Even if you never read or saw "The Hunger Games," you probably know it's about a sporting event that pits children against one another -- to the death.
But that's just fiction, right? One Russian millionaire doesn't seem to think so. He's created a new reality show that encourages contestants to do anything to stay alive -- including fighting, raping, and even murder.
The 35-year-old creator of the show, Yevgeny Pyatkovsky, calls the show "absolutely extreme." Unbelievably, in July 2017, 30 willing men and women will be dropped in the Siberian wilderness and left to fend for themselves. No camera crews or doctors will be present, and although contestants will have a "panic button" attached to a satellite, it will take helicopters at least half an hour to reach their location.
Why would anyone put themselves through this madness? Well, all who survive will share a prize of over a million dollars.
For nine months, participants of "Game 2: Winter" will be left to fend for themselves in the Siberian wilderness. The show will live-stream online 24/7 via hidden cameras in the woods and hand-held cameras provided to contestants.
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Once the games begin, the 30 men and women will have two to three months to forage for food, build shelters, and prepare for winter. After cold weather hits, temperatures as low as -40° C are to be expected.
Most shocking, however, are the rules, which state that it is "every man for himself." Some news outlets are even reporting that the show's creator commented stating that, "Everything is allowed. Fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything. We will refuse any claim of participants, even if they were to be killed or raped."
Then again, the show's official website says that "violation of the Russian legislation [means that the] participant leaves the project, without the right to the prize and is transmitted to law enforcement agencies."
Along with the dangerous weather and human factors, participants may encounter wildlife, dangerous insects, and more. Pyatkovsky said, "Of course, there will be some safety precautions in place, but it would still take about half an hour to reach the area where the show will take place by helicopter."
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The show is already drawing fierce criticism from people who say that it's not only unethical, but will encourage the very worst kind of human behavior. Regardless, many individuals, from professional survivalists to psychologists, are eager to get involved.
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