• Another Possible Valve ARG?
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[h2]If you're planning to sleep, I recommend not to watch the videos, listen to the sound, or play the map.[/h2] Wiki for all the info: [URL]http://foundonthetapearg.wikia.com/wiki/Foundonthetapearg_Wiki[/URL] A post came up in reddit [QUOTE]Okay, here's a [URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeUlxU2qXDk&feature=channel_video_title"]weird video[/URL]. In the middle, there's a very rapid string of characters. I downloaded the video and slowed it down, getting the hex string 74696E7975726C2E636F6D2F4256552D383030 Converted to ASCII, it resolves to *********com/BVU-800?. Remove the ? [URL="http://www.megaupload.com/?d=9CGZM98J"]and here you go[/URL]. It links to a file called foundonthetape_1.bsp on Megaupload.com. It is a TF2 map. Drop it into your /maps folder and open it up. Look up, turn on noclip and fly up... If it does something crazy, do me a favor and be ready to take a screenshot and record the sound then upload it. It's all pretty freaky and it looks like there's some further data hidden in the sound and picture file that pops up shortly... [URL="http://i.imgur.com/ezIUO.jpg"]Proof that I got here first...[/URL] But I'll let someone else upload a good picture BECAUSE SCREW Y'ALL THAT'S WHY ;P (Actually I've never played TF2 and have no friggin' idea what I'm doing in the Dev Console. You guys do better.) Frankly, my money is on Valve dropping Half-Life 3 soon. Nevermind why :D When I hit the checkerboard with a blue-team infantry, it flipped out and gave me a crazy sound and picture; didn't capture it 'cause I didn't know what I was doing. Sorry. PLEASE upload good copies of them ASAP, and if you can decompile .bsp files and extract the raw files themselves, even better! If you can do that, PM me and I'll just email you the file. Cheers... [/QUOTE] [URL="http://www.reddit.com/r/gaming/comments/iyr59/arg_for_something_new_maybe_from_valve_heres_a/"]http://www.reddit.com/r/gaming/comments/iyr59/arg_for_something_new_maybe_from_valve_heres_a/ [/URL] So he was able to converted hex string of the video to ASCII and took him to a megaupload download which is a HL2 .bsp file Here are the videos [video=youtube;VeUlxU2qXDk]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeUlxU2qXDk&feature=channel_video_title[/video] [video=youtube;7eITN3_28as]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eITN3_28as&feature=channel_video_title[/video] [video=youtube;uAvDdSXfdLA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAvDdSXfdLA[/video] [B]Warning: Screamer [/B] [video=youtube;QUHhP0-XH14]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUHhP0-XH14[/video] The map: [URL="http://www.megaupload.com/?d=9CGZM98J"]http://www.megaupload.com/?d=9CGZM98J [/URL]Notice it's the same map name as the user who post the first two videos. The sounds files and picture [URL]http://bj0.org/mapmystery/[/URL] What do you think guys? [B]EDIT:[/B] A second map was reveled [IMG]http://gyazo.com/8b075186c0685a5fbc2c442f5abe17b1.png[/IMG] Map:[URL]http://www.megaupload.com/?d=3JLYPG9M[/URL] PROOF OF VALIDITY OF MAP: [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/9IwMJ.png[/IMG] [B]EDIT:[/B] Another video has been posted [video=youtube;rtts87y5grU]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtts87y5grU&feature=channel_video_title[/video] A cipher in the video is deciphered using this key: [IMG]http://skysigal.xact-solutions.com/Portals/SkySigal/images/Blog/WLW/CSymmetricalAlgorythms_70/image_46.png[/IMG] [B]Edit:[/B] Another map: [URL]http://www.megaupload.com/?d=YXIGHUJO[/URL] The trap door the video used and in the map also. [URL]http://i.imgur.com/7Zs5U.gif[/URL] Emails are sent to [EMAIL="foundonthetape@gmail.com"]foundonthetape@gmail.com[/EMAIL] that say TAPEONTHE and ten people are designated "selected canidates [sic]": 1. Dazzozo 2. kolya 3. Chaotic Lord 4. Pacmanz 5. TALIFAG 6. SpartanBlackman 7. mikolah 8. -Cobalt- 9. HetsuProcyon 10. popostee For a short period, the email was returning autoresponses that said "found 10/10". They all got the 3rd map from a Megaupload link [B]EDIT: [/B] 4th map reveled [url]http://www.megaupload.com/?d=BXXC8LR0[/url] [video=youtube;phA16ssk0Fc]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phA16ssk0Fc[/video]
valve args start in valve games so we are always 100 percent sure that it's an official arg but this is uh well I'm p sure its a reddit-powered prank
Uhh what the hellllllll is with this map. You noclip out of the weird black and white room and... why does it do that? Why doesn't it stop? Man this map is weird.
obviously not a real valve arg.
