#1 12-04-15 23:24

Parkaboy73
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"You know my name." An invite to play? A clue? A challenge? Looks like we might have some work ahead of us. Has anyone figured out anything more about Metacorp? Or Nex?

I wonder what the hidden white text at the top of the speculat1on.net site means? After "Nex is coming," there are 8 words: "1/GAME 2/NAME 3/FUTURE 4/WORLD 5/PLAY 6/LOVE 7/FOUNDER 8/NETWORK." Has anyone figured that out? We have the interview and Nex Noitaluceps Facebook page. Now, we also have the audio clip and this forum. Anything else? Should we start keeping track of all of the pieces?

Obviously I'm also wondering what happens when the new countdown hits zero in 23+ hours. I just thought I'd get things started.

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#2 12-04-15 23:34

lysander
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#3 12-04-15 23:39

Parkaboy73
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#4 12-04-15 23:46

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My best shot at transcription, if someone else wants to fill in the blanks:

Nex is coming
I need your trust
I need your belief
You will be rewarded in time

Nex is coming
I am not Metacorp
I am with the resistance
This message comes from DR12

Nex is coming
You must learn about metacorp
You must remember our history
Your future needs your help

Nex is coming
In DR12 there are no internets
No history
No ???s
No networks
There is only the reticle
???s
Statistics
Entertainments
You will have no future without your past

Nex is coming
You cannot know too much
Information produces(?) transformations
Metacorp will know(?)

Nex is coming
I cannot (?) directly
You must prove your perseverance and ???
By solving these challenges together
You are the only hope

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#5 12-04-15 23:48

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Sidenote, each segment has a phrase that corresponds to <br>.
be ready; begs response, begets responsibility, be rattled, be reticent, begin retreat, be reality.

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#6 12-04-15 23:52

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also...it was pointed out to me from a fellow memeber that:

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might be a
+1 caesar shift

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#7 12-04-15 23:53

lysander
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So I'm feeling like eight is probably an important number.

Good catch, Adrasteia. I totally just dismissed those as orphaned HTML tags.

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#8 12-04-15 23:57

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"This is the only known document that contains the words of the Founder. The authenticity of this record has been verified by YJC 1138. All original recordings were irreparably damaged during the course of transcription. No audio copies are known to exist."

Not sure what to do with the number, but if we later need a four-digit number and 1138 isn't working, we can figure out how to transform it somehow at that point...

Also of note: on the main page, there are eight black bars next to the giant red "1."

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#9 12-04-16 00:08

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#10 12-04-16 01:02

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#11 12-04-16 10:04

othello
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there is a metacorp CA - googled "metacorp future" - has list of visions for future.

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#12 12-04-16 11:12

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If all recordings were "irreparably damaged" does that mean the interviewer tried to interfere? What became of Nex?

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#13 12-04-16 18:08

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It's also worth noting--is the Founder asking the questions or answering them? Maybe it's obvious and I just missed it. From what I gathered Q was some kind of machine and A is a little sassy, yeah?

"A: Well, fine, not you in particular. You’re a piece of software. So literal. Though, actually, you could be struck by lightning. You’re a physical entity."

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Edit: I'm assuming A is the Founder, since "This is the only known document that contains the words of the Founder" and Q doesn't have any words. I'm assuming he/she is the founder of MetaCorp, but I'm not sure that's possible. "A: Yes, that’s right. I started as a back-office worker. I was a BR. Basic Research. A retro title. Not very creative. But what do you expect from an organization that calls itself MetaCorp?" They would have been working at MetaCorp previously and thus wouldn't have founded it. Still, whoever made the website is from a world where they assume "the Founder" means something to readers. Guess we'll just have to wait until midnight EDT.

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#14 12-04-16 19:57

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#15 12-04-16 20:01

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Last edited by lysander (12-04-16 20:53)

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#16 12-04-16 22:16

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#17 12-04-16 23:04

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#18 12-04-16 23:04

Parkaboy73
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I can't start working through this new content tonight but it looks great. I can't wait. Should we get organized to solve these pieces? Maybe we can put up separate topics/threads for each of the 8 challenges? Let the play begin!

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#19 12-04-16 23:24

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If you hilight the blank pages you get some extra text

a password and a warning to look under the hood

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#20 12-04-17 00:22

lysander
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Started throwing together new threads for each puzzle. Going to sleep for the moment though. I have lots of work to do.

Last edited by lysander (12-04-17 00:28)

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#21 12-04-17 08:23

Parkaboy73
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Thanks, lysander! Those categories help with sharing tips about each puzzle.

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#22 12-04-17 09:55

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Ugh, no Unity for Linux. Looks like I'll have to wait until I can make it to a computer lab.

To follow up on kitu's post, each of the images has some alt text too.

GAME - TRADE - Artificial conflict; system with rules and quantifiable outcomes
NAME - CREDIT - Called 'rose' by any other name smells as sweet
FUTURE - SWAN - It is already here, it's just unevenly distributed
WORLD - ECO - 'Age of man'; state of earthly human existence
PLAY - PSYCHO - Progress, fate, power, identity, imaginary, self, and frivolous
LOVE - CASH - What's the irresistible desire to be desired irresistibly?
FOUNDER - PLUTO - One who raises an edifice; a maker, creator
NETWORK - NEURO - Work where threads, wires interlace as a web

Also note: All the images are super blown up (6400x6400) except NAME/CREDIT (8x8), which is also the only red one. Red and black appear to be repeated colors, likely to have significance soon.

Praxis, what pages were you referring to?

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#23 12-04-18 03:12

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#24 12-04-18 07:58

Parkaboy73
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Welcome, Sho. The Q definitely seems like a machine. I'm not sure about the A yet. The suggestion is that MetaCorp employs both humans and machines.

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#25 12-04-18 09:37

Sho
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it doesn't say anythimg specificlike it was a machine/program. but there are a couple clues.

1. A didn't feel capable of surprise at the time of his survival.

2. He uses a word like, he was expected to be "deleted"

3. he says he was not "hardwired to lie"

Though that may just be their type of language at MetaCorp

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