Giant Bomb Mailbag: Numbers Station Edition

#151 Posted by CharkeeFarlee (896 posts) -

woah, this is bad-ass!

#152 Posted by Valiom (51 posts) -

on the linked website there was 2 cipher options to chose from, might have something to do with it?

#153 Posted by aurahack (2228 posts) -

Argh, this is fucked up but so very, very awesome.

#154 Posted by guts450 (18 posts) -

In the Fallout series who was the president before everything went down? is there some cannon about it?

#155 Posted by Zoidoid (9 posts) -

Line breaks indicate where the voices switch. The # symbols indicate where they have that "terminate" noise. The - indicates where they have that "woosh" noise. Sorry for the large post.

#156 Posted by Masonvd (165 posts) -

Haven't we kind have solved I? 
Clearly it has to do with the two uranium isotopes Ur 235 and 238. But I guess that doesn't lead us into P. P might be purple hell.

#157 Posted by EasyPeasey (159 posts) -
@Skrattybones: i thought the letters in the audio file did that?
#158 Posted by divisionbyzorro (57 posts) -

In Bacon's Cypher you need two typefaces.  In the web audio, there are two voices. 
But I'm not getting anywhere with it. So far it's gotten me :
Which, according to wikipedia, becomes one of the following:


#159 Edited by Sweep (8540 posts) -

Interesting things about Richard Wright:

  •  Young black writer, apparent communist sympathies, living in chicago in 1927
  • "In 1937, Richard Wright moved to New York, where he forged new ties with Communist Party members there after getting established."
  •  "Wright gained national attention for the collection of four short stories titled Uncle Tom's Children (1938). He based some stories on lynching in the Deep South."
  • " The collection also earned him a Guggenheim Fellowship, which allowed him to complete his first novel Native Son (1940). Native Son was selected by the Book of the Month Club as its first book by an African-American author. The lead character, Bigger Thomas, represented limitations that society placed on African Americans. He could only gain his own agency and self-knowledge by committing heinous acts. Wright was criticized for his works' concentration on violence. In the case of Native Son, people complained that he portrayed a black man in ways that seemed to confirm whites' worst fears."
  • "He then went to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he and Paul Green collaborated on a dramatic version of Native Son. In January 1941 Wright received the prestigious Spingarn Medal for noteworthy achievement by a black. Native Son opened on Broadway, with Orson Welles as director, to generally favorable reviews in March 1941."

Here's something really interesting:

  •  Wright moved to Paris in 1946
  •  His Existentialist phase was depicted in his second novel, The Outsider (1953), which described an African-American character's involvement with the Communist Party in New York.
The Outsider is an upcoming game by Frontier Developments. Potential clue?
#160 Edited by EasyPeasey (159 posts) -
@divisionbyzorro: change a's and b's to ones and zeros and try  binary translator?
#161 Posted by Creamypies (4012 posts) -

Well according to Wikipedia "a nova is a cataclysmic nuclear explosion caused by the accretion of hydrogen onto the surface of a white dwarf star, which ignites and starts nuclear fusion in a runaway matter."
There have been over 53 novae registered since 1890. One worth noting is GK Persei.

#162 Posted by munnyman5 (184 posts) -

All I can do for this is share my science knowledge with you. Not from Wikipedia, but from good ol' high school first year university, couple-hundred-dollar textbooks, and professors. There are so many reasons that this info is SOME OF THE REAL.
"Isotopes" of "Hydrogen" are used in nuclear fusion, namely deuterium (one proton and one neutron in the nucleus) and tritium (one proton and two neutrons). Each of the isotopes, as well as just plain old one-proton Hydrogen has one electron in the "1s" orbital. In nuclear fusion, you basically throw two Hydrogen isotopes at each other hard enough that the nuclei fuse into a Helium atom, and release a metric shit-ton of energy in the process.
The video on definitely shows a nuclear fission chain reaction, probably a Uranium-236 or something nucleus being split by a neutron, producing more neutrons to go off and split the resulting atomic nuclei. This is the type of reaction used in nuclear bombs, which are basically an uncontrolled, runaway fission chain reaction. In some bomb designs there is both fusion and fission used for the destructive energy, for example, fusion being used to produce the neutrons required for fusion. In most cases, the fission is responsible for the destructive force of the bomb.
So basically, I'm jumping on the Fallout bandwagon. But seeing as it's been announced and all, and Portal 2 already had its little ARG thing, this might be something totally new. Remember that super-nice-looking trailer with that guy in non-Master-Chief-but-kinda-close-minus-the-helmet white armor, and everything's all gray and washed out, and dude has a gun? Maybe it's that. I dunno. Brink? Was there a nuclear war in Brink?

#163 Posted by Skrattybones (66 posts) -
Oh shit, you're right. We used the string we're talking about for something, though.. didn't we run it through a hexcode translator to come up with something?
#164 Posted by divisionbyzorro (57 posts) -


#165 Edited by divisionbyzorro (57 posts) -
Put the code I gave you before in there. It becomes APRIL WEEK TWO. Apparently we have to wait now.

