Never accept candy from strangers. Or free game cartridges!

Just in time for Halloween (well, okay, it’s a couple months early) a spooky bit of hoaxery has been making its rounds in the gaming community. We’ve refrained from posting on it, primarily because of how absurdly fake it is, but it has grown in popularity so much that we feel obligated to keep you in the loop.

Hit the jump if you want the lowdown on this “haunting.”

The story begins with a post on 4chan’s paranormal board.  The poster claims that they received a free copy of Majora’s Mask from a creepy old man while at a garage sale. The game had a save file named “Ben” on it, which the poster promptly deleted. The game showed signs of being glitched, causing Link to die from drowning, which the poster took for paranormal activity, especially when the deleted “Ben” save file returned along with a new save file that said “drowned.” So the poster returned to the neighborhood and asked around about the creepy old man, but he was nowhere to be found. But people in the neighborhood informed the poster that a Ben had died not too long ago due to (wait for it) drowning. Dun dun DUN!

Oh, and by the way, somehow the poster had the wherewithal to capture all of this (on what looks like an emulation of the game rather than a cam aimed at their tv) and posted the video here.

Taking this account at face value, Zelda Dungeon wrote an article explaining how even if the storyteller is honest, this amounts to nothing more than a glitched game. However, Zelda Dungeon got some facts incorrect. They tried to explain away the backwards music as a glitch telling the song to play backwards. However as the song is not a wav file but a series of midi notes, we would hear a relatively normal-sounding song. The “backwards” effect is impossible regardless, because it is a modification of a wav recording of that midi song played backwards.

But wait, there’s more. – the hoax gets even more convoluted. The person keeps posting on 4chan, linking to more YouTube videos and detailing more of the alleged happenings. The poster claims that “Ben” is able to edit his posts and YouTube uploads and has deleted any mention of his various interactions with “Ben” outside of the game, including a supposed Cleverbot chat. He also kept something of a diary about all these interactions which he made downloadable as an RTF, convinced his life would soon end.

This makes for a spooky story, surely, but it is clearly an elaborate hoax. Some of the footage captured in the videos is actually from Ocarina of Time rather than Majora’s Mask. Some of it uses some of the hi-res graphics packs that you can apply to either of the emulated Zelda games. Neither of these things would be possible in a Majora’s Mask cartridge.

However, people love a good ghost story – our own forums even had a thread on the topic.

So what do you think? Actual haunting or obvious fake? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • LuX

    ….. I don't even know where to begin.

    • No name

      You could try the first paragraph

  • No name

    who would honestly beleve ahhhhh! Hello my name is Ben I thought this was just our little seccret ; Bastian

  • No name

    Sorry Believe is spelt with an i

  • lootic

    wasnt the word "paranormal" XD

  • Woll

    I've been reading this since the first post on 4Chan's /x/, which is a board for creepy images, stories, movies, etc. Of course it's fake! It's something we call "creepypasta" which is a story that a user writes and is copied and pasted all over the internet. A virtual folk legend, if you will. I don't see why you'd have to hesitate writing an article on a popular creepy story based on Majora's Mask just because you think it's fake.

    • bastian

      Because we don't report on each and every piece of fan fic that gets written, alas.

      • Advodei

        I too followed the events since the first post on /x/, and I saw that places like Zelda Informer picked it up pretty much immediately. I'm kinda disappointed it took this long for ZU to have an article about it, particularly since it was such a well-written pasta. At any rate, that's all it is, a pasta; Jadusable himself confirmed that.

  • theberad

    Although a clear hoax, the videos, for some reason, are utterly entertaining. The text…not so much.

  • Majora

    I have to say, he did a good job writing an engaging story, just not a very believable one.

    • The real Majora

      Hey you stole my name!!!

      • Joko tree

        Look if you travel the world you will find you have the same name as someone else.Ok. 🙂

  • Fuss-Budget

    Too bad it ended already, lol

  • matt17

    someone posted this is the forums and got the topic locked

  • Saj

    You know… jadusable actually stopped the game today: http://www.youshouldnthavedonethat.net

    • Ha, about time lol

  • An ARG? I thought the guy was doing that just for the laughs. It ended due to funding issues? Haha!

  • Missing Link

    Maybe it is really happening, in the guys mind. someone refer him to a phsyciatrist haha

  • Ferisan

    Ben doesn't approve of you calling him a hoax, Bastian :l

    lmao i love good ghost stories.

