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Halo 2 Trailer Gets Subliminal, Halo Done Quick

simoniker posted more than 10 years ago | from the cloud-construction-reconstruction dept.

First Person Shooters (Games) 71

An anonymous reader writes "The Halo 2 movie trailer hit theaters last week and rabid fans have been passing around 'cam' versions since then. A lower quality streaming version went up on MSN and Xbox.com yesterday, but today GamePro.com premiered a high definition 1920x1080 5.1 surround sound version of the trailer for the home theater purists. More interestingly, a Halo.bungie.org newspost reports on subliminal messages within the ad, when 'the Xbox logo changes, for a frame or two, from www.xbox.com to www.ilovebees.com', an apparently legit website where 'some very, very strange stuff is going on' - there's already speculation and a little evidence this could be from the same Microsoft group who stealthily made the AI web game?" Elsewhere, an anonymous reader writes "Remember Quake Done Quick, the effort to complete Quake as fast as possible? Well, halo.bungie.org recently wrapped up its Going Nowhere Fast contest, which was an effort to do much the same thing for Halo. You can view the results and download the videos, though some are still being posted, at the Going Nowhere Fast contest page."

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Subliminal Messaging? (3, Interesting)

bnewendorp (764839) | more than 10 years ago | (#9782623)

Its a common misbelief that having something change on a screen for a few frames is subliminal messaging. If you can actually see what the message is, it is NOT subliminal. Subliminal messaging is when the message they are trying to show you isn't noticed by your senses, but still makes it to the brain anyway.

Re:Subliminal Messaging? (1)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 10 years ago | (#9782659)

"Its a common misbelief that having something change on a screen for a few frames is subliminal messaging. If you can actually see what the message is, it is NOT subliminal. Subliminal messaging is when the message they are trying to show you isn't noticed by your senses, but still makes it to the brain anyway."

I agree. However, the word "subliminal" + "Microsoft" = a bunch of people angrily trying to find out what it's about. Subliminal + Microsoft = EffectiveMarketing();.

Part of me thinks they did that just to get on Slashdot. I personally am amused at the concept of MS playing on Slashdot's hatred of them. Heh.

Re:Subliminal Messaging? (1)

CaptMonkeyDLuffy (623905) | more than 10 years ago | (#9782684)

My guess would be that this is entirely from Bungie, not Microsoft... It's the sort of thing they'd do as a joke, and simply to get people to scratch their head and think a bit more about their games... They've done similar things before(note my post about the Cortana letters that predated the first Halo... bunch of cryptic e-mails sent to a major Bungie fansite in order to drum up interest).

Re:Subliminal Messaging? (1)

br0ck (237309) | more than 10 years ago | (#9783098)

They are speculating about the Cortana letters in the ilovebees.com forum [blogspot.com] for Ladybee777's latest post. The site owner is also expressing exasperation and has even deleted a recent post from a blogger named Cortana.

Viral Marketing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9783602)

Beta-7, anyone?

Looks like old style Bungie sense of humor... (4, Insightful)

CaptMonkeyDLuffy (623905) | more than 10 years ago | (#9782661)

Frankly, Bungie has a history of hiding details you need to search for and research... Both in their game stories(primarily Marathon, the semi-parent of Halo), and also in their 'buzz generation' for games.

A long time ago, back in the pre-Halo release days(in fact, before the anouncement of exactly what the project that wound up being Halo was made official), there was an entire series of quirky odd referenced 'fake e-mails' to the person who runs an important fansite... You can see some details here. [bungie.org]

Good ole Marketting... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9782713)

Took a book out of the Blair Witch Project lesson, did they?

Hoax (4, Funny)

Giant Ape Skeleton (638834) | more than 10 years ago | (#9782758)

What a bunch of KILLALLHUMANS rubbish.

Everybody knows there's no NUKE MARS such thing

as subliminal messages.

Re:Hoax (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9791335)

Absolutely fnord.

There's never FNORD been any Fnord evidence for subFNORDliminal messages ever.

At least two of us are fnord sane at least.

FNORD.

