My 13-year-old stepson just told me this story: When Pokémon Red and Green was first released in 1996, there were dozens or hundreds of suicides of children caused by high-frequency sounds in the theme music for the "Lavender Town" location in the game. The game developers had to change the music to prevent additional suicides.

Here are detailed descriptions of this story:

Is there any evidence that anything like this occurred, or that it could have occurred?

(I should note that I dismiss this story as false simply due to its implausibility and lack of credible sources, but my stepson is convinced it is true. His friends who told him about it believe it, and it is discussed as if true in online gaming forums. To him, the fact that major news organizations did not report it is evidence of a cover-up. I'm hoping to use this opportunity to teach him something about critical thinking.)

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    obligatory correlation related xkcd Jun 1 '12 at 17:51
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    From the knowyourmeme link that you provided, it's stated that this came from 4chan, which is well known as being a source of trolling. Every time I've seen this urban legend it's always been quite clear that it's just that - an urban legend.
    – fluffy
    Jun 1 '12 at 21:30
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    creepypastas are urban myth by definition en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Internet_phenomena
    – Morgan T.
    Jun 6 '12 at 19:40
  • Is this related to the "outbreak" of epileptic seizures caused by flashing graphics in one or more episodes of the show? See Photosensitive epilepsy.
    – oosterwal
    Jun 14 '12 at 4:36
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    The exact same question has been asked and answered over on SE's very own Anime and Manga site, and though it's not really answered to Skeptics standards it could serve as a jumping off point.
    – Tacroy
    Mar 13 '13 at 21:55

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