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Must Love Reboots

Posted by SpaceBass on June 10th, 2009 filed in tips, trailheads

Maddison Atkins

If you follow the LG15Today Blog, you’re probably already aware that the Maddison Atkins ARG restarted the other day but rather than just a new chapter added to the story, this time around marks a reboot of the entire plot. Maddison Atkins was an interactive, episodic video series along the lines of Lonelygirl15 that originally launched in 2007, produced by Jeromy Barber, centered around the titular character and her friend Adam, and their experiences related to some unexplained local murders or something. We’re not sure if any kidnappings were involved but if there are this time, we might be persuaded to help with a rescue attempt! Rowr.

ARGs are notoriously un-replayable so this reboot intrigues us. From comments we’ve seen around the blogosphere, it appears that the characters and settings may be the same but the storyline will not necessarily depend upon the previous history. Could Jeromy be the next J.J. Abrams of alternate reality gaming? How about the first, then (because those Lost experiences were kind of, well…)?

Since we’re already breaking new ground here, we decided to hit the Puppetmaster himself up for some hints. Here’s what he had to say:

Hmmm Exclusive Tips… I do know that people are already passing up opportunities to progress the plot. It’s not something they can just watch, and waiting has its consequences. They have to interact to uncover what is next. To be absolutely honest, there’s a drop out there right now that the fans might miss if they don’t hurry up …. I don’t know if that’s what you were looking for, but there you are.

Sounds to us like a call to action! Check out the new videos, follow Maddison on Twitter, and head over to the Unfiction thread to discuss developments, if you’re so inclined.


4 Responses to “Must Love Reboots”

  1. Madison Atkins - Dead Drop | ARG Deaddrop Says:

    [...] Despoiler.org contacted the Puppetmaster for some exclusive hints, and this is what the PM had to say (emphasis mine): Hmmm Exclusive Tips… I do know that people are already passing up opportunities to progress the plot. It’s not something they can just watch, and waiting has its consequences. They have to interact to uncover what is next. To be absolutely honest, there’s a drop out there right now that the fans might miss if they don’t hurry up …. I don’t know if that’s what you were looking for, but there you are. [...]

  2. none Says:

    Seriously! Way to stay behind the curtain Jeromy! Ya know that kind of, “why don’t these dumb kids get it already” attitude is the reason a lot of people left the first time!! Not helpful, mocking comments are not needed!

  3. SpaceBass Says:

    I did not find his comment to be mocking and unhelpful. Sorry if it offended you that I solicited a little extra info from behind the curtain!

  4. Jeromy Says:

    Yeah, I’m sorry if it came across that way. I meant no disrespect. And yes, maybe my curtain is a bit see-through. It’s true, but I made it that way.

    I don’t think the people who follow the game are dumb kids. Honestly, they are some of the smartest people I know.


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