Oh. Hai! Something actually happened. Well, kinda. Any speculation over whether the ARG is over is finally laid to rest with 42's summary of Year Zero. If you haven't seen this yet, definitely check it.
That's not to say there won't be a Part II to the Year Zero saga, but that's also not to say there will be one either. In the event that a part II comes along, this blog will fire back up, until then, back to the tumbleweed.
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but cool nonetheless.
Posted 9:26 PM
16 July 2007
A batch of Year Zero wallpapers was added to the YZ minisite today. It's not known if there are any clues at this time, but things aren't looking good.
Update: Doesn't look like anything is these, so consider this is Out Of Game, but cool nonetheless.
Update 2: Oh yeah, there's iPhone wallpapers
on the nin.com's download page too. But like the regular wallpapers, there's nothing game related in them.
Update 3: That link above doesn't really work anymore, so right click for iPhone wallpapers.
Posted 7:16 PM
13 July 2007
Nothing's going on with the game at this time, but I'd like to showcase some of the behind the curtain stuff that's been dug up over the course of the past few months.
When the London mural went up, people immediately suspected that Bansky had some part of it. Specifically the pig cops in the foreground. I don't believe there's an official confirmation that he has any part of the mural, but it does match his style.
Discovered some time ago buried somewhere deep in some post on ETS. It looks like he did quite a bit of the London mural, based on a couple of drawings on his website.
Most recently discovered by deusdiabolus on ETS via an article on Boing Boing. It appears he did the angel on the London mural, and the helo girls on the LA mural. And pictures of him standing next to the murals pretty much makes things official.
(pics from Joshua Clay's MySpace)
Another discovery from a while back, but this one was recently rediscovered in this ETS thread. He's the actor that plays the part of Neil Czerno.
(pic from imdb.com)
imdb Profile for Monti Sharp
Posted 4:49 PM
24 May 2007
Act Patriotic is up and running again, but unfortunately it's still a pilgrim stream. Hopefully this is an indication that things are firing back up.
Update: Nevermind. The site was removed again.
Posted 1:46 AM
10 May 2007
The proper clue leading to actpatriotic.net (site currently not working) was unearthed last night. It was found buried in Vessel between 3:03 and 3:06. Analysis of this section of the song reveals a voice that is most likely saying "act patriotic."
A few different listens: 1, 2, 3
Posted 9:15 AM
03 May 2007
The banned texts to the Mailstrom wreckage, Usurp, has had people stumped for quite some time, but not any longer. It was found earlier this morning. It's A Beggar at Damascus Gate by Yasmin Zahran:
That is it for the banned texts, at least until the ARG fires up again.
Petra. January 1980
The desert wind was howling across the rocky plateau that surrounds Petra with a hissing cry that swept somewhere from the desert as I climbed through the siq and up to the Rest House, which stood on a rocky ridge near the village of Wadi Musa.
ninwiki entry: Banned Media
Posted 11:40 AM
27 April 2007
OSR phones started rigning. A recording of the message is right here, and here's what it said:
we think these phones have been compromised
we are going dark for some time
its up to you now, YOU are the resistance
this is the hour of arrival
Which leads to hourofarrival.net (24.4.1), the Danny Jane reference from exhibit24.
The banned text is YB Yeats, The Second Coming:
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
ninwiki entry: Hour of Arrival
Act I over???
Posted 3:39 PM
I seemed to have breezed past the importance of exhibit24.net, so here goes nothing. It's clear what the 24.xx.yy numbers mean now. They are an index of the evidence against a unnamed inmate, or should I say, Trent Reznor. Let's break it down, just to be sure:
- Under the 24.11.2 entry:
The first Open Source Resistance meetingNine Inch Nails performed that concert.
Archival footage includes performance by dissident musician [CLASSIFIED]. Hi-rez and Uncut versions of this
footage can be found at www.OpenSourceResistance.net
- Under the 24.16.4 entry:
Surveillance footage detailing the capture of inmate [CLASSIFIED]This, of course, is a NIN video, and someone is seen being dragged away.
- exhibitA.wav at exterminal.net lists the creator of that song (which is Capital G) as being held at Exterminal without bail. Trent Reznor created the song.
So, in the future, Trent and probably the rest if NIN is locked up at Exterminal, Neil Czerno is dead, the AIR movement was a failure, and the whole the dystopia thing happens. It looks as though the game is shifting focus. Everything up until now was just introducing us the the World of Year Zero. What happens now will probably directly impact the game. We'll get goals and directions and whatnot to try to save the future (and this is outside of the overall message of "wake up and give a shit" that we are to take into the real world), probably by following Neil around. Maybe they'll find a way to beam Carolina back to us, who knows. It looks like we the players are going to have plenty of opportunity to participate in things, I'm looking forward to it.
And putting a lot of us directly into the game was pretty cool. Anyone who plays an ARG is already a character in the game world, but it's a whole new experience when you are actually mentioned in the game (and given some archaic label like soft target).
Posted 2:41 PM
exhibit24.net (24.23.1) was found from the Capital G multitrack files. Spectros of 2 of the files revealed various avatars as used by members at ETS. Taking the first letter of those usernames gives us EXHI TWENTY. There may be a few more letters out there, but that was enough to figure out Exhibit 24 (since everything revolves around 24).
This site lists a bunch of subversive material (pretty much everything discovered to date), and identifies 2 subversive networks. Network 1 (24.24.1) is The Spiral, and Network 2 (24.24.2) is ETS. Some people have been marked as dead, informants, employees, soft targets, etc. I (madcactus on Network 2) showed up as a Soft Target.
2 additional pages are listed that we don't have access to. 24.4.1 is Danny Jane, and anotherversionofthetruth.com/violence.
Update: Many of the buttons we haven't actually seen are pictured on this site, including cleansing's shard. Giving us this page. The background text was found a while back.
Another Update: The banned text to exhibit24 is The Trial by Franz Kafka
Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested.
ninwiki entry: Exhibit 24
Posted 10:36 AM