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You stumble on a blog, one created by a high school student a few days ago who received a mysterious package in the mail and videoblogged it on Youtube. The package contains a small memory card with some pictures and mp3s, and a crumpled paper on which is written a scratchy message to this person by name, saying that something’s coming – something big. ‘Cool! A new ARG rebbithole!’ you think. You pass the link around to some friends and let your immediate ARG community know about it… some even secretly wonder what it would be like to get a hold of this note to add to their ARG swag collection at some point.
Yes, this is an ARG, and the blog creator is a puppetmaster; the student is an actor.
Now what if this person were real? What if the creator of the blog were a real person who received this real package, which was sent to them, and no one else, which even mentioned them specifically by name? What if this were you? Is that still cool? Many would reflexively say yes!
Over the years I’ve been in the ARG scene, I’ve seen a few mysteries like this crop up occasionally. Anywhere from personalized contact containing mini puzzles like secret santa riddles, to friends pranking friends or creating special birthday experiences. It’s rare that a lot of time and effort are actually put into producing a complex, deep experience, drawing them ever deeper down the rabbit hole, with no other target audience than a single individual. Actually, the only other example I can personally recall to that extent is fictional – depicted in the movie The Game, with Michael Douglas.