Recently there has been a very disturbing news about a 14-year-old boy from Mumbai committing suicide just because an online game told him to do so! I know it’s insane but it is still true! So if you are a kid or a person suffering from depression then go read this other post about Spinners, trust me this one is not for you.
So the game that I mentioned earlier, it’s called Blue Whale. It is a very basic game but the effects of it have been catastrophic! While it may be the only death caused by this game in India, Russia has seen so far more than 130 deaths due to this game. And in the recent times, it has even found a foothold in USA and UK. Here is a closer look at what this death-game is all about.
What is the Blue Whale online suicide game?
This game brainwashes children by giving them a task to complete each day. Initially, the game begins with fairly easy tasks such as listening to a certain genre of music that the game administrator sends you or waking up at ungodly hours. However, as the game progresses these tasks start becoming serious in nature which involves self-harm, killing an animal, etc. And the final task in this game comes on the 50th day which asks the player to commit suicide.
Each task also needs to be photographed or videotaped, so the administrators have proof of completion and authenticity, only then are the kids allowed to get to the next level. The completion of each level is marked by a cut on their skin, which in the end represents the blue whale. Hence the name Blue Whale!
What if I stop playing the game?
The catch of the game is that once you download it, you won’t be able to uninstall it as the app also hacks your phone and sends all your information to the game administrator. And then there is no backing out. Apparently, once you agree to be a part of the game, you are not allowed to back out. If you do, the creators threaten to get you or your parents killed, as they have all the information.
Also, this highly-illegal game is not available for download and is available only to a closed community, so instead of the teenagers seeking the game, the creators seek out their victims.
According to reports, the online version is also found on Russia’s social networking website VKontakte, this is where this game started the first time. But even this version is available only to a closed community.
Who made this game?
Philipp Budeiki, the 22-year-old creator of the game, studied sound engineering and was doing his majors in psychology for 3 years until he was expelled from his university.
To play the game, Budeiki would select people he considered weak enough to be manipulated and then start a conversation with them online ultimately introducing them to this game.
However, the creator of this game, Phillipp Budeiki has been sentenced to jail for 3 years by the Russian government for influencing teenagers in committing suicide.
More surprisingly, since his arrest, girls have been writing him love letters.
He denies being associated with all the deaths that this bizarre Blue Whale Challenge has caused. He claimed to only have been directly associated with 17 of them. The other teens who killed themselves had communicated with him but didn’t commit suicide under his direct influence.
Surprisingly, he said that there were 28 more people ready to take their lives and play the life-claiming game.
Only had a brain of this caliber had been put to a good use. Sigh.
What are the tasks in this game?
Though the tasks are not exactly same for each player, they are moreover on the similar lines. Some of the tasks in the game are :
1) Carve a specific phrase on the person’s own hand or arm.
2) Wake up at 4:20 am and watch a scary video (sent by the curator).
3) Make lengthwise cuts on the person’s own arm.
4) Draw a whale on a piece of paper.
5) Write “yes” on the person’s own leg if ready to be a whale. Otherwise, they should cut themselves multiple times.
6) Secret task (written in code.)
7) Scratch (a message) on the person’s own arm.
8) Write a status online about being a whale.
9) Overcome a fear.
10) Get up at 4:20 am and go to the roof.
11) Carve a whale on the person’s own hand.
12) Watch scary videos all day.
13) Listen to music the “curator” sends.
14) Cut your lip.
15) Poke the person’s own arm/hand with a needle.
16) Make yourself hurt or sick.
17) Go to a roof and stand on the edge.
18) Stand on a bridge.
19) Climb a crane.
20) At this step, the “curator” somehow checks to see if the participant is trustworthy.
21) Talk with a “whale” on Skype.
22) Sit down on a roof with legs dangling over the edge.
23) Another job that is in code.
24) A secret mission.
25) Meet with a “whale.”
26) The “curator” assigns a date that the person will die.
27) Visit a railroad.
28) Do not talk with anyone all day.
29) Give an oath/vow about being a whale.
After these steps, steps 30-49 involve watching horror movies and listening to music that the curator picks, talking to a whale, and making cuts.
The last task is jumping off a building.
It is important to spread awareness about such stupid games before it establishes a foothold in India and anymore innocent lives are lost.