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The Bleeding Edges: The Black Watchmen

The Bleeding Edges are a series of articles on games that blur reality and fiction. There was once a wonderful thing on the internet: The Stone. It was when we were all tiny babies (1997), and Wikipedia was still a twinkle in Jimmy Wales's twinkly eye. You got access to it by buying a physical object, a small stone pendant, and with the code imprinted…

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Burials And Bubblewrap: The Binding Of Isaac ARG

In the week or so after the release of The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth [official site], many members of the Isaac community were up in arms. Datamining - digging through the code for behind the scenes information - had revealed less new content than the pre-release build-up and Steam store page seemed to promise. There was talk of gated content that would only release when…

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Alt-Minds: Please Don’t Let A Phone Ruin Your Game

I am at once intrigued and concerned by the announcement of a new project from Lexis Numérique. Alt Mind's plans to be a "transmedia" game, launching this Autumn, that will take place on websites, smart phones, and presumably in the real world too. The concerns? Well, first, it's created by Orange, and although some of the best ARGs have been sponsored, that's not normally something…

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Decrypting & Dehairing Frictional’s ‘A Machine For Pigs’

Breaking news, if you were reading the internet a couple of days ago. Following a brief ARG, a tiny, hopeful squeak of detail has emerged for the next game from Amnesia devs Frictional. Frankly anything is more useful than 'it might be set in China, possibly', but in this case we have a couple of pieces of creepy, bloody concept art and a possible title.…

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ARGmentation: Deus Ex Code Cracking

Those among you with your ears to the internet will have noticed that a mystery has been unfolding around Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Some people are referring to it as an "ARG". That's a pretty serious term and shouldn't be bandied about lightly, but this does have all the hallmarks of one. It all started with a code, or "some gibberish" as I call it,…

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Potatwo? The Valve ARG Ain’t Over

While the GLaDOS@Home distributed potato-collecting event is still ongoing, hints are emerging that there may be even more to come following its conclusion. Portal 2 being released early is the apparent plan, but could there be something more? The latest Steamcast (an unofficial fan radio show) apparently aired with a brief Morse Code signal playing over the chatter, which the hosts claim to have been…

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GLaDOS’ Countdown Is Almost Up

Only seven minutes left on the Valve's Potato Sack ARG clock! Join me as I pop open a Coke Zero and stare catatonically at the tumbling numbers, won't you? I could do with the company, and I'll be updating this post LIVE as and when anything happens. Update: If you need something to distract you while you wait, I cannot recommend this link enough. Update:…

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Valve ARG Will Climax In Seven Hours

RPS tipster du jour Alex Bakke has sent us this link to a countdown timer- the latest discovery following some two weeks of hard work from the participants of Valve's alternate reality game. After a paragraph of Glados's trademark sandpaper wit, it closes "The time is near, humans. But it is not here yet. Tomorrow you will be given the final test. Then it will…

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Gabe Newell Is Messing With Us

Something's going on in Valveland. Well, something's always going on in Valveland: these are clever, playful people. However, this time we (and other sites) appear to be a part of it. We've been sent the below two, super-cryptic images from one Mr G. Newell himself. What do they mean? They're presumably related to the ongoing potato-related ARG, so hopefully by sharing them here we can…

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Oh Yes: Valve’s Mysterious Meta Game

We sort of sat on this one despite all the rumours about it, due to a combination of thinking it was an April Fool's thing, our usual elderly-style bewilderment and being distracted by my cat chasing a bit of... Oh! Look at her! It's adorable! She's rolled over now! And she's purring! And.. Oops, I did it again. Oh yes, the Valve ARG. This is…

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Kringmaster: Conspiracy For Good ARG

Heroes creator/murderer Tim Kring has revealed his next project - an alternative reality game. The idea is, essentially, an interactive TV show - yer timeless wotsit of good and evil, which participants (i.e. you) observe, interact with and even shape as it happens. Exciting! And hopefully nothing at all like Heroes season 2-4.

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Is This Portal 2?

More revelations from the ongoing ARG-decoding, which is currently neatly summarised here. The latest is that they've been able to dial into an Aperture Science bulletin board and download a load of ASCII art. It's quite clearly Portal / Weighted Companion Cube-related stuff, but it wasn't giving much away. But then someone tried rotating some of it... Whaddaya think? Looks a little Mirrors Edgy to…

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