The Wyoming Incident seems like an ARG that took a nosedive, but has returned. The Unfiction boards seem to have discredited it as a continuing prank from a few of the Something Awful boarders. I do not believe this to be the case.
An alternate reality game (ARG) is an interactive narrative that uses the real world as a platform, often involving multiple media and game elements, to tell a story that may be affected by participants' ideas or actions.
The form is typified by intense player involvement with a story that takes place in real-time and evolves according to participants' responses, and characters that are actively controlled by the game's designers, as opposed to being controlled by artificial intelligence as in a computer or console video game. Players interact directly with characters in the game, solve plot-based challenges and puzzles, and often work together with a community to analyze the story and coordinate real-life and online activities. ARGs generally use multiple media (such as telephones, email, and mail) but rely on the Internetas the central binding medium.
(This was spoilered for your own protection, there is a lot to read in here. If you are interested, you will read it, if not I will give a recap later on.)
Alright, I'm just summing things up in this post. 30+ pages of speculation, attempted gamejacks, and half-truths is a bit much to slog through. I'm not going to bother quoting people because I don't have the time, also, it may appear jumbled, but just browse through it and you should find most of the relevant data from the last 30 or so pages. Sorry in advance. First off, links to all the videos we have so far.
Description: The Wyoming Incident (or The Wyoming Hijacking) is a lesser known case of television broadcast hijacking/hacking. A hacker managed to interrupt broadcasts from a local programming channel (believed to serve several smaller communities in the county of Niobrara) and aired his/her own video. The video contained numerous clips of disembodied, human heads showing various emotions and "poses". The camera position changed often (usually every ten-to-fifteen seconds) and the video was often interrupted by a "SPECIAL PRESENTATION" announcement. This clip is taken from one of these intervals.
The video is mostly locally well-known, and would probably not even be that popular if it were not for the effects it had on the few residents who watched it for an extended period of time. Complaints included vomiting, hallucinations, headaches, etc. While some believed it was paranormal, specialists have determined that the cause of these afflictions were frequencies played regularly throughout the broadcast. In this clip, the frequency being played is somewhere between 17 and 19 hz. This range of frequency, when played for long periods of time, causes the eyes to subtly vibrate, sometimes inducing visual hallucinations.
This video is significant in that is one of the most recent television hijackings. Such actions were rare even in the '80s (search for Chicago Max Headroom Incident) and are even more rare today. The hacker has not yet been caught, and all attempts to trace the video have proven futile.
Description: some body left this video file on a dvd they left on my doorstep. it might just be a prank but its pretty creepy so i guess ill just upload it here
if any of yall reconize who made this video are the video just tell me
thanks to chad for helping wit tags
Description: My brother had quite an interesting collection of underground, bizarre videos. This video (which he only called "3") was his favorite in his entire collection, despite running only about a minute. He never wanted it uploaded to the internet because he was sort of selfish when it came to his rarer videos. He liked the idea that he was one of the few people who had seen this. I found it a year after his death (I had pretty much forgotten about it), in a box filled with videos of his I guess he'd just recently burnt to DVD. I have no idea who made the video and only a vague idea as to where it came from. My brother came back with it one summer after visiting some friends up around Yellowknife.
Video four was posted by people on the forums, as it was received via e-mail, sent to a chosen member of the game, so the description is irrelevant, but here is the text of the email it was attached to;
so, you were chosen to take the newest video. You probably think this is all
very fun. Excited? I hope so. Danny was so
excited when he bought the third video. He loved those sort of things, you see.
Unfortunately, he Refused to upload it
to the internet. That made me very Angry. He finally Killed himself, never
letting anyone aside from his brother watch
it. This also Upset me, but fortunately, his brother was kind enough to upload
it for him.
And Jack Pembry? He was a Psychopath years before he bought the video. Oh, he
never acted on any of his Impulses, but
they were always there. If he had never seen the video, he still would've
Cracked sooner or later. You might be wondering
what happened to him. He hoped giving the video to Donald Wilson would help him.
It didn't. He's Gone now. He got to be It
for awhile and that while's up. You'll be Gone too. It doesn't even matter what
you do with the video now.
