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8th Oct '17 9:04:40 PM Ryonne
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A genre of online game where a fictional storyline is written and presented as if it were a legitimate construct within our own world, as opposed to existing only in reality of the story.

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A genre of online game where a fictional storyline is written and presented as if it were a legitimate construct within our own world, as opposed to existing only in the reality of the story.
7th Sep '17 9:10:08 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''[[http://www.whatsinthebox.nl/ What's In The Box]]'' was intended to one for a ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'' fan-film (as evidenced by paying attention to the stock market ticker in the test film accessed by clicking the top quarter of the ring: "Largest single collapse in history since Black Mesa"), but the whole thing eventually fell through, and it was never revealed what was actually "in the box".

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* ''[[http://www.whatsinthebox.nl/ What's In The Box]]'' was intended to one for a ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'' ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' fan-film (as evidenced by paying attention to the stock market ticker in the test film accessed by clicking the top quarter of the ring: "Largest single collapse in history since Black Mesa"), but the whole thing eventually fell through, and it was never revealed what was actually "in the box".
27th Aug '17 7:47:48 AM morenohijazo
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* ''VideoGame/NoMansSky'': Update 1.3 got one called 'Waking Titan'.
5th Aug '17 3:12:04 PM GrammarNavi
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* Youtube account ''ARG/PronunciationBook'' (channel [[http://www.youtube.com/user/pronunciationbook here]]) started out as just a video guide to pronouncing words. Then, two years later it started making more cryptic entries before finally beginning a video countdown which ended in September.[[/index]]

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* Youtube Website/YouTube account ''ARG/PronunciationBook'' (channel [[http://www.youtube.com/user/pronunciationbook here]]) started out as just a video guide to pronouncing words. Then, two years later it started making more cryptic entries before finally beginning a video countdown which ended in September.[[/index]]



** [[https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4BFYkzkY0s8dzRIUFdSdXNXZjQ/edit Season 6]] had an ARG that started off with a hexadecimal code briefly shown in an episode that, when translated, leads to a link to a bizarre YouTube video. From there, decoding various clues leads to more URLs that go through reddit comments, a craigslist post from Kreiger, and eventually leads to his website that has various clues. Eventually, this concludes with a .zip file containing [[spoiler:[[WesternAnimation/FriskyDingo a picture of a blueberry muffin.]]]] The scavenger hunt managed to get the series its first Emmy for "Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media - Multiplatform Storytelling"

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** [[https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4BFYkzkY0s8dzRIUFdSdXNXZjQ/edit Season 6]] had an ARG that started off with a hexadecimal code briefly shown in an episode that, when translated, leads to a link to a bizarre YouTube Website/YouTube video. From there, decoding various clues leads to more URLs that go through reddit comments, a craigslist post from Kreiger, and eventually leads to his website that has various clues. Eventually, this concludes with a .zip file containing [[spoiler:[[WesternAnimation/FriskyDingo a picture of a blueberry muffin.]]]] The scavenger hunt managed to get the series its first Emmy for "Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media - Multiplatform Storytelling"



* ''WebVideo/BenDrowned'' was a [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]] ghost-story that evolved into this, involving a cult ("The Moon Children") and an apparent GroundhogDayLoop. [[http://inuscreepystuff.blogspot.com/2010/09/majora.html The original story and youtube videos]], and [[strike: The Moon Children site]] [[http://www.youshouldnthavedonethat.net the main website]]. However, it was put on permanent hiatus before the third act was to start.[[/index]]

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* ''WebVideo/BenDrowned'' was a [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]] ghost-story that evolved into this, involving a cult ("The Moon Children") and an apparent GroundhogDayLoop. [[http://inuscreepystuff.blogspot.com/2010/09/majora.html The original story and youtube YouTube videos]], and [[strike: The Moon Children site]] [[http://www.youshouldnthavedonethat.net the main website]]. However, it was put on permanent hiatus before the third act was to start.[[/index]]
2nd Aug '17 11:38:41 PM SimYouLater
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Common tropes of the genre include SpyFiction, ConspiracyThriller, DimensionalTraveler, TimeTravel, WeirdScience, AlienTropes, {{Creepypasta}}, many MoonLogicPuzzle[=s=] and a handful of [[ThatOnePuzzle Those Few Puzzles]], a HackingMinigame and/or LoggingOntoTheFourthWall, and [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs all of the above combined]].



