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Game Theory: We Were TOTALLY WRONG! What Bendy's Ending REALLY Meant (Bendy and the Ink Machine)

Game Theory: We Were TOTALLY WRONG! What Bendy's Ending REALLY Meant (Bendy and the Ink Machine)
Wheel of Fortune No time to waste Tell me which

game

to choose (BATIM) I'll just remove this one myself. Don't worry, I'll just shoot it again. *clears throat* Okay, one last time! Wheel of Gaming, no kidding! Tell me about the mind-blowing

theory

we found!

What

? *Intro to

game

theory

, but it's the 1930's (I won't lie, this is absolutely amazing and creative) *Intro to

game

theory

* Hello Internet! Welcome to

Game

Theory

! Where first: a special thanks to my friend Ryder Bergen, aka Footofaferret, for composing this jazzy little intro (YA LIKE JAZZ). He is an aspiring creator producing the series: A Brief History here on YouTube And he is doing an incredible job!
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So, show him some love and see him! I would recommend the year and review episode 2018! (OH LOVE) And while we say thanks to folks, a very special thanks to Reddit and Tumblr theorist Dreamfisher, who single-handedly put

Bendy

and the Ink

Machine

back on my radar with some truly intriguing observations! Trust me! I thought I was done with this

game

too! But we're back! And I have to be honest: now that I've started searching the

game

again,

what

I found turns a lot of

what

I thought I knew about

Bendy

's story on its head (NANI! OWO). So, let's not waste any more time because we have a lot to do!
game theory we were totally wrong what bendy s ending really meant bendy and the ink machine
It's time to delve once again into the deep depths of Joey Drew Studios. Before we get to things that have made me question some of my previous conclusions about the

game

, I'd first like to highlight something that seemed to validate one of the

Bendy

community's biggest fan theories, including a

theory

of my own! Hidden within the

game

's files, there appears to be confirmation that

Bendy

should be revealed as Joey Drew (HOW MAT HOW?), at least at some point during the development process, inspired by Dreamfisher's Reddit post covering their

theory

on a One-Eye

Bendy

, I did something I hadn't

really

done in any of the previous episodes.
game theory we were totally wrong what bendy s ending really meant bendy and the ink machine
I looked specifically at the

game

's assets. I took a closer look at the 6,000 or so files used in the 5 chapters of the finished

game

. Now I have very, VERY limited

game

development experience. I only did a few rudimentary ones in college. But one thing I do know is that it pays to be organized (it does). For example, in

Bendy

you are dealing with 1440 separate audio assets. So without a clear labeling system, you're going to have to search a long time, otherwise, you'll suddenly end up giving Alice Angel a random inkblot sound effect (splatoon?) instead of a voice.
Luckily the developers at

Bendy

, TheMeatly and Mike Mood did an excellent job labeling all their files clearly👌 All character voices are labeled DIA for dialogue followed by the chapter where they are specifically used. Another titling convention they seem to be using for Chapter 5 was alternating all-caps titles based on the scene they were in from that section are all-caps. Like someone screaming for attention on Twitter. "BETRATED. LEAVE!" "I TRUSTED YOU!" "I GAVE YOU EVERYTHING! AND YOU LET ME FALL!" *Sammy fights along with sounds of fighting and grunts* At the end of this Sammy fight, we enter a short cutscene with Alice and Boris.
At this point, all filenames are lowercase (Alice) "Oh, that was close. You're lucky we were in the neighborhood." Once the fight resumes with a new onslaught of Seekers, we're back to capital letters. (Alice) "Watch out! Here they come!" (Alice) "Go back to your puddles!" Each segment of the fight is grouped based on its case. Here's why this matters: In the files, the final boss fight against

Bendy

Henrys has a line: (Probably Joey) "But he never saw the end." Henry: "The End" But there appears to be another unused line during the same segment too type, which is also all listed in capital letters. (Henry) "Joey?" Can you hear the shock in Henry's voice?
As if surprised to see Joey, this leads straight to a series of Beast