#166 Posted by ez123 (1901 posts) -

Baseball, Isotope, Rebirth

#167 Edited by Xeiphyer (5589 posts) -
@MAST said:

" The website shows (I think) atoms splitting, explosive graphics, talks about a "new world order" and generally just has a post-holocaust vibe to it. It also shows John F. Kennedy, whatever significant that holds I have no idea.
That also fits with the mention of Francis Bacon that someone else found. "Bacon's vision for a Utopian New World in North America was laid out in his novel New Atlantis." Looks like that guy had "New World" utopia ideas as well.  Not sure if any of that has any significance. Just throwing it out there. "

It also has Uranium-235 in there, so a post apocalyptic new world order thing seems about right.
Also those music notes.. anyone know if they have any significance? I am sure they must.
Seems very much a Fallout New Vegas thing. Neat =P
Also: turning the nob down really helps
#168 Posted by pbhawks45 (736 posts) -
@Skrattybones: Came up empty. What other websites are checking this out?
#169 Posted by Skrattybones (66 posts) -

According to Joystiq the male/female letters turn into APRIL WEEK TWO    
#170 Posted by divisionbyzorro (57 posts) -

@srkattybones DAMNIT! Did Joystiq beat me?

#171 Posted by Downandout (290 posts) -
@Skrattybones: so next week reveal basically?
#172 Posted by EasyPeasey (159 posts) -

ok so april week 2? then what? theres more to this.

#173 Posted by demontium (4707 posts) -

filed under alternate reality. lol/ 
This must be valve announcing another game.

#174 Posted by Masonvd (165 posts) -
@creamypies: The Gk Persei is mention in the H.P Lovecraft novel " Beyond the wall of sleep". Could that be related?
#175 Posted by EasyPeasey (159 posts) -
@Darktoad450: if theres a lovecraftian game announced next week that would be awesome
#176 Posted by guts450 (18 posts) -

wait isn't this technically the 2nd week of April?

#177 Posted by Skrattybones (66 posts) -
Apr 5th 2010 at 4:12PM }


#178 Posted by Titl (539 posts) -

God, i love the internet.

#179 Posted by pbhawks45 (736 posts) -

Where the hell is the post on Joystiq? I can't find it anywhere.

#180 Posted by Creamypies (4012 posts) -
@Darktoad450 said:
" @creamypies: The Gk Persei is mention in the H.P Lovecraft novel " Beyond the wall of sleep". Could that be related? "
I checked that out... couldn't see anything that stood out. The GK Persei Nova must be related somehow though.
#181 Edited by Masonvd (165 posts) -

I may be taking this lovecraft thing to far but from Wiki: 
"  In other tales, an entire society is threatened by barbarism. Sometimes the barbarism comes as an external threat, with a civilized race destroyed in war (e.g., "Polaris")" 
I'm still leaning towards fallout or at least SOMETHING post apocalyptic. Could this be that game that was on IGN a while ago? Can't remember the name of it. In the game you're the slave of some woman or something like that. 
That's my second guess. anyone remember the name? 
EDIT: Game is called Enslaved. My guess is it's for that.

#182 Posted by EasyPeasey (159 posts) -
@guts450: maybe ther saying april 14th?
#183 Posted by Skrattybones (66 posts) -
#184 Posted by ZeroCast (1870 posts) -
 It's April 6th today, and a week is 7 days so until its April 8th then yes we can consider it the 2nd Week of April.
#185 Posted by Ronin147 (76 posts) -
#186 Posted by divisionbyzorro (57 posts) -
#187 Posted by EasyPeasey (159 posts) -
@divisionbyzorro: giantbomb>joystiq
#188 Posted by BODDAH (315 posts) -
#189 Posted by Sweep (8540 posts) -

If it turns out to be The Outsider then i'm going to be so fucking smug for the rest of the year....

#190 Posted by divisionbyzorro (57 posts) -
#191 Posted by Masonvd (165 posts) -

Well, I guess we'll have to wait untill next week but I think everyone here deserves a pat on the back for figuring it out ourselves to at least the same point Joystiq did. Great Job Giant bomb!

#192 Posted by EasyPeasey (159 posts) -
@Sweep: i would just be excited. that game sounds awesome in concept
#193 Posted by guts450 (18 posts) -
@ZeroCast:  fair enough, I just go by the boxes on the calendar lol
#194 Posted by Tuggah (1071 posts) -

This is so for Madden 2011.

#195 Edited by Downandout (290 posts) -
@Darktoad450: Maybe we'll unlock a new channel with more stuff on? or those channels will unlock one every day until next week? as there are 4 more orange lights. Just a hunch.
#196 Posted by Nictel (2312 posts) -

Probably some more clues in the next few days since we still have 4 words left.

#197 Posted by SPACETURTLE (1622 posts) -

It would be kinda weird if it was New Vegas. I mean, Vegas has already been announced, so would make little sense starting up such a mystery about a game we all already know is coming, right?

#198 Posted by Masonvd (165 posts) -
@Downandout: That could be it too. Good guess.
#199 Posted by Creamypies (4012 posts) -

It would be kinda weird if it was New Vegas. I mean, Vegas has already been announced, so would make little sense starting up such a mystery about a game we all already know is coming, right?

Exactly what I was thinking. This sorta viral marketing always seems pointless when it's for an already announced game.
#200 Posted by EasyPeasey (159 posts) -


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