Interesting points, but yet, ...
Who sais he needed to buy the car? As you stated too, he could very well just own one. Then also, why would he have needed to sell it after the
Modifying or creating a complicated looking piece of electronic machinery is a piece of cake and I can tell you right here and now, I could pull of a
better looking job then what was shown in the pictures. I'm into modifying and costom building computer cases and its really cheap and rather easy to
create wonderfull looking machines. Same goes for car modifications, its rather easy to make something look special, as you might understand, he only
provided pictures, so it didn't actualy need to work ..., hence it could just be some mounted cases.
I can build you a 4 way cluster case(a computer case wich can hold 4 systems, with all fitings and guides for airflow and wiring) that looks exactly
the same as "Data"'s pilot console in Star Trek Enterprise, and it would only cost about 100$ to build.
Also, most of the tech he explained and the history, documents and science came straight out of an RPG module that was like 10 years old and when you
look on google, you can even find references to exactly what RPG module it was.(EDIT: found it RPG system called GURPS, the base of the module John
Titor based his work on available here: www.spearweasel.com...
I goto say, forging the documentation(that can't be found for or in relation to the RPG module) takes some time and handywork, but seeing its all
digital imaging and no actual papers can be studied for authenticity, this gets a whole lot easyer too.
But overal its not that difficult, expencive or hard to do. People that pull hoaxes like this put massive amounts of time in it, just because thats
the most fun of it. Preparation of a hoax is the work and then making it happen is the satisfaction to your work, if it works.
Same goes for elaborate website events like "The Hunt" and all those sites that organise RPG/Alternate Reality Games for their site participants.
Alot of organisation goes into it but the actual execution of the game, hoax or RPG is the payoff of the fun hard work you put into it.
Then, most interesting aspect(hole maybe) in your money issue, if its real, then how do you explain John Titor comming here with a 60's/70's
corvette, while they are rare and rather expencive at this point in time already.
When you go on an undercover mission, you don't really go in style and with the hottest set of wheels ...
Then, the MOTIVE part, classic pen & paper RPG designer/players get the biggest kick out of their game if they can get it involving and captivating
for the players. The biggest kick is when the players don't even know they are in a game, but actualy believe what is happening, when the person
telling the story of the RPG is so good that he is absolutely convincing and believed. Thats the ultimate kick for a RPG player!!! No matter how much
time it consumes, the more the better really, when the payoff is as great as what John Titor got from his then thats the absolute ultimate achievement
and kick for an RPG designer/player.
[edit on 27-6-2004 by thematrix]