Reminds me of all those weird 'ghost videos' for horror movies, where there's ~~ghost~~ in the static or there's some ancient heavily damaged video that is the mystery and its solution. Except, in map form.
I say it will be most likely a mod. Surely there very optimistic people thinking it will be a new valve game. *cough*Ep.3*cough*
creepy, It would be fitting because iirc valve said they were going for a horror approach in a ep3 or some other game. I'm trying to not be too optimistic.
oh shit
I'm going to be keeping an eye on the Reddit thread for a while, this is very intriguing.
Spoiler: It's a promotion for a fan-made mod someone is trying to promote by parodying the Valve ARG style you can all go home now [editline]25th July 2011[/editline] I am 99% certain this is the answer
[QUOTE=Doomish;31320728]Spoiler: It's a promotion for a fan-made mod someone is trying to promote by parodying the Valve ARG style you can all go home now [editline]25th July 2011[/editline] I am 99% certain this is the answer[/QUOTE] well im downloading that mod cause they did good job on this for sure.
Fascinating but highly unlikely Valve's work
Sorry gentlemen, but how did that guy find those videos? Did he just randomly watched one of the billions videos on Youtube, and decided to convert some random numbers to ASCII code, while the video hinted nothing? Sounds reasonable enough.
Not Valve's style.
I think this is Valve. Just a hunch.
[QUOTE=Dougley;31320895]I think this is Valve. Just a hunch.[/QUOTE] We all hope you are correct.
Valve or not, I'm excited.
Turns out to be a Valve ARG and when the big revealing clue comes about... SURPRISE!!! Left 4 Dead 3, now featuring ghosts.
[url]http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showpost.php?p=23880207&postcount=9[/url] [quote]This is fan-made and does not relate to Ep3.[/quote] Says Smash the mod from SPUF. Unfortunate.
Its too creepy to be Valve made. I knew it wasn't real.
Whatever this is, a HL2 mod, a game, a movie or something, i'll watch/play it. Looks interesting.
[QUOTE=MAspiderface;31321075]Whatever this is, a HL2 mod, a game, a movie or something, i'll watch/play it. Looks interesting.[/QUOTE] I won't I will be to freaked out to play.
WOW, I REALLY wanted to sleep after my 3 hour flight but now...
If it weren't for the fact that one of the videos (the screamer one) is in the source engine I'd suspect this of being an ARG for Cry Of Fear (aka Afraid of Monsters 2 :v:)
[QUOTE=N. Mason;31320807]Sorry gentlemen, but how did that guy find those videos? Did he just randomly watched one of the billions videos on Youtube, and decided to convert some random numbers to ASCII code, while the video hinted nothing? Sounds reasonable enough.[/QUOTE] someone made a post on reddit that said "some teen brought in some VHS tapes for us to digitize. this was on the second one" then someone decoded the shit and whatever
Welp, My friend just tried out the map, You cant move AT ALL.
New edit to the reddit post: [quote]Well then. It's a Base 64 -> ASCII. It reads as follows: [b]Help%20is%20coming%20Gordon%2C%20you%20are%20not%20alone.%20[/b] Don't know if we're being screwed with at this point...[/quote]
[QUOTE=Zips;31321035][url]http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showpost.php?p=23880207&postcount=9[/url] Says Smash the mod from SPUF. Unfortunate.[/QUOTE] Could be a ruse: [url]http://www.reddit.com/r/gaming/comments/iyr59/arg_for_something_new_maybe_from_valve_heres_a/c27rwyd[/url] [quote]I would have to say "foundonthetape's" profile is partnered, I saw an ad on both videos, YouTube only partners people who: actually have a sufficient amount of views/subscribers (this account doesn't) or companies that request a partnership, cough Valve cough[/quote]
Pretty sure it's a ruse. How would a volunteer SPUF moderator know if it's Valve or not?
I really hope this is something Valve related, but i doubt it is.
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