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Are YOU affected by Pokemon seizures? ( Watch at your own risk! )

So, as many of you have known, the animated TV show Pokemon is famous for causing over 700 Japanese kids seizures via continuously flashing red and blue lights. Now, I am proposing you a challenge, can YOU endure the infamous red and blue lights? I can.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50VhBXseJW4

I only feel a bit dizzy, but nothing close to seizures. No YouTube viewers are affected by it ( although few felt dizzy ).

So, are YOU affected by Pokemon seizures? Or are Japanese kids wussies? Find out by watching the video!

WARNING!WARNING!WARNING!WARNING!WARNING!WARNING!WARNING!WARNING!WARNING!

WATCH AT YOUR OWN RISK, YOU WILL NOT HELD ME RESPONSIBLE IF YOU GOT SEIZURES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

black hole1 year ago
Apparently, the U.S. Army is trying to develop a 'crowd control' device that mimics this, only worse. Yay for AmeriKa, land of the sheep, home of the lame.
An Villain3 years ago
First of all, the video is down. Second Westfw is right in saying most only endured "symptoms" of seizures, and third, Pokemon is for people to appreciate, not for some stupid "I can endure some blinky lights herp derp." Also I bet you don't even know anything about this episode other than it has some blinking lights.
westfw6 years ago
BTW, the "causing 700 kids to have seizures" statement is pretty misleading. The actual statistic is that approximately 700 kids were taken to hospitals with SOME symptoms; according to Snopes only a small fraction were determined to have actually experienced seizures. (Hmm. Not one of Snopes more convincing articles, though...)
You'd think there would be more concrete statistics online for something like this, but if there are they're all buried under that mass of "watch the episode" "content." Sigh. It's sorta nice that not only USians are subject to press-induced hysteria - apparently a good fraction of those 700 didn't show up till the next day..

See also Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson and "Press Enter" by John Varley. The former proposes that you can essentially "crash" the human brain via visual display, and the latter supposes that you can be hypnotized into particularly grizzly suicide (using a 1984-era DOS display!) "Press Enter" was particularly chilling, IIRC (Not a story I'm disposed to re-read!)

Camisado (author)  westfw6 years ago
Whoa whoa whoa whoa, calm down there genius, I'm not really compatible for that kind of conversation :P
I'm not really compatible for that kind of conversation

Did you mean competent ? LOL
Camisado (author)  Goodhart5 years ago
LOL probably.....It was 3 in the morning when I wrote that. (I'm in Indonesia)
Oh ok, sorry. Wasn't trying to be the Grammar Police or anything :-)
Camisado (author)  Goodhart5 years ago
Its not like I hate the grammar police, I'm just telling you that I wrote it at 3 in the morning :-P
I know, and I shouldn't be too picky; as I never know whom may have English as a second language or whatever...I was just teasing though ;-)
Camisado (author)  Goodhart5 years ago
LOL.....English is my fourth language BTW..... The languages I speak are: Indonesian (fluent), Mandarin (crap-in-a-bucket crappy), Japanese (not that good, but better than crappy), and English (pretty dang fluent for a middle school student, or for a foreigner as a whole IMO)
lemonie5 years ago
As dominodude10 had already obseved "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Shogakukan Production Co. Ltd.". However, I did stop listening to to the MIDI version of "No Remorse" for 30s and I think that's probably more damaging to my sensibilities...

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Camisado (author)  lemonie5 years ago
Winamp didn't know what to do with that - should I use something else? L
VLC
DJ Radio6 years ago
it just made me feel light headed, but that may be cuz i am tired and sort of sick (i ate a bag of chips someone coughed into without knowing it)
How can one cough into something without knowing it? Oh wait, you mean they coughed into it without YOUR knowing it....got ya. ;-)
yeah, what i meant. anyways, 6 months late.
Yeah.....I am a bit slow sometimes.... ;-)
Camisado (author)  DJ Radio6 years ago
LOL
If I don't post in a few minutes, well. You know...
Camisado (author)  Rock Soldier5 years ago
Best of luck, I guess....
This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Shogakukan Production Co. Ltd.. Now I may never know...
Camisado (author)  Rock Soldier5 years ago
Well, 110100010110 solved your problem.
110100101105 years ago
creating animated gif . . . .
whatsisface6 years ago
That was a massive anticlimax.
Didn't do anything to me...
westfw6 years ago
Did you play the video on a large screen TV? Say, 20inches diagonal or larger on the image itself? There are a fair number or movie theater scenes that give my wife motion sickness, but not when it's on a smaller screen like a TV. I imagine there are any number of effects that wouldn't appear at all in a 340x240 pixel youtube player window. Especially with other stuff on the rest of that screen real estate.
The chase scene in "Bourne Supremacy" nearly did me in!
Camisado (author)  westfw6 years ago
I don't, but you can try.
That didn't bother me at all. The flashing didn't last very long.
Camisado (author)  jessyratfink6 years ago
Yeah, a lot of people are unaffected.
Doctor What6 years ago
It felt a little weird. I wasn't expecting it to actually do anything, but it was weird. My eyes hurt...
Camisado (author)  Doctor What6 years ago
Well, good for you. It only makes me a little dizzy.