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2020.11.20 19:51 sharingmyxp Final thoughts on Watch Dogs: Legion

I've played a lot of Watch Dogs: Legion the past few weeks (my final playtime clocked in at around 63 hours), and I'd like to share some of my final thoughts on the game while the thoughts are still fresh. Would love to hear yours as well.
If you prefer watching to reading, this video dives into the game in closer detail with gameplay footage examples.
Here are some of my thoughts (Spoiler Warning):
• The tutorial does a great job walking you through a lot of the core gameplay mechanics and gives you a nice opportunity to mess around with your controls and graphic settings. It's a really well-designed tutorial. Not to mention the phenomenal benchmark on the menu screen which I hope becomes a common practice in all triple-A games moving forward (recently bought AC Valhalla and it's in there, too, so it looks like Ubisoft is all-in with that feature, which is terrific).
I read in an interview with one of the lead developers where he said that they had specific intent to give the players a slew of non-lethal options, and I really do appreciate that. Because in a game where the idea is to essentially fight for the people, it would feel really weird to be gunning around the streets of London with an AK and a grenade launcher (though you can totally do that if that's how you want to play). I mean, I understand the lines are a little blurred when you have your spiderbot climbing up someone's leg, up their torso, then swaddling their face with all 8 of its metal legs and shocking every nerve in their body, but hey, the game says its non-lethal so at least I can sustain my disbelief for that reason. The only issue is that the non-lethal guns in the tech tree all feel WAY too weak. In fact, I was worried whenever I was about to do a main-story mission that the game was going to throw too many enemies at me to be able to handle effectively with the electric weapons, so I steered toward using characters with real guns only so I had some sort of self-defense, which I think hinders the game's design because that cuts out a large chunk of potential characters.
• The fact you cannot walk and listen to audio logs or podcasts is not only terrible for the player but a terrible disservice to the creative team who put a lot of work and effort into that material. I wanted to listen to them but could not justify sitting on the menu screen for minutes upon minutes on end -- even in real life I'm doing something while I listen to podcasts. The material I did listen to, though, was pretty well done. It's a real shame there wasn't better implementation for audio logs.
• I strongly believe how much you liked the people on your team heavily influenced how much you like the game overall. I made it a point to not recruit anybody I did not like and to even remove people who I didn't want on my team anymore, which included Mark, the guy I started with. The cast of characters I put together were people I cared about. People I would hate to see die. Playing on iron man mode, there was no more emotional moment in the game for me, including at the end of the game with Bagley, than when my recruit, Edmond, died in a super unexpected, unanticipated fashion. I played almost exclusively as Edmund the first 10 hours of the game since I got bonus ETO for every person he recruited, and I went HARD with recruiting at the start. So when he died in that super anti-cinematic, super unexpected, super sudden way… and I realized he was just gone -- the guy who I pretty much considered to be the main protagonist of my game… I don't know there's something about the fact that nobody knew the connection I had to that character more than me. Not the game, not the developers, not anyone. He was just some random NPC I grew to feel connected with and like that he was gone. That's a type of moment is unique to Watch Dogs: Legion and the way it's designed (though I have heard strategy games, like XCOM, have a lot of similarities in this regard).
• One big knock against the "play-as-anyone-you-meet" system in Watch Dogs Legion is that as your team grows, you realize that all the ops are pretty interchangeable. There are the few ops that standout like the spy, the drone expert, the beekeeper, the protest rallier… but they're too few and still too homogenous for my liking. In the midst of all of that you're going to have ops that feel pretty samey. Maybe one has shorter hack cooldowns. Maybe one has a car. Maybe one has a g36 or a really good shock rifle like the MPX. But there's still not enough differentiation at that point, especially considering how much voice acting gets reused in the game. The background bios are cool but almost assuredly procedurally generated, so there's no personal touch to those either. I just wish they had more distinct ops like the beekeeper or the anarchist. More distinct ops with standout unique abilities would've given each op on your team a more dissimilar, specific personality, even with everything else staying the way it is. Also would've added more gameplay variety, though I am pretty happy with the gameplay in its current state.
• The fact you can recruit anyone and everyone in the world is a neat thing to say in a marketing ad, but when you actually play the game and realize at what cost that scale comes with -- that being the loss of sense of touch to the characters you play as apart from your own "head cannon" you create for the character, like I had with Edmond, and not to mention the procedurally generated missions the game decides to put you through because the game wants you to do some sort of work to earn the reward of getting that member to join your team… then that's when you might start to skip the conversations, fast travel to the other side of the map where the character's recruitment mission is, and not feel any sense of impact or meaning behind the actions you're performing to help the potential recruit out. And that sucks. But the first 10 to 15 hours where each of those recruitment missions feel unique and tailored before you really realize what's going on under the hood -- those 10 to 15 hours are incredible. And to be fair, this game doesn't serve itself to be played for 60-plus hours. You can, and I did, but the best experience for this game to me without a doubt is a 15 to 35-hour experience. In that time span you get out just when you start to see the make-up fade but while the make-ups on, I think Watch Dogs: Legion is a great experience.
• Watch Dogs: Legion is one of the best looking games I have ever played. Is this in large part because of its technical capabilities compared to other games and because it's the first game I've played since I upgraded my PC? Yes. But nevertheless, playing this game with raytracing on is just eye candy. I'm not an expert on all the GPU technicalities, but if Watch Dogs: Legion is any indication of the next generation of gaming, I think this next generation of games are going to be a significant step visually. I never knew how much reflections mattered until I played this game. Thankfully, it's pretty rainy in London so the puddles were plenty, and boy did those puddles do a good job showing off just how much the new GPUs are capable of. I know better-looking puddles is a meme, and I was in the same camp… until I actually played a game with great looking puddles lol. I also remember flying a cargo drone around one of the big towers in the game, just completely in awe. If you get a new card or one of the new consoles and you want to see what your hardware is capable of -- Watch Dogs: Legion will not disappoint you. I used to think high framerate trumped all, and I still think that's the case in competitive multiplayer games, but for immersive single-player experiences, I'm not so sure anymore. Was it unpleasant to have the frames drop when turning on a busy street intersection? Yes, it was. But holy sh*t those reflections though.
• Aside from the graphics, the art and style of how Ubisoft designed near-future London is very impressive. My jaw dropped the first time I walked through Piccadilly Circus. And I was in awe when I came upon Chinatown and saw that AR dragon. The ferris wheel… Big Ben, the bridges, the river views. I loved flying above the city on top of a cargo drone, gawking at how beautiful nighttime London was. I loved walking down random London streets watching the cars zip to and from, and watching the parcel drones above my head fly towards their destinations to deliver the packages they were holding. Playing with a soccer ball at the local park while the radio played next to me -- all while I enjoyed the beautiful outdoors of the city. Of course, not everything is bright in jovial since London is in a surveillance state, so you see the protest rallies and the overly aggressive officers and the homeless people. It's an interesting clash of tones. But rarely is real-life either always happy or always depressing -- though I guess that depends on your own personal views of life. To me, both exist in the real world, and both can exist in the game -- so from that aspect I'm not shooting down the clashing tones the game has incorporated in it. Apparently, people from London have said that the game does a great job representing London and its boroughs, and that doesn't surprise me. Say what you will about Ubisoft, but they do a phenomenal job recreating real-life places with their own fictitious twists for you to immerse yourself in. I loved setting my car to auto-drive and watching the city breathe.
• Let's talk about the gameplay. So let me start off by saying that I think Ubisoft gets some unfair slack. Generally, I think the minute-to-minute action in Ubisoft games is at the very least enjoyable. The issue is that the mission design and other design elements take that enjoyable gameplay loop and copy-paste it over and over with little divergent characteristics from one gameplay sequence to another. I had an absolute blast with the main gameplay loop in Watch Dogs: Legion. It may not come off in its presentation but, depending on how you play the game, Watch Dogs: Legion's gameplay is an outstanding stealth game. It really rewards your creativity and intelligence as a player. Before infiltrating an area, you're often given an objective and it's up to you to piece together how you're going to accomplish it. This isn't anything new in Ubisoft games. In Assassin's Creed, it's the objective of assassinating a target. In Far Cry, it's killing all the enemies in an outpost. And in Watch Dogs: Legion, it's hacking some piece of software, destroying a vehicle, downloading some secure data, etc. But playing Watch Dogs: Legion made me realize why I enjoy Ubisoft games so much, despite the obvious repetition. It's because it rewards you for your ingenuity. It gives you an objective and constraints and says "figure it out." Watch Dogs: Legion in particular, however, fosters emergent gameplay better than the other two, where each element of the gameplay is relatively simple on its own, but can come together in really cool, complex ways that you yourself are head engineering as the hacker. I don't want to oversell it -- you do press Q and the enemy immediately looks at their phone for 10 seconds, but let me walk you through some of what I'm talking about.
The way you are hopping through the different cameras to survey the area… then hacking a shock drone to get within download range of the key you might need later. Then using that shock drone to zap one of the red control panels to unlock a door. Then using the AR cloak to get by a really busy part of the restricted area. Setting traps and blowing gas tanks to not only take out an enemy, but draw attention away from where you're heading. Coming up behind an enemy and choking them to sleep, drop-kicking them and even Stone Cold Stunning them. Or even just going the traditional route of putting a silencer on your pistol and taking enemies out silentily, one by one, then cloaking their body afterwards. Each time there's a mission to accomplish and you have to piece together a permutation of events using the weapons and electronics at your disposable to get the job done (and in a non-lethal way, if you're playing like that). I'll say it again because it's probably the main reason I enjoyed Watch Dogs: Legion as much as I did: I love how much Watch Dogs: Legion rewards you as the player for your creativity and your intelligence. Is the open mission design structure present in Watch Dogs: Legion anything new or anything we haven't seen before in other games? Absolutely not. In fact, it's probably a core design philosophy in Ubisoft games. But I don't think it works as good in those Ubisoft games as it works here in Watch Dogs: Legion. The way its executed in this near future setting where intelligence and information are crucial in your attack as you hop onto the cams and hack into the drones to scout ahead, planning your next move in real time. It's pretty tactical and can get very tense and exciting, especially if you're playing as a character you like and permadeath is on. One slip up and it's over. In a lot of ways and particularly in that respect, Watch Dogs: Legion reminds me most of Ubisoft's multiplayer shooter, Rainbow: Six Siege -- which is kind of weird to say.
The issue is that the gameplay doesn't hold up that ingenuity once you hit around the 20 hour mark. You start going to the same areas and seeing the same paths to completion. The challenge is lost and the novelty is worn. And that sucks. That's why when I recommend this game to other people I'm going to tell them -- hey, Watch Dogs: Legion is a really fun game but don't overstay your welcome with it. Because the game gets less and less pretty the longer you play it… but boy are those first 15 hours beautiful.
• The borough missions are a nice change of pace. It's a pretty gamey system -- accomplish three tasks in a borough and then you unlock a final mission that, once you beat, liberates that mission's respective sector of the map -- but the fact it's a gamey system is okay with me. I like the variety that the different borough missions bring. From scaling Big Ben with a spiderbot, to racing through the streets with a car in Tower Hamlets and with a high-speed modified drone in Islington & Hackney, to navigating a parcel drone through a 3D maze in Southwark. But fuck that mission where you have to defend the Millennium Wheel with that CT drone, oh my gosh.
• Melee combat was simple-but-crisp. The punching sound effect had a nice pop, and the slow-motion dodges added a cool cinematic effect. It's not Batman, but that's okay. Melee combat is the core of that game and it's a complementary gameplay system here. The fighting arena missions where the hand-to-hand combat is the central focus are a bit too long and not all that fun… but damn did they do a good job with the presentation in those missions. The gunplay isn't DOOM or Battlefield, but Watch Dogs: Legion also isn't a first-person shooter and I think gunplay is a lot harder to accomplish in a third-person shooter. So for a third-person shooter, I found the gunplay serviceable, except for the horrendous bullet damage dropoff on some guns and the bit-too-weak electric guns. I found all six of the gadgets to be very enjoyable to use. The electro-fist is frickin sick, the missile drone is badass, especially if you're playing as a drone expert and time the cooldowns in tandem with your drone dive bomb. And the electro-shock trap is a good general grenade option. You get to choose what I consider one of the two strongest gadgets from the outset in either the spiderbot or the AR cloak.
• With everything else there is to unlock in the tech store I'm sure a lot of players were content with using only the spiderbot or the AR cloak and ignoring the rest of the gadgets, which is another game design flaw. I didn't have too much of a problem with the weapons, the upgrades, and the hack unlocks in the tech store, but I also wasn't particularly excited to go out and grind for tech points. If I really enjoy the core gameplay in a game -- and I really enjoyed the core gameplay in Watch Dogs: Legion -- then usually I'll enjoy putting the time in to grind for unlockables. I spent an hour here or there riding a cargo drone around town and picking up tech points just to take a break from the action, but I truly had no desire to grind for any of those tech abilities. Sure the tech abilities helped but it's not like I needed any of them to progress through the game or had a burning desire to unlock any of them. They made the game easier, in some cases a lot easier -- which is arguably a good thing to a lot of players -- but for a system that's supposed to be the main source of the player's grind, I did not find the system captivating and I would have been all for grinding for those tech points if I found the unlocks to be more exciting. In Far Cry 2, a game designed by the same exact lead game designer as Watch Dogs: Legion, Clint Hocking, I grinded for those gems because I wanted the badass one-hit-kill sniper or the silenced MP5 or the stealth suit. Here, the grind is running around the city spamming your hack button to profile each individual and see if they have any abilities worth recruiting over. And that's not fun at all.
• Not only does the story have serious flaws, but so does the storytelling. Pressing Q and watching an AR reconstruction as Bagley and my character babble on for two minutes does not connect with me in any way. It's boring. It's void of life. The DedSec agent you track down, Angel -- you never see him apart from the AR reconstruction where he might as well be a Superhot NPC at that point. The only time you see him is when he's dead. Sure it sucks this former DedSec op is dead, but I don't know him and I don't have any connection to him, so that's going to limit how much I care. Why not have done something with Dalton -- a character you play as at the very start and have some connection with instead of killing him off and focusing on some random DedSec op named Angel? What a lost opportunity.
• I have to mention the final borough mission for Nine Elms where you go explore a dark, underground Power Plant. Personally, I loved how dark and atmospheric that mission was, and I will not forget that sick feeling I had when I walked into the hidden prison and found humans being caged in pitch black by Albion. It was easily one of the most stunning moments in all of the game and definitely a very emotional one. Fantastic stuff. But you can't interact with them. You can't talk to them. They might as well be chickens in a chicken coop. All you can do is kill the Albion security guard watching over them and then hack into his computer. Then fireworks start flying above the city and people are jumping and celebrating? Then you magically spawn outside again. What the fuck? Where are the people I just saved? Let me talk with one of them. Let them tell me "Thank you for saving my life" and let me say to them "Don't worry about it DedSec's job. Helping the people of London." But no. Instead, I teleport to the quest giver, and we both trade smiles and laughs. If that doesn't highlight the tonality issue in this game, then I don't know what will.
• From the get-go, Skye Larsen fascinated me. A being only present through a hologram, creator of my friend AI in the game, Bagley, and CEO of a neural mapping tech company with the potential to change the world -- seemingly for the better.
You hack into her house and meet her house AI, then power on the elevator that takes you to the basement which for some reason turns out to be The Hunter's Dream from Bloodborne but many, many years later? I just went with it. Proceeded into the house. And the events in the house were pretty much the only times I was fully engaged with the AR reconstruction and highly anticipating what was going to happen next in the mission. Both Skye and Sinead, her mother, were voiced incredibly well and the fact you're in their house, or what appears to be their house, standing between the same four walls those two were standing in… watching the AR reconstruction play out what had happened on her mother's deathbed as the sheets of blood still lay there wrinkled on the floor and while Skye's workbenches are still there set up adjacent to the bedstead. Realizing that spiderbots and descendants of Skye's dog… Then you enter her secret lab in the basement where you find that amazing table with the holographic map of London on it. Next to that, you see chambers holding people in them and you're left to guess what sick, twisted acts she's been up to. Then finally, you end Sinead's misery. It's a very well done segment of the game and I felt a tremendous amount of emotion playing through it. Some of Ubisoft's best storytelling to date.
Unfortunately, a lot of this quest is ruined for me because of its ending. Whether you kill Skye or not, the same thing happens. Nowt shows up at the safe house and proceeds to give you access to 404 side missions, even if you don't side with her. And either way Skye eventually dies, either by you killing her or Broca Tech shutting down her AI. So why is this decision in the game!? To make it feel like we, the player's, action's matter -- even though in reality they don't? I'm tempted to call it deceptive. Are you guys cool with this? This is something I'm really curious about your guys' take on.
I also think there's too little gray area in that decision to make it a tough choice. Which is fine -- there doesn't need to be gray area. It could be a Mass Effect thing where you're playing as a good guy or bad guy… except for the fact that no matter how you want to play, DedSec will always be referred to as the good guys in the game and so playing as the bad guy creates narrative dissonance. Does anyone really think siding with Skye is a reasonably humane choice? Sure, the technology could be used for the good of humanity, but with Skye as the CEO, it's obvious from going through her house that that's not the case and humanity is almost assuredly better off without Project Daybreak if Skye's history is any indication of the future. The decision to kill or side with Skye is just a weird inclusion by Ubisoft, to me.
• Let's discuss the epilogue with Bagley and Bradley. It was so messed up to see what Skye did to her own brother. It obviously made me hate Skye Larsen even more. It was awful what she did to her mom and her dog, but I knew who the third person was. He wasn't just another house member of Skye used to push the narrative forward. He was a friend I made over the course of the last 60-plus hours.
It did feel a bit rushed. It was a quick 3 or 4 minutes in and out of the hospital, and then things go back to normal. But it was the epilogue so I can't fault it for that too much. The photograph mission leading up to it wasn't bad, per se, but I think it should've given more of a hint for each picture. Part of me respects Ubisoft for not putting in objective markers and forcing you to really know the landscape of the world for the bonus material, but not all of the pictures were pictures of noticeable landmarks like the ferris wheel, and that made it really difficult.
So yes, the epilogue was good. And yes, it made me hate Skye Larsen even more. But let me propose something to you. Imagine if the Bagley epilogue quest, or some similar variation of it, was placed after you went through Skye Larsen's house but before you go off to kill her. Imagine how much more connected you would have felt with Bagley through the rest of that game. Imagine how much more you would have despised Skye Larsen and how much more satisfying it would have been to kill her. Your emotional amplitude would have been even higher than it already was from seeing her mom and dog turn into AI. Killing Skye is already a great moment, but if you had seen what she did to your AI friend before you went off to kill her, then killing Skye would have been incredibly emotional, incredibly affecting, and incredibly climactic. And instead of feeling much closer to Bagley right before you're about to say goodbye to the game, you feel closer to him all throughout the rest of the game and right up until the end. Which brings me to the ending. Now continuing on with that hypothetical scenario I've laid out (first Skye's house, then epilogue mission (or a variation), then kill Skye), imagine if when you pull the plug on Bagley at the end… he actually stayed dead and didn't come back to life 30 seconds later. How much better would the story have become just from those changes? Killing Bagley at the end of the game was heartbreaking. Like I said earlier, he was my favorite NPC in the game. If I would have played the epilogue prior to killing him, I'm guessing I would have borderline cried. That would have made the scene even more impactful than it already was. But the reason I really, really dislike the ending of the game is not because of anything it does in the ending -- it's because of what it does after what it does in the ending. Any emotion of sadness and loss I felt when I pressed E and finally said goodbye to Bagley completely disappeared when he popped back up on the safehouse screen moments later. It felt cheap. Extremely cheap. Let the character die. Let the game end. Put that epilogue earlier in the story. But no. This is purely reckless speculation and I hope… dear God I hope I'm being overly cynical here, but I feel like that's not possible because Ubisoft wants you to still be in the world after you finish the game to do the missions you missed so you can still have the opportunity to put money into the game's store, because your chances of putting money into the game's store if the game were to end after you pulled the plug on Bagley and returned to the title screen are close to zero. Is that why Bagley had to stay alive? I don't know. Either way, to me the ending of the game is tragic, but not in the way it was supposed to be tragic. It sucks. I feel robbed of my emotion.
• Nigel Cass falls into the issue I see way too often with antagonists in works of fiction, and something we see earlier with Mary Kelley -- he's too evil. To the point of absurdity. And he didn't have to be portrayed that way. His backstory is that his father was killed by gang members which put him on the path of revenge by taking the law into his own hands. An interesting backstory that unfortunately does not get developed at all and it could've really helped his characterization if it was delved into more. As it stands, he just comes off as another one-dimensional Saturday morning cartoon villain, which is a shame because, again, he had the potential to be a really interesting antagonist like Skye. At least his boss fight was somewhat enjoyable. Though, the game does rely on the network bypass puzzles a few times too many for my liking, along with the AR reconstructions and area defense missions. Also, I was hoping Nigel was a bit more of a juggernaut. You take him down in one clip.
• And finally, let's talk about Zero Day and Sabine Brandt. So Zero Day starts off the game with a big bang. Literally. But then pretty much goes without mention until the end of the game. They're brought up in the game every now and again, but I think I forgot about them for most of the playthrough until the very end when the big reveal happens. It's a reveal that I probably should have seen coming but didn't. You never see Sabine in person until after the reveal. She was the only one who stayed alive after the Zero Day attack. There are hints here and there in the main story. And she doesn't even show up at the team party… that's when it was clear.
Sabine's premise for why she's doing what she's doing does, at the very least, stop and make you think for a moment. Society is completely messed up right now because of harsh surveillance by Albion through the government, homelessness is widespread, and technology has become tyrannical. She wants to restart society from the ground up. Yes, she has to commit mass murder but to her the ends justify the means. And who are you to judge her for killing when you yourself have killed plenty in your playthrough? I really liked Sabine's ending. I just wish they had more Zero Day appearances throughout the game. Let me hear more of Zero Day talking about their philosophy of rebuilding London from the ground up and less of them talking with Mary Kelley about purchasing explosives just to move the story forward. Keep me interested in Zero Day instead of having me forget about them until the end. Keep me curious.
So those are my thoughts! Overall, I had a good time with the game. However, it definitely had some issues that I felt needed airing. And just to be clear, I did not try to slight the game just for the sake of criticizing it. These are my honest thoughts after reflecting on the time I spent with the game. Please do share your own thoughts!
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2020.09.18 07:44 XMG_gg XMG Gaming Laptops: First Steps & Troubleshooting

So you got yourself an XMG Gaming Laptop laptop, huh? Congratulations! :-)
Follow this handy guide to go through your first steps and some commonly recurring questions. This guide is pretty long and might look frightening on first look, but please note:


Let's dive right in:

I unboxed my XMG Laptop – what are my first steps? 1. If you purchased with Windows.
When building our laptops, we always make sure to install the latest firmware and drivers. If you purchased with Windows, all drivers will already be installed and you can pretty much start working. NVIDIA updates their driver pretty often, so they might already have a new driver out. Open up GeForce Experience, log into your account and see if the app offers any driver updates.
2. If you purchased without operating system.
Your SSD will be empty, but your firmware will be up to date. Even if you purchase without operating system, we will already have updated the latest BIOS and latest Thunderbolt firmware. Now it’s time to install Windows and install our drivers.
If you don’t have your own Windows install media at hand, you can get the latest official version from here:
The drivers for your XMG Laptop will be on a USB thumb drive in your shipping box and those drivers will be reasonably up-to-date. Alternatively you can download drivers and firmware for your system from our download portal:
The principle is the same for each model. Download the ZIP files, extract each one of them and install them each by each. Most models have the ZIP files numbered so you know the sequence. In practice, the sequence of the driver install does not really matter. Exceptions: 1) it's generally recommended to install the Chipset driver first and 2) some Audio driver components stack on top of each other, such as Realtek first, Soundblaster or THX second.

++ Troubleshooting (all models) +++ The following items might apply to any XMG or SCHENKER model. In fact, they might also apply to laptops from other brands. Further down below, you'll find a section that is more specific to individual models.

My Gaming Laptop is pretty loud/hot when playing games To judge whether or not your system runs at spec, please compare your benchmark values against various press reviews of your CPU, GPU and your laptop itself. If your results are similar to the published numbers, your system is probably working just fine. If they are widely below expectations, please contact us.
If you want to know more about how to tweak your system to run a bit cooler, please check out these threads:
If you have any additional content suggestions on this topic, please write a PM or start a new thread.

My battery life is less than it should be / I have high Idle power consumption / My fans are loud in Idle / my dGPU is not turning off. Battery life and power consumption are closely interconnected. If your system consumes too much power – even in Idle – your battery life will suffer.
Preliminary: check your CPU usage, sorted by tasks
Your first look should be into Windows Task Manager, tab "Details" and then sort by "CPU" usage. You should know that your CPU has multiple cores and threads. For example, on i7-9750H (6 cores, 12 threads) if one single-thread task is running at 100%, it translates to "only" 8% CPU load in Task Manager (100 divided by 12 = 8.33). 8% might not look like much at first glance. But in reality it's one core that is running at maximum speed, taking almost as much power as if all cores would run at the same time. This is because the CPU would boost a single core to much higher speed than it would boost all cores together.
In other words: CPU usage values in Task Manager can be misleading, especially if some broken or badly programmed software is going rogue on a single thread. Do the math!
So, on a 6 core CPU, if you have any process in Task Manager constantly running at 8%, something is off. Please identify which task it is, and either end it right there it or uninstall the related software altogether.
Another way to check is to separate the Task Manager CPU activity graph into logical cores. Check these two screenshots:
In my example you can see one core in the middle was almost maxed out for a short amount of time. Thanks to the nature of Turbo Boost, this core would induce a boosted clock speed, leading to almost maxed-out power consumption and high temperatures. This is not always immediately visible because most programs would keep jumping from core to core, so you always see individual spikes to 100% on single core. You can try this yourself by using Prime95 and running it on only 1 thread.
All systems nominal? CPU is nice and idle? Check the dGPU status.
If you don't have any rogue tasks clogging up you CPU but your Idle power consumption is still off the charts, it might be because your NVIDIA GPU (dedicated GPU, dGPU) is not turning itself off.
Under the system of NVIDIA Optimus (MSHybrid), all common Windows apps are run on the Intel UHD Graphics (integrated GPU, iGPU) by default and the dedicated GPU (dGPU) should turn itself off when it is not needed. This removes the dGPU from the power source but it also saves power on the CPU side, because the CPU can turn off the PCI-Express x16 dGPU connection and thus achieve lower sleep states in each CPU cycle. This system can be disturbed in a number of ways, leading to higher power consumption which in turn leads to lower battey life.
1. Check which system monitoring tools you are running in the background
Some system monitoring software intentionally wakes up the dGPU. Keeping such software running in the background will inevitably lead to higher power consumption. We will keep a list of tools here which do and which do not keep the dGPU awake.
Does not keep the dGPU awake Keeps the dGPU awake
CoreTemp AIDA64 (only when “Sensor” pane is open)
HWiNFO64 ASUS GPU Tweak II
Intel Extreme Tuning Utility CPUID HWMonitor
NVIDIA Control Panel MSI Afterburner
Speccy NVIDIA GeForce Experience
TechPowerUp Real Temp NVIDIA Inspector
ThrottleStop NZXT CAM
Windows Task Manager Open Hardware Monitor
TechPowerUp GPU-Z
XMG Control Center (only when “System Monitor” pane is open)
Please check if any of the programs on the right side of the table is running in the background on your machine. If they are, please remove them from Startup in the Task Manager.
Some of the programs on the left side of the table might wake up the dGPU once for a few seconds during initialization. But according to our testing, they won’t keep the dGPU awake during normal operation.
If you want to see, whether or not your dGPU is awake or not, the best bet is to use the “Sensors” function in HWiNFO64 and keep an eye on the GPU Temperature of your NVIDIA GeForce card. If the temperature reads 0°C, the dGPU is sleeping. With a right click on the Temperature value, you can even set up an alarm in form of a sound file, notification popup or logfile entry if the temperature reaches a value ≥ 1.
2. If external monitor is connected, dGPU will be awake.
Both HDMI and USB-C/DisplayPort/Thunderbolt are connected directly to the NVIDIA GeForce card. This dedicated connection gives the XMG FUSION 15 the power to drive very high resolutions, refresh rates and to support G-SYNC and FreeSync on external screens. The trade-off: the dGPU will always be awake as soon as an external monitor is connected. Rendering can still happen on the iGPU (Intel UHD Graphics) - but the dGPU will always be "awake" to deliver the pixels to the screen.
3. The choice of running apps on iGPU vs. dGPU has to be done in Windows Graphics settings now.
Microsoft is taking over the NVIDIA Optimus (MSHybrid) control from NVIDIA. On latest Windows builds and NVIDIA drivers, the NVIDIA driver now shoes a very small warning notification:
Windows OS now manages selection of the graphics processor. Open Windows graphics settings
If you notice that certain apps wake up the dGPU, please see if you can assign them to the internal graphics in this new Windows setting dialogue. Please note that the aforementioned benchmark and system monitoring apps apps will override/ignore this setting anyway. But it should work fine for most if not all productivity apps and games.
4. Every app is running on dGPU as soon as external monitor is connected? No.
NVIDIA’s Control Center has a hidden function called “NVIDIA GPU Activity” which supposedly shows which app is being rendered on the dGPU. You can find it by enabling "Display GPU Activity Monitor Icon in Notification Area".
Unfortunately, this function is not accurate when using an external monitor. As soon as you have an external monitor connected, the notification window shows every newly launched app as if it’s being rendered on the dGPU, even though it is not. This has been confirmed by our NVIDIA contacts to be a general issue that affects all laptops with NVIDIA Optimus (MSHybrid) of every brand.
It does not look as if NVIDIA has any plans to resolve this issue. Therefor, the “NVIDIA GPU Activity” will continue to show inaccurate information and should rather not be used at all.
5. dGPU does not go back to sleep after disconnecting external screen while browser is open
If you launch your browser (Chrome, Firefox, Edge) while you are connected to an external screen, the browser’s hardware acceleration will use the dGPU. This happens despite the fact that you are forcing that app to run on Integrated Graphics. If the browser keeps running after you connect the external screen, it will keep the dGPU awake.
Even sending the laptop to Standby and waking it up again won’t change that fact. The dGPU will only go back to sleep after you close the specific app that triggered this behaviour.
This seems to affect every laptop with NVIDIA Optimus (MSHybrid) – not only XMG laptops.
We have filed a report with NVIDIA and we are awaiting their feedback.
Here is a short list of apps that are affected and not affected by this issue:
Affected Not affected (Control Group)
Google Chrome Microsoft Word
Mozilla Firefox notepad.exe
Microsoft Edge
This might also affect other apps if they are secretly using the dGPU for Hardware Acceleration. But so far, the 3 major browsers are the only apps we have confirmed to trigger this behaviour.
According to what we heard, NVIDIA does not seem to have any plans to fix this issue on a fundamental basis.
Workaround #1: Restart your Browser
Close your browser and launch it again after disconnecting from the external screen.
Workaround #2: Disable Hardware Acceleration in Browser
You can find this in the Settings menu of your Browser.
Workaround #3: Disable and re-enable the dGPU instead of closing your Webbrowser
Download here: dGpuCycle Script.zip
Written by Notebookcheck user ‘Stepon’ (source). You can open the script with Notepad to read the source code.
After disconnecting the external screen, run this Batch Script with Admin privileges. The script will disable and re-enable the dGPU in Device Manager. During that moment, your browser will drop the Hardware Acceleration from dGPU and go back to iGPU. Chrome will flicker for a fraction of a second. If you play any videos on your browser while running the script, you might have to restart playback by jumping to a different point in the video timeline.
With some programming skills can be further automated to always run in the background.
6. Same as above, but for most if not all apps that use a browser engine underneath.
The browser hardware acceleration issue applies to apps that are using a browser engine to create their GUI. If you launch such an app while you're connected to an external monitor, they will use the dGPU for hardware acceleration and won't let go of it until you either close the app or manually disable the dGPU. The most popular such apps are:
The most widespread framework for such apps is Electron, but it's not limited to that. For example, Spotify uses a different implementation, based on Chromium browser engine.
We are not aware of any way to disable hardware acceleration on these apps. Disabling hardware acceleration in your browser won't affect those apps. The only workarounds are:
As with other root causes in this section, this seems to apply to every laptop with NVIDIA Optimus. We have asked NVIDIA to comment in April 2020.
7. Outdated Killer Wi-Fi driver increasing power consumption.
We had a report where an outdated Killer Wi-Fi suite caused high background CPU load. If you are using a Rivet Networks Killer Wi-Fi module, please download and install the latest drivers here.
8. Missing NVIDIA USB-C and Audio drivers keep the dGPU awake?
We have a report from a user who made a custom install of NVIDIA drivers and unselected the NVIDIA USB-C and Audio drivers because he thought we won't need them. In this case, not having those drivers will cause the main driver to not shutdown the dGPU when searching for those two drivers. We were not able to reproduce it but we'll leave it in this guide for future reference. Solution: reinstall NVIDIA drivers and include every driver, even the optional ones.
9. Outdated Windows and firmware?
If you haven’t already, make sure you are running the latest Windows updates and the latest BIOS. Some major Windows milestones (also called “Redstone” updated) need to be triggered manually by opening Windows Updates, then “Checking for updates”. Under “Optional updates”, there might be a “Feature update” which you can initiate with “Download and install now” (screenshot).
10. Third party PCIe/NVMe SSD preventing CPU from sleeping?
We had recently a few reports on budget SSDs from smaller brands preventing the CPU from reaching C8 sleep states, severely cutting battery life. If you upgrades your SSD yourself with a model that is not listed in our online shop, please consider to swap it out, re-install Windows from scratch and try again. If you found your SSD to be the culprit, please share the product name with us.
11. Corsair iCue Software causes +10W power consumption?
We have seen this report from multiple users. This one was the first:
I spent a week trying to figure out why the processor on my Fusion 15 was consuming so much power when idle (around 10W!). My battery life was absolutely abysmal at about 2.5 hours on a full charge. I thought I had ruled out the iCue software because I closed the app completely, but it turns out only a complete uninstall will allow everything to return to normal so it must have been the mouse driver itself rather than the iCue software.
Source
We haven't checked it ourselves but any kind of hardware-related 3rd party software could potentially cause power saving issues on any system.
12. Epic Games Launcher running on dGPU
First reported here]. Solution is in the top reply to that thread.
13. Paint 3D causes the dGPU to stay 'ON' by running in the Background, even after Reboot
This seems to be a real issue based on a bug from Microsoft. Check this thread for details.
14. Other reason? Cannot reach CPU Package C8 Residency? Please take part in our survey
Please read this post for an introduction into CPU Package C8 Residency states. The post includes a link to a survey to collect analytical data from users who just can't get their power consumption down despite already having implemented all prior suggestions.
15. Dig deeper? Check out this amazing in-depth guide about Windows power saving optimization and C-States.
Written by user Che0063 on Notebookreview in 2018 and constantly updated into 2020, this guide is a deep dive into all things C-States.
You can find a PDF copy (pulled on 2020/05/26) of this guide here.
Random short spikes in lag and stutter Intel Driver and Support Assistant (DSA) is acting up, causing CPU spikes up to 40% every 1-5 minutes.
Taken from this post:
Intel Driver and Support Assistant (DSA) is acting up, causing CPU spikes up to 40% every 1-5 minutes. See this picture of task manager cumulative CPU time. Funny you already mentioned that it stopped working, as I experienced the same thing.
Solution (TL;DR):
Uninstall Intel DSA for now. You can do this via the windows Apps and Programs, or if it fails for any reason, download the official Uninstaller from the intel website.
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My laptop randomly wakes up from Standby. 1. Firmware solution for Wake-up 3 hours after entering Sleep/Standby. (XMG FUSION 15 only)
There was an issue with the NVIDIA USB-C driver which caused the laptop to wake up exactly 3 hours after entering Standby. The laptop was trying to transition into Hibernate (Suspend to Disk) but failed to do so. This issue is resolved in BIOS 0062 and beyond.
2. Disable Wake timers (applies to any PC and Laptop)
Depending on your Windows configuration, there might be certain task schedules (including Windows Updates) which prompt the laptop to wake-up from Sleep or Hibernate. To check on these issues, please read this article. The most common solution is to disable the “Allow wake timers” option for both “plugged in” and “on-battery”. Please note: this setting depends on each power profile and your laptop has three of them: Silent, Balanced, Enthusiast. Please switch to each of these profiles and modify “Allow wake timer” in the Advanced settings in Windows power options for each one of these.
3. Check the Wake-up cause
There is a simple command that will tell you the reason why your laptop woke up for the last time. Usually this is something like "Power Button" or "Lid Opening", but in your case it might point to a different driver or Windows component. Find "Command Prompt" in Start Menu and type:
powercfg -lastwake 
This command does not need Admin right. Please copy it by marking the output text and pressing Enter. The marked text from the Command Prompt windows is now in your clipboard and can be pasted into a text file or message box. Alternatively you can take a picture and report back to us.

