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Horror Gaming: Pokemon Creepy Black

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! ..I know I am a little late, but after all the celebrity deaths in 2016, I think it is safe to say we survived. I want to start this post by saying that I sincerely hope that 2017 is a hell of a lot better than last year, and that I am sorry if I seem M.I.A. again. With my job/work picking up speed [I have been working almost six days a week, as opposed to my regular three] and my application status being approved next month; I have been extremely busy. Even yesterday, I planned on writing this post but didn’t because Steph has school/work almost every day and it was [a rare] one day off that we chose to spend together. HOWEVER, I am not here to make long winded apologies, I am here to write about something I have been wanting to write about for a while; and now I have a reason to because today’s Horror Gaming segment involves….Pokemon?

Before Christmas, Nintendo released two new Pokemon games in their 20+ year old franchise: Sun and Moon. I grew up playing the original two games [Red and Blue] so naturally, they hold a very special place in my heart.  was excited for these two new games, and I, if you know me personally, naturally picked up Pokemon Moon. [I have always been a fan of the fire and dark types!] I do not play video games as much anymore, but when I do, it’s Pokemon Moon. It may handhold the player, and be somewhat simple for veteran Pokemon players, but it is one of [if not] my favorite in the franchise yet! But did you know there was a bootleg Pokemon game called Pokemon Creepy Black – and that it supposedly turned the player into a killer? Today we are talking about the infamous Bootleg cartridge known as: Pokemon Creepy Black Version.

AUTHOR’S NOTE: this game is part of a CREEPYPASTA, meaning it may or may not be based on actual events. Many CREEPYPASTAs are fake.

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When the game starts up, it begins the same way as Pokemon Red and Blue – being a bootleg version of those games – giving the player the same step by step intro of Professor Oak outlining the basics of the game. When the game allows you to choose your starter Pokemon, things feel…different. Where Red and Blue gives the player a choice between three different starters – Squirtle, Charmander or BulbasaurPokemon Creepy Black offers up a fourth: the original three with an additional character referred to only as GHOST. Those who have played Red and Blue will recognize GHOST as one of the spirits from Lavender Town who haunt the Pokemon Tower until revealed by the Silph Scope. If the player chooses GHOST, they will find that the “Pokemon” will start at level one, when normally, starter Pokemon start at level five. To add to this mystery, GHOST only knows a single move: Curse.

GHOST‘s Curse move is devastating, making battles against weaker Pokemon [like Pidgey or Weedle] a simple affair for the trainer in control of GHOST. It becomes even easier when you begin to notice that the opposing Pokemon are ‘too scared to move’ in retaliation, and the actual “attack” on the Pokemon is quite the terrifying as well. According to TinyCartridge, this is how a “typical” battle using GHOST would play out:


“When the move ‘Curse‘ was used in battle, the screen would cut to black. The cry of the defending Pokemon would be heard, but it was distorted, played at a much lower pitch than normal. The battle screen would then reappear, and the defending Pokemon would be gone. If used in a battle against a trainer, when the Pokeballs representing their Pokemon would appear in the corner, they would have one fewer Pokeball.”


Once the battling is done and all the Pokeballs have been removed from the party, the player is presented with one final option: you can either ‘Run’ or ‘Curse.’ Choosing Run does exactly what would normally happen in a Pokemon game – allowing the player to leave the battle. However, if Curse is chosen, it erases the opposing trainer. Choosing ‘Curse’ makes the screen go black, and when the screen lights up again, the trainer seems to have disappeared; allowing you to continue. But, if you then return to the spot where you first encountered the trainer, He/She will not be there – instead, you will find a tombstone left where they stood, strongly suggesting that you Cursed – or rather – killed the trainer!

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With the power you possess, killing countless Pokemon and even more trainers, you can continue to follow the story the creator of this hack and eventually reach – and kill – the Elite Four. [Which is essentially the end of the original Pokemon games] It is only then that the game suddenly takes a turn.

