FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD BETA-X
Breakthrough! Hell yeah! I had all but given up hope, but now I'm ready to start fighting again. Time to stick it to The Man, as Homer J. Simpson would say.
So I'm playing NBA 2k3 today (the game doesn't seem to be a blackout trigger) when there's a knock on the door, and I'm thinking great, what now. It's a Fedex package addressed to Beta-7 and the handwritten airbill says it's from an address in San Rafael, Ca.
Inside the box is an unlabeled VHS video along with a sticky note that says "Check your email." Oookay, now I'm looking around the room to see if someone's watching me. So I open my inbox, and I've got an email from a Sega address by someone calling himself "Beta-X." It says, "Thought you might find this interesting. We have a lot of interesting things here. Attached PDF is of a document that has mysteriously "disappeared" from our server. Use this last copy wisely. - BETA-X " The document is labeled "MARCH 22 NFL 2K4 BETA TEST 005A" with a list of the names and contact info for all the beta testers. My name and info are on there, identified as "Beta-7."
At first I'm pretty freaked out, but then I realize this is a good thing, whoever sent this is on my side. And then it hits me, "I'm not crazy." It's the first time in a while I've been able to say that to myself and actually believe it.
I pop in the video and it's footage of the beta test. I see myself playing the game, then just like on my home video I drop the controller, crouch down, and tackle Beta-8 out of his chair, off camera. There's a lot of yelling, and the guy and girl with the clipboards come running across the screen after me. It's still disturbing to watch and kind of creeps me out, but it doesn't bother me nearly as much as the first video.
I sat down and emailed a reply to Beta-X thanking him and asking if he had any more info, but I just got back a delivery failure email from the hotmail server.
There is definitely something seriously heavy going on here and I WILL get to the bottom of it.
Posted by beta-7 at May 3, 2003 01:09 PM