Monday, November 14, 2011

Mr. Mix

Does anyone remember an old PC game from the early 1990s called "Mr. Mix?" It's mainly a typing game (similar to Mario Teaches Typing) where you have to type words into a box to make a chef (the titular Mr. Mix) put ingredients into a bowl.

Unlike most typing games, hoever, this game is notorious for having an insane difficulty curve. The game has a "Words per Minute" requirement for each level, being as low as 10 on level one and as high as 85 on the third. By level five, the requirement reaches over 500, effectively making it impossible to proceed any further.

One of the main things that people noticed about this game immediately was the background music. The music on the first level was an unsettling pattern of growls that got progressively louder as the level went on, often causing damage to early computer speakers that were designed to handle extremely high volumes of sound.

The second level had no music at all and the third had what sounded like an extremely low-quality recording of a hair dryer playing in the background. The remaining two levels had an extremely loud high-pitched ringing throughout the level that caused severe ear drum damage to those who managed to get that far.

Another rather disturbing aspect of the game was the design of Mr. Mix himself. He was a large, round-faced, overweight man with large beady eyes and red spots on his cheeks.

Most children who played the game reported having vivid nightmares of Mr. Mix speaking to them in a quiet, raspy voice and threatening them to keep quiet about something. However, none of them could remember exactly what that was.

One psychologist who saw many of these children reported being disturbed by the sheer amount of terror on the child's face as they recounted the details of the nightmare.

Many of the children broke down into tears in the process, begging for their parents to "save" them. However, no direct relationship to the game itself could be determined by these few cases, as not all children suffered the same adverse effects.

For obvious reasons, this game did not sell very well. It remained in relative obscurity until a few years ago, when PC hackers got hold of a ROM of the game and started digging through it.

Using memory hacking software, they managed to crack the game's code and bypass the impossible fifth level. What they found, however, was extremely disturbing and caused many of them to quit the expedition altogether.

According to the reports these hackers left behind, the game behaves very strangely if the fifth level is bypassed. The game crashes violently and closes, writing a bunch of files to the user's System32 directory to the point that the RAM was almost completely filled.

These files are reportedly pictures of people with horribly deformed faces, appearing to scream in pain and agony with their eyes appearing to be bleeding from their tear ducts and their outer layer of skin torn clean off in multiple places.

If the user attempts to delete these files, the computer will violently crash and blue screen, causing permanent irreparable damage to the user's hard drive.

The hackers found that this was caused by a lone byte in the game's ROM that triggered when the fifth level was completed. After removing this byte, they were able to proceed to the sixth and final level.

Unfortunately, all of the original hackers declined to discuss what they saw in the final level. All of them became extremely paranoid and reclusive, refusing to talk about anything related to the game and showing astonishingly extreme symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Most of them ceased to be able to form coherent sentences within a week and, within a month, all of them went missing. All remaining copies of the game were destroyed.

To this day, no one knows what was in that game that caused them so much psychological damage. Maybe it's better that way.

Two years after this incident, a man was arrested after trying to kidnap an eight-year old girl from a grocery store. Through DNA and fingerprint analysis, the man was identified as one of the original hackers who viewed the final level of the game.

He was wearing a white chef's hat and had a look of unspeakable malice and insanity on his face. When interrogated, the man would only say one thing.

"I'm Mr. Mix. Shhh."

(This story is credited to a person called ingx24.)

81 comments:

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    1. does he like little girls do they make him feel so good

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  2. Not sure if this was the intention, but this was hella funny!

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  3. A computer from the early 90s wouldn't have a System32 directory, and writing files generally doesn't fill up "RAM." It's a pretty good troll pasta, and it made me laugh.

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    1. I have a computer thats from 1992 and it has system32.

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  4. It would have been better if Mr. Mix lisped.

    "Hello. I'm Mithter Mixth. THTHTHTHTHTHTH!"

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    1. hahahahhahahhahaha you have no idea how hard this made me laugh! thank youuuu

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  5. I disagree with all the comments, I think this one is absolutely amazing. The ending with a hacker thinking he was Mr Mix gave me chills!

