So, uh… this happened. But let me backtrack a bit.
In case you hadn’t heard, during last night’s MTV VMAs, they showed a quick teaser scene of the film adaptation for Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games. At the end of the teaser, there’s this:
Of course, many people instantly noticed the Twitter hashtag and started using it, thinking it was just a tool that Lionsgate set so that fans could share their thoughts of the scene. I plug it into a tweet without giving it much thought and went to bed.
Cut to this morning, I wake up to a @reply from @TheCapitolPN asking me to “identify myself.” I do so by replying to them and then they ask me to “proceed to The Capitol to verify my identity” which is kind of strange, but I’m starting to pick up on something here. This isn’t a Hunger Games bot that someone set up overnight to reply to people, this feels like something more. I never played the ARGs for The Dark Knight or TRON: Legacy, but I knew enough about them to figure this was probably a puzzle of some kind. I tweet back, asking for some guidance and receive the following clue:
@rural_juror To locate the address of The Capitol, PN, please refer to our Location, as specified above. #whatsmydistrict
Now this is where it took me a little while. On Twitter, you can add a Location for your profile to let people know where you live, for example:
On @TheCapitolPN’s profile, there was this:
Yep. A period. Just a period. Fuck.
So I figure it’s got to be directing people to a website of some kind. ARGs always do. I try everything I can think of:
Eventually I have a brainstorm, what if the period wasn’t a placeholder? What if the period was the clue? Finally, I figure it out. Which leads me to post:
Boom goes the dynamite. I figure I can’t possibly be the only one who has figured this out, someone has to have gotten there before me, right? According to a Twitter search, wrong. Could this possibly be my “FIRSTIES!” moment?! Guess so:
With that, @TheCapitolPN went dead… but not before sending me the above DM request.
As for thecapitol.pn, it definitely looks like the beginnings of an ARG. When I first found the site this morning, it was all static-y and jumbled up. As more and more people visit and “identify themselves,” it appears that an image is coming more and more into focus.
Oh, and ComingSoon.net must have done a Twitter search too, cause they attributed the discovery to me in their post today too. So that was kind of awesome.
Hopefully tomorrow morning, it’ll be finished loading. Also, I’ll post whatever it is that The Capitol, er Lionsgate, is sending me.