Bendy

audio files, all in lower case, before it comes to Joey's final speech in the

game

's

ending

audio, which ends in upper case. JOEY_END "Henry!" "So early!" "I haven't expected you for another hour." So the naming scheme still fits, but also listens to the resonance. The team did a great job designing the

game

, reflecting the audio reverb to reflect the scale of the room they are in. Big and full of echoes in the huge Ink

Machine

chamber, "Let's go free." Much less overt in the lower ceilings of Alice and Boris' lair. "Why are you here?" And now compare the tone of The End to Joey's opening line in the kitchen. "The end." "Henry!" "So early!" The real audio with Joey Drew is much deader, there is no echo.
No reverberation. Just like me when I'm recording in the closet. But Henry's shock line "Joey?" "The end?" has this echo in it. An echo that appears for every single line of dialogue said in the empty, sparse hallways of Joey Drew Studios. In short, the naming conventions and response tell us that Henry is expressing his shock at seeing Joey anytime between the start of the final

Bendy

fight and going to Joey's apartment, thereby providing further evidence that

Bendy

is Joey is! (😱) Or at least was almost revealed to be Joey in unused audio files. (OOF) Well, that was one of the first things that came up when I took a closer look at the

game

, but here things go from moderately interesting to completely on the head of everything we thought we knew.
Dreamfisher's contribution made me focus specifically on the 2D textures used throughout the

game

, things that wrap around 3D objects or environments to give them their detail, and in these files you can do some find pretty crazy things. This is Joey Drew as we knew him and THIS is Joey Drew's face flattened by a steamroller. (Not

really

) (Get the holy water!) LOOK AT THAT TONGUE! Just down there in the corner! (He's a giant pancake if you think about it) And where are his eyes you ask? *JUMPSCARE* (Aizawa-san whenever he uses his quirk, kudos to you if you get the reference) The most effective jumpscare this franchise has spawned, in the actual

game

you can't even see these things!
Serious talk here, but Joey, you might want to try and get some clear eyes. *TV CLEAR EYES COMMERCIAL* *Distorted* Clear eyes. But it's the very obviously titled texture pack called: Props04_SHD-mat-_MainTex-atlas0 That hides more secrets than I think any of us could ever have guessed. On this sheet we have all the things you would expect to find in Joey Drew's little apartment Here are some paintings, a vase structure, the sockets, evidence that Henry might actually be dead, carpet, you know, all the usual stuff. Now I know

what

you're thinking! Those are

really

huge electrical plugs I know!
I was shocked too (pun INTENDED?!!?!? NANI?!?) but I genuinely think you're fixated on the

wrong

detail here, because like I said, underneath this texture file is a bunch of newspaper headlines hidden. One reads "Local artist pushed too hard, found dead at desk".

What

makes the headline even more suspicious, though, is when it's put in the context of Joey's end

game

speech... Joey: "The truth is, you've always been so good at pushing, good friend... ...me too pushing to do the right thing. You should have pushed a little harder." Again, we're seeing that recurring theme of Pushing and Harder Pushing Coincidence?
I definitely don't think so. I mean, if that newspaper headline is to be taken

really

seriously and relate to an event in referring to the

game

's timeline, it would refer directly to Henry Our artist, who references Henry in the

game

TWICE at his desk (in both Chapter 1 and Chapter 5): "Hey, here's my old desk, I have so wasted a lot of time in that chair", a character we also know in his first and only in-

game

audio log, he complains first-hand about how hard he works, Henry: "I haven't had Linda in days seen more... ...when in doubt, just move on Henry." And here's the thing, we know this caption was put in specifically by the

game

developers considering we can see

what

some of the other newspaper textures are are that they have clearly been tampered with.
For example here: ":A Year in Review", It has been tampered with to remove the year. These aren't just random assets thrown in for set dressing, they've been chosen, they've been curated, they've been fixed. It's also worth noting where in the

game

this heading exists. Back near the ink

machine

, in Joey Drew's apartment, you would never see that newspaper unless you hacked into the

game

to get there. Which, I'm telling you, isn't a small feed, but it's definitely there, on a shelf in the back room. Joey collected the paper and keeps it next to his precious

machine

...
But how could Henry be dead? We obviously play it while walking around the studio. I hear you asking and trust me, that's something I kept asking myself as I was writing this thing. Honestly, I don't know if this is anything more than a suspicious Easter egg thrown in there by hackers. But (SKJSKJ he said "but", I'm such a kid) if it's real, of course I have a

theory

!

