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Postby elfismiles » Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:31 am

Just thought it's time may have come ...

* Electronic Art's Majestic ARG circa 2001
* El Centro / Ong's Hat / Incunabula (not a traditional ARG)
* Staged Protests for promoting EA's game Dante's Inferno circa 2009
* Vancouver Space Centre hoaxes baseball UFO sighting circa 2013

There are many more examples I might pull into this thread that have already been discussed on RI.

The latest appears to be this Cali Crop Circle...

Crop circle: No, it wasn't aliens, it was marketers [It was marketing for NVIDIA]
By Tom Watkins, CNN / updated 7:22 AM EST, Mon January 6, 2014
http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/06/tech/cali ... rcle-hoax/

KSBW Salinas crop circle decoded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7tNKVDYuJk

Crop circle reveals comet ISON was spacecraft & July 8, 2014 ET event
http://www.examiner.com/article/crop-ci ... ts_article

Past threads on RI citing NVIDIA...
search.php?keywords=NVIDIA
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Re: ParaViral Marketing Master Thread

Postby elfismiles » Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:37 am

* Staged Protests for promoting EA's game Dante's Inferno circa 2009

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_h9XY7XMno

* Staged Protests for promoting EA's game Dante's Inferno circa 2009
www.rigorousintuition.ca/board2/viewtop ... 76#p522776
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Postby elfismiles » Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:40 am

Pepsi Creates Huge Orwellian Fascist ARG Campaign
by 8bitagent » 09 Dec 2007 01:49
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkhVSHeAW-M
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Postby elfismiles » Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:44 am

Ever dream this man?
by barracuda » 13 Oct 2009 16:25

elfismiles » 13 Oct 2009 17:00 wrote:While I am an experiencer of Dream Switching and know of the valuable evidence for Mutual Dreaming (shared dreams etc.) my first instinct is to call "ARG!"

Nowadays, besides consulting CIA-Snopes I also look to the ARGonauts at Unforums online:

[Trailhead?] Thisman.org
http://forums.unfiction.com/forums/view ... hp?t=28489

They seem unsure though.
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Re: ParaViral Marketing Master Thread

Postby elfismiles » Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:48 am

Other useful threads...

Crowdsourcing Vs ARG?
by Trifecta » 10 Mar 2009 17:36
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virtual identities
elfismiles » 18 Apr 2011 15:32 wrote:
hava1 wrote:I wonder if anyone ever ran into a government hoax, when a totally virtual persona gets published as a suspect of crime (attempted murder, in that case). Namely, has anyone heard of a government official ARG ? and what could be the goals ?


Hava, I don't know of a specific example that meets the specifics of your question but the simple answer is YES, as training for police work, detective work, and espionage:

Espionage educational tool: Never Rest
http://www.neverrestgame.com/downloads/ ... stGame.pdf
http://www.google.com/search?q=http%3A% ... om&rls=com

Never Rest Game Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mO2NEesjeYY

Uploaded by TBroProductions on Sep 14, 2007

Music by TJ Pawlikowski, some camera work by me, Troy Herring and Rebecca Popka. This is the trailer for the Instructional Alternate Reality Game we are producing. For more information please see the website http://www.neverrestgame.com

For more check out http://www.timbrosius.com

Category:
Entertainment

Tags:
Game Exceptional software media edge tim brosius espionage spy trailer iarg


That's the only "official" ARG-as-Intel-Training example I've ever really come across. Of course, there is always the possibility it wasn't what it seemed either.

Some other more generalized articles on the subject...

Collective Detective Police Work
Daniel Terdiman Email 03.02.05
http://www.wired.com/politics/security/ ... ntPage=all

Gamers have skills. Let's tap 'em.
Video games are training people to solve tough, real-world
problems.
By Jane McGonigal
http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1105/p09s01-coop.html

Viral Media: How It Can Work in Education
http://www.nostatic.com/viral/?q=node/27

elfis wrote:
ARG or NOT: "Introductions - My Interest in Collective Intelligence and ARGs for Espionage"

I think this and many other models for the use / misuse of ARGs and gaming for Intel Operations is evident in geo-caching games and ARGs / LARPs like NeuroCam:

Neurocam: Australia's Latest Mystery
http://www.argn.com/archive/000191neuro ... ystery.php

NeuroCam
http://forums.unfiction.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=8372

....

http://forums.unfiction.com/forums/view ... hp?t=22193



Also, back in 2001 a friend of mine wrote about the Role Playing aspects of Intel/Espionage and the ufo & paranormal community:

OPERATION ABJECT
The Majestic Joker Upside Down
By E. Macer-Story

http://www.elfis.net/rnr/rnrx/abject.htm

Of course, now with the TwitterBot and other Automata / Persona software this can be done even more easily I suppose.
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Re: ParaViral Marketing Master Thread

Postby elfismiles » Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:56 am

the cicada thang was likely viral marketing as a staff recruitment tool...

