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These fully-fledged ARGs, categorized below, are confirmed to be the "real deal". Active ARGs are frequently discussed within the Game Detectives community and yield new developments often. On Hold ARGs are temporarily inactive but believed to return, while Discontinued ARGs have been cancelled, or have otherwise gone inactive and are not expected to return. Completed ARGs been completed and officially ended.

Official

Official ARGs are usually high-profile, high-quality, and backed by a known commercial entity. Official ARGs can be extremely challenging and in-depth and sometimes attract very large audiences. While not always the case, these types of ARGs tend to involve existing media or upcoming releases thereof; for example, a game developer might include clues for an ARG inside one of their games, or might create an ARG to lead up to a release of content. They commonly include real-world situations, characters, plot-lines, and challenges which engage with the community to create unique, authentic puzzle-solving experiences.


Name Status Creator Start Date Last Edited
Cyberpunk 2077 Active CD PROJEKT RED 2018-10-06 Aug 20 2018, 4:38:22 pm UTC
Fortnite Active Epic Games 2018-06-30 Jul 23 2018, 3:49:37 pm UTC
Accounting+ ARG Active Crows Crows Crows 2017-12-07 Aug 20 2018, 10:28:00 pm UTC
Adult Swim ARG Active Adult Swim 2017-08-27 Aug 20 2018, 6:59:24 am UTC
Oddworld: Soulstorm Active Oddworld Inhabitants, Inc 2016-12-22 Aug 20 2018, 9:48:26 pm UTC
Inside ARG Active Playdead 2016-06-29 Aug 20 2018, 9:46:50 pm UTC
Rasputin ARG Completed Bungie Entertainment 2018-05-08 Aug 20 2018, 9:46:26 pm UTC
MonteCrypto - The Bitcoin Enigma Completed Concrete Games 2018-02-20 Jul 04 2018, 7:32:16 pm UTC
TidalVortex Completed Alice & Smith 2017-12-19 Aug 20 2018, 9:59:50 pm UTC
RainbowLeaks Completed Ubisoft 2017-11-20 Jul 07 2018, 3:58:05 pm UTC
The Wilson Wolfe Affair Completed Simulacra Games 2017-10-19 Jul 07 2018, 3:58:12 pm UTC
Mr. Robot ARG Completed NBC Universal 2017-09-28 Jun 11 2018, 1:05:41 am UTC
Lucid Nightmare Completed Blizzard Entertainment 2017-08-30 Jul 07 2018, 3:58:26 pm UTC
Layton World Completed Level-5 2017-06-20 Jul 07 2018, 3:58:31 pm UTC
The Secret World Completed Alice & Smith & Funcom 2017-06-16 Jul 07 2018, 3:58:37 pm UTC
Sun Darter Hatchling Completed Blizzard Entertainment 2017-06-16 Jul 07 2018, 3:58:41 pm UTC
Waking Titan Completed Alice & Smith & Hello Games 2017-05-28 Aug 03 2018, 8:36:30 pm UTC
Killing Floor 2 Completed Tripwire Interactive 2017-04-21 Jul 07 2018, 3:58:46 pm UTC
Battlefield 1 Completed EA Dice 2017-02-14 Jul 12 2018, 2:20:37 pm UTC
Dawn Bloom Completed Alice & Smith & the Lovent Group 2016-12-24 Jul 07 2018, 3:58:56 pm UTC
Long-Forgotten Hippogryph Completed Blizzard Entertainment 2016-09-01 Jul 07 2018, 3:59:02 pm UTC
Sombra ARG Completed Blizzard Entertainment 2016-06-12 Jul 29 2018, 12:17:53 am UTC
Kill Your Internet Completed Camouflaj 2016-03-18 Jul 07 2018, 3:59:15 pm UTC
Eye Sigil ARG Completed Twinbeard 2016-01-23 Aug 20 2018, 9:24:07 pm UTC
Oxenfree Completed Night School Studio 2016-01-15 Jul 07 2018, 3:59:25 pm UTC
Steam Winter 2015 Completed Valve 2015-12-22 Jul 07 2018, 3:59:30 pm UTC
Afterbirth ARG Completed Edmund McMullen 2015-10-30 Jul 07 2018, 3:59:34 pm UTC
Dr. Langeskov ARG Completed Crows Crows Crows 2015-10-19 Jul 07 2018, 3:59:39 pm UTC
Frog Fractions 2 Completed Twinbeard 2014-03-10 Jul 07 2018, 3:59:45 pm UTC
Call of Duty- World War 2 Discontinued Sledgehammer Games 2017-04-27 Jul 06 2018, 6:10:54 pm UTC
Accounting+ ARG (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Active
Created By: Crows Crows Crows
Discovered on: 7 December 2017

