Recently, Kenneth in Grade 4 came to see Mr. Weber with an interest in a video game mystery that he’d been reading about online.
The story is about a user, Jadusable, who had a Nintendo 64 console, and bought a game called Majora’s Mask (from the video game series The Legend of Zelda) from an old man at a garage sale. When the old man sold him the game, he told him that it had originally belonged to a guy named Ben, who didn’t live in the town anymore. Apparently, Ben was about the same age as the user who bought the game. He started playing the game and noticed that there was a save file named “Ben”. He ignored this file, and created a new one called “Link” (the main character of the game). While playing, he noticed that some of the NPCs (non-player characters) were referring to him as “Ben” instead of “Link”, like they should have been. So he became really annoyed, and deleted the “Ben” save file. Then when he was playing the game, he then attempted to perform the “4th day glitch”, a hack that allows players to get an entire extra day to the game, and was ported to the Majora boss battle at the end of the game. Then Scullboy (a character from the game) appeared in his vision, floating in the air. He tried shooting Scullboy with some arrows, but nothing happened. This was the beginning of a whole bunch of things happening that weren’t supposed to happen. After a while, the game started to lag, and then the player was transported back to the home screen. The player stopped playing the game, because he was freaked out. He had recorded himself playing the game, and gave the video file to his friend, telling him not to put it online until a later date: September 15th, 2010, at 11:04 PM. He claimed that Ben was haunting his computer, had taken over his YouTube account, changed his avatar, and changed his location to “Now I am everywhere”.
This story became a bit of an internet legend. However, it turns out that the story was completely fake. The person had hacked the game and edited some of the features to match up with his fake story. Another YouTube user, HolyHeeroYui, proved that it was fake when they put up a video outlining some of the methods used to create the “Ben Drowned” videos on September 12th, 2010.
Kenneth found this information from a few different websites:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvaKRd4UFmc (Note: there might be some mature language on this video)