There is no such place as the Backrooms. According to Vice, the concept was first introduced on 4chan in 2019 with a solitary eerie image of a fluorescent-lit chamber. It’s difficult to replicate the intense response the original photo received on the internet in a copy. Despite the widespread belief that the image shows an office, neither furniture nor people are seen. The scene begins with a room that is unoccupied, the entryway covered in a wallpaper that is a mismatched yellow color and brown color. A second open passageway can be made out in part.
Internet users imagined a strange world where, if one could manage to slip through the holes in reality, they could get lost in a maze of wet carpet in response to the image. No-clipping, often known as modifying or disobeying the laws of reality, is a word that is frequently used in the video game community. The bizarre environment is divided into layers, each with its own flora, threats, and levels of difficulty.
The Backrooms is a creepypasta that is similar to the Slender Man aesthetic from around 2010, but the concept predates that. Internet users in large numbers develop an obsession with a dangerous idea. They produce a ton of fan fiction that significantly modifies the original horror story to suit their personal tastes. Amateur videos that become viral catch the attention of the broader audience.
I initially learned about the Backrooms horror story earlier this month while having sleeplessness. Someone suggested I watch “The Pool Rooms (Found Video)” on Jared Pike’s channel after I asked around. A cameraman can be seen navigating waist-deep water. The incidents described in the first two sentences happened in a fictionalized version of his universe that I imagined. This New York City-based artist’s Instagram account is a paradise of undersea chambers.
In the caption of the video, Pike names Kane Pixels as an inspiration. A Californian teenager who creates visual effects goes by the online alias Pixels. His movie “The Backrooms (Found Footage),” which was posted at the start of 2022, has received over 26 million YouTube views. The praise Pixels has gotten for being a significant figure in the vibrant r/backrooms community is well deserved. Motion capture from a Rokoko Smartsuit Pro II is used in his most recent movie, “Backrooms – Pitfalls,” to produce a realistically terrifying effect.
The Backrooms creepypasta has gained new fans on TikTok, the most widely used social media site right now, because to the app’s well-liked short-form video section. The Native American legend of skinwalkers went widespread on the website in 2020.
In a well-liked TikTok movie that has gone viral in Japan, there is a flying robot and a Google Earth sinkhole within a massive building. The structure in the video is allegedly from a real water park in Japan, however Google Earth does not allow access to its interior.
The Effect Of Alone Gamers
The Backrooms distinguish themselves from other creepypasta like Slender Man by having what I’ll call the lonely gamer effect. The magnitude of the alienation may be seen more clearly. The Backrooms are entered by a person who is fully disassociated from their surroundings. The Slender Man was an imaginary giant that was projected onto the real world. You may attempt to flee to safety if Slender Man was after you, but in the Backrooms, you’d be all by yourself with the creatures.
The long-lasting pandemic that pushed people to isolate themselves is most likely to blame for the public’s fascination. According to an interview with Input, Dan Erickson, the creator and showrunner of the workplace thriller Severance, was inspired by The Backrooms.
In order to capitalize on the creepypasta’s influence on gaming culture, YouTubers like Markiplier played through Slender: The Eight Pages during the height of Slendermania in 2012. The underlying mythos of this creepypasta incorporates video game culture, much like The Backrooms did with video games when it published a free game on Steam and specialized Roblox experiences. The Backrooms’ framework, which consists of user-generated material like as stages and adversaries, is the outcome of a culture that is collectively infatuated with video games and in need of other outlets for its creativity.
You’ll be able to find a way out of this fantasy world and back into the actual one by having a deeper understanding of the Backrooms’ past. It’s getting so dark that it’s almost impossible to find your way home.