The Future Shock – Finest Prank Ever

future shockIn 2002, Dylan Reiff and Joe Korsmo started monitoring the web actions of Kolin, aka V. Gnome, an 18-year outdated pc gamer. They monitored and recorded Kolin’s AOL instant messages and gathered details about his family and friends from different sources on the web. Mixing this information with eventualities from videogames and sci-fi movies, they developed a mythology during which Kolin is “singled out because the savior of the human race.” The story is informed in Gem Missile: A Tribute to V. Gnome, a 40-page guide that comes with pictures of Kolin and excerpts from his private correspondence. In August 2003, Reiff and Korsmo confirmed up on Kolin’s guardian’s doorstep in Chicago. Reiff launched himself as “Z. Figiam,” Kolin’s “mentor from the long run,” introduced him with the guide, and left with out additional clarification.

The plot thickened a number of days later with Kolin posted an in depth description of the encounter to an on-line gaming discussion board, together with digital pictures of each web page within the guide. Members of the discussion board shortly added their very own theories and responses, which ranged from shut readings of the textual content and speculations concerning the gender of its authors, to admissions of jealousy and accusations that Kolin had invented the story to be able to get a excessive score for his thread (which in a couple of weeks had obtained over 40,000 hits).

A 12 months handed after this preliminary contact. In August 2004, Reiff and Korsmo mailed Kolin a bundle containing {a photograph} of their assembly a 12 months earlier, together with a notice, a certificates, and a aircraft ticket to Minneapolis. Kolin was met on the airport by a person in a beat up Lincoln Town Car who recognized himself as “The Gatekeeper.” For 2 days, Kolin was lead across the metropolis seeking robots, buried treasure and data wanted to save lots of the long run. Reiff and Korsmo concerned quite a few actors and one other on-line gamer who, equally baffled, was pushed with Kolin to a forest and deserted there. Sooner or later, Kolin seen that his new buddy had mysteriously disappeared. “I stood there alone within the woods, in Minnesota, with a shovel and a big black locked field, extra confused then I’ve ever been in my life.” Kolin survived the journey and posted an in depth account of his journey, concluding, “it was an excellent expertise, and I might not hesitate to save lots of the long run once more, if the prospect ever arose.”

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