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Origen 360 Revealed in Less Than 12 Hours

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 8 years ago | from the wild-speculation dept.

The Internet 300

MJXG writes "Gamespot has posted an article related to the adver-teasement Microsoft has set up at Origenxbox360.com. It seems that the counter will be hitting zero in less than 12 hours. It is speculated that once the zero-hour is reached, the site will open up with puzzles and riddles which may give away information or even prizes pertaining to the 360. Also from an article on xbox.ign.com, "In a somewhat shocking discovery, there is a Latin message written into one of the tree's lower branches. To view the message, zoom in a few times on the furthest left root near the bottom of the tree. The message reads 'in hoc spatio arbor noster floruit, fecundus pomis Elysii ignoti, quo in loco ludent electi, ab Originis angelis circumdati'. We consulted the IGN annals of ultimate intelligence and wisdom and came up with the following rough translation: 'In this place may our fertile tree bloom with fruits in strange elysium, where in the place of the chosen, angels surround the origin'." Something big is about to happen."

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1st? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13656928)

I'm waiting for Nintendo. Information wants to be teh free.

Advertising? (4, Funny)

koi88 (640490) | more than 8 years ago | (#13656986)


Something big is about to happen.

Oops. I must have clicked on the ad. Or what is the "news" from Microsoft's PR department doing there?

Re:Advertising? (4, Informative)

lortho (700090) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657187)

Well, it's live, and it turns out to be nothing but a very simple, very silly, overhyped contest. I'll spare everyone the wasted time with a summary:

1) Watch two rabbits exchange some trite, self-promoting dialogue about what a magical and wonderful thing this 'Origen' is.
2) Watch one of the rabbits eat some glowing fruit and trip out (not nearly as interesting as it sounds).
3) Answer 3 true/false questions about the xbox360.
4) Enter your info so they can send you lots of xbox spam.
5) Find out this is being run by Microsoft UK and that you have to live in Europe to enter the contest anyway (sucks for us non-Europeans).

Hardly the intriguing puzzle that people were hoping for - sorry to disappoint.

Something big is about to happen (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13656930)

'In this place may our fertile tree bloom with fruits in strange elysium, where in the place of the chosen, angels surround the origin'." Something big is about to happen."


Oh Lordy, Bill Gates is going to announce he is the new messiah.....

Re:Something big is about to happen (1)

Emblem7 (884234) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657135)

the page just changed. tehre are flags everywhere now for your language. its a game competition website (origen).

oblig. stargate reference (2, Funny)

Phil246 (803464) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657153)

perhaps the ori are making him into a prior?
think of the facts - evil incarnate , origin , ....

Re:Something big is about to happen (4, Insightful)

mwvdlee (775178) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657159)

Or maybe it's just PR-department leaving a trail of slime as usual and nothing even medium sized is going to happen.

Re:Something big is about to happen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13657173)

Won't he have to take that title from Bush?

Something big? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13657181)

Something big is about to happen
All joking aside, this can only mean that Sony are bringing the PS3 release date forward.

Re:Something big is about to happen (4, Funny)

sprouty76 (523155) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657182)

He's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy.

Something big is about to happen (4, Insightful)

Aaron England (681534) | more than 8 years ago | (#13656934)

The message reads 'in hoc spatio arbor noster floruit, fecundus pomis Elysii ignoti, quo in loco ludent electi, ab Originis angelis circumdati'. We consulted the IGN annals of ultimate intelligence and wisdom and came up with the following rough translation: 'In this place may our fertile tree bloom with fruits in strange elysium, where in the place of the chosen, angels surround the origin'. Something big is about to happen.


Like Slashdot is about to be spammed?

word-by-word translation (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13656962)

in hoc spatio arbor noster floruit, fecundus pomis Elysii ignoti,
in this place tree our has bloomed rich with-fruits of-the-Elysium unknown

                quo in loco ludent electi, ab Originis angelis circumdati
so that this in place could play the-chosen from Origin's angels surrounded

In this place has bloomed our tree, heavy with the fruits of the unknown Elysium, so that the chosen could play in it surrounded by Origin's angels.

