Tuesday, May 16, 2006

The Fickle Blogosphere

I must thank legacy and allyson for bringing this comment by Wei-Hwa Huang to my attention. Before you read further visit that link and read his post for Tuesday May 16th. It will also help you better understand this post if you know that Mr. Huang helped create The Da Vinci Code Quest Challenge Puzzles. Additionally, X = Google, Y = Sony.

I personally would be interested to find out which blogs he's read to come to the conclusion that he arrived at. Have I said negative things about Sony? Sure, I haven't bought a Sony product since my Sony Walkman about 10 years ago. Have I said a lot of positive things about Google? Yep, I think Google is a great technology company that is developing a lot of interesting products and services. But, this quest hasn't changed my feelings toward these two companies so I can't see how that makes me fickle. The only negative thing I've said thus far is that someone (either Sony or Google or both) failed miserably with load balancing the server requests on the last day, and that’s a fact that can't be disputed.

So Mr. Huang's question is, "What can we learn from this story?"

First, we didn't just start talking about how cool Google is, we've been talking about that for a long time. Second, its going to take a lot more than The Da Vinci Code Quest to get people to start associating "cool company" with Sony. Third, it's no surprise Sony is doing strange things that make a lot of people unhappy... again. Finally, don't try to pass the blame when things go wrong. If your friend Joe Shmoe throws a rock through a window and your standing right next to him when he does it, chances are your going to get some backlash, even if you weren’t the one who broke the window.

So by logical reasoning we can safely say both Google and Sony were at fault in this here "Da Vinci Hoax". At the same time, is it really worth the time to sit around complaining about it? Those of you who finished at 2 minutes after 1:00 PM, but didn't make the finals, be thankful that you at least have braging rights, my puzzle didn't even finish loading until 20 minutes after 1. Here is something to chew on, why did Google/Sony make the final puzzle an observation challenge which has one unique answer. If they would have made the last puzzle a curator, restoration, or symbol challenge we wouldn't be having this discussion.

When it's all said and done though, I'm not mad at Google or anymore frustrated with Sony than I was before I started the quest. I am still delighted in the fact that they came up with idea for the quest in the first place. I know its frustrating having spent the time completing all of the puzzles only to find out your prize is a discount for Da Vinci Code merchandise, but hey things could be worse, right?

Honestly, the Eurostarquest is 1000 times better than the Google Quest in my opinion, even though the prizes may not be as grand, the puzzles are better.

Oh, and what is way better than tagging? Notebooking!!! Check out Google's new notebook service. This is what I've been waiting for and why I love Google. They just need to allow public comments on the notes. Here is a link to my public notebook.

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48 Comments:

At 5/17/2006 12:59 AM, Blogger codestinks said...

