A lot of people that have been deep into the dark depths of the internet, may be aware of a game - a phenomenon - called "Yume Nikki". It's a game that was originally Japanese, and brought interest to a lot of people, mainly due to one thing in the game. That thing, was called Uboa. Uboa is a random event, in a certain hard to reach place in the "dreamworld" of the game. This dreamworld is a place your main character enters once she goes to sleep. After walking through thick snow, wading through a pink ocean and entering a cozy shack, she might notice a light switch. In the game, turning off the light has a small chance of triggering the Uboa event, which is not only startling, but plays a terrifying audio sample, simply referred to as "Uboa: The Scream.
After a long night of playing this strange game, my eyes felt tired and my brain started to feel fuzzy. I took a deep sigh, and since I was already laying in bed, my eyes closed and I fell into an instant, deep, comfortable sleep. As you might expect, I felt myself entering a dream. It didn't feel like a dream at all, though. I felt like I had always been there; a feeling you might be familiar with. Like you are entering a second reality. Looking around, I found myself in a snowy forest. Lone pine trees covered in snow, and a snowy fog so thick I could hardly see.
To my surprise, I saw an igloo. An igloo, in the middle of a pine forest? Yes, it really seemed like it. Desperate to bring some warmth to my coldening feet and hands, I rushed towards it. As soon as I entered the igloo, I knew something was wrong. It seemed too quiet here. I got the eerie feeling that something was not how it was supposed to be, and I wanted to turn back, but I just couldn't. I looked around the igloo, and once I looked down I noticed something even stranger then the igloo itself.
On the floor lay what seemed like a small, pink pool. No, on second thought, the pool wasn't pink... The fluid in it was, a bright, unnatural shade of pink, in a pool on the bottom of an igloo. But on closer inspection, I saw little miniature islands floating in the pool... And on the islands were little miniature balloons... Leaning over too close to the pink water, I fell, and fell, and it seemed like I didn't hit the igloo floor! With the expectation of something terrible happening, the feeling of adrenaline rushing through my body.
I woke up. I was still laying in my bed, and the lights were still on. I realised I must have fallen asleep right after shutting down the game. Or did I? With the memory of the dream already faded away, I looked around, and realised my computer was still on. With the Yume Nikki game still playing. And just as I started to wonder where the eerie music came from, I felt that I still had my headphones on! I must have fallen asleep while listening to that eerie, dreamy, quiet music that belonged to the snow world. I turned off the lights, closed off the game and the computer, removed my headphones, and sleepy as I was, went right back in bed.
But what was I doing in a bed, anyway? Wasn't I just falling, down a pink pool, in an igloo? Could I possibly have fallen asleep, while falling, and was that strange situation in a room, wearing headphones, all a dream? The image of the room faded away, as I fell further into the pink ocean.
I landed softly, on a soft surface. I was standing on one of the islands. How wonderfully peaceful, it was here. It looked flashy, and somehow fake, but still nice. Looking around, I saw a bigger island in the distance, with what seemed like Indian tipi's on it. Hoping to see what was inside, I walked towards it. But it seemed like the closer I got, the further the large island would move away. Concentrating on running towards the tipi's, I almost missed the brightly coloured balloon hanging right next to me.
The balloon was friendly, like it was inviting me. Smiling; I grabbed the rope of the balloon, and felt myself flying up; weightless. Slowly flying above the pink ocean, hearing the quiet breeze, just made me realize how much I needed this world. I wanted to stay there forever. After a relaxing balloon flight, I landed on the big Tipi island.
The happy feelings I had earlier started fading... Something about this place made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up... I started strolling towards the tipi, seeing light inside. I went in, and saw a girl. The girl was very pretty, and looked nice. She was walking up and about the room, but didn't seem to notice me. The room was peaceful, like a beacon of light, in a dark twisted world. I smiled at her, but she looked right through me. My eyes started moving across the room, until I found a little light switch, by the door I was standing next to. Still smiling, I turned off the lights. But I didn't see darkness that night. I saw death.
A terrible, loud noise entered my ears, like thousand of lost souls were screaming. The noise got louder and louder, and everything in the room started flashing from dark to bright colours; with my hands on my ears I screamed, but no sound came. The screaming went louder and louder and-
A face of terror stood in front of me, where the girl was before. It looked at me, in a twisted smile, greeting me. I tried to escape the room, but couldn't. There was only Uboa. I felt a tear flowing down my face. Wait. That's it. I felt it. In the real world. This is all just a dream. I can wake up now. And as I opened my eyes; my room was just as I left it. My desk, the bed I was lying on, my NASU device, and something... Something completely dark in the corner of my room... Something I vaguely remember from another world... I could hear the screams again...
"WHERE ARE YOU? WHAT IS THIS SOUND?!" I yelled, terrified. I wanted to push my hands against my ears, but then I noticed...
My headphones were on. My computer was on. I saw Yume Nikki. On the Uboa event. The volume on the loudest settings. I threw off my headphones, but that wasn't enough. I kept hearing the screams, and as I fell off the bed, cringing in pain from the sound penetrating my ears, I still saw a dark shape in the corner of my room... With a white, twisted, smile.
"THIS WILL ALL END. I JUST HAVE TO TURN OFF THE LIGHT!" I said.
I was slowly crawling towards the light switch.
"WAKE UP! WAKE UP!"
I said to myself. But I didn't wake up. This was real. I reached the light switch, turned it on and-
"Dear diary. Today I dreamed about Poniko and Uboa again. I dreamed that I was playing a game-based on my life!"