As you may or may not be aware, the inner conspiracy theorist in some people has been acting up lately. There is quite a bit of chatter about secret codes and hidden messages in images and bulletins by Waypoint lately. I chalked it up to over zealous fans who were incredibly excited (understandably so) about the impending release of Halo 4.
Then I recieved an email from Xbox a few days ago. It was a flash email with the Didact symbol as well as their tagline #evilawakens. I didn't think much of it, however I was recieving the email on my iphone, and I accidently tapped a strange symbol at the bottom of the email. This opened up a browser window which took me to a download section of Halo Waypoint with a strange image.
It was then I started thinking that there was alot of smoke to this conspiracy theory, but there might also be some fire. I was reminded of the "I love bees" campaign from Halo 2.
Here is what I have found so far:
There have been several cryptic videos about #evilawakens lately as follows.
If you look very closely at both videos, besides the obvious Didact symbol, at the end during the #evilawakens a number flashes on the screen. In the butterfly video it is a number 11 and in the Glacier video it is a number 5. There has been alot of speculation about what those numbers mean, the most obvious is a date 11/5. My personal belief is there could be more coming.
UPDATE 10/25/12: on the Rooster Teeth youtube a new video was released. It is of the Hoover Dam and shows the number 20.
There is also the secret messages in the Halo Waypoint Weekly Updates. It seems as if you highlight the text with your mouse, you can see some hidden text. Here are some before and afters to show you what I mean.
Those are from the Halo Bulletin on 10/10. There is hidden text down the entire article. Here is what it all says:
Originally Posted by October 10 BulletinUpdate: 10/25/12Originally Posted by October 17 Bulletin
Apparently there is a Forerunner character set posted on Waypoint. Based on incomplete/broken images that Waypoint has posted, members of other communities have gone into the code of the images and have found other images with the same forerunner symbols on them in the shape of puzzle pieces. They are removing some garbage code from the images and saving them as .wav format files. They then use a sound wave visualizer programs to reveal the images.
"Save the JPG linked by the icon in the footer. Extract all binary data between "SEC3OP36516" markers and save as a WAV file. Load the WAV in a program that display spectrograms (eg Sonic Visualiser)."
These are the images that they have so far.
Just what do all of these secret codes and numbers mean? Who are the Surgeon and the Coalminer? What do you think, or more importantly....what do you believe?