well friend, im mad a "H" at sony and google for not playing fair, this whole contest was a big frigin joke, and it shows how google and sony really did not take this contest serious, as we all did, and it makes the movie look bad, it makes the book look bad, and it let us all down who did not cheat; whom are smart and knew all the answers and submitted everything in time, yet somehow we failed to get e mails, to win anything, not even a thanks. To me, this whole contest was rigged in favor of those that cheated by looking at posts on this blog, and that to me that is not a contest.... its simply like 6th grade idiots, looking over the paper test of others to win some stupid toy that can be bought, im sick of this whole movie, the contest, sony, google, and for now on, who ever made up the contest, which was difficult, was let down by the big guys, and the big guys let us down, by letting others cheat, while those of us, who really read the book, studied, and n all honesty, tried to win the contest, only to find cheaters win.... this whole contest was a JOKE, leading me to find myself very frustrated and for the future, i have no intentions of wasting my time on contests or products by sony, anything to do with google, and to me, this was a PR NIGHTMARE!
i WASTED 24 days, and the movie can shove it where the sun dont shine, i have no intention on wasting any more time, much less money, to see this boring movie, and to add, the book was not well written at all, and i know all the big guys will make millions , but what else is new in the united states, george bush might as well have written the novel, it all stinks of crap, as well as the contest....and to add, if it had not been about Jesus Christ who would have cared, since most of americans are JESUS FREAKS, and cant stand anything bad being said about thier savior, to me, jesus was just another loser, got himself killed for no good reason, and who cares 2000 years ago if he got married, had sex, had a child, who the frigin cares? i dont, i have a life, and 24 days of it was wasted on this crap of a contest and this crap of a movie. its all a pr stunt for us no believers and christians to go waste money on a movie about a 2000 year old dead guy, (i grew up a southern baptist christian, was a minister, and now am gay and quite happy, and jesus was a man, not divine, and im sick of the whole pr business that dan brown is using to make himself rich, give me a break people, you all need to get a life, in the here and now, in the year 2006, LETS FIX THE WORLD, LETS LOVE EACH OTHER, LETS GET OVER FIGHTING, END THE WAR IN IRAQ, AND IMPEACH BUSH FOR HIS LIES. SCREW THIS STUPID CONTEST AND MOVIE. LETS LIVE FOR THE PRESENT, AND START A NEW NATION WITHOUT RELIGIONS!...and contests that google and sony FFFFED UP!

 
At 5/17/2006 1:12 AM, Blogger RoninBlackmoore said...

Hi, I am enjoying your blog and you are keeping me active in my cob web riddled blog too. I agree the euro is way better, understandable and a lifetime of travel? that is hard to beat.. Speaking of hard to beat. The puzzles are MUCH harder in my opinion. Just the way they are set up and its hard to snapshot the last results because they are in a flash engine.
I will check out this notebook, perhaps I will use it for my novel..
I love google, happy consumer here in that respect.
Sony? Well they bought Sonic Foundry and they now own my favorite music production software so I can't be to mad at them for expanding on the idea and making the products more main stream and available at lower prices.
I will check out the comment you refered to.
MR

 
At 5/17/2006 1:32 AM, Blogger codestinks said...

CANNES, France (CNN) -- A mixture of fiction, fact and faith, "The Da Vinci Code" has made its worldwide film debut, opening the Cannes Film Festival -- but while the book was a mega-selling hit, the critics largely panned the cinematic version.

The highly anticipated drama was screened Tuesday night at the 59th Cannes Film Festival for hundreds of journalists from around the world.

The opening comes as anger over the film escalates with Christian groups from South Korea, Thailand, Greece and India planning boycotts, a hunger strike and other attempts to block or shorten screenings.

Despite requests from Opus Dei, there was no disclaimer added to the beginning of the movie stating the film is a work of fiction.

Opus Dei is the small but influential group within the Catholic Church who feel they are vilified in author Dan Brown's story.

After making its print debut in 2003, "The DaVinci Code" has since sold more than 60.5 million copies and has been translated into 44 languages.

The movie did receive some lukewarm praise, but the majority of the response was highly critical.

One scene during the film, meant to be serious, elicited prolonged laughter from the audience. There was no applause when the credits rolled; instead, a few catcalls and hisses broke the silence

 
At 5/17/2006 2:06 AM, Blogger RoninBlackmoore said...

Oh.. I think cheating is a harsh word darling. I think community is a better word and team work. If you look at the aspects of GF's blog about how to get through the final challenge, it's all about possible sacrifice to help others, noble sportsmanship, honor and not being a sore loser. Congratulating those whom have won is something polite to do and I have seen it in full focus here and in other blogs.

I never liked the every man for himself idea of winning. Perhaps this makes me a good loser? or a sore winner? I don't know but when I participate in ANY challenge, it’s just a challenge, should I not be prepared to lose, I should not be prepared to play either. I can spend MORE time on being pissed off at the world for losing the challenge, but really I am glad because I met so many people and was shocked at how many are willing to help others. The excitement of having the game, the spirit of good gaming is something I relish.

