Ten Months Later…

It’s hard to believe it’s been ten months since we first opened iDGi-1 to the world. While the situation on the other side of its interdimensional gateway is now just as confusing and polluted as it ever was, we’ve at least been able to gather enough information to begin making up our own minds. We here at iDGi are divided three ways – those who believe Worldview, those who believe the Guardian Church and those who refuse to believe either side until we can get back there and do some digging of our own. I would definitely love to discuss any theories, opinions or just general thoughts anyone might have! Throw me an email anytime, I’m always open for a good old fashion brainstorming session!

Something we here at iDGi thought was a breakthrough in communication with the other side, has unfortunately backfired and could cause us some problems. Keep in mind some of the following is still entirely hearsay and some of it our best guess, but these are the facts as we see them:

Someone from the other side has managed to take control of a website that now appears in both our world and in the other. In our world this particular website was before owned by a man named John Wilconson (I say ‘was before’ owned because the government owns it now). In our world the website was nothing only a few weeks ago; it showed only his name in black letters. He says that he was “soon” planning on creating a proper page of his own. In the other world now (think 18 years from now) the exact same website address is owned by a woman claiming to be Pamela Wilconson. Pamela Wilconson has written on this otherworld website that her husband, John, was murdered by Worldview Industries. We’ve learned that he was actually a construction foreman back during the initial construction of the K-1 Facility; 2026-2027 in the other world. Beyond this we have nothing more to go on except potential lies from people we can’t exactly trust. Now the kicker. As many of you know, someone from the other side has found a way to somehow replace our johnwilconson.com with their johnwilconson.com… and the same website now displays in both worlds. This has essentially pissed off the John Wilconson from our world because he is unable to change what displays and thinks we are all “hilariously insane”. So Mr. Wilconson decided to push his website provider to investigate what was happening, and here we are.

Now onto the bigger problem. Ever since johnwilconson.com was “taken over” by the other side, the Canadian government has been keeping a closer eye on us. More specifically they’re interested and asking questions about any further changes the other side could cause here in our world. I remember a time, not that long ago, when many of those politicians pretty much ignored our project. The government apparently has a problem with “possible terrorists causing a panic”. As crazy as that sounds, we have to work to make sure this doesn’t spiral out of control.

To further our problem, Wilconsons’ provider cannot find a way to remove what displays when johnwilconson.com is opened – they claim they have tried everything. They say it’s as if the website itself is now being powered and generated by some unknown source or unknown technology. They said to me, “It’s utterly impossible… and yet here we are”. Canadian “Internet police” were informed by the provider, which soon led to the government catching wind. In a few days I’ll be heading to Ottawa for a mandatory meeting with government officials assigned to us. I’ll be given a chance to explain the situation and hopefully prevent this from escalating any further. Everything stays the same however, until their decision is made.

There is also one other major piece of news worth bringing up. It looks like johnwilconson.com has yielded another interesting result. The website has allowed people from our world to communicate with a person claiming to be Kevin Chard, from the other world. Apparently six people from our world have gotten through to him after emailing the email address at the bottom of the website and in turn answering two security/screening questions. All six of our people have received a very similar email reply from Chard. The email claims the information on johnwilconson.com is “all bullshit”, and at the same time explains several key pieces of information from his point of view. That is if we’re to actually believe it’s really Chard – as usual, there’s no proof to back any of what he says up. It also claims that he’ll only be allowed a few back-and-forth emails with each of the six people before the “connection is lost”. . . so I encourage you six to find out as much as you possibly can in the time you have. This is of course the same Kevin Chard (or Employee 1195), who disappeared in early March and whose timeline blog we were able to access upon first entering the other side. If anyone would like a copy of the initial email received from Kevin Chard (courtesy of a Dustin Cooper; one of the six it seems)… don’t hesitate to throw me an email and I’d be happy to relay it to you.

We have also recently learned why these emails appear to originate from the name “Pamela Bratus”, but yet the content claims to be from Kevin Chard. Pamela Bratus is the Pamela Wilconson of our world, our time. So she’s eighteen years younger and not married to John – nope, she’s apparently married to John’s “best friend”. As if everything couldn’t get any weirder. So this was just another minor detail that managed to set him off, “you’re f*cking nuts, I wouldn’t go near her!” was Wilconson’s repeated statement.

And so we move forward from here. All work has been halted on this end with regards to finding our own way back into the other world. We are however optimistic and hopeful that we’ll acquire the codes we need sooner rather than later. Whether it be from Malcolm, Alvarez, Henry itself or even this man claiming to be Kevin Chard. All have shown an interest in seeing us return. Patience is key and so is information – the more we know before getting back to them, the more influence we’ll have on the other side. Knowledge is definitely power and I think we’re going to need plenty of both when we find ourselves inside Henry once again.