My laptop needs a long time to boot up. Cold Boot and Wake-up from Hibernate should not take much more than 12 seconds between pressing the power button and seeing the login screen wallpaper. If your laptop takes much longer, please consider the following options.
1. Enable “Fast Boot”.
Enabling “Fast Boot” in BIOS is a requirement to use Microsoft’s “Hybrid Boot” technology which saves a lot of time on Cold Boot. Before shipping, we always enable “Fast Boot” in all XMG laptops – but it might get disabled by user operation. On some models, it might also get disabled during BIOS Reset. To make sure, you have “Fast Boot” enabled, follow these steps:
(the location of the "Fast Boot" option might be slightly, depending on your model)
2. Flash firmware again
You can clearly seperate the boot process between BIOS time and Windows time. Everything that happens before you see the XMG boot logo is BIOS time. On XMG FUSION 15, it usually takes about 7 seconds between pressing the power button and seeing the XMG boot logo for the first time. If this time period is much, much longer in your case, the root cause might be in hardware or firmware.
One potential solution was found in this post. This user already had a system with Thunderbolt Firmware NVM v56. But based on a hunch, he just tried to update the same firmware again and it instantly fixed his long BIOS time.
It makes kind of sense. VBIOS, Thunderbolt... those are large, complex and kind of external components that are initialized in the very early steps of the the BIOS. If anything is stalling there, you won't see the boot logo because the BIOS hasn't even attempted yet to start talking to the SSD.
Rule of thumb: if you have long BIOS time before you see the XMG logo, please consider to flash the BIOS and the Thunderbolt Firmware again.
Now, let's look at various Windows-based causes:
3. Clean up TEMP folders
Taken from this post.
Found out, during each boot Windows (namely it's ProfSvc service) takes everything you have in users/yourprofile folder and writes over those files. I suspect it's changing some meta data in the files. Probably edditing read/write premissions. But it goes one by one. And logon process waits for it to finish. As long as your computer is relatively clean, this operation takes a second or two. But when Visual Studio update "forgets" 160 000 files in your AppData/Temp folder, it results in 35 secs of profile loading during boot. All I needed was to empty the Temp folder and the bootups are back in normal!
You can either clean the Temp folders manually or use a software like CCleaner. Please beware, we would only recommend CCleaner to clean temp files, but don't clean the Windows Registry. It's usually safe to do but it can sometimes lead to false positive situations and side-effects.
4. Riot Games 'Vanguard' might block one of our drivers
If you have game titles from Riot Games installed, the software 'Vanguard' might be blocking the 'inpoutx64.sys' driver on some of our systems. This driver is related to the Control Center. We have heard of one single case where the presence of Vanguard lead to a significantly increased boot-time. In other cases however, it had no effect despite getting the 'Vanguard has blocked' message in Windows.
We will share this information with our ODM to see if our signed inpoutx64.sys/dll can be whitelisted. Meanwhile, please consider disabling or uninstalling Vanguard to see if it improves your boot time.
5. Consider a clean reinstall
It might be inconvenient, but if you have any boot times that are wildly longer than above reference data, please consider a clean Windows installation. 'Clean' means deleting the system partitions on your SSD in the first step of the installation procedure. Before you do this, you should backup all important data on external storage.
6. Other causes.
If your system still takes a long time to even display the XMG boot logo or to boot into the Login prompt, there might be another issue at hand. Please make sure to update your BIOS, load setup defaults, enable “Fast Boot” again and make sure that your Windows and drivers are up to date. Please also consider to follow the generic advice in this article.
There is currently no other known systematic issue that prevents our laptops from doing a fast boot or fast wake-up. If you cannot resolve the issue on your machine, please consider to backup your data and do a clean Windows re-install.
7. Discussion
For XMG FUSION 15 we have opened a dedicated tread about expected boot times after a clean install. Please move all relevant discussion to this thread:
Thank you!

My microphone does not sound right (I might be using Discord)
First, please make sure you increased the microphone gain to 100% and added the +20dB boost.
Now, some apps including Discord put additional processing on the microphone, including echo and noise cancellation. This can have a negative effect on microphone audio quality. Please see if you can disable all such options from your chat application and from the Realtek Control Panel.

I have random Bluescreens or other random issues / might be memory-related Bluescreens and other randomly occurring issues can have a number of reasons. Sometimes, the error message or driver reference can already point at a root cause. If there are too many possible root causes, here are some generic tips.
How to use MemTest86 to test my RAM
Follow these steps:
PRO TIP: If you have MemTest86 errors, you can try to open your laptop and test both memory modules individually. Remove one module and run the test again. If the errors only show on one of the modules, try the same module again in the other (empty) RAM slot. If the module shown errors when run individually in both of the RAM slots, it might be indeed faulty.
If the RAM modules are actually not faulty, it can sometimes also help to just remove and replace (reseat) them. Sometimes, if they are not properly connected, they might also prompt random errors including iGPU graphics artifacts.

+++ Troubleshooting XMG FUSION 15 (2019) +++ The following items apply only to XMG FUSION 15. Please check first if your issue is covered under the general section above. The latest BIOS and Control Center update can be found in this thread.

My speaker sound is underwhelming / I cannot get Soundblaster Connect running. Sound Blaster Connect is an important app to improve the experience of the audio system. It can increase volume (SmartVol) and Bass of the speakers.
1. Reinstall Audio drivers in the proper sequence
Normally, when all pre-requisites are met, Soundblaster Connect should install automatically from Windows. You can then find it with a simple search for “Sound Blaster” in the Windows Start menu. If Sound Blaster Connect is no where to be found or if it only shows an empty screen, please follow the sequence precisely:
If you are connected to the Internet, the system will now automatically install "Sound Blaster Connect" from Microsoft Store. This might take a few minutes or more. When in doubt, reboot once more after the Soundblaster-Creative_Audio_Effects.

My CPU shows high activity in idle while having devices connected to USB-C port. We are currently tracking an issue where users have reported >10% CPU usage in Idle while having certain devices connected to the USB-C port.
Current Workaround: Disable Automatic Sleep on Thunderbolt controller
Device Manager > System devices > Thunderbolt Controller > Power Management > Disable "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power"

I’m unable to turn off my keyboard backlight during boot. Normally, if you disable the keyboard backlight in Control Center using the slider switch, it should also be disabled during Reboot, Cold Boot etc. We had one report of a rare issue where this settings was not applied to firmware anymore. If you encounter this issue, please click the “Restore” button in Control Center to reset all you Keyboard Backlight settings. Then, try again to disable the Keyboard Backlight and reboot.

My keyboard backlight is not turning on anymore. We had a few reports of keyboard backlight not being able to turn on anymore. If you encounter this issue, please reset your BIOS settings.

I cannot access my BIOS Setup (F2) anymore. This is another very rare issue that was only reported once so far. If you cannot access your BIOS Setup, you cannot do a BIOS Reset anymore.
Solution: Remove CMOS Jumper from Mainboard and Reboot
The mainboard of XMG FUSION 15 has a jumper to control the BIOS Reset. In order to reach this jumper, you will need to remove the bottom case of the laptop. This is as easy as removing the 10 screws on the bottom side and then simply lifting the bottom cover away from the laptop.
The jumper is located next to the WiFi module
If the jumper is removed, the laptop will show a special menu after on boot which will allow you to reset the BIOS Settings to Default.
After having done this Reset, please place the jumper again it it's original position, connecting pins "1" and "2" as seen in the "Top View" picture linked above.
Now, please see if you can now get back into BIOS Setup with the F2 key during boot.

My external USB mouse sometimes stops moving. We have some reports from USB gaming mouse with ≥1000Hz polling rate that sometimes stop working when used together with USB hubs, both on USB-A and USB-C (Thunderbolt).
Please install the latest official drivers from your mouse vendor and see if you can reduce the polling rate to 500Hz to see if it makes any difference.

My system consumes about 1~2% battery in Standby/Sleep mode This is normal and also affects both XMG FUSION and XMG NEO series with opto-mechanical keyboard. Reason: the keyboard consumes slightly over 1W even in standby, because it is still firing up the Infrared barriers for every individual switch. This is to make sure that the keyboard can wake the system from standby. This translates to a power consumption (witch charger, measured at wall socket) of up to 1.8W in Standby if the battery is already fully charged. Due to a hardware design constraint, the power of the keyboard switches cannot be turned off, unless the system is sent to Hibernate (S4) or Shutdown (S5).
Workaround: use Hibernate. By default, Standby automatically transitions into Hibernate after 180 minutes. You can shorten this timespan in the Advanced Power Options in Windows (Screenshot). You have to do this for each of the Performance Profiles that you use (Silent, Balanced, Enthusiast). Before that, you have to enable Hibernate in this menu.

I would like to improve my DPC Latencies. For guaranteed low DPC latencies, please check out our SCHENKER Audio Editions. For all other models, we're going to collect a number of tips here over time.

I have issues with USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 adapters on XMG FUSION 15 XMG FUSION 15 (2019, XFU15L19) had a bit of a shaky history with some USB-C adapters and Thunderbolt Docking Stations. It seems like the most serious issues have been ironed out with BIOS 0064 and Thunderbolt Firmware-Update NVM v56. If you plan to use USB-C port and you purchased your laptop before May 2020, please make sure to update your firmware as explained in this thread:
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2020.01.07 08:29 Joohansson Sec cam hidden videos

After running in beta for a little while it's now time for the public to have a taste of the first full-featured release of KeyTools.
https://tools.nanos.cc/
Inspired by the well-known and personal favourite NanooTools that has been around since early 2018, I created this new collection from scratch using React.js, with focus on usability, portability and performance.
Includes:

TOOLS:
  1. Unit Converter: raw, nano, NANO (subject to change if we change units)
  2. Key Converter: Generate, Convert or Verify Seed, Mnemonic, Private Key, Public Key and Address. Support both the Default and the LedgeMagnum derivation method for private keys making it possible to extract Ledger Nano keys using this tool for any Index number. Compatible with Nanovault mnemonic.
  3. Paper Wallet Generator: Simple printable or downloadable wallets with Seed, Address and Mnemonic
  4. Payment Card: Generate payment links/QRs that can be shared with anyone to make a payment. Deep links with optional message support according to docs standard. Now up to wallets to implement transaction messages.
  5. Mass Wallet Generator: Automatically generate up to 10,000 wallets in a few seconds
  6. Mass Keypair Extractor: Generate keys from a given seed using any Index range
  7. Find address in a seed: Search for an address in any seed using multi-threading. Reports Index number if found. Could be useful if a wallet has been buggy and hidden your funds in an unknown position and you want to make sure if it's really in there or not. On a 12-core machine, all 4,294,967,295 indexes can be searched in just 6h.
  8. Off-chain signing: Any nano transaction can be done using an offline computer where the block is signed with a private key. This tool alone is 25% of all code and has been in the focus to make it as easy to use but still as flexible as possible. Data can be transferred to and from an offline machine using either QRs or Audio signal built into the site. Parameters can be snatched from the live network using RPC calls, Proof of Work can be done locally and blocks can even be published directly on the site! A full video tutorial and article will be released shortly. This is maybe the most secure way you can ever transact on a decentralized network.
  9. Proof of Work generator: A local browser-enabled PoW generator using WebGL2
  10. Vanity Address Generator: High-performance multi-threaded address customizer doing over 150,000 searches/second on a 12-core machine or 33,000 on an iPhone XS. Still not at the same level of a GPU generator described in this article but probably as fast as it can get in a browser. Inspired from Nanoaddr.io. Prefix, suffix and multi-wallet support.
  11. Network Inspector: Request common data from the live network via RPC, like account and block info, find pending, broadcast JSON blocks and more.
  12. QR Generator / QR Cam & Image reader: Grab data securely for example from an offline computer or if you have a screenshot on your phone of a QR you can upload it to the browser memory and decode. No image is stored anywhere.
  13. Audio messenger: A standalone (annoying) tool I announced last year now built into this site. A narrow use-case but very nice if signing blocks offline and don't have a webcam but do have a microphone.
Some well-known libraries used include:
Nano-currency-js, Nano-currency-web-js, Nano webGL, BIP39 Mnemonics
Feedback:
If you wish to give feedback, have suggestions or would like to discuss this tool or any of my other contributions. I recommend that you join my brand new personal Discord server.

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2019.12.18 14:45 Sliggyyy An alternative solution to booths.

Let me start by introducing myself. My in-game name is Sliggy and I am an ObserveIn-game Director for CSGO. I want to explore one of the biggest issues with tournaments in CSGO right now. More importantly, I want to propose an alternative solution that I think the industry needs to consider. I will break down this thread into segments to try make it a bit more digestible. I am very aware this thread may be controversial, I hope people will try to be as open minded as possible.
THE ISSUE - Players, even with the use of sound proof headsets and in ears, are currently able to gain additional information from hearing an increase in noise from the crowd, and sometimes speakers within the venue.
Is this really an issue? I could provide 100+ example clips of this problem, but lets go with the one that resparked this conversation up once again for those who missed it. https://clips.twitch.tv/WimpyMotionlessReubenCharlieBitMe
Its not only the crowd that give away information as I mentioned earlier, Ropz from Mousesports summed it up nicely in this tweet https://twitter.com/ropzicle/status/1203883059306741760
I don't think the majority of viewers realise just how flawed the current system we use is.
Hypothetically, a player could bind a key to mute sound in game, save a HE grenade for the 40 second mark use it and mute sound on impact. They then listen for the bass of the speaker and crowd. If they get a reaction? There is someone there, no reaction, that area is clear. This type of information can win games.
In my first draft of this thread I included clips of teams/players early rotating, due to vibration/sounds of HE nades. I am constantly looking at the mini map during matches, trust me it happens more than you think. I will not be posting these, I do not wish to start a witch hunt, that is not the purpose of this thread. We know this issue exists and players are obviously going to use every advantage they can. I want to focus on addressing the cause.
Smoke defuses are far less likely, ninja defuses are next to impossible. 'Trigger discipline' plays get rushed, due to players knowing they have a limited time before players get the cue's and decide to check behind them. A big part of Counter-Strike, some of the best potential plays we see, are becoming less and less viable. Plays that could go down in CS history are becoming simply impossible to do at events.
In my opinion, this is the biggest issue within Counter-Strike right now, it is ruining the integrity of the game.
It needs to be solved. So lets get to the Important stuff and why I am writing this thread, how might we prevent this.

Current Solutions
Let me start with the fan favourite - SOUND PROOF BOOTHS. There are a few myths about sound proof booths, I've seen a lot of comments on reddit about them:
First of all they are NOT cheap. https://twitter.com/roaldvanbuuren/status/1204561051079118848 Adding extra expense onto multiple events for Tournament Organisers ('TOs') who are already struggling to make a profit, is not always going to be viable. We simply cannot expect every TO to be doing this at events.
Secondly, they are considered a fire hazard in certain states, countries and specific venues, so sometimes they cannot be used.
Furthermore, take into consideration that you need air conditioning in them which normally means holes somewhere, which reduces some of the sound proofing.
Players have told me this is an issue and I have personal experience of it happening in a booth. Here is a clip of me playing the showmatch at the FACEIT Major in one of these booths https://youtu.be/c0-VLCSgvGQ?t=1052 I remember feeling a vibration and vaguely hearing the crowd getting excited about something. Rain told me after the match that he knew I was there because of the sound clues.
So I can tell you first hand. Sound proof booths do not fully eliminate the issue. Does it help reduce the problem? Yes, without a doubt. Do I think there is a solution that keeps all parties happy, that 100% removes this issue? Not that I can think of, however, I do think we ought to explore other options.
Placement of speakers should be given more consideration. Does the in-game sound need to be as loud as it is for the audience? Blasting white noise into the headset or booth could help, but I know this has been a struggle in the past. It has also been known to cause more technical pauses, but is probably something that should be explored in future events. Vibrations are still always going to be felt, reacting to when the crowd are cheering is still possible. I agree the crowd should be warned about giving away information like in the example clip. At the end of the day though 8000+ people reacting in the moment, all at the same time is still really loud.
Now lets get down to the main reason I created this whole thread. An idea that has been mentioned in the past yet in my view, never executed correctly.

Five Second Delayed Observing
Yes I know this was tried in 2007 and people didn't like it. I also know how the community regards this right now. I felt the same when PGL created this thread and called it Oracle Observing. https://www.reddit.com/GlobalOffensive/comments/69hbp5/pgl_major_krakow_2017_feature_preview_oracle/
I disliked the idea immediately, I am skeptical of change, as most of us are in CS community. All I could focus on was the disconnection between crowd and players, that every switch is just going to be to show kills and ruin the game for me. However, observing was in its infancy, and thinking about it over time I have become more open to the idea. I have come to the conclusion, that if this was done right, with the right people, it could just change how fps esports are broadcasted forever. It can prevent the issues at hand, at least up until match point.
PGL actually created this thread, not to solve the issue mentioned earlier, but to improve their in game production. If done correctly, this is one of the major benefits from using it. The spectator experience is vastly improved in my opinion. I have been practicing delayed observing on the side now for about 2 years, and I can't get it out of my head. I genuinely believe that this is the way CS should be broadcast in the future. I want to try this at an event, unless I am missing something I think the pros outweigh the cons.
So if it didn't work back then why will it work now?
In my mind PGL got some great basics down, but they lacked the input of a modern experienced observer. To reinforce that statement look at two statistics; first the stat they used to measure the quality of observing was, 'kills shown' instead of duels shown. This reveals their reason for using it, in my view the wrong reason. Secondly, they wanted to use 3 Observers. This results in 3 potential points of failure instead of 1, it also results in 3 competing views rather than one coherent story being told.
Observing has progressed massively in the last two years, the standard back then was 2 people observing with 1 Observer covering the first person, pressing 1-10 and the other doing overviews and cutting between the two feeds. The modern 1 person story telling with multiple overviews per map is a great improvement.
Lets get into the nitty gritty details then
5 Second delayed observing breakdown
⦁ Players are on the server in real time. So is the Mini map of the Observer, being used to gain information of what unfolds in the next 5 seconds, alongside one backup PC.
⦁ The Observer's main feed is on a +5 sec GOTV which is what is broadcast to the crowd and twitch
⦁ Either player Cam's or 'down the line shots' are overlapped in-game. They are also delayed by 5 seconds, so everything in game is seamless.
⦁ After match point is achieved, for example 15 - 8, production go to a crowd shot in the buy time and swap over to the Backup PC on real time for match point. Then the normal live observing as currently seen today takes place, until a winner is decided, or overtime occurs and we repeat the above steps.
⦁ In any case, for match point Cameras will not be on a delay.
⦁ All winning reactions will be in real time for the crowd. When the teams are actually getting up out of their chairs, primary focus is obviously no longer on the screens but on the stage.
Just to reiterate, if performed correctly everyone watching the stream won't even notice any type of delay, only the crowd inside the venue has the potential to notice.

As I said earlier, this is not a perfect fix for the issue, so lets talk about the negatives of using this.
1. The crowd will see players celebrating 5 seconds before the action
Correct, there is no doubt that this is biggest negative from using a delay. We don't actually know how bad this is, until we try. I will say this much though, I can count on my hands the amount of times a player has got out of his chair to celebrate a clutch that was mid game (not match point), within the last 3 years. PGL actually said in the thread above, that when they tried this in front of a live audience 'nobody noticed' they were using a delay.
Two other things: firstly, players are normally focused a lot more on picking up weapons during the 3 seconds after the round ends, especially with the krieg meta. After this, there is fist bumping etc and possibly subsequent interaction with the crowd. Secondly, the crowd attention is primarily focused on the giant screens in the big moments, when a player reaction to a big round might occur. The majority of the live audience simply won't notice fist bumps and the like. Obviously this is massively dependent on the actual setup of the event itself. I think with the way BLAST has their stage not much of the audience can even see the players.
How big of a factor is this? We really don't know until we try and straight up ask the players and the people within the crowd how it felt.
2. You just want delayed observing to show all the kills
I get this a lot when I talk about the idea of it. No. The main reason I want delay observing is to show as much utility usage as possible. This is what separates the teams right now and this is why Astralis are number 1. This often doesn't get shown anywhere near to the extent it can be on a delay.
These two clips from ECS are a prime example of what I want to show. I am more than happy to show players I know are going to get killed if it fits with the story at the time https://clips.twitch.tv/DullHyperPoxKappa
https://clips.twitch.tv/TameAntsyGaurVoteYea
Both these clips were done live, this is what I want to achieve but with a much greater frequency. With a 5 seconds buffer we could catch SO many more of these moments without the constant fear of missing action . Seeing it unfold within 5 seconds and deciding the best way to show what has happened to the crowd, would improve the viewing experience. What happens when you increase the quality of a product? You increase demand.
I am more than happy to show death after death if that's where the story is. I have protocols on how to observe and they would not be changed under this system. I can see nades go off on the mini map on the other side of the map. Occasionally I can show it to keep players guessing, just in case they are still trying to use the same 'tricks' with the delay in place.
3. Won't delaying all player Cam's also be expensive?
I'm not the best person to answer this question to be honest. I would need some help with detailed pricing. Personally, I am a fan of showing down the line camera's in game rather than face cams. I believe in clutch situations, showing the rest of the team builds up more tension and you get more of a overall picture reaction wise. Here is an example, with Furia reacting to Kscerato falling off the silo to 4hp during a 1v2 https://youtu.be/FK-WbTiQOjE?t=4468. Im not sure this has ever been done perfectly, but this is probably the best LAN I saw them setup. I know of a cheap way to delay these feeds that cost $1000 for each down the line shot. So $2000, which is nothing in comparison to the cost of the booth solution.
If people wanted to delay the multiple face cams, as I know some TOs prefer them, I would Imagine it would be a bit more expensive. I have heard a machine to delay multiple feeds audio and video, costs around $20,000 however, do not quote me on this. Maybe someone with a bit more tech production background could educate me on this matter.
4. But when it gets to match point the original issue still exists
Correct, but at least we eliminate the vast majority of the issue. I don't think there is a perfect solution without any negatives. But if we add multiple layers of solutions, it would sure as hell makes it less likely.
One thing that could be considered is that on match point, the feed that the crowd sees has x-ray turned off. So if you're in the crowd, you see the game as the players see it. The aim, to reduce the reaction to hidden information giving unintended cues to the players. The stream sees everything of course. In this scenario the observers might also have to alter protocol slightly, to avoid showing nade impacts (although the throw would still be shown). Again this would have to be tested at an event, with feedback provided after.
All broadcast sport evolves and improves. It does so because of competition for viewers. To get more viewers we have to keep raising the bar. To raise the bar we will need to experiment with new ways of doing things.

Now lets talk about the positives:
1. Restores integrity of the game
For me, this factor on its own outweighs all of the negatives. Adding 5 seconds in house just means we get 'fairer' play putting CS back to its core. We remove all of these 'tricks' players are currently using and let pure skill and team work speak for itself.
This is enough time for a full defuse. Its enough time for the trigger discipline play to come into full effect, without the other team having any 'tells' as to whats going on. Ninja defuses once again become possible. Smoke defuses in 1vX situations become more viable. We're re-opening the door to some of the best plays in Counter Strike that have been missing for years.
Esport. If we are legitimately referring to ourself as a 'sport', then the integrity of the game should be paramount.