The google/sony/dvc challenge did one wonderful thing, it brought people of ALL diversity together on one common cause. People who worked together, in spite of their religious, ethnic, sexual, political bias, we all worked together. You cant miss that if you read the blog here.
This is a HARD thing to accomplish. THIS should not go un noticed.


On It being a Hoax?
1.
I personally saw no "hoax" of any kind. A hoax indicates deception and the goal to fraud. Everything was right there in front of us with the Google Da Vinci Code Challenge. How could anyone not see that it was a great marketing idea for a movie? How can anyone think that their prime directive was not to make money? How can this be such a shock to everyone?

2.
The idea is to draw in customers by giving them a fun experience in exchange for their attention and possible business. It worked. Still, I would have seen the movie based on the soundtrack alone, quest or not. Hans Zimmer is a brilliant artist. I adore every one of his soundtracks.

3.
When a company has a contest it is good to consider something before joining.. they are a BUSINESS, meaning they are oriented for profit, if they are not oriented for profit, they likely will not succeed as a business.

4.
To play the DVC challenge and not notice the OBVIOUS marketing aspects of every second of the puzzle is to be really blind to the goals of a standard thriving business in this world.

5.
There is no practical, logical or fundamental profit to be gained in a hoax.. It's rather easy to lay out the contest rules, give out the prizes and attract business. Part of attracting business is not making people mad by cheating them out of something. -Time is not what I am speaking of.- Each of us chose to dedicate whatever amount of time we wanted to in our lives to this challenge. That time, that choice is a personal choice and it is our responsibility, not Google's or Sony's or Dan Brown's, or Bush's that we chose to spend it. Rules and regulations, stipulations and fine print are all there to read and use for a device to decide as to whether or not we wish to spend our valuable time toward the challenge.
“Having a life” is perspective. A life can be anything, anything at all, and if a person chooses to spend their life with games and puzzles and that makes them happy, guess what? They have a life. I know plenty of unhappy people who have “a life” too, it’s not what you do, its how you perceive what you do that makes life worth it.

5. Without blowing up this fine blog, I decided to put the rest of my "little" commentary in my own blog. I like what this blog is accomplishing and it’s not about my personal rants.
..GF if you decide to delete my post, I completely understand!
MR

 
At 5/17/2006 4:56 AM, Blogger H-sizzle said...

^Don't delete her post^

She has many good points... :P

 
At 5/17/2006 5:11 AM, Blogger Z said...

the movie sucked folks, just like the contest.......read the reviews from cannes.....""One especially melodramatic line uttered by Hanks drew prolonged laughter and some catcalls, and the audience continued to titter for much of the film’s remainder.""

 
At 5/17/2006 5:16 AM, Blogger RoninBlackmoore said...

What is tagging?
MR

 
At 5/17/2006 5:16 AM, Blogger Z said...

"The Da Vinci Code" drew lukewarm praise, shrugs of indifference, some jeering laughter and a few derisive jabs Tuesday from arguably the world's toughest movie crowd: critics at the Cannes Film Festival.

The year's most anticipated movie, "The Da Vinci Code" was a generally faithful adaptation of Dan Brown's monster best seller, spinning a murder thriller that stems from a cover-up of secrets about Christianity's roots.

Directed by Ron Howard, the movie stars Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou as strangers hurled together on a frantic quest for the Holy Grail following a series of murders.

The plot of the film, in which Jesus marries Mary Magdalene and has children, has outraged some Christians, who plan protests, boycotts, a hunger strike and attempts to block or shorten screenings.

While readers worldwide devoured the novel, reaction from Cannes critics ranged from mild endorsement of its potboiler suspense to groans of ridicule over its heavy melodrama.

"It's a movie about whether the greatest story ever told is true or not, and it's not the greatest movie ever screened, is it?" said Baz Bamigboye, a film columnist for London's Daily Mail. "As a thriller, well," he continued, shrugging.