The Accounting+ ARG centers around a tadpole conspiracy.

), Adult Swim ARG (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Active
Created By: Adult Swim
Discovered on: 27 August 2017

A series of ARG chapters aired during Adult Swim programming on US basic cable channel Cartoon Network

), Afterbirth ARG (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: Edmund McMullen
Discovered on: 30 October 2015

An ARG hidden in The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth expansion

), Battlefield 1 (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: EA Dice
Discovered on: 14 February 2017

The Battlefield 1 ARG -
Headphones and Morse code led to mysterious unlockable dog tags.

), Call of Duty- World War 2 (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Discontinued
Created By: Sledgehammer Games
Discovered on: 27 April 2017

A little trail in a promotional image might lead to something wonderful...

), Cyberpunk 2077 (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Active
Created By: CD PROJEKT RED
Discovered on: 6 October 2018

A hacker at E3 2018 exposed a live website linked to upcoming release Cyberpunk 2077.

), Dawn Bloom (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: Alice & Smith
Discovered on: 24 December 2016

The Dawn Bloom ARG is part of the Black Watchmen series of ARGs.

), Dr. Langeskov ARG (ArgPopupContent

Langeskov Logo.jpg

Status: Completed
Created By: Crows Crows Crows
Discovered on: 19 October 2015

An ARG that led to the release of Dr. Langeskov, the Tiger, and the Terribly Cursed Emerald

), Eye Sigil ARG (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: Twinbeard
Discovered on: 23 January 2016

The Eye ARG, also known as the Sigil or Eye Sigil ARG, lasted for nearly a year and spanned more than 25 seemingly unrelated indie games.

), Fortnite (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Active
Created By: Epic Games
Discovered on: 30 June 2018

Artifacts from the hugely popular Fortnite are appearing in the real world.

), Frog Fractions 2 (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: Twinbeard
Discovered on: 10 March 2014

The FF2 ARG began in March 2014, and its goal is the discovery of which game is secretly a sequel to Frog Fractions…

), Inside ARG (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Active
Created By: Playdead
Discovered on: 29 June 2016

The Inside ARG revolved around mysterious codes being printed and deciphered.

), Kill Your Internet (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: Camouflaj
Discovered on: 18 March 2016

Kill Your Internet - an ARG that took place in the world of République.

), Killing Floor 2 (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: Tripwire Interactive
Discovered on: 21 April 2017

A set of Killing Floor 2 Puzzles - also known as "From a Friend".

), Layton World (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: Level-5
Discovered on: 20 June 2017

Layton World: A puzzle trail with over 50 different puzzles scattered across the world between June 20th and September 21st, that is based on the new upcoming Professor Layton game!

), Long-Forgotten Hippogryph (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: Blizzard Entertainment
Discovered on: 1 September 2016

The Long-Forgotten Hippogryph is a secret mount hidden in World of Warcraft, obtained by locating 5 Ephemeral Crystals.

), Lucid Nightmare (ArgPopupContent

LN Logo.jpg

Status: Completed
Created By: Blizzard Entertainment
Discovered on: 30 August 2017

Lucid Nightmare is a secret mount hidden in World of Warcraft, which is unlocked by solving a variety of puzzles.

), Meta:Style Guide (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Active
Created By: Valve
Discovered on: 1 January 1970

This it the description of an arg, I somehow forgot about it

), MonteCrypto - The Bitcoin Enigma (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: Concrete Games
Discovered on: 20 February 2018

24 enigmas leading to a prize of 1 BTC.

