Fake Fallout 4 Teaser Site Was Created to Make You Freak Out

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Fake Fallout 4 Teaser Site Was Created to Make You Freak Out

The person behind TheSurvivor2299.com is a self-proclaimed "asshole" that "just want[s] to watch the world burn."

We wanted to believe. We wanted it to be true, so we got our hopes when TheSurvivor2299.com started very convincingly teasing the unveiling of Fallout 4. Now, with Bethesda confirming the site is fake and the creator admitting he's not with Bethesda, we are forced to accept the truth. It was all a ruse.

But why? Why would someone do get so many fans' hopes up, just to crush them when the truth came out? The guy behind The Fallout 4 hoax started a Reddit AMA yesterday to answer questions and explain the what, where and why of it all.

Going by "DCHoaxer," the site-owner explained he built the site because he knew it would get a rise out of fans. His exact words: "Some men just want to watch the world burn." Though he had a specific objective, to "force Bethesda to reveal something during VGX," his general tone makes the whole thing sound more like a prank than a mission.

Despite his seemingly frivolous motivations, the hoaxer was very committed to the prank, only calling off the charade once Bethesda confirmed the site fake and contacted him about it directly. If the site hadn't been revealed as a fraud, DCHoaxer says he planned to keep building hype for the game, and cap things off with a fake CGI trailer reveal. The hoaxer says he still plans to release his trailer eventually, but feels he should wait awhile to "let things cool off a little." Considering he's allegedly gotten 14 death threats, it might be a good idea for him to lay low for awhile.

In addition to the insane amount of time and effort, the hoaxer sunk a fair bit of money into the project. After hosting, traffic and other expenses, the Survivor2299 site cost "approximately 900$" to run. Again, when asked why he was willing to spend so much money just to trick people, his explanation was simply: "I'm one of these 'selfish bastards with a lot of money," he wrote. In the end, though, it sounds like DCHoaxer got his money's worth, confirmed that, "yes," the prank was exactly as fun as he thought it would be.

Source: Reddit

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Now, I'm not happy about internet pranks either, but this doesn't exactly qualify as "death threat"-grade justifiable anger. Let's all simmer down a bit and let the Bethesda assassins do their jobs...

Damn! And the bits that we did get from that website actually sounded pretty interesting for the premise of a Fallout game. Oh well. I'm sure Bethesda is still working on it, it just won't be ready anytime soon.

That's funny. At least he's upfront about his intentions of just screwing with people.

I'm glad it turned out to be a hoax, personally, because that way I can still hold on to the feeble hope that Bethesda are waiting for Obsidian to be less busy and have them do Fallout 4.

There's still time Bethesda. Do the right thing!

When he says "watch the world burn" he means in flame wars right? Also because it's fitting.

He did a good job, the world needs more arseholes like him to cause mischief without harming people. I'm unsuprised to hear he got death threats which is the sad but true reality of gaming these days (please direct any death threats for this comment to thensa@whateverthensasemailadressisseriouslyimtolazytogoogleit.gov).

I'm not sure whether he really expected Bethesda to actually announce something because of this though, I don't see why a fake teaser site would give them a call to action.

I'm not even mad. This whole hoax has been impressive. He had me fooled for quite a while (although when the original EU trademark was taken down, I was pretty much sure of its falsity).

So basically he just said "I just want to set the world on fire?"

"Watch the world burn"? Don't overestimate your importance there, big guy. I'll openly admit I'm kind of disappointed the rumours about an MIT-based Fallout 4 were wrong as far as we know, but I'm not "freaking out" over it and I doubt very many other people are, either.

Hopefully Wasteland 2 will succeed massively spark Beth's interest in the Fallout brand again. One that wont be stuck in first person perspective and be such a huge timewaster.
I know people are fans of the TES and Fallout sandboxes, but I think it's been done and needs to either return to the old styles or become something new. Spending hours and hours playing a looting simulator and bleak terrain explorer has lost its appeal, at least for me.

This hoax was too good to be true anyway. The small pieces of information were too far apart from what we've seen from them and would take actual imagination to pull off. Beth is good at a lot of things, but coming up with new material isn't one of their strong points.

900 bucks to prank the internet? gotta admit I admire the guy's commitment. and I'd love to see that trailer.

Forget death threats, I want to send this guy a basket of cookies. Those involved had a bit of fun, he got some of that anonymous attention that we all love so much in the internet, and we all got to think a bit about what the future may hold. No harm no foul.

Sounds like something I'd do if I had the effort. I can't stay angry at that. Good job buddy, please do more.

People seriously take 'death threats on the internet' seriously?
REALLY? Most of the people that issue them are 10 year old kids whose moms left them with their babysitter... BY that i mean the wonderful box that is PC.

I mean come on...
Other than that, i was actually one of the idiots that fell for it, and really hoped it was true. Kinda bummed out after it was revealed a hoax, but i can live with that.
Kudos, you rich internet douchebag, kudos

The Gentleman:
Now, I'm not happy about internet pranks either, but this doesn't exactly qualify as "death threat"-grade justifiable anger. Let's all simmer down a bit and let the Bethesda assassins do their jobs...

had they done their jobs, they wouldn't have waited this long for it to get to this point

The Hungry Samurai:
So basically he just said "I just want to set the world on fire?"