Firefox... (1)

Apreche (239272) | more than 10 years ago | (#9782800)

I tried to checkout www.ilovebees.com to see what the story was. But visiting it with firefox 0.91 on gentoo linux causes firefox to crash and burn. Anyone else have a problem?

Re:Firefox... (2, Interesting)

Smidge204 (605297) | more than 10 years ago | (#9782910)

I just tried it with FireFox 0.9.1 on Win2K. Apparently they use some CSS or something to pop up some faux error message:


HALT - MODULE CORE HEMORRHAGE

Control has been yielded to the
SYSTEM PERIL DISTRIBUTED REFLEX.

This medium is classified, and has a
STRONG INTRUSIVE INCLINATION.

In 4 days, network throttling will erode.

In 18 days this medium will metastasize.

COUNTDOWN TO WIDE AWAKE AND PHYSICAL:

Make your decisions accordingly.


My bet is the code to do this borked FireFox on ya.
=Smidge=

Re:Firefox... (1)

Distinguished Hero (618385) | more than 10 years ago | (#9782923)

Works fine for me using Firefox 0.9.1 on Gentoo.

Re:Firefox... (1)

slithytove (73811) | more than 10 years ago | (#9783443)

works for me with firefox .9.1 on gentoo. I'm using all x86 packages except for firefox .9.1 which is still ~x86. I was having random firefox crashes a few days ago; I synced and -uD'ed world and have had no crashes since.

Re:Firefox... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9785211)

weeeeeird. I run x86 at work and ~x86 at home. At work it crashed at home it worked. Strangeness.

Re:Firefox... (1)

Namarrgon (105036) | more than 10 years ago | (#9791514)

Comes up fine under Firefox on WinXP - but the "error message" is missing the counter on the second last line.

The counter is visible under IE however.

ilovebees.com (4, Insightful)

volteface (798935) | more than 10 years ago | (#9782819)

The ilovebees business is intriguing.

Anyway, here is a (barely distiguishable, but whatever) image of the aforementioned frame I found; http://forums.unfiction.com/forums/files/xboxilove bees.gif [unfiction.com]

Also it appears that for some reason, people have set up a whole forum [unfiction.com] dedicated to the event.

Re:ilovebees.com (4, Informative)

Pluvius (734915) | more than 10 years ago | (#9783656)

Also it appears that for some reason, people have set up a whole forum dedicated to the event.

That's probably because the chances of this being the sequel to the AI game (aka "The Beast") are pretty high. The Beast is still the most well-known alternate-reality game (ARG) in history, so the possibility that this Halo game could be "The Hive" (the long-rumored sequel to The Beast) is creating quite a stir in the ARG fandom.

Rob

Re:ilovebees.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9784814)

I'd like to add that a few people from the ARG scene recieved a bottle of honey in the past few days, apparently sent by "Aunt Margaret", which had cardboard letters floating in the honey. After getting them out, they spelled "ilovebees", and pointed the ARG community to ilovebees.com before the Halo2 trailer was released. That kinda hints this might become a biggie...

Check halfway www.argn.com for more info on the mysterious bee packages.

-- Giskard

Re:ilovebees.com (1)

NashCarey (765512) | more than 10 years ago | (#9788777)

Yeah!! This is AWESOME they set up another forum for the exact same thing at www.immersionunlimited.com. Thay have chat rooms and people are just starting out there, so no spoiled information for people who are just coming in.

its a movie about a 3d shooter (0, Flamebait)

tkwilly (793944) | more than 10 years ago | (#9782836)

how interesting could it possibly be?

Bittorrent? (3, Insightful)

Sandman1971 (516283) | more than 10 years ago | (#9782858)

A slow site.... 50 meg download. When will these so-called publishers realize that for stuff liek this, Bittorrent is the way to go? You save on some badnwidth and allow ppl to grab the files much more quickly.

Re:Bittorrent? (1)

Have Blue (616) | more than 10 years ago | (#9784849)

The files were originally offered with Bittorrent, but the seeds were replaced with a direct download after a few days. I assume demand for the movies had dropped off to levels where Bittorrent didn't have a huge advantage over direct download (until now).