Finishing the Elite Four presents a black screen with a text box saying ‘Many years later…‘ and we cut to Lavender Tower[Remember, this is where the GHOSTs originally appeared in Pokemon Red and Blue!] We see an old man standing looking at tombstones. For those who have not caught on yet, this man was your character. The old man moves at only half of the game’s normal walking speed, and you no longer have any Pokemon with you – not even GHOST – who this entire time, has been impossible to remove from your party; even through depositing in the PC.

With the game now finished, you can you step back to Pallet Town, which causes the game to become extremely dark and almost cloudy. The usual and expected happy music that plays, slows down to to almost an almost demonic pace and your character stands before the tombstones. If that is not enough for you, the game can go one step further if you stand your character on the exact tile that you began the game on. For a moment, The dark overtone lifts from the screen and is replaced by a constant stream of moving images. These images are implied to be the souls of all the Pokemon and trainers you have killed throughout the game, reinforcing the fact that you and GHOST have killed everyone..

It is after this revelation that GHOST appears one last time, and it seems that he has turned on his trainer – you. Now, as an old man, the only attack you have is ‘Struggle’ and as you now well know, it does not – and will not – take long for GHOST to wear you down. [you essentially helped give it the strength it now possesses] With your health now gone, GHOST will use one last ‘Curse,’ this time on you, and the screen finally fades to black.. and then the game freezes. The only way to get out of the frozen/blackened screen is to reset the Gameboy/device you are playing on. Once it is successfully rebooted, the entire experience disappears, therefore suggesting that GHOST has killed you too..

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Unfortunately, as I stated above, this is a CREEPYPASTA so there is no real way to tell if this game truly existed. Though there are images [as I shared above] these could easily have been manipulated on Photoshop, but that does not stop us from having wishful thoughts. Video games are a way of escaping the real world, including our real world fears. GHOST seems to be an extremely powerful Pokemon, if you can call it that, so be careful who You choose when starting a new Pokemon game!

What did You think of Pokemon Creepy Black? Had You heard of it before? Would You play the game? Let me know in a comment or two! Be sure to also follow me over on my Facebook page! [we’re at over 180+ likes – let’s get to 200!] By clicking that “like” button, you’ll see every post from warrenisweird the very moment it’s been “gone live” online; and I also share links to articles and pictures/videos that will not be featured here on the blog. So go follow over there too! Every “like” helps me a ton, giving me the ability to write more posts for you to read, so be sure to tell the horror enthusiast in your life to do the same, and share The Facebook Page with your family and friends!

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TRAILER THOUGHTS: HBO’s Slender Man Documentary Looks SCARIER Than Most Horror Films

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Remember back in March of 2016 when I wrote about how we’re getting a Slender Man documentary? [full post here] For those that don’t remember, “Beware The Slender Man” is an HBO film that follows two twelve year old girls who stabbed their friend in 2014. The catch here is, they didn’t stab her once, but 19 times. Their reasoning? Slender Man made them do it. The stories and the interviews caught my attention so much, that I even shared my thoughts, talking about how it’s insane that he has gained such a fan base that actual attempted murders are happening in “His name.” I mean, this is truly evil stuff.. I want to talk about that documentary again today, and how Irene Taylor Brodsky uses this real life event – which I’ll get more into in a minute – and the [fictional] disturbing creepypasta character in order to explore the effect that Internet lore has on real-life actions. Sit and get comfortable, cause this won’t be pretty.

I’m sure we’ve all been made aware in our lives on several different occasions that the Internet can be an extremely scary place when it wants to be. Between things like “The Dark Web” and “The SCP Foundation,” the most notorious – and probably the most well known – of all fictional online entities is the distorted and featureless “Boogyman” known only as “The Slender Man,” who happens to be the star of the upcoming documentary; at least by name.

