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What just happened? Ever wondered how somebody would fare in a real-life version of Squid Game, only without the constant deaths? YouTube star MrBeast spent $3.5 million recreating the hit Korean show, which includes most of the games, 456 contenders, and a $456,000 prize.
MrBeast’s 76.6 million subscribers make his channel one of the most popular on YouTube. He’s known for creating competitions in which people can win huge sums of money, including half a million dollars for Last to leave the circle and Extreme tag, as well as Last To Leave $800,000 Island Keeps It. As such, Squid Game is the perfect recreation opportunity, just without anyone getting murdered.
The famous Red Light, Green Light first game sees players fitted with devices that pop whenever they move, a non-lethal simulation of being taken out by snipers.
There were no suspiciously kindly old men in MrBeast's recreation
It’s entertaining to see the honeycomb game and how the licking technique that protagonist Seong Gi-hun used in the show really works. Tug-of-war, meanwhile, involves teams falling into foam rather than to their death, and the marbles game sees best friends competing against other, many choosing to play the ‘odd or even’ game.
While the uniforms, glass ball full of money, and so many other elements are perfectly recreated, the final titular Squid Game has been replaced with Musical Chairs, simply because most people still don’t know exactly how to play the former, and it would likely end up being a pretty violent affair.
Some have noted the slight irony of $3.5 million being spent on a YouTube video recreating a TV show that’s a scathing commentary on the nature of capitalism, but that’s a debate for another time.