Re:Bittorrent? (1)

Lord_Dweomer (648696) | more than 10 years ago | (#9785202)

Because with BT you can't have exclusive deals with Fileplanet and such for ad dollars.

Countdown? (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 10 years ago | (#9782919)

Anyone else guessing the countdown on ilovebees counts down to the Halo 2 release?

Re:Countdown? (1)

Pulse_Instance (698417) | more than 10 years ago | (#9782952)

There is always hope, what I am curious about is how much the lady who runs ilovebees is being paid to let this happen to her site.

Re:Countdown? (1)

simoniker (40) | more than 10 years ago | (#9783045)

The alleged developer of the site even has a weblog [blogspot.com] - pretty interesting stuff.

Re:Countdown? (2, Insightful)

TheOnlyCoolTim (264997) | more than 10 years ago | (#9783064)

There's no lady that runs ilovebees. It's just a particularly vile form of marketing that lies to you that it isn't.

Tim

Re:Countdown? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9789644)

The website and any related materials is most likely put together by a marketing agency. It's what they call "viral marketing:" http://www.wilsonweb.com/wmt5/viral-principles.htm [wilsonweb.com] and it has been done many times before. For example, http://www.beta-7.com/ [beta-7.com] .

I can't believe people here are so easy to fool...

Re:Countdown? (1)

Bollenator (733651) | more than 10 years ago | (#9784969)

Bungie has officially placed the Halo 2 release date as November 9th, 2004. When it comes to any information direct from Bungie, fans often count it as canonical. So the ilovebees countdown must be referring to something else.

Re:Countdown? (1)

Delphiki (646425) | more than 10 years ago | (#9785271)

The blog also has a mention of august 24th.. the same date the count down is goign to, so my guess is that august 24th something significant and halo related will happen, if not release.

Re:Countdown? (1)

MMaestro (585010) | more than 10 years ago | (#9786616)

Maybe August 24th is the day Bungie finally turns on the marketing machine. (The game is being released in November, its July now. I doubt they're begin advertising THIS early.)

Re:Countdown? (1)

GreyWolf3000 (468618) | more than 10 years ago | (#9786707)

Duke Nukem Forever is like Godot. Just wait for it!

A: What are we doing?

B: We're sitting here waiting for a game to play.

A: Why can't we find a different game?

B: Because we're waiting for DKF.

Oh, the absurdity.

Too bad I can't... (1)

OOO0000OO0O0 (799394) | more than 10 years ago | (#9782927)

I tried to pull of a "Go Nowhere Fast" and I did...at 0.3 frames per second. Halo code is rubbish. I will not let my new Geforce 6800 even touch that code.

What are you all complaining about? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9784162)

I've got a frankenstein of a box, Radeon 7200 64m, p4 1.6, and 512 meg of PC133 sdram, and halo runs fine.

Not exceptional, but 30 frames a sec, without all the details, but with most.
I hate to think what you expect from your games.

Re:Too bad I can't... (1)

Bollenator (733651) | more than 10 years ago | (#9784916)

Not to be persnickety, but the rules of Going Nowhere Fast required that the runs be completed on Xbox, not Halo PC. Thus making it much more likely that all runs would be comparable based on the same hardware running the show.

Ob Simpsons Reference (3, Funny)

servognome (738846) | more than 10 years ago | (#9782946)

Pretty soon they will go to superliminal advertising.
Bill Gates will be running around with a bullhorn yelling "HEY YOU! BUY HALO 2"

Re:Ob Simpsons Reference (1)

NaugaHunter (639364) | more than 10 years ago | (#9784187)

Bill Gates will be running around with a bullhorn yelling "HEY YOU! BUY HALO 2"

Given how they handle other standards, that's exactly how I picture Microsoft handling subliminal messaging.

Re:Ob Simpsons Reference (1)

solicit (739686) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790567)

Does that 'Ob' stand for obvious? It should stand for obligatory!

I, for one, welcome our new bee-loving overlords.

torrent (2, Funny)

musikit (716987) | more than 10 years ago | (#9783078)

anyone have a torrent to the game? :P

Re:torrent (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 10 years ago | (#9785127)

Jesus! Who the hell modded this as troll? Is lack of capitalization all it takes these days? Sheesh!

