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Halo 2 Website Puzzle Confounds

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the buzz-buzz dept.

XBox (Games) 362

redune45 writes "The Halo 2 Theatrical trailer ends with the normal Xbox logo, but it also briefly replaces xbox.com with ilovebees.com. Going to ilovebees.com it appears that the site has been 'hacked', adding to the mystery. The 'owner' of the site set up a separate blog with a post talking about the error. There is a huge thread on the Bungie.net forums on the same issue. The WHOIS information for this site shows that it was first registered on June 14, 2004. But no obvious clues other than that are available. What is going on here?" There's at least one Wiki set up to gather clues. We also mentioned this in an earlier Halo story.

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Viral marketing (4, Insightful)

BWJones (18351) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790691)

A case of viral marketing? Move along....

And law breaking? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790788)

http://www.betterwhois.com/bwhois.cgi?domain=ilove bees.com suggests the domain is owned by "Margaret's House of Bees" -- if this is truly made up, isn't fidging whois data kind of a no no?

It's a trap! (0)

beacher (82033) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790872)

It's the web exteansion of Microsoft's Patent for Encouraging Internet surfing [slashdot.org] !!! Don't do it!! I'm sure there's prior art, but don't do it before the patent is struck down!!!

They're just trying to create a buzz (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790692)

It's guerilla marketing [wikipedia.org] , plain and simple, just like Sci-Fi's recent attempt with M. Night Shyamalan's new movie. You're reading about it, so it's working.

Re:They're just trying to create a buzz (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790827)

SciFi's no stranger to Guerilla marketing either. Anyone recall their "documentary" about the Blair witch?

Re:They're just trying to create a buzz (4, Interesting)

Schemat1c (464768) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790851)

This reminds of a pretty cool advertising campaign that was done for the mini series 'V' back in the 80's.

I used to take BART to school in San Francisco and one day in the stations there appeared these generic looking posters of happy family scenes and such with the words 'The Visitors are our friends' written on them. No other information was anywhere on the posters. Nobody knew what they were about but it got everyone talking. Then about a week later there was suddenly big red spray painted V's on all the posters. It was pretty strange at the time and I didn't know what it was about until the series came out about 6 months later. It got me to watch it.

Re:They're just trying to create a buzz (1)

BLAG-blast (302533) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790888)

It's guerilla marketing, plain and simple, just like Sci-Fi's recent attempt with M. Night Shyamalan's new movie. You're reading about it, so it's working.

Damn, that shit is gooooooooood. I think every cent they spent on their guerilla marketing will pay 10 folded. I never knew bees where so interesting, I think I'm going to get some. Who ever Margaret hired to do the Halo hack and fake the web site being hacked to cover up so she didn't get blamed for the Halo hack must be pretty good (I'd assume she didn't do it herself). Of course the bee industry must be a in wicked state if this is the type of marketing they are resorting too.

pig (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790693)

pig

Re:pig (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790704)

oink!

Why require registration (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790706)

Why did you post a link to something that requires
you do register to download. I hate that crap. Give us a registration-free link or don't bother mentioning it.

thats nice (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790709)

See if I care.
Move along, move along...

Other Forums (4, Informative)

jaybird144 (558619) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790710)

You can also read a LOT of information on this website at the unfiction forum dedicated to it [unfiction.com] . Really interesting stuff.

Re:Other Forums (1)

Professor S. Brown (780963) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790732)

Unfiction looks like Ars Technica for mentallists.

Re:Other Forums (1)

t35t0r (751958) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790914)

unfiction.com is dead due to /.

re-inactment of a simpson episode (4, Interesting)

stonebeat.org (562495) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790717)

does anyone remember the simpsons episode, where Lisa finds a skeleton of an angel with wings? It turns out that was just a marketing gimick to attract people to the grand opening. This ilovebees.com is just that.

Re:re-inactment of a simpson episode (1)

stonebeat.org (562495) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790802)

The name of that episode was "Lisa the skeptic". Here are some quotable quotes from that episode:

Homer: What am I gonna do with 1,000 angel ash trays?
Bart: I could take up smoking.
Homer: You damn well better!