"Maybe the next day I'll forget about it," said Igor Soukmanov of Unistar Radio in Belarus. "But today for two hours it was good entertainment. ... As a Hollywood movie, it's a very nice picture."

Critics got their first look at "The Da Vinci Code" a day before its world premiere at Cannes on Wednesday, when it also debuts at theaters in France and some other countries. The film opens worldwide over the following two days, including the United States on Friday.

Hanks and other stars of the movie arrived in Cannes from London on Tuesday aboard a train named "The Da Vinci Code," setting a world record for the longest nonstop international train journey.

The filmmakers added some twists and variations here and there, but the general thrust of the novel remains intact, including its theory that Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene were married and had a child, which has prompted denouncements from many Christians.

The Cannes audience clearly grew restless as the movie dragged on to two and a half hours and spun a long sequence of anticlimactic revelations.

"I kept thinking of the Energizer Bunny, because it kept going and going and going, and not in a good way," said James Rocchi, a film critic for CBS 5 television in San Francisco and the online outlet Cinematical. "Ron Howard makes handsome films. He doesn't make bad ones, but he doesn't make great ones."

One especially melodramatic line uttered by Hanks drew prolonged laughter and some catcalls, and the audience continued to titter for much of the film's remainder.

Some people walked out during the movie's closing minutes, though there were fewer departures than many Cannes movies provoke among harsh critics. When the credits rolled, there were a few whistles and hisses, and there was none of the scattered applause even bad movies sometimes receive at Cannes.

Critics singled out co-star Ian McKellen, playing a wry Grail enthusiast who joins the search, as the movie's highlight, injecting hearty humor and delivering the most nuanced performance. Paul Bettany added a seething mix of tragic pathos and destructive zealousness as a monk assassin who carries out the slayings.

Bamigboye said all the actors were solid, but enthusiastically added, "I've got to tell you, Ian McKellen steals it. He slices all the crap away."

By David Germain ©MMVI The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

 
At 5/17/2006 5:29 AM, Blogger G00GLEFACT said...

I don't delete blog comments unless they are blatant spam linking to unrelated or questionable content. Feel free to have a difference of opinion, it makes life interesting.

I will however say, I would have been perfectly fine not knowing codestinks sexual preference. I'm not really sure how it pertains to the challenge or The Da Vinci Code Quest. That am I'm not exactly sure how he can determine conclusively that Jesus wasn't divine.

And about the "hoax", I of all people understand it wasn't a hoax, I just used that phrase as a sort of play on words to describe the mess up that occurred with the timestamps/page loading errors in the registration process

 
At 5/17/2006 5:30 AM, Blogger Me2U said...

Google Notebook is a direct clone of del.icio.us. The only thing it adds is an AJAX interface, which is as most Google tools are, sparsey designed. I like the Eurostar quest, but it takes at least 5 times longer than the Da Vinci Code Quest. And codestinks is not right. And his username is direct abuse. The thing about it is that the people that lost Phase 1 are all looking for something to be angry about, and codestinks sums up all of the reasons tese people have to choose from. The main reason stated is that the contest was rigged because Sony did something terrible and unfair to choose the contestants. in the rules, they explicitly state that the contestants are a RANDOM 10,000 entrants. They had to change the rules. And the people who won? They calmly acnowedve that Sony may have been unfair, but are happy they won.

 
At 5/17/2006 5:54 AM, Blogger sawthemovie said...

2. The book’s popularity, as well as the controversy swirling around it, are both rooted in the historical claim central to the mystery of the plot. You may have already read what that claim is, given the massive media coverage of the book, but we won’t spoil it here in this quiz. But we can ask you this: Which of the following surprising claims about Leonardo Da Vinci really are made by Dan Brown in “The Da Vinci Code”?



A. Da Vinci’s numerous inventions included chow mein, shoelaces, the slang term “groovy,” income tax, and the use of the horse as a means of transportation.

