The Potato Sack ARG is Solved...Or Is It?

By Allen Park

April 18, 2011

Our own Senor Haas reported that strange doin’s are a transpiring over at Valve. By now, the countdown for [email protected] is nearing its final stretch, with Portal 2 set to be released early any minute now. However, even though that’s the case, some gamers are a bit deflated over the anticlimactic ending to a weeks-long running ARG.

…or is it ending? Looks like there’s reason to believe that not only is Portal 2 not the final destination of the ARG, but just a slick new-age, all-natural organic truck stop on the road to the endgame. The fine lads at RockPaperShotgun have uncovered some curious tidbits that may bolster that very theory. One of them involves a clever bit of Morse Code inserted into the unofficial fan-made Steamcast that translates to “it’s not over the others have been compromised.” Interesting.

On top of that, the ARG Wiki’s also received a piece of encrypted information over the weekend presumably directed to Cave Johnson of Aperture Science. Beyond the fact that it’s a likely reference to the Borealis, the icebreaker ship from Half-Life 2: Episode 2, it also mentions something about “using the OR box with code ‘hb1′”. Could this possibly be a reference to The Orange Box?

One thing’s for sure; Valve sure knows how to keep its fanbase simultaneously pissed off and satisfied at the same time. Just like a woman!

*cue sexism comments*

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Allen is an utter whore of a gamer; he's completely open-minded to all games, be they AAA blockbusters or $5 casual children's games. His focus is on indie games specifically, valuing gameplay and ingenuity over sparkly visuals and ridiculous gimmicks. When he's not geeking out over the newest art game, he's out toning his sexy, sculpted shoulders while surfing epic 1.5ft waves, or having a good time with local, high-gravity microbrews.

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