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[Column] The Secret World: ARGs Are Back

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,649MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

For many the first time they ever heard about The Secret World it was thanks to an ARG. Funcom spent years leading up to TSW with a series of ARGs meant to engage, entertain, and sometimes terrify. After the launch sadly ARGs were all but abandoned, with only two since July of 2012. Now the alternate reality games are getting a bit of a boost. Last week, on the 14th a new ARG started, dealing with Division 66.

Read more of Shannon Doyle's The Secret World: ARGs are Back.

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  • orbitxoorbitxo fort lauderdale, FLPosts: 1,411Member Uncommon
    wow!!! never heard of these!!!! im a huge TSW fan!...where how when???
     
    tried looking for a link..
  • MargraveMargrave Knoxville, TNPosts: 634Member Uncommon

    These were what got me into being so psyched for TSW to be released....

     

     

    Then I played it. That fixed it.

  • IkedaIkeda Largo, FLPosts: 2,204Member Uncommon
    The last one took us days and had people running around some city in Canada looking for a park with a package.  Course, a lot of idiots giving bad info also delayed the resolution.  Soooo....

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  • DocBrodyDocBrody EldridgePosts: 1,820Member

    thanks for the heads up, OMG I love these ARGs, best thing ever

     

    the End of World thing last year was mind boggling

  • Po_ggPo_gg Twigwarren, WestfarthingPosts: 2,725Member Uncommon

    If you dont want to get strange calls, just simply don't give your number :) I personally used a disposable mail address for it, and it still was great fun.

     

    Haven't checked Division yet, I was busy last week - I know the whole purpose of it is to soak into the real life, but I rather just keep ARGs as the part of the game and only fiddling with them in my spare time :)  (but I had the luck during the last one to join the chat the right time at one of the puzzles, it was awesome)

  • TorvalTorval Oregon CountryPosts: 7,221Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by orbitxo
    wow!!! never heard of these!!!! im a huge TSW fan!...where how when???
     
    tried looking for a link..

    ARGs are awesome, especially if you like the game. They add a huge level of immersion for me. They can really blur the lines between reality and the game in a creepy and cool way.

    You visit the website for the ARG and follow the instructions. It would be a good idea to read as much about it as you can on their forums and in the chat client (at least the last one had an irc type chat client where players could talk) that is at the ARG site. You then try and solve the brain teasers by hunting clues over the internet. Some sites you visit are real and other sites aren't, but it isn't always easy to tell which sites are real and which are planted there as part of the ARG.

    The last ARG had some modest in game rewards (cosmetic outfits I think). It's more about playing than it is looting and the rewards seemed more status oriented rather than powerful. In all, very very cool.

  • Po_ggPo_gg Twigwarren, WestfarthingPosts: 2,725Member Uncommon
    Yep, a cosmetic robe (and maybe a ql5 talisman too?) I agree, it's not about the rewards, just the fun itself.
  • bcbullybcbully Westland, MIPosts: 8,281Member Uncommon
    Pure win every time.
     
  • JaedorJaedor Denver, COPosts: 1,140Member Uncommon

    TSW ARGs are da bomb. Just the best thing evar.

  • stumpysezstumpysez San bruno, CAPosts: 2Member
    I'm amazed that nowhere in this article, or in any of the comments on this article, is there even a single sentence description of what an ARG is.
     
    EDIT:  Wait!  I found one sentence that used the term.  But I had to hunt like crazy.  Writing tip: good to start articles by laying out for the uninitiated what you're talking about!
     
  • stumpysezstumpysez San bruno, CAPosts: 2Member
    Wait!  I found it!  It was buried in a sentence near the end, and in one of the graphics posted.  Just as a friendly piece of constructive feedback, it's a good idea to start articles with a brief intro for any uninitiated readers!
  • daltaniousdaltanious waPosts: 2,145Member Uncommon
    Great game despite zillion bugs at release ... but i just can not force myself to play past that silly 7 buttons limit. Just hate button mashers.
  • Po_ggPo_gg Twigwarren, WestfarthingPosts: 2,725Member Uncommon

    No worries, you can still enjoy the ARG without that 7 button limit :) all you need is you browser and your mind.

    And a lot of other tools as well... based on the previous ones it's good if you have a picture, a video and a sound editing tool, sometimes Wolfram for math and physics, a good dictionary (but among the players there are usually folks from everywhere so everything gets translated pretty quickly), some coffee, etc.

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