What

's happening! And let me be

totally

honest with you, a lot of the theories I do on this channel are all just for fun ("F stands for friends who do stuff together!" Complete the text in the comments I guess?
¯\ _(ツ)_/¯ If you actually made it this far with captions, I don't necessarily believe every single thing we do, but in this case I think I'm on to something.😏 Let's check at first Joey's audio logs. In my final

bendy

theory

, I chose to focus on the thematic meaning of the

ending

. While in the real world it was a story of regrets, apologies, and closures. But in doing so, I have events that took place in the studio , largely written off as part of this story that Joey was telling. But

what

if there was a little more truth to all this studio action than I originally anticipated?
Consider this: Joey's Audi ologs give us a timeline of the development and use of the Joey Drew ink

machine

in Chapter 5: "

What

ever that grinning thing I saw walking around your office was, you better capture it!" I realize it was a first attempt, but imagine if the press saw it... If you claim your failures are due to these things being soulless, then damn it we will get them a soul!” So ​​the detail of the grin confirms to us that

Bendy

was indeed the first to be created, and he doesn't have a soul. In his search for a soul, Joey then switches to former Alice Angel voice actress Susie Campbell Joey: "I know how much this role means to you, Susie...
I, too, firmly believe that my characters are more than just drawings... They live... Susie, I'll be honest with you I'm putting together a little project... a little ceremony... I want you to bring Alice back to life

What

are you doing? say?" She says yes, so he uses the ink

machine

ritual for her in Alice Angel and again and again for many of the other employees. That's why the walls of the studio are covered with the phrase: "THE CREATOR LIED TO US". It's not because Redemption or something but because Joey lied. He lied to Susie as we see him do.
To get their souls sacrificed in his ink

machine

💀. Watch this now and notice that they are two mutually exclusive There are groups of characters that we see throughout the

game

. One set has coffins hidden around the studio and the other set has letters on Joey Drew's bulletin board. With the coffins we have: Susie Campbell, Bertrum Piedmont, Grant Cohen, Norman Polk and Lacie Benton With letters on the wall we have: Wally Franks, Allison Pendle and Thomas Connor The ones with coffins are actually in those coffins.... ..... Those coffins are the victims in real life They are soulless, they are dead, empty e coverings of bodies.
Sacrificed to the

machine

. Everyone else, in the words of Wally Franks, was out! And now live a happy life away from Joey and his

machine

. (Lucky Ducks) Seems like a lot to suspect, but I have proof. Look at that, it's an incredibly small but super important detail. In Chapter 4 we fight and defeat Bertrum Piedmont. Look

what

happens at the end of his fight, his head remains intact but the doors close. Now watch

what

happens when Susie's form of Alice Angels dies. she was layingjust there, dead. (Ms. Keisha? Ms. Keisha?, OMFG, SHE FLIPPING DEAD) But

what

about Franken-Boris just before?
The

game

makes us see him melt in the ink. That's the difference here. A number of characters are all ink and will melt away once defeated. The other set contains real human souls and will not fade. You have 2 chances to see Norman the Projectionist die. Once in Chapter 3 and again in Chapter 4 in the hands of

Bendy

. Either way, Norman's body will remain and lie on the ground when you take it out. Or he'll be dragged away by

Bendy

if he's the one doing the deed. These creatures, actually imbued with souls, are all associated with coffins...

What

does all this have to do with Henry and a newspaper headline about an artist's death?
It tells us that Henry was tricked. That Joey successfully sacrificed him to the ink

machine

. I mean think about it. He received a letter from Joey Drew inviting him back to the studio, similar to how Joey had reached out to ALL his former employees. Those letters on Joey's bulletin board, which I originally interpreted as Joey reaching out to try and make amends with his former employees, is actually just evidence that he was trying to lure EVERYONE back into the office to see them the sacrificing the

machine

. And that some people like Allison, Tom and Wally were just lucky, they lived far enough away to meet up with their former boss who said, "Thanks, but no thanks." But that other people like Susie, Bertrum and now Henry said "yes" to the invitation and became victims ("In that moment, Henry knew he'd screwed it up").

