Big Tron Viral News, Including a Space Paranoids Countdown
by Alex Billington
April 28, 2010
All Tron Legacy fans must tune in! There was a huge update on the viral front today, with some brillaint pieces to the puzzles, and an impressive countdown clock for the debut of Space Paranoids online. It's a hefty update and it took a while to figure out, but it looks like we've discovered all the latest there is. But now we know that Space Paranoids is only 7 days away from debuting playable online (thanks to Encom), and it also looks like Sam Flynn is a globetrotter who just so happens to be in Brazil training in capoeira (to help him ride lightcycles maybe?). Read on for the latest updates in the Tron Legacy viral and much more!
An update hit on FlynnLives.com first linking to some message boards posts, including one about tracking down Sam Flynn and keeping in touch with him (he's finally recognizing the Flynn Lives group). So where is he? Well, one of the posts links to an article that mentions that he went to Wellminster Academy. Visit the website for that school and search for him to discover that he's into the Brazilian martial arts/music/dance technique of capoeira. Somehow, the Unfiction forum guys figured out that he was in Brazil and discovered another viral site located at amazoncapoeira.com.br that's fully written in actual Brazilian Portuguese.
Search around that site and you'll find mention that Sam may be in Rio Fiamente in Brazil, and if you put that location into a special Sam Tracker search box, it links directly to the next big part of this viral game: UnlockSamFlynn.com. I hope everyone is following all this, because it was quite a task to figure all this out without much help! Found on the UnlockSamFlynn.com site is a quick intro video and a locker with a combo lock on it. Ah crap, even more puzzles to solve, so how the heck do we figure out the combo? Well, that's an even tougher task, so keep on reading to find out how that locker (as seen below) was opened up.
If you remember, a few months ago, Encom sent our employee badges to a lot of people around the world which would link and login to an "employee intranet" website on an Encom site that has an email box and lots more important info. Well, found in there was a link to mcclaskeyairstrip.com, who seems to work with Encom a lot. From there it links to a parachute manufacturer (who made Sam's chute when he jumped out over the crowd in San Francisco) which eventually leads to a shipping site called Dumont Shipping, who again works with Encom. Plugin your Encom employee ID number from the badge there and you'll find out that there was a shipment to Brazil right after the San Fran event and found there is the combo: 27-38-24.
Inside of the locker are a few important things and cool little geeky nods that should make Tron fans happy. There is a personalized video from Sam Flynn addressing the Flynn Lives supporters (that's us!) and some photos of him training. There's also an Encom badge that links to their website and a "Digital Gaming" book written by Sam's dad Kevin Flynn. If you check out that book, and that classic 1988 photo of Sam at a Tron arcade machine, you'll find some underlined text that when spelled out links to the special Space Paranoids countdown clock that you see below. Oh and there's an MP3 player at the bottom with some Daft Punk on it, which is unquestionably a fun little nod to their involvement in this sequel (but they're all older tracks).
And that, finally, takes us to the countdown clock: encominternational.com/spaceparanoidsonline/. If you haven't already seen the teaser trailer for the game, check it out here. It looks like this expires in the afternoon on May 6th (if my math is correct), so that will be the official online debut of that playable game. If you have a Flynn Lives account, you can get an achievement by killing 99 of the recognisers floating by. Other than that, I encourage everyone to check out all the sites and let us know if you find anything hidden on them. See you next week for some Space Paranoids fun! And thanks to Unfiction for solving most of this.