I know that the trend of Blue Whale Challenge is long ago over but nevertheless, I would like to introduce a counter-game to the Blue Whale; the Pink Whale Challenge.
So we all know the intentions of the Blue Whale Game if you haven’t heard about it; it is a sinister game that assigns a series of tasks to players with the final task requiring the player to cause serious self-inflicted injuries. It began in May 2016 spread from Russia to across the globe causing an inflation in suicide rates. Two arrests were made; one in 2016 (according to Wikipedia, the person who developed the app was a psychology student) and the other in June 2017.
It would be an interesting topic to look into these cases in detail and understand the thinking patterns of these individuals. However, this is about the counter-game; Pink Whale Challenge which was developed by a game designer in Brazil. Basically, the aim of the game is to spread love, help combat depression, and assign tasks that give value to life.
Apart from the Pink Whale, several other apps following the same concept were released in order to combat the Blue Whale Game.
I thought I should mention this issue not only because it was a trend but also because the initial idea was generated by a psychology student; scary, isn’t it?
I, too, am a psychology student and, collectively, our goal is to help people, help them lead a better life without inflicting any kind of harm. Once you take up psychology, by default, we have to abide by rules and regulations.