You say potato, Valve say... potato.
Just over a year after the Portal 2 announcement ARG (previously)
had people dialing up a mysterious BBS, on April 1st Valve pushed out updates to thirteen indie games
through Steam, under the tag #potatofoolsday. Some of the games got
a little starchy
straight away, but more interesting was the appearance of cryptic glyphs
, which seemed to link to other games in the set, and nonsense phrases
. Alongside a cheeky coded shoutout
to members of the Facepunch
forums, a hidden frame in the latest Aperture Science Investment Opportunity video (1, 2, 3)
appeared to confirm there are 16 glyph-and-letter sets, and 13 phrases to be found in and around the games.
But what to do with them even when the set's complete? And what of the uplifted talking raccoon
and the blogger
has been kidnapped by sentient potatoes
Here's the (excellent if a bit disorganised, but up-to-date) wiki
people have been keeping so far, and the IRC channel
where most of the actual solving is at least nominally happening. Even aside from the fact that, y'know, it's Valve, direct
(unverified as I type this) links are starting to show up with Portal. That
hasn't stopped many desperately hoping this will end with a reveal of Half-Life (episode) 3, though.