Numbers in the Year Zero alternate reality game

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Year Zero
Art Is Resistance.svg

an alternate reality game by
Nine Inch Nails
and 42 Entertainment

Campaign

Campaign timeline

Year Zero album
"Survivalism" single
"Capital G" single
Beside You in Time HD DVD and BD
Year Zero Remixed album Numbers

In-game

Characters and organizations

Drugs and devices

Websites and phone numbers

This is a comprehensive list of the numbers of the Year Zero alternate reality game by Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. The Year Zero alternate reality game, and its accompanying concept album of the same name, criticizes the United States government's policies as of 2007,[1] projecting a dystopian vision of its impact on the state of events in 2022. The game has been underway since roughly February 12, 2007 and is expected to continue for approximately eighteen months.[2]

Every medium released within the game has had a series of numbers hidden within it in the format of "24.x.y." The numbers appeared to be a form cataloging the media, much like the "Halo" system of all official Nine Inch Nails releases, partly confirmed by the fact that the Year Zero album was given the halo number of 24. Upon the discovery of Exhibit Twenty Four, it was revealed that the numbers were an in-game form of cataloging an ongoing government surveillance and criminal investigation of "resistance" groups, specifically a single unnamed "[CLASSIFIED] inmate." Below is a list of the numbers discovered and their source.

Numbers[edit]

24.1.1 - Hidden number found on The Mailstrom.
24.10.1 – Morse code found in nohurry.mp3.
24.11.3 – A detail from the mural in Los Angeles.
24.13.2 – An Art is Resistance flier from the Paris. Note the series of lines on the top right.
24.20.3 – A detail from the mural in London.
Number Media Notes References
24.1.1 The Mailstrom [3]
24.2.1 Free Rebel Art [4]
24.3.1 1-216-333-1810 Found in Morse code at the end of the recording.
24.3.2 MP3s and USB drive Found in the ID3 tag of My Violent Heart.mp3 as well as the name of a file on the USB drive that also contained the song "Me, I'm Not." Besides the file's name, "2432.mp3" also had 24.3.2 in its ID3 tag.
24.3.3 U.S. Wiretap [5]
24.4.1 Hour of Arrival [6]
24.4.2 Art is Resistance kits Found on Art is Resistance kits (the few that contained pre-paid cell phones), handed out on April 13, 2007 in Los Angeles. [7][8]
24.5.1 The Price of Treason [9]
24.5.2 Open Source Resistance [10]
24.5.3 e-mail Contained within an e-mail from the Bureau of Morality which led to the discovery of The Price of Treason and Open Source Resistance.
24.6.1 The Viability Index [11]
24.7.1 Exterminal [12]
24.8.1 Grace The Teacher [13]
24.9.1 redhorse_24_9_1.mov (QuickTime file) Found on Red Horse Vector, as the name of a video file depicting the execution of American ambassador Jed Mather. [14]
24.9.2 Red Horse Vector [15]
24.10.1 nohurry.mp3 (MP3 file) Found in Morse code of nohurry.mp3, found on Another Version of the Truth forums. [16]
24.10.2 Church of Plano website [17]
24.10.3 opalo.mp3 (MP3 file) Found in Morse code of opalo.mp3, found on Another Version of the Truth forums. [18]
24.10.4 Consolidated Mail Systems Found in a warning code of a pop-up on Consolidated Mail Systems. [19][20]
24.10.5 ballgameOver.mp3
(MP3 file)
Found in Morse code of ballgameOver.mp3, found on Another Version of the Truth forums. [21]
24.10.6 105th Airborne Crusaders website [22]
24.10.7 Be the Hammer [23]
24.10.8 Another Version of the Truth [24]
24.11.1 One Country at a Time [25]
24.11.2 Art is Resistance meeting (QuickTime files) Found in edited footage of Los Angeles, California Art is Resistance meeting (on tour bus), posted on Open Source Resistance. [26][27]
24.11.3 Los Angeles mural
24.12.2 1-866-445-6580
24.13.1 Art is Resistance Found in warning code of a pop-up on Art is Resistance.
24.13.2 Paris flyer Found on a flyer handed out at a show in Paris, France on February 21, 2007. The code is represented by a series of lines on the side of the flyer: 24 horizontal lines, a vertical line, 13 horizontal lines, another vertical line, and finally 2 more horizontal lines, giving 24.13.2.
24.14.1 Tour T-shirt Found on a Nine Inch Nails tour t-shirt, the same t-shirt which led to the discovery of I am Trying to Believe and began the Year Zero game. [19]
24.14.2 e-mail Auto-reply e-mail from water@iamtryingtobelieve.com. The code is represented by a series of vertical lines: 24 vertical lines, "AUTO_RESPONSE," 14 vertical lines, a horizontal line, and finally 2 more vertical lines. Reading the horizontal lines as dots gives 24.14.2.
24.14.3 I am Trying to Believe [28]
25.15.1 Tour T-shirt
24.15.2 1-310-295-1040 Found in Morse code at the end of the recording found at phone number 1-310-295-1040.
24.16.1 The Water Turned to Blood [29]
24.16.2 Judson Ogram Correctional Facility website [30]
24.16.3 The Water Turned to Blood (sub-page) [31]
24.16.4 "Survivalism" music video Found in the bottom-right corner of some surveillance monitors.
24.17.1 Hollywood in Memoriam [32]
24.18.1 Cedocore website [33]
24.19.1 e-mail Auto-reply e-mail from Francisco@securebroadcastinformatics.com. Within the e-mail each paragraph begins with a series of ">" symbols, giving a sequence of 2, 4, 0, 1, 9, 0, and 1. Reading the zeros as dots gives 24.19.1.
24.19.2 Solutions Backwards Initiative website sup-page [34]
24.20.1 Operation Swamp 0000 [35]
24.20.2 Operation Chip Sweep [36]
24.20.3 London mural
24.20.4 London flyer
24.21.1 Brian Tsunoda [37]
24.22.1 Mining for Life [38]
24.23.1 Exhibit Twenty Four [39]
24.24.1 Exhibit Twenty Four sub-page ("Subversive Network #1") A list of "Resistance members," labeled as 24.24.1.1 through 24.24.1.1557. The list is a directory of active members of the Nine Inch Nails fan club The Spiral. [40]
24.24.2 Exhibit Twenty Four sub-page ("Subversive Network #2") A list of "Resistance members," labeled as 24.24.2.1 through 24.24.2.3253. The list is a directory of active members of the Nine Inch Nails forum Echoing the Sound. [41]

