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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''.
25th Apr '17 9:41:59 PM sgamer82
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* The podcast ''Podcast/{{RABBITS}}'' takes its title from the unofficial name of what host Carly Parker describes as "an ARG that predates the term ARG". The earliest of nine known modern iterations of Rabbits dates back to 1959, with hints suggesting the game dates back centuries, if not millennia. The podcast focuses on Carly's efforts to learn about the game and determine its role in the disappearance of her childhood friend.

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* The podcast ''Podcast/{{RABBITS}}'' ''Podcast/{{Rabbits}}'' takes its title from the unofficial name of what host Carly Parker describes as "an ARG that predates the term ARG". The earliest of nine known modern iterations of Rabbits dates back to 1959, with hints suggesting the game dates back centuries, if not millennia. The podcast focuses on Carly's efforts to learn about the game and determine its role in the disappearance of her childhood friend.
17th Apr '17 10:37:53 PM UltimateChimera
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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 videos]], and [[strike: The Moon Children site]] [[http://www.youshouldnthavedonethat.net the main website]]. As of October 10 2010, it's back online.[[/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 videos]], and [[strike: The Moon Children site]] [[http://www.youshouldnthavedonethat.net the main website]]. As of October 10 2010, it's back online.However, it was put on permanent hiatus before the third act was to start.[[/index]]
25th Mar '17 1:35:50 PM HarrisonTheTroper2
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** Note, checking the Elements tab in console reveals a face, and the words "ISMEAT", if you stretch the console bit enough. Someone investigate on this, please.
28th Feb '17 8:06:24 AM sgamer82
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* The podcast ''Podcast/{{RABBITS}}'' takes its title from the unofficial name of what host Carly Parker describes as "an ARG that predates the term ARG". The earliest of nine known modern iterations of Rabbits dates back to 1959, with hints suggesting the game dates back centuries, of not millennia. The podcast focuses on Carly's efforts to learn about the game and determine its role in the disappearance of her childhood friend.

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* The podcast ''Podcast/{{RABBITS}}'' takes its title from the unofficial name of what host Carly Parker describes as "an ARG that predates the term ARG". The earliest of nine known modern iterations of Rabbits dates back to 1959, with hints suggesting the game dates back centuries, of if not millennia. The podcast focuses on Carly's efforts to learn about the game and determine its role in the disappearance of her childhood friend.
28th Feb '17 8:05:38 AM sgamer82
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* ''Film/TheGame'' is about a businessman who gets reluctantly embroiled in an ARG that turns out to be terrifyingly real.

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* ''Film/TheGame'' is about a businessman who gets reluctantly embroiled in an ARG that turns out to be terrifyingly real.real.
* The podcast ''Podcast/{{RABBITS}}'' takes its title from the unofficial name of what host Carly Parker describes as "an ARG that predates the term ARG". The earliest of nine known modern iterations of Rabbits dates back to 1959, with hints suggesting the game dates back centuries, of not millennia. The podcast focuses on Carly's efforts to learn about the game and determine its role in the disappearance of her childhood friend.
3rd Feb '17 1:44:28 PM number9robotic
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* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' had a particularly infamous one regarding the then-to-be-released 23rd hero, Sombra. She was originally lightly hinted at by developers as a stealth hero, but clues started to get revealed in several promotional content for other things, starting from the announcement video of the ''22nd'' hero, Ana, with an absolutely staggering amount of decoding by fans, [[https://wiki.gamedetectives.net/index.php?title=Sombra_ARG documented here.]] Unfortunately, problems started when it seemed that they solved the puzzles too fast, and [[ArcFatigue there were multiple long droughts of new info,]] none of which were even substantial (all that was learned about her character up until her reveal was that she's Spanish and [[TheCracker a hacker]]), culminating in a discovery of a mysterious website with a countdown that lasted ''3 months,'' which by the end revealed... more clues. [[InternetBackdraft The fans weren't happy about that,]] especially since she was later revealed at Blizzcon 2016 anyway, [[ShaggyDogStory something planned from the very start that would've been the case regardless of whether or not the ARG was actually solved.]]
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