Ralph: Prinscipal Skipple, Prinscipal Skimpster! I found something! It's a spearhead!
Miss Hoover: That's your trowel blade, Ralph. It fell off the handle.
Ralph: And I found it!

"Yeah, everybody's heard of angels, but who's heard of a neanderthal!" -Chief Wiggum

Why is it that Agnes Skinner pushes over and calls him "Shorty" if he is at least six inches taller then her?

Burns: "Smithers, use the amnesia ray."
Smithers: "You mean the revolver, sir?"
Burns: "Precicely."

Homer: (In an "Aleluya" type song) See an Angel! See an Angel! See an Angel! See an Angel!

Lisa: For the last time we don't *Know* it's an Angel!!!

Homer: I know that! if you paid atention you'll notice I never *once* used the word "Angel"

Lisa: What about the sign? (She points at a sign which cleary says "Angel")

Homer: Err...That's the typo!

Lisa: Ah here's Doctor Gould now. What were the results, professor?
Stephen J Gould: Inconclusive.
Lisa: Inconclusive?? Why did you come running up like that?
Gould: Can I use your bathroom?

Burning Robot: Why? Why was I programmed to feel pain?

Principal Skinner (over PA)- All honor roll students will be rewarded with a trip to an archaeological dig. All detention students will be punished with a trip to an archaeological dig

Re:re-inactment of a simpson episode (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790839)

Why is it that Agnes Skinner pushes over and calls him "Shorty" if he is at least six inches taller then her?
You whore...your post is copied word for word from a Simpson's episode summary.

Re:re-inactment of a simpson episode (3, Insightful)

signe (64498) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790803)

Yes. Just like the game preceeding the A.I. movie release. It's just a shame that the game was so much better than the movie.

Most of the people playing the game know it's a marketing gimmick. It doesn't make it any less fun to solve the puzzles, though.

-Todd

Re:re-inactment of a simpson episode (1)

imroy (755) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790819)

ObSouthpark: Simpsons did it!

Re:re-inactment of a simpson episode (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790846)

Amen to that...didn't anyone notice that "bee hoax" is in the metadata keywords in the source? And 'Network Throttling will Erode'...right, a knowledgable hacker would threaten that...it doesn't even really mean anything! It's just marketing, plain and simple.

Not Hacked (2, Informative)

figleaf (672550) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790719)

It is unlikely the server was hacked.
Must be a marketting gimmick.
Can't tell for sure though

The server runs Apache on Red hat.

From HTTP Header:
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

Re:Not Hacked (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790733)

Wow, those are some ancient versions. I think Microsoft must've put it together.

Re:Not Hacked (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790736)

1.3.19 is VERY old. OpenSSL 0.9.6e and older are exploirable. PHP 4.0.x is also very old.

Re:Not Hacked (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790799)

Rest assured, it is marketing. Yawn, is that game going to suck that bad?

Promotional stunt... (0)

JoeLinux (20366) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790723)

I'm calling it as a promotional stunt. Anyone else with me?

Re:Promotional stunt... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790738)

For sure. People on the internet should know better, ever since they found out how badly the Blair Witch Project sucked.

Re:Promotional stunt... (1)

JoeLinux (20366) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790767)

Ok, having just downloaded the trailer, and looking at the website, I think that the website is trying to portray some sort of "advanced signal" that the Covanent is supposed to have sent to bring down our defenses. Kind of like Jeff Goldblum's character in ID4 noticing the countdown. There is *NO* chance that the ad agency would let the ilovebees.com website "slip" into their finished ad. You have no idea how much scrutiny every single frame of advertising space goes under.

'Nuff Said,

Joe

Wierd Message (1)

ryanmfw (774163) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790728)

A very odd message is displayed, mentioning something about in 3 days network throttling will erode. Maybe this guy's also a virus (well, worm) writer announcing his plans. I doubt it though. Probably just another whacko the internet creates every day.

Re:Wierd Message (1)

ryanmfw (774163) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790785)

I should mention that this is on the ilovebees.com site.

Re:Wierd Message (0, Flamebait)

i_hate_exnihilo (799826) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790920)

i should mention that youre a fucking idiot

I know who is responsible (1)

tony_ratboy (228844) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790730)

The Subservient Chicken h4x0rz.