Re:word-by-word translation (2, Funny)

Luigi30 (656867) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657068)

Wing Commander 6?

Re:word-by-word translation (1)

indy_Muad'Dib (869913) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657120)

nah, its Duke Nuken Forever.

Re:word-by-word translation (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13657073)

According to this guy [livejournal.com] : "In this space our tree hath bloomed, (made) fruitful by the fruit-trees of unknown Elysium, in which place the select play, having been from the beginning surrounded by angels."

eh? (5, Insightful)

ErikZ (55491) | more than 8 years ago | (#13656935)

"Something big is about to happen."

Since when is a MS media campaign something "big"?

I guess no one at Gamespot read that one Slashdot article on how Microsoft is going to spend 100 million on their ad campaign for the X-box 360.

Too bad. One would think that Gamespot would pay more attention to game related news.

Re:eh? (1)

AvitarX (172628) | more than 8 years ago | (#13656977)

Since when is a MS media campaign something "big"?

Since ilovebeees

Re:eh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13657014)

B-But there's latin..and..trees..and rabbits! What am I missing out on??? Do they have order now in a hidden link?

WTFOMG

Mmooooommmmmmmm? It's also funny the code word is fatter.

Re:eh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13657064)

Just how much is Slashdot's fee for posting articles? To whom should the check be made out to?

Re: Eh? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13657071)

"Since when is a MS media campaign something "big"?"

Indeed. But a more apt question would be "Since when is slashdot part of an MS media campaign?"

I fail to see how this qualifies as "news for nerds" or "stuff that matters". It's a marketing campaign designed by MS to sell products - and slashdot, the largest tech news site on the planet, is giving MS free advertising. Gamespot is no better for running a story on it either, but one can assume they were paid for the attention they've given it.

I'm not getting on an anti-MS soapbox here. This is just a terrible story for slashdot to run. Actual news about the Xbox 360? That's fine. Release dates? Great. Tech details? Bring it on. But linking directly to an MS ad campaign and calling it 'news' is pathetic. It puts slashdot in the same boat as other 'news' organisations like FOX and CNN.

What an efficient way to destroy years of credibility. I hear Sony is going to have something 'big' happening in the coming months - perhaps slashdot can post their ads as 'news' as well?

Re:eh? true meaning (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13657085)

Perhaps the key point is Origen of Alexandria's self-castration -- _that's_what's going to happen to the lucky subscribers.

Either that or we'll be tortured in our old age. On the other hand, perhaps the name was chosen without any background knowledge: "A little learning is a dangerous thing; drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring" . . .

Something big you say? (1)

MrLizardo (264289) | more than 8 years ago | (#13656936)

Like, for example, a site or two getting slashdotted?

Latin (1)

Catcher80 (639611) | more than 8 years ago | (#13656940)

Maybe Slashdot has some latin hidden in its /. logo somewhere...no wonder Slashdot is so popular!

Quick, somebody upload a virus (5, Funny)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 8 years ago | (#13656942)

"It's like in chess. First, you strategically position your pieces, and when the timing is right you.. strike. They're using this signal to synchronize their efforts and in approximately, twelve hours ..the countdown will be over. {and then..} Checkmate!"

Somebody better send Jeff Goldblum an Apple mac, quickly.

Re:Quick, somebody upload a virus (2)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 8 years ago | (#13656958)

"If we can hit that bullseye, the rest of the dominoes will fall like a house of cards... Checkmate." - Zapp Brannigan

Better translation? (3, Informative)

ReformedExCon (897248) | more than 8 years ago | (#13656943)

I found this online which claims to be a better translation than IGN's.

http://www.livejournal.com/users/edg/520709.html [livejournal.com]

It's still pretty verbose and awkward. Maybe if I were on pins and needles waiting for this thing I'd be trying to hack the website like all of you.

Retailers must have already known if the release date was in 12 hours. Was it kept a big secret? I can't believe that.

Re:Better translation? (5, Informative)

Catcher80 (639611) | more than 8 years ago | (#13656955)

Just incase no one wants to visit someone's LiveJournal (gag), I'm posting the guys translation here:

in hoc spatio arbor noster floruit, fecundus pomis Elysii ignoti, quo in loco ludent electi, ab Originis angelis circumdati.

