News culture The Backrooms: the creepypasta that scared the internet
Published on 10/30/2022 at 10:20
A feeling of loneliness and a feeling of deja vu… Do you know the backrooms? It’s an internet legend that originated on 4chan, imagining eerie, empty rooms that you can’t get out of. We are going to dissect together this creepypasta which seems to particularly disturb video game players.
What are Backrooms?Backrooms or the solitary gamer syndrome
What are Backrooms?
Imagine yourself playing a video game alone, in the dark. With your character, you explore virtual surroundings that you know well. When suddenly the strange creeps into your experience: you inexplicably slip through the floor and find yourself outside the bounds of the game in an empty environment you weren’t meant to reach. Has this ever happened to you? Now imagine this happening to you in real life. One day, without any explanation, you pass through the ground and you fall in a totally unknown place… Outside of reality. A damp smell coming from the carpet, neon lights producing a dull roar, it’s as if this place seems both familiar and foreign to you. You try to find an exit but it’s impossible, you just seem to be going around in circles in the same rooms ad infinitum. The tension gradually rises, you feel more and more anxious as if you were not alone in these places. You are in a Backroom.
Created on the internet in May 2019 via the anonymous forum 4chan, the Backrooms are what is called a “creepypasta”: an urban legend often developed by several hands. By way of comparison, we can mention the SCP Foundation, which uses the same principle of collaborative writing. It is precisely an image posted on 4chan accompanied by a text, which will launch the legend of the Backrooms. We see an empty room lit by neon lights, a carpet and yellowish walls. Backrooms are what is called a liminal space and they do not stop at this room. Internet users quickly invented other rooms that follow each other and that are not alike. And since the terror was not yet pronounced enough, nefarious entities eventually entered the equation. Gradually, thanks to the creativity of Internet users, the Backrooms have become the equivalent of stories told by the fireplace on Halloween night. From a simple image posted on an anonymous forum was born an urban legend that everyone can enrich at will.
If you’re not careful and escape reality in the wrong areas, you’ll end up in the Backrooms, where there’s nothing but the smell of damp old carpeting, mono- yellow, the endless background noise of fluorescent lights at maximum, and about six hundred million square miles of randomly segmented empty rooms in which you can be trapped.
May God protect you if you hear something wandering around, because he certainly heard you.
Looking at this image, and well before the spread of Backrooms on the internet, many Internet users say they feel a mixture of emotions. A strange feeling of nostalgia is felt for no real reason. Maybe it’s just a sense of deja vu or confusion that the brain translates into nostalgia. Fear is also an emotion that can be present at the sight of this photo, in a more understandable way. Many feel apprehensive, as if imagining themselves trapped in this place. Seeing an empty room without seeing the way out can awaken the claustrophobic potential within us. A loss of reference is felt by not seeing any furniture and no temporal or geographical indication. Others evoke a feeling of inverted deja vu, that is, feeling like this is a place you feel you are going to go in your life, like a premonition. These sensations do not last, they are fleeting but specific. Most Internet users have informed almost the same emotions with each testimony. The Backrooms become a vector of emotions perceived almost unanimously, bringing everyone together in the strange discernment of this “non-reality”.
Backrooms or the solitary gamer syndrome
How could we unanimously join the Backroom? One theory could suppose that seeing this image evokes this feeling of sadness that gradually sets in when noticing the virtual limits of a game environment that we have been exploring for too long. The relationship to time and space is not the same as in reality. Although there may be a day-night cycle and a well-defined map, the accumulation of hours of play can lead to a loss of meaning. Then our imagination can take over and guide us towards more macabre ideas, which brings us back to the principle of nightmares.
In another register, we can interpret Backrooms as the fear of switching from the playful world which is exhilarating, gratifying and full of discoveries to the world of seriousness, work, everyday life with these cold and dull offices. This creepypasta might make us feel the dread of monotony, fixed environments in contrast to the picturesque landscapes of a game. video game. In any case, we can say that this internet legend is rooted in our most contemporary fears.
If you want to immerse yourself in the Backrooms, there are more and more games that adopt this atmosphere, such as The Backrooms 1998 or even inside the Backrooms to play in multiplayer.