The lights are on
Last month, you may remember, I stumbled onto a delightfully disturbing, probably fake story involving a hacked Pokémon cartridge. This weekend, I found a weird, hacked video game story that's somehow even creepier, this time involving a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask found out a strange garage sale.
Though it originated on some forums, the blog Creepy Pasta has a reprinting of the full story of user "Jadusable." Things start out fine enough when he finds a Majora's Mask cartridge for his newly-gained N64 at a garage sale:
"I reminded myself to be a bit skeptical since this looked like a pretty shady cartridge and there's no guarantee it would work, but then the optimist inside me interjected that maybe it was some kind of beta version or pirated version of the game and that was all I needed to be back on cloud nine. I thanked the man and the man smiled at me and wished me well, saying 'Goodbye then!' - at least that's what it sounded like to me. All the way in the car-ride home, I had a nagging doubt that the man had said something else. My fears were confirmed when I booted up the game (to my surprise it worked just fine) and there was one save file named simply 'BEN'. 'Goodbye Ben', he was saying 'Goodbye Ben'. I felt bad for the man, obviously a grandparent and obviously going senile, and I - for some reason or another - reminded him of his grandson 'Ben'."
But events quickly take a turn for the weird, building until the narrator is clearly beginning to lose his mind:
"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, I want to see my parents again, I'm so far away from home here at this school, I just want to hug my mom again. I just want to forget that statue's 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. I feel like something bad will happen if I don't, but that's impossible, it's a video game - haunted or not it can't hurt me, right? Like seriously though, it can't, right? That's what I keep telling myself, but every time I think about it I'm not so sure."
Even though it's highly unlikely that any of this is real, it's totally worth reading the story just for pure creepiness. As if the words weren't enough, whoever created this tale went the distance and made some YouTube videos showing off his exploits in this busted, possibly haunted version of Majora's Mask. You can check out the first video below, but make sure to check out the blog post for subsequent vids and the context that helps make them extra messed up.