"In this space our tree hath bloomed, (made) fruitful by the fruit-trees of unknown Elysium, in which place the select play, having been from the beginning surrounded by angels."

(Latin geeking: you have to assume factus in the second clause; quo and loco are paired despite not being contiguous; and although Originis and angelis look like they should go together, they don't - they just happen to be the same case and number. Floruit is perfect active indicative 3rd singular - not a present subjunctive as IGN believes - ludent is present active indicative 3rd plural (IGN left this word out entirely!), and circumdati is a perfect passive participle in nominative plural. It agrees with electi.)

Re:Better translation? (5, Funny)

myspys (204685) | more than 8 years ago | (#13656987)

you have to assume factus in the second clause; quo and loco are paired despite not being contiguous; and although Originis and angelis look like they should go together, they don't - they just happen to be the same case and number. Floruit is perfect active indicative 3rd singular - not a present subjunctive as IGN believes - ludent is present active indicative 3rd plural (IGN left this word out entirely!), and circumdati is a perfect passive participle in nominative plural. It agrees with electi.

i SO wish i understood just 10% of that

Re:Better translation? (1)

Catcher80 (639611) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657020)

>>you have to assume factus in the second clause; quo and loco are paired despite not being contiguous; and although
>>Originis and angelis look like they should go together, they don't - they just happen to be the same case and number.
>>Floruit is perfect active indicative 3rd singular - not a present subjunctive as IGN believes - ludent is present
>>active indicative 3rd plural (IGN left this word out entirely!), and circumdati is a perfect passive participle in
>>nominative plural. It agrees with electi.

>i SO wish i understood just 10% of that


Yeah...no kidding. Hey a free Latin lesson though, it helps understand just a tiny bit, that is pretty cool. It should not be THAT hard to understand, the kinship latin has to most modern languages and all..

Re:Better translation? (5, Informative)

tristanj (797805) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657078)

If you want to learn Latin, Textkit [textkit.com] is the place to go. They have lots of out-of-copyright books to download for free, and helpful forums. I recommend "Latin for beginners" by Benjamin L. D'Ooge.

Re:Better translation? (1)

Fitzghon (578350) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657032)

Good translation. You don't need to assume factus in the second clause, fecundus can just modify arbor (tree, fruitful with the fruit of an unknown Elysium). Similar sense, still.

Fitzghon

Re:Better translation? (5, Funny)

DrXym (126579) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657036)

Romanes eunt domus!

Re:Better translation? (5, Funny)

Paua Fritter (448250) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657067)

+V ridiculus

Re:Better translation? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13657087)

I think you meant:

+V ridicvlvs

Re:Better translation? (3, Funny)

sehryan (412731) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657113)

An alternate translation is...

"The coyote of the desert likes to eat the heart of the young and the blood drips down to his children for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. "

Re:Better translation? (1)

demonlapin (527802) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657146)

quo in loco is an ablative absolute, no explanation necessary. Or have I forgotten too much? Either way, a much more accurate translation than what IGN came up with.

Um.. (2, Interesting)

Kawahee (901497) | more than 8 years ago | (#13656944)

It's already hit 00:00:00 for me. How old since this article was submitted to /.? And I don't see anything. Maybe it's just FF 1.5B

Re:Um.. (2, Informative)

makomk (752139) | more than 8 years ago | (#13656964)

It's already hit 00:00:00 for me. How old since this article was submitted to /.? And I don't see anything. Maybe it's just FF 1.5B

It does that if you don't have Flash installed - don't ask me why. Clicking on the image will take you to the Flash download page. Seems a bit silly to me, but there you go.

Re:Um.. (3, Interesting)

l_bratch (865693) | more than 8 years ago | (#13656972)

It's on 46 minutes for me, I'm guessing it doesn't take into account time zone differences.

Re:Um.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13657001)

It uses the local time, so if you are in the wrong time zone (not PST) it will hit 0 earlier or later.

link for the lazy (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13656946)

look:

http://www.origenxbox360.com/ [origenxbox360.com] ...slashdot editors...

ps: the counter is already at 0 here in asia.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13656971)

...somebody at MS cannot code.