I see what you did there.

Credit where credits due, this guy put alot of effort in and got a good result out of it. Sure as hell had me going.

I, for one, applaud him. He created a wonderful, brilliant Internet hoax, and no one got sued or had a SWAT team called on them. Everyone won, except for the assholes that sent death threats, they're just giant losers.

weirdguy:

The Gentleman:
Now, I'm not happy about internet pranks either, but this doesn't exactly qualify as "death threat"-grade justifiable anger. Let's all simmer down a bit and let the Bethesda assassins do their jobs...

had they done their jobs, they wouldn't have waited this long for it to get to this point

Hey, you can't just disappear someone and expect it to do the job of intimidating anymore. People disappear all the time. You need to force them to apologize publicly (possibly at gunpoint), make themselves out to be a twat, and then disappear them never to be seen or heard of again...

erttheking:
When he says "watch the world burn" he means in flame wars right?

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EDIT: Crap, forgot the second part of my post. It's all serious as hell in TDK, but the phrase has become a meme for trolling, not to bask in angry reactions, but just for the hell of it.

Mr.Tea:

erttheking:
When he says "watch the world burn" he means in flame wars right?

notsureifserious.gif

EDIT: Crap, forgot the second part of my post. It's all serious as hell in TDK, but the phrase has become a meme for trolling, not to bask in angry reactions, but just for the hell of it.

I know the quote. What I'm saying is "He's being cute when he's saying that right? It's a play on words that when he means 'watch the world burn' he means in flame wars right? Taking what the Joker said and putting it in a different context?"

If it would force Bestheda to say something about Fallout 4's release, then I can see why he did it.

I can't see why he thought it would work, or why Bestheda didn't notice it sooner.

And gamers once again rise to the bait like particularly dumb goldfish, proving what we all already knew, that they have no sense of perspective, proportions or priorities. At all.

*grumbles* death threats over a Fallout 4 prank, I mean really... *grumbles*

He should be hired for internet marketing for the videogame industry. $900 and he managed to fool millions with his own ARG. Marketing departments should be drooling for a person of his skills.

it was a clever and creative prank that had who knows how many people either directly working to decipher the codes and had a great time speculating and trying to work out its meaning. he did a great job frankly

Some men just want to see the world burn, and others just want their 15 minutes of fame. If all he really wanted was to be a spiteful troll, he wouldn't have opened a Reddit AMA to announce his intentions.

"Some men just want to watch the world burn..."

Rallying cry of utter idiots throughout the globe. It's a useful identification sign. If you hear someone utter that phrase to explain their behaviour, you are obliged to shove the Dark Knight trilogy DVDs down their throat.

It was a very good hoax, though. It was very believeable, and it was great fun to see it evolve. I do hope he goes on to do something like this, but hopefully legit, some day in the future. He's certainly got the talent for it. Although I hope he stops self-identifying as a wanker in the future, as well.

The Hungry Samurai:
So basically he just said "I just want to set the world on fire?"

Yep, in his heart there is but one desire...and that is to screw with all of you.

Well, technically "us" but that doesn't gel with the song, so to hell with pronoun agreement.

I'm not really mad but the guy comes off a a self-important ass to me, I'll never understand why some people find joy in this sort of displeasure. Oh well, at least he did this as opposed to torturing small animals.

Michael Epstein:
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New to the internet eh? don't feed the trolls.

Michael Epstein:
In addition to the insane amount of time and effort, the hoaxer sunk a fair bit of money into the project. After hosting, traffic and other expenses, the Survivor2099 site cost "approximately 900$" to run.

Just a heads up, you called site 2099 when it is actually 2299.

So yeah, the guy did it for the reason you would assume he did it. He thought it would be funny. Still, that is a lot of money to pay for a prank. Though he said it was worth it.

Does he deserve death threats? No.

Should he have done something useful with that $900? Yes.

Seriously that's what gets me riled up more then anything about this, the fact that there are some many charity out there that could desperately use the money, and he used it purely so he could see peoples angry reactions. Hell hes a gamer, he could have given it to Child's Play.

Sorry how was this meant to fool anyone? The very first reports stated that the webhost and site registration had nothing to do with Bethesda, right at the point everyone should have known that this had nothing to do with FO4. mind you we have people stupid enough to make death threats over it so I guess dumb is a common commodity when it comes to gaming hype.

I find it really amusing that people are so upset about this. Do people really care that much about video games? Especially enough to send death threats?

Fella sounds more than a bit full of himself. Pretty much without exception, whenever a person calls themselves an 'asshole' or something like that as a point of pride, they're just trying to sound cool and different.

This smells of "look at me I'm a rebel and a prankster, give me attention".

I am one of the few people I know who went "meh" at the "announcement," and I LIKE the franchise. I just don't see what they would do. Of course, I know I'll buy it eventually anyway, if they ever get around to it.

I got burned on the old ILOVEBEES "immersive advertising" for Halo, so I tend to ignore all this under-the-radar nonsense until an official website comes out.

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