'Tis brilliant, that one; both in general quality of compositing effects, and in the little touches, like the CBI flashing up a BSOD for about two frames as it's removed.
(It also contains Half-Life references which have made some very obsessive types go hunt down things like the Google Maps location where it was filmed, and the research papers used for background text gribble on the website.)
I like that the AR interface doesn't make me want to stab people.
creepy and cool!
Yep. That's what playing through Half-Life 2 is like.
What the fuck is that, and how do I find more of it?
I must be old, because it made me motion sick.
Seems to be linked to this.
Some sort of viral video to advertise for something I presume?
OK, I've spent far too much time trying to figure out what this all means and I'm not getting anywhere.
http://www.whatsinthebox.nl/ seems to be related. Click on the left side of the circle to play a news report about the "disaster". There is some reversed speech at the end that I haven't unreversed yet. Click on the right hand side of the circle to show some newspaper clippings. Click on some of the letters in the headlines to highlight them. They give you the letters that spell "EXPOSED". Hover the mouse over the bottom part of the circle and some cycling hex numbers appear. Click on the bottom part of the circle and a text box appears that seems to be expecting you to type in some sort of code.
Also, on the http://babel-research.eu/ site there's some hidden MP3 files at http://babel-research.eu/snd/hidden.mp3 and http://babel-research.eu/snd/discedoMalum.mp3. They also have reversed speech that I haven't unreversed yet.
I hope it's not just some lame viral video for a phone company or something!
well, http://babel-research.eu/ has a link on it to http://www.thehansofoundation.org/, which is one of the lost tie in sites. take that for what its worth.
And it's got logos for Aperture Laboratories and Black Mesa right next to that link, so unless this is some big ABC/Valve crossover event I don't think it's official.
It's a student project, so is full of shout-outs to various things. See the "very obsessive types" link I posted in an earlier (er, first, apparently) comment for other people's investigative diggings. Looks like the website has changed a little since, mind.
Everything was great except that weird burst from the cube to the singularity thing at the beginning. That seemed unrealistic for some reason.
I kept expecting this to end with a demand to buy the second generation Zune.
Is Half-Life 2 now the de rigueur composite for dystopia sound effects?
If you're into puzzles, here are spoilers (http://wikibruce.com/2009/04/a-big-box-of-babel-research/). If you're not, well, the page doesn't reveal anything about what's coming yet except for some serious easter egg dropping. Very cool.
I saw this a while ago and nothing has come of it since. It's probably just some Half-Life student project, but if it's actually something substantial I hope to see more from it soon.
Entirely unrelated, but is there anything up with the mixtapes? I missed listening to it this week. Thanks!