One of the questions I’ve been getting recently is “How accurate is Welcome to the Game?” That’s a good question because the answer is mixed; parts of the games are accurate, and parts are not.
Both games center around the concept of red rooms, which I’ve talked about at length on this blog. You have to admit – it makes a great horror movie premise. In fact, I think the idea came from a horror movie – specifically Red Room (1999).
All the same, there are sections of the game(s) that draw directly from Tor. Here’s an example. I’ve also mentioned the “Shadow Web” site on quite a few previous posts; the site makes an appearance in the game as well:
Even WTTG’s official wiki, however, points out that the site is a scam: Shadow Web Portal Kudos, guys! Speaking of which, the original “shadow web” onion site is no longer online, but I think there are a few clones floating around.
So what other things does the game have in common with reality? There are three sites within the game called “The Deep Wiki,” not unlike The Hidden Wiki(s) on Tor:
The game version looks somewhat similar to the real one, does it not?
One of the main differences, as you can see, is that the real Hidden Wiki has a lot more text and descriptions (as you would expect of a wiki). Here’s another example: there used to be a site on Tor whose landing page looked like this:
The game, as you might expect, has a very similar webpage in it:
Notwithstanding, the major difference between the two is that in the game, this page leads to a red room, while the real version is (or was) a site called Vor-Com (a furry “vore” website). At one point, this site was available through Tor at http://mmgh3rqeswrlgzdr.onion/.
Of course, because the warning was so vague and ominous, it’s been used in many a horror video about the dark web. Are you surprised?
There’s also a social network in the game called DarkBook, which is based upon Blackbook:
The real-life version, of course, doesn’t spawn any red room keys (to my knowledge) – although that would be fun, right?
Last but not least, there’s also a site in the game by the name of Greet My Sisters:
This is based on a Tor site called “Meet My Sisters,” which has a similar description. Like the red room sites, I’m assuming that one was a scam too; of course, I never paid the fee, so who knows? (In all likelihood, it was bullshit.)
Anyhow, the climax of the game (no pun intended) is the actual red room show, and that’s where the game hopefully differs from reality. In my experience, that’s true.
I’ve heard rumors that you can find red rooms on the clearnet, but again, I have no solid proof. Anyone care to give me a link to their red room? I’d pay the fee for a real one! (I kid.)
To sum up, these games are kind of like a larger-than-life version of the real dark web. They have many similarities, but I doubt that anyone’s going to come to your house and murder you.
At least not yet.