But let’s get into some back story, just what the hell happened back in 2014? It all started in May, in the town of Waukesha, Wisconsin when a bloodied teenage girl was found; with 19 stab wounds. The ones responsible were two schoolmates, one of which was her best friend, and the motivation behind this heinous attempt at murder was their shared belief that killing this younger girl would please The Slender Man. I won’t get too much into it, as doing so might dull the effect of the documentary itself, but the basic concept – where an online myth inspires [two] misled children to stab another child – is actually quite scary all on its own; add in those interrogation scenes and you’ve got a chilling [yet compelling] story.

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Beware The Slender Man made its debut at South by Southwest earlier this year, with HBO Documentary Films stepping in to distribute over its network, HBO Go and HBO Now, with critical response being largely positive. This is a good thing, as it more or less forces viewers to put a lot more consideration into how often they [and their kids] are tapped into the online virtual world of the Internet. Beware The Slender Man will make its debut on HBO on Tuesday, January 17 2017. Now, for the moment you’ve all been waiting for: the actual trailer. I will warn however, that due to it’s true story content, it can be very difficult to watch/hear what the two girls say. Otherwise, enjoy!

What are Your thoughts on Beware The Slender Man? Are You planning on watching this documentary, or would you rather stick to another movie? [let me know which one in the comments!] Be sure to also go and follow me over on my Facebook page! [we’re at over 170+ likes – let’s get to 200!] By clicking that “like” button, you’ll see every post from warrenisweird the very moment it’s been “gone live” online; and I also share links to articles and pictures/videos that will not be featured here on the blog. So go follow over there too!

Every “like” helps me a ton, giving me the ability to write more posts for you to read, so be sure to tell the horror enthusiast in your life to do the same, and share The Facebook Page with your family and friends! I’ve also been writing way more reviews on my Letterboxd account, this is because I’m trying to review every single movie I watch  – with each review [usually] posted the very next day after viewing! Are you interested yet? Check me out over there and click that “follow” button! I’m just bound to follow you back because I like reading other people’s thoughts on film, as well as writing reviews myself!

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Real Horror: Slender Man Documentary coming to HBO FILMS

If you remember in 2014, two twelve year old girls stabbed their friend, not once, but 19 times. Their reasoning? Slender Man made them do it.. or say they claim. I even shared my thoughts, talking about how it’s insane that he has gained such a fan base that actual attempted murders are happening in “his name”. Now, HBO will be bringing us “Beware The Slender Man,” a documentary by Irene Taylor Brodsky where she uses the [fictional] disturbing creepypasta character in order to explore not only the effect that Internet lore has on real-life actions, but also about how the digital age is saturating the imagination -and actions- of younger children.

The documentary is premiering at SXSW today, March 11, and the writers at Indiewire managed to get their hands on some poster art to share with you all. [it’ll be posted at the bottom!] It’s both effective and terrifying, and it makes it’s eerie enough to make the film come off more exciting. Now, before you ask, there is no release date yet, but being a Documentary, I expect it to come to Netflix soon enough. What else is impressive is that the director reportedly got exclusive access to the families of both girls that were charged with the crime, and as such, this documentary will likely stir up fierce debate [and more than likely, even a touch more fear about the character overall].

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 In order to prepare herself to make this Documentary film, Irene Taylor Brodsky spent a whopping 18 months following the court case of the two young girls, through courtroom footage, interviews with the girls’ parents and interviews with experts. She also explores what drove them to the act, while looking at how the Internet is shaping the young minds of today.

According to the poster, the act happened on May 31st, 2014, in the woods outside of Waukesha, Wisconsin; where two 12-year old girls stabbed their classmate 19 times. the film plans to explain the true story of what [they claim] drove them to do it.

As a fan of documentaries, I’m actually fairly excited about Beware the Slender Man. I remember the article when the stabbing happened, and how it shook the Internet – knowing that a fictional character had become such an inspiration for such terrible things. Not only does this documentary sound interesting, but the poster [above] is wonderfully eerie, giving off the vibe of always being watched..if only from a distance.

