Designer Leaves Board Game in Desert for Future Players

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Interesting experiemnet.
I mean really, it's neat. That's pretty much all I can say about it.

A Satanic Panda:
How do we even know he made the game?

Like, what if it's just Half life 3?

....You're probably right. Gabe gave it to this guy to hide away, never to be seen or played by anyone.

Well, if someone would get a list of all of those coordinates, it wouldn't be impossible to code up a program that rules out all the ones that are worthless locations. And show where it's most probable to be. He said it's not anywhere near a road, so any location within say, a half mile of any road worthy of the name can be scrapped. The Nevada desert also has a lot of mountains, so any location where the surface is clearly rocky can also be scrapped. Unless his 900 coordinates took all that into account, that could very well narrow down things considerably.

I'm of the mind that, instead of fading into obscurity and being forgotten, it'll be something people look for every once in a while until shit goes down and humanity nearly ends itself. Then it'll become a lost legend, something akin to the Holy Grail, that'll inspire stories, myths, and generations of "crazy" adventurers trying to find it. Cults and Orders of Men will be founded with this object at their center, trying to manipulate events to find and gain control of its powers. When civilization revives itself there will be movies made about this game, which by then will have changed into some sort of relic with Godly power, that will change the universe.

That's when someone will find the game, and the world will be horribly disappointed.

I hope that's what happens anyway. Makes for a much better story.

Pedro The Hutt:
Well, if someone would get a list of all of those coordinates, it wouldn't be impossible to code up a program that rules out all the ones that are worthless locations. And show where it's most probable to be. He said it's not anywhere near a road, so any location within say, a half mile of any road worthy of the name can be scrapped. The Nevada desert also has a lot of mountains, so any location where the surface is clearly rocky can also be scrapped. Unless his 900 coordinates took all that into account, that could very well narrow down things considerably.

Maybe there's some EXIF data in some random photos he took we could get information from. We could hack airline records to see which town he flew into, and hack his bank account to see a record of where he used is credit card.

Hell just tie him up in a stretcher in some military stockade. That'll learn him.

Edit: If he has an Iphone then Apple already knows where the game is. It will be in the app market place within the month.

Ladies and gentleman, this is the evolution of vapourware.

Rex Dark:
I need a flying saucer and a a way to produce an incredibly powerful magnetic field...
Something strong enough to attract every piece of titanium on the planet...

Maybe the real game is finding it...

Titanium isn't magnetic. Only iron, nickel, cobalt, and gadolinium are. And obviously, their alloys, like steel (which is mostly iron). And before you ask, Titanium is not an alloy. It is an element. Atomic number 22.

And also before you ask, metal detectors work via electromagnetism, which works on any metal.

OT: On the one hand, the internet is known for finding this sort of thing in a week. On the other, this requires people to get off the couch and fly to the Sahara desert. I'm torn as to whether it'll stay hidden or not, personally.

EDIT: It's in the Nevada desert? Nevermind, it'll be found within a week for sure.

A Satanic Panda:

Pedro The Hutt:
Well, if someone would get a list of all of those coordinates, it wouldn't be impossible to code up a program that rules out all the ones that are worthless locations. And show where it's most probable to be. He said it's not anywhere near a road, so any location within say, a half mile of any road worthy of the name can be scrapped. The Nevada desert also has a lot of mountains, so any location where the surface is clearly rocky can also be scrapped. Unless his 900 coordinates took all that into account, that could very well narrow down things considerably.

Maybe there's some EXIF data in some random photos he took we could get information from. We could hack airline records to see which town he flew into, and hack his bank account to see a record of where he used is credit card.

Hell just tie him up in a stretcher in some military stockade. That'll learn him.

Edit: If he has an Iphone then Apple already knows where the game is. It will be in the app market place within the month.

I see you take your ARGs very seriously. ;D

Rex Dark:
EDIT: It's in the Nevada desert? Nevermind, it'll be found within a week for sure.

The military has found it already since most of Nevada is federal land. By the end of next week he'll be getting grilled about why he buried a large titanium box on one of their missile ranges. That or one of said missiles has already destroyed the game, thus killing his plans before they began.

(Pointless Option #3: Its sitting in his basement half-finished.)

OK, first we eliminate the GPS coordinates that are not in the Nevada Desert.

Then we get the next Escapist Expo to be in Las Vegas, Then we arm (math 2700 - 100/27y - 1000/27d - 5000/slightly over 5d) 5000 people with metal detectors this will take slightly more then 5 days. We will need a support staff of 100 people for organizational Chain of Command.