  • Ben

    Slow…This game started a while ago and it is over now…

  • ashmic

    wow big deal, he hacked the rom, and scripted/edited it, lol, npo ones done that before, oh wait yes they have, its call "people on youtube" besides my friend hacks roms for the fun of it its easy to see that these are badly hacked

  • NAR

    Good story but… yeah, not very believable!!! > <

    But its funny, one time I rented the game and it had a save file "Ben" on it!!! ^^ but nothing weird happened… I just erased it and then played away!!!

  • chickenpoop

    Reminiscent of the ring…

  • Ben

    You shouldn't have done that.

    • Joko tree

      Well I did it anyway.

  • chickenpoop

    LMAO LAME! Shouldn't have done what?

  • ChainofTermina

    well duh it's fake! I mean, c'mon. a ghost spending all his time haunting a videogame cartridge?!?! there's PLENTY of more interesting stuff for ghosts to do. with all those powers it would be quite a waste of an afterlife to haunt a program?

    • Ashmic

      a ghost has time? XD

    • IMGLADYOUDIDTHAT

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  • Zaros

    i know its not a hoax my grandma's father's great grandson had the cartdridge

  • Legender

    I was wondering if you guys would post this, I've been following it for a while. xD

    Quite an interesting read.

  • FFTriforceLegends

    I thought it was great…..While it lasted.

  • I don't understand…a ghost was in the game, causing all the anomalies to happen? I agree with Nar: good story, implausible reality. Because it is moot whether it is real or not. I mean to me, this is just the poster hacking into the game himself and editing its digital make-up so that he could influence all this stuff. He also could have saved the file under "drowning" himself. So this actually could be a hoax, though just because I've never heard of a ghost possessing a video game.

  • BEN

    YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE DONE THAT.

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    • Oh, go drown in a lake. 8P

      Ah, wait, you already have.

    • NEB

      SHUT THE FUCK UP, BEN SHUT THE FUCK UP, BEN SHUT THE FUCK UP, BEN SHUT THE FUCK UP, BEN SHUT THE FUCK UP, BEN SHUT THE FUCK UP, BEN SHUT THE FUCK UP, BEN SHUT THE FUCK UP, BEN SHUT THE FUCK UP, BEN SHUT THE FUCK UP, BEN SHUT THE FUCK UP, BEN SHUT THE FUCK UP, BEN SHUT THE FUCK UP, BEN SHUT THE FUCK UP, BEN SHUT THE FUCK UP, BEN SHUT THE FUCK UP, BEN

    • Joko tree

      Dude calm down because nobody realy gives a shaby about the story ok.

  • LegendOfHyrule31

    Ben does not like you right now.

  • somethingworks

    I don't know why people are being so critical over this.

    I think it's an amazing piece of work, and for somthin that became g that's been inspired by a game that ALL of us should love, by one single person who is still in college, certainly amazes me.

    I was one of the ones that were hooked, but it was intended to be a game. This is just as bad as saying "Duuuhr Zelda isn't real, it's a hoax that is trying to make us think some dumb green man is trying to kill us all."

    Geez, have some respect people.

    • somethingworks

      "somthin that became g" should simply be "something".

      I was tired when I wrote the above, my apologies!

  • Valdek

    lol hilarious, also quit spaming you shouldn’t have done that “Ben”, its taking up valuable scrolling down time. also, if that had happened, it would be beyond creepy, duh its a fake but I’m just saying. i would go give the cartridge to someone i hate, and see if the ghost of Ben drowns them. lolz

  • JordanChi

    the problem with denying that ghosts would haunt a video game cartridge is that it asserts one baseless thing (that ghosts exist) while denying another.

  • ben haddix

    lul i was like," UMG MY NAME IS BEN O-O" lol

  • Graylock277

    Considering that it's from 4chan, it's most likely a fake:) Entertaining, though!

  • MajoraLon

    I love how everyone is saying "Oh, this is fake" and basically ignoring it. This is a work of art and this guy has a talent for writing. Oh well. Everyone who writes respects the work. At least some people get it.

    And I find it stupid of Zelda Universe to take forever to post about it just because it's a creepypasta. You're a site that reports news about Zelda. This is news about Zelda and it is better than some of your articles.

    • Thief

      I agree with you one hundred percent.

      Some articles? I would say most. (I'm not saying most ZU articles are bad mind you.)

    • JordanChi

      care to give examples? We're alive, ya know.

    • While I knew it was fake from the very beginning, it was an interesting read. The guy does write well.

  • Blizzeta93

    Well, along with MM having a scary story and being in an alternate reality, adding a ghost story to it just makes it creepier.

