The lights are on
I love video games, but one core element that's difficult to find in the medium is terror. I'm talking real, flat-out, pure fright. Plenty of games give you the shocks and jolts of gruesome enemies jumping out of nowhere and goring your main character, but not enough totally mess with you and make you feel sick to your stomach with dread. Tonight, I stumbled onto the legend of just such a game.
The folks over at Tiny Cartridge posted the unsettling story of a collector of hacked Pokémon carts who randomly discovered a cartridge that contained more than he'd bargained for. Titled "Pokémon Black Version," what began as a straight rip of Pokémon Red took a turn for the weird with the offer of a new "Ghost" Pokémon. This powerful creature came with a "Curse" ability that not only instantly kills other Pokémon, but their trainers as well.
I won't ruin the (seriously messed up) ending, but let's just say using the Ghost Pokémon has a price. Check out the full write-up on Tiny Cartridge. It's well worth a read, even if the supposed hack may not exist.
Oh and whether or not the original version exists, a team of ROM hackers has banded together to make it a reality. Even knowing about the twists, I think I'm going to need to go out of my way to play this hack if it's ever finished.
yea i heard about this... it is real i remember seeing one of these things in a pawn shop and thinking oh cool pokemon black never got it but yes its real...
I've heard of a lot of weird things in my life so far, but this... this is disturbing. This is terrifying. This has made me think of life and death, and what we'll do to win, no matter what the cost
I want that cartridge.
It was pretty well done, but not too great...until I played the music. Then the story took on an ambiance that was very, very creepy. And the ending was good too; it didn't drag out or resort to a cheap scare.
I think this is one ROM which might be worth playing. I'm not sure, but isn't significantly modding a game in this way enough to avoid copyrights so it's not illegal? If that's the case and these people really finish it, I'd play it.
Wow... that was creepy...
I scare too easily to read this. Staring at the screen, alone, unprepared makes me feel so...vulnerable. I need a summary. The full story, but less detailed.
This is really creepy... I probably would want this game though.
This seems pretty creepy, but significantly less creepy after reading the Majora's Mask one.