Obviously... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790734)

Some backstory concerning the genesis of the hive, in viral marketing form. Maybe there will be an unauthorized biography on Sci-Fi?

It's obvious (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790735)

What is going on here?

Someone apparently doesn't love bees.

Doh!

I doubt its a hack (1)

AC-x (735297) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790740)

I'm betting the owner of ilovebees.com is in on it, probably just an in-joke with some of the halo developers, maybe they know the guy or something.

According to the whois record ilovebees.com was created on 14-JUN-04, so the entire site might be fake like that Mini robot [r50rd.co.uk] thing a while back

fileplanet (4, Insightful)

selderrr (523988) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790741)

this advert-article reminds me of how much fileplanet sucks... And to think that when this community started years ago, it was so promising ! They are the RealPlayer equivalent of free downloads. A billion buttons for payed services, and a tiny hidden one somewhere for a free download. I really despise these guys !

Re:fileplanet (1, Insightful)

DrSkwid (118965) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790805)


ya, how dare they want to eat, outrageous

Re:fileplanet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790854)

Fuck off and die, Mr. IP Apologist.

Re:fileplanet (1)

selderrr (523988) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790868)

there's a difference between making a living and cheating on your customers

Re:fileplanet (1)

Zonekeeper (458060) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790806)

Well, care to share the link? I can't find it on their page.

Re:fileplanet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790828)

you're just lucky you dont have to work next door to those fuckers!

New website motto... (1)

kzinti (9651) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790742)

...All your buzz are belong to us.

Re:New website motto... (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790848)

you set us up the buzz!

of course, the game in generating a lot of 'buzz'.

Re:New website motto... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790924)

all your jokes are belong to lame

Remember this "bee?" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790746)

"Toynbee ideas in Kubrick's 2001 resurrect dead on planet Jupiter"

I bet you this all has something to do with bees.

Curiouser, and curiouser (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790748)

According to Necraft's uptime survery, they switched from "pache/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" to "Microsoft-IIS/6.0" briefly, but without an uptime reset. I think someone may be sending out fake headers.

ARG? (2, Insightful)

Psionicist (561330) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790749)

A new ARG perhaps? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternate_Reality_Gam e

Well DUH (4, Insightful)

Have Blue (616) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790754)

OF COURSE it's a promotional stunt. That doesn't mean it can't be fun and engrossing to explore the site and try to figure out what's going on.

Re:Well DUH (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790784)

It's not the freaking DaVinci Code, it's some market-droids "clever" idea to trick people into voluntarily wasting their time.

sounds like the Sci-Fi channel (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790756)

style marketing. lie, lie and lie to get publicity.

Pictures! (2, Informative)

hot_Karls_bad_cavern (759797) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790758)

Here. [unfiction.com]

The top link only, folks. (1)

hot_Karls_bad_cavern (759797) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790781)

Forgot my sig had my own link in it and have had to wait SillyDot to let me post again (2 min).

Newbies. (1)

Daleks (226923) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790761)

People have already been tracking all things [bungie.org] Bungie for a long time. You don't need no stinking new fangled Wiki.

Obvious by looking at whats happening (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790768)

check out the pictures on this like this one
http://www.ilovebees.com/dana.jpg

paste in your browser and keep refreshing it and check the file sizes .... obvious that the server keeps changing it.

Re:Obvious by looking at whats happening (1)

djupedal (584558) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790892)

She took her own picture...why? ...but what really counts is what it says on her hat and _shirt_ - bit obvious, but hey, some dolts need help :)

Obviously a stunt (1)

wyldeone (785673) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790770)

Notice that the site is still up after two attempts at slashdotting. This is obviously a site that is hosted by someone with alot of money (probably bungie.)

Come on people. (1)

iamdrscience (541136) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790771)

You people are reading too much into this. Maybe the Halo 2 team (developers, marketers etc.) just happen to like bees and wanted to share this fact with us.

Yeah, probably not.

I traced the ad agency responsible (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790772)

But during my attempt to enter their lobby, they released the dogs with the bees in their mouths and when they barked they shoot bees. I definitely don't love bees. I think this conspiracy may be bigger than anyone can imagine.

On the first screen of ilovebees.com (4, Informative)

herrvinny (698679) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790773)

There's a black square overlaying the ilovebees main page, it says:

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 3 days, network throttling will erode.

