Challenge Games Are Fun, Risky and Exciting
Blue Whale Challenge is free and played online. It was designed by a Russian guy who wanted to manipulate people to commit suicide. The challenge is to complete 50 tasks. Starting off easy, then getting more risky, and finally telling the player to commit suicide. The players have to post images online as proof of their accomplishment.
The Russian creator, Philipp Budeikin, flaunted his power over his victims, claiming responsibility for 17 suicides. He’s now serving three years in a Russian prison. Seems like a skimpy punishment to me.
Times of India: “Budeikin claimed that the psychological manipulation he was administrating was intended to make the ‘victims’ happy. He said he was giving them the warmth and understanding that they didn’t get in their lives…There are people – and there is biological waste. Those who do not represent any value for society. Who cause or will cause only harm to society. I was cleaning our society of such people”, Budeikin said during the interview with Saint Petersburg News.
DramaGuru Smash: When Your Child’s Internet “Friend” is a Predator
Seems like, Budeikin, took on the role of cornerman for the players in his game. A disturbed, snake of a man, charming his way into the trust of kids as young as 7 or 8 years of age.
Despicable! Definitely not someone who should be in an intimate, trusted position with your child. Yet, he was able to converse with these kids via Skype.
Why play such a stupid game?
The Blue Whale Challenge is risky, edgy. Something might go wrong. People feel scared for you. You’re suddenly in the spotlight. All the wrong reasons, but some kids will do anything for attention.
The special attention is intoxicating and terrifying. A bad, seductive combination, if a person has no one around to wake them from their trance. Most parents would love to believe their kids are disciplined enough to complete 50 tasks in 50 days. But not the harmful tasks on this list.
Three DramaGuru Revelation Cards to Unravel the Blue Whale Challenge
To DramaGuru Smash this and to try to understand how people get caught in the Blue Whale Challenge trap, I pulled 3 cards.
- Obviously, the Eddie Attack is in play. As an opening move, the Eddie Attack, DramaGuru card number 21, sets up the insider vs outsider dynamic. The Game Master encourages the player and makes him feel like an insider. Playing a game with an unknown grown-up meets a need for attention. Perhaps he made them feel stronger, more hip, or just included. But then, when steps aren’t accomplished on time, his manner changes towards the player.
- Protect and Defend Yourself! DramaGuru card number 64. Do not trust people who are overly critical and withhold approval from you. Do not allow anyone to milk your power. This is the transitional step. If the Game Master can slide you into doubt, make you feel isolated, or shame you — he then punishes you by pushing your buttons to upset you — or by pulling away to make you chase after him. That sort of predatory behavior is known as “grooming”.
- Cornerman Situation Analysis card: DramaGuru card number 7 reveals how the situation gets worse as the player makes his way through the list. The Game Master uses jiu-jitsu moves to wrap himself around his victim, smothering and choking — releasing the pressure — so they can breathe, but then trapping them again. Until the kid finally gives up and just does whatever he’s asked to do. Is your child secretive about the game? The more the child breaks the rules you’ve given him or her, the more likely he or she will only share secrets with the Game Master.
For BJJ, Get Position Before Submission
To gain position, the Blue Whale Challenge game provides a solid structure from which to launch attacks. The creator then, very cleverly, utilized one attack, the Eddie attack. And just like someone maintaining a dominant mount position in a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) match, the Game Master kept control of the player until the final tap-out.
Blue Whale Challenge List of 50 Tasks
Here’s a list of the 50 tasks. The remainder (30-50) include more dangerous tasks, with the final task being suicide. Challenge games are meant to be fun. Some of the tasks on this list sound like hazing, proof that you want to measure up and gain the Game Master’s approval.
Definition: Grooming is the predatory act of maneuvering another individual into a position that makes them more isolated, dependent, likely to trust, and more vulnerable to abusive behavior. outofthefog,com
- Carve a specific phrase on the person’s own hand or arm.
- Wake up at 4:20 a.m. and watch a scary video (sent by the curator.)
- Make lengthwise cuts on the person’s own arm.
- Draw a whale on a piece of paper
- Write “yes” on the person’s own leg if ready to be a whale. Otherwise, they should cut themselves multiple times.
- Secret task (written in code.)
- Scratch (a message) on the person’s own arm.
- Write a status online about being a whale.
- Overcome a fear.
- Get up at 4:20 and go to the roof.
- Carve a whale on the person’s own hand.
- Watch scary videos all day.
- Listen to music the “curator” sends.
- Cut your lip.
- Poke the person’s own arm/hand with a needle.
- Make yourself hurt or sick.
- Go to a roof and stand on the edge.
- Stand on a bridge.
- Climb a crane.
- At this step, the “curator” somehow checks to see if the participant is trustworthy.
- Talk with a “whale” on Skype.
- Sit down on a roof with legs dangling over the edge.
- Another job that is in code.
- A secret mission
- Meet with a “whale.”
- The “curator” assigns a date that the person will die.
- Visit a railroad.
- Do not talk with anyone all day.
- Give an oath/vow about being a whale
Don’t Wait If You Think Someone Is In Danger
If you think or suspect that someone is playing this deadly game (or something similar), let someone know. A teacher or parent needs to intervene. You’ll need help breaking the game’s hold over the person.
There’s nothing new about these tactics. Cults, gangs, relationships — if someone wants to dominate someone emotionally, they will follow a similar pattern of behavior. Stay alert! Don’t fall into the trap.
Reading through the steps made my heart contract. At first, it’s fun, then it becomes abusive. That’s how it happens for people in emotionally abusive relationships. The behavior becomes normal and you just hope to survive each day without incurring someone’s wrath.
When you need help, call on one of your DramaGuru cornerman brothers. They are ready to go medieval or cerebral, whatever you need to remedy the situation.
After going to neutral — now, you need a plan. Call on your local DramaGuru cornerman or else choose one of these guys to support you and help you work through your situation.
This post is a brown belt DramaGuru lesson. Practice Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) for your mouth.
— Mirror Now (@MirrorNow) August 11, 2017