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(oO)
(><)

Re:link for the lazy (1)

tdemark (512406) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657152)

What a great example of Microsoft quality:

The site got stuck at the "Loading" screen (rabbits and green vine). I had to reload to get it to come up.
Being American, I, of course, clicked on the British flag and was greeted in German.
Had to reload (again), because nothing happened after the rabbit's trip.
Was told my "Session timed out" the first time I tried to take the test.
Was presented with "Unable to verify the identity of www.origenxbox360.com as a trusted site" cert warning after the test.
Was told my "Session timed out" after I dismissed the cert warning.

Origins? (-1, Redundant)

dduardo (592868) | more than 8 years ago | (#13656948)

Is Gates a Prior? Don't be fooled by their attempts to brain wash you with their doctrines. They are not Gods.

Hallowed are the Ori.

In other news (5, Insightful)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 8 years ago | (#13656949)

In other news this morning, Slashdot has reportedly provided copious free traffic to three major web advertising presences in one fell swoop. Says one stunned Slashdot reader: "WTF??"

Re:In other news (2, Funny)

advocate_one (662832) | more than 8 years ago | (#13656983)

Says one stunned Slashdot reader: "WTF??"

/flame-proof undies on... ;)

More like... "whoopee doo... who gives a fsck"...

Re:In other news (1)

mikael_j (106439) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657074)

My first reaction when I read the whole "...something big is about to happen." bit was "Oh great, now it's not just Linux fanboys who get a free ride on slashdot, apparently people who know just how great the PlayRevolution360++ soopar deluxe rad pro is even though they've never even seen one are also included"

/Mikael

Re:In other news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13657136)

What makes you think it was free? Slashdot editors have been posting paid commercial messages as stories for quite a while now.

Re:In other news (1)

moviepig.com (745183) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657162)

...copious free traffic to three major web advertising presences...

Meanwhile, whenever you see such intriguing ads for (say) a tv movie-of-the-week, you can be pretty sure they've been the project's main creative focus...

Re:In other news (1)

imr (106517) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657165)

Slashdot
not for geeks, don't matter anymore.

It's getting obvious that slashdot is getting a cut out of those advertising profits. Too bad, it's at the expense of the value of the news slashdot provides.

bizz model:

1/ support linux
2/ attract geeks
3/ profit supporting proprietary software ads
4/ lose geek(*) readers

(* no, being geek doesnt mean having an ipod and a few gazillions electronical gadgets. That means being a sucker)

Care (1, Offtopic)

nathanh (1214) | more than 8 years ago | (#13656963)

Care

Factor (0, Offtopic)

nathanh (1214) | more than 8 years ago | (#13656976)

Factor

Zero (1, Offtopic)

nathanh (1214) | more than 8 years ago | (#13656982)

Zero

Re:Zero (1)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 8 years ago | (#13656999)

You can never get those wasted 5 minutes back you know.

As much as you protest, Microsoft had you by the balls.

The need for Story (3, Insightful)

samael (12612) | more than 8 years ago | (#13656966)

"Something Big is Going to Happen."

All we need is a hint of a mystery and the story-creating parts of our mind go into overdrive. What could they be about to announce? How amazing could it be? The answer is, of course, that it's going to be more details to do with the XBox 360. We all know that, and we all know that in the greater scheme of things a more powerful console is to be expected, not a shocking revelation.

But all it takes is a little bit of "What if?" sprinkled around the edges and suddenly people are drawn in, because maybe this time something groundbreaking will happen and they'll be there when it does.

Re:The need for Story (1)

real_bassman (900896) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657171)

"Something big is about to happen" Maybe they're gonna do a Vista and delay it a bit...

Intriguing... (5, Insightful)

MaestroSartori (146297) | more than 8 years ago | (#13656975)

Disclaimer: I work for Sony, blah blah blah.

