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Iris ARG: Fifth and final server unlocked

Late last night another milestone in the Halo 3 Iris ARG was achieved when persistent ARGers unlocked the fifth and (presumably) final server. Since our last ARG update-o-fun, the fourth server went live (August 9th) when ARG members used information from a fake Amazon.com listing, details gained from its fictitious author, and some keen fact analysis. 100 players helped unlock the server (including Richard and I ... sweetness!) when the typical video, text, file loot was spilled for members to dig through. But that was a week ago and what we consider "old hat" around these parts. The new news is that last night the fifth server went live after players used GPS information from theartifactlocation.com (try "boomerang") to find three videos being projected on buildings in Seattle, Los Angeles and New York that revealed a URL to help unlock the server. Even more exciting is the fact that I was lucky enough to be one of the first 100 to help unlock it, so more swag for me. W00t, w00t! Complete up to date outline of all ARG events can be viewed here.

So now Iris ARG players have unlocked all the servers, received all the images, sound files and text files from them and just have to figure out what to do with it all or wait for further instruction. Again, we must wait. Though, we say hurry up Iris, we want all your Halo 3 secrets and we want 'em now!

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1. halo 3 manual scans!!

http://www.the360forum.com/fps-action-discussions/18068-halo-3-manual-scans.html#post235778

Posted at 1:06PM on Aug 17th 2007 by SubNoiZe@T3F

2. I reckon the site of champions may be your next stop. Just foundless speculation of course. What time did the keys come out and how did you get them?

Posted at 1:11PM on Aug 17th 2007 by DaveC

3. Can I have the AdjutantReflex gamerpic since you have like 3 of them now? :D

Posted at 1:17PM on Aug 17th 2007 by homer34

4. Cool scans, I'd say about a week b4 H3 releases...I'm not going to be on the interwebz for fear of spoiling Halo 3 for me :(

Posted at 1:18PM on Aug 17th 2007 by TORO

5. Will somebody please tell me what Iris ARG is?

Posted at 1:19PM on Aug 17th 2007 by SteveMB

6. I wasnt a big fan of all this ARG stuff. But since yesterday morning i saw all the talk about "server 5" so I got into the game. Did a little digging. Than when the key was figured out i felt like an idiot because i had it the whole time...btw the key was "artifactlocation" which was the website of some other server thing.(like i said i didnt know anything about all this stuff)

Posted at 1:30PM on Aug 17th 2007 by Sergio

7. Lightspeed summary...

Puzzle-ish Bungie-devised online treasure-hunt for free merchandise and currently unknown conclusion all for the sake of Halo 3 hype...

Done lol...

All I have to say is...

This shit better end up doing SOMETHING useful or at least explain the starmaps and give us SOME information...

Thoughts?

Posted at 1:33PM on Aug 17th 2007 by Fontez

8. Dustin, Richard ... I hate you.
I was searching for the key until 12:30 est, and then my MOTHERFUCKING internet went down. I just want to punch a hole through the face of whoever came up with this FUCKING GAME.
I had 3 different forums up and a couple of chatrooms, including #halo, and my isp just bent me over.

I must cry away the pain.

Posted at 1:56PM on Aug 17th 2007 by bigmac375

9. Congrats Dustin!

Posted at 1:57PM on Aug 17th 2007 by DjDATZ

10. What the heck happened last night at those 3 locations?

I was poking around google maps and found the streetview location for the Los Angeles location. Looks like dump.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=34.05099,+-118.43814&ie=UTF8&om=1&ll=34.051806,-118.402233&spn=0.104679,0.159645&z=13&iwloc=addr&layer=c&cbll=34.051231,-118.433143

Posted at 2:16PM on Aug 17th 2007 by Synapse49

11. Actually, this is the link that has the exact spot with street view. Sry.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=34.05099,+-118.43814&ie=UTF8&om=1&layer=c&cbll=34.051379,-118.438391&ll=34.043557,-118.437424&spn=0.104689,0.21595&z=13

Posted at 2:20PM on Aug 17th 2007 by Synapse49

12. Good summary Fontez. I wasn't very into this Iris bizniss though...kinda stupid considering it only included the US...

Posted at 2:21PM on Aug 17th 2007 by DjDATZ

13. One of the hundred. Woo!

(#74... barely made it)

@sergio

TheArtifactLocation wasn't the key to the server... the keys are randomly generated by the Bounce Path Control page that 100 people need to go through to unlock the server.

We actually found the artifact location before Server 4 opened by dicking around with Microsoft IPs. We even found "boomerang" before Server 4 opened. Essentially, we gained absolutely nothing useful for unlocking the server from Server 4 that we didn't already have XD

We worked backwards to find the meaning of the 'clues' in Server 4 afterwards, though. Might as well, since all we had else to do was wait.

I'm curious, though, who Dustin is in IRC...

*ponders*

Unless you're one of the few UF people that still followed IRIS despite not being a real ARG, then you were definitely in #CI/ABO last night... interesting...

Posted at 2:24PM on Aug 17th 2007 by Heliophage

14. @ Synapse49 when you link to a google map, you cant have it stay on the satelite/hybrid view. it will always go to the map view. once you get there you have to choose either option.

Posted at 2:29PM on Aug 17th 2007 by DjDATZ

15. Man, I hate this ARG. I got to the Key page on this server, 3, and 4, but there was no key next to "The Key". Looks like I won't be getting any free stuff =/

Posted at 2:52PM on Aug 17th 2007 by Disclaim3r

16. I got into server two, but if you got into two servers, then you are going to have a lot of people getting mad in 3.2.1.

Posted at 2:59PM on Aug 17th 2007 by Harrison Barnes

17. @16.... yeah thats bullcrap...im pretty pissed cause i saw a handull of people who unlocked previous servers unlock this one. Same goes for other servers...

Posted at 3:51PM on Aug 17th 2007 by NukeAssault

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