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***DANGEROUS ONLINE GAME***
PIPS have recently received information about a potentially dangerous online game called Doki Doki or Doki Doki Literature Club. This game is aimed at young people but is not suitable for them, particularly those with mental health issues. Salvato produce the game and the graphics etc are clearly aimed at young people. It was downloaded over 2 million times in the first 4 months after release.
The plot seems to be that a male character joins a literature club and interacts with female members. There are alternative endings depending on choices made during the course of the game. The plot uncovers suicidal thoughts the members have. The multiple outcomes include things such as mental health issues (voices in the head), self-harming, suicide and violent scenes such as the neck of one of the players snapping. All of this then links the player back to an outcome whereby they are made to think the game has taken over their computer and they have to continue playing. Some outcomes lead players to consider what they could have done to prevent one of the characters’ deaths. One even shows messages from the players who have passed away saying “Now you can all be happy I am gone”. This is a psychological horror game with suicide as a main feature.
This game is free of charge but an upgraded version can be purchased for $10 to unlock extra content.
There has already been one sad instance of a child death in Greater Manchester linked to playing this game. Parent/carers or young people who are worried are advised to contact a helpline such as Samaritans (Freephone 116 123) or Childline (Freephone 0800 1111).
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