  • zmanfriman

    Funny how the majority of these individuals keep claiming it’s fake and we all know it is, but that’s not the point. Look at the work behind it: the hacked cartridge, the fluent writing, the story, just the overall creativity of the author. I bet most of you can’t do any of that and just work at McDonald’s. Learn to appreciate the talent of others and stop hating just because you don’t have what it takes to be noticed.

    With that said, I know everyone likes a good ghost story. Even if it’s not believable, it’s still a good read. Look at the horror movies that come out.. Most of them can’t even be true, but why do we watch them? The answer is: we like a good story that fathoms our imagination and messes with our reality. We like to maybe feel frightened or scared and feel out of our private zone.

    Learn to be open-minded and appreciate. Even if you don’t like something. It will do you good and maybe you’ll some day do something astonishing.

  • zmanfriman

    i liked the game..

  • Lunchbox

    Also, Bastian, I think you missed the entire point of the creepy pasta and the ensuing ARG. Maybe you should have spent a bit more time researching the story.

    BTW, for those of you interested, this is the wikia page for the entire event: http://jadusable.wikia.com/wiki/Jadusable_Wiki

  • Aalessandra

    XD! I laughed at this comment since I thought the same thing! XD! I'm glad that I'm not the only one who caught that! XD!!!

  • HeikkiV

    This whole thing was a real work of art. I liked it. And LOL to those Zelda Dungeon idiots, that article was so plain stupid, proving that the story was fake. Like ORLY!? Those kind of people can't propably watch a horror movie without constantly commenting something like "that coudn't really happen, omg fake!"

    Too bad it ended already.

  • spookycat

    HAUNTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • spookycat

    HAUNTED!!!!!!!!!! I'm a new member : D

  • kreebby

    The writer told people it was fake himself awhile ago. Sorry, but you came in late.

    • He did? Can you give us a Link (hehe, just kidding!) to it?

  • DarkMajora

    Does nobody know how to have fun? No duh it's fake. So is The Legend of Zelda, and every other video game, movie, and tv show. That doesn't mean you enjoy it. Some of those videos are REALLY creepy. Before you start complaining about how fake the "haunted cartridge" is ask yourself "How is it that Link plays a song on his flute and a tornado instantly appears and carries him hundreds of miles in seconds without ripping him to shreads?"

  • twilian

    I knew it was fake after watching just the first episode. But I remember my friend telling me about it for the first time, and explaining to me what was happening, and I remember being so creeped out /just/ by what he was telling me. Whoever did this has made quite an accomplishment. Of course it's fake, but it's still amazing in a way that it can literally give you nightmares because of how odd/creepy it is. The backstory itself only adds more to the videos. I think it was excellent and clever, I showed some of my friends and they all thought that, for a fake video, it was really well done too.

    tl;dr
    You shouldn't have done that.

  • keimori

    very enertaining, fake, but enertaining.

  • Skyfyre

    Guys, just to pop in; this was never considered a real story by anyone other than idiots. It's what's called a 'creepypasta'. A scary story. The glitching in the videoes was all done deliberately.

    It was a very impressive piece of work that really captured the spirit of Majora's Mask. Note that the guy who wrote it has stated it is just a story, so calling it a hoax is jumping the gun, really.

    Please check http://www.youshouldnthavedonethat.net/ for the whole story. It bugs me that you didn't do the research and are pretending this was ever considered real.

    • JordanChi

      I support feedback like this

      • Skyfyre

        Why, thank you. :3

        And yes, it still bugs me that no one even thought of trying to verify what they were saying. I've been following ZU for a long time (professional lurker here), and this is really disappointing for them.

        I mean, two clicks and they would have been able to say 'it's just a story and it's cool'. Instead, they give the impression that Jadusable was trying to trick people because they didn't do any research.

        The Zelda Dungeon article had the same thing. I've never understood this need people have to prove something interesting like this 'wrong' instead of just realising it is a story and enjoying it. =

        … /rant.

  • ModernZelda

    The youtube video link is not working! fix it!

    other than that, ooooooooooooooooooooh DUN DUN DUN

    • JordanChi

      seems fine.

  • BEN

    … You shouldn't have done that…

    • NO, you shouldn't have done that. Whatever it was… XP

    • Joko tree

      Well I did it anyway ha ha. :p

      • Joko tree

        I was replying to BEN.

  • Tsubasa_Zero

    To quote Dr. Alfred Lanning: "There have always been ghosts in the machine".
    it's the second 'ghost'story about games i've heardes, the first being the playing the tails doll in sonic. It's always nice to read such stories.