  1. Vastly Improved spectator experience on screen and on stream;
No more confusing rounds
Here is a great example of a confusing round for the viewer. https://clips.twitch.tv/OilyAliveWoodcockPartyTime
Let me explain my train of thought while observing this live. The most pivotal point in the round here involves Magisk. He has found a great timing and I am expecting him to hit the shot here, so I'm getting ready for him to swing on the guy on site after fragging Twistzz. If he dies to nitr0, Dupreeh is most likely to trade from hut. I'm just weighing up the %'s in my head. I'm not expecting the outcome that unfolds. Given the time restraints of the next point of contact, I have no time to alter my train of thought, I have to just go with the original plan. Then the barrage of deaths gets shown as a result.
On a five second delay the observer would see Magisk in main, missing his 10 bullets on the mini map that is on the server real time. They would still show this, but then show the result of the CT's cleaning up because of these missed shots. This makes for such a better viewing experience. You still see the pivotal point of the round, but witness the clean up that occurs because of it.
Observers not living in constant fear of missing duels
Let me tell you first hand, certain parts of maps, like Ladder room/popdog on train, can make an observers life hell. People jumping around over the choke point, constantly look like duels are about to occur. Seeing no damage has been exchanged 5 seconds ahead of time, is an absolute godsend. We can build up the actual action that matters, without having to flick back to a potential duel. This also results in less jarring cuts for everyone.
More utility and strats with overviews
CS is all about the minute details. A missed flash or a gap in the smoke can sway the outcome of a round, all those pivotal moments can be shown in full effect. A flash assist to secure multi frags can actually be shown being thrown. All the hours of work these teams put in can actually be caught and understood so much better.
Sticking in an overview, for example on A on mirage, without the fear of missing contact between players gives huge advantages. You can see where all the smokes and molly's land so the audience can fully understand the extent of the execute onto a site, as well as any nade damage that might occur.
3. More replays of player reactions on stream
For sure, seeing the crowd every so often can be great, but let's be honest we want to see in game replays and the relevant player reactions. These are squeezed in between rounds during buy time and can be quite tight to fit in. This is especially true of player reactions as it's 10 separate cameras. The delay gives the replay operator an additional 5 seconds to find and edit the reactions, ready to play. This nearly doubles his editing time.
4. Improved casting, way more hype moments.
Less confusing rounds means better casting. All the hype moments get caught. Observers can work with the casters more effectively. As a team we can really build up a round and genuine tension. One utility sequence on its own might not make for a hype moment however if all utility thrown within one round can be caught properly it really can. https://clips.twitch.tv/FurryWittyChinchillaTinyFace

So what do you want to do?
Let's be clear. This hasn't been tested properly, but in my head its the best fix for the situation. I need someone to be brave. I propose that if companies are still unsure and don't want to take the risk, instead of hiring me for the Major, if ESL would give me access to the GOTV 0 sec and +5 sec over the major, I could stream as many matches as possible from home. Then we have a side by side comparison of the difference in the observing. People can see if, as I believe, it massively improves the spectators experience of the game.
We either address this issue somehow and try to innovate, or we accept a fundamental weakness and just wait for RIOT to do it with their FPS. They used a delay with League for multiple years to avoid crowds giving away early ganks and to improve observing. I would imagine they will want something similar in place with Project A.
TL:DR - A Live broadcast of professional Counter-Strike, with crowds reacting to action in real time, is giving players far too much additional information. We like to refer to CS as the 'best' esports game, yet right now we are prioritising the crowds live experience, over game integrity. Adding a delay, whilst not perfect, eradicates a majority of the issue at hand, keeps some interaction between player and crowd, and in theory improves the spectator experience. It deserves greater consideration.
If people wish to get in contact for more information my DM's are open
https://twitter.com/sliggycsgo
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2019.09.23 11:24 kepoterz Hidden cam sec videos

Like the title said, when i play video outside photo library i get paused every 1 sec, when inside photo library it didnt get paused but glitchy. I know a way resolve this temporary which is respring, but do i have to do it every fuckin time ?What's causing this ?
Here is my tweak list: 13HUD: 1.0.1 7-zip (POSIX): 16.02-1 A-Shields: 1.1.6 Appaze: 2.1 AppList: 1.5.15~beta1 Appstore Unrestrict: 0.0~beta4a APT (apt-key): 1.8.2-1 APT (libapt-pkg): 1.8.2-1 APT 0.7 Transitional: 1:0-2 APT 1.4 Transitional: 1:0 APT Strict (lib): 1.8.2-1 APT: 1.8.2-3 Assuan: 2.5.1-1 AvengersBattle: 1.0 Axon: 0.1.9 Barmoji: 1.9 Base Structure: 1-5 Batchomatic: 3.2 Bazzi: 2.0.6 Berkeley DB: 6.2.32-1 BetterCCXI: 1.5.0 betterW: 1.1.4 BigBoss Icon Set: 1.0 Bourne-Again SHell: 5.0.3-1 bzip2: 1.0.6-1 CA Certs: 0.0.2 CamControls X: 1.0.2 CCBG: 1.0 CCLinker: 1.2.1 CCModules: 1.4-3 CCSupport: 1.2-3 Cephei: 1.13.1-2 ChromaGram: 1.2 ChromaHomeBarX: 0.4 CocoaTop: 2.0.2-1+debug ColorMeBaddge: 1.2.0 CoolCC: 1:3.3~beta4 Core Utilities (/bin): 8.31-1 Core Utilities: 8.31-1 CrashReporter: 1.16.0-1 CycleBluetooth: 0.0.1-2 Cydia Installer: 1.1.32~b21 Cydia Substrate: 0.9.7033 Cydia Translations: 1.1.32~b1 DarkKeys: 1.1 Darwin Tools: 1-6 Debian Packager: 1.19.7-1 Debian Utilities: 4.8.6-1 DefaultPlayer: 1.8 Diff Utilities: 3.6-1 diskdev-cmds: 593.221.1-1 DoubleTapLock: 1.0.1 Dune: 1.2.1 Eclipse Dark Mode (iOS 12): 6.1.2-1 Essential: 0-1 FaceID For Hidden Photos: 1.0.0 FastAuthentication: 1.0.0-1 file: 5.35-2 Filza File Manager 64-bit: 3.7.0-18 Find Utilities: 4.6.0-2 Flame: 1.3 FlipConvert: 0.0~beta5 Flipswitch: 1.0.16~beta5 Gawk: 4.2.1-1 gettext: 0.19.8-1 Gif2Ani V2: 2.1.1 GNU Cryptography: 1.8.3-1 GNU Multiple Precision Arithmetic Library: 6.1.2-1 GnuPG Errors: 1.32-1 GnuPG: 2.2.11-2 GnuTLS: 3.5.19-1 GoodWiFi: 0.0~beta4 grep: 3.1-1 GrooveTube: 1.0 Groovify: 1.2.2 gzip: 1.9-1 iCleaner Pro: 7.7.5 Instagram Profile Pictures for ShortLook: 1.0.2 iOS Firmware: 12.4 iPhone Firmware (/sbin): 0-1 Jailbreak Resources: 1.0~b25 KSBA: 1.3.5-1 ldRun: 0.0.4 LetMeBlock: 0.0.6.8 libcolorpicker-nepeta: 1.6.2-3 libcrashreport: 1.1.0-1 libCSColorPicker: 1.0.3 libCSPreferences: 1.2.0 Liberty Lite (Beta): 0.2.12 libfoxfortutils: 1.0.9 libidn2: 6.1.2-1 libnotifications: 0.2-3 libpackageinfo (cokepokes): 1.1.0.1-3 libpackageinfo: 1.1.0.1-1 libplist: 2.0.0-2 libSparkAppList: 1.0.3 libSubstitrate: 0.0.1-3 libswift (stable): 5.0 libswift4: 4.2.1-2 libsymbolicate: 1.9.0-1 libtasn1: 4.13-1 libunistring: 0.9.10-1 Link Identity Editor: 2:2.1.1+elucubratus2 Lisa: 1.0.3 Locale Profiles in UTF-8: 1.0-1 LZ4: 1.7.5-1 LZMA Utils: 2:4.32.7-2 Magma Pro: 1.3.2 MDausch Utils: 0.0.4 MiscSettings: 2.4.2 MobileSubstrate Dummy Package: 0.9.7033+dummy MusiLyric: 0.5~beta6b Nettle: 3.4.1-1 New Curses: 5.9-1 New Curses: 6.1-1 New GNU Portable Threads: 1.6-1 NewTerm 2 (iOS 7 – 12): 2.1 NextUp 2 beta (iOS 12): 1.0~beta15 NiceBarX: 2.0.5.2-1 Noctis12: 1.7.4 Notchification: 1.8 OneNotify: 1.2.1 OpenSSH: 7.9p1-3 OpenSSL 1.0 Libraries: 1.0.2s-1 p11-kit: 0.23.12-1 PanCake: 1.1 PerfectTimeXS: 0.2.0-1 PowerModule: 1.2.4-2 PowerSelector (iOS 11 & 12): 1.2.1 PreferenceLoader: 2.2.4~beta1 PrefixUI: 1.2.2 Profile Directory: 0-1 QuickCC: 1.0.4 readline: 8.0-1 RealCC: 1.0.2 Reddit Profile Pictures for ShortLook: 1.1.1 RedditCPUFix: 1.0.0-2 Relocate Application: 0.1.0 Relocate: 0.1.11 ReProvision: 0.4.4 Rhino: 1.4 Rocket for Instagram: 3.5.5 RocketBootstrap: 1.0.7~beta3 ScrollBack: 1.0.3 sed: 4.5-1 Selector: 0.1.2 Serial: 1.0.3 Shadow: 2.0.20 shell-cmds: 118-8 ShortLook: 1.0.15.1 Signing Certificate: 0.0.1 SorryLowBattery: 1.4.1-12 Speculum: 1.3.4 Steam Profile Pictures for ShortLook: 1.0.1 StoreSwitcher 2: 1.0.3 Substrate Safe Mode: 0.9.6003 Sylph: 1.2~Beta.1 System Memory Reset Fix: 2.0 system-cmds: 790.30.1-2 Tape Archive: 1.30-2 TechSupport Framework (cokepokes): 1.5.0.1-2 Trust Cache Injector: 0.4~b5 tweakCompatible: 0.1.5 uasharedtools (iOS 11): 2.2r-94 UIKit Tools: 1.1.14-1 unrar: 5.6.4-1 unzip: 6.0+deb9u1-1 Watusi 2 for WhatsApp: 1.2.9 WatusiTools: 2.1.3 WhatsApp Profile Pictures for ShortLook: 1.1.2 XZ Utils: 5.2.4-4 YouTube Video Thumbnails for ShortLook: 1.0.1 Zebra (BETA): 1.0~beta22-1 zip: 2.32-1
Thanks in advance and sorry for my bad english.
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2019.04.17 11:26 avfcpieface Log of AMA with Ki Foundation Team - 11th April 2019

Disclaimer: ARK is regularly hosting Ask-me-Anything's of upcoming and promising cryptocurrency projects. Keep in mind that ARK has no competitors - only future partners.
Sam (pieface) Let us all welcome the team from https://foundation.ki/ - you all will be speaking with @Reda // Ki Foundation, @Tarek and @Dermot. I’ll let the team introduce the project so you can ask as many questions as you want after they do it. I'd ask the team from Ki Foundation to use @ username to the one responding (no nested threads) and all of the community to give them some time to catch up if too many questions in backlog, before asking more, so questions don't get lost. Please refrain from off-topic or bot use, they will be respectfully deleted. Thank you and let's begin!
Rudy (dutchdelegate) Welcome
Reda // Ki Foundation Hey everyone!
Really happy to be here today with some of the very active members of the Ark Community. I have to say that I really enjoyed talking with all of you guys in the last weeks and months, and we are all very excited to share with you what we’ve been working tirelessly building these last 2 years.
Highjhacker (The Golden Horde) Hey guys ! :smile:
SuperCool Hey!
Reda // Ki Foundation As to provide a bit of context around the mission that gathered us as a team in the Ki Foundation : we can all agree that the internet has become centralized at every layer: from the foundational hardware stack that supports it and how all of the data within it is processed and stored, to how we access the internet, and how its power is harnessed and leveraged via browsers and applications.
The Ki Foundation has taken this fullstack approach to building a decentralised infrastructure that consists of a number of components which operate in concert to make the entire system work:
• The Ki device
• The Ki blockchain
• The Ki token
• The Ki dApp store.
Picture of the Ki device
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The Ki foundation’s objectives focus on enabling two key things: 1) an open development ecosystem and decentralized marketplace for dApps, and 2) a new resource sharing paradigm, where, anything with computational power, storage and connectivity can be utilized and monetized in real-time by the owners, with minimal effort from both the resource providers and the users.
To answer to your questions, I’m happy to share this AMA with @Tarek our Chief Blockchain Architect and @Dermot // Ki Foundation our Head of Investor Relations and Compliance
Tarek Hello everyone :slightly_smiling_face: I will be glad to answer all of your questions related to the Ki blockchain :slightly_smiling_face:
Dermot // Ki Foundation I think there is an interesting point to make about Ki in terms of how Ki seeks to use blockchain to truly tackle the plutocracies created by centralization, and in particular, a centralized internet.
Sam (pieface) Welcome guys, so starting with your blockchain, I believe it is a fork of ARK, but you will be using a different consensus called PoR, can you tell us a little bit more about PoR and the benefits of it?
Dermot // Ki Foundation Proof of Reputation solves some of the problems you are starting to see with the centralization of validation on some other PoS blockchains (Cosmos validator price wars, delegation centralization).
SuperCool @Reda // Ki Foundation & Rest thanks for coming to the ark slack for an AMA! Can you tell me something about your choice to make a hardware product?
mike Hi Ki
Highjhacker (The Golden Horde) I like the look of that device, it's smooth ! Is it going to be accessible for everyone ? Do you guys already have a price for it ?
mak Hey Ki, thanks for the AMA
Reda // Ki Foundation @SuperCool Thank you for being such a welcoming community! You know, basically in the Blockchain and decentralization world, a lot of people talk about dApps and Protocols, but no one really speaks about the Hardware infra that runs, at the end of the day, the 0 and 1s that make up your data.
For exemple EOS runs almost only on AWS. What we actually consider is that to achieve true decentralization, you need to achieve it at every layer of the network. That's why we've been working on building a hardware that has a massive go to market strategy and offer this infrastructure to the community.
cam (cams_yellow_jacket) I noticed in the WP that punishment is built into the protocol for underperforming nodes. Can you defend why this is a good idea and how you plan to avoid intentional attacks on nodes so they're punished?
Reda // Ki Foundation @Highjhacker (The Golden Horde) Thank you! Currently it's only open to professionals in the hospitality market. The current market price is 349€ for the professionals
Tarek @Sam (pieface) on the PoR: With the PoR we want to achieve a fair and easy access to the validation process while maintaining the security and integrity of the blockchain. DPoS was a great move towards a fair decentralisation (yet not always) of this process but we think that we can achieve a better decentralisation by allowing anyone regardless their wealth (and the wealth of their delegator) to have the chance to access the validation process as long as they are trustworthy from a security perspective.
Sam (pieface) Do you have a timeline for opening availability of the device to households?
Reda // Ki Foundation @Sam (pieface) We are planning to make them available to the public in 2021, after having finalized a massive deployment in the hospitality industry
Dermot // Ki Foundation @Highjhacker (The Golden Horde)
Ki is seeing a lot of traction in the hospitality space due to the demand to move away from the legacy way of doing things, for example picking up a hand held phone and calling the reception to order a steak. Ki offers a way for hotels and even AirBnB style accommodation to offer a more modern solution. The advantage Ki has is the current smart home devices in the market cannot solve these industry specific problems. It's important however, not to focus too much on the hospitality sector though as Ki is just using this deployment to distribute the devices widely enough to build up decentralised mesh networks around the world and use the revenues to create a secure blockchain with a lot of non-speculative use.
SuperCool What is your favorite feature about the device in its current state, and what coming feature(s) are you most looking forward to?
mak How do you handle privacy of the user's data while still enabling the network to process it? I can understand that Amazon and other competitors of yours run centralized server farms that process and hold the data so the security model there is quite clear but I'm interested to see how you aim to achieve this in a decentralized model without letting any actor in the network know everyone's private requests.
Joel Hey Ki! Excited to learn more about your project
Dermot // Ki Foundation Hey @mak The device is able to compute data in a trusted execution environment on two levels:

  1. On a firmware level, the filesystem that is reserved for the applications is segregated from the other applications, which makes it impossible for other applications to get access to any kind of data that doesn't belong to them.
  2. On a hardware level, for security reasons, Ki are implementing a magnetic security that wipes out any data on the device if someone opens the device.
@Reda // Ki Foundation will add detail with regards to the processing of voice data. Essentially, it is all processed locally.
Tarek @cam (cams_yellow_jacket) on punishment : we are building three layers of reputation: a stake and delegated stake related metric, a behaviour related metric and a community related metric. This is to allow resilience against intentional node “destruction”… You will need to attack all of these three metrics to be able to alter the reputation of a node. Which is not feasible. You might DDOS a node and make it low preform but you will not be able to alter its historical reputation, it’s (delegated) stake and its community reputation.
Reda // Ki Foundation @SuperCool Actually we're excited about the features that our customers are excited about because it's what helps us deploy thousands of those (already 3000 in contract)
The most important one for our customers is the Voice assistant with the privacy as everything is running locally and not on servers :slightly_smiling_face:
Highjhacker (The Golden Horde) Still on the device, will it be possible to develop apps on it similar to the Skills on Amazon Echo ?
SuperCool How many delegates will there be, and how are they 'elected'? (edited)
Joel Will you be considered an Ark bridgechain?
Reda // Ki Foundation @mak Our most important mission is user's data protection. That's one of the reason why we integrated a local voice recognition system. Nothing goes to the cloud, everything is treated locally.
SuperCool @Reda // Ki Foundation 3000, thats really nice already, is that one buyer?
Reda // Ki Foundation @SuperCool 5 buyers, but very small ones in comparison to our accessible market
@Joel We are in fact a fork of Ark, and we are bringing some interesting changes to the consensus protocol and other small features in the Blockchain. As @Tarek will certainly explain a bit later :slightly_smiling_face:
SuperCool Thats impressive already, are you (going to be) actively selling the product (push) are waiting for buyers to find you (pull). If push with kind of sales approaches are you using/plan to use?
Reda // Ki Foundation @Highjhacker (The Golden Horde) Yes, we are planning to provide a dApp Store and anyone will be able to build on top of it and use the resources available on the devices (such as computing power, storage, etc...).
And one of the interesting things is that in the hospitality market, we already have partners that build apps on top of it to sell additional services to guests in a hotel
Sam (pieface) How can the Ki Device benefit the hospitality industry in ways that current devices can't (such as Amazon Echo) ? (edited)
spghtz (ark.party / civseed) Is the Ki Device open source?
Tarek @SuperCool the validator list is open, anyone can register as delegate, than eligible one will be selected based on their reputation. Among these eligible ones, a weighted random selection will be performed. The number of delegates in each round will be decided based on two things: the guarantees that we can give about the security of the validation process and the throughput we need to maintain the fluidity of the network. That is we will lower the number of validators as long as we can guarantee 100% (theoretical) security on the validation process. Simulation are running :slightly_smiling_face:
Dermot @Sam (pieface) @Highjhacker (The Golden Horde). Ki offers a way for hotels and even AirBnB style accommodation to offer a more modern solution. The advantage Ki has is the current smart home devices in the market cannot solve these industry specific problems. Others just don’t have the apps or the same level of privacy. As the devices will support Web 3 apps and services like Storj, Orchid, Golem and so on, the devices can also make their owners money!
Reda // Ki Foundation @SuperCool Actually, we have a unfaire advantagem I sold my previous company in the hospitality market to Accorhotels (One of the world leaders in hospitality) and we are in touch with some of the biggest actors in the market. Our device answers to all their needs
cam (cams_yellow_jacket) To my understanding, older tokens have greater weight due to PoR. Are you concerned that someone holding more "valuable" tokens could be bribed into voting for a different operator? Are the weights hidden or openly viewable? Or do the tokens lose their weight once moved or voted for a new operator?
Reda // Ki Foundation @Highjhacker (The Golden Horde) For example, in a hotel you will be able to order a grilled beef steak by voice and pay for it in Ki :wink:
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@Sam (pieface) The Ki device has been built and tailored to answer the Hospitality market needs. It also has one of the killer features that all the hotel owners are looking for (and reason why they don't want alexas in their rooms) : PRIVACY :wink:
Delegate who is currently using the ki device?
Reda // Ki Foundation @Delegate We are currently deploying our customers in a private testing fashion, the first 2 customers are SweetInn and TerrassHotel in Paris
spghtz (ark.party / civseed) So the Ki Device is open-source then (not sure what the grey check mark means)? Also, is there kill switches on the device for hardware mic? I enjoy that feature with Librem products, but if the device is open-source then it's less of a problem.
cam (cams_yellow_jacket) Sorry if this was already asked, do you have competitors? This is fairly unique and the first project I personally know of doing something like this
Delegate what is the financial appeal for SweetInn and TerrassHotel to use this service and have micro payments vs a centralized service with the same device. Putting aside privace
Reda // Ki Foundation @spghtz (ark.party / civseed) Sorry is just a manner for me to say that I'm treating the question :wink: The Ki Device is not open source, all the Blockchain Technology will be, the SDK will be available to everyone. But the Ki Device actually uses AOSP as a base for our KiOS so should be easy to build on top of it.
Reda // Ki Foundation @cam (cams_yellow_jacket) We do have some competitors in the area, but not packaged the same way our service offering and device is packaged. To be honest, we are fairly unique and we had the opportunity to notice that when we were able to sell so many devices months ago without having an industrialized product :wink:
Tarek @cam (cams_yellow_jacket) We don’t want to prevent wallets from changing their votes. Thus changing a vote does not make a wallet loose the weight of its staked tokens (un-staking and re-staking does though). However, stake (with the token age) is just one part of the equation, you need to have a good behavioural reputation and the community reputation (i.e., number of votes) to alter your reputation. One whale (token age wise) cannot impact the whole system.
Sam (pieface) So will the hardware devices also be acting as relays for the network? (edited)
Tarek @Sam (pieface) yes but other more traditional devices can also install and run a relay/validator.
Reda // Ki Foundation @Delegate The appeal for sweetInn and TerrassHotel is around operational excellence and service upselling. The Ki Device is actually a universal hub that can interact with all of the local IoTs save energy and at the same time be an entertainment and point of sale for services. What makes it really appealing is the way the experience to create more revenue and save operating expenses has been integrated in the core of their business
cam (cams_yellow_jacket) Just assume that I am sorry for asking any repetitive questions... I have not been able to track this entire Ama... When do you plan to sell Ki publicly? Do you?
Delegate why do you need a blockchain
Reda // Ki Foundation@cam (cams_yellow_jacket) Yes we already answered but no worries, the threads runs fast! :wink: We are planning to make them available to the public in 2021, after having finalized a massive deployment in the hospitality industry
@cam (cams_yellow_jacket) talking about the device or the Token ?
cam (cams_yellow_jacket) Will Ki be willing to become part of the Ark Ecosystem? If, in the future Ark wanted to make connections to Ki, would your project collaborate with Ark to do so?
Token @Reda // Ki Foundation (edited)
Joel The first business registration with Ark -> Ki :boogieark:
Dermot // Ki Foundation @Delegate great question. Blockchain is a facilitator and allows Ki to build a global decentralized network. Ki is just using the hospitality deployment strategy to distribute the devices widely enough to build up decentralised mesh networks around the world and use the revenues to create a secure blockchain with a lot of non-speculative use. The distribution of Ki devices across the globe will drive further use of the token (every in-room purchase is in Ki) plus support the decentralization strategy for every other Web3 service (from storage to processing power to bandwidth sharing to Orchid for VPNs) that will run a dApp on Ki.
Very few blockchains have adoption or real use and Ki will have lots of use and a decentralized distribution from Day one.
Reda // Ki Foundation @cam (cams_yellow_jacket) Absolutely, we are also willing to share all of our Blockchain Developement with Ark (such as the simulator that @Tarek is building). And we like to let the field open for anyone willing to build on top of our Blockchain.
Justin (doubled1c3) "You will need to attack all of these three metrics"
sounds very similar to Nexus. This is interesting stuff
Joel What does that Simulator do?
Justin (doubled1c3) I think Ki is onto something there!
Dermot // Ki Foundation @cam (cams_yellow_jacket) a private sale of Ki is currently underway but a public sale, likely on a leading exchange (we cannot say anymore), will occur shortly before main net in the next 6 to 9 months.
djselery Will you be accepting ARK for your sale? :trollbounce:
Dermot // Ki Foundation It may not have been made clear, yet, but Ki is much more than a mere 'token'... dApp store fees are provided to validators who process transactions on the blockchain and help secure it. This value will be a significant incentive to validators to secure the chain. And is in addition to the inflation model.
@djselery YES!
cam (cams_yellow_jacket) Okay, so let's say Ki becomes a global force and the products are used in every Hotel all over the world... Do you plan on scaling the main chain to accommodate this? Or, will you be creating side chains that will interact with your main chain for different areas of the globe? What're your scaling plans I guess I'm asking
Dermot // Ki Foundation We love Ark
Sam (pieface) How many tokens will be sold in your private sale and public sale?
SuperCool And may i add, how much will block rewards be? (if there are any) (edited)
cam (cams_yellow_jacket) Uh oh.. mak typing... be ready for a hard ball question...
mak >That is we will lower the number of validators as long as we can guarantee 100% (theoretical) security on the validation process. Simulation are running :slightly_smiling_face:
Just wanted to clarify if I read this correctly. Does this imply that the number of validators in your consensus can be increased or decreased as required?
lol @cam (cams_yellow_jacket)
Tarek @Joel The simulator is what will help us (and others as it will be public) to test scenarios of attacks, reward schemes and delegation processes in an extensive and non time consuming manner. We are building a blockchain centric simulator on top of known p2p network simulator.
Dermot // Ki Foundation @Sam (pieface) approx 35% of the token supply (280m out of a total of 800m) will be sold in this first wave of the token sale. Ki is initially targeting only $7m. The sale process has only started, however, so how many tokens are left for sale in the public sale will be finalised closer to the time. The aim is to reserve a decent proportion for the public in order to ensure as wide and as global a distribution as possible. Decentralization is a key commitment of the Ki Foundation.
Also, there is no equity in the foundation.
The only way to participate in upside in the Ki ecosystem is through the Ki token
Tarek @cam (cams_yellow_jacket) Very good question :+1: we are planning to implement sharding (regional and institutional). For the time being we do not think that we need this. W managed to achieve 800 ~1000 tx/sec in our test environment. :slightly_smiling_face:
cam (cams_yellow_jacket) Very good... I mean, if it gets globally adopted you might :wink:
Sam (pieface) Will the public sale require KYC for everyone or will it only be for specific regions? (edited)
Dermot // Ki Foundation @SuperCool The Ki blockchain will reward validators through inflation of supply, with tokens minted on the creation of every new block distributed to validators. The reward function involves both a static and a dynamic reward factor. The first ensures that a minimum reward is paid regardless of the payload of the block (at least during critical periods), and the second ensures that the number of created tokens is controlled and adjusted in relation to the intended yearly inflation rate. This is in addition to the share of marketplace fees in the dApp store.
cam (cams_yellow_jacket) If a hotel chain, say Hilton wanted exclusive rights to deploy Ki in their locations, how would you handle this in the face of a gigantic check? In the name of decentralization would you tell them to screw off?
Tarek @mak No. When I said decrease I meant while testing from our side to decide on the number of validators per round at the launch. We are computing the probability of achieving a successful attack knowing a probability distribution of malicious nodes in the validation process. This is directly related to the number of validators.
Dermot // Ki Foundation @Sam (pieface) Ki will be implementing KYC checks in line with its legal advisers recommendations
Reda // Ki Foundation @cam (cams_yellow_jacket) We will be able to deploy through them non exclusively :wink:
mak I assume that would depend on token distribution between the holders. Do you have a plan to ensure an even distribution?View newer replies
Delegate what targets do you have for distributing the KI device? How much do you charge per device? And do you sell it at profitable margins?
Highjhacker (The Golden Horde) Do you guys think you can add something more to the Ark Community ? The whole project itself seems dope but was wondering about that
Sam (pieface) There's just 5 minutes of the AMA remaining - I feel like we could probably have a second AMA at some point
cam (cams_yellow_jacket) And to piggy back on @Delegate question, if there are profits made per device does that profit trickle down to the token in any way?
Delegate what are your plans for expanding the ki device to service other touchpoints of the hospitality industry. do you see d for tablets for waiters. self serve kiosks etc
Dermot // Ki Foundation @Delegate as Ki is a foundation and isn't aiming to profit from the devices - the devices are sold at as close to cost as possible. The aim to eventually fund the distribution of Ki devices for free - to a much wider population by using Ki token reserves. More Ki devices will result in more transactions in Ki on the Ki dApp store and just as importantly, a more distributed infrastructure layer with a greater capacity to support local internet meshed networks as well as global computing power and storage dApps such as Golem and Sia. Partners such as Orchid love Ki, as the Ki devices are a great distribution platform for their applications and the Ki project is fully open source and run by a foundation and not a for-profit entity.
Delegate how much do the ki devices cost at different production volumes?
Reda // Ki Foundation @Delegate we are planning to deploy a minimum 150K devices in the next 3 years and we already have a pipe for 300K units with 3K devices confirmed in the next 10 months.
@Highjhacker (The Golden Horde) We are planning to share Blockchain developement with the community, we will also soon present an innovative delegate proposal to become part of the delegates in the community and engage voters in the Ki Ecosystem! :slightly_smiling_face:
Delegate what industries are you targeting after hospitality? Can you give me an idea of industry by cyclical and non cyclical markets
Dermot // Ki Foundation @cam (cams_yellow_jacket) there is no equity and the foundation is a non-profit with a sole purpose to support the Ki ecosystem.
cam (cams_yellow_jacket) On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you love Ark?
Dermot // Ki Foundation So all value will accrue to the ecosystem and by proxy the network...
Matthieu // CMO at Ki Foundation 11
Samy // Marketing Manager at Ki Foundation 12
Delegate will the ki device compete with alexa / watson, individual/corporate
Dermot // Ki Foundation 14!
cam (cams_yellow_jacket) :open_mouth: :joy: :clapping: :boogieark: :heart:
Highjhacker (The Golden Horde) Also, catapult or trebuchet ?
SuperCool I have to run! This was all super interesting and i would love to keep updated on your project! Please don't leave the Slack and keep us posted! :clapping:
Sam (pieface) Okay time is up. Let's give Ki the opportunity to finish answering all unanswered questions :slightly_smiling_face: (edited)
mak Thanks again for the AMA, glad to have you guys in the ark ecosystem :clapping:
Reda // Ki Foundation @Delegate very good question. We are focusing now on the hospitality market but we already have some inbounds in other markets, we do have plans with tablets to enhance the user experience, there is a whole ecosystem that we are willing to build in the long term around Ki.
@Delegate Energy is one the project we are currently working on with a huge company :slightly_smiling_face: The Ki Device will be the orchestrator of this energy sharing system.
Matthieu // CMO at Ki Foundation Guys, if you want to ask us more questions, you can join our telegram here :wink:
:arrow_right:https://t.me/KiFoundation
Was really (really) great talking with you all. :facepunch::skin-tone-2: (edited)
Ki is a decentralized infrastructure network that combines a Blockchain layer and a distributed network of smart pods enabling a resilient privacy preserving Operating System.
Reda // Ki Foundation @Delegate Right now we produce the devices at batches of 200-250 devices, we do have a small margin on those, but we are ramping up the production. We are aiming to manufacture batches of 1000-1500 when we finalize our token sale.
Joel It all sounds very exciting and convincing guys. wish you all the best of luck! Looking forward to the Ark-Ki partnership soon:tm: :smiletroll:
Sam (pieface) Thank you @Reda // Ki Foundation, @Tarek, @Dermot // Ki Foundation and @Matthieu // CMO at Ki Foundation for taking part in this AMA and answering our questions. It's a very exciting project and we're pleased to have you guys build on the ARK platform. If willing, maybe we should have another AMA at a time a bit closer to your public sale? (edited)
Reda // Ki Foundation @Delegate Actually, Hospitality is not so cyclical, as usually hotels in big cities have a 60 to 80% occupancy rate all along the year. But we are looking for new markets for sure :wink:
cam (cams_yellow_jacket) Good AMA. Very intriguing project. Thanks for doing this.
Highjhacker (The Golden Horde) Yeah thanks for this, it looks promising
Matthieu // CMO at Ki Foundation Thanks a lot for the great work we’ve been doing together @Sam (pieface). :wink: (edited)
Reda // Ki Foundation @Delegate We are not aiming to compete with those... For the moment being :trollbounce:
@Sam (pieface) Sure! We really do love the Ark community, and anyone can actually reach out
If you are interested in participating to the private sale you can go on this page and send us a message! https://foundation.ki/contact
mak Do you have a minimum limit for the private sale?
Reda // Ki Foundation @mak Yes we have a minimum of $25K for the private sale, but as we love the Ark community, we are willing to build some kind of syndicate for the smaller tickets from the community.

