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Advice For Parents Regarding Online Game, Doki Doki

Parents are advised to be aware and vigilant with regards to an online game called Doki Doki.

An inquest into the death of a 15-year-old boy who died earlier this year is underway by the police service within the area of Bury. Evidence obtained suggested he had used an online game called DOKI DOKI.

In summary the statement advises the following:

·         Doki Doki is also known as Doki Doki Literature Club.

·         Developed in 2017.

·         It does warn it is not suitable for children

·         The graphics are however clearly aimed at young people.

·         This game has won a number of awards since it was launched in August 2017.

·          It was downloaded over 2 million times in the first 4 months.

·         In essence the story plot seems to be that a male character joins a literature club and interacts with female members.

·         There are alternative endings depending on choices made during the course of the game.

·         The story plot uncovers suicidal thoughts the members have, mental health issues (voices in their head), self-harming, suicide and violent scenes such as one of the player’s neck snapping.

·         All of this then links the reader back to an outcome whereby you are made to think the PC has taken over your computer and you have to continue playing.

·         Some outcomes lead you to consider what you could have done to prevent one of the character’s deaths.

·         One even shows you messages from the players who have passed away saying “now you can all be happy I am gone”.

 ·      This is a Psychological Horror Game with suicide as a main feature.

 ·         This game is free of charge but an upgraded version can be purchased for $10 to unlock extra content.

 ·         It has been noted in Childline Counselling Session Notes since April 2017 that the game can trigger emotional responses in the young people who had played it. When they had seen their favourite character commit suicide it made the young person think about ending their life the same way.