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I love a mystery

I found this fascinating site thanks to a post by oletheros over at apocalinks. It's a mystery involving an old, eerie painting. Groovy!

Consider starting here to read the whole story of Benjamin Stove's painting, as written by Tucker, the owner of the site and currently of the painting. I laughed a few times, and I am now genuinely intrigued.

This is vaguely reminiscent of the months I spent searching for hidden links on the old Blair Witch site before the movie was publicly released. What is it about mysteries that is so compelling?

ETA: Yeah, I figure it's a web game of some kind. The idea had vaguely occurred to me, but frankly, I thought that if was a little too oddball to be marketing. It doesn't look like anything you could build a movie off of. But the site is awfully slick looking. Who knows? At any rate, it seems like good fun.

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crossbonesdj
Jan. 12th, 2006 07:05 pm (UTC)
you should have seen me with the donnie darko site as well as the whole web game with AI!
oletheros
Jan. 12th, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC)
apparently, this is a web game as well.
fenriss
Jan. 12th, 2006 08:58 pm (UTC)
Is it? So I have been fooled? It seemed like such a believable story.
oletheros
Jan. 12th, 2006 11:14 pm (UTC)
no no no. you're meant to be drawn in. the whole point is that they've laid out a mystery for you and you're supposed to solve it. that's the game. it's like a mystery novel that's been filleted and pureed and you have to put it back together.
underfiend
Jan. 12th, 2006 11:52 pm (UTC)
Ah... the joys of viral marketing.

Best done with AI and good fun until the real hackers cracked and crashed most of the endgame servers.
citizen_ken
Jan. 12th, 2006 09:00 pm (UTC)
blair witch...that reminds me...
have you ever read Karl Edward Wagner's 'Sticks?' If not, I should dig up a copy for you.
fenriss
Jan. 12th, 2006 09:16 pm (UTC)
Re: blair witch...that reminds me...
I have not, and I would love to.
pastor_saturn
Jan. 12th, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC)
Re: blair witch...that reminds me...
Is that the one with the guy? And all the sticks?


;)
splifford
Jan. 12th, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC)
i wonder if it's for a movie or what...i like the "benjamin stove" business. the benjamin stove was invented by ben franklin.

i had lots of fun with the AI web mystery. these are pretty cool.
taschoene
Jan. 12th, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC)
Um, that's the Franklin stove.


splifford
Jan. 13th, 2006 02:10 pm (UTC)
d'oh
that's what i meant...my fingers were overruling my brain, apparently.
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