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I think the fediverse is at just about the right critical mass to spawn an ARG [1] any time now.

1: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternat

@djsundog

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)

@djsundog

alternative answer:

if something spawned online goes into the RLization business -- aren't those called a conference? is a conference a reverse ARG?

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@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?

@vertigo @thegibson @djsundog @gdkar I realise that I'm in a video game since Windows 3.0 didn't support 286 mode if I remember correctly?

@loke @thegibson @djsundog @gdkar (I'm so dating myself with these useless trivia facts. LOL!)

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).

@loke @thegibson @djsundog @gdkar Sorry, that should be Windows 3.0 being the first version to ship 386-enhanced mode, not 3.1. Typo/thinko.

@vertigo @gdkar @djsundog @thegibson @loke Windows for Workgroups 3.11 was the first version to lack Standard Mode, for what it's worth.

(WfWG 3.10 still had it, Windows 3.11 (without integrated network file sharing support) had it, but WfWG 3.11 shipped with some 32-bit-only components, so they removed Standard Mode.)
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