What

about that last scene between Henry and Joey? It's actually out of line. This is actually the first scene of our little chronicle. It shows Henry went to Joey, and now listen to

what

Joey says: "The truth is, you were always so good at pushing, old friend... ...pushing me to do the right thing. You should've pushed a little harder.' That's him, admitting he's still bad. I mean, when I translate that line, it basically says, "You pushed me to get better, but you didn't push enough." Do you need more proof? Do you remember the end of the cartoon Tombstone Picnic where

Bendy

sees a human shadow?
Take a closer look at this scene and you'll notice that we see

Bendy

smiling in the last few frames. It's not a reaction of fear or mischief, but rather a smile at his maker, Henry. And that's not all, on a second playthrough we have the opportunity to use the Lens of Truth. Which reveals hidden messages written on walls throughout the studio. We note during the final

bendy

theory

that these messages are evidenced by Henry's lines such as "THAT'S THE JOEY I KNEW" and "HIS DREAM. MY EFFORT” were left behind. But it's the invisible line of "JOEY LIED TO US". showing that even Henry realizes at this point in the

game

that he has been betrayed by his former business partner.
Remember those weird flashbacks at the end of Chapter 1? Well, they happen when Henry steps into the circle of victims. And

what

do we see? Joey's wheelchair from scratch This is us! *Arrow points to lower left corner* On the floor, up to Joey's wheelchair. We also see the ink

machine

and

Bendy

(When you skip leg day, lol) We flash back to the moment Henry was first sacrificed. Thrown to the ground looking up at Joey's wheelchair. We see Boris, Allison and Henry get to the ink

machine

one last time. But before they can enter it, they have to cross an inky river and this is where Allison and Boris have to be left behind.
They say, "I don't see a way around...". "We're not like you. Henry. If we go in there, well... you rarely see a drop of water in the ocean again." Again, Allison and Boris are said to be Allison Pendle and Thomas Connor, but Joey couldn't get their souls in get his fingers. We see so much because they wrote him a note on the cork board. As such, they're just ink creatures. Good ones, to be sure, but still, they're just ink. That's why they can't cross the river while Henry can. In the end, Henry accepts Joey's invitation. 30 years after leaving the studio, Joey leaves Henry to the

machine

, performs the ritual, and sends Henry's soul into a figurine, leaving behind an empty shell of Henry's body that must be disposed of.
Not in a coffin like the others, but left on a desk. An artist collapsed over his work and was pronounced dead from too much pressure. And why would Joey do that? Maybe Henry im Unlike his other victims, a family. A family who would be curious if one day he went missing. Meanwhile, Henry's soul wanders through the film reels. An animated purgatory, over and over again. In addition to the characters he helped create. They were turned into monsters by the man who betrayed them all. It couldn't be further kept in tone than the original

ending

I suggested for this

game

, it has a pretty good chance of being true.
Maybe not that

ending

about disposing of the body and things like that. But I think a lot of

what

leads to it makes sense. theMeatly, Mike Mood, if you watch this, (hi if you have captions lol (☞ ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)☞) or if the theorists see this send it to you, are we closer this time? I'm curious, I know news about a new project is coming out for you guys. I can't wait to see it, you know I'll be waiting here to theorize. IN THE MEANTIME, DON'T FORGET! That's just a

theory

... a GAME THEORY! Thank you for watching! In doing research for this episode, I came across a lot more

theory

for

Bendy

.
Surprisingly a lot of stuff I haven't seen covered anywhere else. So make sure you click the subscribe button to be notified when these theories come up. There's shockingly more

bendy

in the works. And with a new project from theMeatly and Mike Mood in the pipeline, you know we'll be there to theorize. Make sure you sign up to be there. And damn it! If you want to see my

totally

opposite

theory

of the

bendy

ending

, click the box you see on the right side of the screen... NOW! So if you'll excuse me, I'll see you next week.