appearence,he took out a modeled mask off of someones face that I couldn't recignize-a younger looking face-and handed it to the Moon Children. Giggling,they latched it to my face;their horrible,broken bodies bouncing up and down. Two of them began to hold me down while the other two began to sew it onto my face.
My shreiks and screams caused the Happy Mask Salesmans face to turn into the most horrific smile I've ever seen. He sporadically moved around,examining this procedure like a curious doctor,in that impossible movement. I flailed around,but it was no use. My eyes rolled to the back of my head because of the pain. It felt so real,but I couldn't wake up. I couldn't wake up no matter how hard I tried to wake up.After the mask melded onto my fleshthey began sewing my legs together,then my arms,the horrific feeling of the needle punctering your leg and pulling them in,ruptering you Achilles tendons and tying them together resonated throughout my entire body. I tried to screm but the mask was pressed on so tightly to my face that it was my new face...and my new face had no mouth. I didn't make a sound. I tried telling myself in my head that I was dreaming,tried telling myself again and again,and suddenly the moon children stopped and looked at me. They just stared. The Happy mask Salesman bent down and stared at me,inches away from my face,he grinned and simply said "You've met with a terrible fate,haven't you?" before the moon children resumed with increase vigor. I couldn't wake up. I couldn't wake up. It wouldn't let me wake up until they had crafted me into another Elegy statue.
I woke up sweating,crying,and shaking uncontrollablly. I immediatly ran to my computer and went for Ben.
9/9/10 Conversation 1 User:Answer me,Ben.
User:What is the point of doing this,WHY?
CB:Fun to play,fun to toy with you,make you feel safe.
CB:If I haan't revealed myself and stayed hidden,only doing little things to play with you. Close out your windows,turn off your computer,move you mouse by itself. Little things. Make you wonder if I am there but you never know. Give you little hints that I am.
CB:I wanted to do something different with you.
User:You did this before?
CB:Yes. And I will do it again.
User:Did you know Ben?
CB:Won't tell that information with you.
User:How did Ben die?
User:No,but how did he drown?
CB:Won't tell that to you.
CB:It is reserved for another.
CB:Another who askes.
I'm beginning to think this "thing" maybe isn't Ben at all,in its sadstic nature I wouldn't be surprized if it took the boy's name after it killed him.
12:04pm-My room is beginning to feel different again. There's something......out there.....I feel really threatened,like there is something that is trying to reach out to me and strangle me but it can't quite get there.
2:46pm-I think Ben doesn't want to play with me anymore. I'll play again,I'll play the game again,Ben,can you see this? I'll play the game again.please,just stop this,please,please.
1:41pm-I'm going insane trying to decide what is real and what isn't,is Ben just playing a trick on me or is this for real? Is Ben generating these replies or are people actually posting them? Did I just see that screen flicker or was it just my immagination? Imagine depending on the internet and trusting your eyes for your entire life and then being blinded-then you can't trust them anymore,you second guess everything. For the brief moments I AM looking at my responses to the videos,people were pointing things out that looked fake or photo-shopped or whatever-and there is litterally no way for me to know if Ben is changing things on purpose or if he's just trying to shut me up. Or maybe if those replies were just constructed by Ben to try to discourage me from me reaching out-See,I get caught in an infanite mind-loop like this and this is what has been wearing on my sanity and pushing me to the edge. As I'm writing this,there's no way of even telling if anyone even cares as much as I think they do-just another trick. Does this whole document even exsist? Am I writing nothing?
9/9/10 Conversation 2Edit
User:What is it? What the point of playing? I die whenever I do anything.
CB:You die because you can't figure out the secret.
User:WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?!
CB:There is beauty in suffering.
4:09pm-Ben is making me play the game again. It tells me it has something very important to show me.
6:23pm-(Summary of the DROWNED.wmv play-through)
9:09pm-(Summary of the CHILDREN.wmv play-through)
September 10 2010Edit
11:52am-The DROWNED.wmv play-through was up when I woke up today. I remember typing it up but I don't remember posting it. He censored it again,there is no mentioning of the old man. I have no voice anymore. I am only posting what he wants me to,I am the mask he uses to disgiuse himself as he lies.
11:55am-Theres an entire video summary of a video that I don't remember doing. Reading through the summary,this sounds morbid-resembling my dream from two nights ago except on a more sadististic scale-these Moon Children,theres something more to them,almost as if they're another enity for Ben. Something happened last night that I can't remember. I'm posting the fourth summary to the fourms now. Shadow of my chair moved.
