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Sad Satan was a shock-horror game released in 2015 that was made by a Dark Web user under the username "ZK." The game was originally a hoax but ended up becoming a real game.
The first hoax was gameplay footage uploaded to YouTube by a channel called Obscure Horror Corner, run by an Irish man named Jamie Farrel. The videos gained a lot of views, and some people tried to find the actual game.
In a Kotaku article called "A Horror Game That May Be Hidden In The Darkest Corners Of The Internet", Obscure Horror Corner said he got the game from a deep web service after receiving a tip from an anonymous subscriber. This subscriber claimed to have found the link on a dark web forum, from a user only known as "ZK". Originally, Obscure Horror Corner stated that the game contained no gore or child pornography.
R/sadsatan was a subreddit created to discuss the game. Users eventually realized the .onion address provided by Obscure Horror Corner contained invalid characters. Obscure Horror Corner appeared on Kotaku again claiming that the link was purposefully given in error since the game itself did in fact contain graphic material, and he didn't want to be responsible for sharing such imagery.
A little bit before the update, a user on 4chan claiming to be ZK started a thread on the /x/ board on July 07, 2015. The thread stated "What you've seen on YouTube isn't right. Don't believe that coward Obscure Horror Corner. He did not show you what was truly in this game." The thread contained a MEGA link to download the clone of this version of Sad Satan. This particular version of the game contained malicious scripts that ruined some players' computers by making them run slow and become unresponsive.
The game takes place in an eerie, dark maze. Every few seconds, gore images depicting adults and even children would appear on the screen. The images were:
- G1.jpg: depicts a beheaded child
- G2.jpg: a man's head chopped off on the bed
- G3.jpg: a woman's head chopped off like the previous one
- G4.jpg: a child's head after being ran over by a truck
- G5.jpg: it's unknown what this photo depicts, but everyone who downloaded and played the clone from 4chan claimed that the G5 image was child pornography. The woman in the image is Corinne Danielle Motley, a Florida woman who was arrested for child pornography.
The game would also show images of pedophiles and serial killers. Appearing on the screen are:
- Jimmy Savile (an English DJ, television and radio personality who hosted BBC shows including Top of the Pops and Jim'll Fix It. He is shown with a sign saying "NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) is great". Jimmy Savile was exposed for defending viewers of child pornography.)
- Roman Polanski (a film director who raped and sexually abused Samantha Gailey.)
- Charles Manson (a cult leader whose followers carried out several notorious murders.)
- Rolf Harris (an Australian entertainer, musician, singer-songwriter, composer, comedian, actor, painter, and television personality. He was charged with nine counts of indecent assault and four counts of making indecent images of children.)
- Tsutomu Miyazaki (a Japanese serial killer who murdered four young girls in Tokyo and Saitama between August 1988 and June 1989.)
Audio of reversed screams, one of Adolf Hitler's speeches and Charles Manson speaking could be heard. Once the player finished the maze, they would be trapped in a dark room.
After the game was released to the public, some people tried to find out who in their right mind would make this game. A lot of people thought that the 4chan user who started the Sad Satan thread made the clone, while some people believe that Obscure Horror Corner made it. Obscure Horror Corner ended up blanking his video and channel descriptions and hasn't uploaded any videos since 2015.
The FBI actually investigated this game and ended up banning all download links. Attempting to copy and paste the MEGA link will give an error screen saying that the file was removed for violating the MEGA ToS.
In 2017, Gary Graves from Lubbock, Texas was arrested for possessing child pornography. Graves had a YouTube channel called "Scarebere" where he uploaded a video titled Sad Sad Satan. Gary Graves also had a Reddit account called ScarebereZK, where he made a post that contained the link to the clone from 4chan. Some believe that he is the creator of the Sad Satan clone.
- Contains Screamers: youtube.com/watch?v=tJ6zHUyp_V8