ARG Newbie – Blog entry 2
I am so happy and so frustrated with the Continuum ARG.
I am beginning to wonder if you need a degree in ancient codes and ciphers in order to have a chance.
I have painstakingly gone through every catch up session, read every blog and started to figure out which “players” are actually “casted”.
I have learned that 1 blog, the show episodes and two forums are not enough information to follow, but the Twitter of at least three characters is required too.
in these last 7 hours ( yes I can’t believe it either) I have been introduced to more Ciphers and code:
( I am on the fence as to if the creators are brilliant or sociopaths… at the very least they are organized and highly creative – I DO appreciate that)
Sebald code ( I liked this one even if i did not decode it correctly)
hexadecimal color codes
the term “Steganography” – and it is not so plain , believe me
A Spectrograph from a audio clip (and I still do not really know what i deciphered)
historical quotes/ significance
fictional novel quotes
hacking into gmail accounts
sending messages to unknown characters……….
AND ALL THIS DEDICATION
because I was in both VANCOUVER and CALGARY on the days of the live drops but I had simply fallen behind and was unaware until it was too late to take part, and that would have been very cool.
I have worked about as hard as I can and thought I had discovered the 8 character codes.
of the “14?” that I am suppose to have located to my dismay only 5 were correct.
Is it me?
I am wondering how the designers have keep people – me – engaged?
OR is this the trick…. the higher the difficulty the better chance of loyalty?
lets see what google has to say about it.
“Flow breaks down when a player doesn’t know what their goals are, how they’re expected to accomplish them, or which new game techniques they’re supposed to use to solve a puzzle. When this happens, gamers disengage and are more likely to stop playing.”
OR MAYBE it is me
“An addictive personality refers to … an individual predisposed to… psychological dependency that negatively impacts the quality of life. …also highly at risk of becoming addicted to gambling… work, and codependency.” – Wikipedia
I’ll re-visit this with some much needed sleep.
- NOTE TO SELF- HOW COMPLICATED ARE YOUR DESIGNS-IS ENGAGEMENT SUFFERING-