The Coroner’s Office has requested that some information is disseminated regarding an online game/app called DOKI DOKI and the risks to young people in terms of their emotional health and potential suicide.
Doki Doki, also known as Doki Doki Literature Club does warn it is not suitable for children however the graphics etc. are aimed at young people.
In essence, the story plot seems to be that a male character joins a literature club and interacts with female members.
There are alternative endings depending on choices made during the course of the game. The story plot uncovers suicidal thoughts the members have.
The multiple outcomes follow things such as mental health issues (voices in their head), self-harming, suicide and violent scenes such as one of the player’s neck snapping.
All of this then links the reader back to an outcome whereby you are made to think the PC has taken over your computer and you have to continue playing.
Some outcomes lead you to consider what you could have done to prevent one of the characters deaths.
Concerns have been raised that this is a psychological horror game with suicide as the main feature.
This game is free of charge but an upgraded version can be purchased to unlock extra content.
The coroner and GMP have now contacted the NSPCC to raise this to their online safety team but prior to the contact, the NSPCC Online Safety team had had no record of this game.