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Gaming The Portal Radio Update Explained

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Sifter3000, 4 Mar 2010.

  1. Sifter3000

    Sifter3000 I used to be somebody

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  2. ZeDestructor

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    Absolutely BRILLIANT. And I blame Adam Foster
     
  3. Jack_Pepsi

    Jack_Pepsi Clan BeeR Founder

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    Even if does mean anything I still freaking love Valve and the collection minds of the Internet.

    :D
     
  4. Gryphon

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    Just wow. kudos to valve, and some amazingly intelligent ppl on the internet.
     
  5. bob_lewis

    bob_lewis Lurker extraordinaire

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    This is just so mindblowingly awesome.

    Wonder what would've happened if a similar mystery was presented to the console crowd..? :)
     
  6. ZeDestructor

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    Have any of you played/tracked the development of the Minerva HL2 mod? The creator, Adam Foster did a few of those and is now employed by Valve. Sadly I can't play the mod because I have no Episode 1 in my steam account.
     
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    This is amazing!

    How do they come up with such complex puzzles?

    And how do people decipher them? I've done a bit of fiddling with SSTV before (after some of the rumours regarding the video to Come To Daddy by Aphex Twin) but who the hell thinks "I wonder what this wav file would look like slow-scanned"?!

    I'm blatantly going to get no work done today. Thanks Valve...
     
  8. mi1ez

    mi1ez Active Member

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    "guh. duh? guh..."
     
  9. ZeDestructor

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    Their brains would've melted trying to figure things out

    They probably tried everything they could think of and ended with SSTV or remembered Come To Daddy by Aphex Twin Video and tried something similar
     
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  10. phuzz

    phuzz This is a title

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    In case anyone was doubting that Adam AKA CargoCult is mainly behind this, someone has noticed that some of the backgrounds from the Dinosaur pictures are taken from his Flickr...
    (to be fair, this is quite tame for one of Adam's little games)
     
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    ledbythereaper New Member

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    This ARG has stolen 2 days of my life :( but I refuse to take my tinfoil hat off.
     
  12. DocWolfe

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    Great article.
     
  13. Kasvain

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    Radio amateurs use SSTV for transmitting pictures of their QSL cards (and nice pics of half-naked women) to each other.

    I found very interesting page from the internet, check it if you are interested about SSTV: http://www.g0hwc.com/
     
  14. fingerbob69

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    That's a curious address 123 5th Avenue, especially as it's surrounded on three sides by 4th Avenue.
     
  15. alpaca

    alpaca llama eats dremel

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    bunch of freaks

    i love this stuff:D it's like in the movies. maybe we should try to zoom in some more on those pictures! who knows what we will uncover?
     
  16. CardJoe

    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

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    ZOOM, ENHANCE!
     
  17. logan'srun

    logan'srun following the footsteps of giants

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    the awesomness of this does not compute!

    But am I the only one that feels dumb?
     
  18. Gunsmith

    Gunsmith Maximum Win

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  19. theflatworm

    theflatworm Gordon Freeman's Crowbar

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    My hunch as to how they figured it out: they probably looked at the wav file and realised that the shape of the wav pattern was indicative of visual, rather than audio data. I'd never even heard of SSTV before, though, so I'd have epic failed. Nice to know Valve are still geeks though :).
     
  20. Evildead666

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    WOW.
    Thats just amazing that people found all this out so quick :)
     

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