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In 2015 and 2016 the TV show Archer put together insanely complex scavenger hunts for fans. Walkthroughs (2015, 2016) and behind the scenes (2015, 2016).
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posted by Pendragon at 10:12 AM on February 22


Every time I read about ARGs like this, I am amazed that:
  • People remain convinced it is solvable long enough to suffer through the solution
  • The designers managed to sneak this stuff into real content
  • The designers managed to make it super difficult and obscured, but still solvable
posted by stobor at 10:31 AM on February 22 [13 favorites]


Previously! Yay! Time to go see how bad I still am at You're Not My Supervisor.
posted by rewil at 10:34 AM on February 22


Guys? Guys! Hear me out. Next season is in space. Spaaaaaaace!

What? I'm excited is all.
posted by Abehammerb Lincoln at 10:40 AM on February 22 [3 favorites]


Webdriver torso, previously (YouTube compression evaluation channel, or online number station? You decide!)
posted by filthy light thief at 11:28 AM on February 22 [1 favorite]


Also, the complexity in the scavenger hunts are NUCKING FUTZ. Seriously, I would love to see the "development map" for these scavenger hunts.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:33 AM on February 22 [1 favorite]


Google should probably use something like this as a recruiting tool, but the people who figured it out probably already work there.

That's INSANE. Even seeing all the steps laid out it seems crazy. How anyone could connect all the dots without already knowing what they were supposed to be doing staggers the imagination.
posted by It's Never Lurgi at 11:46 AM on February 22 [4 favorites]


I'm embarrassed to say I'm a huge fan of Archer, given how much of an SJ activist I also am.
posted by kalessin at 12:39 PM on February 22 [4 favorites]


I too, am STUNNED that ordinary people were able to figure this all out.

I am CRAZY smart and I could barely follow the walkthrough.
posted by Phreesh at 12:58 PM on February 22 [1 favorite]


My brain hurts just reading the walkthroughs
posted by SonInLawOfSam at 1:02 PM on February 22 [2 favorites]


> How anyone could connect all the dots without already knowing what they were supposed to be doing staggers the imagination.

A lot of ARGs seem designed on the infinite monkeys principle, where an answer can be converged on given enough time and people. What you're not hearing about are the maybe thousands of people involved in maybe tens or hundreds of thousands of dead ends.
posted by ardgedee at 1:35 PM on February 22 [5 favorites]


The ilovebees folks who worked the players side of the A.I. Movie ARG promo (I knew a few of them but wasn't an active player) really changed the ARG design landscape because they all worked together in a way no ARG designer had ever seen before and forced the designers to heavily and desperately improvise in order to keep the game going long enough.

Later shards of that group also blew the doors off the Halo ARGs.
posted by kalessin at 3:13 PM on February 22 [2 favorites]


Or maybe the ilovebees group were the Halo ARG players and the A.I. Players called themselves something else. I'm sorry - my memory is failing me here.
posted by kalessin at 3:14 PM on February 22


People remain convinced it is solvable long enough to suffer through the solution

That's the part that amazes me too. Although I guess once you see the numbers in various places in the episodes and that the images and videos need to be altered in some way you would have another idea about how to solve the next clue.
posted by bendy at 4:53 PM on February 22


Or maybe the ilovebees group were the Halo ARG players and the A.I. Players called themselves something else. I'm sorry - my memory is failing me here.

Kalessin -- IIRC the A.I. ARG group called themselves "Cloudmakers" after (I think) an AI embedded in a boat belonging to one of the ARG's characters. Ilovebees was definitely the Halo ARG.
posted by Janta at 6:15 PM on February 22 [1 favorite]


I never even heard of this, but my main takeaway is that I'm not very smart.
posted by bongo_x at 7:41 PM on February 22


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