For those of you who have been living under a rock since before the premiere of Iron Man 2, Super 8 is the latest movie from Star Trek director J.J. Abrams. The film is being produced by the one and only Steven Spielberg and concerns aliens, Area 51, and a crashed train in Ohio. Like most movies these days, a viral marketing campaign has begun online at www.scariestthingieversaw.com, and the next phase in the marketing game has just unlocked.
Thanks to the wave of hackers out there, specifically WikiBruce and the forum hounds over at Unfiction, the viral site, which is a sim of an old school PDP-11 computer, has opened up and certain commands have been run that have unlocked small clues about something. What they are hinting at is heavily veiled by Rocket Poppeteers ads and semantic tomfoolery.
Of the many commands that could have been run in the sim, '.PRINT RSCOM8' has been the only one to yield any results. Below are two pages that printed when the command was run:
The relentless code breakers of the internet have discovered that both pages display an 'X' which served as kind of a target when one page was flipped upside down and the X's lined up. Once this was done, markings on the pages revealed these words:
no certainty if a live may be after us we go underground
When logically punctuated you wind up with, "No certainty if alive. May be after us. We go underground." This of course doesn't sound like a whole lot but it accomplishes exactly what J.J. Abrams wanted it to accomplish--it got the internet stirring with speculation.
Super 8 hasn't even started shooting yet so don't expect information about this film to avalanche onto the web any time soon, but eventually the PDP-11 sim will unlock more codes and reveal more nerd bait that will have the internet salivating. More on this as it happens.