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: This series of events is most likely not an ''ARG'', but another campaign for the Xbox Canada community leading up to Halo Reach launch events in Vancouver and Toronto, as revealed at http://www.xbox.com/en-CA/reach/event.htm
 
: This series of events is most likely not an ''ARG'', but another campaign for the Xbox Canada community leading up to Halo Reach launch events in Vancouver and Toronto, as revealed at http://www.xbox.com/en-CA/reach/event.htm
  
=== Episode 1 ===
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=== Phase 1 ===
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==== Episode 1 ====
 
* Episode 1, uploaded to youtube on ''August 16th, 2010'', shows a very sub-standard production, with reported news unrelated to Xbox.  Suspicious!
 
* Episode 1, uploaded to youtube on ''August 16th, 2010'', shows a very sub-standard production, with reported news unrelated to Xbox.  Suspicious!
 
: <youtube>CI3GTRKNKnY</youtube>
 
: <youtube>CI3GTRKNKnY</youtube>
  
=== Episode 2 ===
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==== Episode 2 ====
 
* Episode 2, shared to youtube on the '''17th''' has a footer marquee containing some very blatant references to the Halo franchise.
 
* Episode 2, shared to youtube on the '''17th''' has a footer marquee containing some very blatant references to the Halo franchise.
 
: <youtube>y3UAJq2-1Nk</youtube>
 
: <youtube>y3UAJq2-1Nk</youtube>
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* '''34*3''' -- "343"? 102?
 
* '''34*3''' -- "343"? 102?
  
=== Episode 3 ===
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==== Episode 3 ====
 
* Episode 3, released on the '''19th'''
 
* Episode 3, released on the '''19th'''
 
: <youtube>2L7DkCgxBkw</youtube>
 
: <youtube>2L7DkCgxBkw</youtube>
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** Missing characters - '''^^>@'''
 
** Missing characters - '''^^>@'''
  
=== Episode 4 ===
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==== Episode 4 ====
 
* Episode 4, released on the '''20th'''
 
* Episode 4, released on the '''20th'''
 
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* Alterations from the previous episode include a return of the missing characters in episode 3. Only plaintext differs from the first marquee in episode 2.
 
* Alterations from the previous episode include a return of the missing characters in episode 3. Only plaintext differs from the first marquee in episode 2.
  
=== Episode 5 ===
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==== Episode 5 ====
 
* Episode 5, released on the '''20th'''
 
* Episode 5, released on the '''20th'''
 
: <youtube>3ggwl1zMMUQ</youtube>
 
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Marquee analysis:
 
Marquee analysis:
 
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==== Events ====
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On August 21st 2010, Toronto and Vancouver became the hot spot for a Covenant ''"attack"'' wherein followers of @UNSC_INTEL were directed to any one of a number of GPS coordinates where Covenant contacts would be 'located'.  These contacts distributed UNSC dogtags, and took contact information to be entered in a special exclusive drawing for a Halo: Reach Xbox 360 console and Legendary edition of the video game.
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The dog tags grant the owner the right to VIP access to Toronto's Sept 4th Halo Reach event, and Vancouver's August 28th event. They will be preceded by an extreme game of laser tag at the drop coordinates of the UNSC obelisks.
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* ''pictures coming soon''
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=== Phase 2 ===
  
 
=== Episode 6 ===
 
=== Episode 6 ===

Revision as of 19:55, 23 August 2010

Laura Niven

Contents

  • New anchor of Xbox Canada's new Xbox News XBL video series
  • Laura Niven is similar in name to Larry Niven, author of the Ringworld novels, to which the Halo ring theme is connected.
  • Join the discussion at Xbox forums

Disclaimer:

This series of events is most likely not an ARG, but another campaign for the Xbox Canada community leading up to Halo Reach launch events in Vancouver and Toronto, as revealed at http://www.xbox.com/en-CA/reach/event.htm

Phase 1

Episode 1

  • Episode 1, uploaded to youtube on August 16th, 2010, shows a very sub-standard production, with reported news unrelated to Xbox. Suspicious!
<youtube>CI3GTRKNKnY</youtube>

Episode 2

  • Episode 2, shared to youtube on the 17th has a footer marquee containing some very blatant references to the Halo franchise.
<youtube>y3UAJq2-1Nk</youtube>
  • The marquee text reads:
0914210 -^=1200-34*3 The Covenant is coming...attacks are imminent. A-271214.378.20104**_0 Gamers make great soldiers? Study suggests hand-eye coordination, problem solving required in game play, could help develop better soldiers. 0.10.2012:^.419.0*-+:> @UNSC_INTEL

Marquee analysis:

  • 0914210 -- September 14, 2010
  • 1200 -- Noon?
  • 34*3 -- "343"? 102?

Episode 3

  • Episode 3, released on the 19th
<youtube>2L7DkCgxBkw</youtube>
  • The marquee text now reads:
0914210 - =1200-34*3 UNSC HAS INTERCEPTED COVENANT MESSAGES...MORE INFO TO COME A-271214.378.20104**_0 PROTECT HUMANITY. JOIN THE UNSC TO DEFEND REACH 0.10.2012: .419.0*-+: UNSC_INTEL

Marquee analysis:

  • Alterations from the previous episode, other than the plain text, include:
    • Missing characters - ^^>@

Episode 4

  • Episode 4, released on the 20th
<youtube>d9fm-JizGg8</youtube>
  • The marquee text now reads:
0914210 -^=1200-34*3 UNSC CONTROL POINT ESTABLISHED IN TORONTO. LOCATION CLASSIFIED A-271214.378.20104**_0 PREPARE YOURSELF FOR BATTLE - THE UNSC NEEDS YOU 0.10.2012:^.419.0*-+:> @UNSC_INTEL

Marquee analysis:

  • Alterations from the previous episode include a return of the missing characters in episode 3. Only plaintext differs from the first marquee in episode 2.

Episode 5

  • Episode 5, released on the 20th
<youtube>3ggwl1zMMUQ</youtube>
  • The marquee text now reads:
0914210 -^=1200-34*3 UNSC CONTROL POINT ESTABLISHED IN TORONTO. LOCATION CLASSIFIED A-271214.378.20104**_0 PREPARE YOURSELF FOR BATTLE - THE UNSC NEEDS YOU 0.10.2012:^.419.0*-+:> @UNSC_INTEL

Marquee analysis:

  • No change except text

Events

On August 21st 2010, Toronto and Vancouver became the hot spot for a Covenant "attack" wherein followers of @UNSC_INTEL were directed to any one of a number of GPS coordinates where Covenant contacts would be 'located'. These contacts distributed UNSC dogtags, and took contact information to be entered in a special exclusive drawing for a Halo: Reach Xbox 360 console and Legendary edition of the video game.

The dog tags grant the owner the right to VIP access to Toronto's Sept 4th Halo Reach event, and Vancouver's August 28th event. They will be preceded by an extreme game of laser tag at the drop coordinates of the UNSC obelisks.

  • pictures coming soon

Phase 2

Episode 6

  • Episode 6, release on the 23rd
  • The marquee text now reads:

Marquee analysis:


Twitter

  • Considered at this point to be a hoax - the Twitter user @LauraNiven appeared and got a lot of attention, but was quickly denounced as being related to Xbox News, and most likely someone playing a prank and playing off the attention of the video series.


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