), Mr. Robot ARG (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: NBC Universal
Discovered on: 28 September 2017

An ARG set in the universe of Mr. Robot.

), Oddworld: Soulstorm (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Active
Created By: Oddworld Inhabitants, Inc
Discovered on: 22 December 2016

Oddworld: Soulstorm - An ARG centered around lore from the Oddworld universe linked to the currently unreleased game Oddworld: Soulstorm

), Oxenfree (ArgPopupContent

Oxenfree logo.jpg

Status: Completed
Created By: Night School Studio
Discovered on: 15 January 2016

The Oxenfree ARG had an emphasis on radio frequencies and morse code.

), RainbowLeaks (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: Ubisoft
Discovered on: 20 November 2017

A website called RainbowLeaks, linked to Rainbow Six: Siege.

), Rasputin ARG (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: Bungie Entertainment
Discovered on: 8 May 2018

The Rasputin Chamber Puzzle ARG - an ARG involving an in-game Rasputin and out of game items.

), Sombra ARG (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: Blizzard Entertainment
Discovered on: 12 June 2016

The Sombra ARG - an ARG involving an unreleased Overwatch hero.

), Steam Winter 2015 (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: Valve
Discovered on: 22 December 2015

AKA North Pole Noire

), Sun Darter Hatchling (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: Blizzard Entertainment
Discovered on: 16 June 2017

The Sun Darter Hatchling is a secret pet hidden in World of Warcraft, in the back of a mysterious cavern.

), The Secret World (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: Alice & Smith
Discovered on: 16 June 2017

The Secret World: Legends puzzle trail, also known as "Kiss of the Revenant".

), The Wilson Wolfe Affair (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: Simulacra Games
Discovered on: 19 October 2017

A mad scientist's affairs aren't many people's concern...

), TidalVortex (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: Alice & Smith
Discovered on: 19 December 2017

Live event 14 of The Black Watchmen, involving the long lost mysterious figure Whitechapel.

), Waking Titan (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: Alice & Smith
Discovered on: 28 May 2017

Waking Titan was an ARG which led towards the Atlas Rises and NEXT updates for No Man's Sky.

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Unofficial

Unofficial ARGs are typically smaller in scope than official ARGs. Some were created by members of the Game Detectives community, or were made with Game Detectives in mind. Unofficial ARGs tend to have a smaller audience than official ones.


Name Status Creator Start Date Last Edited
WareZ Active WareZ 2018-07-29 Aug 18 2018, 11:11:39 pm UTC
Corporate Warfare Active NeuroSlicers 2018-04-27 Jul 25 2018, 8:31:35 pm UTC
Entropy Active Curtis Holt 2018-02-11 Aug 01 2018, 9:36:59 pm UTC
LEVELS Active Unknown 2017-04-19 May 30 2018, 12:19:51 am UTC
Human Souls Active Pangent Technologies 2016-02-16 Jun 06 2018, 12:56:44 am UTC
Necromancy For Beginners Completed Chrono.gg 2017-11-24 Jul 07 2018, 4:00:53 pm UTC
Banojxot Xuh Completed Unknown 2017-05-13 Jul 25 2018, 8:59:07 pm UTC
Chrono.gg ARG Completed Chrono.gg 2017-03-05 Jul 07 2018, 4:00:57 pm UTC
Society X Completed Prime & ICallHax 2016-10-26 Jun 06 2018, 3:06:10 am UTC
In Reality Completed whizzer0 & Team Look In The Bushes 2016-06-27 Jun 06 2018, 3:04:54 am UTC
Project 11 Completed Project 11 2016-06-02 Jul 07 2018, 4:01:05 pm UTC
Black Mesa Completed SometimesIDreamOfCheese 2016-04-11 Jul 07 2018, 4:01:13 pm UTC
Mystery of the Emblem Completed whizzer0 2016-03-26 Jul 07 2018, 4:01:17 pm UTC
EFS Completed gayfarang 2016-03-20 Jul 07 2018, 4:01:20 pm UTC
76543 Completed Unknown 2016-03-16 May 30 2018, 12:18:46 am UTC
Teragon Completed gayfarang 2016-01-31 Jun 06 2018, 12:57:32 am UTC
How To Basic ARG Discontinued How To Basic 2018-03-24 Jul 07 2018, 4:01:30 pm UTC
Static Hourglass Discontinued synthpirategreg 2017-11-03 Jul 07 2018, 4:01:36 pm UTC
Exagen Discontinued Prime & ICallHax 2017-08-16 Jul 07 2018, 4:01:40 pm UTC
Filmos Discontinued Filmos 2017-06-29 Jul 07 2018, 4:01:44 pm UTC
Lost Memories Investigation Discontinued Unknown 2016-10-25 Jul 07 2018, 4:01:48 pm UTC
FRTS Discontinued TheCreativeGod 2016-03-07 Jul 07 2018, 4:01:52 pm UTC
76543 (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: Unknown
Discovered on: 16 March 2016

