Fallout 4 hoaxer starts AMA to explain what happened

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By on December 9, 2013 at 1:03 pm

It began with a mysterious site back in November – the now wrapped up thesurvivor2299.com. While many claimed it was a hoax from the start, certain things convinced Bethesda and Fallout fans of its sincerity – Bethesda’s registration of Fallout 4 with the European Union and the telephone number set up for the site, just to name two. But as we learned last night, the entire site was a fake. Bethesda had nothing to do with it, as Pete Hines confirmed on twitter, and the site was just one fan’s attempt to have a bit of fun.

If you’re interested in learning more about what happened, you can now check out an AMA by the creator over on Reddit, where he explains what he did and what he set out to do. All up the entire project cost him $990 – most of which went towards the telephone number – and he planned to finish it with a CGI trailer (which he will release once the furore has died down.) He pulled the plug after Bethesda came right out and said it wasn’t involved in the project on Twitter – and it became clear the jig was up.

I don’t know whether to love him or hate him, but I certainly had a good time following the ARG and its Boston-based morse code story. Not as much as I’d enjoy a new Fallout, but you can’t have everything.

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Why doesn’t the Reddit hotlink in the article work? Is it some form of idiot test?

 

That’s dedication, I sure as hell wouldn’t fork out $990 to play a trick on the internetz.

 

vcatkiller:
Why doesn’t the Reddit hotlink in the article work?Is it some form of idiot test?

Sorry! This is now fixed.

 

Well that was an expensive & elaborate rickroll

 

kinkykel,

Paying hundreds of dollars in order to troll… It’s hitting a new level.

 

kinkykel,

Didn’t he get a crap-load of traffic and media exposure?

If he monetised it he might’ve profited.

 

He gave up way too easily. He could have used Bethesda’s tweet to his advantage.

 

Trolls are so totally cool guiz !

 

Had to look up what AMA stood for (Google to the rescue – search: AMA reddit)

Now not sure if I should proudly display my evidenced purity from all things reddit
or
Realise I may be showing my age.

Would be nice to be able to waste $1K on a hoax.

 
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