** [[https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4BFYkzkY0s8dzRIUFdSdXNXZjQ/edit Season 6]] had an ARG that started off with a hexadecimal code briefly shown in an episode that, when translated, leads to a link to a bizarre Website/YouTube video. From there, decoding various clues leads to more URLs that go through reddit comments, a craigslist post from Kreiger, and eventually leads to his website that has various clues. Eventually, this concludes with a .zip file containing [[spoiler:[[WesternAnimation/FriskyDingo a picture of a blueberry muffin.]]]] The scavenger hunt managed to get the series its first Emmy for "Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media - Multiplatform Storytelling"

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** [[https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4BFYkzkY0s8dzRIUFdSdXNXZjQ/edit Season 6]] had an ARG that started off with a hexadecimal code briefly shown in an episode that, when translated, leads to a link to a bizarre Website/YouTube YouTube video. From there, decoding various clues leads to more URLs that go through reddit comments, a craigslist post from Kreiger, and eventually leads to his website that has various clues. Eventually, this concludes with a .zip file containing [[spoiler:[[WesternAnimation/FriskyDingo a picture of a blueberry muffin.]]]] The scavenger hunt managed to get the series its first Emmy for "Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media - Multiplatform Storytelling"
30th Jul '17 9:45:38 AM GrammarNavi
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** [[https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4BFYkzkY0s8dzRIUFdSdXNXZjQ/edit Season 6]] had an ARG that started off with a hexadecimal code briefly shown in an episode that, when translated, leads to a link to a bizarre YouTube video. From there, decoding various clues leads to more URLs that go through reddit comments, a craigslist post from Kreiger, and eventually leads to his website that has various clues. Eventually, this concludes with a .zip file containing [[spoiler:[[WesternAnimation/FriskyDingo a picture of a blueberry muffin.]]]] The scavenger hunt managed to get the series its first Emmy for "Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media - Multiplatform Storytelling"

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** [[https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4BFYkzkY0s8dzRIUFdSdXNXZjQ/edit Season 6]] had an ARG that started off with a hexadecimal code briefly shown in an episode that, when translated, leads to a link to a bizarre YouTube Website/YouTube video. From there, decoding various clues leads to more URLs that go through reddit comments, a craigslist post from Kreiger, and eventually leads to his website that has various clues. Eventually, this concludes with a .zip file containing [[spoiler:[[WesternAnimation/FriskyDingo a picture of a blueberry muffin.]]]] The scavenger hunt managed to get the series its first Emmy for "Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media - Multiplatform Storytelling"
12th Jun '17 6:06:26 AM Andyroid
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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' ended with Dipper giving a speech encouraging the viewer to go out and look for Gravity Falls somewhere in the woods. In addition, a cryptogram hidden on the bus that takes Dipper and Mabel home talks about a treasure hidden in the woods, and the last thing shown on the series is a real life statue of the villain Bill Cipher sitting somewhere in a forest[[note]]during the GrandFinale, Bill's physical form was TakenForGranite as he entered what he assumed to be Ford Pines's mind, unaware that he's falling into a trap[[/note]]. All of this inspired fans of the series to search for the statue. Then in July 2016, Alex Hirsch released a series of clues that lead to a world-wide scavenger hunt known as "Cipher Hunt", which lead to fans not only finding the Bill statue outside the town of Reedsport, OR (though it had to be moved to a new location due to a dispute over the property on which it rested), but Alex offering to release deleted scenes and [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Recap/GravityFallsPilot the original Gravity Falls pilot online]].
** A Twitter page called "Oregon Parks Dept" has been posting pictures of the official journal 3, and mentioning that everyone who reads it has been getting nightmares and headaches.