You can find The Ki Foundation here;
Website - https://foundation.ki/
Telegram - https://t.me/KiFoundation
Twitter - https://twitter.com/Ki_Foundation
Bitcointalk - https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5132784.0
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2018.03.22 00:49 thehatsmol Hidden cam sec videos

NEW MESSAGE: FFEC 2017 DIRECTOR +4 OTHERS
Hello everyone! I hope all of you make it here to Harrisburg! Tomorrow will be the first day of the 20th Freddy Fazbear Entertainment Convention. You all will be staying at the Hilton Harrisburg near the Convention Center. More information will be provided in the following link...
My mind is completely blank right now. I am on a two-hour flight to Pennsylvania and I am still in shock that my curiosity and mind took me this far.
NEW MESSAGE: PETE Yo how are you doing bro, i arrived at the airport.
What have I gotten myself into?? I still can’t believe that a stupid theory and hobby have gotten me this far. I look down at my empty paper and think about what I need to say in my part of the panel.
Freddy’s was the biggest incident that has ever happened involving children at a locale of this nature. Big names have talked about this incident such as the likes of Stephen King and James Patterson, and this big tragedy has even garnered a fanbase among the paranormal investigation community. Even though it has been almost 26 years, some families are still affected by what had happened. I have spok-
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Midway through my writing, I get a text message.
NEW MESSAGE: PETE Dude, I think you need to hear this. “New development in the suicide of a 16-year old student; Police uncover deeper meaning.” Just hit the WaPo this morning. It talks about this Tanner Albright kid, who dropped out of school and went into hiding. In a nutshell, I am on to something. Tell you more at the port :)
I remember hearing about that, barely a blip on the newsfeed compared to all that coverage about the solar eclipse. That was an interesting text. Why not tell me now. You know what, screw it, I’ll just continue writing.
I have spoken at length about the so-called Missing Children Incident where five children went missing at the pizzeria back in the early 1990s, the disappearances of various night staff over the years, and the shady relationship between Fazbear Entertainment and Afton Robotics. I am here to clear everything u-
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Damnit Pete!
NEW MESSAGE: PETE Just a small check in on u. I herd the plane was delayed. Tru?
Just then, the pilot made an announcement:
“Hello folks, we are having a rough time here so just sit back for a moment. Put on your seatbelts everybody!” You serious right now??? Even in 2017 a brutha can't get a break!
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NEW MESSAGE: UNKNOWN ID I KNOW WHERE YOU ARE. YOU CAN'T HIDE.
...
WHAT THE ABSOLUTE FUCK
Maybe it was just a simple prank. Let me not freak out the person next to me and piss my pants in the actual piss place.
Luckily I am right next to the bathroom.
I open the door and look in the mirror.
Yo, Isiah, chill out dude. It’s good.
I go back to my seat and go back to my music.
Oh shoot
I feel the migraine coming as the cabin rocks under the turbulence. Shit…
Pete's going to be so mad when he finds out… oh well.
Pete's waiting for me past security
“Ayyee, wassup my guy.” Pete greets me.
“Sup,” I reply.
“How long have you been waiting here, P?”
“Four hours. You hungry from that flight?”
“Yeah, let’s get something to eat.”
We walk around the airport looking for something to eat.
“Mickey Ds?”
“Hell yeah.”
We walk to the McDonald's across from us to get what I think is dinner. We wait in line to get our food. Pete orders a Big Mac and I order a normal cheeseburger with a milkshake. We sit down at the dining plaza tables and start eating.
“So how was your flight?” Pete asks.
"Bit rough," I reply.
"No shit, Isiah!" He pauses then asks, "you been taking the percs again?"
"Uhh..."
"Man, you gotta cut that shit out!"
"It's aiight… So… whatchu got?"
Pete pulls up the webpage on his iPad; it's that Washington Post article he mentioned in the text earlier, with a picture showing cops at some backwoods crime scene complete with yellow tape. The page linked to another webpage, this one being a local news site for the St. George Metropolitan Area:
Brushton Township police say that Tanner Albright, a high school student that committed suicide several weeks back, had plans to commit mass murder.
Hurricane Police Chief Clay Burke said in a news conference yesterday that detectives found further writings dated August 8 to August 20, detailing a five-step plan for a major killing spree.
An entry dated Aug. 16 said, "...this will be bigger than anything this country's ever seen, .......I've been planning this for a long time, it's going to be so much fun. They won't expect a thing. It will be a stain on American history unlike anything like it."
The entries also praised William Afton of Afton Robotics and the recently-deceased Henry Fasbach of Fazbear Entertainment, making heavy references to the series of child murders throughout the 1990s, believed to have been committed by someone impersonating a mascot at the pizzeria. An entry dated Aug. 17 said, "I'll look into those scared little bitches eyes before I kill them and watch the life pour out of their bodies like the river Nile ... have followers because I'm so awesome I know someone will follow me just like I followed William Afton's ... me and them want close to the same thing, It's going to be fun......They say oh this is horrible but they don't think like us like me Henry and William...."
Tanner's writings made heavy references to Satanism and the occult, and detectives believe the boy expected to die and then "rise again" on August 21, the day of a major solar eclipse. A memo entry dated Aug. 18 said, ".....I'm going to die doing it, I hate those people, when they interview my parents and ask how they didn't see the signs they should know it's not them it's me and it's because of how I see the world....I'll hurt and destroy something so much bigger and they'll all see....."
He had gone missing a week before his body was found nearby an abandoned bunker that he had apparently been inhabiting for the last few months of his high school attendance before dropping out.
On Thursday, the Washington County Medical Examiner ruled Tanner's death inconclusive.
Investigation into Tanner's home was rendered impossible due to a major break-in soon after the body was discovered, with the intruder stealing most if not all of Tanner's belongings and heavily vandalizing the remainder.
Police say the investigation will continue with additional interviews and review of the boy's other documents.
School counselor Harvey Dunn issued a news release Thursday afternoon, noting increased presence by law enforcement in all district buildings.
Oookay… damn. That was one messed-up kid. One look at this pasty white boy's face and I immediately think "this kid be blastin' on them fools". At least he didn't go down that route...
"And you're showing me this because..."
Pete pulls out a folder from his convention bag and shoves it to me. "Dude, it gets even weirder. This guy on Freddit, OracleIntuition, sent me these" he gestures to the contents of the folder; several photographs of a really crappy cosplay of Freddy that someone tried to make look "oh so sp00py" by wrapping red yarn all over it, dunno why.
"So it's a photo of some cosplayer, what does this have to do with-"
"Bruh, that's what I told him too. But he swears 1000% that this is the real deal, some real spooky shit. Like a real-life version of all those urban legends about the animatronics walkin' around at night? And you know the weirdest part? He says this is what Tanner meant when he said 'rise again'"
"Naw… you saying this kid turn himself into a Freddy??" I stop and think for a second.
“This is on some next level werewolf shit bro, I don’t think it’s real. It could be some really thought out fanfic.” I reply.
“Sure, whatever you say. Don’t start crying and running to me when some satanic ‘I Need Jesus’ Freddy comes for your ass.”
Yo, this is forreal on some other worldly stuff. I don’t think there is that much behind this thing, and I am a theorist who talks about dead children for god’s sake.
“Anyways, you wanna know what happened to me on the plane?” I say.
“Let me guess, the perc. I already told you-”
“No, I got this weird ass stalker level text. Sounded like someone from ISIS or some shit.” I show Pete the text message.
“How many codes have you been cracking my dude, Tanner the spirit school shooter is about to murder your ass.” Pete replies.
“This is not funny. I am hella scared right now. Why me though?”
“In all seriousness, this could be a joke or a wrong number thing. Either way it’s weird.”
“True bu-”
CAN I NOT GET INTERRUPTED FOR THE FIRST TIME.
“Hi guys, mind if I join you?” a familiar posh-accented voice says.
“Well, you could have as……. HOLY SHIT!” I scream, trying not to freak out even more.
To my surprise, it’s Dawko. The Dawko; the gamer and theorist. Is this real right now?
“Excuse my language, hello, of course you can join us.”
Pete and I give each other a glare. It’s the myth, the man, the legend, Dawko!!
“Sorry for my manners, my name is Isiah and this is Pete. I assume you are also here for the convention?”
“Oh yeah, I am. Are you part of a panel or a fan?”
“I am in the panel with my friend over here, we are under the name of ‘TheFreddleSquad’. You've probably seen our video on Freddy's, that is why we are here.”
“Ah yes I have, you are on the panel with me I think, right? I’ll check the schedule the director gave us.” Dawko looks down at his phone. “Yep.”
"So you just got here too? How was the flight?"
"Oh my God, 10 hours of torture all the way from Heathrow I swear," replies Dawko while stretching his back.
"I can't believe FazCon's been around for like 20 years, and 'cause of what? 'cause of some creepy urban legends here or there? I mean, have you seen the place? 'So come on down to mechanical bear pizza and child casino!!!'" we all get a good giggle out of that one.
We finish eating and we get all our luggage from pickup and we call an Uber.
We see our driver and he drives us to our hotel.
“Have a nice day!” Dawko shouts as he waves us off.
We wave back.
Approaching the lobby, it becomes pretty clear that we're not the only Faz-fans holed up in this joint. Already the place is full of enthusiasts and even some cosplayers. A cardboard Freddy sat down reading his tablet while some Foxy chicks (in BOTH senses of the word) hung round the pillars taking selfies. I even saw these two high as fuck guys dressed in black animal suits and I don't mean black like they used ink for the Ice Bucket challenge but like Vantablack shit.
Me and Pete get our room key from the counter and take the elevator up.
“Damn, we met Dawko.” I say.
“Yes, yes we did.” Pete replies
We get to our room and look around.
“I am glad we chose to upgrade to the two-room suite.” Pete says as he savours the moment.
I also savour it, as we examine every feature of the room, from the king-sized bed to the soft floors, everything is so perfect. While Pete flops down on the bed, I pull out my Surface Pro 4 and check the forums.
"Yo Pete check this out"
I'm on OracleIntuition's instagram account; there's a black and white selfie of a professional photographer, with images far superior to the ones Pete showed me at the airport. The caption was what piqued my interest, however:
oracleintuition Just flew into Harrisburg Intl.! Next stop, FazCon 2017!!!! 😊😄 #oracleintuition #ffp #freddy convention #fazcon
He's here?? Oh this might actually be interesting. I wonder what he has to say about the photos. But, time waits for no bruthas. We pack our gear and head off down the 20-minute walk from the Hilton to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, where the FazCon is being held. Strolling past the milling tourists and congoers, we behold the massive convention center, the capital of Freddy's Fandom for the next 4 days. We take a quick power nap because we didn't go to sleep, and it's 6:30 AM and we have to arrive in an hour.
Still, that short nap's long enough for me to have this strange dream. I'm a little boy again, barely knee height and I'm at the pizzeria during a birthday party. I try to get closer but I trip and fall, and by the time I get up, the whole place is dark and empty, like in the middle of the night. Suddenly, I hear movement and a little kid struggling as he's being pushed around by this dude in a purple uniform, squealing all the while because his mouth's been covered. They disappear behind the door and I can hear muffled struggling behind it. I walk towards the door, but there's this huge stink and some weird-ass feeling I can't place. I'm scared.
The stage lights up and there's Freddy, except… where's Bonnie and Chica??? Plus, Freddy's facing the wrong way! I have a choice… go to that door or go to Freddy. I also get this tingling pressure and somehow I know that if I take my eyes off of Freddy for even one second…
Suddenly the door bursts open, breaking my concentration. Instinctively I turn to look and… nothing. Just an empty room. Oh fuck... I want, no, need to get to that door because if I don't, it's going to get me. Doesn't matter what "it" is. I break into a run, but the pizzeria seems to stretch out as my heart hammers, but I finally make it through the door, slamming it behind me. I wait for a few moments, straining to hear if what's out there's gone. Then slowly I turn arou-
 
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA I get up with a start, breathing heavily. just a dream, Isiah, just a dream. Shit… I shouldn't have let them photos get to me… fuck. I turn and look at the clock. Oh, 7:05, still have time. I wake up Pete, we wash our faces, and finally leave the hotel, before hailing a taxi to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex where the FazCon takes place.
And with that, we march headlong into the convention center.
WOW. It. Was. HUGE.
To any '90s kid who was raised on a healthy diet of Freddy's pizza and Surge, this place was practically heaven. The halls were transformed into a giant Freddy Fazbear's pizzeria/museum with practically everything that would satisfy your inner child for days on end! There were arcades of all kinds, deluxe ball pits we could play in for hours on end, vintage Freddy's memorabilia on display including signs, posters, even some old relics like animatronics that never made it to production, each carefully labeled and presented like fashion mannequins at the mall. But instead of rowdy screaming children, the place was crammed full of excited teens and adults, many of whom were having just as much fun as they would at a Dave & Buster's. Tokens clattered as attendees queued up to play the arcade games as if this was Atlantic City instead of Pennsylvania. A group of highschoolers howled and high-fived as they won a goodstuff Bonnie plush at the claw machine. Not to mention the cosplayers. It was like back at the hotel but magnified a hundred fold, and some of the outfits were so good that it was difficult to tell whether they were just here to have fun or whether they were part of the exhibit! Passing by a Foxy and a Mangle dancing to Gangnam Style while waving around a Nerf gun, we entered a room labeled "CAM 01" just in time to watch a riffed vintage episode of Fredbear and Friends! that had everyone laughing their asses off for nearly the full 20 minutes.
After having my fun, I go to rehearsal for my panel. I see multiple familiar faces from FusionZ to WHAT Stephen King?! STEPHEN KING HOLY SHIT I JUST NOTICED. What the hell is he doing here? Isn't he supposed to be writing a book about a gay guy or something? Now I wish I hadn't sold my 1st edition copy of "Under the Dome" before getting his autograph (ugh!) I am going to go speak with him, and hopefully don't make a nuisance out of myself. “Hey Mr. King, odd seeing you around these parts?” I say. “Please, call me Stephen.” he replies. I JUST GOT PERMISSION TO CALL STEPHEN KING ON A FIRST-NAME BASIS OH MY GOD. “So what panel are you on, Stephen?” I just had to rub it in. “Panel 3.”
“Really? So am I!”
“Great! I don't really tell people this but, I am a huge fan of yours, your theories helped me write my book!”
Did Stephen King just call me one of his inspirations??????
FREDDLE SCREECH AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
We stand there for a while.
“Alright then, catch you later!” I say.
Stephen walks away then waves.
"EVERYONE IN PANEL 3 PLEASE APPROACH THE FRONT FOR REHEARSAL” a man says over the speaker system
Alright… it's showtime.
It’s finally time for the biggest moment of my so-called career. I see the other panelists around me, most I met during rehearsal. I settle down in my seat while Pete plops down next to me.
“You ready bro?” Pete asks me.
“Yeah, I guess.”
"LADIES AND GENTLEMEN PLEASE WELCOME, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, THE CONSPIRACY THEORIST GROUP WITH OVER A MILLION SUBSCRIBERS ON YOUTUBE, THE FREDDLE SQUAD!!!"
Moment of truth time.
I get up to give my speech.
"Thank you! We are The Freddle Squad and it's so good to be back! Shout out to my boy Pete, FusionZ, Dawko, and the one and only Stephen King himself!"
I wait for the applause to die down before continuing. "Now, Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria was the biggest scandal that has ever happened involving children at a locale of this nature. Big names have talked about the strange phenomena surrounding the restaurant, such as the likes of Stephen King and James Patterson, and this big tragedy has even garnered a fanbase among the paranormal investigation community. Even though it has been almost 26 years, some families are still affected by what had happened. I have spoken at length about the so-called Missing Children Incident where five children disappeared from the pizzeria back in the early 1990s, the unknown whereabouts of various night staff over the years, and the shady relationship between Fazbear Entertainment and Afton Robotics. Pete and I have been researching this for the past few years and we are now here to clear everything up."
I give Pete a soft kick which means it’s his turn.
“As my partner said, these incidents weren’t accidents. The long running partnership between Afton Robotics and Fazbear Entertainment isn’t as sweet as you think. Rumors have been going around that the company owner William Afton, presumably deceased, and his good friend, the late Fazbear Entertainment owner, Henry Fasbach, who had recently taken his own life this past Spring, had a pretty good, hidden friendship when they weren’t making headlines, almost too good of a friendship. Bonding over the experience of having lost their only daughter, they plotted on getting revenge on their own creations. In Henry’s letter before his passing, he wrote 'I was absolutely infuriated and ashamed of my actions, my daughter had died in the hands of my creations. I wanted for people to know the pain.'
Henry and William's plan was to sabotage their own beloved animatronics, to prevent any future tragedy; though both William and Henry were thought to have had shady connections to various - shall I say it - suspicious suppliers and other companies, they felt confident in their success, that is until William's apparent disappearance about a decade later. Henry himself would soon vanish from public spectacle to devote to his research, shunning everyone, including family and friends. With Henry dead, and his ex-wife and nephew not talking, we can only speculate exactly what he discovered and the rationale behind his actions."
And with that we continue into our Freddle Squad spiel, enumerating the known facts about the tangled case that lay before us and then entertaining the most common theories as to what truly went down back at Freddy's. When we finish, the moderator sets up this round table like on ABC, where we discuss and debate the motives and history of the whole sordid affair. All in all, it's really fun, and we're quite proud of ourselves, now that we're talking on par with all the bigshots of this field!
"Well that was fun!" Pete exclaims in relief once we finish signing autographs and get ready to head out.
"Man Pete, we gon' get a LOT of subs for this."
"I know, right?" He finishes packing his gear and we head off to the next few panels.
As the hours go on, Pete's beginning to act a bit wack. I mean he's cool and all but I can tell something ain't right, or at least he thinks so. Keeps looking over his shoulder as if he just stuffed several iPhones down his pants at Target. And the selfies... never knew Pete to be the selfie type…
Suddenly he taps me on the shoulder. "Hey Isiah, I gotta go for a bit, wanna put these in the back?"
"Sure man! Where you gon' be at?"
"Arcade room. You in?"
"Nah, I wanna get some quality swag, want something?"
"It's cool man."
"Meet you in 30 then?"
"Yeah! Oh and one more thing,"
Without warning he pulls me close and snaps a selfie on his phone before heading off. well that was weird… I mean, really? What's with him and selfies all the sudden?
I walk through the crowd looking for anyone else I know. Oh! The photographer snapping pics of us at the panel! Imma go talk to this brutha.
"Hey, nice camera! Did you enjoy the panel?"
"Yeah, it was really illuminating! I especially liked the part where you discussed what happened to the Toy animatronics and-"
He goes on and on about- wait hol' up. I've seen this face round these parts before.
"wait a sec… aren't you that instagram photographer OracleIntuition?"
"Yup! The one and only!"
"Ayyyyyyyyyyyyy sup!" and we greet each other like bruthas do
"Those forest pics were the BOMB on instagram! Where you take those, Yellowstone?"
"Rockies in fact, heh heh" Isaac replies with a toothy smile
"Run into any bears in the woods?"
shit… me and my big-ass mouth...
For one half of a split-fucking-second he look at me like I stepped on his Nike Air Jordans, then gives a forced giggle.
"No bears, no stairs."
"Aw man wouldn't those be nasty!"
this n!gga be tweekin, man! Alright, think man, this is your chance!
"So, uh, what's your favorite animatronic?"
"Mine? Well, normally it'd be a toss-up between Bonnie and Freddy, but now I think I'm more of a Bonnie person-"
"Oh? What happened?"
He looked away for a bit then mused, almost as if to himself,
"Do you really think Henry and William got all of them?" He looks at me, and I feel like he's putting me on the spot.
"Well… " I begin. "Those two made a lot of the guys, who knows if there's one still lying in a dumpster somewhere and we don't even know about it…"
He didn't like that, but cat's out, so time to get direct.
"Why, you think Freddy's comin' for you?"
He bites his lower lip in thought before whispering,
"Utah Museum of Architecture and Robotics… you… you saw the pics, right?
he knows
"Yeah… but don't you think..."
"That it's a load of bear shit? That he's dead and that's it?"
Now he's getting in my face, eyes pleading.
"Listen bro, I don't know what the HELL that was, but what I saw, what I felt... That ain't natural. The more I look, the worse this whole Freddy stuff appears."
I nod, not really understanding what he's getting at.
"Look, I like what you do a lot, hell I've gotten many of my friends to subscribe to Freddle Squad themselves. But if there's one thing to keep in mind, it's-"
Isaac suddenly gasps and turns green before giving me this wide-eyed stare as he stammers; "I-I-gotta go. Catch you up later?" Before I can reply he speedwalks off towards the restrooms. Looking around, I can't see what could have possibl-
NO.
FUCKIN SATAN FREDDY IS HERE???
"Agh you fucking kids, I'll get even with you for this I swear to God!"
Freddy flails around picking out the stuff sticking to his fur… oh. It's just silly string. He catches me staring. "the fuck's so funny?" then he storms off as we watch in confusion.
Well…
What exactly did he want me to keep in mind?
A guy like Isaac? If anything, now I know Isaac ain't fooling around… either he got played, or…
Well he sure as hell believes it.
Whatever…
I had two options to soothe my nerves… percs or merch. Ain't that an easy choice…
 
Upstairs there's this area labeled "PRIZE CORNER" through some huge double doors, Fazbear Security lookalikes checking for badges. And for good reason.
"PRIZE CORNER" my ass.
This area is perhaps THE biggest room in the entire convention center, size of at least two NBA arenas, all covered from wall to wall with booths selling all kinds of merchandise!!!! Funko Pops, McFarlane sets, posters and wall hangings of all kinds. Still don't know why such popular companies would still endorse such a controversial brand though, better for the fans anyways! Plus, half of the room was fanart and fan crafts anyways, including art (all kinds), plushies (all kinds), and a wide variety of cosmetic and cosplay merch including OC fursuits costing at least 3 grand each.
Wait…
Is that what I think I see? LIMITED EDITION SANSHEE FREDBEAR PLUSH? HALF OFF!?! GIMME!! I push through the crowd and run towards it like a person running from a killer (off topic, what a coincidence)
15 singles later I'm hauling this brand new Sanshee Fredbear plush I've always been wanting to have to finish my collection in some gift bag over my shoulder, ready to wave it at his face once I finally catch up to him… aaaand Pete's nowhere to be seen. Well… so much for that I guess. Seriously? Dude can't have just bailed on me so soon.
I push past a gaggle of girls dressed up to look like the slutty versions of the Classic Freddy and Friends™ and find Pete talking with this security guard who clearly wasn't a Fazbear fan, occasionally pointing at his cell to show the guard something. As I'm about to call out to him, he finishes the conversation and bumps right into me. He looks very tense, which doesn't help at all.
"Dude, Pete, what's yo problem? Look, let's go somewhere more private so that we don't look like we're slinging rocks or something."
We walk over to this secluded corner and I confront him. "Dangit, boi! You've been acting all sorts of strange since our panel, taking selfies like 'that thot over there' and lookin' around acting all weird and shit. What the hell?!" Pete raises his hands in a defensive posture as I lay it on him.
"Alright Isiah, calm down, I can explain!"
Let's hear the worst.
"You know during that panel, there was this hoodie boy sitting all the way in the back, listening to his iPod or something?" I rack my brains to recall, but nobody in particular stood out to me-
wait…
"Was it some skinny Unabomber lookin' fella?"
"Yes! Yes it was!" Pete replies excitedly. "I thought he was just some weirdo at the wrong panel but then he started following us. I'd see him out of the corner of my eye but he'd always vanish like some ghost or something."
oh great, a crazed stalker. This day just keeps getting better and better...
Pete pulls out his cell phone to show me. "Here, have a look," he opens up the gallery and clicks on one particular selfie. All I see is his stupid grin, but then he zooms in on a corner, revealing the sunglasses-wearing "hoodie boy" who clearly looked sketchy as all hell. No drug dealer would be that careless to just walk around in broad daylight… right? Instantly, I'm reminded to that text I got from that creep back in the airplane.
"And that's not all… Isiah, look." He opens up a set of new text messages sent just about half an hour ago.
I see you Good talk, by the way Look before you leap You might not like what you find
BZZZZZZ BZZZZZZZ
Just then, I receive a new text of my own.
NEW MESSAGE: UNKNOWN ID You can still walk away. Or don't, it's up to you.
BZZZZZZ BZZZZZZZ
NEW MESSAGE: UNKNOWN ID Remember, the Shadows have ears.
*Oh hell no. *
“Yo Pete, I just got two texts from the same guy……”
“Who, the one from the airplane?”
"Yeah."
"shit."
Someone is clearly fucking with us, shit, shit, shit
“Maybe… maybe this is some creepy mega fan?”
“THAT'S STILL BAD.” Pete cries.
“Hopefully this is just a joke and it's not that important. You know what, let's get something to eat if that makes you feel better. I heard they have a really good place that make pizzas as good as Freddy's not to far from here. We don’t have to be here again until 4:00, that means we have 5 hours to spend.”
“That seems nice.” Pete replies.
We move through the crowd to get to the entrance, guarded by security wearing faux Freddy’s security guard gear. These guards look like they have something better to do.
We go to the front of the convention center near the pickup area.
“Uber?” Pete asks
I nod in agreement. Pete goes on his phone and pays for the ride.
I should invite Dawko to come eat with us.
TO: DAWKO ME AND PETE ARE GOING TO EAT, WANNA JOIN?
I never got to send that text; when I turn around I see an out-of-breath Dawko running from a mob of fangirls.
“HIDE ME!” he pants. We see the uber driver pull up on the curve.
“Hurry, go!” I say, motioning him to get his ass in the car as we follow suit, pulling an OJ Simpson down Main street like a Ford Bronco chased by the po-lice.
“Shit, you good bro?” I ask Dawko during the ride.
“Yeah, I guess.”
I'm now grateful that I'm not as famous as him.
The ride drags along. We talk to our Uber driver and actually have a decent conversation. He looked hella sketchy, though. He looked familiar, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it.
“Behold, Bacco's!” I say as I get into to an introducing pose.
“Wineries?” Pete says confusingly
“NAME DOESN'T MATTER”
As we enter the building, the savoury scent of pizza fills my nose as I look around. When I look, there's this extremely cute girl, sitting by herself eating.
...
and she T H I C C
Yo brutha, you got this
“Yo dudes, one second.” I tell my party of two. Hopefully no one intervenes and I can talk to her.
“Ay, hold on there buddy-boy. You trying to get some of that, arencha?” Pete says.
It’s always the black man that can’t do anything.
“Yo, what the hell Pete. “
“It’s not my fault that you made it obvious.”
“Well it’s not my fault tha-”
WHY CAN’T I GET A BREAK. STOP INTERRUPTING ME!
“You know what, let's sit over there then.” Dawko says outta nowhere
Who invited this dude to the conversation?
Dawko talks to waiter for awhile and then we somehow get a table next to her.
I settle down in my seat while the others gather around me.
this is my chance!
Ok, to hook this girl I got to start off smooth and then work my way up.
"Whoa… is that a HERO6????"
Nice way to start a conversation, nerd. What’s next, let me guess, ‘You have some nice camera lenses.’ Dafuq were you thinking?
"Yup! Just came out too; well, it's not mine, really, my sister let me borrow it for this trip."
phew! Okay you can still save this
"Really now? Where you heading?"
"Centralia, just past Route 61."
Pete raises an eyebrow. "The ghost town?"
"Yeah! It's for my journalism class up in Penn State."
"Penn State? Where you from?"
"Oh, well, me and my sister lived in Maryland before I got accepted here."
"Sweet! Pete and I came up from Orlando." I clap him on the shoulder.
"Oh! What brings you all the way up north then?"
We give her a wide grin. "Fazcon 2017 baby!" showing our VIP badges.
“oh you mean the Freddy convention? I did see the ads, plus there's quite a few costumed guys running around the place." The lady shrugs. "Oh! where's my manners, I'm Charisma."
Cute name… DAMNIT ISIAH KEEP YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME!
“I'm Isiah, this is Pete. Oh yeah, you probably know him already but this is Dawko, nice to meet you.”
Dawko gives a small wave. I am about to make my move until this guy, who kinda reminds me of that one buffed up jock in a high school movie, shows up and sits right next to Charisma (she still has a cute name- ISIAH KEEP IT TOGETHER.) The guy also puts his arm around her.
Please don't tell me it's her bo-
“Oh, this is Jason, who I'm doing the project with!"
Shit, what kinda project then, chemistry? Seems a bit too close to be a “project partner”
The jock stretches his hand over to me and I shake it. “Nice to meet you.” he says.
“Nice to meet you too.” I reply.
THIS FELLOW HOMOSAPIEN IS DATING THIS EXTREMELY ATTRACTIVE FEMALE HOMOSAPIEN, IT'S SO FUCKING OBVIOUS SPILL THE BEANS ALREADY DAMNIT.
Okay, I need to chill the fuck down.
“So both of you go to Centralia?” I ask
“Yeah.” Charisma replies, her “project partner” nods in agreement.
"Say, wasn't there a Chica's Party World near that area few decades back?" Dawko pipes up.
“Oh yeah, there was. You all probably already know what happened, since you are fans and stuff."
We shot the shit for a few more while finishing up that delicious gourmet pizza, but before long, Charisma and Jason have to get going. They head out in this blue hatchback that looks like it's from the 90s and barely runs. Soon, it's Dawko's turn to leave, and we wish him the best.
Ah well, now it's just the two of us and this tasty pizza. At least there's that right?
"Um… let's just… let's just go back to the hotel, I could use a hot shower, and hey, perhaps you wanna catch up some sleep and oh maybe cuddle Mr. Fredbear?"
Two for flinching, Pete.
We cross the road and head down Strawberry street to ditch our merch back at our room. We pass by those two vantablack cosplayers again in front of the parking lot-
wait hol up
WHAT
Pete stopped dead cold, no doubt just as spooked as I was. Two lots down, there he was.
CREEPY ASS HOODIE BOY. ...
Fuck.
Everything 'bout this guy screams "ghetto neighborhood pusher" and part of me wonders what he got in the waistband of those jeans. Black Air Max sneakers, gray hoodie and red baseball cap leaning on a pillar facing away from us while he's smoking a cig. I see something in the garage mirror-
Double fuck.
Them vantablack n!ggas are closing in.
"That's the guy from the-"
"I know! Keep movin, we're almost there."
Plan's to make it to the elevator then swipe the keycard before we haul ass upstairs after locking him and his ninja thugs outside. Please Jesus I hope this works…

