Ourcolony.net is Microsoft’s new X-Box related viral marketing campaign, this one designed to drip feed info on the upcoming next gen console. The more reliable rumours currently tout the official name of the successor as X-Box 360. May 12th is when the official unveiling will happen (on MTV, of all places) followed by a “proper” press release at the E3 convention the following week.

ColonySo in the meantime, I decide to check out this new campaign. It’s seems very much in the style of 4orty 2wo Entertainment, who ran the superb Halo 2 pre-launch advertising campaign (ARGN claim to have confimed they are not behind Our Colony). Our Colony is, as of yet, nowhere near as good as the phenomenal I Love Bees project, but we shall see. The site features a countdown timer which will hit zero at 1:30am on the 13th May (GMT). This appears to be coinciding with the MTV console unveiling (which airs worldwide on the 13th). If you feel like getting involved, wander over to the site and once you discover how to enter, use the password 96292816 to join the ARGolonists, the team of which I am a member. Challenges pop up intermittently, but some of the functionality, such as the forum and photo submissions, has been removed as (I presume) servers were getting stressed. It being Microsoft-run, you may need an IE-based browser to view some bits of the site. I would suggest Avant Browser which, like Firefox, features tabbed browsing and mouse gestures.

Further info is also available at Gamem8ker’s blog, which is as cryptic as the main colony site. So, if you’ve got some time to kill, I’ll see you on the inside…

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UK Independence Party 17
Green 26

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