Today, I learned the difference between the average, run-of-the-mill video game conspiracy theorist — like the numerous fans who spent an inordinate amount of time investigating the freshly canned Silent Hills — and whatever it is that we should be calling the most diehard of diehard fans who worship the Five Nights at Freddy’s games.
They’re each comprised of the same ingredients, such as a passion for a certain topic and an alarming amount of free time with which to obsess over it, but the difference comes in the amount of crazy that’s involved. The amount of crazy the latter group demonstrated this week reached a new high, or low, depending on how you look at it, as countless Five Nights fans decided it’d be a good idea to use some random numbers to justify harassing a pizzeria in Virginia.
It all started when some fans noticed the numbers 7 and 8 were all over the HTML code in Five Nights creator Scott Cawthon’s website. Employing the magic of conspiracy logic, this entirely random fact was magically transformed into Google Map coordinates which pointed to one of this country’s seemingly infinite number of pizza joints.
A random review on the pizzeria’s Google Plus page that mentioned robots killing a kid is all these people needed to launch a full assault on the unsuspecting restaurant, which included inundating them with phone calls. This got bad enough that Cawthon had to ask them to stop being weird and crazy, and Reddit has since taken the initiative in deleting posts that mention the pizzeria, as well as banning repeat offenders.
Clearly, this restaurant has nothing to do with the recently unveiled Five Nights at Freddy’s 4. It’s why I’m not mentioning the name of the pizzeria, because while I’ve always trusted you to be a relatively sane individual, I’m not as sure about that guy.