Hoodie boy's whistling now, great. Maybe he didn't see us?
Shit this is bad. I hope he's just-
… where'd he go???
"Hey homie, you got a light?"
where did-
OH GOD
HE'S FUCKING RIGHT IN FRONT OF US
FUCK
This is so fucking bad, man.
I'm about to get mugged by the Unabomber, this rail-thin dude in aviator glasses and a pedo mustache.
I feel cold, like freezer cold…
Heavy breathing…
We're boxed in by his ninja black shadow goons.
fuck, fuck, fuck. We are dead.
"Umm, sorry no, we don't smoke..."
The door is right fucking there… do we run???
“No speak english, mi amigo.” Pete says
Fucking classic Pete. A look at him, he already knows what I am thinking. LET’S NASCAR THIS BIH.
Me and Pete both run from the Vantablacks (I might just call them that now, seems like a good band name) towards the glass enclosure, hoping that we get away in time. One of them, maybe the lead-singer, extends their arms and grabs me. We on some Bendy and the Ink Machine type-shit now WHAT THE FUCK. The other I swear to Lord Almighty fuckin FLASH STEPS RIGHT IN FRONT OF PETE before grabbing him and spinning him round against the glass with a loud THUD. I grab my backpack quick and find my bible.
Momma I'm sorry for throwing this but I need to live.
“LET THE POWER OF CHRIST COMPEL YOU!” I scream as I through the very expensive bible at the lead-singer of the Vantablacks-no. Not at… through. THIS IS SOME FORREAL DEVIL SHIT. WTF. He just looks down then back before he football tackles me against the glass like Pete. There's something yellow on the gro- oh. Fredbear fell out… hoodie boy gon' rob me of my phone, my wallet, AND Mr. Fredbear. fuuck.
Hoodie boy just leans on one of the pylons and watches us squirm with this shit eating grin as if he 'bout to bust us for possession while he walks over and picks up the Good Book before dusting it off. Lazily he flicks through the pages before he talks reeal low; "If there is a God, He will have to beg for my forgiveness" then he slams the bible shut with an echoing clap.
The Vantablacks are… well I don't know what the fuck but the one holding up Pete looked like Toy Bonnie,... 'cept he's no longer a toy, more like a life-sized Annabelle, but ALLL black. It's like he's just a black space cut out from all reality except for those eyes and those… teeth. That means the other guy's… like Freddy but with one ear missing...
"You two," hoodie boy points at each of us individually, "I am impressed."
THIS IS IT. OH FUCKING HELL, AT LEAST LET ME CALL MY FAMILY AND TELL THEM I LOVE EM.
"You had some really good theories back there. Well, many of them were off, some completely wrong, but for the rest? Close for the most part."
I give a nervous laugh.
“Any suggestions?”
"Two guys, each with a fascination for Fazbear's. Pete… well… doesn't matter why. As for you, Isiah…" Black Freddy turns me around to face hoodie boy. "You wanted to understand something, something that has been nagging at the back of your mind for years." Now his green eyes are inches away from my face. "You were there, weren't you? When it happened. When he took that kid."
Pete looks at me absolutely confused. I never told anyone about that.
"Fascination… obsession… all qualities of a competent journalist, but taken too far, well… you hold onto that and it will tear you apart bit… by bit… by bit…"
"The fuck are you talking about??? What do you want?!" Pete exclaims.
"Always slick on the mouth I see." He then turns to look at me once more.
"You're treading into deep waters, friend. I've seen the end of this road and believe me, it will not be pleasant."
Stepping back, hoodie boy snaps his fingers and before I know it, Vantablack Freddy and Bonnie are back right behind him. Freddy has MY Fredbear plush and is holding it like he holdin' a baby while Bonnie just stares like a damn statue.
"You can still quit while you're ahead, guys. Let the world believe those lies and half-truths about what happened."
He then shrugs. "Or, continue down that rabbit hole… who knows? Maybe you'll be the lucky ones. Nobody ever listens to me anyway."
"then why are you-"
"I'm just here to give you a warning, Freddles. A warning and a choice. Go back to your ordinary lives as YouTube celebrities, accepting the popular opinion, or continue at your own risk. What was that, ah… live or die. Make your choice."
We look at each other for just a moment, and by the time we look back, he's gone. Just GONE. Like he pulled some Criss Angel bullshit.
Best we do the same.
Running into the elevators, we rush into our suite and double lock all the chains and latch, then start making our way to the windows. I walk toward the bed and freeze.
Mr. Fredbear is sitting dead center, staring at me shiftily with his black eyes and stupid purple clothes.
Right on top of momma's ol' family bible.
So much for sleeping tonight…
 
TO BE CONTINUED...  
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NEW MESSAGE: FFEC 2017 DIRECTOR +4 OTHERS
Hello everyone! I hope all of you make it here to Harrisburg! Tomorrow will be the first day of the 20th Freddy Fazbear Entertainment Convention. You all will be staying at the Hilton Harrisburg near the Convention Center. More information will be provided in the following link...
My mind is completely blank right now. I am on a two-hour flight to Pennsylvania and I am still in shock that my curiosity and mind took me this far.
NEW MESSAGE: PETE Yo how are you doing bro, i arrived at the airport.
What have I gotten myself into?? I still can’t believe that a stupid theory and hobby have gotten me this far. I look down at my empty paper and think about what I need to say in my part of the panel.
Freddy’s was the biggest incident that has ever happened involving children at a locale of this nature. Big names have talked about this incident such as the likes of Stephen King and James Patterson, and this big tragedy has even garnered a fanbase among the paranormal investigation community. Even though it has been almost 26 years, some families are still affected by what had happened. I have spok-
BZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
Midway through my writing, I get a text message.
NEW MESSAGE: PETE Dude, I think you need to hear this. “New development in the suicide of a 16-year old student; Police uncover deeper meaning.” Just hit the WaPo this morning. It talks about this Tanner Albright kid, who dropped out of school and went into hiding. In a nutshell, I am on to something. Tell you more at the port :)
I remember hearing about that, barely a blip on the newsfeed compared to all that coverage about the solar eclipse. That was an interesting text. Why not tell me now. You know what, screw it, I’ll just continue writing.
I have spoken at length about the so-called Missing Children Incident where five children went missing at the pizzeria back in the early 1990s, the disappearances of various night staff over the years, and the shady relationship between Fazbear Entertainment and Afton Robotics. I am here to clear everything u-
BZZZZZZ BZZZZZZZ
Damnit Pete!
NEW MESSAGE: PETE Just a small check in on u. I herd the plane was delayed. Tru?
Just then, the pilot made an announcement:
“Hello folks, we are having a rough time here so just sit back for a moment. Put on your seatbelts everybody!” You serious right now??? Even in 2017 a brutha can't get a break!
BZZZZZZ BZZZZZZZ
NEW MESSAGE: UNKNOWN ID I KNOW WHERE YOU ARE. YOU CAN'T HIDE.
...
WHAT THE ABSOLUTE FUCK
Maybe it was just a simple prank. Let me not freak out the person next to me and piss my pants in the actual piss place.
Luckily I am right next to the bathroom.
I open the door and look in the mirror.
Yo, Isiah, chill out dude. It’s good.
I go back to my seat and go back to my music.
Oh shoot
I feel the migraine coming as the cabin rocks under the turbulence. Shit…
Pete's going to be so mad when he finds out… oh well.
Pete's waiting for me past security
“Ayyee, wassup my guy.” Pete greets me.
“Sup,” I reply.
“How long have you been waiting here, P?”
“Four hours. You hungry from that flight?”
“Yeah, let’s get something to eat.”
We walk around the airport looking for something to eat.
“Mickey Ds?”
“Hell yeah.”
We walk to the McDonald's across from us to get what I think is dinner. We wait in line to get our food. Pete orders a Big Mac and I order a normal cheeseburger with a milkshake. We sit down at the dining plaza tables and start eating.
“So how was your flight?” Pete asks.
"Bit rough," I reply.
"No shit, Isiah!" He pauses then asks, "you been taking the percs again?"
"Uhh..."
"Man, you gotta cut that shit out!"
"It's aiight… So… whatchu got?"
Pete pulls up the webpage on his iPad; it's that Washington Post article he mentioned in the text earlier, with a picture showing cops at some backwoods crime scene complete with yellow tape. The page linked to another webpage, this one being a local news site for the St. George Metropolitan Area:
Brushton Township police say that Tanner Albright, a high school student that committed suicide several weeks back, had plans to commit mass murder.
Hurricane Police Chief Clay Burke said in a news conference yesterday that detectives found further writings dated August 8 to August 20, detailing a five-step plan for a major killing spree.
An entry dated Aug. 16 said, "...this will be bigger than anything this country's ever seen, .......I've been planning this for a long time, it's going to be so much fun. They won't expect a thing. It will be a stain on American history unlike anything like it."
The entries also praised William Afton of Afton Robotics and the recently-deceased Henry Fasbach of Fazbear Entertainment, making heavy references to the series of child murders throughout the 1990s, believed to have been committed by someone impersonating a mascot at the pizzeria. An entry dated Aug. 17 said, "I'll look into those scared little bitches eyes before I kill them and watch the life pour out of their bodies like the river Nile ... have followers because I'm so awesome I know someone will follow me just like I followed William Afton's ... me and them want close to the same thing, It's going to be fun......They say oh this is horrible but they don't think like us like me Henry and William...."
Tanner's writings made heavy references to Satanism and the occult, and detectives believe the boy expected to die and then "rise again" on August 21, the day of a major solar eclipse. A memo entry dated Aug. 18 said, ".....I'm going to die doing it, I hate those people, when they interview my parents and ask how they didn't see the signs they should know it's not them it's me and it's because of how I see the world....I'll hurt and destroy something so much bigger and they'll all see....."
He had gone missing a week before his body was found nearby an abandoned bunker that he had apparently been inhabiting for the last few months of his high school attendance before dropping out.
On Thursday, the Washington County Medical Examiner ruled Tanner's death inconclusive.
Investigation into Tanner's home was rendered impossible due to a major break-in soon after the body was discovered, with the intruder stealing most if not all of Tanner's belongings and heavily vandalizing the remainder.
Police say the investigation will continue with additional interviews and review of the boy's other documents.
School counselor Harvey Dunn issued a news release Thursday afternoon, noting increased presence by law enforcement in all district buildings.
Oookay… damn. That was one messed-up kid. One look at this pasty white boy's face and I immediately think "this kid be blastin' on them fools". At least he didn't go down that route...
"And you're showing me this because..."
Pete pulls out a folder from his convention bag and shoves it to me. "Dude, it gets even weirder. This guy on Freddit, OracleIntuition, sent me these" he gestures to the contents of the folder; several photographs of a really crappy cosplay of Freddy that someone tried to make look "oh so sp00py" by wrapping red yarn all over it, dunno why.
"So it's a photo of some cosplayer, what does this have to do with-"
"Bruh, that's what I told him too. But he swears 1000% that this is the real deal, some real spooky shit. Like a real-life version of all those urban legends about the animatronics walkin' around at night? And you know the weirdest part? He says this is what Tanner meant when he said 'rise again'"
"Naw… you saying this kid turn himself into a Freddy??" I stop and think for a second.
“This is on some next level werewolf shit bro, I don’t think it’s real. It could be some really thought out fanfic.” I reply.
“Sure, whatever you say. Don’t start crying and running to me when some satanic ‘I Need Jesus’ Freddy comes for your ass.”
Yo, this is forreal on some other worldly stuff. I don’t think there is that much behind this thing, and I am a theorist who talks about dead children for god’s sake.
“Anyways, you wanna know what happened to me on the plane?” I say.
“Let me guess, the perc. I already told you-”
“No, I got this weird ass stalker level text. Sounded like someone from ISIS or some shit.” I show Pete the text message.
“How many codes have you been cracking my dude, Tanner the spirit school shooter is about to murder your ass.” Pete replies.
“This is not funny. I am hella scared right now. Why me though?”
“In all seriousness, this could be a joke or a wrong number thing. Either way it’s weird.”
“True bu-”
CAN I NOT GET INTERRUPTED FOR THE FIRST TIME.
“Hi guys, mind if I join you?” a familiar posh-accented voice says.
“Well, you could have as……. HOLY SHIT!” I scream, trying not to freak out even more.
To my surprise, it’s Dawko. The Dawko; the gamer and theorist. Is this real right now?
“Excuse my language, hello, of course you can join us.”
Pete and I give each other a glare. It’s the myth, the man, the legend, Dawko!!
“Sorry for my manners, my name is Isiah and this is Pete. I assume you are also here for the convention?”
“Oh yeah, I am. Are you part of a panel or a fan?”
“I am in the panel with my friend over here, we are under the name of ‘TheFreddleSquad’. You've probably seen our video on Freddy's, that is why we are here.”
“Ah yes I have, you are on the panel with me I think, right? I’ll check the schedule the director gave us.” Dawko looks down at his phone. “Yep.”
"So you just got here too? How was the flight?"
"Oh my God, 10 hours of torture all the way from Heathrow I swear," replies Dawko while stretching his back.
"I can't believe FazCon's been around for like 20 years, and 'cause of what? 'cause of some creepy urban legends here or there? I mean, have you seen the place? 'So come on down to mechanical bear pizza and child casino!!!'" we all get a good giggle out of that one.
We finish eating and we get all our luggage from pickup and we call an Uber.
We see our driver and he drives us to our hotel.
“Have a nice day!” Dawko shouts as he waves us off.
We wave back.
Approaching the lobby, it becomes pretty clear that we're not the only Faz-fans holed up in this joint. Already the place is full of enthusiasts and even some cosplayers. A cardboard Freddy sat down reading his tablet while some Foxy chicks (in BOTH senses of the word) hung round the pillars taking selfies. I even saw these two high as fuck guys dressed in black animal suits and I don't mean black like they used ink for the Ice Bucket challenge but like Vantablack shit.
Me and Pete get our room key from the counter and take the elevator up.
“Damn, we met Dawko.” I say.
“Yes, yes we did.” Pete replies
We get to our room and look around.
“I am glad we chose to upgrade to the two-room suite.” Pete says as he savours the moment.
I also savour it, as we examine every feature of the room, from the king-sized bed to the soft floors, everything is so perfect. While Pete flops down on the bed, I pull out my Surface Pro 4 and check the forums.
"Yo Pete check this out"
I'm on OracleIntuition's instagram account; there's a black and white selfie of a professional photographer, with images far superior to the ones Pete showed me at the airport. The caption was what piqued my interest, however:
oracleintuition Just flew into Harrisburg Intl.! Next stop, FazCon 2017!!!! 😊😄 #oracleintuition #ffp #freddy convention #fazcon
He's here?? Oh this might actually be interesting. I wonder what he has to say about the photos. But, time waits for no bruthas. We pack our gear and head off down the 20-minute walk from the Hilton to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, where the FazCon is being held. Strolling past the milling tourists and congoers, we behold the massive convention center, the capital of Freddy's Fandom for the next 4 days. We take a quick power nap because we didn't go to sleep, and it's 6:30 AM and we have to arrive in an hour.
Still, that short nap's long enough for me to have this strange dream. I'm a little boy again, barely knee height and I'm at the pizzeria during a birthday party. I try to get closer but I trip and fall, and by the time I get up, the whole place is dark and empty, like in the middle of the night. Suddenly, I hear movement and a little kid struggling as he's being pushed around by this dude in a purple uniform, squealing all the while because his mouth's been covered. They disappear behind the door and I can hear muffled struggling behind it. I walk towards the door, but there's this huge stink and some weird-ass feeling I can't place. I'm scared.
The stage lights up and there's Freddy, except… where's Bonnie and Chica??? Plus, Freddy's facing the wrong way! I have a choice… go to that door or go to Freddy. I also get this tingling pressure and somehow I know that if I take my eyes off of Freddy for even one second…
Suddenly the door bursts open, breaking my concentration. Instinctively I turn to look and… nothing. Just an empty room. Oh fuck... I want, no, need to get to that door because if I don't, it's going to get me. Doesn't matter what "it" is. I break into a run, but the pizzeria seems to stretch out as my heart hammers, but I finally make it through the door, slamming it behind me. I wait for a few moments, straining to hear if what's out there's gone. Then slowly I turn arou-
 
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA I get up with a start, breathing heavily. just a dream, Isiah, just a dream. Shit… I shouldn't have let them photos get to me… fuck. I turn and look at the clock. Oh, 7:05, still have time. I wake up Pete, we wash our faces, and finally leave the hotel, before hailing a taxi to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex where the FazCon takes place.
And with that, we march headlong into the convention center.
WOW. It. Was. HUGE.
To any '90s kid who was raised on a healthy diet of Freddy's pizza and Surge, this place was practically heaven. The halls were transformed into a giant Freddy Fazbear's pizzeria/museum with practically everything that would satisfy your inner child for days on end! There were arcades of all kinds, deluxe ball pits we could play in for hours on end, vintage Freddy's memorabilia on display including signs, posters, even some old relics like animatronics that never made it to production, each carefully labeled and presented like fashion mannequins at the mall. But instead of rowdy screaming children, the place was crammed full of excited teens and adults, many of whom were having just as much fun as they would at a Dave & Buster's. Tokens clattered as attendees queued up to play the arcade games as if this was Atlantic City instead of Pennsylvania. A group of highschoolers howled and high-fived as they won a goodstuff Bonnie plush at the claw machine. Not to mention the cosplayers. It was like back at the hotel but magnified a hundred fold, and some of the outfits were so good that it was difficult to tell whether they were just here to have fun or whether they were part of the exhibit! Passing by a Foxy and a Mangle dancing to Gangnam Style while waving around a Nerf gun, we entered a room labeled "CAM 01" just in time to watch a riffed vintage episode of Fredbear and Friends! that had everyone laughing their asses off for nearly the full 20 minutes.
After having my fun, I go to rehearsal for my panel. I see multiple familiar faces from FusionZ to WHAT Stephen King?! STEPHEN KING HOLY SHIT I JUST NOTICED. What the hell is he doing here? Isn't he supposed to be writing a book about a gay guy or something? Now I wish I hadn't sold my 1st edition copy of "Under the Dome" before getting his autograph (ugh!) I am going to go speak with him, and hopefully don't make a nuisance out of myself. “Hey Mr. King, odd seeing you around these parts?” I say. “Please, call me Stephen.” he replies. I JUST GOT PERMISSION TO CALL STEPHEN KING ON A FIRST-NAME BASIS OH MY GOD. “So what panel are you on, Stephen?” I just had to rub it in. “Panel 3.”
“Really? So am I!”
“Great! I don't really tell people this but, I am a huge fan of yours, your theories helped me write my book!”
Did Stephen King just call me one of his inspirations??????
FREDDLE SCREECH AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
We stand there for a while.
“Alright then, catch you later!” I say.
Stephen walks away then waves.
"EVERYONE IN PANEL 3 PLEASE APPROACH THE FRONT FOR REHEARSAL” a man says over the speaker system
Alright… it's showtime.
It’s finally time for the biggest moment of my so-called career. I see the other panelists around me, most I met during rehearsal. I settle down in my seat while Pete plops down next to me.
“You ready bro?” Pete asks me.
“Yeah, I guess.”
"LADIES AND GENTLEMEN PLEASE WELCOME, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, THE CONSPIRACY THEORIST GROUP WITH OVER A MILLION SUBSCRIBERS ON YOUTUBE, THE FREDDLE SQUAD!!!"
Moment of truth time.
I get up to give my speech.
"Thank you! We are The Freddle Squad and it's so good to be back! Shout out to my boy Pete, FusionZ, Dawko, and the one and only Stephen King himself!"
I wait for the applause to die down before continuing. "Now, Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria was the biggest scandal that has ever happened involving children at a locale of this nature. Big names have talked about the strange phenomena surrounding the restaurant, such as the likes of Stephen King and James Patterson, and this big tragedy has even garnered a fanbase among the paranormal investigation community. Even though it has been almost 26 years, some families are still affected by what had happened. I have spoken at length about the so-called Missing Children Incident where five children disappeared from the pizzeria back in the early 1990s, the unknown whereabouts of various night staff over the years, and the shady relationship between Fazbear Entertainment and Afton Robotics. Pete and I have been researching this for the past few years and we are now here to clear everything up."
I give Pete a soft kick which means it’s his turn.
“As my partner said, these incidents weren’t accidents. The long running partnership between Afton Robotics and Fazbear Entertainment isn’t as sweet as you think. Rumors have been going around that the company owner William Afton, presumably deceased, and his good friend, the late Fazbear Entertainment owner, Henry Fasbach, who had recently taken his own life this past Spring, had a pretty good, hidden friendship when they weren’t making headlines, almost too good of a friendship. Bonding over the experience of having lost their only daughter, they plotted on getting revenge on their own creations. In Henry’s letter before his passing, he wrote 'I was absolutely infuriated and ashamed of my actions, my daughter had died in the hands of my creations. I wanted for people to know the pain.'
Henry and William's plan was to sabotage their own beloved animatronics, to prevent any future tragedy; though both William and Henry were thought to have had shady connections to various - shall I say it - suspicious suppliers and other companies, they felt confident in their success, that is until William's apparent disappearance about a decade later. Henry himself would soon vanish from public spectacle to devote to his research, shunning everyone, including family and friends. With Henry dead, and his ex-wife and nephew not talking, we can only speculate exactly what he discovered and the rationale behind his actions."
And with that we continue into our Freddle Squad spiel, enumerating the known facts about the tangled case that lay before us and then entertaining the most common theories as to what truly went down back at Freddy's. When we finish, the moderator sets up this round table like on ABC, where we discuss and debate the motives and history of the whole sordid affair. All in all, it's really fun, and we're quite proud of ourselves, now that we're talking on par with all the bigshots of this field!
"Well that was fun!" Pete exclaims in relief once we finish signing autographs and get ready to head out.
"Man Pete, we gon' get a LOT of subs for this."
"I know, right?" He finishes packing his gear and we head off to the next few panels.
As the hours go on, Pete's beginning to act a bit wack. I mean he's cool and all but I can tell something ain't right, or at least he thinks so. Keeps looking over his shoulder as if he just stuffed several iPhones down his pants at Target. And the selfies... never knew Pete to be the selfie type…
Suddenly he taps me on the shoulder. "Hey Isiah, I gotta go for a bit, wanna put these in the back?"
"Sure man! Where you gon' be at?"
"Arcade room. You in?"
"Nah, I wanna get some quality swag, want something?"
"It's cool man."
"Meet you in 30 then?"
"Yeah! Oh and one more thing,"
Without warning he pulls me close and snaps a selfie on his phone before heading off. well that was weird… I mean, really? What's with him and selfies all the sudden?
I walk through the crowd looking for anyone else I know. Oh! The photographer snapping pics of us at the panel! Imma go talk to this brutha.
"Hey, nice camera! Did you enjoy the panel?"
"Yeah, it was really illuminating! I especially liked the part where you discussed what happened to the Toy animatronics and-"
He goes on and on about- wait hol' up. I've seen this face round these parts before.
"wait a sec… aren't you that instagram photographer OracleIntuition?"
"Yup! The one and only!"
"Ayyyyyyyyyyyyy sup!" and we greet each other like bruthas do
"Those forest pics were the BOMB on instagram! Where you take those, Yellowstone?"
"Rockies in fact, heh heh" Isaac replies with a toothy smile
"Run into any bears in the woods?"
shit… me and my big-ass mouth...
For one half of a split-fucking-second he look at me like I stepped on his Nike Air Jordans, then gives a forced giggle.
"No bears, no stairs."
"Aw man wouldn't those be nasty!"
this nigga be tweekin, man! Alright, think man, this is your chance!
"So, uh, what's your favorite animatronic?"
"Mine? Well, normally it'd be a toss-up between Bonnie and Freddy, but now I think I'm more of a Bonnie person-"
"Oh? What happened?"
He looked away for a bit then mused, almost as if to himself,
"Do you really think Henry and William got all of them?" He looks at me, and I feel like he's putting me on the spot.
"Well… " I begin. "Those two made a lot of the guys, who knows if there's one still lying in a dumpster somewhere and we don't even know about it…"
He didn't like that, but cat's out, so time to get direct.
"Why, you think Freddy's comin' for you?"
He bites his lower lip in thought before whispering,
"Utah Museum of Architecture and Robotics… you… you saw the pics, right?
he knows
"Yeah… but don't you think..."
"That it's a load of bear shit? That he's dead and that's it?"
Now he's getting in my face, eyes pleading.
"Listen bro, I don't know what the HELL that was, but what I saw, what I felt... That ain't natural. The more I look, the worse this whole Freddy stuff appears."
I nod, not really understanding what he's getting at.
"Look, I like what you do a lot, hell I've gotten many of my friends to subscribe to Freddle Squad themselves. But if there's one thing to keep in mind, it's-"
Isaac suddenly gasps and turns green before giving me this wide-eyed stare as he stammers; "I-I-gotta go. Catch you up later?" Before I can reply he speedwalks off towards the restrooms. Looking around, I can't see what could have possibl-
NO.
FUCKIN SATAN FREDDY IS HERE???
"Agh you fucking kids, I'll get even with you for this I swear to God!"
Freddy flails around picking out the stuff sticking to his fur… oh. It's just silly string. He catches me staring. "the fuck's so funny?" then he storms off as we watch in confusion.
Well…
What exactly did he want me to keep in mind?
A guy like Isaac? If anything, now I know Isaac ain't fooling around… either he got played, or…
Well he sure as hell believes it.
Whatever…
I had two options to soothe my nerves… percs or merch. Ain't that an easy choice…
 
Upstairs there's this area labeled "PRIZE CORNER" through some huge double doors, Fazbear Security lookalikes checking for badges. And for good reason.
"PRIZE CORNER" my ass.
This area is perhaps THE biggest room in the entire convention center, size of at least two NBA arenas, all covered from wall to wall with booths selling all kinds of merchandise!!!! Funko Pops, McFarlane sets, posters and wall hangings of all kinds. Still don't know why such popular companies would still endorse such a controversial brand though, better for the fans anyways! Plus, half of the room was fanart and fan crafts anyways, including art (all kinds), plushies (all kinds), and a wide variety of cosmetic and cosplay merch including OC fursuits costing at least 3 grand each.
Wait…
Is that what I think I see? LIMITED EDITION SANSHEE FREDBEAR PLUSH? HALF OFF!?! GIMME!! I push through the crowd and run towards it like a person running from a killer (off topic, what a coincidence)
15 singles later I'm hauling this brand new Sanshee Fredbear plush I've always been wanting to have to finish my collection in some gift bag over my shoulder, ready to wave it at his face once I finally catch up to him… aaaand Pete's nowhere to be seen. Well… so much for that I guess. Seriously? Dude can't have just bailed on me so soon.
I push past a gaggle of girls dressed up to look like the slutty versions of the Classic Freddy and Friends™ and find Pete talking with this security guard who clearly wasn't a Fazbear fan, occasionally pointing at his cell to show the guard something. As I'm about to call out to him, he finishes the conversation and bumps right into me. He looks very tense, which doesn't help at all.
"Dude, Pete, what's yo problem? Look, let's go somewhere more private so that we don't look like we're slinging rocks or something."
We walk over to this secluded corner and I confront him. "Dangit, boi! You've been acting all sorts of strange since our panel, taking selfies like 'that thot over there' and lookin' around acting all weird and shit. What the hell?!" Pete raises his hands in a defensive posture as I lay it on him.
"Alright Isiah, calm down, I can explain!"
Let's hear the worst.
"You know during that panel, there was this hoodie boy sitting all the way in the back, listening to his iPod or something?" I rack my brains to recall, but nobody in particular stood out to me-
wait…
"Was it some skinny Unabomber lookin' fella?"
"Yes! Yes it was!" Pete replies excitedly. "I thought he was just some weirdo at the wrong panel but then he started following us. I'd see him out of the corner of my eye but he'd always vanish like some ghost or something."
oh great, a crazed stalker. This day just keeps getting better and better...
Pete pulls out his cell phone to show me. "Here, have a look," he opens up the gallery and clicks on one particular selfie. All I see is his stupid grin, but then he zooms in on a corner, revealing the sunglasses-wearing "hoodie boy" who clearly looked sketchy as all hell. No drug dealer would be that careless to just walk around in broad daylight… right? Instantly, I'm reminded to that text I got from that creep back in the airplane.
"And that's not all… Isiah, look." He opens up a set of new text messages sent just about half an hour ago.
I see you Good talk, by the way Look before you leap You might not like what you find
BZZZZZZ BZZZZZZZ
Just then, I receive a new text of my own.
NEW MESSAGE: UNKNOWN ID You can still walk away. Or don't, it's up to you.
BZZZZZZ BZZZZZZZ
NEW MESSAGE: UNKNOWN ID Remember, the Shadows have ears.
*Oh hell no. *
“Yo Pete, I just got two texts from the same guy……”
“Who, the one from the airplane?”
"Yeah."
"shit."
Someone is clearly fucking with us, shit, shit, shit
“Maybe… maybe this is some creepy mega fan?”
“THAT'S STILL BAD.” Pete cries.
“Hopefully this is just a joke and it's not that important. You know what, let's get something to eat if that makes you feel better. I heard they have a really good place that make pizzas as good as Freddy's not to far from here. We don’t have to be here again until 4:00, that means we have 5 hours to spend.”
“That seems nice.” Pete replies.
We move through the crowd to get to the entrance, guarded by security wearing faux Freddy’s security guard gear. These guards look like they have something better to do.
We go to the front of the convention center near the pickup area.
“Uber?” Pete asks
I nod in agreement. Pete goes on his phone and pays for the ride.
I should invite Dawko to come eat with us.
TO: DAWKO ME AND PETE ARE GOING TO EAT, WANNA JOIN?
I never got to send that text; when I turn around I see an out-of-breath Dawko running from a mob of fangirls.
“HIDE ME!” he pants. We see the uber driver pull up on the curve.
“Hurry, go!” I say, motioning him to get his ass in the car as we follow suit, pulling an OJ Simpson down Main street like a Ford Bronco chased by the po-lice.
“Shit, you good bro?” I ask Dawko during the ride.
“Yeah, I guess.”
I'm now grateful that I'm not as famous as him.
The ride drags along. We talk to our Uber driver and actually have a decent conversation. He looked hella sketchy, though. He looked familiar, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it.
“Behold, Bacco's!” I say as I get into to an introducing pose.
“Wineries?” Pete says confusingly
“NAME DOESN'T MATTER”
As we enter the building, the savoury scent of pizza fills my nose as I look around. When I look, there's this extremely cute girl, sitting by herself eating.
...
and she T H I C C
Yo brutha, you got this
“Yo dudes, one second.” I tell my party of two. Hopefully no one intervenes and I can talk to her.
“Ay, hold on there buddy-boy. You trying to get some of that, arencha?” Pete says.
It’s always the black man that can’t do anything.
“Yo, what the hell Pete. “
“It’s not my fault that you made it obvious.”
“Well it’s not my fault tha-”
WHY CAN’T I GET A BREAK. STOP INTERRUPTING ME!
“You know what, let's sit over there then.” Dawko says outta nowhere
Who invited this dude to the conversation?
Dawko talks to waiter for awhile and then we somehow get a table next to her.
I settle down in my seat while the others gather around me.
this is my chance!
Ok, to hook this girl I got to start off smooth and then work my way up.
"Whoa… is that a HERO6????"
Nice way to start a conversation, nerd. What’s next, let me guess, ‘You have some nice camera lenses.’ Dafuq were you thinking?
"Yup! Just came out too; well, it's not mine, really, my sister let me borrow it for this trip."
phew! Okay you can still save this
"Really now? Where you heading?"
"Centralia, just past Route 61."
Pete raises an eyebrow. "The ghost town?"
"Yeah! It's for my journalism class up in Penn State."
"Penn State? Where you from?"
"Oh, well, me and my sister lived in Maryland before I got accepted here."
"Sweet! Pete and I came up from Orlando." I clap him on the shoulder.
"Oh! What brings you all the way up north then?"
We give her a wide grin. "Fazcon 2017 baby!" showing our VIP badges.
“oh you mean the Freddy convention? I did see the ads, plus there's quite a few costumed guys running around the place." The lady shrugs. "Oh! where's my manners, I'm Charisma."
Cute name… DAMNIT ISIAH KEEP YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME!
“I'm Isiah, this is Pete. Oh yeah, you probably know him already but this is Dawko, nice to meet you.”
Dawko gives a small wave. I am about to make my move until this guy, who kinda reminds me of that one buffed up jock in a high school movie, shows up and sits right next to Charisma (she still has a cute name- ISIAH KEEP IT TOGETHER.) The guy also puts his arm around her.
Please don't tell me it's her bo-
“Oh, this is Jason, who I'm doing the project with!"
Shit, what kinda project then, chemistry? Seems a bit too close to be a “project partner”
The jock stretches his hand over to me and I shake it. “Nice to meet you.” he says.
“Nice to meet you too.” I reply.
THIS FELLOW HOMOSAPIEN IS DATING THIS EXTREMELY ATTRACTIVE FEMALE HOMOSAPIEN, IT'S SO FUCKING OBVIOUS SPILL THE BEANS ALREADY DAMNIT.
Okay, I need to chill the fuck down.
“So both of you go to Centralia?” I ask
“Yeah.” Charisma replies, her “project partner” nods in agreement.
"Say, wasn't there a Chica's Party World near that area few decades back?" Dawko pipes up.
“Oh yeah, there was. You all probably already know what happened, since you are fans and stuff."
We shot the shit for a few more while finishing up that delicious gourmet pizza, but before long, Charisma and Jason have to get going. They head out in this blue hatchback that looks like it's from the 90s and barely runs. Soon, it's Dawko's turn to leave, and we wish him the best.
Ah well, now it's just the two of us and this tasty pizza. At least there's that right?
"Um… let's just… let's just go back to the hotel, I could use a hot shower, and hey, perhaps you wanna catch up some sleep and oh maybe cuddle Mr. Fredbear?"
Two for flinching, Pete.
We cross the road and head down Strawberry street to ditch our merch back at our room. We pass by those two vantablack cosplayers again in front of the parking lot-
wait hol up
WHAT
Pete stopped dead cold, no doubt just as spooked as I was. Two lots down, there he was.
CREEPY ASS HOODIE BOY. ...
Fuck.
Everything 'bout this guy screams "ghetto neighborhood pusher" and part of me wonders what he got in the waistband of those jeans. Black Air Max sneakers, gray hoodie and red baseball cap leaning on a pillar facing away from us while he's smoking a cig. I see something in the garage mirror-
Double fuck.
Them vantablack niggas are closing in.
"That's the guy from the-"
"I know! Keep movin, we're almost there."
Plan's to make it to the elevator then swipe the keycard before we haul ass upstairs after locking him and his ninja thugs outside. Please Jesus I hope this works…