A rabbit hole of puzzles across the GameDetectives community.

), Banojxot Xuh (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: Unknown
Discovered on: 13 May 2017

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), Black Mesa (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: SometimesIDreamOfCheese
Discovered on: 11 April 2016

An ARG set in the Half-Life universe.

), Chrono.gg ARG (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: Chrono.gg
Discovered on: 5 March 2017

The Chrono.gg ARG involved a bunch of coin-related puzzles spread across various sites.

), Corporate Warfare (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Active
Created By: NeuroSlicers
Discovered on: 27 April 2018

An ARG based around factions of the game NeuroSlicers.

), EFS (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: gayfarang
Discovered on: 20 March 2016

The Electronic Freedom Society ARG

), Entropy (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Active
Created By: Curtis Holt
Discovered on: 11 February 2018

Entropy - an ARG revolving around a series of mysterious YouTube videos.

), Exagen (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Discontinued
Created By: Prime
Discovered on: 16 August 2017

Exagen was an unofficial ARG made by Discord users.

), FRTS (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Discontinued
Created By: TheCreativeGod
Discovered on: 7 March 2016

FRTS spanned several websites, a dead drop, and used the Game Detectives Discord server.

), Filmos (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Discontinued
Created By: Filmos
Discovered on: 29 June 2017

), How To Basic ARG (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Discontinued
Created By: How To Basic
Discovered on: 24 March 2018

How To Basic's face reveal video led to a series of cryptic clues and puzzles.

), Human Souls (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Active
Created By: Pangent Technologies
Discovered on: 16 February 2016

We are the same as we ever were. We are people. We are conscious human souls. We are the signal that rises above the noise.

), In Reality (ArgPopupContent

In Reality icon.png

Status: Completed
Created By: whizzer0
Discovered on: 27 June 2016

Messages, websites and tests from other times start appearing in the present, all very different yet somehow connected.

), LEVELS (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Active
Created By: Unknown
Discovered on: 19 April 2017

Inexperienced does not mean incapable.

), Lost Memories Investigation (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Discontinued
Created By: Unknown
Discovered on: 25 October 2016

A multi-media ARG filled to the brim with codes, characters, and lore.

), Mystery of the Emblem (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: whizzer0
Discovered on: 26 March 2016

All is not well in a recreation of Fire Emblem.

), Necromancy For Beginners (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: Chrono.gg
Discovered on: 24 November 2017

Chrono.gg's second ARG. Involving potion brewing.

), Project 11 (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: Project 11
Discovered on: 2 June 2016

A mysterious ARG which turned out to be a Half-Life 3 hoax

), Society X (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: Prime
Discovered on: 26 October 2016

You are not alone.

), Static Hourglass (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Discontinued
Created By: synthpirategreg
Discovered on: 3 November 2017

A series of mysterious tapes that have appeared in the Bay Area.

), Teragon (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: gayfarang
Discovered on: 31 January 2016

), WareZ (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Active
Created By: WareZ
Discovered on: 29 July 2018

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Investigations

Investigations are promising leads investigated by the community which have yet to yield anything substantial and (un)official ARGs which concluded in the discovery of easter eggs rather than a full-blown ARG.