B. Leonardo Da Vinci had an identical twin named Phil, and the two of them were always getting into wacky adventures.

C. A secret society called the Priory Of Sion included Da Vinci among its famous members.

D. As a parlor trick to entertain his patron Lorenzo de Medici, Da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa entirely from memory, while blindfolded and hung upside down in a water tank.

E. Leonardo was gay.

 
At 5/17/2006 8:42 AM, Blogger pampoen79 said...

codestinks....you say you have a life and you don't need sony or google anymore....you also ranted about religion, and even got a Bush comment in there as well.
While I don't necessarily disagree with you on some points, you should really get out more. To let a contest, that was meant to be fun, let you get that negative, makes me think that perhaps you do not have much of a life. Relax, and take a chill pill. You weren't the only disappointed one - you are however the sorest loser....

 
At 5/17/2006 9:10 AM, Blogger codestinks said...

pampoen79

thanks so much for the input friend, im doing quite well,i get out all the time, i just dont like injustice, and many of us here had problems with google with error messages, as did the host of this blog, i have quite a good life, but i am disappointed in the game put forth by sony; sure im mad and bitter, all my 24 puzzles were correct and done in record time, how would you feel if you did not get even an e mail, and had problems as did our host; i would have loved to have been told i was either a finalist or a failure, but sony did not have the time to email many contestants, i am not the only one, im just the one ranting and raving.....if they cant do a contest right, then they should not have done it at all, so i apologize to you and all contestants who did not hear from sony or google in any way.....i hate religion, and i hate the current administration, it all seems that the times under george bush the good guys get the shaft, and this will be my last rant and rave, i think religion is a poor excuse for living, and i think all authority figures are corrupt, as is sony, google, you name it, for the underdog, one must yell, rant, and rave to be heard, but alas, i will now zip my lip and go forth, for this rigged contest stinks to high heaven...as does the movie... we all got conned into seeing, paying for, to find out, it sucked. i have been a counselor all my life, ive heard it all, so bear with me if i felt like yelling from the mountain top, that this contest was not fair, not fair to the large majority of contestants who had correct answers, and did not resort to this blog for their cheating answers, for many of us who took the effort, and used our minds, to find the correct answers, rather then resort to cheating, and yes, this blog was all one big cheat, good day ladies and gentlemen....and since i included bush as the biggest liar in history, i might as well include this blog as just as deceptive in giving answers to low lifes who could care less about ethics, good day friend, sony, google, and any others , for i am an ethical person who did not cheat on this contest!

the united states has thrown ethics to the wind, and mister bush who stole the ohio and florida elections is a great part of that, in that you are so quick to judge, let you remove that log in your eye, before you judge me kind sir. now, im sick of these stupid blogs and this stupid contest and this stupid movie that is all about hype and has nothing to do with the true message of our LORd, to love one another, something bush doesn not do, and neither do you. peace out.

 
At 5/17/2006 9:14 AM, Blogger Buffoni88 said...

Codestinks:

GET OVER IT. Sounds like your going to go hang yourself over the whole ordeal. You say you have a good life, so shut up and go live it!

 
At 5/17/2006 9:25 AM, Blogger pampoen79 said...

codestinks: seriously, if you get this worked up about a silly little game, that you probably would not have won anyway, you need help. I am sorry for all the people who did not make it (whether it be their own fault, or comp problems etc), and I don't mind them complaining, but you just take the cake. You're like a little kid who blames everyone and everything for your own unhappiness. Please go throw your little hissy fit someplace else and stop insulting everyone here....
Most of us came on here to read comments, not to necessarily get answers (not that it would be wrong if they did), and it seems you did the same, or else you won't even be here...
As far as the movie, since you didn't like it, and I think you are an bloody idiot, I would probably love it, so can't wait to go see it!
Please keep your religion and politice out of this discussion - no one wants to hear it.
You said you won't reply/rant again, so goodbye, and don't let the door slap you on the ass on your way out.

 
At 5/17/2006 9:53 AM, Blogger Take Me As I Come Cause I Cant Stay Long said...