In 17 days this medium will metastasize.

COUNTDOWN TO WIDE AWAKE AND PHYSICAL:
30:13:38:28:985

Make your decisions accordingly.

I'm using IE 6, I don't know if it'll show up on Firefox. Perhaps a preview of what we'll see in Halo 2? (Computer system on the fritz, etc?)

Re:On the first screen of ilovebees.com (3, Insightful)

jomas1 (696853) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790791)

The same text shows up in Firefox. The thing about this ploy that is most unrealistic is how the website is not slowing down at all despite the number of slashdotters who must be viewing it now. I'm sure ilovebees.com was set up to handle this kind of traffic.

Re:On the first screen of ilovebees.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790792)

yeah, it showed in firefox 9.1

Re:On the first screen of ilovebees.com (1)

1337 Twinkie (795608) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790812)

Yup. There it is. in firefox, too. The black screen "could" be a hack, since it seems to have been apended to the end of the page (outside html tags).

Re:On the first screen of ilovebees.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790842)

Another episode of the Marathon Man series? Not that I didn't like 1, 2 and Infinity, but I'd rather see some new ideas.

Re:On a different page (2, Informative)

whataboutMike (787504) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790857)

this is found on another page, half hidden:
net:
!attach
act | store recurse

system peril distributed reflex

!restore master-sector
recurse


and on another:

MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY
All lost! To prayers, to prayers! All lost!

What, must our mouths be cold?

Arachne hung herself, you know. Take a hint already.

Re:On a different page (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790901)

All lost! To prayers, to prayers! All lost!

What, must our mouths be cold? - is from shakespear the tempest first scene

arachne is a a mortal comparing her weaving abilitys to a deity - who ended up pissing athena off and hung herself - but then athena turned her into a spide

Re:On a different page (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790905)

there is stuff like that al through the site. Sometime refreshing a page will post different 'statements'

an AI crashed on Achernar maybe?
damn, I'm sucked in.

Re:On the first screen of ilovebees.com (1)

jaybird144 (558619) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790873)

Everything shows up fine in Firefox except for the numbers following "COUNTDOWN TO WIDE AWAKE AND PHYSICAL:"

either way (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790776)

Viral marketing, or obscenelyboring situation.

I guess slashdot is a victim of both so often the lines are blurred.

What an insanely boring front page topic. And when I go back and look at some of the YRO "articles" that didn't make the front page it just makes me sick.

I don't want to go into all the "micheal is evil" stuff... but ALL the editors kind of suck these days. Nor can they even get the front page to validate. Nor can they use CSS. Nor can they pick nice colours. Nor can they use XHTML. Nor do they write the articles. Nor do they do slashdot's research to get a link to someone elses content.

Seriously.... a butt ugly site with bad code, bad editors the only reason it keeps going is most of us are too lazy to leave and there is no good alternative.

They are victims of their own sucess in the sense they will render me a "minority" and continue to get tons of hits.

Well I have been a lurker for quite some time now, I've had alot of 5 insightfuls. But I have never had an account. I guess it's goodbye this time though.

You aren't getting my content for free anymore.

YRO should split off to a seperate site managed by people who can walk and chew gum at the same time.

Comeon! At least they are TRYING to be cool (1)

Dharkfiber (555328) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790780)

Failing miserably .. but trying anyway.

Confound Delivery (2, Insightful)

Goldfinger7400 (630228) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790786)

From the writing on the bees' website it looks like an AI construct that had gone into the first stages of rampancy.

Conclusion:
a) The server hosting a page about bees got fed up, spontaneously developed advanced intelligence and went nutty.

b) This marketing is cleverly drawing attention to the fact that Halo 2 will revisit the AI plotline from Bungie's Marathon series (http://marathon.bungie.org/story/).

Note also that similar tactics were used when Halo was early in the works (when it was going to be a Mac game), mysterious e-mails were sent from someone named Cortana, with an e-mail address that could be traced back to workstation 49 (7?) in the bungie offices.

Re:Confound Delivery (0, Flamebait)

rburgess3 (682428) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790866)

"a) The server hosting a page about bees got fed up, spontaneously developed advanced intelligence and went nutty."