So now I turn to You. What are Your thoughts on Slender Man? Is it an interesting concept, or is it something that should be left alone? The important thing to remember is that Slender Man is not real. He was fabricated on a forum online..he just got insanely popular over a short period of time. If you plan on watching this film, let me know your thoughts in the comments! If you find yourself to enjoy what I do on here, then please take a minute and follow me over on my Facebook page [it’s at over 145+ likes – only a few more and we’ll have reached over 150!] By clicking that “like” button, you’ll see every post from warrenisweird the very moment it’s been posted online; and I also share links to articles and pictures/videos that will not be featured here on the blog. Every “like” helps me a ton, giving me the ability to write more posts for you to read, so be sure to tell the horror enthusiast in your life to do the same, and share The Facebook Page with your family and friends! I’ve also been writing way more reviews on my Letterboxd account, this is because I’m trying to review every movie I watch  – with my most recent reviews including newer films such as  Deadpool and The Revenant and older films, such as Revenge Of The Sith and The Empire Strikes Back. Interested? Check me out over there and click that “follow” button, I’m bound to follow you back because I like other people’s movie reviews, as well as writing them myself!

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[ANOTHER] attempted murder blamed on Slender Man?

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It’s been awhile since we heard of Slender Man, last we heard of him, he was to blame for the brutal stabbing of a teenage girl to “prove Slender Man‘s existence..” [who thankfully has recovered since] Unfortunately, it seems that the Slender Man has returned for more justice [in Florida, this time!] as he’s being blamed by a 14 year old girl for ‘making her’ burn down her family home — with her mother and 9 year old younger brother still sleeping inside!! [who both managed to escape the fire]

According to reports, she achieved this feat by soaking a bed sheet in rum and some bleach and then setting it ablaze in the garage. She then promptly fleeing the scene to a nearby park and was later found by authorities. The 14 year old also sent an apology text to her mother – stating she “didn’t know why she did it”. It started when the girl and her mother got into an argument over doing chores. [fucking really?!] She is being charged with one count of arson and two counts of murder.

As if all this wasn’t terrifying enough, when police found her journal, they found that she was obsessed with Slender Man, by reading about him [it is a “him”, right?] on the Creepypasta wiki, and even writing about the previous stabbings. The creepiest part is knowing she wrote “if this keeps up, there will be no safety in this house anymore.” in her journal.

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For those that are unaware who Slender Man is, I’m going to try and explain it here [as described by the Creepypasta‘s main page] Before I begin this, I want to reiterate that The Slender Man is not real. He was created on a forum, even if people are claiming they’ve seen him.. Now, onto who/what Slender supposedly is. Slender Man is considered a paranormal figure who has been claimed to have been in existence for many centuries, covering a world-wide span. Most believers say that his appearances tie-in with many other legends around the world, including but limited to: Fear Dubh [which can mean ‘The Dark Man’] in Scotland, The Dutch’s Takkenmann [which roughly translates to ‘Branch Man’], and the German legend of Der Großmann/Der Grosse Mann [meaning ‘The Tall Man’] He is known almost exclusively for stealing children for his own sinister reasons, yet it unknown if he kills them or brings them to his “world”. He is almost always described as being tall and pale in figure, with a suit that strongly resembles Jack Skellington. It is also not known what he wants with our world, even though stories claim he’s been here for a long time.

I have to hand to Creepypasta for creating such a vile sounding creature, it just bothers me to know that some teenagers are going so far as to blame a fictional character for things they’ve done/plan to do: like this arsonist girl or the stabbings from before.

What do you think of all this? It just blows my mind to know this is still happening. I’m just thankful that the victims of each scenario are alive and well. It goes to show that the real world can be scarier than the movie world. and remember:
SLENDER MAN IS NOT REAL.

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