We can do this, give me a $1,000,000 budget and a volunteer army, and I will get you the Game. Only thing I ask is to be the first to play the game and to keep the Titanium version.

Evil Smurf:
People will forget about this game, no one is going to dig in the desert for one stupid game.

Have they found where ET was burried? That was burried in the Nevada desert too.

Wasn't it a landfill in New Mexico?

OT: Sounds more like a game for no one. If it won't be found anytime soon (which would actually happen if a large team effort is made), it will just stay forgotten. Even if it'll somehow be found in the future, the advances in gaming by then will make this game look very dull. It's not like we can appreciate the artistic value in Throw a Rock at the Tree™ after playing Deus Ex.

uncanny474:

Rex Dark:
I need a flying saucer and a a way to produce an incredibly powerful magnetic field...
Something strong enough to attract every piece of titanium on the planet...

Maybe the real game is finding it...

Titanium isn't magnetic. Only iron, nickel, cobalt, and gadolinium are. And obviously, their alloys, like steel (which is mostly iron). And before you ask, Titanium is not an alloy. It is an element. Atomic number 22.

And also before you ask, metal detectors work via electromagnetism, which works on any metal.

OT: On the one hand, the internet is known for finding this sort of thing in a week. On the other, this requires people to get off the couch and fly to the Sahara desert. I'm torn as to whether it'll stay hidden or not, personally.

EDIT: It's in the Nevada desert? Nevermind, it'll be found within a week for sure.

From what I read, titanium is paramagnetic, which means they're attracted to externally applied magnetic fields.

So as I said, I need a flying saucer, a fusion reactor, a coil and a piece of iron.

Electromagnets can produce magnetic fields, right?

I'm OK with it as long as he doesn't delay it.

Guys creates game and hides it in the desert then tells the world it is not for them?

Obviously he has no children or he would know that telling the world they can't have it will only ensure it is found in very short order.

Penguinis Weirdus:
Yes I've wanted to use this in a relevant context for ages:

You, sir, are the greatest man to ever walk these forums. And you have my respect.

OT: So he buried his game in the sand, huh? Cant wait for the *Puts on sun glasses* Gritty reboot.

Evil Smurf:
People will forget about this game, no one is going to dig in the desert for one stupid game.

Have they found where ET was buried? That was buried in the Nevada desert too.

1) The cartridges were crushed.

2) The ROMs are on the internet.

3) It's legendary for being a shit game.

There's no good reason to look for the ET cartridges.

Timzilla:

Penguinis Weirdus:
Yes I've wanted to use this in a relevant context for ages:

You, sir, are the greatest man to ever walk these forums. And you have my respect.

OT: So he buried his game in the sand, huh? Cant wait for the *Puts on sun glasses* Gritty reboot.

Don't thank me, thank the The Schwartz

weirdguy:
Ir's probably buried next to the capsule with Megaman X.

In the year 40XX, someone discovered an artificial intelligence based out if a robotic body... and a board game from the past. Since they had robots like that everywhere anyway, the board game was far more interesting.

Evil Smurf:
People will forget about this game, no one is going to dig in the desert for one stupid game.

Have they found where ET was burried? That was burried in the Nevada desert too.

You mean the ET video game? 'Cause that wasn't just buried in the desert... it was crushed, then buried in a landfill that was in the desert, and then that was covered over by a layer of concrete.

Also for the ET game: New Mexico desert, not Nevada desert.

Hazzard:
I really hate this modern art crap.
How is this art?

Answer: It's not. It's something called a "time capsule" which is a completely different type of object and has very little to do with "modern art crap".

The pretentiousness of this whole thing is insulting.

The "dev" puts together half-finished design documents, then makes up a great story about "FUTURE!!!" and wins an award (And a pretty big grant that comes with it) because it tickles the "I'm better than you" pickle of the hipsters that dominate these things.

Is noone else insulted by the fact that this even happened?

Ympulse:
The pretentiousness of this whole thing is insulting.

The "dev" puts together half-finished design documents, then makes up a great story about "FUTURE!!!" and wins an award (And a pretty big grant that comes with it) because it tickles the "I'm better than you" pickle of the hipsters that dominate these things.

Is noone else insulted by the fact that this even happened?

Not insulted, but not surprised either; people do stupid shit and get away with it all the time. I'm also willing to bet that whatever he showed for his presentation and his distribution was fake anyway. While there's the possibility it may be true, that's a lot of work for the potential of not having a pay off.