Gregory Miller was a perfect Target. Vulnerable, arrogant, with an interest in
the Strange he could never even hope to
overcome. He kept the video to himself for too long. It Destroyed his mind. Even
after he gave his copy to Wilson, he
had no hope. He's still alive, completely Dependent on his mother. Everyday, she
wanders into the bedroom he now sleeps
in, says a prayer for him, and Weeps. She can spend hours in that room, just
Crying. He's completely Repulsive. Imagine,
a shell of a human, covered in bedSores, smelling like the Dead. He's gone now
too, in a way.
Oh, that's right. You didn't know. I'm not Gregory Miller. GMiller stopped
making posts on his blog almost a year ago. I
have sort of claimed it for myself. It's amazing how naive some people are.
Without anyone paying for his domain, I had
to move it to Blogger, which is better anyway. A bigger audience.
Donald was Dead long before he acquired any of the videos.
Upload the video. Watch it. Watch it until your heart stops beating. Keep
playing my game. It's just so much fun.
Tell everyone that the next one is coming out soon. So far the videos have been
sold, given, found, and won. Next time,
the video will be shared. Now if only there was someone to help me share it. Oh,
that's right. There's Ares. I think
I'll call it "Hackjob Johnny Presents Video Five". Doesn't make sense, huh? It
doesn't have to. All that matters
is that people find it. Look out for it.
You Disgust and amuse me.
Do not try and contact me at this address again. It will only be a Waste of your
Description is once again irrelevant, as it was uploaded to youtube by one of our members. It was recieved via a file-sharing program, Ares.
Daniel Cable - decased, possibly suicide.
Donald Wilson - deceased (with an actual obituary to back it up)
GMiller - went insane for a while. still questionable.
i also have a feeling that Jack Q. Pembry owned the second video, the one Gmiller said he didn't know who had. it makes sense if you go over the blog.
I grabbed the audio off the first video and ran it through Baudline and was able to get a look at some interesting harmonics in the tones near the middle third of the clip (you can clearly make out three, need to capture an image for posting online). Of course, I'm no expert and have no way of telling if this is intentional or not. At any rate, it's always possible there's information encoded in those tones (if each tone represented a number, say 0 thru 9). There's a polytone broadcasting mode that you can catch sometimes, if you listen to short wave radio enough, which uses a scheme similar to this (it sounds a lot like someone hitting random keys on one of those old little cassio keybords). I know it's reaching, but anything's possible.
Niobara County, Wyoming
(Note: Much of the relevant posts regarding the blog will seem contextually wrong, as the blog has been changed multiple times. If anyone has cached versions of the past blogs, please to be sharing them.)
Here is a copied and pasted transcript of the February 16th "Three Questions Blog" lest that one be yanked from our info as well;
One last post.
I have realized that, in accordance with certain traditions, I am now obliged to answer three questions. Now, I only have to answer them. I don't have to answer them honestly. I don't have to answer them politely. I don't have to answer them with great detail. I'll answer them how I see fit. "What's the point in asking questions if you're just going to lie?" Well, there is the off chance that you could outwit me somehow, I suppose.
Choose your questions wisely, because it's going to be awhile before you get another opportunity like this.
I will also be giving an answer to a fourth question of my choosing. I do not have to tell that question to you.
posted by GMIller at 7:13 AM on Feb 16, 2007
First question: Where do these videos originate from? Not where they come from, as that could easily be answered with, "I give them out." Specifically, where do they originate from.
February 16, 2007 12:53 PM
What you now think of as a series of video has always existed in some form or another. They have been available as Carvings in stone, scrolls, pamphlets, books, etc. Not long ago I was charged with the task of updating them into a more modern form of media. I contacted a young native in the Northern Territories of Canada who had Strayed from his kin and their beliefs. He was rather Pretentious, but it didn't take much to convince him to work for me. He was very resourceful and already had a large library of programs and sounds. I spoke with him for 23 hours, describing what it was I wanted done. He took notes and complied. Eventually he realized that I was not part of any sort of art project and that his works would not be used in the way he wanted them to be. He became very Irate. He's Gone now. I sold the first three videos myself. You already have heard of the three people who bought them, though there are many connections you may not have made.
There are three questions remaining, one of which I get to choose myself.
February 16, 2007 1:16 PM
Second question: What is the purpose of that which you are updating? Not merely the videos, as their purpose is to update previously available data into a modern medium. I am asking for the purpose of what it is you are updating.
