So, for the last few months I've been kind of going back and forth on beginning to plan an ARG. I've been rehashing old favorites, absorbing every webseries I can find and trying to break them apart analytically. It's really got me thinking that the medium needs some real new blood on the independent side of things. By independent I mean those of us who can't hide secrets in games, movies and other mass market media. Those of us stuck using youtube, imgur, twitter and reddit as playgrounds. I've noticed a lot of reliance on common ciphers and codes.
Let's take the inside man trying to get the word out storyline, as an example.
In this day and age why would anyone trying to conceal information from the person they've stole it from use morse code, base64 or any single shift cipher? These sorts of things would be broken instantly by any sort of agency or company. It just doesn't make sense to me.
Like most potential creators though, I'm lost on what that new thing could be and wanted to open it up for discussion. If anyone is interested I would love to chat about these cliches and how to update them.