Sunday, 14 June 2009

California UFO Drones - The Hoax That Keeps On Giving (Bioware & LucasArts)

Bioware, LucasArts and the California Drones?!

Well it seems as if just as the shouts that the California Drones were part of a Viral campaign for the Sarah Connor Chronicles are fading away along comes, “Star Wars: The Old Republic”.

No doubt that this will spurn yet another batch of equally invalid claims that Lucasarts & Bioware were the ones responsible for initially pushing the Drone bandwagon rather than merely jumping on it…..

Don't get me wrong I believe the entire Drone debacle was undoubtedly a hoax, but viral marketing? I for one personally don't buy it and it seems that every time the Drones seem to dwindle in notoriety then yet another rejuvenation comes along, anyway here's the blurb about the game:

“Play Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ and forge your own Star Wars™ saga in a story-driven massively-multiplayer online game from BioWare and LucasArts. Explore an age thousands of years before the rise of Darth Vader when war between the Old Republic and the Sith Empire divides the galaxy.”

And of course the image in question:

And the text that accompanies the image:

“The Jedi have been the noble peacekeepers and diplomats for the Galactic Republic for 22,000 years. While law-abiding citizens look to the Jedi with respect and inspiration, the Galactic Republic's enemies regard the Jedi with suspicion, fear, and anger.

The success of the Sith Empire's military campaign during the Great War saw the deaths of thousands of Jedi. During the sacking of Coruscant, six Masters of the Jedi Council were killed, and in the time since, the Sith have started their own recruitment campaign to seek out Force-sensitive children around the galaxy.

These catastrophes have damaged the Galactic Republic's faith in its legendary protectors, but they are far from defeated. Overwhelmed but fearless, the Jedi have returned to their ancient homeworld of Tython, recommitting to their timeless principles and looking to the future, hoping to restore balance to the Force and peace and justice to the galaxy.

Despite their intentions, the Jedi Order's search for serenity on Tython has been strained. Among the ancient Tythonian ruins, mysterious Force energies abound, and the legacy of a long forgotten darkness has re-emerged. With the arrival of a Twi'lek pilgrim clan determined to settle on Tython in violation of Galactic Republic law, delicate and dangerous trials have arisen for Jedi Padawans in training and for the Order itself.”


Incidentally this is probably the most believable viral marketing link to date if only because the original characters of the LAP were linked to Aurebesh due to their aesthetic similarities.



Andrew said...

Nice work as always

Michael Naisbitt said...

Hi Andrew, greatly appreciated, (as always…..)


manuel said...

It sure does kill something..I agree absolutely no link to warner/fox terminator or fox movie studios Star wars..or that all this stuff we see in the letters already like aurabesh and and even some serenity are connected to any viral plot, or even AW that partners with All the studios either.
Its all window dressing..
Way to go Doc.

Galaxishalmazok said...

Wide Open World Security - An idea for "Google Project 10 to the 100th"

WOWS is an open society beyond politics with two main elements.

The first is delegations from different cultures, religions, international organisations, countries and companies*. The delegates work together continuously. The working process can be followed and observed by internet users around the world. Monitoring, observation is continuous during the working hours as in a "Big brother-show". A delay is used in the broadcast of the "show" for security reasons. WOWS uses a system similar to that of the free online dynamic encyclopaedia: Wikipedia, to improve the efficiency of work. The information base will be approved by delegates.

The other element of WOWS is the registered users who can access the database. The users also have a voting system through which they are able to determine (influence) the priority of a certain topic emerging during work...
...There are also so many publications and videos about UFOs and paranormal symptoms, etc. Is there any secret knowledge coded into different cultures?