Sad Satan is a computer game created with the Terror Engine. The game was first discovered June 15, 2015 on the YouTube Channel’s video known as Obscure Horror Corner. It's said, that the game's name derives from the Led Zeppelin song, "Stairway to Heaven." Led Zeppelin is a 70's era rock band whose guitar player, Jimmy Page, was rumored to have occult ties. In 1983, a televangelist claimed that you can hear the words sad Satan when played backwards. Hence the name.
With a name like "Sad Satan," the controversy which surrounds this game shouldn't come as a surprise. However, the title alone isn't solely to blame for the negativity which surrounds it. The game allegedly has disturbing images of murder, pornography, and child abuse. The three main ingredient for manifesting a torch and pitchfork wielding mob.
First Version Revisited
The first version posted by Obscure Horror Corner shows a player moving through monochromatic halls. Contorted sounds layered over each other are playing in the background. As the player navigates through the corridors, random pictures of infamous people pop-up. The player will encounter people like Charles Manson; Jimmy Savile; and Rolf Harris. Just to name a few. Most pictures reference torture, murder, and child abuse. Other images revolve around death-row inmates and high profile political leaders. Like Margaret Thatcher.
Kotaku, creator of OHC, stated that the channel learned of the game from an unknown subscriber and downloaded it from a link on the deep web. The OHC shared the link with its followers. But the link provided was incorrect. OHC later reported that they intentionally gave the wrong url due to the graphic nature of the game. This only increased subscribers suspicion about the validity of the game.
Sad Satan Reloaded
A user on 4chan created an uproar by claiming to be the true creator of "Sad Satan" and that the version which OHC exhibited was not genuine. The 4chan user then followed up by posting a new adaption of the game, which has become known as the "clone." People who downloaded the clone reported seeing images of gore and child abuse. Other players stated that the game acted as a virus and corrupted their whole system.
In an attempt to prevent future downloads of the "clone," users created a "clean" version of "Sad Satan." It was essentially the same game without the vulgar imagery. The intent was to get those seeking "Sad Satan" to download the "clean" version instead of the "clone."
There are theories that the OHC is the true creator of "Sad Satan." The theory asserts that OHC manufactured the deep-web story to increase its viewership. And that the clone was to give credibility to the disturbing content of the original. Is this all true? I honestly don't know. However, I find the mystery of it intriguing and people's voyeurism most titillating.
The controversy and mystery surrounding "Sad Satan" may have proven to be the downfall of OHC.Though the channel is still up on YouTube, no new content has been posted since 2015. Sad Satan was the very last game exhibited. I tip my hat to the Obscure Horror Channel for bringing us the content that they did. I hope that one day they will return with more depraved material.