Hoodie boy's whistling now, great. Maybe he didn't see us?
Shit this is bad. I hope he's just-
… where'd he go???
"Hey homie, you got a light?"
where did-
OH GOD
HE'S FUCKING RIGHT IN FRONT OF US
FUCK
This is so fucking bad, man.
I'm about to get mugged by the Unabomber, this rail-thin dude in aviator glasses and a pedo mustache.
I feel cold, like freezer cold…
Heavy breathing…
We're boxed in by his ninja black shadow goons.
fuck, fuck, fuck. We are dead.
"Umm, sorry no, we don't smoke..."
The door is right fucking there… do we run???
“No speak english, mi amigo.” Pete says
Fucking classic Pete. A look at him, he already knows what I am thinking. LET’S NASCAR THIS BIH.
Me and Pete both run from the Vantablacks (I might just call them that now, seems like a good band name) towards the glass enclosure, hoping that we get away in time. One of them, maybe the lead-singer, extends their arms and grabs me. We on some Bendy and the Ink Machine type-shit now WHAT THE FUCK. The other I swear to Lord Almighty fuckin FLASH STEPS RIGHT IN FRONT OF PETE before grabbing him and spinning him round against the glass with a loud THUD. I grab my backpack quick and find my bible.
Momma I'm sorry for throwing this but I need to live.
“LET THE POWER OF CHRIST COMPEL YOU!” I scream as I through the very expensive bible at the lead-singer of the Vantablacks-no. Not at… through. THIS IS SOME FORREAL DEVIL SHIT. WTF. He just looks down then back before he football tackles me against the glass like Pete. There's something yellow on the gro- oh. Fredbear fell out… hoodie boy gon' rob me of my phone, my wallet, AND Mr. Fredbear. fuuck.
Hoodie boy just leans on one of the pylons and watches us squirm with this shit eating grin as if he 'bout to bust us for possession while he walks over and picks up the Good Book before dusting it off. Lazily he flicks through the pages before he talks reeal low; "If there is a God, He will have to beg for my forgiveness" then he slams the bible shut with an echoing clap.
The Vantablacks are… well I don't know what the fuck but the one holding up Pete looked like Toy Bonnie,... 'cept he's no longer a toy, more like a life-sized Annabelle, but ALLL black. It's like he's just a black space cut out from all reality except for those eyes and those… teeth. That means the other guy's… like Freddy but with one ear missing...
"You two," hoodie boy points at each of us individually, "I am impressed."
THIS IS IT. OH FUCKING HELL, AT LEAST LET ME CALL MY FAMILY AND TELL THEM I LOVE EM.
"You had some really good theories back there. Well, many of them were off, some completely wrong, but for the rest? Close for the most part."
I give a nervous laugh.
“Any suggestions?”
"Two guys, each with a fascination for Fazbear's. Pete… well… doesn't matter why. As for you, Isiah…" Black Freddy turns me around to face hoodie boy. "You wanted to understand something, something that has been nagging at the back of your mind for years." Now his green eyes are inches away from my face. "You were there, weren't you? When it happened. When he took that kid."
Pete looks at me absolutely confused. I never told anyone about that.
"Fascination… obsession… all qualities of a competent journalist, but taken too far, well… you hold onto that and it will tear you apart bit… by bit… by bit…"
"The fuck are you talking about??? What do you want?!" Pete exclaims.
"Always slick on the mouth I see." He then turns to look at me once more.
"You're treading into deep waters, friend. I've seen the end of this road and believe me, it will not be pleasant."
Stepping back, hoodie boy snaps his fingers and before I know it, Vantablack Freddy and Bonnie are back right behind him. Freddy has MY Fredbear plush and is holding it like he holdin' a baby while Bonnie just stares like a damn statue.
"You can still quit while you're ahead, guys. Let the world believe those lies and half-truths about what happened."
He then shrugs. "Or, continue down that rabbit hole… who knows? Maybe you'll be the lucky ones. Nobody ever listens to me anyway."
"then why are you-"
"I'm just here to give you a warning, Freddles. A warning and a choice. Go back to your ordinary lives as YouTube celebrities, accepting the popular opinion, or continue at your own risk. What was that, ah… live or die. Make your choice."
We look at each other for just a moment, and by the time we look back, he's gone. Just GONE. Like he pulled some Criss Angel bullshit.
Best we do the same.
Running into the elevators, we rush into our suite and double lock all the chains and latch, then start making our way to the windows. I walk toward the bed and freeze.
Mr. Fredbear is sitting dead center, staring at me shiftily with his black eyes and stupid purple clothes.
Right on top of momma's ol' family bible.
So much for sleeping tonight…
 
TO BE CONTINUED...  
Submitted in honor of the victims of the 2018 Parkland Shooting
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2018.03.22 00:32 thehatsmol T is for Terrified

NEW MESSAGE: FFEC 2017 DIRECTOR +4 OTHERS
Hello everyone! I hope all of you make it here to Harrisburg! Tomorrow will be the first day of the 20th Freddy Fazbear Entertainment Convention. You all will be staying at the Hilton Harrisburg near the Convention Center. More information will be provided in the following link...
My mind is completely blank right now. I am on a two-hour flight to Pennsylvania and I am still in shock that my curiosity and mind took me this far.
NEW MESSAGE: PETE Yo how are you doing bro, i arrived at the airport.
What have I gotten myself into?? I still can’t believe that a stupid theory and hobby have gotten me this far. I look down at my empty paper and think about what I need to say in my part of the panel.
Freddy’s was the biggest incident that has ever happened involving children at a locale of this nature. Big names have talked about this incident such as the likes of Stephen King and James Patterson, and this big tragedy has even garnered a fanbase among the paranormal investigation community. Even though it has been almost 26 years, some families are still affected by what had happened. I have spok-
BZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
Midway through my writing, I get a text message.
NEW MESSAGE: PETE Dude, I think you need to hear this. “New development in the suicide of a 16-year old student; Police uncover deeper meaning.” Just hit the WaPo this morning. It talks about this Tanner Albright kid, who dropped out of school and went into hiding. In a nutshell, I am on to something. Tell you more at the port :)
I remember hearing about that, barely a blip on the newsfeed compared to all that coverage about the solar eclipse. That was an interesting text. Why not tell me now. You know what, screw it, I’ll just continue writing.
I have spoken at length about the so-called Missing Children Incident where five children went missing at the pizzeria back in the early 1990s, the disappearances of various night staff over the years, and the shady relationship between Fazbear Entertainment and Afton Robotics. I am here to clear everything u-
BZZZZZZ BZZZZZZZ
Damnit Pete!
NEW MESSAGE: PETE Just a small check in on u. I herd the plane was delayed. Tru?
Just then, the pilot made an announcement:
“Hello folks, we are having a rough time here so just sit back for a moment. Put on your seatbelts everybody!” You serious right now??? Even in 2017 a brutha can't get a break!
BZZZZZZ BZZZZZZZ
NEW MESSAGE: UNKNOWN ID I KNOW WHERE YOU ARE. YOU CAN'T HIDE.
...
WHAT THE ABSOLUTE FUCK
Maybe it was just a simple prank. Let me not freak out the person next to me and piss my pants in the actual piss place.
Luckily I am right next to the bathroom.
I open the door and look in the mirror.
Yo, Isiah, chill out dude. It’s good.
I go back to my seat and go back to my music.
Oh shoot
I feel the migraine coming as the cabin rocks under the turbulence. Shit…
Pete's going to be so mad when he finds out… oh well.
Pete's waiting for me past security
“Ayyee, wassup my guy.” Pete greets me.
“Sup,” I reply.
“How long have you been waiting here, P?”
“Four hours. You hungry from that flight?”
“Yeah, let’s get something to eat.”
We walk around the airport looking for something to eat.
“Mickey Ds?”
“Hell yeah.”
We walk to the McDonald's across from us to get what I think is dinner. We wait in line to get our food. Pete orders a Big Mac and I order a normal cheeseburger with a milkshake. We sit down at the dining plaza tables and start eating.
“So how was your flight?” Pete asks.
"Bit rough," I reply.
"No shit, Isiah!" He pauses then asks, "you been taking the percs again?"
"Uhh..."
"Man, you gotta cut that shit out!"
"It's aiight… So… whatchu got?"
Pete pulls up the webpage on his iPad; it's that Washington Post article he mentioned in the text earlier, with a picture showing cops at some backwoods crime scene complete with yellow tape. The page linked to another webpage, this one being a local news site for the St. George Metropolitan Area:
Brushton Township police say that Tanner Albright, a high school student that committed suicide several weeks back, had plans to commit mass murder.
Hurricane Police Chief Clay Burke said in a news conference yesterday that detectives found further writings dated August 8 to August 20, detailing a five-step plan for a major killing spree.
An entry dated Aug. 16 said, "...this will be bigger than anything this country's ever seen, .......I've been planning this for a long time, it's going to be so much fun. They won't expect a thing. It will be a stain on American history unlike anything like it."
The entries also praised William Afton of Afton Robotics and the recently-deceased Henry Fasbach of Fazbear Entertainment, making heavy references to the series of child murders throughout the 1990s, believed to have been committed by someone impersonating a mascot at the pizzeria. An entry dated Aug. 17 said, "I'll look into those scared little bitches eyes before I kill them and watch the life pour out of their bodies like the river Nile ... have followers because I'm so awesome I know someone will follow me just like I followed William Afton's ... me and them want close to the same thing, It's going to be fun......They say oh this is horrible but they don't think like us like me Henry and William...."
Tanner's writings made heavy references to Satanism and the occult, and detectives believe the boy expected to die and then "rise again" on August 21, the day of a major solar eclipse. A memo entry dated Aug. 18 said, ".....I'm going to die doing it, I hate those people, when they interview my parents and ask how they didn't see the signs they should know it's not them it's me and it's because of how I see the world....I'll hurt and destroy something so much bigger and they'll all see....."
He had gone missing a week before his body was found nearby an abandoned bunker that he had apparently been inhabiting for the last few months of his high school attendance before dropping out.
On Thursday, the Washington County Medical Examiner ruled Tanner's death inconclusive.
Investigation into Tanner's home was rendered impossible due to a major break-in soon after the body was discovered, with the intruder stealing most if not all of Tanner's belongings and heavily vandalizing the remainder.
Police say the investigation will continue with additional interviews and review of the boy's other documents.
School counselor Harvey Dunn issued a news release Thursday afternoon, noting increased presence by law enforcement in all district buildings.
Oookay… damn. That was one messed-up kid. One look at this pasty white boy's face and I immediately think "this kid be blastin' on them fools". At least he didn't go down that route...
"And you're showing me this because..."
Pete pulls out a folder from his convention bag and shoves it to me. "Dude, it gets even weirder. This guy on Freddit, OracleIntuition, sent me these" he gestures to the contents of the folder; several photographs of a really crappy cosplay of Freddy that someone tried to make look "oh so sp00py" by wrapping red yarn all over it, dunno why.
"So it's a photo of some cosplayer, what does this have to do with-"
"Bruh, that's what I told him too. But he swears 1000% that this is the real deal, some real spooky shit. Like a real-life version of all those urban legends about the animatronics walkin' around at night? And you know the weirdest part? He says this is what Tanner meant when he said 'rise again'"
"Naw… you saying this kid turn himself into a Freddy??" I stop and think for a second.
“This is on some next level werewolf shit bro, I don’t think it’s real. It could be some really thought out fanfic.” I reply.
“Sure, whatever you say. Don’t start crying and running to me when some satanic ‘I Need Jesus’ Freddy comes for your ass.”
Yo, this is forreal on some other worldly stuff. I don’t think there is that much behind this thing, and I am a theorist who talks about dead children for god’s sake.
“Anyways, you wanna know what happened to me on the plane?” I say.
“Let me guess, the perc. I already told you-”
“No, I got this weird ass stalker level text. Sounded like someone from ISIS or some shit.” I show Pete the text message.
“How many codes have you been cracking my dude, Tanner the spirit school shooter is about to murder your ass.” Pete replies.
“This is not funny. I am hella scared right now. Why me though?”
“In all seriousness, this could be a joke or a wrong number thing. Either way it’s weird.”
“True bu-”
CAN I NOT GET INTERRUPTED FOR THE FIRST TIME.
“Hi guys, mind if I join you?” a familiar posh-accented voice says.
“Well, you could have as……. HOLY SHIT!” I scream, trying not to freak out even more.
To my surprise, it’s Dawko. The Dawko; the gamer and theorist. Is this real right now?
“Excuse my language, hello, of course you can join us.”
Pete and I give each other a glare. It’s the myth, the man, the legend, Dawko!!
“Sorry for my manners, my name is Isiah and this is Pete. I assume you are also here for the convention?”
“Oh yeah, I am. Are you part of a panel or a fan?”
“I am in the panel with my friend over here, we are under the name of ‘TheFreddleSquad’. You've probably seen our video on Freddy's, that is why we are here.”
“Ah yes I have, you are on the panel with me I think, right? I’ll check the schedule the director gave us.” Dawko looks down at his phone. “Yep.”
"So you just got here too? How was the flight?"
"Oh my God, 10 hours of torture all the way from Heathrow I swear," replies Dawko while stretching his back.
"I can't believe FazCon's been around for like 20 years, and 'cause of what? 'cause of some creepy urban legends here or there? I mean, have you seen the place? 'So come on down to mechanical bear pizza and child casino!!!'" we all get a good giggle out of that one.
We finish eating and we get all our luggage from pickup and we call an Uber.
We see our driver and he drives us to our hotel.
“Have a nice day!” Dawko shouts as he waves us off.
We wave back.
Approaching the lobby, it becomes pretty clear that we're not the only Faz-fans holed up in this joint. Already the place is full of enthusiasts and even some cosplayers. A cardboard Freddy sat down reading his tablet while some Foxy chicks (in BOTH senses of the word) hung round the pillars taking selfies. I even saw these two high as fuck guys dressed in black animal suits and I don't mean black like they used ink for the Ice Bucket challenge but like Vantablack shit.
Me and Pete get our room key from the counter and take the elevator up.
“Damn, we met Dawko.” I say.
“Yes, yes we did.” Pete replies
We get to our room and look around.
“I am glad we chose to upgrade to the two-room suite.” Pete says as he savours the moment.
I also savour it, as we examine every feature of the room, from the king-sized bed to the soft floors, everything is so perfect. While Pete flops down on the bed, I pull out my Surface Pro 4 and check the forums.
"Yo Pete check this out"
I'm on OracleIntuition's instagram account; there's a black and white selfie of a professional photographer, with images far superior to the ones Pete showed me at the airport. The caption was what piqued my interest, however:
oracleintuition Just flew into Harrisburg Intl.! Next stop, FazCon 2017!!!! 😊😄 #oracleintuition #ffp #freddy convention #fazcon
He's here?? Oh this might actually be interesting. I wonder what he has to say about the photos. But, time waits for no bruthas. We pack our gear and head off down the 20-minute walk from the Hilton to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, where the FazCon is being held. Strolling past the milling tourists and congoers, we behold the massive convention center, the capital of Freddy's Fandom for the next 4 days. We take a quick power nap because we didn't go to sleep, and it's 6:30 AM and we have to arrive in an hour.
Still, that short nap's long enough for me to have this strange dream. I'm a little boy again, barely knee height and I'm at the pizzeria during a birthday party. I try to get closer but I trip and fall, and by the time I get up, the whole place is dark and empty, like in the middle of the night. Suddenly, I hear movement and a little kid struggling as he's being pushed around by this dude in a purple uniform, squealing all the while because his mouth's been covered. They disappear behind the door and I can hear muffled struggling behind it. I walk towards the door, but there's this huge stink and some weird-ass feeling I can't place. I'm scared.
The stage lights up and there's Freddy, except… where's Bonnie and Chica??? Plus, Freddy's facing the wrong way! I have a choice… go to that door or go to Freddy. I also get this tingling pressure and somehow I know that if I take my eyes off of Freddy for even one second…
Suddenly the door bursts open, breaking my concentration. Instinctively I turn to look and… nothing. Just an empty room. Oh fuck... I want, no, need to get to that door because if I don't, it's going to get me. Doesn't matter what "it" is. I break into a run, but the pizzeria seems to stretch out as my heart hammers, but I finally make it through the door, slamming it behind me. I wait for a few moments, straining to hear if what's out there's gone. Then slowly I turn arou-
 
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA I get up with a start, breathing heavily. just a dream, Isiah, just a dream. Shit… I shouldn't have let them photos get to me… fuck. I turn and look at the clock. Oh, 7:05, still have time. I wake up Pete, we wash our faces, and finally leave the hotel, before hailing a taxi to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex where the FazCon takes place.
And with that, we march headlong into the convention center.
WOW. It. Was. HUGE.
To any '90s kid who was raised on a healthy diet of Freddy's pizza and Surge, this place was practically heaven. The halls were transformed into a giant Freddy Fazbear's pizzeria/museum with practically everything that would satisfy your inner child for days on end! There were arcades of all kinds, deluxe ball pits we could play in for hours on end, vintage Freddy's memorabilia on display including signs, posters, even some old relics like animatronics that never made it to production, each carefully labeled and presented like fashion mannequins at the mall. But instead of rowdy screaming children, the place was crammed full of excited teens and adults, many of whom were having just as much fun as they would at a Dave & Buster's. Tokens clattered as attendees queued up to play the arcade games as if this was Atlantic City instead of Pennsylvania. A group of highschoolers howled and high-fived as they won a goodstuff Bonnie plush at the claw machine. Not to mention the cosplayers. It was like back at the hotel but magnified a hundred fold, and some of the outfits were so good that it was difficult to tell whether they were just here to have fun or whether they were part of the exhibit! Passing by a Foxy and a Mangle dancing to Gangnam Style while waving around a Nerf gun, we entered a room labeled "CAM 01" just in time to watch a riffed vintage episode of Fredbear and Friends! that had everyone laughing their asses off for nearly the full 20 minutes.
After having my fun, I go to rehearsal for my panel. I see multiple familiar faces from FusionZ to WHAT Stephen King?! STEPHEN KING HOLY SHIT I JUST NOTICED. What the hell is he doing here? Isn't he supposed to be writing a book about a gay guy or something? Now I wish I hadn't sold my 1st edition copy of "Under the Dome" before getting his autograph (ugh!) I am going to go speak with him, and hopefully don't make a nuisance out of myself. “Hey Mr. King, odd seeing you around these parts?” I say. “Please, call me Stephen.” he replies. I JUST GOT PERMISSION TO CALL STEPHEN KING ON A FIRST-NAME BASIS OH MY GOD. “So what panel are you on, Stephen?” I just had to rub it in. “Panel 3.”
“Really? So am I!”
“Great! I don't really tell people this but, I am a huge fan of yours, your theories helped me write my book!”
Did Stephen King just call me one of his inspirations??????
FREDDLE SCREECH AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
We stand there for a while.
“Alright then, catch you later!” I say.
Stephen walks away then waves.
"EVERYONE IN PANEL 3 PLEASE APPROACH THE FRONT FOR REHEARSAL” a man says over the speaker system
Alright… it's showtime.
It’s finally time for the biggest moment of my so-called career. I see the other panelists around me, most I met during rehearsal. I settle down in my seat while Pete plops down next to me.
“You ready bro?” Pete asks me.
“Yeah, I guess.”
"LADIES AND GENTLEMEN PLEASE WELCOME, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, THE CONSPIRACY THEORIST GROUP WITH OVER A MILLION SUBSCRIBERS ON YOUTUBE, THE FREDDLE SQUAD!!!"
Moment of truth time.
I get up to give my speech.
"Thank you! We are The Freddle Squad and it's so good to be back! Shout out to my boy Pete, FusionZ, Dawko, and the one and only Stephen King himself!"
I wait for the applause to die down before continuing. "Now, Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria was the biggest scandal that has ever happened involving children at a locale of this nature. Big names have talked about the strange phenomena surrounding the restaurant, such as the likes of Stephen King and James Patterson, and this big tragedy has even garnered a fanbase among the paranormal investigation community. Even though it has been almost 26 years, some families are still affected by what had happened. I have spoken at length about the so-called Missing Children Incident where five children disappeared from the pizzeria back in the early 1990s, the unknown whereabouts of various night staff over the years, and the shady relationship between Fazbear Entertainment and Afton Robotics. Pete and I have been researching this for the past few years and we are now here to clear everything up."
I give Pete a soft kick which means it’s his turn.
“As my partner said, these incidents weren’t accidents. The long running partnership between Afton Robotics and Fazbear Entertainment isn’t as sweet as you think. Rumors have been going around that the company owner William Afton, presumably deceased, and his good friend, the late Fazbear Entertainment owner, Henry Fasbach, who had recently taken his own life this past Spring, had a pretty good, hidden friendship when they weren’t making headlines, almost too good of a friendship. Bonding over the experience of having lost their only daughter, they plotted on getting revenge on their own creations. In Henry’s letter before his passing, he wrote 'I was absolutely infuriated and ashamed of my actions, my daughter had died in the hands of my creations. I wanted for people to know the pain.'
Henry and William's plan was to sabotage their own beloved animatronics, to prevent any future tragedy; though both William and Henry were thought to have had shady connections to various - shall I say it - suspicious suppliers and other companies, they felt confident in their success, that is until William's apparent disappearance about a decade later. Henry himself would soon vanish from public spectacle to devote to his research, shunning everyone, including family and friends. With Henry dead, and his ex-wife and nephew not talking, we can only speculate exactly what he discovered and the rationale behind his actions."
And with that we continue into our Freddle Squad spiel, enumerating the known facts about the tangled case that lay before us and then entertaining the most common theories as to what truly went down back at Freddy's. When we finish, the moderator sets up this round table like on ABC, where we discuss and debate the motives and history of the whole sordid affair. All in all, it's really fun, and we're quite proud of ourselves, now that we're talking on par with all the bigshots of this field!
"Well that was fun!" Pete exclaims in relief once we finish signing autographs and get ready to head out.
"Man Pete, we gon' get a LOT of subs for this."
"I know, right?" He finishes packing his gear and we head off to the next few panels.
As the hours go on, Pete's beginning to act a bit wack. I mean he's cool and all but I can tell something ain't right, or at least he thinks so. Keeps looking over his shoulder as if he just stuffed several iPhones down his pants at Target. And the selfies... never knew Pete to be the selfie type…
Suddenly he taps me on the shoulder. "Hey Isiah, I gotta go for a bit, wanna put these in the back?"
"Sure man! Where you gon' be at?"
"Arcade room. You in?"
"Nah, I wanna get some quality swag, want something?"
"It's cool man."
"Meet you in 30 then?"
"Yeah! Oh and one more thing,"
Without warning he pulls me close and snaps a selfie on his phone before heading off. well that was weird… I mean, really? What's with him and selfies all the sudden?
I walk through the crowd looking for anyone else I know. Oh! The photographer snapping pics of us at the panel! Imma go talk to this brutha.
"Hey, nice camera! Did you enjoy the panel?"
"Yeah, it was really illuminating! I especially liked the part where you discussed what happened to the Toy animatronics and-"
He goes on and on about- wait hol' up. I've seen this face round these parts before.
"wait a sec… aren't you that instagram photographer OracleIntuition?"
"Yup! The one and only!"
"Ayyyyyyyyyyyyy sup!" and we greet each other like bruthas do
"Those forest pics were the BOMB on instagram! Where you take those, Yellowstone?"
"Rockies in fact, heh heh" Isaac replies with a toothy smile
"Run into any bears in the woods?"
shit… me and my big-ass mouth...
For one half of a split-fucking-second he look at me like I stepped on his Nike Air Jordans, then gives a forced giggle.
"No bears, no stairs."
"Aw man wouldn't those be nasty!"
this nigga be tweekin, man! Alright, think man, this is your chance!
"So, uh, what's your favorite animatronic?"
"Mine? Well, normally it'd be a toss-up between Bonnie and Freddy, but now I think I'm more of a Bonnie person-"
"Oh? What happened?"
He looked away for a bit then mused, almost as if to himself,
"Do you really think Henry and William got all of them?" He looks at me, and I feel like he's putting me on the spot.
"Well… " I begin. "Those two made a lot of the guys, who knows if there's one still lying in a dumpster somewhere and we don't even know about it…"
He didn't like that, but cat's out, so time to get direct.
"Why, you think Freddy's comin' for you?"
He bites his lower lip in thought before whispering,
"Utah Museum of Architecture and Robotics… you… you saw the pics, right?
he knows
"Yeah… but don't you think..."
"That it's a load of bear shit? That he's dead and that's it?"
Now he's getting in my face, eyes pleading.
"Listen bro, I don't know what the HELL that was, but what I saw, what I felt... That ain't natural. The more I look, the worse this whole Freddy stuff appears."
I nod, not really understanding what he's getting at.
"Look, I like what you do a lot, hell I've gotten many of my friends to subscribe to Freddle Squad themselves. But if there's one thing to keep in mind, it's-"
Isaac suddenly gasps and turns green before giving me this wide-eyed stare as he stammers; "I-I-gotta go. Catch you up later?" Before I can reply he speedwalks off towards the restrooms. Looking around, I can't see what could have possibl-
NO.
FUCKIN SATAN FREDDY IS HERE???
"Agh you fucking kids, I'll get even with you for this I swear to God!"
Freddy flails around picking out the stuff sticking to his fur… oh. It's just silly string. He catches me staring. "the fuck's so funny?" then he storms off as we watch in confusion.
Well…
What exactly did he want me to keep in mind?
A guy like Isaac? If anything, now I know Isaac ain't fooling around… either he got played, or…
Well he sure as hell believes it.
Whatever…
I had two options to soothe my nerves… percs or merch. Ain't that an easy choice…
 
