Noroi no Yakata (呪いの館)

Noroi no Yakata (呪いの館)

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Noroi no Yakata (Japanese: 呪いの館, lit. “The Cursed House”), fully titled as Noroi no Yakata Daiichiwa (呪いの館 第一話, lit. “The Cursed House: Episode 1”) is a freeware PC game developed by an ordinary Internet user Sankaku Onigiri (三角おにぎり) and his son who was in 3rd grade back then, Tomo-chan(ともちゃん).

This meme’s interest is the game’s extreme “one hit, you’re dead” difficulty and the extremely odd death cry of the game’s hero sounding like “IeAAAAAAAAAAA” (イ゙ェアアアアアアアアアアア) while he oddly flies straight upward looking like he is laying down.

Origin

Noroi no Yakata Daiichiwa was originally released on the Japanese file-sharing website Vector on July 21st, 1996.[1] However, its strangeness and greatness caught nearly no attention till a gameplay video of it was uploaded on Nico Nico Douga (NND) and on YouTube both on January 2, 2008.[2] And to make matters worse, the original game itself was put offline from the public several years before.



Many watchers were knocked out by its strangeness and greatness. According to an article about this video in Nico Nico Pedia which is an internet encyclopedia for NND[3], it scored 1 million views on NND on May 11, 2008. Currently, it has over 1.8 million views. On YouTube however, it only has over 200,000 views.

An article for this game in Nico Nico Pedia tells the reasons why this game is loved by many NND users.[4] These are its extreme difficulty, as well as the strange jumping, crouching pose, and epic death cry, “IeAAAA!” (“イ゛ェアアアア!”), all three performed by the game’s protagonist. Soon after the gameplay video became popular, the protagonist was often called by viewers as “IeA” (because of his death cry) and especially “Hiroshi” (because of his look resembling Hiroshi Nohara (野原 ひろし) from Crayon Shin-chan[5]) in their opinions.

Spread

The next day after the popular gameplay video was uploaded, the first of its MADs was uploaded to NND on January 3, 2008.[6] This crosses over another music meme known as Marisa stole the precious thing.



Then, the number of its MADs and parodies uploaded on NND rapidly increased. In addition, Japanese students’ had nearly 1 week for New Year’s Day break, so it was lucky for this meme’s exploding popularity that many NND users have enough time to make MADs and parodies quickly right on schedule back then. Fortunately along with that, the original game’s data was reproduced online by the efforts of some users.

As a result of this, more than 550 videos related to this game have been uploaded to NND[7], and many of them are also uploaded on YouTube.[8][9] Moreover, some fanarts are occasionally uploaded to Flipnote Hatena.[10]

Sequel

Despite the game’s subtitle that reads “Episode 1”, Sankaku Onigiri and his son Tomo-chan haven’t released nor even announced its sequel yet. Due to this, some fans independently made their own original sequels. One example is The Cursed House (RC)[11], which was made by users in its thread on the /gameama/ (Doujin game) board in 2channel.



Another example is The Cursed House (EX). This was made by another user and was added extra effect and new actions. This version is sometimes called “Hiroshi May Cry”, which is a pun for Hiroshi and Devil May Cry[12]. Both fan-made sequels were made in January 2008. So, their creating speed and motivation were so high and positive at that time.



Those fan made sequels are listed on a Wiki page for this game.[13]

Media Coverage

In November 2008, NHK’s Japanese monthly midnight TV show “The ☆ Net Star!” (ザ☆ネットスター!)[14] aired an episode that introduced a gameplay video of it and praised its greatness. In February 2010, the show interviewed with the game’s main author Sankaku Onigiri by e-mail.

From this interview, it was revealed that Sankaku Onigiri was age 39 when he created the game. He lacked good skills to create a game. Inspired by the DOS game by Infogrames titled Alone In The Dark[15], which he saw was ported to the 3DO REAL[16] sometime in 1994, he decided to create a survival horror computer game like that. However, he gave up making “Episode 2” because his son Tomo-chan lost interest in playing with him.

And by this interview, he noticed the explosion of his game’s popularity on the Internet. He said “All what I want to say for this situation is IeAAAAAAAAAAA (イ゙ェアアアアアアアアアアア)”. Furthermore, he reopened his game’s page on Vector and updated the game for recent OS.

Currently in 2010, he is 53 and an officer of accounting and finance department on a enterprise, while his son “Tomo-chan” is 22 and is a public servant.

Examples

Hardcore Techno Mix: 呪いの館 (HARDCORE MIX)[17]


Famicom Edition: 呪いの館(FC)[18] (See also: CheetahMen II)


(NSFW!!) Angry German Kid: キーボードクラッシャー呪いの館


M.U.G.E.N

The game’s protagonist was introduced as a playable character “IEA[19] in the freeware fighting game engine M.U.G.E.N on January 17, 2008, by M.U.G.E.N contributor from Japan name kayui uma.[20]

VS. Dracula from Konami’s Castlevania series[21]



Search Interest



External References

[1]Vector – 呪いの館(第1話) (Japanese)

[2]Nico Nico Douga – 古いHDDを整理してたらカオスなゲームが見つかった / Posted on 01-02-2008

[3]Nico Nico Pedia – 古いHDDを整理してたらカオスなゲームが見つかった (sm1928803) (Japanese)

[4]Nico Nico Pedia – 呪いの館 (Japanese)

[5]Wikipedia – Crayon Shin-chan

[6]Nico Nico Douga – 呪いの館は大変な人をイ゙ェアアアアアアアアアアア! / Posted on 01-03-2008

[7]Nico Nico Douga – Search results for 呪いの館

[8]YouTube – Search results for 呪いの館

[9]YouTube – Search results for イ゙ェアアアア

[10]Flipnote Hatena – Search results for 呪いの館

[11]インチキゲーマー (Download page, Japanese)

[12]Wikipedia – Devil May Cry

[13]呪いの館@wiki (Japanese)

[14]Wikipedia – ザ☆ネットスター! (Japanese)

[15]Wikipedia – Alone in the Dark (video game)

[16]Wikipedia – 3DO Interactive Multiplayer

[17]Nico Nico Douga – 呪いの館 (HARDCORE MIX) / Posted on 01-05-2008

[18]Nico Nico Douga – 呪いの館(FC) / Posted on 01-12-2008

[19]Nico Nico MUGEN Wiki – ひろし (Japanese)

[20]kayui mugen (Download page, Japanese)

[21]Wikipedia – Castlevania

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