Cicada 3301
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Postby elfismiles » Mon Jan 06, 2014 11:08 am

Examples of ARGishness confusing para communities...

* Theresa Duncan / Jeremy Blake saga

* Inslaw Octopus: Alvarez, Casolaro, Riconosciuto ... DesertFae


So, what would you do if Danny Casolaro asked for your help?
by Searcher08 » 08 Feb 2008 14:00
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BREAKING: Hughes Arrested for 1981 Alavarez Murders
by American Dream » 28 Sep 2009 05:40
http://www.rigorousintuition.ca/board2/ ... =8&t=25288

desertfae?
by American Dream » 28 Sep 2009 21:53
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Michael James Riconosciuto
by dbcooper41 » 25 Jan 2010 23:03
http://www.rigorousintuition.ca/board2/ ... =8&t=26839
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Postby elfismiles » Mon Jan 06, 2014 11:16 am

Since FEMA and the profiting from "natural" disasters and the meme of human-engineered "natural" disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis and hurricanes is a part of parapolitical / conspiracy culture...

NORTHCOM, terror warnings, military exercises, pressure on O
by JackRiddler » 15 Nov 2008 21:07
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American Dream » 15 Nov 2008 21:38 wrote:California’s involvement appears to center around planning for a catastrophic earthquake.

“Under the leadership of Governor Schwarzenegger and direction of his Office of Homeland Security, the nation’s largest state sponsored emergency exercise will take place November 13-18,” a press release from the governor’s office states.

“Golden Guardian 2008 tests California’s capability to respond and recover during a major catastrophic earthquake. The Golden Guardian 2008 full-scale exercise scenario focuses on a simulated, catastrophic 7.8 magnitude earthquake along the southern portion of the San Andreas Fault.”


I thought of this story:

http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2008 ... or-th.html

L.A. Preps for the Big One With Massively Multiplayer Earthquake
By Alexis Madrigal November 13, 2008

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Disaster preparedness is about as sexy as flossing regularly, but a new alternate reality game could put the fun into contemplating the destruction of Los Angeles.
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Postby elfismiles » Mon Jan 06, 2014 1:49 pm

Institue for Human Continuity IHC---2012
by Percival » 28 Aug 2009 18:16
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That BCCI movie has its own ARG
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Postby elfismiles » Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:08 pm

Haven't refound my past links to these 2 but want to add them here:

- Multiple faked twitter UFO pics (in England?) as promo stunt for local science fiction convention
- Vancouver Space Centre fake UFO stunt
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Postby elfismiles » Sun Nov 29, 2015 3:36 pm

Indian Lake Project, Photos of Exps. on kids
Post by Project Willow » 27 Oct 2006 02:13
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Ziggin' and a Zaggin' » 28 Nov 2015 15:54 wrote:...
There has been one very unfortunate development in this Indian Lake Project mystery. The Village of Indian Lake - that is the local authorities - has sunk as low as to cooperate in the making of a fake video à la Blair Witch of the apparent disappearance of a group of young explorers who came to the village to investigate the Indian Lake Project mystery. For the promotion of tourism. Deplorable, in my opinion. Check it out.
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Postby elfismiles » Sun Nov 29, 2015 3:38 pm

elfismiles » 21 Apr 2015 00:08 wrote:Haven't refound my past links to these 2 but want to add them here:

- Multiple faked twitter UFO pics (in England?) as promo stunt for local science fiction convention
- Vancouver Space Centre fake UFO stunt


elfismiles » 28 Sep 2013 15:15 wrote:Vancouver Space Centre hoaxes baseball UFO sighting - OpenMinds (VIDEOS)
http://www.openminds.tv/vancouver-space ... nter-1137/

... See best video at bottom of above page ...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDRj2zGzvic

Vancouver Space Centre Hoaxed Mass UFO Sighting Examiner
http://www.examiner.com/article/vancouv ... o-sighting

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre press release
http://www.spacecentre.ca/images/spacec ... 091013.pdf

Witnesses tweet UFO photos during Canadian baseball game
http://www.openminds.tv/witnesses-tweet ... game-1132/