Upstairs there's this area labeled "PRIZE CORNER" through some huge double doors, Fazbear Security lookalikes checking for badges. And for good reason.
"PRIZE CORNER" my ass.
This area is perhaps THE biggest room in the entire convention center, size of at least two NBA arenas, all covered from wall to wall with booths selling all kinds of merchandise!!!! Funko Pops, McFarlane sets, posters and wall hangings of all kinds. Still don't know why such popular companies would still endorse such a controversial brand though, better for the fans anyways! Plus, half of the room was fanart and fan crafts anyways, including art (all kinds), plushies (all kinds), and a wide variety of cosmetic and cosplay merch including OC fursuits costing at least 3 grand each.
Wait…
Is that what I think I see? LIMITED EDITION SANSHEE FREDBEAR PLUSH? HALF OFF!?! GIMME!! I push through the crowd and run towards it like a person running from a killer (off topic, what a coincidence)
15 singles later I'm hauling this brand new Sanshee Fredbear plush I've always been wanting to have to finish my collection in some gift bag over my shoulder, ready to wave it at his face once I finally catch up to him… aaaand Pete's nowhere to be seen. Well… so much for that I guess. Seriously? Dude can't have just bailed on me so soon.
I push past a gaggle of girls dressed up to look like the slutty versions of the Classic Freddy and Friends™ and find Pete talking with this security guard who clearly wasn't a Fazbear fan, occasionally pointing at his cell to show the guard something. As I'm about to call out to him, he finishes the conversation and bumps right into me. He looks very tense, which doesn't help at all.
"Dude, Pete, what's yo problem? Look, let's go somewhere more private so that we don't look like we're slinging rocks or something."
We walk over to this secluded corner and I confront him. "Dangit, boi! You've been acting all sorts of strange since our panel, taking selfies like 'that thot over there' and lookin' around acting all weird and shit. What the hell?!" Pete raises his hands in a defensive posture as I lay it on him.
"Alright Isiah, calm down, I can explain!"
Let's hear the worst.
"You know during that panel, there was this hoodie boy sitting all the way in the back, listening to his iPod or something?" I rack my brains to recall, but nobody in particular stood out to me-
wait…
"Was it some skinny Unabomber lookin' fella?"
"Yes! Yes it was!" Pete replies excitedly. "I thought he was just some weirdo at the wrong panel but then he started following us. I'd see him out of the corner of my eye but he'd always vanish like some ghost or something."
oh great, a crazed stalker. This day just keeps getting better and better...
Pete pulls out his cell phone to show me. "Here, have a look," he opens up the gallery and clicks on one particular selfie. All I see is his stupid grin, but then he zooms in on a corner, revealing the sunglasses-wearing "hoodie boy" who clearly looked sketchy as all hell. No drug dealer would be that careless to just walk around in broad daylight… right? Instantly, I'm reminded to that text I got from that creep back in the airplane.
"And that's not all… Isiah, look." He opens up a set of new text messages sent just about half an hour ago.
I see you Good talk, by the way Look before you leap You might not like what you find
BZZZZZZ BZZZZZZZ
Just then, I receive a new text of my own.
NEW MESSAGE: UNKNOWN ID You can still walk away. Or don't, it's up to you.
BZZZZZZ BZZZZZZZ
NEW MESSAGE: UNKNOWN ID Remember, the Shadows have ears.
*Oh hell no. *
“Yo Pete, I just got two texts from the same guy……”
“Who, the one from the airplane?”
"Yeah."
"shit."
Someone is clearly fucking with us, shit, shit, shit
“Maybe… maybe this is some creepy mega fan?”
“THAT'S STILL BAD.” Pete cries.
“Hopefully this is just a joke and it's not that important. You know what, let's get something to eat if that makes you feel better. I heard they have a really good place that make pizzas as good as Freddy's not to far from here. We don’t have to be here again until 4:00, that means we have 5 hours to spend.”
“That seems nice.” Pete replies.
We move through the crowd to get to the entrance, guarded by security wearing faux Freddy’s security guard gear. These guards look like they have something better to do.
We go to the front of the convention center near the pickup area.
“Uber?” Pete asks
I nod in agreement. Pete goes on his phone and pays for the ride.
I should invite Dawko to come eat with us.
TO: DAWKO ME AND PETE ARE GOING TO EAT, WANNA JOIN?
I never got to send that text; when I turn around I see an out-of-breath Dawko running from a mob of fangirls.
“HIDE ME!” he pants. We see the uber driver pull up on the curve.
“Hurry, go!” I say, motioning him to get his ass in the car as we follow suit, pulling an OJ Simpson down Main street like a Ford Bronco chased by the po-lice.
“Shit, you good bro?” I ask Dawko during the ride.
“Yeah, I guess.”
I'm now grateful that I'm not as famous as him.
The ride drags along. We talk to our Uber driver and actually have a decent conversation. He looked hella sketchy, though. He looked familiar, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it.
“Behold, Bacco's!” I say as I get into to an introducing pose.
“Wineries?” Pete says confusingly
“NAME DOESN'T MATTER”
As we enter the building, the savoury scent of pizza fills my nose as I look around. When I look, there's this extremely cute girl, sitting by herself eating.
...
and she T H I C C
Yo brutha, you got this
“Yo dudes, one second.” I tell my party of two. Hopefully no one intervenes and I can talk to her.
“Ay, hold on there buddy-boy. You trying to get some of that, arencha?” Pete says.
It’s always the black man that can’t do anything.
“Yo, what the hell Pete. “
“It’s not my fault that you made it obvious.”
“Well it’s not my fault tha-”
WHY CAN’T I GET A BREAK. STOP INTERRUPTING ME!
“You know what, let's sit over there then.” Dawko says outta nowhere
Who invited this dude to the conversation?
Dawko talks to waiter for awhile and then we somehow get a table next to her.
I settle down in my seat while the others gather around me.
this is my chance!
Ok, to hook this girl I got to start off smooth and then work my way up.
"Whoa… is that a HERO6????"
Nice way to start a conversation, nerd. What’s next, let me guess, ‘You have some nice camera lenses.’ Dafuq were you thinking?
"Yup! Just came out too; well, it's not mine, really, my sister let me borrow it for this trip."
phew! Okay you can still save this
"Really now? Where you heading?"
"Centralia, just past Route 61."
Pete raises an eyebrow. "The ghost town?"
"Yeah! It's for my journalism class up in Penn State."
"Penn State? Where you from?"
"Oh, well, me and my sister lived in Maryland before I got accepted here."
"Sweet! Pete and I came up from Orlando." I clap him on the shoulder.
"Oh! What brings you all the way up north then?"
We give her a wide grin. "Fazcon 2017 baby!" showing our VIP badges.
“oh you mean the Freddy convention? I did see the ads, plus there's quite a few costumed guys running around the place." The lady shrugs. "Oh! where's my manners, I'm Charisma."
Cute name… DAMNIT ISIAH KEEP YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME!
“I'm Isiah, this is Pete. Oh yeah, you probably know him already but this is Dawko, nice to meet you.”
Dawko gives a small wave. I am about to make my move until this guy, who kinda reminds me of that one buffed up jock in a high school movie, shows up and sits right next to Charisma (she still has a cute name- ISIAH KEEP IT TOGETHER.) The guy also puts his arm around her.
Please don't tell me it's her bo-
“Oh, this is Jason, who I'm doing the project with!"
Shit, what kinda project then, chemistry? Seems a bit too close to be a “project partner”
The jock stretches his hand over to me and I shake it. “Nice to meet you.” he says.
“Nice to meet you too.” I reply.
THIS FELLOW HOMOSAPIEN IS DATING THIS EXTREMELY ATTRACTIVE FEMALE HOMOSAPIEN, IT'S SO FUCKING OBVIOUS SPILL THE BEANS ALREADY DAMNIT.
Okay, I need to chill the fuck down.
“So both of you go to Centralia?” I ask
“Yeah.” Charisma replies, her “project partner” nods in agreement.
"Say, wasn't there a Chica's Party World near that area few decades back?" Dawko pipes up.
“Oh yeah, there was. You all probably already know what happened, since you are fans and stuff."
We shot the shit for a few more while finishing up that delicious gourmet pizza, but before long, Charisma and Jason have to get going. They head out in this blue hatchback that looks like it's from the 90s and barely runs. Soon, it's Dawko's turn to leave, and we wish him the best.
Ah well, now it's just the two of us and this tasty pizza. At least there's that right?
"Um… let's just… let's just go back to the hotel, I could use a hot shower, and hey, perhaps you wanna catch up some sleep and oh maybe cuddle Mr. Fredbear?"
Two for flinching, Pete.
We cross the road and head down Strawberry street to ditch our merch back at our room. We pass by those two vantablack cosplayers again in front of the parking lot-
wait hol up
WHAT
Pete stopped dead cold, no doubt just as spooked as I was. Two lots down, there he was.
CREEPY ASS HOODIE BOY. ...
Fuck.
Everything 'bout this guy screams "ghetto neighborhood pusher" and part of me wonders what he got in the waistband of those jeans. Black Air Max sneakers, gray hoodie and red baseball cap leaning on a pillar facing away from us while he's smoking a cig. I see something in the garage mirror-
Double fuck.
Them vantablack niggas are closing in.
"That's the guy from the-"
"I know! Keep movin, we're almost there."
Plan's to make it to the elevator then swipe the keycard before we haul ass upstairs after locking him and his ninja thugs outside. Please Jesus I hope this works…

Hoodie boy's whistling now, great. Maybe he didn't see us?
Shit this is bad. I hope he's just-
… where'd he go???
"Hey homie, you got a light?"
where did-
OH GOD
HE'S FUCKING RIGHT IN FRONT OF US
FUCK
This is so fucking bad, man.
I'm about to get mugged by the Unabomber, this rail-thin dude in aviator glasses and a pedo mustache.
I feel cold, like freezer cold…
Heavy breathing…
We're boxed in by his ninja black shadow goons.
fuck, fuck, fuck. We are dead.
"Umm, sorry no, we don't smoke..."
The door is right fucking there… do we run???
“No speak english, mi amigo.” Pete says
Fucking classic Pete. A look at him, he already knows what I am thinking. LET’S NASCAR THIS BIH.
Me and Pete both run from the Vantablacks (I might just call them that now, seems like a good band name) towards the glass enclosure, hoping that we get away in time. One of them, maybe the lead-singer, extends their arms and grabs me. We on some Bendy and the Ink Machine type-shit now WHAT THE FUCK. The other I swear to Lord Almighty fuckin FLASH STEPS RIGHT IN FRONT OF PETE before grabbing him and spinning him round against the glass with a loud THUD. I grab my backpack quick and find my bible.
Momma I'm sorry for throwing this but I need to live.
“LET THE POWER OF CHRIST COMPEL YOU!” I scream as I through the very expensive bible at the lead-singer of the Vantablacks-no. Not at… through. THIS IS SOME FORREAL DEVIL SHIT. WTF. He just looks down then back before he football tackles me against the glass like Pete. There's something yellow on the gro- oh. Fredbear fell out… hoodie boy gon' rob me of my phone, my wallet, AND Mr. Fredbear. fuuck.
Hoodie boy just leans on one of the pylons and watches us squirm with this shit eating grin as if he 'bout to bust us for possession while he walks over and picks up the Good Book before dusting it off. Lazily he flicks through the pages before he talks reeal low; "If there is a God, He will have to beg for my forgiveness" then he slams the bible shut with an echoing clap.
The Vantablacks are… well I don't know what the fuck but the one holding up Pete looked like Toy Bonnie,... 'cept he's no longer a toy, more like a life-sized Annabelle, but ALLL black. It's like he's just a black space cut out from all reality except for those eyes and those… teeth. That means the other guy's… like Freddy but with one ear missing...
"You two," hoodie boy points at each of us individually, "I am impressed."
THIS IS IT. OH FUCKING HELL, AT LEAST LET ME CALL MY FAMILY AND TELL THEM I LOVE EM.
"You had some really good theories back there. Well, many of them were off, some completely wrong, but for the rest? Close for the most part."
I give a nervous laugh.
“Any suggestions?”
"Two guys, each with a fascination for Fazbear's. Pete… well… doesn't matter why. As for you, Isiah…" Black Freddy turns me around to face hoodie boy. "You wanted to understand something, something that has been nagging at the back of your mind for years." Now his green eyes are inches away from my face. "You were there, weren't you? When it happened. When he took that kid."
Pete looks at me absolutely confused. I never told anyone about that.
"Fascination… obsession… all qualities of a competent journalist, but taken too far, well… you hold onto that and it will tear you apart bit… by bit… by bit…"
"The fuck are you talking about??? What do you want?!" Pete exclaims.
"Always slick on the mouth I see." He then turns to look at me once more.
"You're treading into deep waters, friend. I've seen the end of this road and believe me, it will not be pleasant."
Stepping back, hoodie boy snaps his fingers and before I know it, Vantablack Freddy and Bonnie are back right behind him. Freddy has MY Fredbear plush and is holding it like he holdin' a baby while Bonnie just stares like a damn statue.
"You can still quit while you're ahead, guys. Let the world believe those lies and half-truths about what happened."
He then shrugs. "Or, continue down that rabbit hole… who knows? Maybe you'll be the lucky ones. Nobody ever listens to me anyway."
"then why are you-"
"I'm just here to give you a warning, Freddles. A warning and a choice. Go back to your ordinary lives as YouTube celebrities, accepting the popular opinion, or continue at your own risk. What was that, ah… live or die. Make your choice."
We look at each other for just a moment, and by the time we look back, he's gone. Just GONE. Like he pulled some Criss Angel bullshit.
Best we do the same.
Running into the elevators, we rush into our suite and double lock all the chains and latch, then start making our way to the windows. I walk toward the bed and freeze.
Mr. Fredbear is sitting dead center, staring at me shiftily with his black eyes and stupid purple clothes.
Right on top of momma's ol' family bible.
So much for sleeping tonight…
 
