I hope I’m not the first person to tell you that you shouldn’t take candy from strangers. Not even ones on the internet.
Take This Lollipop 2, also known as the Lollipop Challenge or the Zoom Lollipop Game, is a horror game starring you.
It blew up on social media in late October, but continues to be the focus of viral videos as TikTok’s scary story obsession has grown.
So, what is the mysterious online game Take This Lollipop 2?
For starters, it’s a an interactive horror movie and a sequel to 2011’s Take This Lollipop, which won two awards at SXSW and a Daytime Emmy.
The new version taps into users’ webcams to make them part of the show. As director Jason Zada explained to Fast Company, webcam stories are especially relevant these days.
“In the last seven months, there has been a major technological shift in the way we communicate,” he said. “If people really understood how much data all the technology companies have on each of us, it would make you want to delete your digital self.”
How does Take This Lollipop 2 work?
Head over to TakeThisLollipop.com, enter your name and turn on your webcam. Suddenly, you’ll find yourself the main character of a horror story.
One by one, an online stalker will take your fellow Zoom participants “offline.”
TikTok users like @jahvahngreek have been sharing their terrifying encounters from the game.
“Oh heck no, I’m nervous,” he said at the beginning of the video before becoming increasingly terrified. Eerie happenings and jump scares made him scream before the video cut off.
“This was a little too real,” he wrote in the comments. “I’m so scared.”
How is the sequel any different from the original Take This Lollipop?
The original game was a Facebook app that similarly put users in the middle of a horror movie, but it also used their personal data to creep them out.
“The first film experience played on the very real growing concern about data security that for years had been splashed endlessly across major news headlines,” Zada explained to Rolling Stone. “Lollipop codified a collective feeling about what could happen if personal data got into a stalker’s hands.”
The year 2020 is scary enough on its own — so play the viral game at your own risk.
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