February 16, 2007 1:41 PM
What I am updating Serves various purposes. For one, it Inspires many of those who view it in small, subtle ways and those who own it in very strong ways. Modifying people in such a manner helps to guide society down the Path that my people believe is the best. They also Serve as a very important part of our belief system. They help to strengthen us and keep us healthy. They are the most sacred objects in our world. They are the winning card in the Game we play with Humanity.
February 16, 2007 1:49 PM
Last of the questions we get to choose.
We know you, or others of your people, are watching our efforts. Games like these are never fun unless you can see what the mice in the maze are doing, so here it is.
Earlier you said there were connections we might not have made. We've made some connections and I've got ideas as to a few more. But there's nothing quite like the source. What connections are there that we've missed?
February 16, 2007 5:20 PM
This is not a question I can answer fully. However, there are some examples I can give you. First of all, the man who Took the moniker Jack Q. Pembry bought the second video. I wouldn't try getting in touch with him. He's Gone. The Robert mentioned on Gregory Miller's blog is not Donald Wilson's stepson. He is Danny's brother. Two separate people sharing a common name, you see. He's still Kicking around, though in all honesty I can't guarantee you his last name is Cable. So, here are the three people who bought the videos from me personally: Jack Q. Pembry (alias), Daniel C., Gregory Miller. You have yet to discuss how the second video got from Pembry to Donald Wilson to Jamie to Youtube. Donald Wilson wasn't himself when he began his little collection, as his Obituary seems to hint. Of course, researching ol' Donald will just lead to a Dead end (literally) for you, which causes me to wonder why no one has investigated the others yet.
I'd be following Jamie's Youtube profile for the next few days. The first chance you get to contact him, do it. I never figured him into my equation, so his presence is, to put it lightly, slightly Aggravating to me, and even I don't fully understand how the video got from Wilson to him, though I have some ideas. There may be a group of Interlopers trying to get my videos to people I would generally consider Unworthy. If you want my help, I suggest you Stop them. Follow my advice about Jamie, and eventually you'll know what to do. In the End, you're going to end up helping me take care of Jamie no matter what it is you truly want to do. Don't make it Difficult for yourself by trying to Misbehave.
The Interlopers may be my sisters. I would elaborate about them further, but that wasn't your question. A hint - TOPIC: THE RECURRING THEME OF DUALITY IN MYTHOLOGY.
Soon, this blog will be nothing but variants of the posts that preceded this. Good luck.
February 16, 2007 5:41 PM
The answer to my question? Seven.
February 16, 2007 5:43 PM
The names in the blog, Jamie, Danny, and so on... They all match to the names of people that have been involved with this.
The author, aparently, over the course of last summer went completly insane as a result of watching the videos.
He also said there were 333 of them.
It tells us to call Donald Wilson, who has two of the videos.
Googling Donald Wilson Wyoming, the first entry is a phonebook entry.
Not sure if anyone has called yet, but I bet that's the next step to call and ask about the videos, and this "G Miller" guy on the blog. Also ask about Robert (the blog mentions him as being with Donald).
Question: The number is in Buffalo, WY (With an address!) but the obit is in Lusk, 200 miles away.
the blog mentions lampreys at the height of GMiller's insanity.
there is also an excerpt from a book that talks about lampreys.
lamprey feeds off of
From halfway down in the blog, there is a strange quote about Vedius.
Google gives us that it is a quote from Seneca, On Anger, III, 40.
Vedius Pollus was a freed slave who rose in the ranks, and was known for feeding slaves to his man-eating pet fish (Lamprey's?)
Not sure about the human lampreys connection.
"acknowledging it is just enough
just enough for sustinence"
maybe it's like a lamprey in that it's parasitic, but i'm still not sure what he was getting at.
A very nice and patient woman answered the phone, and had no idea what I was talking about.
They don't even have a computer.
No relation to the Donald in Lusk, Wyoming.
Never been or had contact with anyone in Yellowknife NT
I don't know if it means anything but adding up 333-333 gives you 666.
3+3+3=9, 3+3+3=9, 3+3+3=9 then you get 9 9 9
the Special presentation message is put upside down so....
put 9 9 9 upside down and what do ya get?
Of possible interest to the mathematically inclined, "333" Harshad number. The word "Harshad" comes from the Sanskrit harṣa, meaning "great joy". If we are ill, what better to cure us than happiness?
