The Associated Press is reporting that eight teen gamers in Singapore joined a suicide pact last month. However, after watching two of their number leap from a ninth floor window, the rest backed out.
The teens were reportedly fans of a video game called Slayers.
Citing a report Singapore’s New Paper, the AP writes:
According to a police investigation, 16-year-old Ku Witaya, a self-proclaimed Taoist medium, convinced his younger brother and six other boys that they had to die to become `slayers’ who would kill demons in a World War III.
While we are not familiar with Slayers, a Wikipedia entry seems to indicate that games in the series are quite old:
Slayers is a series of over 50 light novels… Slayers is a Dungeons & Dragons inspired narrative…
Several Slayers role playing games have been released in Japan. Slayers was released by Banpresto on Super Famicom on June 24, 1994. Another game entitled Slayers was released for NEC PC-9801. Slayers Royal was released by Kadokawa Shoten for Sega Saturn on July 25, 1997. and by ESP Software for PlayStation on June 25, 1998. A sequel, Slayers Royal 2 was released on Sega Saturn by ESP Software on September 03, 1998 and on PlayStation on July 11, 1999. Slayers Wonderful [screenshot at left] was published by Banpresto for Sony Playstation on October 22, 1998…
There is more info in the Straits Times.