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    Default Lavender Town Syndrome

    Has anyone heard of this before? I was search for I can't remember what is was now, and I came across this story of a hacked game, pokemon black. http://kotaku.com/5600284/pokemon-bl...creepy-as-hell While reading there, I came across the mention of this LTS, something about how there was a tone in the first copies of the game that only certain people (what I've found says 12 year olds) could hear. This tone would supposedly drive the kids insane or to suicide, the later being the most common. Upon a quick search through google, I have come up with this thread by a banned serebii member (http://www.serebiiforums.com/showthread.php?t=455354) and this small piece on wikianswers (http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Is_the_lav..._syndrome_real) that basically says it didn't happen cause I say it didn't.

    I must say, being as "tuned in" as I normally am, I definitely noticed a difference in the music from the links in the serebii post. More than just the tone, the music from r/g has a really different feel, one I can't describe except to say it irritates me. Actually, listening to that aforementioned vid as I type, I am starting to get a slight headache, but other than that, it's just creepy/annoying...


    Overall, I'm thinking it's some bs that was blown way out of proportion, although the research I've done has sufficiently creeped me to the point I might get lucky and have a nightmare (I hope so).
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    I never liked the Lavender Town music.
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    I like it, I should get a track of it to play for halloween.

    In other news, sadly, I didn't have a nightmare last night, or any dream at all for that matter.
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    Update

    I just used my my 15 year old brother as an experiment subject, and it was not worth my time. If anything it proved that the music sounds different to each person (previously suspected) and possibly that it isn't a certain age range but instead people with certain ear types/structure. After listening to it, not only was he pretty much useless when I asked him how it sounded, but when I got him to describe it all he told me he heard was the overlaying ting-ting-ting-ting and some other underlaying music, such as that from the pokecenters.

    More reports to come as I investigate further.
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    Also, if anyone wants to help me investigate this, listen to the vid at this link.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m14Hj4L64ts&feature

    After that, please post with your age, describe everything you heard in the music, and anything odd, such as headaches, uneasiness, ect.
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    My two year old laughed and danced...

    It sort of makes me think of extraterrestrials or the twilight show theme, but I don't think it really has any effect. I have a slight headache, but I can't remember if I had it earlier or not.

    It's definitely annoying, I don't like midis.

    I play the game muted usually.

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    I DO have a headache now, and I'm grumpy and sleepy. But was I before listening? Hard to say. I can't remember. Sorry I wasn't more help.

    I'll wait until I'm feeling better and try to remember to listen again to see if there is any effect.

    Maybe remind me tomorrow or something?

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    Alright.
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    After listening my head defenatly hurts in right frontal lobe of my brain. Nothing serious though. I think its those drums you know the do da do do do da da.

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    15, I listened to it 5 times and no affect, then put my HD headphones on and after 20 secs I got qeezy and got a major headache and had to go to bed because the pain I was in.

    The suicidal part is a load of bullshit but the tone is very real

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    I can't listen to it because I get a major headache and my eyes water. This was before I even saw the thread.

    I haven't listened to it in months and never again. T_T
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    My cat puked because of it >.>

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    I can hear the tone. It's fucking creepy, but not in the suicidal way. It just scares the shit out of me.

    Tone kicks in around 0:37

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    I'm going to check this out when I can get on the Desktop... I COULD boot up the ROM for Blue I have, but it's on my flash drive, I'm too lazy.
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    Blue doesn't produce the tone. Only the first Japanese versions of Red & Green.

    Did enjoy the hoax images.

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    Just read about it before your post, going to jump to the desktop and check it out...
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    Wow, a lot of fresh new info, just what I need. I'm going to need to edit some of my research file on this though.

    Also, kirby, kelsh, and solly. I need to know your ages. Keke too.
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    16. I have very good hearing, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atomika View Post
    15, I listened to it 5 times and no affect, then put my HD headphones on and after 20 secs I got qeezy and got a major headache and had to go to bed because the pain I was in.

    The suicidal part is a load of bullshit but the tone is very real
    That would've been the "binaural beat". I suspected it was there, but you've confirmed it.
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    http://pastebin.com/f71e6728f

    Don't know if you've read this, but it's interesting. Not really with the tone, but nevertheless...

    I have dial up internet, so Youtube takes FOREVER. It started loading, I listened to about 15 seconds, my mom slammed a door, and I had like a sensory overload... I'm 16 by the way. I'm re-loading it now, because Internet Explorer sucks, and closed it randomly.
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    Actually, I have, and I also have a copy of it in the research file. I've dismissed it as just a story though based on the ending. It's written from the viewpoint of the man that committed suicide.

    Also, I wouldn't be surprised solly. I'm 19, but I have exceptional hearing. I assume I'm just immune to the more adverse effects.

    Finally, as it stands, I have changed my initial view on this. Going on what atomica stated, the effects may range from a minor headache to a possibility of death, but it depends on volume and the sensitivity of each subject's hearing. Also, Judging my the response from keke's daughter, age may not actually be a factor.
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    Have you tried playing it backwords? Don't blame me if you die, but I'm downloading it tonight and then messing with variables. Speed it up, slow it down, blast my headphones out, make it almost inaudible, ect.
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    Would reversing the stereo headphones do anything? (Putting the right side in your left ear, and vice versa)
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    I've heard what is supposed to be a version of it backwards, but about all I noticed is that it sounded different in the same way as any other song played backward. I thank you for your thoroughness though. Just try not to die.

    Also, did you have any nausea, headaches, and/or feeling of creepiness or anything while listening to it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Midnight the dark Espeon View Post
    Would reversing the stereo headphones do anything? (Putting the right side in your left ear, and vice versa)
    Maybe, maybe not, idk. The tone has something to do with a binaural beat. essentially it's caused by 2 different sounds playing, one in each ear. From what I could find, it seemed that symptoms of this showed up most commonly in those who played wearing headphones.

    Actually, I now wonder if it'll affect me differently if I wore headphones. I've listened from my laptop speakers, as well as a pair of earbuds.
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