12:00pm-Ben won't let me visit Youtube. I can browse the rest of the sites,but he keeps on exiting the window when I go on Youtube. Why?
2:02pm-I'm feeling the air is starting to constrict,I don't think I'm alone here. Whatever "aura" has been here is getting more violent.
2:44pm-I'm trying to contact Ben on Cleverbot. He's not responding. I just get the IA.
3:51pm-My ears aren't fooling me,I keep hearing the reversed Song of Healing. I keep hearing it.
4:23pm-Now I'm positive of it,earlier I thought it was a weird coincedence,but just now I went to go open my window,and three floors down I saw the old man. I'm comp;etly positive of it. The same guy. He was just staring up at my window,standing in the middle of campus. If any students took notice of him they didn't seem to acknoledge it.
Thats where my notes end. I fled my room,taking the cartridge with me. I don't want to go into the details. of what happened;I'll loose my train of thought as I hammer out these last details. This is my last summary,and service to you,of the final video you guys saw:Matt.wmv.
The last video entry I made,Matt.wmv,began as normal. I spawned in Clock Town as usual and nothing seemed out of place. Determined to see things right and play the Oath to Order atop the Clock Tower on the fourth day,I prepared myself.
I sped up time and got to the final day then made my way to the observatory. As I got to the telescope room and approached the astronomer,I found he wouldn't let me look into the telescope. He told me that it would've been cheating,and that I should follow the rules.
Despite my repeated efforts,the game would not let me do the fourth day glitch,no matter how hard or what I tried. I tried working around the game and doing the glitch,but it was admant this time. Regardless of if I simply had an illusion of free will in prior play-throughs,this time the game became more agressive than anything I've ever seen.
It eventually told me to got to Ikana Canyon,where the game would end and it would stop haunting me. Anxious and desprate to end this nightmare,I played the Song of Soaring and quick-traveled there. I was told to check my inventory and that I would find the answers to end my game.
I arrived at Ikana Canyon and saved at an owl statue. As I searched my inventory,I finally noticed I was missing a song;Elegy of Emptiness.Obviously,once I travled there and learned the song,BEN would decide it had enough fun playing with me.
Ben is a manipulator,he tries to fool his victoms into security and makes you drop your guard like a Venus Fly Trap;he ensnares them. I am nothing but a puppet to him. He enjoys seeing what kind of human emotions he can tap into by doing different things.
There are still some things about this whole experience that still doesn't make scence,but then again I was never good at figuring out these things. I'm not exactly in the right state of mind too,either. I'm giving you all the peices of the puzzle for you to analyze and peice together the missing links.
I am typing these "closing thoughts" on a library computer on campus and I've e-mailed myself the notes I have stored on my "infected" computer from the last four days. I'm going to combind those and copy/paste those notes with the "closing/openings" that I've typed here on the safe,public computer into one text document.
I'm not taking any chances spreading Ben. I would not wish this horrible torment on anyone and I've made sure to have my bases covered. I didn't run into any problems with Ben when I was back on my computer trying to e-mail myself the notes. I went right under his nose.
He has no idea what he just let me do. I had no problem opening the text condument from my "infected" computer in my e-mail,either. I can't describe to you how it feels to finally be able to get the word out in this post. The nightmare ends here.
Do not download ANY of my videos or anything ABOUT my videos,not even through a Youtube video/audio ripper,a screen-grabber,or anything. I don't know how he can spread. However,I know that just watching them on Youtube or reading my text won't allow him to,otherwise he wouldn't have needed my help in the first place. I STRONGLY recommend not to take anything you see streaming online onto your own personal computer.
This will be my last posting. I'm putting this up on the fourm here for the world. If you see any further posts from me after todays current date (Spetember 12th) and after the current time (12:08 am) DISCREDIT them.
It has already been proven to me that Ben can access my account and manipulate my computer and,like I said,I have no idea to what extent it can do this. Know that it will do anything to break free,though. He is deperate. To ensure your safety,forget about me. Please.
This goes without saying,obviously,but from here on out do not download ANY images or files (anything,bascially) I may have put up.
This fifth day will be my last day. I'm going to burn the cartridge and come back to destroy my laptop.
I suppose I'm partially to blame because I'm the genius who picked to live in a single. Someone to get hold of me and save me before I get too immersed into the game would have litterally saved my life. However,it proved too much for me. I'm just glad it happened to me and I could get the warning out so Ben dies here.
Lastly,thank you for taking the time to open this and open yourself up to me by hearing this story,despite maybe not believing me. You didn't have to do that. Really,you shouldn't have. You support this entire time has kept me going and now I am finally free of this.
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