Who wants to bet that people in the future will find it, and then misinterpret it as a doomsday prediction?

Makes me think of "Desert Punk" an old Anime where someone got rich for re-discovering a copy of "The Game Of Life". :)

That said, looking at the effort some people go through to do things like this, and honestly it's not the first exercise of it's kind, people seem to love to "Time Capsule" things, it makes me wonder if people in the ancient world created a lot of these oddities we've puzzled over for the same reason. "Yeah, in a thousand years or so people will wonder WTF these giant Nazca lines are all about" says some ancient mathemetician who is plotting them out in crazy detail to only be visible from a perspective impossible in his own time.... :)

Given the strength of Titanium and the amount of effort he put into this, I could see someone in the future perhaps thinking this game has unusual cultural signifigance given the amount of effort that went into it and perserving it, as opposed to it being something a game developer did more or less for the lulz.

Speaking of which, while it's not an original idea, I've always kind of wanted to bury a time capsule with information showing me as God-Emperor of the 20th century, complete with a faux-bible of prophiecies and religious observances. That way tens of thousands of years later some Archaologist might wind up re-writing history that way because "it has to be true" or some aliens after the fall of the human empire remember us purely though that.....

It can be found using electromagnetic induction. These can detect literally any anomaly in the ground regardless of whether it is ferrous or not. That said I doubt it'll be found anytime soon.

This is just plain odd and crazy.

Groxnax:
This is just plain odd and crazy.

Not to mention wasteful. Titanium is a rare element on Earth, and this asshat just threw away 30 pounds of it.

Owyn_Merrilin:
Okay, tell us the truth. It's not a new game, is it? It's something ancient and evil that you tried to get rid of it because it ate your best friend and unleashed horrifying animals onto your home town, isn't it?

ChaplainOrion:
Robin Williams is going to find it, and he'll discover this isn't your ordinary game.
*Que drum noises*

I am ashamed that it took this long to get a couple Jumanji references. I thought better of you Escapist :(

OT: This has got to be one of the stupidest, most pretentious things I've ever seen. Congratulations. You did the gaming equivalent of winning a fashion award with the Emperor's new clothes.

Captcha: less is more. Fuck off Captcha!

I really hope someone finds it soon. If they don't I really hope someone makes a game that is not only just like it but better in every way possible.

Shinsei-J:
I'm kinda depressed I'll probably never get to see this story play out...
Or ever get to play it...

like someone would give a shit to try and dig it up in 2000 years.
and even if it happens, the game is going to be in a bad condition and directly land in a museum.

I title this art piece/performance: "This is what always online DRM feels like" - you know it's there, but it'll be some time before you can actually play it properly and even then it's a good idea of questionable quality, but wrapped in a shiny package.

Xarathox:

Groxnax:
This is just plain odd and crazy.

Not to mention wasteful. Titanium is a rare element on Earth, and this asshat just threw away 30 pounds of it.

Maybe that's part of the plan? In 2000 years Titanium will be so scarce that people will be searching in the middle of the desert for it, and they'll come across this game. As society has most likely disintegrated at this point, the board game will be revered as some sort of holy artifact left for the promised people. The board game will be kept in a temple built out of scrap, and whenever people have an argument or a war they play the board game instead, with the losers being forced into the suicide machine Star Trek style.

Gilhelmi:
OK, first we eliminate the GPS coordinates that are not in the Nevada Desert.

Then we get the next Escapist Expo to be in Las Vegas, Then we arm (math 2700 - 100/27y - 1000/27d - 5000/slightly over 5d) 5000 people with metal detectors this will take slightly more then 5 days. We will need a support staff of 100 people for organizational Chain of Command.

We can do this, give me a $1,000,000 budget and a volunteer army, and I will get you the Game. Only thing I ask is to be the first to play the game and to keep the Titanium version.

Make a kickstarter!

On the other hand: A lot of games will be developed during the next two millenia (at least I hope so). Chances are high that one of these will duplicate the buried game, it might be cardboard and plastic instead of titanium, though. So we (or our descendants) will get to play the game long before anyone digs it up - we just won't know it.

"Hey, gramps, look what we found buried at the bottom of the lake. Do you know what it is?"
"Hmmm.. Oh! I know, it's called a, 'game.' Primitive humans used to play these before we had AI finish all games and upload the results directly to our brains instantly, thereby making us bored of them before we even played them."
"Oh! So this is the last game we're not bored of?"
"*uploading noise* It was!"

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