The College would like to make Parents/Carers aware of the dangers of a video game/visual novel called Doki Doki, also known as Doki Doki Literature Club. It is already linked to the death of at least one young person.
The game does warn it is not suitable for children however the graphics etc. are clearly aimed at young people. This is the first game produced by Salvato and 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 and the story plot uncovers suicidal thoughts the members have. The multiple outcomes follow things such as mental health issues (voices in their head), self-harming, suicide and violent scenes. All of this then links the reader/player back to an outcome whereby they are made to think the programme has taken over their computer and that they have to continue playing. Some outcomes lead them to consider what they could have done to prevent one of the character’s deaths.
This is a psychological horror game with suicide as a main feature and the College strongly advises against the use of it by any of our students.