As you all know, the real world is full of secret horrors lurking in every shadow. Somewhere right now, probably not far from you, there's a serial killer luring yet another victim into their torture dungeon. Several of the people reading this have probably already been murdered.
This is why we play video games -- to escape the terrifying reality that is our everyday lives. And yet, if in the course of your fun little game you stumble into the wrong room or trigger the right bit of code, you'll just as easily find yourself trapped in a nightmare. Game developers have made sure of it, by including things like ...
Grand Theft Auto V's Serial Killer Mystery
Grand Theft Auto V, like all the other entries in the GTA franchise, is a game that lets you live out all the criminal fantasies that have ever lived hopefully only inside your head. The one thing you can't pretend to be within the game's universe is a serial killer (what you're doing would be considered more of a spree killing) but you can find one lurking in the background, if you know where to look.
In GTA5, you can visit an abandoned house that was once owned by someone named Merle Abrahams, and spray painted on the wall is an ominous message: "THERE WILL BE 8."
Daniel Plainview totally sold out.
If you go inside, there's another message painted on the wall: "8 IS JUST INFINITY STOOD UP." And on a nearby rock, you can find a bunch of graffiti of 8s or infinity symbols, as well as this poem:
"One is done
Two was fun
Three tried to run
Four called mom
Fives not alive
Six is nix
Sevens in heaven
8 won't wait."
He also murders his rhyme scheme with "four" and "mom."
So already you can tell that there's someone out there who has a weird obsession with the number 8, and who has made the genius observation that 8 looks like a sideways infinity symbol, so we're obviously dealing with someone whose powers of deduction are second to none.
But the important thing is the crude diagram that is scribbled next to most of Abrahams' graffiti messages: