Sunday, 22 July 2012

Slender.

Holy sh*t.

My boyfriend introduced me to this game yesterday after reading about it online. 

I downloaded it, installed it and ran it.

I've never been so scared in my life.

Now, I love a good horror movie. And I love a good, creepy story or ten. And don't even get me started on creepy games. They're great. But this...? This is just something else...

You start the game, and all you see is a path, forest and a beam of light coming from your flashlight. When you walk, you hear the crunch of the gravel beneath your feet, and a simple message flashes on screen suggesting to you that there are 8 pages lying around, and you've to find them.

Seems quite creepy as is, and solitary. Oh, so solitary. Something about the background noise and the fact you are alone (or so you think) in a forest, it's just... unsettling.

So, off you go, searching for these 8 pages you've been told to find. Once you find the first one (which is usually on a very odd looking, crooked tree) loud, booming footsteps will resound throughout the forest. Seeming to follow you.

With each second page you find, another creepy noise is added (so on the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th pages) and with each page (all of them), "he" will get more intent on catching you.

"He" is the Slenderman. 

Invented on the Something Awful forums, on a thread entitled "Create Paranormal Images", the Slenderman is an unusually tall (ranges from 9-16 feet in height), black suited man, with limbs that can stretch to ensnare children and kill adults by ripping open their chests, removing their organs and putting the organs into a plastic bag, before reinserting them (inside the plastic bag) into the body, and then hanging in a tree (usually impaled on a branch). He also varies between having normal humanoid limbs (two arms, two legs) to having more (similar to a spider).

Created by a member known as "Victor Surge" the Slenderman appears to mainly lurk in forests, due to his tall, thin appearance allowing him to easily blend in with trees. Although other images created of him show him lurking in neighbourhoods, with a shorter stature (albeit still bizarrely tall), usually in close proximity of children, or areas children would be found (parks, houses, etc).

The Slenderman of the game still has the strange, tall physique - but lacks the extra limbs that some interpretations of him had. He is faceless, and not really scary looking. But creepy as hell.

As you walk/run through the forest, examining everywhere for the pages, you may come across him a few times. He will be standing watching you, and if you look at him, your screen will go fuzzy (think of old TV static?) and the static noise will get louder the longer you look at him/the closer to him you get.

If you see him... RUN.

You can run out of breath, so try to keep your energy for times when you encounter him - although they are random, but seem to happen more frequently if you have a shaky hand on the mouse, and I've also heard you can run out of batteries for your flashlight, but I'm unsure as to how true that is.

I urge anyone who hasn't played to go download it now and play (it's free to download and play anyway) and see how many pages you can get, before he gets YOU.

Let me know in the comments below!

Happy hunting ;)

V.

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