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ZeDestructor 4th March 2010, 09:36 Quote
Absolutely BRILLIANT. And I blame Adam Foster
Jack_Pepsi 4th March 2010, 09:51 Quote
Even if does mean anything I still freaking love Valve and the collection minds of the Internet.

:D
Gryphon 4th March 2010, 10:11 Quote
Just wow. kudos to valve, and some amazingly intelligent ppl on the internet.
bob_lewis 4th March 2010, 10:18 Quote
This is just so mindblowingly awesome.

Wonder what would've happened if a similar mystery was presented to the console crowd..? :)
ZeDestructor 4th March 2010, 10:19 Quote
Have any of you played/tracked the development of the Minerva HL2 mod? The creator, Adam Foster did a few of those and is now employed by Valve. Sadly I can't play the mod because I have no Episode 1 in my steam account.
mi1ez 4th March 2010, 10:21 Quote
This is amazing!

How do they come up with such complex puzzles?

And how do people decipher them? I've done a bit of fiddling with SSTV before (after some of the rumours regarding the video to Come To Daddy by Aphex Twin) but who the hell thinks "I wonder what this wav file would look like slow-scanned"?!

I'm blatantly going to get no work done today. Thanks Valve...
mi1ez 4th March 2010, 10:22 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by bob_lewis
Wonder what would've happened if a similar mystery was presented to the console crowd..? :)
"guh. duh? guh..."
ZeDestructor 4th March 2010, 10:27 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by bob_lewis
Wonder what would've happened if a similar mystery was presented to the console crowd..? :)

Their brains would've melted trying to figure things out
Quote:
Originally Posted by mi1ez
This is amazing!

How do they come up with such complex puzzles?

And how do people decipher them? I've done a bit of fiddling with SSTV before (after some of the rumours regarding the video to Come To Daddy by Aphex Twin) but who the hell thinks "I wonder what this wav file would look like slow-scanned"?!

I'm blatantly going to get no work done today. Thanks Valve...

They probably tried everything they could think of and ended with SSTV or remembered Come To Daddy by Aphex Twin Video and tried something similar
phuzz 4th March 2010, 11:12 Quote
In case anyone was doubting that Adam AKA CargoCult is mainly behind this, someone has noticed that some of the backgrounds from the Dinosaur pictures are taken from his Flickr...
(to be fair, this is quite tame for one of Adam's little games)
ledbythereaper 4th March 2010, 11:16 Quote
This ARG has stolen 2 days of my life :( but I refuse to take my tinfoil hat off.
DocWolfe 4th March 2010, 11:23 Quote
Great article.
Kasvain 4th March 2010, 11:40 Quote
Radio amateurs use SSTV for transmitting pictures of their QSL cards (and nice pics of half-naked women) to each other.

I found very interesting page from the internet, check it if you are interested about SSTV: http://www.g0hwc.com/
fingerbob69 4th March 2010, 12:01 Quote
That's a curious address 123 5th Avenue, especially as it's surrounded on three sides by 4th Avenue.
alpaca 4th March 2010, 12:19 Quote
bunch of freaks

i love this stuff:D it's like in the movies. maybe we should try to zoom in some more on those pictures! who knows what we will uncover?
CardJoe 4th March 2010, 12:24 Quote
ZOOM, ENHANCE!
logan'srun 4th March 2010, 12:47 Quote
the awesomness of this does not compute!

But am I the only one that feels dumb?
Gunsmith 4th March 2010, 12:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
ZOOM, ENHANCE!

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theflatworm 4th March 2010, 13:32 Quote
My hunch as to how they figured it out: they probably looked at the wav file and realised that the shape of the wav pattern was indicative of visual, rather than audio data. I'd never even heard of SSTV before, though, so I'd have epic failed. Nice to know Valve are still geeks though :-).
Evildead666 4th March 2010, 14:01 Quote
WOW.
Thats just amazing that people found all this out so quick :)
Toka 4th March 2010, 14:05 Quote
If you like this kind of puzzle solving, maybe try notpron

Nice job Valve :)
confusis 4th March 2010, 14:29 Quote
Nine inch nails did a similar deal with year zero a little while back. Even with a bit of SSTv 'static'.
CardJoe 4th March 2010, 14:32 Quote
The king of these ARGs is still Halo 2's I Love Bees...
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Originally Posted by Wikipedia
The gameplay of I Love Bees tasked players around the world to work together to solve problems, with little or no direction or guidance.[5] For example, the game presented players with 210 pairs of global positioning system coordinates and time codes, with no indications to what the locations referred to.[5] Players eventually figured out the coordinates referred to pay phones and the times to when the phones would ring; one player in Florida stayed by a phone while Hurricane Frances was minutes away in order to recite answers to prerecorded questions.[6] Other phone calls were made by live persons known as "operators"; these calls allowed players to interact with the characters of the games in spontaneous and occasionally humorous ways.[7] Other players treated the corrupted data on ilovebees.com as encrypted files to decipher, or used image files found on the web server to solve puzzles.[6] After players completed certain tasks, they were rewarded with new installments to an audio drama which revealed the reasons for the ilovebees.com malfunction.[6]

More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_love_bees
knutjb 4th March 2010, 15:33 Quote
Valve apparently has employees who enjoyed playing Beatles and Zeppelin records backwards and this is just an extension of that.
proxess 4th March 2010, 15:47 Quote
Insane! I got goosebumps from that, specially seeing that I was listening to somafm's dronezone at the same time...
RickTheSnake 4th March 2010, 16:53 Quote
i just love this kind of teasing :D
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