  • I think it´s kinda cool someone went through all that effor to make a rumour like this. It helps keeping the game alive XD. But it´s kinda weird a possessed video game.

  • Greenwind

    who knows? maybe true…maybe false… but for nothing many people (amd myself) consider… The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask the darkest Zelda game ever… by the way I was reading the part of the C. Chat and my Lap froze!!!

    • Joko tree

      Greenwind I don't think you can blame thet on Ben. 🙂

  • NOT BEN

    FAKE AND GAY x] still…got some poor saps going for a while x]

    • Joko tree

      Who would think that could be true.

  • Wise_Keaton

    I know if -I- were a ghost, a cartridge of Majora's Mask would be the first thing I'd haunt!! The second would probably be my boyfriend's bathroom mirror, but that's a story for another day. xD Anyways, WooooOOOOoooo phantom Keaton will ask you elaborate Zelda-related questions in your sleeeEEEEEeeep.

    Is tingle a righty or a leeeeEEEEEeeeefty? WooooOOOOOoooo~

  • X x7

    I'm not superstitious, but I get freaked out if things like this happened to me, so if this happened to me, I wouldn't be able to sleep for a week.
    Or maybe I would, but I'd need a teddy bear.

    • Juan David Mejia

      i have a teddy bear =D and i have legend of zelda ocarine of time in and old n64 and i erase 3 saves T-T help!

  • Anonymous

    This Article fails =/ you didn't went into it far enough. Of course the videos were fake. It was just a creepy story which turned into an ARG that's invading the internets all over.

  • Link

    This gibberish is all fake. I have proof sorry if I ruined it for everyone. This guy has hacked and modifided a Majoras Mask rom using a hex editing software replacing actor values with codes, etc. The videos are also edited in a video program like movie maker, sony vegas, etc to make it seem real. And he has made good effort to make up the story of the haunted MM cartridge. I used to be apart of a Zelda Hacking community so I know its all fake.

  • wayofthesheikah

    Okay, I didn't know this was completely "fake" until the end after going to the actual site and reading the story while watching the vids. Let me just say it's been a long time since I've been so thoroughly creeped out by something like this, so much that it stayed on my mind for a while after I finished reading it. The writing and plot are excellent, and the video "evidence" adds a unique layer to this story. By the end I was pretty freaked out. Let's just say I won't be picking up Majora's Mask again anytime soon…

    But anyways, I've been going through a hard time lately so I really needed a good scare to help me escape reality for a time. The creator/author of this should seriously consider a career as either a screenwriter/film maker or a horror writer!

  • Jon

    I couldn't tell you if I think its real or fake honestly, things just seem too complicated just to be a hoax, but then again… see that's where I go back and forth.

  • ABoy

    BEN is real….
    Because he spoke to me….
    In water…..

  • The disapointing factor of the entire story Is the videos. Not because it’s easy to tell cheat codes were running, but because its actually quite easy to edit dialogue in majoras mask using a hex editor. If they knew this, spooky messages could have been placed into the videos. The reason they switched to ocarina of time for 10 seconds of video time is obviously because there is a code that you can use with pj64 and OoT that allows you to put one repetitive text edit throughout every single text box in the game, and in this case, that message was “You shouldn’t have dome that…” Instead, the gay messed up text code was used to make pointless blabbering out of characters in the game. Is that supposed to be scary?
    You tell me!
    He did a fantastic job though, don’t get me wrong.

  • mikey

    i want a haunted copy 🙁 hey ben can you haunt my majoras mask?

  • trzkt

    sounds like a bad pasta I read once.

  • emo link

    i watched the videos and read the postings WHO IS HE KIDDING! rawr im BEN and im gonna 'jump' into your game now and drown link. watever

  • BEN DROWNED

    You know, you can record your TV with a tv recorder? It's not a camera pointed at the TV, its a TV RECORDER. LOOK IT UP, DUMB ARSE.

  • Norkix

    I love how nooby you all are. This has been stated a few times in this thread: It’s a creepypasta, it’s under the suggested reading on the creepypasta wikia. The guy who made the thread is also a noob, the story clearly states he uses a capture card. The videos he made are on YouTube and were probably made on a hacked ROM. Everybody has known about this story for years. Hell, it’s so popular it’s a meme. BEN and “You shouldn’t have done that…” are all over the internet, and have been for quite sometime. It’s a creepypasta people, not a hoax or actual possessed cartridge. It’s meant to scare and entertain. I honestly can’t believe people are still posting in this thread.