Re:torrent (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9786527)

Yeah, no kidding... to many motherfuckers with mod points these days.

lame (1)

i8urtaco (663163) | more than 10 years ago | (#9783193)


That ilovebees.com site is almost stupid as Subserviantchicken [subserviantchicken.com]

Re:lame (2, Funny)

potatostategamer (798961) | more than 10 years ago | (#9783649)

Stupid?! That chicken knows how to "do the cabbage patch" and "do the roger rabbit"! That's a damn smart chicken by my reckoning.

That's a LOT of bees (3, Informative)

Satan's_Tool (224845) | more than 10 years ago | (#9783204)

> DiG 9.2.1 > ilovebees.net
ilovebees.net. 66.150.161.136
ilovebees.net. 66.150.161.140
ilovebees.net. 66.150.161.141
ilovebees.net. 69.25.27.172
ilovebees.net. 66.150.161.135
ilovebees.net. 69.25.27.171
ilovebees.net. 66.150.161.134
ilovebees.net. 66.150.161.133
and
ilovebees.com. 69.20.126.147

For a little ol' lady that doesn't have the computer skills....that's a lot of servers to be running your little website and NOT have an actual ad in the local Yellow Pages.

Re:That's a LOT of bees (1, Interesting)

volteface (798935) | more than 10 years ago | (#9783346)

Just look at the meta keywords in the site. honey, bees, Margaret, small busines, beekeeping, hives, retail, market, Operator, bug, buggy, virus, infestation, WTF is going on with this damn thing, parasite, strong intrusive inclination, medium, messages, shipwreck, network throttling, SOS, hoax, game, bee hoax, bee game, survivor, survive, evade, resist, escape, a little help would be appreciated, thanks and tip your waitress, sleep, is, good, install, reinstall, re-reinstall, re-re-reinstall, I, love, bees

Re:That's a LOT of bees (0, Offtopic)

gregory144 (774099) | more than 10 years ago | (#9783444)

Here is the whois info, maybe the phone number will provide some answers:

whois -h whois.namesdirect.com ilovebees.com

The data contained in the WHOIS database, while
believed by the company to be reliable, is provided "as is",
with no guarantee or warranties regarding its accuracy. This
information is provided for the sole purpose of assisting you
in obtaining information about domain name registration records.
Any use of this data for any other purpose, including, but not
limited to, allowing or making possible dissemination or
collection of this data in part or in its entirety for any
purpose, such as the transmission of unsolicited advertising and
solicitations, is expressly forbidden without the prior written
permission of this company. By submitting an inquiry, you agree
to these terms of usage and limitations of warranty.
Please limit your queries to 10 per minute and one connection.

Registrant:
Margaret's House of Bees
Margaret's House of Bees
2370 Market Street #510
San Francisco, CA 94114-1575
US

Registrar: NAMESDIRECT
Domain Name: ILOVEBEES.COM
Created on: 14-JUN-04
Expires on: 14-JUN-09
Last Updated on: 15-JUL-04

Administrative, Technical Contact:
Efendi, Margaret ladybee777@hotmail.com
Margaret's House of Bees
Margaret's House of Bees
2370 Market Street #510
San Francisco, CA 94114-1575
US
415-248-2617

Domain servers in listed order:
NS1.MYDOMAIN.COM
NS2.MYDOMAIN.COM
NS3.MYDOMAIN.COM
NS4.MYDOMAIN.COM

End of Whois Information

Re:That's a LOT of bees (1)

Twirlip of the Mists (615030) | more than 10 years ago | (#9785950)

415-248-2617

"Hi, this is Dana. Leave me a message, and... blah, blah, blah." (three quick beeps) "This person's mailbox is full. Please try again later."

Re:That's a LOT of bees (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9787749)

duuuuuuuuuuuude, thats cruel.

Re:That's a LOT of bees (1)

grahamwest (30174) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790032)

I called and got that message as well and thought "Damn! They punked some random chick." That's a valid San Fran area code by the way. But, the site lists Dana as Margaret's niece...