Jeez folks, get over it! I understand the frustration with the way Sony handled the registration and determination of the finalist, but what the hell? I personally thought the quest was fun. For 24 day's I had a blast working through puzzles and I loved the feeling of accomplishment when I finished them. Call me easily amused, I just think that all of this grief is ridiculous. Disappointment and maybe a little anger are justified yes. But there is another quest and it's not the end of the world. Sony screwed up, it's a fact. I'm amazed that they took on a project of this size. I'm wonder at all of the work it must have taken to pull this off. This was an intricate contest on a huge scale. When the shit went wrong with Sony I doubt very much that the people in charge of the contest went "Ah, screw 'em". If anything I think they where probably just as freaked out trying to do damage control and sort out what they could. Maybe I'm giving them way to much credit, but I am fairly easy going when it comes to things like this. Accidents happen, it's a fact. Don't dwell on it to much. Life's to short.

 
At 5/17/2006 11:37 AM, Blogger David said...

I don't think that the fickle blogsphere that Wei-Hwa commented on was GF, but more about the people who are commenting on your blog and on davincianswers.blogspot.com.

The ranting comments about hating google and never using their products and services again? All over a game? These people are going to ruin the ability of anyone in these companies to successfully sell other interactive contest ideas.

Ultimately, I think people are upset because they were having fun and the fun ended prematurely. Remember, the journey is the reward, stop focusing on the negative and recognize that we chose to do this because we found enjoyment in it, don’t let the joy emotion become hate. I think that my post on Wei-Hwa's journal sums up my opinion.

David

p.s. If you really want a cryptex that bad, you can have mine.

 
At 5/17/2006 12:09 PM, Blogger Helga said...

Hey, check out: The Cipher of Leonardo

Who knew?

 
At 5/17/2006 12:42 PM, Blogger Chickadee said...

Interesting theory about needing the cryptex to complete the final challenge. But that would seem unlikely. If the cryptex was really needed, then shouldn't have Google/Sony sent them out via certified mail or signature released mail? Maybe that would have cost too much or they didn't think it out thoroughly. I got the 2 "Thank you for participating" emails and also the "You're a Finalist" email on 5/15, but still no cryptex. I'm in Los Angeles. I don't have a secure mailbox, so it is possible that my package was stolen. Or it may arrive tomorrow the 18th, as it states in the rules it will. That'd be really $#!++y if I couldn't finish the final challenge because I don't have the required materials that Google/Sony were responsible for giving to me. Oh, well. It's not like I can afford paying the $50K off in US taxes anyway. Anyone else in LA that got the emails but no cryptex?

 
At 5/17/2006 2:15 PM, Blogger kansas_boy said...

ya know...i read codestinks' comments and couldn't help but think of this guy:

http://www.ebaumsworld.com/videos/crybaby.html

 
At 5/17/2006 3:23 PM, Blogger Matthew Rongey said...

Hey, codestinks, if you thought the book sucked so muck, why did you even assocciate yourself with the contest. Oh yeah, because you like things that suck.

 
At 5/17/2006 4:07 PM, Blogger jayshree said...

Found this site, yet another davinci related contest

http://protectyoursecrets.symantec.com/flash_landing.aspx

 
At 5/17/2006 5:32 PM, Blogger gnrkrazy said...

Has anyone who got a finalist email not received their cryptex yet? I am getting worried that I am never going to get it. I hope its not needed for the final.
I'm in WI, anyone else in WI not receive theirs yet?

 
At 5/17/2006 6:04 PM, Blogger kerri13 said...

for those of you that have not got your cryptex yet, and think you might need it: it has five dials, each dial has the alphabet in order, so in the final puzzle if it asked for you to make the word "apple" for example, and then figure out what "word" is above "apple" than the answer would be "zookd" or say the word below "apple" then it would be "bqqmf".

