Well, after reading about the hackers that put epileptic trigger images on the epilepsy website, I found this, something I remember being hearing about a couple of years ago, even though it was before that.
Popular TV cartoon blamed for mass seizures
17 December 1997
The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunication announced this morning that it will summon officials of Television Tokyo Channel 12 to explain why a Tuesday night broadcast of a popular television cartoon apparently triggered convulsions in more than 600 viewers, mostly children.
The ministry also will examine the contents of the program to ascertain how a broadcast of "Pocket Monster" caused the mass seizures that left a five-year-old girl in a serious condition and hospitalized 618 others throughout the country.
Meanwhile, boards of education across the nation began conducting surveys of students this morning in an effort to determine what effect the cartoon had on the children who viewed it, officials said
Television stations in Tokyo also tried to find a reason for the bizarre episode, and NHK received more than 50 telephone calls from worried parents who wanted a full explanation of the events of Tuesday night.
A Nippon Television Network spokesman expressed doubt that the seizures were caused by a subliminal effect. But, he said, an answer to the puzzle is needed and quickly.
A spokesman for Tokyo Broadcasting System, Inc. noted that programs targeting younger audiences often use stronger visual effects. He said his company would reconsider the use of these powerful images when producing programs in the future.
Fire-Defense Agency officials said this morning that between 6:50 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 618 people were rushed to hospitals complaining of convulsions, headaches and vision problems.
The effects of the program were dramatic for some. A 15-year-old girl from Nagoya recalled falling unconscious under the spell of the cartoon.
"As I was watching blue and red lights flashing on the screen, I felt my body becoming tense. I do not remember what happened afterward," she said.
Her mother said she was particularly concerned since her daughter is now preparing for high school entrance examinations.
Reaction was swift on the Tokyo Stock Exchange with Nintendo shares plunging 400 yen this morning to 12,200 yen as news of the event spread. The computer game company produces the game upon which the hugely popular cartoon series is based.
Nintendo's president Hiroshi Yamauchi told a press conference this morning that the video game company was not responsible since the original "Pocket Monster" game is for its Game Boy product which is presented in black and white.
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