Thursday, October 7, 2010

YouTube Thursday: The Colony

I started watching this show in its second season on the Discovery Channel. The plotline of the show is that some sort of worldwide catastrophic event has occurred, and a small cross-section of the population has to rebuild and survive with the limited resources around them.

It wasn't until I watched about 5 episodes when it dawned on me. Discovery Channel as tricked the world into watching an Alternate Reality Game (ARG), a form of LARP. And they don't even know it.

They disguised it as a reality TV show, except there was no voting off of players and no prize winners at the end. At first, they just had to focus on surviving with their resources, but then they started testing their security... by attacking with NPCs. It got to the point where the players were going on modules to investigate the bayou and, well, I'm not going to spoil everything. You're just going to have to watch it.

If you haven't already started watching this series, I highly suggest you start. If not for the fact that these people do some ridiculous shit (like building a windmill out of scrap), then do it to support ARG and LARP within the mainstream media.

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