How A Game Made People Think Half-Life 3 Would Be Released This Year

Bossa Studios never intended for Surgeon Simulator 2013 to become a part of a Half-Life 3 conspiracy theory—the ARG puzzle found underneath a medic figurine was simply another element in the game that would require the player to use some inference. » 7/01/13 2:30pm 7/01/13 2:30pm

Is There A Valve-Related Alternate Reality Game Going On? [UPDATE:…

And so the speculation continues! The other day, we wrote about a Half-Life 2 update that featured Korean audio. It was a mistake according to Valve, and they fixed it—but that didn't stop fans from freaking out. Now fans found something else that looks suspicious in a different game, Surgeon Simulator 2013. » 6/27/13 8:30pm 6/27/13 8:30pm

Developer Behind Creepy Alternate-Reality Adventure Games Now Making a …

Many years ago, the creepy alternate-reality adventure game Missing: Since January (called In Memoriam outside of the US) tried to blur the lines between its fiction and our world. In pursuing the trail of the fictional Jack Lorski and Karen Volker, players wind through real-world history and geography, as well as… » 9/27/12 1:00pm 9/27/12 1:00pm

Team Fortress 2's Gray Mann Surfaces as Signs Point to All-Robot…

Diehard Team Fortress 2 fans have spent all weekend sleuthing out Friday's tease, in which a "Gray Mann" is revealed to be the brother of Redmond and Blutarch Mann, owners of the game's RED and BLU teams. Tons of evidence suggest this is going to mean the introduction of a robot faction, which Valve itself all but… » 8/12/12 9:30am 8/12/12 9:30am

Disney is Rewriting Your Childhood With Nostalgia For a Game That…

Sega recently announced that their upcoming game Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed will feature the titular hero of Disney's November film Wreck-it Ralph as a playable character. The movie's director, Rich Moore, calls it a "dream come true" that we can see "Wreck-It Ralph in a real video game alongside Sonic and other… » 7/16/12 12:00pm 7/16/12 12:00pm

The Complicated Alternate Reality of The Secret World and its Secret…

The Secret World officially launches next week, on July 3. It's a somewhat unconventional approach to the MMORPG genre, set in the sinister, secret underbelly of the real world, the 21st century Earth we all inhabit. And while developers Funcom have been running the standard closed beta and public beta weekends,… » 6/27/12 3:00pm 6/27/12 3:00pm

This Alternate Reality Game Lets Players Control Real People

There are plenty of games out there that posit alternate realities. Upcoming MMO The Secret World bases its whole plot around the idea, while piles of other games have at some point integrated themselves into the real world, often for marketing purposes. » 4/24/12 6:00pm 4/24/12 6:00pm

"Potato Sack" Studios Say They Had "Free Rein" In Portal 2's ARG

The elaborate alternate reality game that served as a viral marketing device for Portal 2's release was not entirely devised by Valve. In fact, the developers of the 13 games of the "Potato Sack," the group of indie games central to the ARG's final resolution, say they were involved in the scheme's design from the… » 4/21/11 11:00pm 4/21/11 11:00pm

So How Close Are We To Unlocking Portal 2?

With two titles "completed" in Valve's play-for-an-early-release stunt with Portal 2, GLaDOS says we've only shaved about 90 minutes off the scheduled release of 7 a.m. Tuesday. Several sites calculate that the effort is much further ahead than that. Like, between 16 and 18 hours as of writing. » 4/16/11 4:00pm 4/16/11 4:00pm

Valve Tied To Vast Potato-Based Conspiracy, May Be Portal 2 Related

As of last Friday, April 1, Half-Life and Left 4 Dead developer Valve has been dropping cryptic clues in its own games (Team Fortress 2, Portal 2) and games made by others (Super Meat Boy, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, AudioSurf). The common thread? Potatoes. » 4/05/11 11:30pm 4/05/11 11:30pm