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  6. Yeah, this was my first pasta, so it probably isn't all that great. I don't know much about computers from the 1990s, so I had to make a lot of (incorrect) assumptions. I also used the word RAM because I forgot the actual word for what files use up in the computer :X

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  7. I liked the ending though, good job with that, I was going to comment on the ol' cliche "pics of blood and gore oh noes" but your ending made me applaud

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  8. i really like how you didnt go on and on and on about the pictures you said they were there and left it to many pasta makers do that its just kinda weird

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  9. Better than the Retributors one by a loooooong shot. I liked it dude, System 32 and RAM errors aside.

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  10. i read this on /x/ when you put the draft up.

    you did good, ingx24.

    nice ending.

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  11. "A computer from the early 90s wouldn't have a System32 directory, and writing files generally doesn't fill up "RAM.""
    what I was going to say too
    back in the 90s it was windows 3.0
    do some research about computers before you write this
    otherwise nice one

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  12. funny thing is that there actually was a typing game in the mid of 90's that was impossible to win, and when you played, there was a photo of some famous poet on the right part of the screen. When you typed incorrectly the word, his face got angry, and you could hear some short growl, like "NO!". I don't remember the correct name of this game, but as far as I remember it was Dictation '95 or something like that. It was some dos program.

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  13. Mister Waffles, I'm revoking your voting privileges. You clearly have lost your ability to make good judgements.

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  14. Can we begin an internet coalition to agree that all hidden secret creepy pastas MUST describe what happened to make people go insane?
    Plot devices are a tool, not a fixture.

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  15. I actually did explain the final level in the original ending, but people said it was too graphic/cliched (the final level was supposed to be a video clip of a real life Mr. Mix brutally raping and murdering an 8 year old girl, and went into EXTREMELY graphic detail about it), so after a lot of thought and editing I came to the ending you see here (the hackers going insane and one of them becoming Mr. Mix).

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  16. ^ What people, I wonder. Serious question.
    Secondly, why did the game write "pictures of people with horribly deformed faces, appearing to scream in pain and agony with their eyes appearing to be bleeding from their tear ducts and their outer layer of skin torn clean off in multiple places." When it caused the hackers to "kidnap an eight-year old girl from a grocery store"? Was Mr. Mix supposed to be a pedo or a murderer?

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  17. I lost it at chef's hat. I wasn't expecting stupid like that.

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  18. The story is left ambiguous intentionally. What Mr. Mix actually is is up to the reader.

    I posted the original version of this story (the one with the rape+murder scene) on /x/ a few days ago and people said that the ending was a bit too over-the-top to be creepy, so I decided to go with something a bit more subtle.

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  19. I think subtle is much creepier in this case.

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  20. While the ending was a nice twist, it still seemed nonsensical to me. Maybe your deleted portion explained why the pictures were there and how they related to children, but in this version, it didn't flow, and imo, was a borderline nightmare retardant element.
    But I'm being very harsh. I enjoyed it, nevertheless. Write more sir.

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  21. Yes... Graphic descriptions of child rape are best avoided. Suddenly you'll find yourself having a sit-down with the authorities...

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  22. I feel like maybe you could give a basic outline of the fact that a child was raped/murdered and the footage showed up WITHOUT it being intensely graphic? Tried to find your original post, but I am kinda bad at finding archived stuff. I'd be able to give more input if I could see it, IMO.

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  23. i think this should turn into sorta a slenderman pasta where other people write like substories that fill in some missing parts if you get what im sayinn

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  24. this is filled with so many inaccuracies about computers that it made me vomit.

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  25. wow. nice. anyway visit scary123.blogspot.com word is there back.

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  26. A real life version of most creepypastas like this would be Miss World '96 Nude. Couldn't sleep for days after seeing one "bad" image from the game. I suggest you look it up if you don't know about it.

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  27. you guys have to remember, these hackers came after sometime the game went into obscurity, therfore, it potentialy could do what was described (though higly unlikely)

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  28. Meh.
    Bland, boring and cliche. Not to mention, as has been stated numerous times, littered with false facts.

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  29. So chef boyardee was one of the crazed hackers

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  30. go play majora's mask ing

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  31. THEN WHO WAS MIX????

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  32. ^ nice. Hey i didn't think this bad I give it: a 9.5 for being real / origanl keep it up! (mdj101)

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  33. man been waiting for a new pasta for ever

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  34. Finally, some new pasta! Okay story, but at least it's new.