Re:That's a LOT of bees (1)

Twirlip of the Mists (615030) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790175)

That's nothing. At one point during The Beast, calling a given game-related phone number connected you with an actual, life person, an actor playing a game character. He was a security guard, if I recall, and you had to convince him over the phone to do something to advance the plot of the story.

Then there was the time players who had called a certain number some months before found their phones ringing in the middle of the night...

These games are pretty immersive.

Re:That's a LOT of bees (1)

TheOnlyCoolTim (264997) | more than 10 years ago | (#9797382)

Shouldn't telling blatant lies to the registrars be considered fraud?

Tim

Re:That's a LOT of bees (2, Interesting)

Blofeld (120006) | more than 10 years ago | (#9785488)

A netcraft query shows the following:

July 13
OS: Windows 2000
Server: Apache/1.3.19 (Unix) (Red-Hat/Linux) mod_ssl/2.8.1 OpenSSL/0.9.6 DAV/1.0.2 PHP/4.0.4pl1 mod_perl/1.24_01

July 16
OS: Windows Server 2003
Server: Microsoft-IIS/6.0

July 17
OS: Windows 2000
Server: Apache/1.3.19 (Unix) (Red-Hat/Linux) mod_ssl/2.8.1 OpenSSL/0.9.6 DAV/1.0.2 PHP/4.0.4pl1 mod_perl/1.24_01

What's up with that?

Re:That's a LOT of bees (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9785601)

Probably an Apache proxy in front of an IIS server. There may be one or more Win2K/Server 2003 servers behind the RedHat proxy box. But this is not entirely uncommon.

Re:That's a LOT of bees (2, Interesting)

BlueFashoo (463325) | more than 10 years ago | (#9785969)

If you look at the whois, the registration date is June 14, 2004. The earliest entry on the ilovebees.blogspot.com blog is June 13, 2004. Oops, they jumped the gun a bit. Ilovebees.net does have the same June 14, 2004 creation date as the dot com address, though it is registered to NAMESDIRECT.COM, INC.

Re:That's a LOT of bees (1)

ePIsOdEOnline (711249) | more than 10 years ago | (#9787251)

No it's june 8. Current Registrar: NAMESDIRECT.COM, INC. IP Address: 69.20.126.147 (ARIN & RIPE IP search) IP Location: US(UNITED STATES) Lock Status: ACTIVE DMOZ no listings Y! Directory: see listings Data as of: 08-Jun-2004

Re:That's a LOT of bees (1)

Deaper (659229) | more than 10 years ago | (#9791589)

In response to parent... The query you used is for ilovebees.net which is a domain placeholder. The actual site ilovebees.com is only one IP. Which is owned by rackspace.

MMMmmm Honey (1)

Rudy Rodarte (597418) | more than 10 years ago | (#9783402)

When I was younger, I used to have really bad asthma. My mom would make me something similar to this [ilovebees.com] . However, she didnt use sugar. She used lemon and garlic. It really worked, too. It was a big time expectorant and anything that didnt belong was coughed up quickly. In fact, once I dried out my sinuses good and proper. It felt horrible!
Anyways, the site is pretty cool. Good marketing tool.

I'm happy (2, Funny)

88NoSoup4U88 (721233) | more than 10 years ago | (#9783512)

at least Tyler Durden didn't insert -his- , er, *cough* message.

Huh? (1)

Reorax (629666) | more than 10 years ago | (#9783799)

I checked out some of those links, and they reference "dropped A's and I's" and "the Beast." Anyone wanna fill me in on what this means?

Don't know much more than you... (1)

CaptMonkeyDLuffy (623905) | more than 10 years ago | (#9783877)

The Beast is a reference to a similar 'event' in the past. The "dropped A's and I's" may refer to the fact that the Beast was an event that had ties to the movie AI... On the other hand, they might be a reference to hints and pieces of the puzzle revealed in this new 'game.'

Supposedly the term for these sort of things is ARG, alternate reality game. I've always had an interest in these sort of uncover the clues and try to figure out bizarre conspiracy/connection type things before... though I'm still pretty much a clueless newbie on the subject. Unfortunately, the discussion board doesn't seem to be the main form of communication(I get the feeling its an IRC channel), thus it's hard to get the whole picture of what those playing the game have figured out so far.