UFO at Baseball Game

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irItgeBZ7ds


Soccer Defeat Blamed on UFOs in Ecuador
http://inexplicata.blogspot.com/2013/09 ... -ufos.html
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Postby elfismiles » Tue Dec 01, 2015 8:53 pm

Crashed fireball UFO being 'investigated by secret agents' - but what's really going on?
11:31, 2 Dec 2015 /Updated 14:04, 2 Dec 2015
By Kelly-Ann Mills
This clip shows one of the green lights flashing through the night sky, before appearing to land nearby
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news ... ed-6939076

Mixed responses to FutureLife's fake UFO marketing hoax
1 December 2015 5:16 PM
http://www.capetalk.co.za/articles/1002 ... ting-stunt

http://www.theufochronicles.com/2015/12 ... onses.html
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Postby elfismiles » Mon Dec 28, 2015 10:06 am

Since the other thread is locked ...

Fixed Flat Earth?
Post by divideandconquer » 27 Oct 2015
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... but since I suspect this MIGHT be some kind of viral marketing ... :shrug:

Abandoned ship in mall parking lot promotes flat Earth theory
John Rennison,The Hamilton Spectator

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BOAT
John Rennison,The Hamilton Spectator
A boat that some say has been popping up around Hamilton with grafitti promoting Jeranism, a movement that supports flat-earth theories, was left at Centre Mall on Christmas Eve.


Whether elaborate prank or loony politics, someone left The Centre on Barton with an early present docked at their doorstep on Christmas Eve.

A small boat, wrapped in tin foil with rambling bits of text scrawled on its exterior from starboard to port, has been parked on a trailer at the shopping mall for more than three days.

Staff Sgt. Frank Miscione says Hamilton police went to the scene on Dec. 25 and 26, and have determined the boat does not pose a threat.

Since there was no hate speech or any danger to the public, it's now up to the city's bylaw enforcement department to decide what to do with it, he added.

Inside the boat is an assortment of items including clothes, memory foam and a book titled "Mysteries of the Unexplained."

The muddled exterior text includes references to Jeranism, an emerging countercultural movement based on flat earth theories and the rejection of conventional science.

Among the blood-red hand prints and scribbled notes are suggestions to "Open your II III II there's truth inside," and musings about NASA being a joke and having "really bad acting."

The text also provides a link to a website where passersby could further research the topic, but mistakenly links to a British-based travel agency domain at globebusters.com/jeranism instead of the likely intended jeranism.com/globebusters.

Centre on Barton security said Sunday there has been no opportunity to get in touch with Hamilton bylaw enforcement since Christmas Eve, so the boat would be enjoying a minimum four-night stay on their property.

Miscione said Centre security has contacted the owner and asked the individual to remove the boat. Police could not confirm whether their officers had interviewed the owner.

A small portside poem was left as a warning on the side of the boat:

That was a good one, the joke was on us

I know it sounds crazy but it's God now we trust

The Key-Wit is flowing, hear them all hiss;

The Globe is a joke and I'm not gonna miss

I know it sounds Crazy, As if Stars are Souls

We all live on a Plane and there's only one pole

The Great Grandmother, She's not the only one,

There's lots of others, gonna come undone.


http://www.thespec.com/news-story/62101 ... th-theory/


As for locking that other thread ... as often is the case I have mixed feelings. I get why some folks are annoyed / concerned about appearances. I recall helping organize a local Austin Mufon mini-conference many years ago featuring George Wingfield, Karla Turner, and Ed Conroy. I remember hoping we'd get some media coverage but was dismayed to see them arrive and begin shooting EXACTLY as Ed Conroy was talking about Inner Earth mythos ... of course, he and I and others have an interest in these ideas mainly from an anthropological / metaphorical perspective but of course the media would film at that EXACT time and likely include sound-bytes alluding to such CRAZY inner earth material, without the context of the metaphor / anthropology angles...
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Re: ParaViral Marketing Master Thread

Postby JackRiddler » Tue Dec 29, 2015 10:52 pm

Not sure how my thread about terra-terra-terra warnings during the Bush-Obama transition counts as ARG (military wargames, I 'spose). But here was the ARG thread from me I'd have expected:

ARG: Conspiracy For Good (Warning: Don't click this) - Tue Jun 07, 2011
viewtopic.php?t=32316&p=495560
To Justice my maker from on high did incline:
I am by virtue of its might divine,
The highest Wisdom and the first Love.

Top Secret Wall St. Iraq? & more
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