The coroner also said that 'no direct link' was found between the schoolboy's death and the cult psychological game 'Doki Doki Literature Club' he was playing online.
Doki Doki Literature Club, which carries a warning saying it isn't suitable for children or those 'who are easily disturbed', involves building relationships with characters, but 'becomes more sinister' and references depression, self-harm and suicide, police told the inquest.
Doki Doki Literature Club! is a free download game played on either PC and Mac.
If Doki Doki Literature Club! was sold on Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo or Android online stores it would get a PEGI rating because those platforms voluntarily enforce the rating.
Although Doki Doki Literature Club's bait and switch story-telling can result in players playing the game without realising how it may trigger mental health issues, for those of an appropriate age who are aware of the themes ahead of time it can offer a helpful way to discuss mental health issues.
POLICE, a coroner and a dad have warned about the psychological impact of horror game Doki Doki Literature Club
following the death of a teenager.
Officers have urged parents to be vigilant after concerns were raised about free-to-play game Doki Doki Literature Club, calling it a 'risk to children and young people'.
Ben's school, Philips High in Whitefield, posted online: "A concern has recently been brought to our attention by HM Senior Coroner regarding the use by young people of the online game 'Doki Doki', also known as 'Doki Doki Literature Club'.
Doki Doki Literature Club was released last year by US-based developer Team Salvato.
Doki Doki Literature Club follows a boy who wants to join the club and his interaction with female characters.