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Unfiction Receives Unprecedented Gift

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

This week we received our largest-ever donation. The $8,000 sum will fund the community's hosting and overhead costs for an entire year.

The amazing gift came from Andy Darley, recent winner of Perplex City's Season One cash prize, and will allow us to focus on continuing to offer a sustainable, free resource for our players.


Vanishing Point AMD Chip

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

Engraved AMD ChipNot quite as flashy as the "trip into space" prize, and perhaps a bit more geeky, the prize for solving the meta-puzzle in the Vanishing Point Game was an opportunity to engrave whatever message the winner chose onto a limited-run of 1,000 Athlon 64 FX CPUs, produced by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). AMD is one of the world's largest manufacturers of the core processing chips that power PCs.

The meta-puzzle challenge was to guess the "true identity" of the Microsoft employee known only as Loki, who turned out to be four "sisters" with names whose initials spelled out the "puzzlemaster's" alias. Audrey Murphy was the first to submit the winning answer and receive the meta-prize. She decided to have the chips engraved with the phrase, "Audrey & Ryan. Thanks Neowin and Unfiction!"

The Neowin and Unfiction communities were two of the largest and most avid followers of the Vanishing Point Game, a large-scale puzzle competition with over $500,000 in prizes and real-life events worldwide, co-sponsored by Microsoft and AMD to promote the then-upcoming release of the Windows Vista operating system, as well as AMD's microprocessors. In the presentation ceremony where she received a framed version of the special chip, a video of which is available from GearLive, Audrey said that she couldn't have solved all of the puzzles without the help of the communities, and that she wanted to recognize their assistance by including them in the engraving.

We contacted a representative of AMD to inquire as to whether we could get our hands on one of the limited-edition processors. Teresa DeOnis, a brand manager for AMD, said, "Yes, the 1000 processors will be made available for sale to the public in PIB (Processor-in-a-Box) in the Q2 [Spring 2007] timeframe." Unfortunately, she wasn't yet able to provide information on which distribution channels would be used, so we'll just have to keep an eye on AMD's site come April.


Sunday, March 11th, 2007

Following quickly on the heels of ARGFest-o-Con and the GDC Keynote and ARG discussions in San Francisco, the SXSW interactive media festival also held a panel called, "ARG! The Attack of the Alternate Reality Games!" We weren't able to make it but luckily Kevin Kelly blogged all about it over at Joystiq.

Somebody's seriously gotta get me into this thing next year. By the way, ARGNet was an official media sponsor of the ScreenBurn Festival there too. Go, ARGNet!

Perplex City Cube Found

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

Congratulations to Andy Darley, aka Rand0m, who successfully retrieved the alien artifact stolen from Perplex City 3 years ago. Mr. Darley returned the Cube to the Mind Candy offices and will be awarded his prize – £100,000 – at an award ceremony to be held on February 24, 2007, at an undisclosed location.

Thanks for bringing an end to Season 1, Rand0m! Season 2 officially begins on March 1, 2007.

ARGFest-o-Con 2007 Registration

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

As you may know, the next ARGFest-o-Con will be in San Francisco, California, from March 2 through 4, 2007.

Registration to attend is now open over at the official blog and you can get involved with planning at the ARGFest-o-Con Wiki!