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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' ended with Dipper giving a speech encouraging the viewer to go out and look for Gravity Falls somewhere in the woods. In addition, a cryptogram hidden on the bus that takes Dipper and Mabel home talks about a treasure hidden in the woods, and the last thing shown on the series is a real life statue of the villain Bill Cipher sitting somewhere in a forest[[note]]during the GrandFinale, Bill's physical form was TakenForGranite as he entered what he assumed to be Ford Pines's mind, unaware that he's falling into a trap[[/note]]. All of this inspired fans of the series to search for the statue. Then in July 2016, Alex Hirsch released a series of clues that lead to a world-wide scavenger hunt known as "Cipher Hunt", which lead to fans not only finding the Bill statue outside the town of Reedsport, OR (though it had to be moved to a new location due to a dispute over the property on which it rested), rested, eventually finding a home at Confusion Hill in Piercy, CA), but Alex offering to release deleted scenes and [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Recap/GravityFallsPilot [[Recap/GravityFallsPilot the original Gravity Falls pilot online]].
** A Twitter page called "Oregon Parks Dept" has been posting posted some pictures of [[Literature/GravityFallsJournal3 the official journal 3, and 3]] as a teaser for its release, mentioning that everyone who reads it has been getting nightmares and headaches.
11th May '17 2:33:32 AM mariofan1000
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' has done an ARG every season since the sixth:
** [[https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4BFYkzkY0s8dzRIUFdSdXNXZjQ/edit Season 6]] had an ARG that started off with a hexadecimal code briefly shown in an episode that, when translated, leads to a link to a bizarre YouTube video. From there, decoding various clues leads to more URLs that go through reddit comments, a craigslist post from Kreiger, and eventually leads to his website that has various clues. Eventually, this concludes with a .zip file containing [[spoiler:[[WesternAnimation/FriskyDingo a picture of a blueberry muffin.]]]] The scavenger hunt managed to get the series its first Emmy for "Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media - Multiplatform Storytelling"
** [[http://figgis.agency/walkthrough/ Season 7 did another scavenger hunt.]] This time, it was kicked off by a URL in plain sight that lead to the Figgis Agency's dossier on Veronica Deane. This leads to an ''VideoGame/{{Outrun}}'' spoof that takes [[OverlyLongGag 3 hours]] to beat, and contains more clues. From there, it gets even more complicated than the last one, and includes a Kreiger phone call, various mazes to solve, a clue hidden on the Season 6 DVD, another clue hidden in the season's TitleSequence, a text adventure, and a "hacked" version of the show's subreddit. Eventually, it's revealed that [[spoiler:[[CallBack the Pirate Virus from Season 2 was somehow behind it all]], and the reward is a .zip file containing a picture of the virus congratulating the player, and a 3D model for them to print out. These files are literally named "AWinnerIsYou".]] The series got another Emmy for this.
** A mobile app titled ''Archer P.I.'' was released with Season 8, where the player works for Archer and solves various cases. Various objects hidden in the episodes can be pointed to with the phone's camera that will reveal items to use in the game. Playing it will also enter the player into a Sweepstakes to win $500. Not technically an ARG, but it does have some of the spirit.
27th Apr '17 12:55:36 PM MugenKagemaru
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* An internet group, known as [[http://internetbatman.forumotion.com/ the Internet Batman Brigade]], centers around solving [=ARGs=]. They had their own ARG planned, set to start up as soon as the ''WebVideo/BenDrowned'' ARG ends, but due to that being delayed for so long, the project was canceled and the group disbanded. They have been succeeded by the Internet Detectives, formed from many players of ''Ben Drowned'' and fans waiting for the third arc, as they played a spin-off ARG known as ''John Is Dead''.

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* An internet group, known as [[http://internetbatman.forumotion.com/ the Internet Batman Brigade]], centers around solving [=ARGs=]. They had their own ARG planned, set to start up as soon as the ''WebVideo/BenDrowned'' ARG ends, but due to that being delayed for so long, the project was canceled and the group disbanded. They have been succeeded by [[http://internetdetectives.tumblr.com the Internet Detectives, Detectives]], formed from many players of ''Ben Drowned'' and fans waiting for the third arc, as they played a spin-off ARG known as ''John ''[[http://johnisdead.wikia.com/wiki/Johnisdead_Wiki John Is Dead''.Dead]]''.
27th Apr '17 12:48:19 PM MugenKagemaru
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* An internet group, known as [[http://internetbatman.forumotion.com/ the Internet Batman Brigade]], centers around solving [=ARGs=]. And they have their own ARG planned, set to start up as soon as the ''WebVideo/BenDrowned'' ARG ends.

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* An internet group, known as [[http://internetbatman.forumotion.com/ the Internet Batman Brigade]], centers around solving [=ARGs=]. And they have They had their own ARG planned, set to start up as soon as the ''WebVideo/BenDrowned'' ARG ends.ends, but due to that being delayed for so long, the project was canceled and the group disbanded. They have been succeeded by the Internet Detectives, formed from many players of ''Ben Drowned'' and fans waiting for the third arc, as they played a spin-off ARG known as ''John Is Dead''.
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