Umm... shouldn't that be: spontaneously developed advanced intelligence, got fed up and went nutty?

:)

Not the first time for Bungie: Cortana Letters (5, Interesting)

Phoenixhunter (588958) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790793)

The Cortana letters. [bungie.org] .

The Cortana letters preceeded Halo by several years, originating on Newsgroups and touching on some of the game lore of Marathon.

Well (1)

iamdrscience (541136) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790796)

I think it's safe to say, that there probably is no resolution to this "mystery" beyond it being a marketing tactic, and if there is any resolution, it's surely contained in the game so you have to buy it to find out.

In other news Slashdot becomes a MS mouthpiece (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790798)

Following the trail from the frontpage news story today we learned that they'll post anything. Now on with the anti-MS comments please as anyone with a brain could tell it was free marketing.

And who is the smiling pedophile in the guildhall.smu.edu ad? Lets setup a site to track that too.

Um, hello? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790804)

This is classic Bungie style... doesn't anybody remember the whole incident with the Cortana letters? This seems very similar. The verbage used in the "hacked" website is very Marathon... and this blogger person is named Ladybee777? Sevens? Come on. This whole thing practically screams Bungie.

Honey (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790810)

I really liked the site, especially Dana!

Whois data..... (1)

jsimon12 (207119) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790813)

This site is part of a larger marketing hoax, check out the whois data, it was created about a month ago and best I can tell the address/suite stuff doesn't jive:

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

Re:Whois data..... (1)

Demanche (587815) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790896)

YES! I bet microsoft marketers own this email "ladybee777@hotmail.com" but i cannot be sure.... !!

Re:Whois data..... (1)

Some Bitch (645438) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790909)

Interesting address [frontiersn...gazine.com] . There seem to be a few businesses coming up for that address in Google but this appears to be the main one, printers of "California's Gay Bi-weekly" :)

YES! ONCE AGAIN SLASHDOT LINKS TO A WORLD- (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790814)

writable WiKi. This should be fun :) Cue the GNAA in 5... 4... 3...

from the meta tag.... (1)

HomerJ (11142) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790823)

"good, install, reinstall,re-reinstall, re-re-reinstall"

so yes, it's a Mircosoft site.

Re:from the meta tag.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790862)

Are you a retard? I think so!

I'll explain ILOVEBEES... (1)

Slur (61510) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790834)

When you can explain MAMMALS [mammals.org] !

Re:I'll explain ILOVEBEES... (1)

t35t0r (751958) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790900)

..just someone not affiliated with apple who really likes them or is making fun of them:

Domain ID:D1621437-LROR
Domain Name:MAMMALS.ORG
Created On:22-Jul-1998 04:00:00 UTC
Last Updated On:23-Sep-2003 04:12:31 UTC
Expiration Date:21-Jul-2005 04:00:00 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:R63-LROR
Status:OK
Registrant ID:21663508-NSI
Registrant Name:Apple Computer, Inc.
Registrant Organization:Apple Computer, Inc.
Registrant Street1:1 Infinite Loop
Registrant City:Cupertino
Registrant State/Province:CA
Registrant Postal Code:95014
Registrant Country:US
Registrant Phone:+1.9999999999
Registrant FAX:+1.9999999999
Registrant*************@EXCITE. COM
Admin ID:33243504-NSI
Admin Name:Kenneth Eddings
Admin Street1:2138 KING CT
Admin City:SANTA CLARA
Admin State/Province:CA
Admin Postal Code:95051-1921
Admin Country:US
Admin*************@EXCITE.COM
Tech ID:33243504-NSI
Tech Name:Kenneth Eddings
Tech Street1:2138 KING CT
Tech City:SANTA CLARA
Tech State/Province:CA
Tech Postal Code:95051-1921
Tech Country:US
Tech*************@EXCITE.COM
Name Server:NSERVER2.APPLE.COM
Name Server:NSERVER.APPLE.COM

yea, it's marketing... (1)

caino59 (313096) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790837)

but dana's hot!

did anybody take a look at the source to page yet? (2, Interesting)

manifest37 (632701) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790865)

META NAME="keywords" CONTENT="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"
i did the bolding... it's got hoax written all over it, not to mention throttling as in the main page's black overlay.