Note: Many of the hidden numbers in the Year Zero websites can found by selecting all text on the page to highlight it (pressing Ctrl+A/Apple+A in most environments).

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Gregory, Jason (2007-03-26). "Trent Reznor Blasts the American Government". Gigwise.com. Retrieved 2007-04-20. 
  2. ^ "RIAA Goes After NINE INCH NAILS Fans Over Deliberate Leak Campaign". Blabbermouth.net. 2007-04-03. Retrieved 2007-04-04. 
  3. ^ "The Mailstrom". Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  4. ^ "Free Rebel Art". Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Wiretap". Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  6. ^ "Hour of Arrival". Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  7. ^ "ARG Updates: AIR Goes Live in LA". The NIN Hotline. 2007-04-14. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 
  8. ^ Montgomery, James; Todd Brown (2007-04-16). "Nine Inch Nails' Year Almost Here, But Real-World Game Continues". MTV News. Retrieved 2007-04-16. 
  9. ^ "The Price of Treason". Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  10. ^ "Open Source Resistance". Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  11. ^ "Viability Index". Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  12. ^ "Exterminal". Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  13. ^ "Grace the Teacher". Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  14. ^ "redhorse_24_9_1.mov" (QuickTime). Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  15. ^ "Red Horse Vector". Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  16. ^ "nohurry.mp3" (MP3). Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  17. ^ "Church of Plano". Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  18. ^ "opalo.mp3" (MP3). Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  19. ^ a b Gundersen, Edna (2007-04-18). "Nine Inch Nails 'Zero' in on bleak future". USA Today. Retrieved 2007-10-09. 
  20. ^ "Consolidated Mail Systems". Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  21. ^ "ballgameOver.mp3" (MP3). Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  22. ^ "105th Airborne Crusaders". Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  23. ^ "Be the Hammer". Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  24. ^ "Another Version of the Truth". Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  25. ^ "One Country at a Time". Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  26. ^ "LAResistanceMeetingSmall.mov" (QuickTime). Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  27. ^ "LAResistanceMeetingLarge.mov". Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  28. ^ "I am Trying to Believe". Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  29. ^ "The Water Turned to Blood". Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  30. ^ "Judson Ogram Correctional Facility". Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  31. ^ "The Water Turned to Blood". Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  32. ^ "Hollywood in Memoriam". Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  33. ^ "Cedocore". Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  34. ^ "Solutions Backward Initiative". Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  35. ^ "Operation Swamp 0000". Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  36. ^ "Operation Chip Sweep". Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  37. ^ "Brian Tsunoda". Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  38. ^ "Mining for Life". Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  39. ^ "Exhibit Twenty Four". Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  40. ^ "Exhibit Twenty Four (Subversive Network #1)". Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  41. ^ "Exhibit Twenty Four' (Subversive Network #2)". Year Zero alternate reality game. Nine Inch Nails and 42 Entertainment. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 

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