I find it very intriguing that recently console ads have gone so far off at a mad tangent that they rarely mention consoles at all. Things like the mentioned tree-ad, the older PS2 "Third Place" David Lynch stuff, even my own personal favourite I Am The Wolf Man [iamthewolfman.com] . I know it's all about brand recognition, getting talked about etc. but it seems like all of this happens at the expense of any sort of substance - none of the ads mentioned above contain any information whatsoever about what the consoles are, what capabilites they claim to have, what kind of games they run, or even who might like them. Just snappy ad-agency ideas to try and get the name stuck in your head...

Re:Intriguing... (1)

Bowdie (11884) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657045)

I always liked the dancing robot... "I dunno what is does, but it's good isn't it?"

Cracked me up, everytime for some reason.

Re:Intriguing... (1)

jessecurry (820286) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657049)

exactly! it's much like the "extreme" marketing that we have been seeing lately. Seriously, how extreme can jell-o be? Rather than speak about a product's benefits they just show people doing stupid things while the products are nearby.

I have to link to this page [thebestpag...iverse.net] or I might catch some shit for these comments.

And with good reason (1)

samael (12612) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657119)

The average player of Console games has no idea what a texel even _is_. Anyone geeky enough to actually be interested in pipeline count and bandwidth can go look it up easily, but for the majority of people these numbers mean nothing - and with the architectures being so different, there's no easy way to really compare the systems anyway.

All next-gen systems will "Look Really Pretty" and have "Games That Are Fun" - more than that passes straight over people's heads.

Re:Intriguing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13657144)

Don't get Alan Sugar started on that one!

These agents are all kids who grew up reading Silk Cut ads in the Sunday supplements. It's like no-one told them that cigarette companies only did this because they had to.

Oooh a viral marketing campaign (4, Funny)

DrXym (126579) | more than 8 years ago | (#13656979)

I don't know about anyone else but I think I just soiled myself with excitement.

Re:Oooh a viral marketing campaign (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13657052)

Well, at least you didn't soil yourself with shit.

Re:Oooh a viral marketing campaign (1)

Gridpoet (634171) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657099)

and here all this time i thougt that smell was Microsofts's ad campaign...

Summary (1)

mkro (644055) | more than 8 years ago | (#13656984)

So this is news reporting marketing that will reveal more marketing in 12 hours. The MS PR agency is cheering, Walter Lippman is crying in his grave.

Countdown to a Slashdotting (1)

thelonestranger (915343) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657004)

I just looked at the counter.. 28 minutes to go. Time to see exactly how good Microsofts servers are. 26 minutes till Slashdotting :)

Anticlimactic (3, Informative)

bbzzdd (769894) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657006)

I sat there and watched it count down to zero, then it jumped back to a five minute countdown. Waited for that to end, then it jumped up to five and a half hours. They could have at least synced the time at startup, not rely on the system clock and time zones. They can't even write decent Flash code :(

Re:Anticlimactic (1)

Loonacy (459630) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657009)

And all the zooming in the world doesn't reveal the "secret decoder ring" message stated in the summary. Has anyone else seen it? There's one part where it LOOKS like there might be text, but zooming in further reveals only grey blocks.

I don't gettit. (4, Funny)

jez9999 (618189) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657013)

I don't see no Latin message anywhere, when I zoom in the tree is just pixelated.

Re:I don't gettit. (2, Informative)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657037)

The text is written just next to the big flashing label near the white pixel over there just up from the murky thistle thingy when you look backwards using a dog as a complex lens.

the label says: T3H 5Ux0r

I am thinking it will have been in a previous weeks update, and has been removed now. On the other news articles the images of the countdown have different details (rabbits moved, new apples etc), so its possible that it just got hidden again.

You just looked more carefully at a website and spent time talking about it some more.

The guys doing this site must be wetting themselves at the reactions its getting.

Ho-hum... (4, Informative)

Lisandro (799651) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657018)

Something big is about to happen. Yeah, a publicity campaign. Don't get caugth in the hype!

On the Internet.... (4, Insightful)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657026)

...someone somewhere wants your money.

It's an advertisement - just use Adblock in Firefox and it won't be there any more.

Then get on with life.

Nothing to see here.

Not sure where they got it, but... (1)

Patchw0rk F0g (663145) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657027)

I think the IGN folks just joined the likes of the Times, CNN (oh, and our illustrious moderators) in getting news spammed again. There's no Latin in the Flash file, if you go to Origenxbox360.com. If you zoom in, you get the expected pixelated mess that a blown-up raster image embedded in a Flash file results in, not the bumbling screen-shots they have up on their site.

