Alright /x/, here's something weird I stumbled upon years ago.
Back in 2009 I was browsing a website that hosts all kinds of Doom wads made by random people, there were at least over 2,000 wads on there. I was pretty bored and wanted something fun to play, so in the search bar I typed in random words that popped into my head such as "cake", "pizza", "bicycle"; hoping one wad would come up. Some did, I tried them out, and they were nothing but stupid custom enemy wads. As I was just about to give up I typed in one last word, a name I would rather have than my own, "joseph". To my surprise, one wad popped up exactly entitled "joseph.wad". Looking like a pretty big wad, reaching over 8 MB; I loaded it into my ZDoom source port. Once it loaded, the usual "Doom II" title screen popped up, but there wasn't any title screen music, just silence. I thought nothing of it and wanted to get straight to the game-play itself, and so I did.
I was put into an almost pitch black room leading to a long hallway. Nothing was in my inventory, no weapons, no keys, nothing. Before me was an extremely bright sector with a red particle fountain rising out of the ground; it was the only thing that was bright in this area, everything else was dark. Looking to the walls, they had the blood waterfall texture; the ground was a blood texture too, the ceiling red. Again, there was no music at all, just complete silence. I opened up the map overview by pressing my 'tab' key, suddenly noticing the strange map name: "leave now, please". I started to feel kind of uncomfortable, like I shouldn't be playing this; but I kept on.
At the very end of this long hallway, I could faintly see this flickering bright light. Curious, I proceeded to run forward. Nothing happened as I kept running through the hallway, it was very slim making my way through. A minute passed and I finally made it to the end, but all of the sudden, my character froze in place. Before me was a translucent marine facing back words, with a dead body behind the marine. Does this represent that the marine killed the other one. Probably, who can say. What was even more strange was the music that started to play in the background; I started to get chills up my spine, this is not good. I can't really describe the sound playing in the background, it's sort of like if a microphone with very low quality was recording a radio of some sort; but it sounded so...eerie, it's all but pleasant sounding. ...Then it stopped, the marine moved from it's frozen state and started to walk around the small area. The marine then started to charge it's BFG9000 equipped, and shot it at me. The loudest, ear piercing scream blasted through my speakers as my character fell to the floor and died. I jumped out of my chair and cursed several times, frightened by the sound. My body was shaking and it took me quite a while to calm myself. As I looked back at my monitor I saw that a message had popped up.
"the world is gone" it read.
I scratched my head, there is definitely something not right with this wad between what happened just before, and this message before.
the world is gone?
I pressed space to move onto the next map, surprised at there being another one. What I was put into was a big, wide open area submerged in fog. The sky-box seemed to be a custom texture, I could recognize it being the sky in Netherstorm from 'World of Warcraft'; it seemed to me the creator of this strange wad was a fan of 'World of Warcraft' such as myself, which makes it all the more coincidental I would say, as our tastes in games are alike. Again, as before, I had nothing in my inventory; no weapons, nothing. At the very end of this spacious area, I could see a very dark lighted sector; I honestly couldn't tell what it could be from all the way here. Other than that, I couldn't see anything else but the fog, the sky and the mysterious little area at the end. I pressed the 'tab' key to open up my map overview, and the map's name was also quite strange, but not as strange as before: "field of sanctuary".
I proceeded to move forward. This was a pretty big area to be moving through, and I prayed that nothing else frightening would happen next as I moved through. All of the sudden I started to hear sounds in the background, what it sounded like was...a muffling sound. I can't describe it too well, but it started to get much eerie when the sounds started to make strange noises; it made me shiver. As I kept moving forward, tree's started to appear out of the fog, trying to stop me in my path. The mysterious dark lighted area at the end started to be closer and closer as I kept on. Nothing happened as I kept moving to the end, occasionally tree's would reveal themselves out of the fog, but nothing else.
I actually tried uploading there, and they wouldn't let me since I had illegal words in my story. The automatic spam bot on there is shit.
Finally, after a minute and a half of walking, I made it to the mysterious area. What was before me were a few steps leading to a platform, with a big tree on one side of it and a small tree on the other. In the middle was a translucent marine standing, facing right at me. I proceeded to move up the steps and onto the platform, when all of the sudden, I froze in place; the marine started to talk to me.
"Hey, you made it here. I thought I was the only one" the marine said,
"can you hear that. that's the sound of the spirits", I suppose he was referring to the eerie, muffled sounds in the background,
"you get used to it", the marine then said,
"where are we? we are in the spirit realm.",
"you thought the spirit realm was on earth?" ,
"only a few can stay on earth, by a few I mean millions.",
"heaven still exists, so does hell",
"but for some reason, the dead can't get sent to either of those places",
"thus, they get stuck in the spirit realm, oblivious to what happened",
It came to me the area I was in was the spirit realm, thus why it's called field of sanctuary. I never thought of the afterlife like how this marine was explaining to me, but it's all the while fascinating.
"keep in mind that some spirits are aware, but some are not",
"how did I die, you say?",
"anger, mistrust, and hatred led me to death",
The marine all of the sudden started spewing gibberish.
"I fell to the spirits",
"I fell to the spirits",
"and now you know what it feels like".
One time I ate a whole box of crickets. Not like from a pet store, but actual gourmet crickets imported from Taiwan or somewhere. They were flavored like sour cream and onion, but tasted less like sour cream and onion and more like crickets. All in all, it was an interesting experience, but it's not something that's worth the import price.
