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Tron Encom ID Badges Arrive, Employee Website Discovered

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March 17, 2010

Encom ID Badge

If you haven't been following the viral for Tron Legacy, this probably doesn't make much sense, but if you have been following, this is the next update. Last week we wrote about a really cool flash game discovered on an Arcade Aid website that, when finished, gave any Flynn Lives user the ability to register for an Encom Employee ID badge. Encom is the corporation that Flynn worked for in the original and has flourished to become a huge company in the sequel - Tron Legacy. The badges were sent out and have been arriving today and I received my own badge as well (see photo above) that links to a employee login on the Encom website.

The badges themselves are pretty damn cool and include a nifty Encom hologram on the bottom and a QR code barcode in the upper right. At the bottom, my badge also has Group 7 Clearance written across the bottom, which is a nod to the original because that's the same clearance that Flynn and Lora had in the first movie. If you scan the QR code, it links to a new employee intranet website with a personal login located at: encominternational.com/employeeintranet/. Once you plugin your information, including the ID number on the badge, it logs in to a employee backend complete with email and company announcements.

Encom Employee Intranet

Most of the users of Unfiction have received badges and are trying to figure out where to go from here. There are a few random internal company emails in my inbox, but that's all I can find right now. I also checked out FlynnLives.com for updates, since that seems to be the central site for the viral, and there aren't any there yet. There is also a mention on the Encom intranet site about an upcoming Encom press conference that will take place "less than three weeks from now" somewhere on the west coast. We're not sure what that is, but it seems like something we should keep an eye on. Stay tuned for more updates and check your own mail for your Encom ID badge if you submitted for one on the Arcade Aid website. We hope there's more soon!

