Laura Niven

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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

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 mareuqee 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 mareuqee 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.

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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