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Today the Star Trek ARG took a big step forward with the revelation of ‘Malak0′ on video, showing off an interesting alien-looking device. There is also more ‘chat’ going on at the viral site. So just one day after our last update, we have a whole new update and analysis of the exciting Star Trek alternative reality game.
[4/22 UPDATE: One more clue added, see below]
APRIL 21st STAR TREK ARG UPDATE 4
NOTE: if you are new to the Star Trek ARG see ‘Quick review’ at the bottom of this article
April 21 Clue 1: Malak0 posts a video of the mysterious device
Malak0, following up on his "Enough is Enough" email from April 20th, sent out another email with a link to his YouTube profile page. He’s posted one video, giving us a first look at who he is … and the mysterious device he’s retrieved.
Here is a translation (thanks to Eric Saussine of UnificationFrance)
I’m doing this video following my post on the Internet. The other day I was at the Café Presles at the intersection of Rue de la Fédération and Rue de Presles and there was this man in the street who fell next to where I was sitting and who let an item fall behind him. (showing the item) That’s like a P.D.A., some of sort computer, I think, with a screen and buttons. I put a message online and I got many replies from people who were interested and some even offered money. I’m really looking for its rightful owner to make some sort of deal because I imagine he wants his item back. (showing the item in detail) There is a connector on the back. There are several buttons. I successfully started it. When I touch (the screen) here there is this light effect. There may be some battery problem or something missing but… it doesn’t work beyond that – I can’t make it fully work for now. It’s rather heavy. I think there is some info in it and I think it must be rather important for the owner. So he probably wants it back. It must be rather expensive. Contact me to get it back and to make some deal.
The device looks worn and dinged, like it has seen its fair share of abuse in the open. It also looks very alien. Here are some screencaps:
The device activated
It may also be worth noting that the poster behind Malak0 is The poster for the 1998 Rennes Film Festival (Rennes is in French Britanny).
April 21st Clue 2: Another QR Code
Sharp-eyed "Jenni Generation" noticed that there’s another QR code visible when Malak0 flips the device over, similar to the QR code discovered on PHPChatUser5’s Twitter page yesterday.
Bottom of device, note sticker bottom right
April 21st Clue 3: 2387-42.com chat updated
While people were still analyzing Malak0’s video, a contentious exchange started on viral chat site 2387-42.com…
Transcript courtesy of community members "Tom,"Merzmensch aka kosmopol," and "Slaynest" (original, untranslated messages below translations)
PHPChatUser1 (ja) "It takes too much time, it won’t be a wonder, if we will be annihilated by him. [he/we should] ask for help. Because they will notice my access point tomorrow"
PHPChatUser5 (en) DON’T YOU DARE!!! DON’T YOU DARE!!!
PHPChatUser5 (ja) "We shouldn cooperate with them! Even for the sake of their surviving. They should understand the whole story!!!"
PHPChatUser4 (es) "And what will you do when them run from your appearance?"
¿Y qué harás cuando ellos corren de tu aparencia?
PHPChatUser1 (ja) "Don’t worry, we will put the SNS, make new friends, like in a game, and we will elicit them!!!"
PHPChatUser5 (en) That doesn’t make any sense, I cannot allow you to risk everything!!! You need to listen to me. You have lost it. You
PHPChatUser3 (de) "Let him do it, they won’t know, what do see there. Let the baby think, he does something meaningful"
Lass ihn machen, sie werden nicht wissen, was sie da sehen. Lass den Kleinen glauben, er tut was sinnvolles.
____PHPChatUser3 has disconnected____
PHPChatUser5 (en) This is madness.
PHPChatUser4 (es) "He won’t do it."
El no lo hará.
____PHPChatUser1 has disconnected____
PHPChatUser5 (en) We’ve got to do something about him.
____PHPChatUser5 has disconnected____
____PHPChatUser4 has disconnected____
Star Trek ARG – A quick review
The Star Trek Alternative Reality Game began a couple of weeks ago after some fans spotted URLs on the walls of ‘Star Trek Dance Party’ photos up at thecobrasnake.com, these clues led to more sites, which in turn led to more clues. Here are the previous four TrekMovie articles on the Star Trek ARG:
- April 10th – first article identifying ‘binary’ sites
- April 15th Update, identifying ‘Malak0′
- April 17th Update: more ‘PHP chat’
- April 20th Update: Twitter conversation leads to "APUS:01-05"
Also, all TrekMovie articles regarding this are now in a single Star Trek ARG Category.
What do you think? — and A NOTE before you comment
Before you post clues or speculation in the comments below, check the previous TrekMovie articles (including comments) to be sure they haven’t already been covered.
New Star Trek ARG Forum
TM community member "Tom" — who hosts the very active ARG chat where much of the problem-solving is taking place — has graciously responded to the request for a better way of dealing with updates by setting up a forum for posting clues and speculation. It also includes links to the chat.
- ARG site Unfiction also has a thread dedicated to the game
- Thread at startrekmovie.com
- This Star Trek ARG wiki is a great place to get caught up on the chats and their translations
UPDATE: Malak0 posts picture of QR Code on mysterious device
More activity from our friend Malak0! At around 9:50 GMT, community members who emailed Malak0 requesting a clearer picture of the QR code on the dropped device received an email back with a link to a closeup!
Community member "Dougrass" quickly decoded the message: CHAMAELEON: 13-23.
The APUS: 01-05 clue from earlier suggests that these are references to the constellations Apus and Chamaeleon, both located in the southern sky, both first defined by Petrus Plancius in the 16th century, and both first depicted by Johann Bayer.
Community member "LoneStranger" summarizes some interesting speculation:
Romulus is 128 Trianguli III-A. Triangulum is in the northern hemisphere, whereas the constellations Apus and Chamaelen are in the southern hemisphere. However … there is a constellation Triangulum Australe, located right next to Apus.
[Please note that the reference to "128 Trianguli III-A." is non-canon: although it appears in many Star Trek novels]
There has been much speculation on the precise meaning of "01-05" and "13-23" (stars in the constellations? coordinates for triangulating a position in 3D space? Biblical references?) but nothing that points definitively to a new clue yet.
Any new clues or theories? Let us know!
but again, be sure to check previous posts to make sure they haven’t been covered. If you really think you are on to something, send in a clue to tips [at]
com. However, please keep tips to new (at least semi) verified clues, and not just speculation, that is what the comments are for.