Video games can have a lot of positive effects on people. From a quicker response time to increased hand-eye coordination, video games can actually provide a lot of benefits besides just the gory, animated fun. But a recent game floating around social media these days has been nothing but negative. It’s been so detrimental that some deaths have been linked to it in real life.
Allegedly, the Blue Whale game has been responsible for at least 17 teen suicides. The game preyed on the vulnerable and insecure teens by using a complex combination of elements. Authorities are still investigating the claims that there is a connection between the suicides and the video game.
Read on to find out what the inventor of this game had to say about the tragedies.
Blue Whale is a social media game that brings players through fifty tasks that get increasingly dangerous.
Each player is designated a ‘mentor’ and the goal of the game is to break down each player both physically and mentally.
The last and final challenge encourages the players to take their own lives. The game implements images and subliminal messages through the use of scary pictures and videos.
Players could see the picture of an approaching train. It was captioned: ‘this world is not for us.’ Another showed an image of teens on the roof with the caption: ‘we are children of the dead generation.’
Furthermore, children are subjected to watching horror movies all day and to waking up at random times of the night.
The game, which was created by a 21 year old Russian man, is said to be spreading to Britain. Officials are warning parents and teachers of the dangerous game.
Philipp Budeikin is the creator of this game and he has since been charged with inciting suicide.
According to The Sun, he claimed that the teens were ‘happy to die’ and it was all a part of his mission of ‘cleansing society.’ He has admitted to the crimes of inciting hundreds of cases of suicide and self-harm.
In an interview, Budeikin said: ‘Yes. I truly was doing that. Don’t worry, you’ll understand everything. Everyone will understand. They were dying happy. I was giving them what they didn’t have in real life: warmth, understanding, connections.’
He continued on by saying that he put the young girls in a trance in order to get them to kill themselves. Girls as young as 12 and 15 years old have completed his sick challenge.
In the same interview, he attacked the victims by saying: ‘there were 17 of them…There were also those with whom I was simply communicating, who committed suicide later but without my direct influence.’
Moreover, Philip stated that: ‘There are people – and there is biological waste. Those who do not represent any value for society. Who cause or will cause only harm to society.’
In early 2013, Budeikin created an online community called F57 which used extremely scary videos to attract masses of youngsters and teens.
Then, the group of administrators (along with Budeikin) tried to select and determine the most vulnerable groups within the viewers that could be ‘psychologically manipulated.’
According to authorities, Budeikin ‘very clearly knew what he had to do to get the result [he wanted.] He has polished his tactics and corrected his mistakes (since 2013.)’
Since his time in the notorious Kresty Prison in St. Petersburg he has been bombarded with love letters from Blue Whale followers who are allegedly young, vulnerable girls.