My screen then faded to white, and I couldn't do anything. The wad was finished, and it ended on a uncomfortable note. Who made this wad? What do these things mean? Those answers were all revealed to me when I looked into the folder the wad came in. There was another file titled "pleaseread", it was a text file. I proceeded to open it, and this is what it read:
"my name is joseph, I am 33 years old and currently living all by myself.
the reason why i made this wad is to warn people that spirits are everywhere, choose to believe in it or not I don't care, they're everywhere.
my fascination with ghosts was sky high, much more than my faith in god.
death can come without no warning, i'm sure all of you know that.
but don't think you're going to heaven or hell, because sometimes that may not happen.
I believe that there's hell, then earth, then heaven, but right in the middle there is the spirit realm.
sometimes, spirits get casted into there for no reason, not under satan's or god's command.
for a while, spirits would talk to me through a ghost box I owned, they would tell me good things about the spirit realm, it seems to be very peaceful.
spirits are just like us, only we can't see them, but they can see us.
i put a few audio files of my recordings of spirits into the wad, just to let you know.
the reason why I chose doom to express this message is because doom has a lot of features to explore, especially with this new doom builder editor that came out recently.
in a couple of days, I will commit suicide, no one will ever know. it may appear on the news, it may not.
my soul will reside in the spirit realm, where I will be forever happy.
and hey, maybe i'll see you there?
thanks for reading.
- joseph. k"
I didn't feel so well after playing that strange wad, and reading that text file. I guess the creator of that wad killed himself, his dream was to be with the spirits I suppose? How does he know so well of the afterlife?...is it truth...or fantasy.
I looked deeper into the wad itself by opening it in a editing software. What I found was the audio files that the creator spoke of, and a mysterious picture of a neighbourhood. Could this be the neighbourhood of where the creator resided?...who can say.
I couldn't sleep for the next few nights after, I had vivid dreams of being in the spirit realm, just sitting down looking above at the sky, with the sounds of the spirits travelling around my ears.
Now it's present day, and by telling you all of this I will now link you people the wad itself.
Please, be cautious before playing it, I haven't touched this damned wad since 2009 so please be careful.
Thanks, take care.
Are u the alleged joseph? is this your last mark and farewell? I done some backgrounds. ive not came across this anywhere else. someone surely would have a youtube of it up by now.
if you are not. then why wait till now.?
I am not Joseph, he is died long ago. You'd know this if you read the story.
I waited until now simply because I had forgotten about this wad until just recently. I actually was browsing through my old hard drive I had and stumbled it. At first, I was a little bit hesitant to replay it, but of course I did. I decided to not keep it a secret no longer, and the hosting website the wad was hosted at was shut down, so now I have released it to the public.
My username Netherstorm was named after the area in WoW, but this wad came to mind too because the creator also used the sky from Netherstorm
I actually did read it. all the way to "this better be some good fuckin sauce im trusting you"
My browser is slow af. and for that i apologize. i also just noticed there was indeed a video posted by you is mentioned. and im going to watch.
as for joseph dying long ago. im not sure. but i do believe u arent him.
if no one knew him. how does anyone know if he succeeded? or failed? or even attempted?
tho there is a depressed. nauseous. shivering feeling. and that to me does state your story is true. and he probly is indeed dead.
I don't know who Joseph really is.
I remember a few days after I had discovered the wad I tried searching all over the internet for recent suicides or joseph. k, and no luck.
For all we know, his corpse may be still undiscovered, rotting somewhere.
Ok, OP. Some honest criticism here.
>Again, there was no music at all, just complete silence.
You said that a paragraph ago, repetition like that gets boring.
>Curious, I proceeded to run forward. Nothing happened as I kept running through the hallway, it was very slim making my way through.
If something happened, you'd have told us. Just say you ran forward through the hallway and that it was slim.
>Nothing happened as I kept moving to the end, occasionally tree's would reveal themselves out of the fog, but nothing else.
Nothing happened, shit I'm scared. Also boring repetition.
>Does this represent that the marine killed the other one. Probably, who can say.
>Could this be the neighbourhood of where the creator resided?...who can say.
Well shit, the author could say...or you could just frame it as a question the character has. But "who can say? who can say?" is lame as fuck.
>I can't really describe the sound playing in the background,
But then you did. Saying you can't describe something is fucking boring; you're telling us the story, you have to help create the environment in our minds.
>All of the sudden I started to hear sounds in the background, what it sounded like was...a muffling sound. I can't describe it too well, but it started to get much eerie when the sounds started to make strange noises; it made me shiver.
Boring. I can't tell if the noise really did get eerier because you didn't describe shit.
>At the very end of this spacious area, I could see a very dark lighted sector; I honestly couldn't tell what it could be from all the way here. Other than that, I couldn't see anything else but the fog, the sky and the mysterious little area at the end.
At the end of the area you saw a dark lighted sector, but other than that you couldn't see anything but fog, sky, and a mystery area. Cut out the unnecessary words.
Ok. so ive returned after watching the video. calling my gf. and a few other boring details no one cares about. and yes. netharstar. Thats one of three reasons i had queastioned if u were joseph. the other two is there were no other leads. (U explained the original site shutdown. that wpuld explain why on the w.a.d.) but the fact no one was known as a mod maker under joseph k. (Tho there is a joe k. Thats made a few or atleast one well known doom mod. im not sure if hes alive tho)
So. he either succeeded. or dint. my intuition only goes so far.