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Posted 2007-01-20 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
I just got back from a live event connected with Vanishing Point, an alternate-reality-game-like promotion for Microsoft's doomed OS Vista. Since the event took place only a short walk from my lair in Toronto, I decided to check it out, despite the -16C weather (that's "goddamned cold" to you Americans).

A rental cop, two hydraulic lifts cloaked in black tarp, and a small group of bystanders joined me in waiting for the event, slated for 7pm local time. I'm guessing about 8 ARG-players showed up, and maybe about 3 photographers from local papers. The rest seemed to be in on the whole thing.

When the time was right, video projectors on the lifts splashed the Hockey Hall of Fame with the following image...

Toronto Live Event Clue for Vanishing Point ARG

I stuck around for about 10 minutes taking various shots of the scene. The image--an album cover--didn't change during that time, so I'm guessing this was a single clue. I'm not playing the game, and the static image bored me, so I left. Nothing against the good folks from 42 Entertainment, but if I was going to go through the trouble of projecting something on a building for a big-money ARG like Vanishing Point, I'd have put more effort into what was projected. Some motion graphics maybe. For all I know, the scene exploded into a crazy porn video the second I left.
 
     
 
   
 
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Comment posted by Duane B
January 22, 2007 @ 12:19 pm
     
 
Hey Tony

How did you hear about this? Sounds like something I would have checked out as well.
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
January 22, 2007 @ 2:06 pm
     
 
I heard about it through a local friend, but the Unfiction.com forum is a good place to tune in to all current ARGs and ARG-like promotions.
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by Duane B
January 22, 2007 @ 2:22 pm
     
 
Thanks. That's cool, I read www.argn.com when I can.
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by Rusty Ramone
January 26, 2007 @ 5:34 pm
     
 
The record displayed is the 7" of Morris Albert's "Feelings". The building's a shrine to what's regarded as a violent sport. Ergo, Microsoft's Vista OS promotes violent feelings.

Also, a court found that Feelings plagiarised another song. Kinda like how Microsoft steals ideas from other companies for their own profit.
 
     
 
     
   
 
 
     
 
     
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