Be interesting if some overzealous individual put together a really thorough 'get caught up on the situation' type overview up.

Re:Don't know much more than you... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9784387)

While there isn't a complete Guide to the "ilovebees" game as of yet (like was created for the Beast, by the Cloudmakers), a wiki has been started at http://bees.netninja.com/wiki to put together what's been found so far. There's discussion forums at unfiction.com, but yeah, most of the real-time talk is at irc.chat-solutions.org 6667 in #ilovebees :)

Conspiracy (1)

AztecL0B0 (784666) | more than 10 years ago | (#9783879)

I think the site is trying to hint at the new race that will join the covenant. The trailer talks about how the Earth is in the way of the covenant. I think this new race has a "hive" and the words Phasmidia Elegans(type of worm) hint at their physical structure. I think the excerpts that allude to loneliness taken from Gulliver's Travels and Shakespeare's The Tempest are hinting at "the monitor" from Halo 1. He is in an unknown planet.

Re:Conspiracy (1)

wileycat (690131) | more than 10 years ago | (#9784859)

That sounds like a good theory for now. I saw the references to Gulliver's Travels and The Tempest too . One of the passages says "hold your self together girl" so mabye we're getting a little of Cortana in there too? or mabye another AI?

Too big... (1)

BigZaphod (12942) | more than 10 years ago | (#9783921)

Ok.. so I admit.. my computer won't play the darned thing. The resolution is too freaking huge! In fact, none of the computers we tried it on at the office managed to play the file (both windows and mac). So.. Anyone know how to go about converting a wmv to a smaller mpeg? It looks sweet and I get the gist from watching it, but I'd like to see more than 5% of the frames...

Re:Too big... (1)

starunj (644667) | more than 10 years ago | (#9792121)

I compressed the video, its now watchable on my modest pc. Quality is relative among the three. You can find it here:

Halo 2 Trailer High Quality [8.28 MB] [purdue.edu]
Halo 2 Trailer Medium Quality [3.87 MB] [purdue.edu]
Halo 2 Trailer Low Quality [1.24 MB] [purdue.edu]

You can see the ilovebees thingy quite clearly in the medium and high quality ones. Not so in the low quality one.

Ladybee777 “odd behavior cry for help” (2, Informative)

Jammer@CMH (117977) | more than 10 years ago | (#9784195)

This interesting page [blogspot.com] is linked to from the front page of www.ilovebees.com [ilovebees.com] :
Ladybee777 "odd behavior cry for help"

Woke up Tuesday to an alarming email from Aunt Margaret. (Apparently, so did quite few of you, as evidenced by the many "I think your aunt has completely lost it" messages I received.)

It took several hours to finally get a hold of Aunt M on the phone. Before I could say a word about the "odd behavior cry for help," she had her own email question for me:

Did I have any idea why all of her Hotmail would disappear overnight?

I logged in as ladybee777 to check out the damage. Old password worked fine. But no mail in any of the folders...? Weird. (Where was the concerned reply I had sent her that morning?)

Wrote a quick test message and sent it off to myself. Nothing shows up in my gmail inbox. Try again, this time to an older account. Check there: Nothing. Again. Rinse. Repeat. Nothing. Like a little Maxwell's Demon siphoning off all ingoing and outgoing messages. (And apparently sending out its own.)

So Aunt Margaret's email appears to have gone the way of the China countdown. Hijacked. Repurposed.

My first instinct: ask Hotmail to kill the account entirely. But then someone calling him (her?) self "xnbomb" sent me a very persuasive email that made me rethink things. Read for yourself:

It seems that snippets of various emails that have been sent to you by my colleagues have been reassembled and sent back, apparently originating from your aunt's hotmail address. I'm not really sure what it means at this point. But it tells us that we can communicate with these entities using email. In the absence of having a clear idea of just what is going on, the first priority is to communicate, that is how we can learn more. It's at least possible that we've stumbled across something extraordinary here, and our first priority must be to learn all that we can about it.

