Dateline Mar. 18, 2003: Will 8march2003 Be A Game?

January 21st, 2011

If it isn’t, it should be. When you think about all of the elements it offers. It has an intriguing story, it definitely has a huge group of potential players waiting to see what it’s about, and the opportunity for interaction and puzzles are inherent in the world domination theme presented by HM.

For the last five months, speculation has abounded regarding The site webmaster, known only as HM has built up quite a bit of suspense leading up to the revelation of his discovery on that lonely mountainside. At first, the site purported to be real, but after a short time, the webmaster posted a [” disclaimer] confirming that the story is indeed fictional and welcoming visitors to enjoy the journey leading up to…

According to Snopes, the site is a promotion for a conspiracy book to be published on the fateful date. At best, their prediction is an educated guess. According to the disclaimer, “I want to assure you that this site has been posted as a piece of writing with purposeful clues and discrepancies to indicate its fictitious nature leading up to the release of …” The trailing end of the sentence indicates some type of concrete work, but what kind? A book, movie, or game would fit the context.

Last week, everyone expected the wait to be over. Instead, the PM/author/writer/other basically delivered what was promised (the pictures), but stalled on releasing information on what is being promoted until April 15, 2003. I guess he didn’t quite finish his work.

Regardless, we now know that the pictures are allegedly the second coming of Noah’s Arc built high in the mountains ready to launch when a cataclysmic flood occurs. Also, allegedly, the people behind Ark II preemptively debunked the revelation with their own [” site] claiming the entire thing is a movie set.

So far, we’ve had a glimpse of a story, two in-game (I’m using that term loosely at this point) websites, and enough mystery to keep us guessing until next month. If it’s a game, I hope it lives up to the hype!

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