Don't worry that you need the message inside of it, it just leads you to http://www.google.com/davincicode

and don't worry about the inside of the cryptex, everyone's spells something different, and I seriously doubt google/sony kept track of that. Mine spells colil, and I have seen several other spellings on this site.

hope this maybe helps

 
At 5/17/2006 6:10 PM, Blogger Derting said...

gnrkrazy,

I have also yet to receive my cryptex in the mail over the past 3 days. I got the finalist email the same time all of the other 9,999 did, but haven't got the package at my door. I am going crazy about it, too. Hopefully there are many more out there like us who are waiting and will receive them tomorrow, since the rules did state the cryptexes would arrive no later than the 18th.

"Finalists will be mailed via U.S. postal service, for scheduled delivery by May 18, 2006, a limited edition Cryptex replica"

Hopefully that is correct.

 
At 5/17/2006 6:10 PM, Blogger princesslyze said...

I'm confused about how this last round works. Do I have to log in at noon (central time) and work fast to have a shot at winning?
Or can I log in anytime over the weekend and solve stuff...just do it fast? When I went to the link in the cryptex it said 'this is not a race' so I think its the latter...but please set me straight.

thanks!

 
At 5/17/2006 6:15 PM, Blogger Derting said...

You can do the final puzzle at any time, but once you start it you have to complete all five (i, believe it's 5) parts of the puzzle. The winner is determined by who completes it in the fastest time, but you can start anytime as long as you finish in the 48 hour final puzzle period.

 
At 5/17/2006 6:18 PM, Blogger gnrkrazy said...

derting
sorry to hear you havent gotten yours either but gald to see im not alone.

kerri13
Thanks for the info

 
At 5/17/2006 6:57 PM, Blogger kerri13 said...

princesslyze, derting is correct, but in the rules it also states that in case of a tie, where two people or more solve the final puzzles in the same amount time, then the person who submitted his time first wins.

I don't know if I want to log in right at 1 pm, because the game might run a little slow, but I am planning on doing it pretty early on Friday afternoon.

Hope you don't have to see the movie first, because I am not planning on seeing it Friday.

 
At 5/17/2006 7:21 PM, Blogger awolfie70 said...

Okay - I just got a phone call (followed by an email) from Robert Noonoo, Sr. Vice President of Marketing Skycastle Entertainment, Inc. He said that after contacting the finalists, they had had to disqualify some of the original 10,000 due to them not meeting requirements such as not living in the US, etc. He said that they will FedEx me a cryptex and that I will be able to log in for the final round! Just wondering if anyone else got a similar phone call.

 
At 5/17/2006 7:53 PM, Blogger princesslyze said...

ok so its the time between logging in and being done thats the time being judged? correct? sorry, im such a moron but im sooooooooo excited! I worked my butt off on the other puzzles and you should have heard the screaming down the hallway when I got the finalist email! :)

also...could it be one of each type of puzzle? I cant remember what kind they were, but 5 sounds good

 
At 5/17/2006 11:38 PM, Blogger arttxgirl said...

does anyone know how to find out if there is going to be a midnight showing of the movie???

 
At 5/18/2006 12:42 AM, Blogger RoninBlackmoore said...

jayshree: Can I get the rest of that address please? I only got part of it up to :
http://protectyoursecrets.symantec.com
/flash_landing.aspx

On other puzzles: This whole GDVQ got me excited about puzzles. Enough to consider competing in the Google world puzzle federation championship .I will have to see how I do on the practice test first however.
MR

 
At 5/18/2006 12:43 AM, Blogger RoninBlackmoore said...

GF Thank you for being cool and every one who has commented on my comments. It is nice to see that many share a good spirit about clean fun and competition anymore.
MR

 
At 5/18/2006 1:21 AM, Blogger pyro@sp said...

Did anyone else leave the game module on their Google homepage? It's now "Wei-Hwa's Puzzle Challenge", and it (re?)starts on the 26th.

 
At 5/18/2006 4:27 AM, Blogger jayshree said...