It's for that reason that I'm going to suggest that you take no further action that interferes with what's going on at ilovebees.com. There's another reason too, one slightly more disturbing. Consider this passage from the end of the tale hidden in the images:

"The day will break and the sun will rise when the Queen returns to rule, and further let it be known that retribution on any who hinder the return of the Queen will be swift and terrible.

This is a significant warning, namely that any interference with that process will be regarded as a hostile act, and will be responded to accordingly. I don't know what the SPDR is capable of, but I'm not sure I want to find out.It's for this reason that I suggest that you don't do anything else to get in the way of this business. If your aunt's business needs a functioning web site immediately, purchase her a new and similarly named domain and get her web site going there. But let this follow its course... while it could just be some hackers being jerks, there is at least a chance that this is something unique and important and wonderful, a window on a world that we may have never seen before, nor will ever see again.

Optimistic and curious, yet with the good sense to be terrified. This seems like a pretty good fix on the situation -- thanks, xnbomb.

I am, of course, wildly nervous about letting the bug(s) continue wreaking havoc entirely unimpeded. But nothing, and I mean nothing, I was doing on the tech side seemed to make a damn bit of difference anyway. So it seems like a good plan to switch gears from active damage control to... well, what?

(ideas?)

P.S. Have decided to try to shield Aunt M from the latest development, so for now I'm telling her it's a widespread Hotmail glitch. I hope I'm doing the right thing.

Speed runs (1)

mliu (85608) | more than 10 years ago | (#9785389)

If anyone wants to check out the speed runs, start with the Silent Cartographer. That one is a masterful speed run, full of interesting tricks and creativity. If you want to see another one, see Assault on the Control Room, that one has some pretty good tricks too, including one doozy. The rest I wouldn't really bother with, I didn't think they were worth the time. Basically they read just like normal play throughs, with nothing in particular interesting about them.

Funny how it is, but the long (maybe tedious) levels of Halo make for some long (maybe tedious) speed runs as well, as they get bogged down slogging through room after room of enemies.

subliminal messages and screenshot illegal? (1)

sonamchauhan (587356) | more than 10 years ago | (#9788339)

just as extra incentive, we've had 3 confirmations
that "www.ilovebees.com" is tacked to the end of the Halo 2 xbox
trailer appearing before movies at Loews Theaters across the US and
Canada. We're still trying to capture a good screen shot.


What if there was no digital version of this trailer (i.e. it was theatre only)?

I have no problems with government bans on filming movies. But they also then ban sumliminal messages, or allow unobstrusive filming of snippets lasting 2-3 minutes.

*GASP* (1)

David_Bloom (578245) | more than 10 years ago | (#9788665)

I think I saw a titlebar change!

Meaning of the countdown... (1)

Destoo (530123) | more than 10 years ago | (#9799864)

Here's the meaning of the countdown..

"Well, this is a wierd one... Remember the theatrical trailer for Halo 2 (look back down a few posts)? Well, someone discovered that in the very end, the Xbox.com logo actually changes for a split second into another url - ilovebees.com. Now, let me tell you that what you are about to see will confuse the living hell out of you... If you go to http://ilovebees.com/ , A message pops up that something inside the system is degenerating it - a virus or other proggie. But, if you looked closely at the "SYSTEM PERIL DISTRIBUTED REFLEX", you would notice that those first letters can also spell something else - "Single Player Demo Release". Yep, we believe that on August 24, 2004, at 00:06, A Demo of Halo 2's Single Player Experience will be made available. There are also other allusions to other dates (on the 27th, "network throttling will erode", possibly AKA "beta-testing will finish", and on the 10th, "this medium will metastasize", possibly AKA "Copies will start being made"), and a whole barrage of other extremely odd clues ("Seek the truth, Behold the truth, Reveal the truth, That is the law and the whole of the law").

It sounds like the right way to translate the countdown.

So Demo on the 24th, beta test to end on the 27th and gone gold on the 10th.

I don't really care about Halo, but I've been interested in puzzles lately.
(damn merlin mystery, I had it. had the 3-d box and everything..)

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