Sorry, but if there's something big coming, it must be the bitch-slapping the IGN idiots will get for trumping up yet another web-screw to the masses. Thanks, guys.

12 hours? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13657033)

So why is the filename called "week-5.swf"? (backup jpg is "origen_tease_2_05.JPG")

Shockwave Flash warning, irritating slashvertiseme (1)

putko (753330) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657043)

I went to the website and I couldn't view it -- I clicked on the tree.

It said something about "Macromedia Shockwave Flash".

Running Macromedia's software is against me security policy, so I can't view it. I'd appreciate any reports on what you actually see.

Also, whenever I have a letdown feeling like this (it happens whenever Slashdot posts a stupid slashvertisement from a company I despise, and then links to a useless shockwave flash site), I like to remind myself that at least I'm not Mr. Hands.

In case you are wondering who Mr. Hands is, here you go [threat.tv] . [WARNING -- TOTALLY WORK UNSAFE! -- features horse/human intimacy -- this guy died of acute peritonitis after doing stuff like show in the video]

Re:Shockwave Flash warning, irritating slashvertis (1)

Walkiry (698192) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657102)

"Running Macromedia's software is against me security policy, so I can't view it. I'd appreciate any reports on what you actually see. "

Well, for once the slashdot summary WAS accurate. Something along the lines of "nothing to see here, move along."

Elysium (3, Informative)

randomErr (172078) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657047)

I thought this site was straight rip off of Eden until I say the various translations of the message. It seems more like a refernce to Greek mythology or paganism Here's Wikipedia's [wikipedia.org] definition of eysium:

In Greek mythology, Elysium was a section of the Underworld (the spelling Elysium is a Latinization of the Greek word Elysion). "Elysium is an obscure and mysterious name that evolved from a designation of a place or person struck by lightning, enelysion, enelysios. ...
Elysium in Neopaganism
Many Neopagans today, particularly Hellenistic neopagans in the United States, have what most would consider a new-age view of Elysium. Elysium is seen as a multi-layered paradise, or Heaven, to many modern neopagans. Some believe that the outer layer of Elysium is composed of great and beautiful fields, often envisioned in imaginative descriptions as having green glowing blades of grass and bubbling springs of glowing water and wine, often made from the nectar of Ambrosia. Beyond the fields of Elysium, reserved only for the most righteous and virtuous, is the Golden City where spirits exist in a state of constant euphoria. Whether or not such beliefs are based in actual mythology often seems rather unimportant to many neopagans. Most claim that old myths are simply mortal accounts and interpretations of the divine, but the same could be argued about any current beliefs regarding Elysium. Much of what many modern neopagans believe today regarding Elysium seems to be borrowed from popular Christian imagery of Heaven.

And..... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13657057)

Ask me if I care.

To be perfectly honest... it is a GAME system. It plays GAMES for a few hours of non-reality. It is NOT going to change the world, it is NOT going to make your life better. It WILL suck away more of your money.

It is trully sad to see the state of things to see how people react to a game system that can render fake boobs even nicer.

Spend less on gimmicky marketing and..... (1)

blankoboy (719577) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657058)

give us a freaking Keyboard + mouse for ****'s sake!

For those of you wondering... (3, Informative)

Wiser87 (742455) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657069)

For those of you wondering about the hidden message, that was only on one of the earlier versions.

P.S. The website just changed again...

MS style, of course! (1)

Arsh79 (911253) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657075)

Countdown zero, nothing happens...
Think I clicked each pix, but still no response...

I'm using Firefox... maybe that's why I can't get it to work (IF it works) and why I see a Xmas-flavored-red background...

whoa! (2, Funny)

t0y (700664) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657076)

The rabbit ate the fruit!!!!
The rabbit ate the fruit!!!!

Origin of the Xbox 360 (2, Funny)

The-Bus (138060) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657081)

I went to the origin of the Xbox 360 site [originxbox360.com] and filled out the forms just as described. Now I'm on my way to get my free Xbox 360! Thank you Microsoft! I will be sure to pass on the relevant information to my friends and relatives.

