So what happens when the line between a game(?) and reality gets a little blurry? Well, it either gets kindof funny, or kindof scary...
For a few weeks, I've been poking around on Red-Monday.com
), a site which
resembles an ARG, but might be more... It focuses on a secret government intel gathering operation directed at a big wig (a real person) in Saudi
Arabia. It's pretty interesting... complete with "echelon" intercepts, cryptic emails, encoded messages and the like.
A group of people have been following and keeping track of the game on the unfiction forums (not linked here for politeness purposes, but google "Red
Monday -- new game?" if you want to find it), but there's been some strangeness related to it that I wanted to ask folk's opinion on:
There's a poster named "Ayanami Rei" on the thread, who claims to "own a firm which is registered to do business with the Department of
." Recently, he put forward a kindof crazy idea... that "Red Monday" might be an actual US intelligence gathering operation, and that
the government is using the cover of an online viral to make us do the dirty work for them:
"2. There's some stuff that I don't like. This could be someone attempting to use uF players and other people to conduct an actual operation
against a target. We've all bantered about how maybe a government is doing this. Well, I bring this up."
What makes this whole thing more creepy is that there was a supposed leak of "sensitive information" pertaining to Red Monday, which made it's way
onto the homepage of Digg on Wednesday, October 3rd:
After about 2 hours of naked exposure, the story was promptly buried.
Ayanami himself offered that "Since the Digg article was buried so quickly (under 2 hours of front page even though the headline had a heavy anti-gov
slant), this may be part of the information suppression operation."
It is kindof strange. Any thoughts?