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[TRAILHEAD] What's In The Box?
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SquidDNA
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[TRAILHEAD] What's In The Box?
Half-life fanfilm with website

Here's a video. Some nice effects, a frantic kind of disaster Half-Life feel to it. Definitely not Valve as you can tell from the white coveralls later on. Enjoyable to watch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IU_reTt7Hj4

The description on the youtube page gives http://www.whatsinthebox.nl/

Mousing over the box gives some kind of weird text that breifly flashes on the cube itself:



And causes question marks to appear over particular letters in the "credits" section.

The page source contains the note:
Every medium, as its ancestors
Every pro, has his anti's, now you think about that


Which so far only seems to yield this:
http://www.whatsinthebox.nl/anti.jpg

Which isn't very helpful.

I'd say there's definitely a puzzle here of some kind, but looking at the names on the "credits" it seems to be something unaffiliated with Valve. Thoughts?

(Credit to Relicnews dolts for getting it this far)

Moderator's Note: For a quick overview of what has happened in What's In The Box so far, see thebruce's wonderful article here ~ varin

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HurrrDurrf
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http://www.whatsinthebox.nl/anti.jpg

this does look interesting judging by all the stuff thats going on[/url]

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oxdeltaxo
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The name Tim Smit is mentioned Numerous times. It's worth mentioning Tim Smit is a palindrome. So I'm assuming its a pen name.

Also the image displays calculus of some kind, which I am not familiar with.

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The text behind the cube picture on the 'Anti.jpg' page is taken from this site: http://www.loop.ph/bin/view/Openloop/DyeSensitizedSolarCells

It's about dye-sensitized solar cells, whatever they are, only they changed the percents (in red on the cube image).
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Leadman47
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Website box

If you mouse over the box repeatedly and fast enough some words appear below it, all i could make out was Fast, and i'm not sure but it might of also said bomb and read.

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thebruceModerator
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it's been picked up at Firstshowing.net as well.

looks like it's going to be fairly well made, and the credits on the site are very wide-release-movie-esque... =)

behind the box, I've managed to tweek the images a bit, and brought out the words a bit more...and um yeah... it's lyrics... to The Final Showdown (and the raw, vulgar lyrics Razz)
Spoiler (Rollover to View):
I AM COMPLETE
Tenacious D;
Mother f***ck

Beelzebob;
YES YOU ARE F?????ED
SH*T OUT OF LUCK
NOW, I'M COMPLETE ???? AND MY
COCK YOU WILL ?UCK
THIS WORLD ???????????? MINE
AND YOU'R?????????? IN LINE
YOU BROUGHT ?????? THE PICK
AND NOW ??????HALL BOTH
?????

Tenacious D;
?aaait Waaait
you mother f*cker
???lleng? ??ou to
???
etc


full lyrics
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Oriza
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Phenomenal video.
Do you think this is going to be a viral for a *movie* about Half-Life 2? Because that would be sweet.
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Gregoriev
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[TRAILHEAD] What's In The Box?

So, talking to my friend, he linked me this:



YouTube: Link


Going to the site in the description leads to a site, that
Spoiler (Rollover to View):
when you look in source, you see an image called anti.jpg in the css, and the text: <Every>
<!-- Every pro, has his anti's, now you think about that -->


Now, you might say this is just a test film, as the title describes. Well, my friend who linked it to me had a good point: This seems a bit high quality for something grassroots. In addition, very obviously Half Life 2 connected. Elite combine in the video, as well as a news ticker that says "Worst accident since Black Mesa", and all the audio bites they use for things like equipping the item, the combine chatter, klaxon after being found, etc etc, all comes from Half Life, although that's a bit more easily taken.


There's always the chance these are just REALLY TALENTED film students, or something, but you never know. Well, in this case, you might know.
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heh, hate to break it to you, but...
Trout

right next to this one, there's a thread of the very same name Wink

http://forums.unfiction.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=27631
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Gregoriev
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thebruce wrote:
heh, hate to break it to you, but...
Trout

right next to this one, there's a thread of the very same name Wink

http://forums.unfiction.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=27631


Feh, 2 hour trout. Rolling Eyes

Well, at least I know now. Razz
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ndemeterModerator
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Wow. Very HL, I agree, especially because of the FPS feel of the video. And I hope there's something behind this! Smile

MOD EDIT: I also merged the two threads.
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Aside from the rapidly flashing letters on the site, is there anything to be made of the question marks that appear over the credits on the site when you mouse over the box?
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blessedSophia
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My boyfriend commented on the HalfLife sound effects before I even noticed them. Also worth noting that it's got keywords "Half Life" in its keywords. (And for whatever reason, it also has "Lost" in there...?)

I am lurking like crazy over here.

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ndemeterModerator
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Looking at the image at http://www.whatsinthebox.nl/anti.jpg I noticed that the percentages 73.5% and 87% are red/highlighted.

Can someone please check and see if it's just my eyes playing tricks on me?
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redct
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Regarding the scrolling letters on the site, I don't think those are really meaningful; decompiling the flash gives you the fact that the text is in an array called bullshitArray. Razz

Full list of text: 0001 WSAD 134G ASDF 123A 1234 5223 QWER FASG 4213 UUUU READ FAST JFSD 2123 BOXR SAGA JFSD 2123 6335 2347 2678 7856 1111 0003

If you'll note, the scrolling ticker at around two minutes has 'worst event since Black Mesa'.

Found out that it was filmed in Nijmegen, Netherlands
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