We’ve all heard of urban legends and weird things on the Internet; however, most of us dismiss
them as just that, legends. The Red Room, a Japanese interactive horror flash video, takes advantage of our skepticism in a unique, and scary, way.
In the flash video, two friends talk about a rumor of an Internet pop-up that asks, “Do you like-
-?” What makes this pop-up different than all the other pop-ups on the internet is that if you close this one, you will die. One of them
is skeptical of the legend starts to search for it himself; however, after failing to turn up any information about it, he gives up and goes back to surfing the net as usual. A short time later a message pops up on his screen asking “Do you like–?” It starts to automatically
reload and the voice becomes mangled until the boy realizes the question has changed to, “So you like
red?” The boy keeps trying to close the pop-up until the message changes again to, “Do you like the
red room?” Then, a website with a list of people who have died after seeing the message loads on his computer screen, with his name at the bottom.
The best part of this video is that after it has finished playing, the pop-up appears on your screen. It doesn’t take long for you to figure out what is going on, but for that brief moment it just might make you catch your breath.