Re:did anybody take a look at the source to page y (1)

Twirlip of the Mists (615030) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790887)

It's not a hoax, you numbskull. It's a game.

I've got the straight skinny on this one (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790874)

This is a stealth marketing campaign by the Department of Homeland Security. In an attempt to recover from the color-coded threat level fiasco and in an attempt to plug in to a younger audience, DHS is renaming threat level "yellow" or elevated, to threat level "bee." In the coming months, additional threat levels will be renamed, to be more kid friendly and descriptive of actual conditions. Remember: We are currently at threat level "bee."

AI Movie... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790875)

Was anyone here involved with The Game setup for the release of A.I.? Microsoft had a hand in that as well. It was a huge multisite puzzle/story that was written as the players progressed, giving it a very organic adaptable nature. It was wicked hard and the most fun I've ever had. -Mowztrout

What kind of loser would be interested by this? (1)

BlackTriangle (581416) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790876)

The linked website has a bunch of random text on top of it from the aliens (or whatever the fuck it's supposed to be)

This is not cool.

Not cool.

You dumb fucks.

You stupid cunts. Grow up. Get a life.

To to hell. You absolute idiots.

It's pretty obvious... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790890)

that this is just a marketing gimmick, much like the one for Doom 3 [ua-corp.com] , only not nearly as cool.

-- Shamus

Bleah!

RE: Halo2 Marketing... (1)

Sabathius (566108) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790898)

Frog-Blast the Vent-Core!

Marketing Ploy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790899)

They're using a page about bees to create buzz about HALO 2. *rimshot*

As found in the "The Hives" section (1)

Lithium_Golem (730956) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790903)

MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY
Of course the crew won't come for me if they're all dead. If they're all dead and I alone am left to tell the tale.

I'm crying, and my tears are made of sand.

MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY

FIELD EXPEDIENT DIRECTION FINDING

"Find a straight stick about a meter long and stand it upright on fairly level upright ground. Mark the tip of the shadow cast by the stick: wait 15 minutes: mark the shadow again. Draw a line from the first mark through the second and some way beyond. Stand with your left foot on the first mark and your right on the end of the line. In the northern hemisphere, you will now be facing north, and can recall the other directions by their relationship to north. In the south, contrariwise."
Hm.

No stick.
No sun.

Seems like some kind of journal entry, no?
Rather neat idea, I think

I figured it out! I know what this is! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790907)

This is a marketing campaign based on MS' imminent release of an updated version of Microsoft BOB. BOB is back baby!

Oh, and more thing (1)

BlackTriangle (581416) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790908)

For you people who think that ilovebees used to be a 100% legitimate web site about honey.

You morons . You dumbasses.

Inbreds. Social malcontents. You fuckers. Shitbrains.

You maggots, you mealy mouthed little worms. Fuck you, I say. Fuck you.

Seek the truth.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790912)

Seek the truth Behold the truth Reveal the truth That is the law and the whole of the law

Background (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9790913)

This web site [typepad.com] has an excellent article/post/thing giving the background and the relationship between this game and its apparent prequel.

Not Marketting for XBox, marketting for .NET, ISS, (1)

njcoder (657816) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790915)

This isn't marketting for Xbox 2 or Halo. That's just a cover story for the real thing being marketted, which is Windows, IIS, .Net, etc.

The site is being hosted on a RedHat Server running Apache. They are trying to imply that Linux/Apache servers are so easy to hack that some sort of new insect lifeform or something, with no knowledge of the internet can easily hack into it.

Nice try but we know where the real worms live :)

I called... (2, Interesting)

gt25500 (622543) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790917)

I called the number in the WHOIS information. Get voicemail. It is full. I guess I am not the only one who thought about calling.

415-248-2617 - Sounds like a hot chick. =D

reminds me of freakylinks (1)

angelanger (799838) | more than 10 years ago | (#9790919)

When I was "the voice" of the online main character for the fox tv show Freakylinks we did tons of stuff like this. (the archived site is at http://www.haxan.com/portfolio/freakylinks/ [haxan.com] if anyone cares) The Museum of Hoaxs calls this sort of stuff "the blairwitching" of advertising.
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