From all the clues that have been thrown at us, he wants us to see the dual nature of everything, 9sisters/9brothers, good/evil seemingly, etc. But with the numbers, there is no breaking it down into halves. Not even halves at anyrate. WHAM, like a ton of bricks, as I was taking a drag from my cigarette about to say I don't know what to look for. 9 Sisters, 9 Brothers. There are two sets of three [(333)(333)], however, that still leaves out the last third of the sequence. Maybe it represents the viewer? The ones being affected by the two sets of nine?
Here's a breakdown of the capitalized words, based on what I have been able to gather from this thread so far:
Deleted Blog Entry: UDSDSWCWHHWTSBHB
Users, Down, Started, Dream, Sick, Worry, Crazy, Wrong, Hurt, Horror, Worry, Take, Struggled, Battle, Hurt, Bye
4th Video E-mail to Esteed: RAKUPICGIGTSDDCRSDDDW
Refused, Angry, Killed, Upset, Psychopath, Impulses, Cracked, Gone, It, Gone, Target, Strange, Destroyed, Dependent, Weeps, Crying, Repulsive, Sores, Dead, Dead, Disgust, Waste
Blog Questions --
Answer #1: CSPIG
Carvings, Strayed, Pretentious, Irate, Gone
Answer #2: SIPSGH
Serves, Inspires , Path, Serve, Game, Humanity
Answer #3: TGKODAIUSEDMI
Took, Gone, Kicking, Obituary, Dead, Aggravating, Interlopers, Unworthy, Stop, End, Difficult, Misbehave, Interlopers
Working on the assumption that all these strings are encoded using the same cipher (if not, it would be so difficult to break it would defeat the purpose), I did a frequency analysis on all of the "messages" which I have also attached.
I also made note of the phrase "TOPIC: THE RECURRING THEME OF DUALITY IN MYTHOLOGY". Note that all the strings are shorter than this string... So it's possible this is some kind of key phrase, a clue and a key phrase. There's duality for you.
i focused more on the words that were capitalized that shouldn't be
10 of these words have negative connotations. 3 others can also have negative meanings.
strange quirk for someone who claims to be fully recovered from a mental breakdown.
The Cubing Forums
(Some posts in here have been deleted also, once again, if you have a cache of these posts before they got wiped, please to be sharing.)
I think "cubing" may mean killing by some of the comments, or possibly scaring people. Like what tools do you use? Hammer, chainsaw? Clothes to use while cubing: Leather is nice, but something about getting a hug from a guy in a Homer Simpson T-shirt.
A group of "normal" people somehow influenced by something to become serial killers.
Now it is back in the form of videos that drove one person insane (gmiller), and possibly killed 1 or more people (Our WY friends).
The video lies to people.[/quote]
Whew, those aren't easy on the eyes, are they? Let me give you guys the basic rundown:
A few strange videos started to appear on the internet. The first ones claimed to have been played over pirate TV broadcasts in Lusk, Wyoming, a little town in the middle of nowhere. The residents reported dizziness, nausea, headaches, and slight auditory + visual hallucinations after having viewed the videos.
The videos are creepy, sure, but the TV hijackings were faked so that the story would gain some appeal over the internet and allow the videos to reach more people. These videos are supposed to alter the way we as humans think, so that we can be set on the path to a long existance.
The stories surrounding the Wyoming Incident have allusions to the popular (at least on the creepy thread) shadow people, or as the story states "Dark Children". It also involves greek gods and goddesses, the fates....among other things.
Early this moth some goons on SA were found gloating on their boards about how this "game" was created by them and a bunch of behind the scenes info, as well as logging in on the "in-game" boards as the mod (aka the storyteller) and making stupid posts such as "T'was all for boners" and "Fartz". These posts have sense been deleted and the boards have just now reopened with a post damning the people on SA as liars and gamejackers (people who intentionally fuck with an ARG to mess it up).
The unfiction boards are all about the gameplay and interaction if ARGs and they do not trust that this is a legitimate game, believing that it is just the SA goons on the troll again. I think the game really was hijacked and it is back on track now and they need our help. I am at work right now so I cannot provide a frickin sweet OP, but it will have to do until I can edit it later.
The Happy Cube boards have reopened their registration abilities. Feel free to register if you want to actively participate in the game. If not, I will echo your ideas for you. I am registered as spectr3.
I will fix up this OP when I get around to it tomorrow, as I am not fully prepared being at work.