Name Status Creator Start Date Last Edited
Ready Player One Completed Warner Bros. 2017-12-10 Jul 07 2018, 4:05:14 pm UTC
Stranger Things Completed Netflix 2017-10-21 Jul 07 2018, 4:05:20 pm UTC
Definitely Not Rick and Morty Completed Definitely Not Dan Harmon 2017-04-03 May 30 2018, 7:37:03 pm UTC
Intel Completed Intel Corporation 2017-03-16 Jun 06 2018, 2:51:15 am UTC
ARGvent Completed Game Detectives Admins 2016-12-01 Aug 18 2018, 3:05:41 pm UTC
Watch Dogs 2 Completed Ubisoft 2016-09-03 Jul 07 2018, 4:05:29 pm UTC
Steam Summer 2016 Completed Valve 2016-06-23 Jun 06 2018, 2:53:04 am UTC
SiIvaGunner ARG Completed SiIvaGunner 2016-06-20 Jul 07 2018, 4:05:34 pm UTC
April Fools Completed Game Detectives Admins 2016-04-01 Jul 07 2018, 4:05:38 pm UTC
Arc Symphony Discontinued Aether Interactive 2017-05-13 Aug 01 2018, 1:00:52 am UTC
TheConsole Discontinued Jack Bergin 2017-03-22 Jul 30 2018, 5:15:22 pm UTC
Petscop Discontinued Unknown 2017-03-12 Jul 07 2018, 4:05:57 pm UTC
Corvus Discontinued Unknown 2017-01-01 May 30 2018, 8:13:28 pm UTC
Bradwell Electronics Discontinued Bossa Studios 2016-03-05 Jul 07 2018, 4:06:00 pm UTC
Rick and Morty ARG Discontinued Adult Swim 2016-01-30 Aug 01 2018, 3:18:11 am UTC
ARGvent (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: Game Detectives Admins
Discovered on: 1 December 2016

Let it snow puzzles!

), April Fools (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: Game Detectives Admins
Discovered on: 1 April 2016

A funny joke, it's just a prank.

), Arc Symphony (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Discontinued
Created By: Aether Interactive
Discovered on: 13 May 2017

Arc Symphony was a PS1 game by Aether Interactive that has suddenly popped up in 2017.

), Bradwell Electronics (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Discontinued
Created By: Bossa Studios
Discovered on: 5 March 2016

Better. Brighter. For everyone.

), Corvus (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Discontinued
Created By: Unknown
Discovered on: 1 January 2017

It's stars, you fools.

), Definitely Not Rick and Morty (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: Definitely Not Dan Harmon
Discovered on: 3 April 2017

The Definitely Not Rick and Morty ARG centered around fleaBay auctions for Szechuan Dipping Szauce Packets(100% to Habitat for Humanity, eBay verified).

), Intel (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: Intel Corporation
Discovered on: 16 March 2017

A race to earn wonderful prizes

), Petscop (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Discontinued
Created By: Unknown
Discovered on: 12 March 2017

The Petscop ARG involves a playthrough of an obscure, unreleased PS1 game.

), Ready Player One (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: Warner Bros.
Discovered on: 10 December 2017

An ARG linked to the movie adaptation of Ernest Cline's book Ready Player One

), Rick and Morty ARG (ArgPopupContent

Earth logo.png

Status: Discontinued
Created By: Adult Swim
Discovered on: 30 January 2016

The Rick and Morty ARG, also known as the Galactic Federation ARG, was a teaser ARG for Season 3 of Rick and Morty.

), SiIvaGunner ARG (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: SiIvaGunner
Discovered on: 20 June 2016

The High Quality SiIvaGunner ARG

), Steam Summer 2016 (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: Valve
Discovered on: 23 June 2016

), Stranger Things (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: Netflix
Discovered on: 21 October 2017

Players investigate a series of clues scattered throughout ads for Stranger Thing's second season.

), TheConsole (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Discontinued
Created By: Jack Bergin
Discovered on: 22 March 2017

), Watch Dogs 2 (ArgPopupContent

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Status: Completed
Created By: Ubisoft
Discovered on: 3 September 2016

Marketing campaigns aren't ARGs, people.

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