Valve hides ARG in Potato Sack sale

Valve launched a Potato Sack bundle on April Fool's Day, and it didn't take long for fans to notice potato-themed easter eggs hidden in various games.

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Always the kidder, Valve launched a Potato Sack bundle on April Fool's Day, offering 13 indie games for 75% off. It didn't take long for fans to notice potato-themed easter eggs hidden in various games in the bundle, and they've been collected and detailed on the Valve ARG (Alternate Reality Game) Wiki.

Several components of the ARG have been discovered so far, but they don't seem to add up to a complete picture quite yet. Among the discoveries, we've seen a hidden adventure game and QR code in Defense Grid, hidden Razor peripherals messages in Kick It, a puzzle message in The Ball, and a hidden Aperture Science logo on the bit.trip Web site.

Ultimately, this could be a bit of viral marketing for Portal 2, a new game announcement, or something else entirely. We'll keep our eyes peeled for more details as this ARG reveals more juicy tidbits.

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    April 4, 2011 10:15 AM

    Comment on Valve hides ARG in Potato Sack sale, by Steve Watts.

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      April 4, 2011 10:35 AM

      Summary: Valve launched a Potato Sack bundle on April Fool's Day, and it didn't take long for fans to notice potato-themed easter eggs hidden in various games.

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      April 4, 2011 11:14 AM

      "A discovery was made that Razer is involved in this ARG."
      Is it not obvious? Last I heard the Razer Hydra is going to have its own version of Portal 2.

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        April 4, 2011 11:18 AM

        I saw it at CES. The guy demoing the controller said that there were levels exclusive to people with that controller. No idea if that is true or not.

        They wouldn't let anyone else play it btw, and it looked fucking awesome. :(

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          April 4, 2011 11:21 AM

          It is true.

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          April 4, 2011 11:32 AM

          I just saw a video on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnF5q4NmVLs&hd=1

          The unique stuff built for that controller doesn't look all that interesting to me. And you still end up playing the game with a something that's like a sixaxis only more precise. :/

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            April 4, 2011 11:38 AM

            I'm not that interested in it, but it was also far and away the most accurate motion controller I've seen. It was really accurate and responsive, I just have a hard time throwing money down on something that very few games are being built specifically for, and I'm not that interested in playing a regular FPS with it.

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              April 4, 2011 11:49 AM

              Yeah, they said under $100, which makes me think $99? That is a lot of money considering the only games that take advantage of the Hydra (that I've heard of so far) are Portal 2 and bit.trip beat (which to be fair works a lot better with a motion controller than with the mouse, but still).
              I am looking forward to a fist-fighting game of some kind using it though.

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                April 5, 2011 1:31 AM

                Perhaps we'll get Left 4 Dead 3: Hydra, Half-Life 2 Episode 3 Hydra Edition, and Half-Life 3 Hydra, too.

                Of course, I'm sure that the Episode 3 and HL3 will be Hydra-exclusive, requiring the peripheral. It'll include a dire warning:

                "Warning: Attempting to purchase or play Half Life 2: Episode 3 or Half-Life 3: Revenge of the Headcrab without the Razer Hydra attachment will result in the deletion of every game in your Steam library, the uploading of one last Steam program that will run upon download that will delete all your EA DM, Impulse, D2D/IGN, GOG, GMG, and Live games as well. In addition, it will take over your twitter account and begin to spam statements of improper behavior such as, 'I am wearing no underwear!', 'I like cheese in my nethers to cool the burning fever that rages inside me!' and 'I

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        April 4, 2011 12:00 PM

        So this will be compatible with Dolphin, right?