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  35. soooo new pasta soon because its been about a week or so in pasta craving gets higher and higher everyday

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  36. When is a new pasta coming out?

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  37. Maybe Admin's on a holiday break. :)

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  38. well if thats true someone should post a pasta in the comments for the wait

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  39. Help me...I'm speaking to you as I speak...

    HELP!

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  40. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you our brand new hiatus!

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  41. This pasta is great. I could have been awful if it had less subtlety, but the fact that it's not bashing you over the head with SCARY actually makes it legitimately creepy. <3

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  42. Not bad, really. Pretty enjoyable, and the fact it doesn't try to make you jump makes it great.

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  43. Dammit where is inunah?!?

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  44. I got a funny idea. Everytime you plan to go on hiatus, make it one of the tags so smart ppl know.

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  45. Well, one of the tags *is* "Disappearance"...

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  46. @anon 8:18 thats because the hacker dissappear in it... doubt it had anything to do with innuah i wonder if shes in the hosspital. and doesnt have a laptop only a desktop who knows its been almost a month so i doubt it but still

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  47. was NOT impressed by this...it sounds like a mixture of that one video game creepy pasta about that ticket holder guy, and some other one...can't put my finger on it, but...meh

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  49. So is this blog dead or what?

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  50. Post more stories, Tiamat commands it.

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  51. STUPID F****ING HOUSEFLY, GO WAI!I'M ENJOYING THIS!

    dammit this gives me the chills nice job!

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  52. Inunah,I'm hungry for moar pastas... *Tummy grumbling* :'(

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  53. 32 days without any word and counting...

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  54. did inunah die? ut oh....

    scary123.blogspot.com

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  55. iv just been going back and reading a bunch of old pastas i suggest you all do the same till inu gets back

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  56. I'm doing the same I have read most of the august ones but only that far.... and yay I now can stop using (mdj101)! BTW did you see my pic?

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  57. Merry Christmas loyal fans! Hopefully she posts something as a Christmas present.

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  58. Please come back!

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  59. try to email her someone

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  60. Blog's not dead. I took a break from it, then I got Skyward Sword on Thanksgiving... So I was preoccupied with that for a while. Then December rolled in and I got early Christmas presents. :P

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  61. I wanna see the deleted portion.

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  64. 4/5 because

    A: Inaccuracies.

    B: I prefer it when these things are real games, just ones that are hard to find info on(but that's just me)

    4 because I got fucken goosebumps man! FREAKY!

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  65. ADDENDUM:

    I recently played Chrono Cross again so all I could think of for Mr. Mix was Orcha the cook.

    I think that made it worse.

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  66. Very nice, I don't read as many pasta's as i've done in the past. But when i do visit this site i love having a good pasta to sit down and eat. I normally skip game related pasta, but this one seemed interesting. However, the story didn't need the gore images that was downloaded to the computer, and just skiped to the 6th level. Writing is ment to make the readers think, so leaving what actually happened in the 6th level was best left to the imagination.(I really wish i didn't read your comment about what really happened) The ending I enjoyed the best. That is what really made this story creepy.

    Thank you for the story,
    Skoll

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  67. <3 This one. Imma send it to my sister.

    Two girls, terrified of rapists [RAPIST VAN! RUN!] and who love video games [what's dat yu say? gives me video games for sex? k!] = loads of terrified shivers when we hunt for nostalgic wideo games. :3

    [A: What was the awful game we wanted to be sure never to buy?
    H: Crap! I forgot the name! D:!
    A: OMG ME TOO D: What if this is it!?! -waves around a copy of QR Codes in terror-
    H: PUT IT BACK PUT IT BACK!]

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  68. wtf i cant find this game on the internet

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  69. ok every one if any one can find a working copy of mr. mix me and a group of my friends would hack it and tell you what is in it i know it says*All remaining copies of the game were destroyed*
    but there has to be one left i mean there is no way ever copy was destroyed so if you find one just let me know you can E-mail my friend at tails.doll@gmx.com (he is the guy who deals with the E-mails i am the one who looks for the copy and then we have 2 hackers and a righter who will right down what is happening up to the second and we have a member who will not be in the room and when we are done he will read what was rite down and he will post it on the PC and we will even try to get a screen shot of the 6th lvl so if any one knows you can E-mail my friend :3 (sorry for my bad englash)

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