TO BE CONTINUED...  
Submitted in honor of the victims of the 2018 Parkland Shooting
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First: Case File One
Previous: Case File Nineteen
Next: Case File Letter T2
The Case Files Wiki: Here
Case File: 017-102
Case File Date: 09/14/2005
Location: Japan
Subject: Jamie Lyndhurst & Company
Entity: Onryō, Kucchisake-onna, etc.
Jamie Lyndhurst was heading up a self-funded effort to track the supernatural. At some point he managed to take a crew entirely comprised of friends to Japan to further study the supernatural found in Japanese folklore and urban legends. He and his friends actually stumbled upon something and their story has been recorded in the various forms of media that follow.
A lone videotape was found with a crew member’s body. This tape contained footage from the cameras that the crew brought. Stranger still is the fact that the footage is out of order regardless of the timestamp or info associated with the footage. The footage is also taken from multiple sources, further confusing the situation. There is a possibility that the new arrangement of the footage could have been engineered by an entity, the original finder of the tape, or the Japanese Government. Further investigation required.
Video footage shows the man who would be identified as Jamie Lyndhurst walking down a suburban street with a friend. The camera was held at an angle facing the two young men as they walked and talked. Quality comes across as grainy and stuttered. Possibly a cheap handheld camera.
Friend: …and the footage we got from the old Croft Manor was sick!
Jamie: Too bad we didn’t find anything of note though.
Friend: Huh? Come on man. Still on about that? We’ll find spooks eventually. You just gotta keep the faith up. Until then we collect some footage, get some cash money, and continue the quest.
Jamie: Just feels off Tobias. We’re supposed to be paranormal investigators and yet here we are selling stock footage to some assholes that think a few spooky shots are ghost hunting.
Tobias: Look man, the whole crew has your back. We’re all family here. I mean, hell, it was you who got us all together in the first place. We’ll find something. But until then we need to keep ourselves funded, we need to keep ourselves fed. You feel me?
Jamie: Yeah T, I feel you.
Tobias: Now you said you had something pla-
The footage is abruptly cut off and is replaced by much higher quality film. A group of five is shown wandering through a forest at dusk. The sun is mere minutes from fully setting.
Girl One: So this is the place, huh?
Jamie: You bet. Aokigahara, the Japanese Suicide Forest. You’d be hard pressed to find a location containing as much death.
Girl Two: What about the sites of the nuclear blasts? A bunch of people died then.
Jamie: Look, we’re not doing a history lesson now. Besides, searching a city is a lot harder than searching a forest with decades of negativity attached to it. I’m certain there has to be something here. For once…
Girl One: (Approaches Jamie to comfort him.) Jamie…
Jamie: Beth, I’m alright. I just need proof. We’re going to do this Scooby-Doo style guys. Beth and I will follow a trail up to the caverns and check those out. Tobias, there’s a lake nearby and I need you to check there. Could have supernatural hauntings related to the drowning that occurred there. Norm and Candice, I’d like you guys to check out the actual woods. A lot of the hangings took place there. This is our shot guys, keep your cameras going and film what you ca-
The footage is overcome with static. A visage of some sort can almost be seen though the static. It suddenly cuts to what is assumed to be an earlier time with Jamie talking to Beth and Norm in a kitchen area.
Jamie: I was talking to T earlier today.
Norm: Tobias? Why do you even keep him around?
Jamie: Look, Norm, he’s my childhood friend and a fellow believer. I wouldn’t have ended up where I am today without him being with me from the start. He may not have the technical know-how that you have but he’s got spirit.
Norm: Alright, alright. Point taken.
Jamie: Anyway, I finally got the funding for us to go to Japan.
Norm: What, really?
Beth: Aw yeah! I knew there was going to be some good news.
Jamie: We’ve been saving up a lot for this trip ourselves but do you remember those guys that T got us in contact with a few months back? The ghost hunter guys from Cali?
Beth: Yeah. He’s got a cousin or something that runs around with them right?
Jamie: Exactly. They got picked up by some network looking for the real deal. T’s cousin let them know about us and we may be signed on as a second, separate team.
Norm: Yeah! This is exactly what we needed.
Beth: Oh Jamie, this is awesome.
Jamie: When I talked to them and told them what our current plans and ideas were I mentioned the Japan trip. They told me that’d make an excellent first episode for our team and are agreeing to fund the remaining costs. We’re going to Japan folks!
Static cut off. Norm and Candice are walking on a trail through the woods. It is now almost completely dark out.
Candice: I’m actually afraid we’ll find something this time, Norm.
Norm: I know! Wouldn’t that be something?
Candice: I guess. I mean, people come here to die right? Who are we to disturb that?
Norm: It’s in the pursuit of knowledge my dear sweet Candy. Do it for science!
Candice: (Laughing) Professor Norman, the ghost hunter extraordinaire, eh?
Norm: It has a certain ring to it.
Candice: Hey, wait. What’s that?
Candice motions to a tree just out of the camera’s view. Norm swings the camera around and a silhouette can be seen. The two slowly walk closer and the silhouette is shown to be a couple bound together and hung from their necks. Candice lets out a scream and the static returns. Regular static remains before strange footage starts to play. It appears to be footage taken of a young Japanese couple. The two are walking down some city street and appear to be laughing and playing around. She says something to the man holding the camera but the audio is missing from this portion. After a minute or so of this footage it cuts to Jamie and Beth at the entrance to a cave.
Additional note: This footage is bizarre. Clearly it comes from another camera other than the three that the team had on them for their trek into Aokigahara. The whole time this clip plays there’s a constant barrage of static on the left side of the footage and in the middle of this static appears to be a silhouette of some kind. It looks kind of like a person walking towards the camera.
Beth: Do you think the others will be okay?
Jamie: What do you mean? They’re all professionals.
Beth gives him a disbelieving glance as they enter the cave.
Beth: Professional, huh?
Jamie: Well, as professional as you can be as an amateur pursuer of the paranormal.
Beth: Alright, if you say so Mister Leader. So what’s the deal with these caves?
Jamie: The caves during the day are popular tourist spots but I’m hoping that their proximity to all the suicides will allow us to catch something on film, maybe some spectral lights, or globes. Although a full on ghost would definitely be best.
Distant screaming can be heard coming from the exit to the caves.
Beth: Was that-
Jamie: Shit, let’s go!
The two turn and exit the cave while static slowly builds and overtakes the screen. This static gives way to Tobias walking along a stream.
Tobias: -it’s alright. They want to leave T be to do his own thing that’s alright. I’ll get some good footage. I mean, it was my cousin who got us this gig. You hearing this Jay? I know you’re watching the footage right now and laughing at me. Poor, old T walking alone by the river. That’s some romantic shit and you know it! Ahah.
Screams can be heard off in the distance although much louder than at the caves. Tobias says nothing but cuts into the forest towards the direction of the scream. There is surprisingly no static this time as the footage abruptly returns to Jamie’s camera as he and Beth are running through the woods.
Jamie: Come on Beth, this way.
Beth: Jamie, slow down!
The two run in relative silence for several minutes before they reach a grove among the forest where the rest of the crew is found. Candice is being held by Norm on the far side of the grove where the tree line begins to thicken while Tobias is inspecting the bodies that they found in the previous cut of footage.
Tobias: Hey! You guys made it! Must’ve heard the screams too.
Norm: I’m pretty sure the people back in town heard Candice.
Candice: Stop it (gasp) guys. (gasp) Those are (gasp) dead people…
Jamie and Beth walk over to the hanging couple. The bodies show no immediate signs of decay and the couple appear to be the young from the earlier clip that cut in.
Beth: Whoa. Who are they?
Tobias: I dunno yet. I thought about checking their pockets for some ID but was waiting.
Beth: Waiting?
Tobias: Guess I got a lil nervous alright? Touching dead people isn’t exactly something I figured I’d be doing today.
Jamie: No problem T. I’ll do it.
Beth: Jamie…
Jamie: It’s okay Beth. I just want to know who they are…
Norm walks over to the trio.
Norm: Actually, I have a better idea: let’s film this.
Tobias: Seriously, bro?
Beth: Norm! What the fuck?
Jamie: So…you were thinking that too?
Beth: Jamie? What do you mean?
Jamie: Look guys, these people are dead. We can’t hurt them any further. Maybe this is the missing link to finding the truth about the supernatural. We’ve never found freshly dead bodies in a suicide forest before. I say we set up the equipment and do a full investigation right now.
Tobias: Jay, I’m not gonna tell you that this is a bad idea, but this is a bad idea. We aren’t no special victims unit. We don’t do dead bodies and crime scenes.
Jamie: We don’t do anything Tobias! We never find anything! And I’m sick of it. This is an opportunity. We aren’t parading these bodies around or defiling them! We’re just going to investigate. We can call the police after we’re done.
Norm: Er, no. I think we should skip calling the police. I don’t want to chance them even thinking we were here. Too many questions and we’re just a group of foreigners.
Jamie: Fine, we check this out. Carefully. After that we can bounce. So can we please set up the equipment?
Beth: I just want you to know that I think you’re making a huge mistake this time Jamie. Something feels off about this.
Tobias: I’m with her, man. I don’t think we should meddle.
Jamie: Just set up the equipment.
Beth: Fine.
Beth and Tobias walk out of frame with Tobias mumbling something under his breath. Candice remains on the far side of the clearing in a state far from coherent. Jamie turns the camera around to face the couple. When the camera swings back up to the couple it is shown that the hung women’s position has changed from the last time she was in frame. Her head has shifted to be almost looking right at the camera. Previous shots of her show her head face pointed towards the ground with her face obscured by her hair. None of the crew makes any comments on the corpse changing position. The camera zooms in on the woman’s face before the footage suddenly turns blurry and hard cuts to the group talking in a van, presumably on their way back from the forest.
Norm: So we’re following up on that card?
Jamie: Yeah. We don’t have the equipment to analyze the footage for any spectral happenings until we get back to Tokyo.
Tobias: Still, this is weird right? A murdered couple has a business card for some paranormal shop? They had no keys, no i.d., nothing. Are we sure they weren’t murdered or something?
Beth: (Sarcastic tone) Well…if they were I’m just sure they’ll just be dying to tell us in ghost form.
Jamie: I know you’re pissed off Beth but that actually might happen.
Beth: I just feel like a grave robber or something Jamie. I feel gross.
Jamie: Beth, I know it’s not standard practice for us but we didn’t defile any bodies or anything. We took a peek at some corpses, filmed them a little, and then we got out of there.
Beth: Fine. Whatever. Fair enough. Just…don’t talk about this much around Candice. Poor girl is passed out from all the fear and stress.
Jamie: Deal. We won’t mention it around her again. For now, let’s go check out that shop. It’s a bit out of the way but we should reach it by morning. The rest of you can feel free to catch some sleep if you want. I don’t expect you guys to pull an all nighter with me.
Tobias: Shit man, you know it’s shotgun’s duty to stay up with the driver. I got you.
Jamie: (Laughter) Thanks man.
The van hits a bump and the camera flips over and faces the back seats. From this angle you can see that Norm and Beth are in the middle seats, both of them shifting positions to try and get some sleep. Candice is in the back seat passed out. Sitting beside Candice and stroking her hair is the Japanese woman who had been hung. The color has left her body and she is shown staring right at the camera once more. The other people in the van appear to still not be able to see her.
Norm: Tobias, could you please pick up the camera? I’d hate for it to get damaged.
Tobias: Oh shit, no problem man. I didn’t even see it flip over. Hold on a sec, forgot to turn it off. (Laughs)
Jamie: Good catch. Swap out the battery okay? I want all of our cameras at full power in case we catch any leads at this shop.
Tobias shuffles with the camera for several moments before turning it to face him for a brief moment. The dead woman from the back seat was now looming to the side of Tobias’ headrest. Her head then cocks to the side and her mouth opens slightly. The expression seems to be mixture of slight surprise and malice. Tobias then shuts the camera off and it progresses to footage of the group outside of the paranormal shop. Something to note is that the woman once again never took her eyes off the camera and the other people in the van still can’t seem to see her.
Jamie is at the door of the paranormal shop, the others crowded around him. Tobias has the camera. It appears to either still be night or early morning due to the lighting but the store is open regardless. The shop itself is located down in a rather downtrodden alley way.
Candice: Can anyone remind me why we’re here again?
Jamie: We just have a lead on some supernatural occurrences. Now, I don’t know the validity of this place so how about only Tobias and I go in? The three of you can go wait in the van okay? T and I have been in scrapes before and I just don’t want the rest of you getting hurt over this.
Beth: Finally taking what I said to heart then?
Jamie: You know I’d never intentionally put you guys in more danger than comes with chasing the supernatural.
Candice: Did something happen? I feel out of the loop…
Norm, Beth, and Candice start to walk away as Tobias and Jamie turn towards the shop.
Beth: Nothing big happened, sweetie. Jamie and I just had a small disagreement about how he’s been pursuing… (Fades out)
Tobias: Alright Jay, I got you.
Jamie: Thanks T, but let’s not have a repeat of Toronto.
Tobias: (Laughs) Anything but another Toronto.
The two walk into the store to see lots of Japanese occult paraphernalia on display such as paper charms and good luck symbols. In the back of the dingy shop is an elderly man sitting in a chair. He looks over to the two of them with an almost expectant look on his face.
Elderly Man: Why hello there. American correct?
The man speaks proper English, only a hint of his accent showing through.
Jamie: Oh thank God you speak English. Uh, yeah. A few of us are from the States and the rest of us from Canada (Voice trailing off) but I don’t really think you care about that. Yeah.
Elderly Man: Welcome to my shop. Not too many people find me tucked away back here.
Jamie: Well, actually we found your card.
Jamie presents the card to the man.
Jamie: We actually found this over at Aokigahara. We know a young couple who had it on them. We’re actually here investigating the paranormal and this looked like a good opportunity for us to try. Anyway, err, do you know anything about the couple that came here?
Elderly Man: I thought you were investigating the paranormal? Why would you want to know more about the people who gave you this card?
Tobias: We didn’t get a lot of information out of the two. Frankly, it was a little suspicious.
Elderly Man: (Laughter) Do not worry. I already know that the two of passed on.
There’s an abrupt and brief clip of the couple hanging from the trees. It appears to be footage that the group took earlier.
Jamie: Wait. What? How do you know that?
Elderly Man: Because I was the one who told them that they would be dead before the week ended. Tell me, how did they die? If they traveled to Aokigahara I can only assume it was suicide.
Tobias: Yeah, that’s right. Hung themselves. That card was the only thing on them. Now, I know we weren’t exactly telling you the whole story a moment ago but you knowing they’d die is more than a little suspect.
A clip of the couple lying awake in a darkened bedroom begins to play. The two are sitting up against the backboard, embracing each other with a rather fearful look on their faces.
Elderly Man: I did not kill them, I assure you. I merely advised them on supernatural…issues that the couple were having. This led me to the conclusion that they would not survive the week. I am afraid that I do not know their names or even who they were.
Jamie: Okay. Then why did they come to you? They had to of at least told you about what they were experiencing for you to advise them.
Tobias: Yeah, and how did they find this place anyway? Like you said, it’s kind of a hole in the wall.
Elderly Man: As for how they found me, well…
The old man points to the card in Jamie’s hand and smiles.
Elderly Man: They found that very card. I was told it was passed on to them from another prior client.
A clip suddenly plays of the couple approaching a suburban home. The man is holding a handheld camera and it can be surmised that the woman is as well. It appears to be the middle of day and yet every window is darker than would seem natural. The door is slightly ajar but the couple still knocks several times before entering. The lack of sound in this clip becomes apparent when one sees the repeated knocks on the door and the man who appears to be calling out to whoever lived at the residence. After several minutes of this the man cautiously pushes the door open and the two enter the house. The house is tidy if lacking a bit of character and it appears that the power is out. The man suddenly puts his sleeve up to his face to cover his mouth and nose. There appears to be stench as the camera fidgets around signifying that the woman must also be covering her face. The two eventually approach a door in the back and this appears to be where the smell is originating. The man is visibly shaken and retching. He suddenly pushes open the door and the corpse of a man sitting in a chair can be seen. The corpse has a plastic bag tightly over his face and flies cover large portions of the body. The man picks a small card up off the floor, which appears to be the one he has in his possession later. The two jump at a supposed loud noise and they take off running out of the house. The footage slowly fills with static and a more clearly humanoid figure can be seen facing the screen. It appears to be female in shape.
Jamie: And the supernatural occurrence?
Elderly Man: A malevolent force was stalking them, something bent on harming them. I gave them a few options on how to preserve their lives but they did not seem happy with what I told them.
Jamie: Do you know what caused them to encounter this being in the first place?
Elderly Man: The man that you found…he had a previous lover. He told me that she had been quite sickly and eventually died to illness. Before she had passed away he promised her that he would not love again. The man kept that promise for a year or two before falling in love with the woman you had found him with. His previous lover was keeping him to that promise even in death. Her spirit was causing many disruptions in their lives and I saw the warning signs that she had marked them for death.
The footage of the couple cowering in bed is shown once again but this time there is a woman standing outside the window by their bed staring at the two of them. She’s a different person than the one that keeps popping up in the crew’s footage but is behaving in a similar manner, except she is staring at the couple and not directly at the camera in every shot.
Tobias: Shit man, I can’t imagine the new girl taking that well…
Elderly Man: (Smiles once more) She did not like the things that she had heard. I vividly remember her cursing their fate and the two left my shop on rather…hostile terms.
Jamie: And they just killed themselves to avoid this spirit? Couldn’t they have tried whatever advice you had given them?
Elderly Man: One of my solutions was to take their own lives, so they did take at least part of my advice. I’m afraid that everything I told them wasn’t guaranteed to work and that their most likely fate was a painful death.
Tobias: That’s harsh…
Elderly Man: But let us forget them for the time being. The police will find their bodies soon enough and they will be processed and put to rest. What is it that you two have come to seek other than them.
Jamie: We document the paranormal. T, I mean, Tobias and I have been chasing after ghosts and monsters for as long as I can remember. We want to find proof.
Elderly Man: But I can see that you already believe, what proof could you possibly want?
Jamie: (Lets out a short laugh) The proof…isn’t for us. We’re making a documentary. I want everyone else to believe what we already know to be true.
Elderly Man: Ahhh. Well in that case you are in luck.
Jamie: Really?!
Elderly Man: You and your group’s lives are already set to clash with the otherworldly denizens of this island.
Tobias: Wait, what? That’s all you got?
Elderly Man: (Gives off an eerie smile) Yes.
Tobias: Alright. Enough with this. Come on Jay, we’re wasting time here. We need to get back to the hotel and go over this footage.
The two turn to walk out but the man calls out to them just before they reach the door.
Elderly Man: A word of advice.
Jamie: Yes?
Elderly Man: Make sure you have a camera on you wherever you go. You will get your proof, Mr. Lyndhurst.
The old man turns around and walks back to his chair as the two leave the building and walk down the hallway.
Tobias: Yo, you buy any of that man?
Jamie: I didn’t T. I didn’t till just now.
Tobias: What do you mean?
Jamie: How did that guy know my last name? When the hell did we tell him who I was?
Tobias: (Long Pause) Shit man.
Jamie: So we’ll carry on like normal. We had areas we wanted to check out. If the old guy is right then we keep the cameras rolling and we’ll come across something. You brought the spare hand cams right?
Tobias: Yeah, all that stuff is back at our hotel. Why? You going to pass them out to everyone?
Jamie: Just the way he worded that, “Make sure you have a camera on you wherever you go.” I just think it would be a solid idea if we had cameras on us at pretty much all times while we’re here in Japan. The hand cams don’t have the best quality but we get what we’ll get. A camera for everyone, okay?
Tobias: I feel ya. See that excitement in your eyes again Jay. It’s nice, ya know? (Pats Jamie on the shoulder) You were in a dark place my friend. I was really worried about you.
Jamie: Yeah, well, I just have a feeling we’ll find what we’ve been looking for this time. We’ll get that proof T, and then we’ll go on to greater things.
The camera cuts out as they reach the van. The screen remains black with silence for half a minute before showing the group in a hotel room, presumably back in Tokyo.
Note: It is at this point in the footage that the transcriber changed from Op-547 to Op-115. Op-547 left a detailed account of his final days hidden in this document and it was originally going to be removed and separated from this file but the final words of Op-547 will be left at the end of this file, as it is deemed supplemental to the entities involved. Please note that Op-115 does not have the same level of familiarity with Japanese mythology and relied heavily on notes found in Op-547’s computer and residence. The remainder of this footage was also viewed using special equipment usually reserved for trapping and/or containing entities.
Candice: So wait. Wait. Wait. Wait. You want us each to carry a camera on us at all times? Like, you want me to lug one of those huge things around?
Jamie: T and I will carry our bigger cameras but we also brought some handycams along.
Beth: Why did we bring those again? Those two cameras should be able to shoot everything we would’ve needed.
Jamie: Well, these bad boys are kinda big like Candice said. On top of that I wanted us to be able to film anywhere. We can’t sneak these in to certain areas.
Beth: Oh. I guess I should’ve known.
Jamie: Beth, hey, I just wanted to bring them in case. It’s not like I planned to absolutely sneak around. And besides, now we can repurpose them so that everyone can film. Anyways, yes Candice, we need everyone to have a camera on them. It’s just in case.
Tobias: You may not believe us but that old man said some creepy, convincing shit. It’s just a minor annoyance for you guys to have one of these on with you.
The camera swivels to reveal Norm standing on the far side of the room, staring out the window. Jamie, who is holding the camera motions over to him and the group looks in his direction.
Beth: Norm, what’s up? Kinda…quiet over there.
Norm: Sorry guys, I’ve just been thinking about some stuff. We found that card with some… (Glances towards Candice) people right? And you guys said that those people found that with someone else right?
Jamie: Yeah, that’s right.
Norm: Did he mention what condition those other people were in?
Jamie: …no. But I see what you’re getting at. Alright guys, listen up, we’re going to check out a bunch of places tomorrow right? Don’t go anywhere alone tomorrow. I think that as long as we stay in groups we should be okay.
Candice: What are you guys talking about? When did we find a card?
The group looks around at each other for a few moments.
Beth: Oh sweetie, you weren’t feeling well remember? While you slept in the car we met with some people and they…um, gave us the card that led us to that creepy guy.
Candice: Oh, strange that I can’t remember any of this.
Jamie: Well, you were very sick.
The group sits in silence for brief period of time before Candice stands up and walks over to the door.
Beth: Where you heading?
Candice: I just need some ice guys. I’m still feeling ill. Don’t look at me like that, the ice machine was right around the corner and I’ll even take the camera with me. Happy?
Jamie: Are you sure you don’t want one of us to go with you?
Candice: No, it’s fine. I just want to stretch my legs and get some fresh air as well. A minute or two outside would probably do me some good.
Candice leaves the room and the group sits in relative silence. There is some conversation but it is muted and what phrases are picked up are not relevant to this file; mostly small talk. This is broken up by a woman’s scream sounding out loudly. The group looks shaken and stunned for a moment before Jamie suddenly curses and scrambles for the door.
The majority of the hotel appears to be indoors but the corner of the hotel was outdoors and housed several vending machines as well as a particularly noisy ice machine. The group runs down their hall to see that a small crowd had already formed. Jamie pushes through the crowd and finds Candice’s camera lying by the guard wall and the floor is covered in glass from a smashed vending machine. He hurries over to the side of the building and lets out an audible sigh. Jamie must have assumed she had fallen over the side and expected to see a body. The camera’s shakiness stops all of a sudden as he sees a strange figure staring up at him. The figure has their face concealed by what looks like a pale mask of some kind and is wearing a black, modern looking suit. The figure stares up at Jamie for a moment before turning and walking away.
Jamie: Hey! You in the mask! Hey!
The figure ignores his shouts and walks further out of sight.
Jamie: Shit.
Jamie snatches up the camera on the ground and fights his way back out of the crowd to see Tobias and Beth standing there.
Beth: Where's Candice?
Jamie: Come on, we gotta move quickly.
The three of them begin to briskly walk back to their room while Jamie speaks.
Jamie: Something happened to Candice, not sure what. I found her camera on the ground. It looked like some sort of struggle and I'm guessing the camera picked it up. I saw some weird person staring up at me as I peered over the edge. They were wearing this creepy mask and I'm guessing they did whatever happened to Candice. Last I saw he was heading towards the shopping district.
Tobias: Shit man. Did we piss someone off?
Jamie: Or did we miss something off?
Beth: My god...
Jamie: So you two get a head start and look for that person. They were wearing a black suit and wearing that mask. I'm going to drop this camera off with Norm real quick and then I'll join you guys.
Tobias: Alright. We're on it.
The trio arrives at the door and Jamie heads inside to see Norm staring out the window.
Jamie: Yo, Norm, you okay?
Norm: (Sound distracted) Yeah. I'm fine. Something on the building over there caught my eye. That's all. Oh, where's Candice?
*Jamie points his camera up to the roof parallel them but nothing out of the ordinary is seen.
Jamie: She's missing. I found her camera and a likely suspect so we're going to look for them while you check out the footage.
Norm: Yeah, that sounds good.
The footage suddenly cuts from Jamie's camera to Norm's handycam that is sitting on the dresser. From the angle it is recording from the viewer can see the opposing roof in the background. There's now something on the opposing roof. It doesn't show up clearly in the footage but it appears as a shimmery cloth blowing in the wind. Documents found in Op-547's house denote it as being an entity from Japanese folklore that lures people to madness or death. There wasn't a lot of documentation.
Jamie tosses Candice's camera to Norm and the hurries back out the door. Norm flips over the and is assumed to have replayed the recording. Suddenly, the footage from her camera begins to play beginning with her backing out of the hotel room and heading towards the ice machine.
When she is out of view of her friends it is clear that Candice is not as physically sound as she let on. Her gait becomes sloppy and she begins to stumble. Her breathing becomes ragged, and you can hear the labor in each breath. Stranger still is that the footage becomes more distorted and as her health deteriorates further. By the time she reaches the ice machine the footage is near unwatchable. Suddenly a hand reaches out and touches her shoulder and the static ceases. It's eerie how quiet it suddenly gets. Candice looks over to find a slender woman wearing a surgery mask.
Candice: Err...hello.
Woman: (Translated from Japanese) Am I beautiful?
Candice: Excuse me?
Woman: (Translated) Am I beautiful?
Candice: I'm sorry...I don't speak Japanese...
The woman grabs Candice around the wrist rather tightly.
Candice: Ow! You're hurting me. Please stop!
The woman pulls her surgery mask down to reveal a slit on either side of her mouth that cuts through the cheek and leaves her lower jaw hanging.
Woman: (Translated) Am I beautiful now?
Candice lets out a scream as she is pushed into the vending machine, thus breaking the glass. Her camera falls to the ground and her screams rapidly become distant. This is another entity that appears in Japanese folklore. Op-547's notes lead me to believe that it normally targets children and its main ways of killing are inducing the same mouth wounds or bisecting the victim at the waist.
The footage cuts back to Norm's camera and he appears devastated as he sets down Candice's camera.
Norm: Oh Candice...she's gone. I can't believe she's gone.
The footage shows Norm sobbing for several minutes before the shimmering entity on the roof increases its amount of thrashing. Norm slowly looks up at it and appears to be in a trance state. He shambles to the sliding door and is shown leaning against the balcony for a brief amount of time. Without warning he reaches out to the shimmering entity and falls. A loud crash is heard followed by people screaming below.
The footage make an abrupt cut to Beth's camera. She is running slightly behind Tobias with neither of them saying anything. Suddenly they hear a scream from an alleyway beside them. The two go to run towards it but there is then a crashing sound behind them. Beth swings her camera around to reveal the figure that Jaimie had recorded fleeing the scene. It is now clear that the figure is wearing a porcelain mask over their face. The masked figure had knocked over a stand, most likely in an attempt to get their attention.
Tobias: I got this Beth! That scream sounded like Candice, get her and get out of here!
Tobias takes off in a sprint after the masked figure.
Beth: Be careful Tobias. We'll meet up later!
The crowd of people that had formed was quickly dispersing. None of the people would meet eye contact with Beth. By the time she had reached the entrance to the alleyway most of the people in the area were gone. She let out an audible sigh and then slowly entered the alley.
The alleyway itself was tucked between two rather big buildings and much of the light from the main streets was blocked out. Beth carefully crept through the alley, stopping when she found a figure lying on the other side of a dumpster.
Beth: Candice? Is that you? Are you okay?
Beth approached the figuring and as she got closer a scratching noise can be heard.
Beth: Candice!
Beth gets close enough to the figure to see that it is Candice but she quickly stops and lets out a gasp. Candice has been bisected from the waist down and the scratching noise is coming from her spine sliding across the building wall. "Candice" suddenly lurches towards Beth at a speed that would put some of our Stalkers to shame. The camera falls to the ground and shows "Candice" pinning Beth to the wall. The footage quickly turns to static as the sounds of screaming are heard.
The static eventually gives way to show a quick clip of Tobias be tackled to the ground by multiple people wearing the porcelain masks. The camera is left on the ground and depicts Tobias be drug into an alleyway. He fights back and kicks one of the masked figures in the face. A black substance pours out of a crack in the mask and it gives off a faint dark tinted mist. Tobias struggles to his feet and grabs the camera. He suddenly looks alarmed and swings the camera down on another masked figures head. The video cuts out but the sound of a struggle plays for another five minutes. It is unclear what happened during this time.
An abrupt cut and the footage now shows Jaimie's point of view once more. He is back in the hotel room and looks extremely worried.
Jamie: Jamie Lyndhurst here, I wanted to make a record in case something happened to me. Hell, something is going to happen to me. All my friends are either dead or missing. Norm jumped from our balcony. Beth, Candice, and Tobias are missing now. I haven't seen them for two days now. I can only imagine that the masked figure I saw had something to do with it. I'm not going to give up on them though. They wouldn't leave me, and I won't leave them.
There's a scratching noise coming from the direction of the balcony. Jamie sets the camera down but it is pointed towards the exit to the room, opposite the balcony.
The following can only be heard.
Jamie: (From the far side of the room) Candice? Oh my god, Candice I'll pull you up! Hold on!
The sliding glass door can be heard opening and a loud scratching noise can be heard.
Jamie: Oh fuck, Candice?!
A feral growl is heard as "Candice" presumably pounces and attacks Jamie. The sounds of tearing flesh and gore splattering can be heard for a few minutes before the door to the hallway opens. A masked figure walks in and picks the camera up. As they turn around the balcony can be seen, briefly, covered in blood splatters and with chunks of meat strewn about. The figure turns the camera to its face once more before the camera and the compilation of footage ends.
Analysis: All members of Jamie Lyndhurst's crew were eventually reported as missing by the Tokyo Metropolitan Force. This footage was actually released to the CIA by Japan's supernatural research Division: YGY. We believe YGY wants to better solidify its standing with what they consider the United States' Paranormal research division. They clearly do not pay much heed to our existence. This particular tape was found locked away in one of the CIA's Artifact Bunkers. We have multiple operatives on the inside that occasionally smuggle documents and artifacts.
As for the Organization, it appears that little action will take place on our part. Until these porcelain clad figures attack our territory they have raised little suspicion by my superiors. I believe they are to be labeled as a cult dabbling with low tier entities.
This actually brings up another avenue of research. We have a small team looking into why the ghosts and entities from Japanese Folklore exist solely on the island of Japan. Is it Tulpa? Is there a powerful entity that resides there and makes the various lesser entities appear? It is currently labeled as a low priority project.
Case File: Closed.
Update 04/22/06: Tobias found alive.
(Note from Secrets: I was way over the character limit for posts. The transcriber's recollection of events and a bit of musings can be found in the comments section below, really sorry about this guys!)
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Hint: hit enter twice to create a break/paragraph. Wall of text is difficult to read. With that out of the way, thanks for the AMA, it sounds interesting. What are the salaries like for your work? Or is it more like contractor work, paid by the job? I would think public speaking skills are important, to appear credible/likeable if you need to testify in court. I'm assuming court testimony is part of the deal, but have no clue - is it? Salaries are competitive with those of Civil Engineers in conventional areas. Yes, testimony can be part of the deal. But most of the time a case will never see the court room.
Could you go into more detail about photogrammetry, e.g. what it is? This gives a good rundown of a program called PCRect we use for rectifying oblique photographs into plan view.
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What's your total station setup? I have a sokkia SET 513 with an HP data collector.
Can you post some sort of proof? Like a copy of your certificate from the accident reconstruction course? Thanks. I'm working on this, give me a sec. I'm answering more questions.
What is the most bizarre accident you've ever had to reconstruct? One that really made you wonder how the hell they managed it? Edit: spelling. My boss told me about the case, which happened long before I started doing this type of work. Based on the story he told me, I requested the set of depositions. My intention was to write a story based on them; they are Cohen Brothers script quality stories. I need to put it in motion.
Is it harder to reconstruct an accident when ABS brakes are involved (due to fewer skid marks)? Slightly harder, but nowadays vehicles are equipped to record a long period of pre-crash data through the Airbag system. This, along with damage to the vehicle tells the rest of the story.
How much historical data do those units record, i.e. is it recorded if the airbag doesn't deploy, and how far back does the information go? Thanks. There are two types of events that are recorded in the Airbag module. Most auto manufacturers since about the year 2000 are equipped with such devices. This varies from make to make. The event can be a deployment event, in which the bumper sensor tells the computer to deploy the airbag; usually at higher speeds. Also, non deployments get recorded at times, these are low speed impacts which tell the computer not to deploy the airbag. The amount of time and data recorded vary. Typically you'll see information such as driver seat buckle on or of, speed 5 seconds before deployment, brake on or of, accelerator throttle, etc.
Do you need some sort of authorization from the owner to get this information from the airbag module? EDIT: 'Black boxes' (event data recorders) mandatory for new cars in 2015. Source. This varies from state to state. In my state, It is necessary for us to fill out a form signed by whoever has taken ownership of the vehicle post accident.
So bumper sensors actually exist? I didn't think cars actually had airbag deployment sensors housed in the bumper, it sounds like an easy way to have an accidental deployment. I thought they deployed based on the input from a few accelerometers. It's a combination of both: Link to en.wikipedia.org
If I wanted to remove the computer after an accident, where would I look for it? Different on every car I'm sure, but you must know some general ltips (under the hood, inside the dash, you tell me.) Link to www.cdr-system.com
It's usually under the driver's seat in the center tunnel.
Cool! What kind of a background do you have in terms of education? I can imagine many subjects which would be beneficial, but none that would encompass all of the skills I presume need to be possessed. I have a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering as well as several accident reconstruction and software courses.
Whow. you were a civil engineer and switched into this ? If you dont mind me asking, what is the more lucrative career ? (I'm on my way to becoming a civil engineer. I don't ask because I plan to switch, just because I'm curious) They're pretty well aligned monetarily, though in this line of work I travel a whole lot.
The National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) had a student competition on forensic surveying a couple years back. Here's a write-up I found. There is an 8 hr test which makes an applicant ACTAR certified. It's not as hard as the PE.
What state do you work in? Is there some kind of licensure procedure, like PE, but for reconstructionists? Link to www.actar.org
Ah thanks, and is it fight-club-like travel i.e. short, in/out trips or do you ever get time off to sight-see etc ? Travel varies from 2 days to 4 or so. I get to meet a lot of interesting people and eat at a lot of great hidden treasure like places. From time to time I'll end up in a city where I know people and we'll have dinner, etc.
Has the job changed the way you drive? Are you more wary of the dangers of driving, or put off certain brands of car? My job has changed the way drive indeed. I try to be very observant while driving through intersections.
If I'm driving behind someone and they purposefully slam their brakes to get me to rear end them, and there are no witnesses, can you prove that the accident was their fault? And how? It'd be difficult to prove that. The gold standard seems to be that the rear ender is usually at fault. If you can prove that his brake lights were not functioning before the collision, then you may have a case.
Is it remotely possible to prove that the brake lights weren't working? Without the use of a dash-cam. There's a method in which you analyze the filament of a light bulb of a car involved in a collision. If it's streched it means the lights were hot (on) when it got struck, if it's a brittle fracture it's likely the lights were off. This makes a decent argument.
Is it possible, at least in some scenarios, to examine tire marks to determine what happened? you'd think that the front driver suddenly slamming on the breaks would leave a trail on the asphalt. Yes. The deceleration rate (usually in units of g's or gravity-32.2 ft/s) is dependent upon condition of tires (new or old), surface details (new asphalt, grass, etc) and weather surfaces (rain, snow). A typical deceleration rate is 0.7 g's for normal wear tires on pavement.
But if you get rear ended the tail lights more often than not get damaged. what happens if the lightbulbs were crushed in the accident? You'd be surprised how well the filament will hold up
How much fun is it, after you've investigated the skid patterns, debris, etc. to prove in court that someone was clearly lying about their speed, etc.? Also, what's the craziest accident you've ever had to reconstruct, or the most challenging? Challenging involves multiple vehicles usually. There was this one where a tractor trailer was coming down a ramp at a rapid speed while merging onto the highway, the truck flipped on its side and vehicles traveling on the highway collided with it. There was a ton of evidence marks and speeds had to be determined for three different vehicles.
How did you get into that line of work? I started an internship while in college, liked it and stuck with it.
What is the most fucked up accident you saw? There was one where a farm vehicle was carrying a large wooden post horizontally and aligned with the horizon for approaching traffic (I hope that makes sense). He was driving on the side of the road and the wooden post was hovering above the lane of travel. A passenger truck drove through it and it seemed as thought the passenger who got hit by the post had literally exploded. The farm owner was liable for damages.
Do you work for a state, city or county agency? How long was the course you had to take to become an accident reconstructionist (yes, it is not something you just learn "on the job")? How many years have you done this? and of course, worst accidents you've had to be on scene for? I work for an independent third party. I've gone through several courses. I have a BS in Civil Engineering and took a 2 week course in Northwestern University. I've been doing this now for 7 yrs. Worst accidents are usually the ones involving families and head on collisions. There was one where the truck driver was impinged onto a tractor trailer while it was on fire. He was still alive and communicating before he died. I get to read many pages of depositions where all the unpleasant details come out.
Do you find that people driving larger (non-commercial) vehicles tend to cause more accidents? That's a loaded question. Kidding. Well truck drivers are operating a machine about 16 times the weight of the average passenger vehicle and traveling at similar speeds. They carry more energy and have a larger tendency to be involved in accidents. Also their perception/reaction time is longer so they have less distance to work with.
Do you ever analyze vehicles that were struck by a train? If so, does that involve different or more complex analysis than car-on-car collisions? What's your hourly rate? Does it change for serving as an expert witness? A train decelerates much much slower than tires on pavement. Investigating an accident involving a train requires permission from the railroad companies as well as research and evidence documentation. Were there cross bucks and gates? Lights? As far as methodology, it can be analyzed as a conservation of momentum case.
If someone were to make ridiculous House/Psyche/CSI dramatization of what you do with you as the quirky dick of a reconstructionist genius solving the most important car crashes ... ya know, Princess Diana shit... who would you like to play you? Will Ferrell.
What kind of advice would you have for road users? What do you think is realistically possible? (With these two I mean like, licensing changes? policy change? whatever, etc.) I'd advice to pay attention always, especially when on high speed highways. Don't travel when tired, intoxicated, etc.
Have you heard of SATAI? Perhaps you have friends who are members. What is your opinion of the organization? I have. I am not from that state, but I am a member because I took a course with them. Accident Reconstruction associations are generally reputable; most of them are made up of ex-police officers.
So, my dad is a Marine Corps lifer.. and for a good portion of his career as a military police officer he doubled as an accident investigator. For a long time, he had a sawed in half tire filled with cement and a chain hanging out of it that lived in our garage. I assume it was some homemade instrument he used for teaching himself about tread marks.. I dunno. Anyway, during this particular part of his career I was conveniently learning how to drive. He decided one evening to show me pictures of some investigations he had been working on in an effort to scare me into driving more safely. It worked. I got my own Red Asphalt lesson right in our living room. My question is... have there been any particular accidents that have really shaken you or stuck with you throughout your career? Do you feel you drive more carefully knowing things like how fast your car will continue to travel after you hit the brakes if you're going 80 down the highway? Edit - I accidentally a word. That's called a drag sled (Link to www.gazettenet.com)
Police photos of a really bad accident are not very pleasant, but I've become a little more desensitized over time. I imagine people in the medical field have to adjust similarly. Working around death certainly lets me know to live my personal life to the fullest. And I'm not perfect driver, but I abide by all driving laws and try to share the road as much as possible.
Have you started fight club yet? I'm actually a huge Chuck Palahniuk fan.
Curious if you subscribe to the same sort of skepticism presented by the narrator in Fight Club when he's talking about analyzing accidents for the big corps. Do you feel there is that sort of jaded humanity-minimization element in the car industry, having seen their work first hand? Well this element can be translated well into other fields like the food industry for example. It was striking to find out that there are economic analysis companies that will put a pricetag on how much a deceased person involved in an accident is worth, based on age, profession and expected lifespan.
How do you feel working with cars in which people have died? It's strange to come across brain matter and other bodily fluids during a vehicle inspection; certainly not my cup of tea. But over time it has gotten easier.
How much do you hate CSI? It's meh.
How many accidents have you been in yourself? I was in a minor rear end collision in highschool and a slightly more serious one (other vehicle at fault) a few years after that.
I don't know if you are allowed talk about it, but can you tell us if you ever came upon an accident scene that was clearly faked?. Can you elaborate on the details? Thanks for the AMA! I believe an insurance adjustor commented on an earlier thread that most of insurance fraud is medical billing. People generally lie about how fast they were going.
What percentage of accidents you've investigated actually involved fraud, e.g. people intentionally crashing into things? This is a very low percentage. Fraud usually comes in the form of people claiming hail damage when a closer look reveals that the marks were done by small hammer or so.
Why do you use the term accident, as opposed to crash or incident? Some are quite clearly done on purpose. Accident and collision are interchangeable. Incident could be purposefully I suppose.
How accurate do you believe your field to be? More and more forensic science is being shown to be lacking in accuracy, to put it nicely. I'd have to say that experience is a major factor in this field. I work under people who've done it for over two decades and the amount of info they can deduct upon barely driving up to an accident scene is amazing.
How hard it is to determine whether someone crashed their car on purpose or was just driving recklessly? I assume some people would take out life insurance and try to off themselves driving into a bridge pillar at 220km/h. We've only investigated a couple of suicides and they involved pedestrians jumping in front of big trucks. To determine approach, it helps to know the driver's tendencies and state of mind at the time of accident. This comes to light eventually.
My girlfriend was stopped behind a car making a left turn and was rearended. Her rear axel was torn off and the car that hit her ended up under her jeep. She was pushed into the car in front of her with minimal damage. And there were no skid marks. The girl who hit her got off scot free and my girlfriend got points on her license and a fine for reckless driving. The judges and trooper were friends of the family of the girl who hit her. My question is... even though both insurance companies went to arbitration and the girl hitting my girlfriend was found 100 percent liable... how the fuck was the accident reconstruction information inadmissible in her court proceeding? Did your gf's insurance company hire an expert? If so, the expert might have reported his findings to the insurance company and they did not like what they heard.
What's the salary range in the field like? It's pretty parallel to typical Civil Engineering work like project managing or transportation engineering.
What Car manufacturer do you work for? A major one? We've gotten hired by Toyota and Ford before. On a Toyota case there was a claim of sudden acceleration: Link to www.huffingtonpost.com
Do you investigate vehicular fires? Especially ones that didn't result from a collision? We do not investigate vehicular fires, but we do have someone we refer those cases to.
Are all single vehicle fires reported to the manufacturer? When dealing with vehicles that have been in fires, how difficult is it to determine where and how a fire ignited after the vehicle has been completely destroyed? I'm not sure if I know the answer to your second question, but this site has great vehicle fire stats: Link to www.usfa.fema.gov
What clues to do you look for to accurately determine the cause of a collision (or fire, especially fire) as being deliberate (like an insurance job), as opposed to a design flaw or poor maintenance? Once again, I'm not a fire expert, but this is a great article on how fire investigation is approached Link to www.google.com
Accidents are investigated backwards. You start off at the final rest of the vehicles, then work your way back using known deceleration rates for different conditions. Roadway evidence is extremely helpful.
Are you better than this guy? Why is he so bad?! I've seen this before. What a dolt.
Which car company do you work for? We're a third party company. We get hired by insurance companies, attorneys, car makers.
What do you feel has been the most important case you've worked on? Have you ever felt as though you have been the main reason a certain case was decided foagainst someone? Do you testify as an expert witness in court? Has anyone ever threatened you or intimidated you because of your testimony? We do a lot of visibility testing. In fact, we have these glasses with a camera dot on the center of the eyes. We get a hold of someone the same height to wear them in the driver seat and record different points of view. This tool proved important in a case where a truck driver didn't see a pedestrian crossing as he accelerated after being stopped and therefore collided with the pedestrian. The case settled for an undisclosed amount.
Is there any make or model of car that you wouldn't buy based on some insight you gained from your line of work? Well I would just stay away from a vehicle like the mini cooper or anything that's so low and small that it may give you a disadvantage against a larger and more common vehicle, like a Ford F150.
Is text messaging at the time of the accident frequently looked into? Over the past few years I've noticed more and more attorneys request phone records of people involved in accidents to see if they may have been texting or on the phone at the time of the accident.
I drive a reconstructed vehicle which has previously been in an accident. How much more difficult would that make your job? If your vehicle has a salvage title, chances are that after it was rebuilt, the airbags were not present. If these are not present, then there is no report filed by the module. As far as analyzing the damage to your vehicle, we usually run a carfax report on the vehicles we investigate for that same reason.
In a middle school math class, we had a police officer come in to give us an overview of accident reconstruction (specifically using skid marks and thugs to determine speed at an accident...many years ago do I don't remember much). Do some areas leave this type of investigation up to law enforcement only? How closely do you work with LEOs? We have a good working relation with the local Police department.
I have always wondered this. With the increase in vehicle safety systems, such as 10 airbag equipped vehicles, preemptive brakes, pre tensioning belts and rollover sensors, are people surviving auto crashes better then vehicles without these systems in place? I drive a 98 Lexus ES300. Am i more likely to die in a collision in that vehicle versus a 2012 Lexus with more advanced safety features? What would you consider a "safe" vehicle? what would you consider a "dangerous" vehicle? thanks. A safe vehicle, in my opinion, is one of low rollover propensity (center of mass is lower, but not too low). Obviously the more airbags you add the better. Side curtains make a vehicle safer. My boss switched from Ford to Nissan a few years back because Nissan offers side airbags.
I'm currently taking a course on Traffic Theory (Criminal Justice degree) and we just studied a major 3-scene crash that happened on I-43 near Sheboygan, WI, in 2002. 50 vehicles were involved, 39 people injured, and 10 people fatally injured. What's the most messed up accident you've had to reconstruct? Also -- what is your education? Are you employed with the IL State Police? Thanks for doing this AMA! I have a degree in Engineering and I've taken several courses as well. I am employed by a third party company. We saw a similar case to that in Phoenix that occurred during a sand storm. Several trucking companies were involved and I believe two people perished.
Might get buried but, any cool tips and tricks of the trade? Like any cool little details that says a lot about what has happened during a car crash? (Sort of like what you've mentioned already about the brake lights and filament) Thank you all for your interest. I contemplated for a while as to whether to do an AMA or not but so far 3/4 of the response has been positive. I'm semi-new to reddit.
Thanks for doing the AMA your work seems very interesting. As far as tricks of the trade goes I can think of only a couple of things. A major tip I can share is that if you're ever involved in a vehicular accident, whether it's your fault or not, take a high amount of photographs and remember that everything you say initially will end up in a police document at one point or another. If the accident is severe enough, hire an attorney. We live in a litigious society.
How much data is being recorded by the car? How many of driving is recorded at a given time? This varies from make to year of manufacture. This is a good article on it: Link to www.rudydegger.com
Do you use the drag sled? No, we use a GPS accelerometer (Link to www.vericomcomputers.com) and brake suddenly at the accident scene to acquire a deceleration value under those conditions.
Was your job accurately portrayed in fight club? Tyler Durden (or Jack) was product recall specialist for an unnamed car company, where as I work for an independent employer hired by insurance companies, attorneys and sometimes the State generally in order to figure out speeds of vehicles involved..
What sort of computer program do you use? Was it bought or did someone make it? What variables are commonly used? We use a number of programs for different functions. PC Crash is a brilliant piece of software for simulation/animation of accidents. We also use AutoCAD and Sketchup video trial exhibits.
Can you tell if someone's headlights or turn signal were on at the time of a collision? Inspecting the filament int he bulb, if stretchted it's likely it was running hot (on) when the collision happened. This is known as hot shock. If the break of the filament is brittle or if it's undamaged, it's likely the lights were off. This is cold shock.
Saw that you have a BS in civil engineering, and was wondering if this was a job you could get with any bachelors degree or if you had to be more specialized? I realize you went through some specific training, but did the engineering degree make it easier to be accepted into the more specialized training? There are ex-police officers who do this, but generally an engineering firm will have more credibility because of a solid background knowledge of mathematics and physics. This job is suited for a civil (because of the transportation aspect of it) and mechanical (because of vehicular failures in brakes, engine, etc.) engineer. Yes, the engineering degree made it much easier.
Personally, I have a bachelors and masters degree in music, but would like to switch careers for a little while (just burnt out of the music scene). This genuinely seems like a pretty interesting job. Ironically, I've been trying to break into the music scene for the past decade as a hobby. Thanks for reading.
I am a Biomechanical engineer with a Phd, and have been looking for forensic injury biomechanics positions with consulting companies like Exponent and other smaller companies. Problem is I am fresh out of school so companies are not willing to hire me because I don't have any experience. I know with many of these companies Accident Reconstructionists and Injury Biomechanists work side by side for many of the cases. Would you have any recommendations for me where to look? Will taking that two week course at Northwestern help (I am right here in Chicago)? It's usually the company who would pay for something like that, but if you can't get employment after a while, it may be a good investment to look into. I would recommend getting a linked in account and preparing a nice profile of your resume. Also, "follow" and join groups relating to this field; i.e. forensic engineering companies and accident reconstruction as well.
Also, when you reconstruct accidents, can you tell by the angle at which the tire rutting departs from the roadway whether the driver was executing an evasive maneuver or just drifted off the road? The heading angle of skids and how gradual the drift is can be helpful if there are pre-skids left, other wise only impact gouges tell whether somebody drifted onto oncoming traffic, etc.
Did this change the way you drive somehow? What are the most common mistakes you've seen that have caused accidents? Well the nastiest accidents involve vehicles crashing at high speeds in opposite direction (head on collision). These tend to happen on two lane divided highways (usually about 75MPH speed limit). People drive tired, or are distracted somehow and go left of center.
If you're still in Illinois, were you part of the investigation of the crash that killed 3 teens in Prospect Heights or had any insider info in that case? No I was not. I only spent 2 weeks in Evanston for the class.
I am a licensed engineer and have noticed job postings everywhere I look (newspaper, craisglist, monster, etc.) for licensed engineers to do forensics work. I have even gotten letters in the mail trying to recruit me, I assume they got my info from the list of PE's in my state. So is your field really short on engineers right now? Is this some sort of scam? Well anytime multiple vehicles are involved, all attorneys will schedule vehicle inspections so that all experts involved are present at the same time. In my part of the country, there does not seem to be a shortage.
Is there a way to get information on an accident that occurred more than 30 years ago? Also, is it possible to use that information, should it conflict with an official story or confirm a suspicion, as evidence for wrongful death? The more time has passed since an event, the more difficult is to work with and to prove.
Why do you use published data instead of measuring the coefficient of friction of a particular section of roadway? Is photogrammetry accurate? Photogrammetry has a good degree of accuracy. We acquire the coefficient of friction by using a GPS accelerometer and breaking hard at the accident scene at those conditions.
Have you ever any investigations in SE Wisconsin? No.
*Braking. This worries me if it is your profession. I apologize, I've just been trying to get to as many questions as possible and was hasty in my spelling.
What are the qualifications/requirements to become an accident reconstructionist? (i.e. degree or certificate?) ACTAR certification. It's moslty ex-police officers who do this work, but dedicated engineering firms do it too, and its competitiveness is growing.
What kind of camera/photo gear is used for your work? Do you use the photo signing tools that Nikon/Canon provide? We use something like this: Link to www.imaging-resource.com
The rotating lens allows for flexibility when hanging under cars.
Do you have a formula sheet? Link to www.youtube.com. Yes, this was referenced in an earlier thread. I have seen it. Doing simple math shouldn't require a formula sheet.
I perform a lot of safety recalls on cars. Have you ever had to check if a recall has been done or not that involves safety? Do you reciever any info at all on safety recalls? Yes, we have a program that, when inputted a VIN, will list the vehicle specifications and recall data.
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