MistressRoninS

yes your link is complete now & takes to the page.

 
At 5/18/2006 8:38 AM, Blogger cdm said...

awolfie,
What time did you finish?
Good Luck in the game.

 
At 5/18/2006 11:29 AM, Blogger Chickadee said...

derting said... "You can do the final puzzle at any time, but once you start it you have to complete all five (i, believe it's 5) parts of the puzzle. The winner is determined by who completes it in the fastest time..."

I'm a little confused about this. I understand the part about needing to complete the puzzles in the fastest amount of time. BUT it is unclear to me if I am being timed PER PUZZLE (as in, the timer starts from the moment that I start puzzle #1 and stops when puzzle #1 is "solved," the timer restarts from the moment that I start puzzle #2 and stops when puzzle #2 is "solved," etc., and then the sum of each puzzle time will be considered), or am I being timed on the entire GAME (as in, starting from the moment I start puzzle #1 all the way through completion of puzzle #5 -- assuming that there will be 5 puzzles). I'm hoping that it's the former and we get to rest in-between games, cuz I'm gonna need my bathroom and snack breaks.

 
At 5/18/2006 11:46 AM, Blogger kerri13 said...

that's a good question chickadee, and I don't remember reading anything that answers that in the rules, on the site: www.google.com/davincicode it says
"The player who completes all five tasks with the least cumulative time"

I don't know if they will be timing from the time you log-in, play the five games and end, or they will be timing each game. Maybe it will tell us tomorrow before we start.

 
At 5/18/2006 11:51 AM, Blogger kerri13 said...

princesslyze:
There were actually six different types of games in the regular googlequest, symbol, curator, restoration, chess, observation and geography.

The final will have five puzzles, but I don't know if they will be similar to what we have already done. I know from the hint that Wei-Hwa gave us on his blog that we need to be able to play the chess game without having the aid of the questions.

I am hoping we don't have to do a restoration, because I usually can't do that with my first try.

 
At 5/18/2006 3:02 PM, Blogger Derting said...

Chickadee, I believe that once you start the first puzzle, your timer does not stop until the fifth puzzle is complete. You have to do them all at once.
I'm almost positive on this.

 
At 5/18/2006 3:04 PM, Blogger Jeffrey said...

Did anyone not get their crytex yet because I live in NY and I didn't get mines yet. Stupid mail system =\

 
At 5/18/2006 3:05 PM, Blogger Derting said...

I'M FURIOUS!

My mail came today, and once again, NO CRYPTEX! I got the finalist e-mail along with the other 9,999 people on Monday night around 7:15pm.

But no cryptex Monday, none Tuesday, nor Wednesday, or today.

This is ridiculous. I wish there was a way I could verify the address I entered in the final contest form...My browser settings only keep my internet history for 48 hours, so I can't go back and see what I entered.

Anyone else get the finalist e-mail but not the Cryptex yet, and do you have any ideas of who we could contact to ask for one to be sent?

 
At 5/18/2006 3:12 PM, Blogger awolfie70 said...

cdm - I finished at about 9 after. I too had to reload from errors due to google but I'm pretty sure that was the final time.

So nobody else got a phone call?

 
At 5/18/2006 3:49 PM, Blogger Derting said...

awolfie70, what is the guy's email address that contacted you? You said he called you and then emailed you, right?

I'd like to send him an email about possibly sending me a new cryptex because I have still yet to receive mine.

Thanks.

 
At 5/23/2006 1:08 PM, Blogger Tezi said...

Google Notepad is cool...

 
At 6/18/2006 12:14 AM, Blogger AfterDark said...

June 18, and still no cryptex for me. I was one of the 10k finalist. I have replyed to the 2 email from sony several times with no response. I wonder how many other people never received them.

 
At 6/19/2006 3:40 PM, Blogger AfterDark said...

Guess what showed up today, Just 19th, Yep the cryptex. Better Late than never.

 

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