So, this morning, a recap of the John Titor hoo-hah over at Idle Words amused me. In Titor’s case, the idea of using usenet to create participatory fiction online – uh, not the Kaycee Nicole variety – intrigues me, and I think it reflects my lately ranted-on interest in Star Trek bands and the like, and even maybe ties into Sherman Alexie’s bit at the Hugo House this weekend, “D&D Saved My Life.”
So when I stumbled across an interesting Metafilter link that pointed to a corporate info site called Metacortex and pointed out some interesting related sites such as the nearly-complete underwater Greek resort of Aquapolis and so forth, I was amused enough to chuckle and click into some of the sites.
Metacortex, you see, is the company that one Thomas Anderson was working for, several years ago, when all sorts of unexpected things began to happen, involving a movie, then another movie, and soon, yet another movie.
I noticed with interest that the MeFites fingered the project as being in some way related to an online mystery-slash-role playing immersive headbender they referred to as an “A.I.” game. I did not make the connection to the Spielberg/Kubrick film, I just assumed they meant something kind of complex that involved pretending that computers were intelligent.
So I slapped the link in an email to my favorite Matrix fan and went about my bidniss. Hours later, what do I find but a plaintive lament. Said Matrix fan once participated obsessively in the online game that was entitled the Beast and developed at Microsoft by Sean Stewart and Elan Lee, as a marketing tool for the film, one that seems to have somehow escaped the farm, and while seated at a downtown Boston bustop, was finally tranquilized by marketing-campaign control officers.
Fortunately, a helpful link to the Cloudmakers, the ad-hocracy of participants that organized to solve the game illuminates what all the fuss is about, and possibly what the woe will be about.
An apparently Germany-based site has sprung up to begin the coordination process. I think it’s very interesting that the prior game was developed in Redmond, and that the new game’s geographic referral points are to Redland, apparently the home of Metacortex. The telephone numbers, word is, are operable. Call now! Operators are standing by.
Can anyone tell me if Neo appears in the movies at any time wearing a black turtleneck or carrying a certain variety of fruit? One or two of my readers were conclusively identified as working over very near Redland
when my site’s referrer logs were subpoenaed under the Patriot Act last Wednesday recently by means too top-secret to be disclosed – what’s the good word?
(Although, despite the 206 numbers, I’m thinking this is NOT running out of MS; the servers are all Apache/Linux, they’re using MT – if this was an inside job that stuff’d be IIS/ASP all the way.)
And in conclusion, I had no idea about Mr. Elope’s past brushes with ARG abuse, or I surely would have held my peace.