I think the fediverse is at just about the right critical mass to spawn an ARG  any time now.
but does your stating it demonstrate that the fact would likely have been noticed before and that someone, perhaps even YOU, could be trying to use that ARG as subtle control of the fed?!!
in the next thousand pages I will review all the evidence I am aware of, and
@sydneyfalk (I was involved in writing and running one once and I don't have anywhere close to enough time or brainspace to do that again any time soon so it won't be me, he said, knowing that's exactly what he'd say regardless, so as not to arouse any suspicions in any direction whatsoever)
@sydneyfalk (using the known topologies of the fediverse and various known real-world physical correspondences, an extremely clever gamerunner could end up enlisting unwitting members of the fediverse as quest-assisting NPCs for actual around the world RL crossovers without ever having to read them into the script, were someone thinking of how ARGs in a federated decentralized network could be different)
if something spawned online goes into the RLization business -- aren't those called a conference? is a conference a reverse ARG?
@djsundog [...] and there are those who say that, in fact, this has already occurred.
some say, in fact, many times.
@thegibson @djsundog @gdkar You approach a large meadow. Before you stands a white gazebo. Behind you, a forest. Off in the dark depths of the forest, you hear the growling of what certainly must be a wumpus.
You notice the gazebo has a monitor and keyboard affixed to one of its posts. It is running Windows 3.0 in 80286 mode.
What do you do?
It did, actually. It was the last version of Windows to support real mode. Windows 3.1 was actually the first version to ship without real-mode support. You could invoke Windows in real-mode via WIN /R command at the DOS prompt.
Another fun fact: Windows 3.1 was the first version of Windows to ship with virtual machine support (so-called "386-enhanced" mode).
@djsundog Let's do it.
@ajroach42 running low on processor cores in my head
@djsundog I know the feeling.
This is a private instance that @firstname.lastname@example.org is using for development and testing.