Encom Employee ID Badge

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  • Jesse Gouldsbury
    that's awesome! I did the puzzle over the weekend, hopefully my badge will come soon. I love the lanyard attached to the badge. It looks so cool. A lot cooler than the mock one they show on the website.
  • Rocker
    I hope there delivering to the uk
  • Robbie
    I do hope they deliver to The Netherlands... I want it!
  • People's Champ
    nerd city.
  • Cody
    Everyone on unifiction is leaning toward Wondercon as the site of the Encom Press Conference. The image in the photograph on the page depicts San Francisco, and Wondercon is in about 3 weeks.
  • Nerd
    I Just Got Mine in the mail!!!! WOOOO!!!!
  • Ian Kuah
    I can't wait to get mine!! Im so excited.
  • jeffrey
    Awwwwwwww SHIT!!!! Disney is sparing no expense. I fucking love it. I will be waiting.
  • jeffrey
    By the way Alex your looking pretty GQ I must say.
  • Layna
    Got mine today!!!! This is freaking AWESOME!!!
  • http://shayera.blogspot.com Shayera
    Got mine today, too! So. Very Cool.
  • Motherboy69
    I hope they are delivering in the Philippines...
  • Hedgehog
    Hope mine comes soon, great viral. I hope more companies do virals that are this well done.
  • Darthgroudon
    Did they come in the regular post or by delivery service like UPS or FedEx?
  • shanedav
    USPS on my end.... got it yesterday.... Great viral :)
  • Duck
    I got mine!
  • SHANEDAV
    My ID name or password does not work, Any one else having problems?
  • Darthgroudon
    are you on the west coast SHANEDAV? I'm on the east coast and mine hasnt come yet. In fact, the post man hasn't come yet either.
  • Darthgroudon
    No package today :( isn't it funny how my nieghbor got a manilla envelope and I didn't?
  • Daniel felts
    How do I get one?
  • Luke M
    These are 1,000 times cooler than the Flynn Lives site led me to expect ... which is very smart on Disney's part, because when awesomeness comes as a surprise it is much more effective. How many people opened their packages and said, as I did, "Holy crap this thing is cool! I was expecting a cheap piece of plastic! There's two-sided printing, a goddamn hologram and a freaking custom lanyard! This is a fully realized hero prop! With my face on it!" It also builds confidence in the movie that they are marketing it so well and so intensely. Whoever is in charge of the viral campaign deserves a raise. I know Bill Hicks urged marketers to commit suicide, but this is great marketing. They know those of us who are geek enough to get these badges are presold on the sequel, but are we more likely to spread pre-release word of mouth because of uber cool -- and free -- fan goodies like these? Big ups to Disney for this. I will treasure this nerdcore object.
  • Tether
    Loving the badge (big thank you to Disney and to 42 Entertainment for such a cool arg experience). Sadly, being on the east coast has prevented me from getting other cool swag like a Flynn arcade token (I would sell kittens on the black market for one). Looking forward to more Tron goodness whenever and wherever possible.
  • Luke M
    I agree with @22 -- you don't actually want to know what I would do for a Flynn's token. To highlight what I think is an important detail: As far as I can see, there are *no* fourth-wall violations with these badges, which as I said before are hero-prop quality and an incredible giveaway. The copyright is by Encom. There is *nothing* on the badge to suggest it didn't just fall into our ficton from the "Tron" world. It actually *is* an Encom badge. That is the right way to do scifi fandom accessories. Remember that in the world of the movie, the movie doesn't exist. (Usually.) I *loathe* fourth-wall violations in movie props. These sweet-ass Encom badges get five stars. 42 Entertainment FTW!
  • Luke M
    Correction: By the rules of this game, its actually is a *counterfeit* Encom badge, with shenanigans to follow. That may be even cooler.
  • Luke M
    the included note from ARCADE AID: Dear "Encom employee" I've been cranking out these badges in my workroom (behind Arcade Aid). Well, you don't know the half of it. I've also been working my magic on the Encom system so that you can access it using the unique ID number on your badge. Your password is the same one you use over at FlynnLives.com -- please note: only this password/ID combination will work (as I said -- workin' my magic, but that's the furthest my magic can go). This is the hardest I've worked since the first time I beat Astro-Gunner back in '97 (I was on that machine for three days straight -- still have the calluses to prove it). Time to take a break and... Play some Astro-Gunner. --Zack
  • SHANEDAV
    Darthgroudon Sorry to get back to you so late ... I am on the west coast. (California)
  • Rolo
    I agree about the announcement coming at WonderCon. It makes the most sense. What would be even better is if only those with the badges can attend the announcement. Knowing that's unlikely, those with badges gets a special gift bag of swag would be awesome.
  • daniel felts
    Aight mines coming in 2-3 weeks. :) Cant wait
  • Brian
    Got mine! This is cool.
  • Darthgroudon
    Mine came today! But, the little thingy that went through the hole in the badge was broken when I opened the package :( Any ideas on how I can fix it??
  • rocker
    Anyone not in America got theirs yet? Noone has confirmed weather this is a an America only thing yet.
  • Stuart Sims
    Got mine today in the UK, it's pretty sweet
  • McQueen85
    Stuart Sims, you lucky bugger! I'm still waiting for mine, hopefully on Monday... :-/
  • Nena`
    I got mine in the mail a few days ago! It's amazing and im super excitedd!
  • Darthgroudon
    I found it odd that my package did not come with a stamps.com stamp of $1.05, but instead some standard stamps.
  • Ian Kuah
    I just got mine not ten minutes ago. I haven't been this excited for a long time!! It's so legit, i am the envy of most of my friends. (At least the ones who care. lol)
  • Darthgroudon
    Wow, the guys at 42 Entertainment are so nice! I emailed them about my broken clasp and they sent me a brand new lanyard!
  • jack Gregson
    My friend got one, he said he found something when he peeled off the holographic label.
  • Darthgroudon
    what did he find jack Gregson??
  • Joe Ho
    Finally got mine!
  • McQueen85
    Yeeeaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh! Finally got mine (UK) and I'm so damn happy! :-P
  • HalifaxBrian
    Got mine today as well. I will not be peeling off my hologram until I see what, if anything, there is. Could just be some joker trying to get people to ruin their special badges, and potentially invalidate them for whatever event is planned.
  • HalifaxBrian
    Also, I was surprised as heck. I didn't think they'd bother sending swag to the arse-end of Canada.
  • http://www.jrpictures.webs.com Jonathan
    got mine on 23 March mind u i'm in Australia
  • Shivan
    Got mine in France yesterday as well :)
  • McQueen85
    @HalifaxBrian Exactly! There is no way I'm gonna tamper with my badge just in the hope of finding out whats printed behind it...
  • Motherboy69
    Guys I got mine just now!!! I didn't think they will send this ID over here in the Philippines. so psyche! heheheheh
  • ötzi
    @Motherboy69: Me too. Same here.. except that I got it just this monday. :D It's glad to know that someone playing this game is also in the same country.. ;] (Sa'n ka nakatira?.. ;p xD)
  • neilpz12
    same same got mine yesterday! haha (pinas din me) :)

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