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Mysterious "lost" game or weird hoax?: The SIGMA Experiment (1983?)

Post by lurkio » Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:33 pm

So, as per a previous thread, Lee gave me a dodgy floppy disc that looked like this:

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The URL that came with it led to a decidedly dubious webpage:

I finally bit the bullet and stuck the disc into a disc drive and imaged it to my DataCentre -- the disc didn't seem to be protected in any way.

The disc seems to contain a game with the same name as the one mentioned on that webpage: "The SIGMA Experiment". And here's the .SSD disc-image I created from Lee's rather suspicious floppy:

Play the game online:

Does anyone know anything more about this game -- like who really wrote it? Anyone..? (Lee, I'm looking at you..!)

:?:
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Post by leenew » Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:41 pm

Don't look at me :lol:
Well, it IS an *actual* game!

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Post by Kazzie » Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:49 pm

The decidedly dubious webpage has an interesting registration date too. :|
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Re: Mysterious "lost" game or weird hoax?: The SIGMA Experiment (1983?)

Post by EdwardianDuck » Mon Jul 13, 2020 9:16 pm

If we are expected to believe the page was archived from GeoCities in 1997, how come the CSS uses .woff fonts which were first proposed in 2010? The HTML otherwise appears old, using for example <font> tags which are not supported in HTML5.

Is this a clue?

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Post by 1024MAK » Mon Jul 13, 2020 9:20 pm

Let’s all do the time-loop again...

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Re: Mysterious "lost" game or weird hoax?: The SIGMA Experiment (1983?)

Post by BigEd » Mon Jul 13, 2020 9:32 pm

Isn't this retrotastic marketing of a new text adventure? An adventure game is an adventure game...

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Post by leenew » Mon Jul 13, 2020 9:42 pm

It's not a bad little adventure, for 1983.
How jolly entertaining :lol:

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Post by guesser » Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:17 pm

The best anagram of swedeliadevenom I can come up with is "weave desmond lie" :lol:
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Post by billcarr2005 » Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:03 pm

Who is Desmond Greenhough?

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Post by lurkio » Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:14 pm

billcarr2005 wrote:
Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:03 pm
Who is Desmond Greenhough?
Obviously a crank/fantasist/figment of someone's fevered imagination!? Hadn't heard of him before swedeliadevenom.com

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Post by BeebMaster » Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:46 pm

I haven't tried the game, but the Sigma Experiment is of course part of the plot of The Talons of Weng-Chiang.
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Post by Rod C » Tue Jul 14, 2020 12:14 pm

This is great! I stand in shock at the other-worldliness of it all. Perhaps in another life I'll understand it all!

Nice work guys! =D> =D> =D> :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Post by leenew » Tue Jul 14, 2020 12:18 pm

Has anyone made any progress in the game?

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Post by 8bitAG » Tue Jul 14, 2020 1:07 pm

Fun way to announce a game. :)

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Post by Dave Footitt » Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:40 pm

This looks promising, although some of the lingo seems awfullly modern, as well as 'X' to examine, isn't that a fairly modern thing?

Anyway, I got stuck at the panel, I did INSERT DISC and lost the disc to an invisible media player :)

Will try again tomorrow

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Post by BeebMaster » Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:08 pm

Well, my leetle grey cells lead me to conclude that it is a hoax...

The rapid to-and-fro of the two principals in the original thread is a big clue :

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Lee 10:42
Lurk 10:44
Lee 10:45
Lurk 10:46
Lee 10:46
 
Activity like that doesn't happen on here.

And the writing on the crumpled piece of paper looks suspiciously like Lee's handwriting...
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Post by leenew » Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:17 pm

I refute your "evidence" Beebmaster!
We just happened to be online at the same time.
Nothing to see here [-X
Move along....

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Post by lurkio » Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:23 pm

Exactly. Sheer coincidence (re the timestamps).

Of course, as I suggested in the title of this thread, the whole thing could well be a hoax but if it is then it's nothing to do with me.

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Post by leenew » Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:43 pm

Nor me.
No collusion.

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Post by VectorEyes » Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:46 pm

Quite enjoying this so far! Only solved the first few puzzles (don't want to put any spoilers in here) but just wanted to say that it's good fun.

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Post by lurkio » Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:46 pm

leenew wrote:
Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:43 pm
No collusion.
It was a perfect thread.

:idea:

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Post by Rod C » Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:05 am

lurkio wrote:
Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:46 pm
leenew wrote:
Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:43 pm
No collusion.
It was a perfect thread.

:idea:
But what's going on behind the thread???

Anagram of swedeliadevenom is "I made Lee send vow " :shock:

But what kind of vow? Surely not a vow to collude and spread fake news! Perhaps a vow to help reveal the mystery of the strange experiments carried out at SIGMA. I for one am crystal clear that it's the latter. Wait, I feel a bit dizzy...

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Post by Pernod » Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:21 am

Rod C wrote:
Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:05 am
Anagram of swedeliadevenom is "I made Lee send vow " :shock:
More likely anagram of swedeliadevenom is "Lee David Newsome" :shock:
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Post by billcarr2005 » Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:51 am

BeebMaster wrote:
Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:08 pm
Well, my leetle grey cells lead me to conclude that it is a hoax...
The game being on an 80 track disc and having the same "work on every flavour of BBC possible" !BOOT file, like the ones seen on bbcmicro.co.uk are other "flags" :P

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Post by leenew » Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:50 am

Pernod wrote:
Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:21 am
Rod C wrote:
Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:05 am
Anagram of swedeliadevenom is "I made Lee send vow " :shock:
More likely anagram of swedeliadevenom is "Lee David Newsome" :shock:
What an amazing coincide!
That is my exact name :o
How could that be? :-k
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Post by daveejhitchins » Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:17 am

Love it . . . .

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Post by lurkio » Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:44 am

Pernod wrote:
Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:21 am
More likely anagram of swedeliadevenom is "Lee David Newsome"
Very incriminating! I'm still not 100% convinced, though, because there must be loads of names you could make with those letters. I mean, for a start there's "Lee David Wensome".

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Post by leenew » Wed Jul 15, 2020 9:04 am

Yeah, actually there are loads of anagrams.
After an hour of searching, I found Lee David Somenew.
So I bet you could find anything in there if you tried hard enough...
Just like seeing constellations or faces in clouds...

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Post by 1024MAK » Wed Jul 15, 2020 9:17 am

Hmm, when faced with possible explanations, suddenly misinformation and diversionary tactics start to appear...

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