Perhaps it's (1)

danielrose (460523) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657084)

one of those signals for the terrorist "sleeper cells" to strike!
It's a countdown timer!
Microsoft is Al Qaeda, and Bill is Osama!
Everybody run for your lives!

Oh WOW this is SOO fucking... retarded (0, Flamebait)

t_allardyce (48447) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657089)

This is so much hype. Look at all the pathetic little MS fan boys running around, looking at throw-away hidden messages that are about as pretentious as they come and about as profound as the piece of shit 360 is going to be. Fuck, they're not even releasing the thing in 12 hours they're just opening a website about releasing it and people are flocking. Any product with this much PR bull shit around it has got to be a flop.

A worthwhile countdown...by accident. (4, Informative)

screwballicus (313964) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657100)

A countdown to September 27th, 2005, noon?

Well, I suppose it's worthwhile enough to have a countdown to the 100th anniversary of the publication date of "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?" [wikipedia.org]

The latin (1)

RalphSleigh (899929) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657101)

I am getting the latin text when I zoon in on I.E, but not with firefox, In both cases the counters are now on 0.

Psychadelic Rabits? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13657115)

Someone is smoking some heavy things at microsoft...

No link? (1)

houghi (78078) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657125)

An article about a website, without actually adding the link in the article. Yep, this must be slashdots finest editors at work.

Indeed (1)

octman (918175) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657127)

in hoc spatio arbor noster floruit, fecundus pomis Elysii ignoti, quo in loco ludent electi, ab Originis angelis circumdati. Equates to... "In this space we advertise another bloated unsecured product our coders and management have rushed to market. (And yes they rushed it!) This product full of holes and incompatibilities. Yet the brave mass of imbecile's shall buy it anyway. We shall trick the public into mass counter hits for massive Advertising Budgets so we can get more money to make more products that are full of holes and then we shall patch them when the masses find out what a terrible bloated product we really have." Yes indeed something big is about to happen. However it is not from Micro$uX.

It's Live (2, Informative)

NocturnDragon (820237) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657132)

It's live now, a tree full of flags!

it's already live (2, Informative)

fuck_this_shit (727749) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657138)

it went live at noon GMT. If your clock showed a countdown ending in some hours that is due to the countdown being linked to the clock of your PC.
Apparently Origen is a european only event anyway. The site is a promotion and little quiz with tickets for Origen to be won.

OMG (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13657140)

That site is really lame. The dialog is lame. The sequence where the rabbit has psychedelic visions = lame.

Microsoft = lame.

European residents only (4, Informative)

Wiser87 (742455) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657142)

Before you guys go hammering the site with entries, note that the contest is only open to European residents.

Re:European residents only (5, Funny)

PortWineBoy (587071) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657184)

Yea and only residents of certain European countries.

Looks like they forgot about Poland.

Re:European residents only (1)

hollismb (817357) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657186)

Yeah, it's not that hard to catch, since there's a selection of flags on the tree which don't include, for example, the US one. I went through the contest anyway, and got the questions right, which brought me to a form, which I couldn't fill out all the way, because United States isn't an option.

Entrants must be residents of the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Portugal or Greece and aged 18 or over. Winners may be required to provide proof of age and address.

heh.... it just points to xbox360.com w (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13657147)

yeah... that and 2 rabbits... fat and small working out.....

If You Find Yourself Riding Alone in Green Fields (2)

segedunum (883035) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657151)

...with the sun on your face, do not be troubled. For you are in elysium, and you are already dead!

Heh (3, Informative)

Zey (592528) | more than 8 years ago | (#13657158)

The message reads 'in hoc spatio arbor noster floruit, fecundus pomis Elysii ignoti, quo in loco ludent electi, ab Originis angelis circumdati'.

Looks like the sort of generic boiler plate text that many web developers use when they want text appearing to demonstrate content but want to ensure that the text has no real content which might annoy the client or seem flippant. Why on earth /.'s editors have decided that has some sort of significance is beyond imagining.

er right.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13657198)

so... anyone know what Origen is?
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