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X Marks the Spot

Posted by SpaceBass on November 4th, 2009 filed in tips, trailheads


You are standing in an open field
west of a white house,
with a boarded front door.
There is a small mailbox here.
[What do you do?]

Next year, Smoking Gun Interactive, an independent video game studio which was founded in 2007 by the creators of the award-winning Company of Heroes, will release the first in its new graphic novel series, “X.” The initial installment was written by none other than Douglas Rushkoff, who you may remember from his columns in such publications as the Guardian, Discover, and the Daily Beast; from documentaries like The Merchants of Cool; and from being mentioned on BoingBoing approximately every twelve minutes. Rushkoff is no stranger to the digital age, being known for coining terms and concepts such as viral media (or media virus), digital native, and social currency, according to Wikipedia.

X - Page 2
X – Page 2
(image courtesy Smoking Gun)

A special preview of the graphic novel began to roll out yesterday, located at Exoriare.com and if you look closely, you may be able to spot a wee rabbit hole embedded in the graphics. Hey, if we located it, it can’t be too hard to find! Smoking Gun promises more interactivity to come.

“One of our main goals as a studio is to constantly innovate in how we tell our stories”, said Smoking Gun CEO and Creative Director John Johnson. “Our perspective is, if you can interact with it, then it can be part of the experience we deliver. And if you cannot interact with it, then we will evolve it to the point where it can be part of our universe. There are no boundaries to where we can go or what we can accomplish.”

The novel’s subject matter lends itself well to the world of ARGs, incorporating elements of science fiction, alien invasion, and vast conspiracy. So far, we have not yet spotted an attractive brunette in distress, however.

As a small, scattered group of people stumble onto the truth, they find that they are too late: every great power on earth has already aligned itself against humanity. The war is all but over.  Their struggle to discover the truth will lead them into a massive conspiracy that predates humanity itself – from the world’s most ancient sites to the global centers of power.

For those few brave enough to resist, reckless enough to see, and foolish enough to fight history itself, the war has never been over. For those few, the struggle will not be complete until the old prophecy has been fulfilled[.]

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