This is for the Human Preservation Projct ARG-which started out as Test Subjects Needed. At first I assumed this would be related to Halo,for now I’m not sure so I renamed it to the Human Preservation Project.You will find a detailed summary below,including dates of events. Now,to get you started.
Q:What is an ARG?
A: An ARG is short for Alternative Reality Game. These are usually like video games,but the player interacts in the real world as well as in the games world,much akin to Halo 2’s ilovebees ARG.
There have been currently three phrases-Test Subjects Needed,Mission Icefly and The Genesis
Test Subjects Needed
An advertisement printed in the Flashpoint comic series leads to Testsubjectsneeded.com.
The ad in the DC comic was for 5 Gum and included a “wasp”-like icon and morse code, which decodes to Testsubjectsneeded.com
Additional print ads lead to subfolders on Testsubjectsneeded.com, though redirect to the home page
These include a QR code in the Seattle Weekly, and LA Weekly, leading to the /unknown subfolder, but redirects to the home page.
TV commercials for 5 Gum include a brief flicker in the last scene displaying Testsubjectsneeded.com
Closing text in the commercial is briefly replaced by “test subjects needed”, leading to the website.
Testsubjectsneeded.com (and its mobile site) asks visitors to fill out a sensory evaluation test.
On completing the evaluation, visitors are prompted to create a profile, and provide details for the creation of a custom badge said to be mailed out in the near future. Answers to the sensory test provide the basis for a pentagon-like graph.
At E3 this year(2011),envelopes were given out at random to people leading them to the Testsubjectsneeded site.
At Bonnaroo 2011, crowds were treated to a surreal drop of blinking LED paper helicopters during the outdoor event.
An ad in the June/July issue of Seventeen contains another QR code leading to Testsubjectsneeded.com, and highlighted letters spelling “destiny”.
The QR code leads to the subfolder /query, and the highlighted letters “destiny” are also a subfolder. (see Print ads)
Users who completed the evaluation test and registered at Testsubjectsneeded.com providing a mailing address begin receiving mail.
Inside the package is an origami helicopter with a blinking LED light. On the copter is another QR code which decoded leads to Missionicefly.com. Packages were reported being shipping in either black or silver envelopes.
Missionicefly.com is discovered, including a countdown timer to 12:00pm Pacific June 30.
An Icefly buzzes around the web interface with the countdown and includes a link back to Testsubjectsneeded.com.
An updated video of the Bonnaroo 2011 helicopter drop is uploaded to youtube but includes a brief, garbled phrase with actor Terry O’Quinn (Professor Traelek).
The professor is also seen at the end of the updated video, but the video and audio is to garbled to note for certain what is being said.
The footer of Missionicefly.com is updated showing the phrase “operation reboot”, along with jumbled letters.
Over the course of a day or two, the footer of Missionicefly.com clears to reveal a list of 15 cities, implying a coordinated event on June 30th. Instructions are also added.
Through an email, a Twitter account @Mission_Icefly is revealed.
Test Subject Needed members were sent an e-mail reminding them that Mission Icefly will begin in one day
The timer on Missionicefly.com ends, and Mission Icefly begins.
Once the timer ends, the iris on the countdown clock becomes clickable. The iris leads to Missionicefly.com/rescue, where mission goals will be posted. (The site initially launched with a graphic interface, but was changed to a basic HTML page shortly after launch to handle traffic load)
The site includes links to the previously discovered Twitter account as well as a Flickr Account.
When each city was activated, a PDF file was posted with directions to a location somewhere in the city. The first person who made it to the site acquired an envelope containing instructions to text a phone number for further orders. Once the text was sent, the player was given directions to another location, where they picked up their prize: a Human Preservation Preservation box containing an Icefly replica. When plugged in, the Icefly lights up and blinks, spelling out Survivalcode.com in Morse code.
After the first Icefly was discovered, a heavily garbled video appeared on the Mission Icefly website. As each location completed their objectives, more footage was added to the video, and once every city was finished, the final clip contained a URL: survivalcode.com/thegenesis.
‘/thegenesis’ features the full, undistorted version of the Mission Icefly video; when the video finishes, the image of a metal door in an arctic environment appears. A screen next to the door displays a countdown that ends on July 15. Clicking on the screen goes to the main Survivalcode.com page.
Players with Test Subjects Needed accounts can also use them on Survival Code. The profile page features the member’s sense print, any achievements they have earned, and a “log file” - a five-page comic featuring several elements from the Genesis video
Based on a reference found in prelude log file #2, Traelekinstitute.com is found.
The website includes a phone number that, when called, plays an automated message featuring a word association test. Each of the four words mentioned in the test - “decoy”, “ascent”, “blameless”, and “misguided” - can be used as URLs to find hidden pages on the institute website.
Survivalcode.com is updated with mentions of two types of Keys.
Each account is given three “test facility keys” and the “Game Code Entry” page is launched. Codes can be found inside special packs of 5 Gum with an Icefly printed on the back of the packaging. When the code is entered, it can be redeemed for either another facility key or one of ten “constellation keys.” The purpose of the keys is at this time unknown