A brief update…

We are working furiously towards several major milestones for the company, with some recent breakthroughs spurring us on!  I wish I could say more but you can look forward to some more revealing updates in the not-too-distant-future…

I would also like to mention that our connection with the other side of the Rift is ongoing (though we are currently only able to send and receive text) through our discussion forum.   We are still in the interlude, but are making progress towards figuring out how to reconnect with K-1 through the Rift.  Special thanks to our players who have stuck with us throughout the interlude, your help has been greatly appreciated!

I shall leave you with a quote from Edmond Burke:

“Our patience will achieve more than force”

Must games always be about killing?

Gamasutra recently posted a great article that I am in total agreement with, regarding the vast majority of epic, narrative driven games that involve copious amounts of killing as it’s primary mechanic.  “Kill or be killed” largely sums up these games and yet the narrative often ignores this fact, highlighting one of the reasons why videogame narrative is still so primitive.

Another reason lies in the game industry’s apparent love affair with Hollywood.   The videogame is an inherently interactive thing, and yet they are increasingly becoming full of non-interactive “cut-scenes”  (aka movies).    This happens because it’s an easy and well understood format for narrative delivery, but from a videogame development point of view, it’s a complete cop out.

A new dawn approaches for our industry, one in which an entirely new set of interactive narrative mechanics will be invented.  These mechanics will form the foundation for a complete transformation of the entertainment industry.  Passive entertainment will eventually be considered “old school”  (though it will never disappear) …

Why are we locked out?

First and foremost I have to apologize – It has been a long time since I have made a public post either on my Twitter, here or even on our forum. I have been in Washington DC since early June, working with NASA to attempt and discover a way to “force” the realignment of iDGi-1 in order to reestablish a connection and push our way back into the other dimension – as we did originally on January 1st. I’ve intentionally left the production of our game to my brother, Thrie, so that I could focus all my efforts on this problem.

Needless to say we came up empty handed and instead only discovered additional questions and hurdles for us to overcome. Whatever happened on March 1st that saw us expelled from the other dimension has made re-entry through what we called the “brute force method” utterly impossible. From what we can tell, K-1 has been upgraded (Milestone Three) and with this upgrade came a much more complicated system for reentering its consciousness. Through the several coded transmissions on our YouTube account however, we were able to piece together the method in which to realign iDGi-1 and in turn have received approximately half of the codes we require for reentry. These transmissions were sent directly to iDGi-1 through a method unknown to us and it can only be assumed that they come from K-1 itself. They appeared within iDGi-1’s databanks without any warning and unfortunately we have not received anything new since ,Transmission #4, on April 28th, 2010.

Starting at 1:50 of Transmission #4, it becomes obvious that something has gone seriously wrong with the usually light and amusing K-1 system (Henry). Furthermore a voice is heard at the end which states they have “intervened for our own safety” and effectively stopped further transmissions. With the recent forum post from Alvarez Famosa (click ,here,) we can now confirm that K-1’s personality has for some reason appeared to split in half. It seems the more prominent voice is also the much more sinister of the two and it looks like this side of his personality has no interest in seeing us return to their world. The other, more distorted voice however actually states the following: (edited for clarity) “If it is the Seekers you are asking questions for, tell them I am trying to fight it… I will bring them back” – we believe it is attempting to fight the other side of its own personality. That being said, we also now know that Malcolm (a Guardian Church representative, also speaking to us through our forums) is attempting to retrieve the remaining codes for us himself: “Our best option right now is to find a way to gather the remaining information you require to realign your satellite and return to us. We must get you this information; otherwise we are coming to realize that we don’t stand a chance against Worldview (Industries).”

Another big piece of information I should discuss is the sudden and unexplained halting of the “consortium countdown” on the Projectb6.com website (if you click on the first symbol, labeled consortium, you’ll see what I mean). At exactly 21 days, 21 hours, 21 minutes and 21 seconds from its end date – the countdown inexplicably stopped. To understand this better, I will explain the projectb6.com website a little more. The site represents an odd, but harmless aberration of the space/time continuum that we picked up at the exact moment iDGi-1 came online. It consists of a very specific swarm of information gathered from our world, mixed with extremely complex and scrambled code. With a great deal of effort, we were able to at least partially organize and interpret some of the information… and the ProjectB6 website displays the result. Its actual purpose still remains a mystery, but our best guess is that it’s some sort of information log created by unknown parties from the other dimension… information about our Earth, taken from our internet. The consortium countdown however is the only section of the website we managed to connect to the space/time aberration itself – therefore the countdown is controlled directly, we believe, by something from the other dimension.

In the coming days I will be responding to any remaining emails and private messages I have received since early June. I’d also like to recommend anyone reading this to examine the many posts on our forums page; there is a great deal of information on the other dimension which the public have managed to extract from Alvarez and Malcolm and I think this information will be invaluable to us in the coming months.

Thanks to everyone for your patience – it’s only a matter of time before we figure this out and can continue our journey into the unknown.