New BioWare Clue Seems Fishy

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New BioWare Clue Seems Fishy

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The latest clue for BioWare's mysterious game announcement is just a decoy. Probably.

What do you do when you're given a clue you know is a red herring? Do you disregard it as the distraction it ostensibly is, or do you examine it more closely to see if it has any hidden significance? That's the question that BioWare is posing to its fans, following the release of yet another clue for its mysterious new game, one that couldn't be more of a red herring if it tried.

The clue arrived in the usual manner, via a grid barcode on the BioWare Facebook page, which held a binary code, which - when converted into regular text - contained a website address, which led to a stock photo site, and specifically to a picture of a fish. As you may have already guessed, the fish - not the one seen above, by the way - was a herring, and one with a distinctly red hue. This brings us back to the original question of what you do with a clue that you know is a red herring.

It's possible that it genuinely is a red herring - the kind you ignore, that is - designed to get people speculating about what it could mean. It's also possible that it signifies that one of the previous clues - which were the lowest temperature ever recorded on Earth, at the Vostock station in Antarctica, the atomic mass of iron, the British Secret Intelligence Service, and a collection of singles by The Clash - should be disregarded. It could also be a genuine clue, but one that BioWare wants people scratching their heads over more than usual.

The secret will finally be revealed at the Spike Videogame Awards on December 11th, provided that a Russian balbbermouth hasn't actually spoiled it for everyone already.

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I'm tempted to call this a double bluff.

They know people will assume that with a red herring they're trying to lead them astray, so will put a lot of thought into it, when instead it really is a red herring. Which is why this is in fact a perfect red herring, because it's being attributed more importance than it has, something which a red herring does, and yet has no significance.

They are lampshading the entire process and form of red herrings for all time. This is the best clue yet, and it isn't even a clue. This is also the best example of a red herring ever, because it uses the fact that it is a red herring to make people suspect it isn't.

That's my guess.

I think the red haring thing was funny. But I really don't believe they were doing all that stuff to troll us. Something is up and I hope it's Mass Effect related.

As long as it's an RPG, I don't care if it's Mass Effect or not.

Its an underwater shooter! yeh we dont get enough of those! XD

So, the question is: Is this red herring a red herring, does it signify a red harring, or is it merely a red herring?

Ow, my head.

I just start thinking of Ten little Soldier Boys, damn. It would seem Christie has scared me for life...

Wow, freaky... Last night I watched a programme that was talking about red herrings... I also discussed them with my brother...

Could be to do with an crime based RPG?

Would be so much more fun if the binary code led you to be Rick Rolled!

Oh come on, BioWare is just trolling now!

That one's a head-scratcher. I should hope that the new game isn't Mass Effect 3, though. If it is Mass Effect 3, there isn't any reason to be so secretive about it. At least, not that I can think of.

As long as it's awesome, I could really care less about trying to figure it out.
Although...if it points to a new ME2 explansion or a VS DLC...I'd totally still wait to see what it is on tv.

Well, unless the letters "VCOU" or "VEOU" mean anything to anyone, this is indeed just a red herring in every sense. I ran it over with Photoshop for a bit and that's all I could find. The lighter-colored scales on the upper part of the fish are what spell out the letters. I filled them in with this picture:

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(Yea that's how much I care about the stuff Bioware does. :P)

Man, I love Bioware!
They are just having fun, watching us squirm, and I love it!

If it turns out to be an RPG in which you take the role of a fish, then colour me interested.

Bioware fishing simulator!

If it were Mass Effect 3, why make such a big fuss over it. Everyone knows that it's on it's way. I will be dissapointed if it is ME3....

Damn you Bioware! Stop teasing me...

Shycte:
If it were Mass Effect 3, why make such a big fuss over it. Everyone knows that it's on it's way. I will be dissapointed if it is ME3....

I'll disappointed if it IS ME3. I want them to take their time with ME3, we all know it exists, so why waste time announcing it so quickly? If this game is slated for a release before 2012 roles around, I might be concerned. They have a lot of stuff to cover for ME3, and if they're already on the precipice of announcing it, that signals to me that their rushing it. Mass Effect 2 hasn't even been out a full year yet.

And I have a pretty good feeling it isn't ME3 anyway. This just doesn't feel....Mass Effectish...if that makes sense.

I think people are overthing about what Bioware was thinking when they thought up this clue and that people should just think a bit less about it.

Duruznik:
So, the question is: Is this red herring a red herring, does it signify a red harring, or is it merely a red herring?

Ow, my head.

My head hurts too, because you spelled herring wrong. :P

Isn't it obvious? This clue is a shout out to every BioWare game-plot to date and they are saying that they will keep doing their usual "twist" in whatever the new game is.

Nice one, Bioware. It reminds me of a scene from Naked Gun:

Do we get the fish as a weapon? If so, I'd probably try it just for that...

Mmmmmhmmm.

Temperature, the Clash, secret service and the search for a fish...

I got it! I think their game is going to be about the meaning of life!!!

the red herring has done its duty

Red herring goes into the fish tank of the Normandy.

Yet another clue hinting towards Mass Effect 3! :D

MelasZepheos:
I'm tempted to call this a double bluff.

They know people will assume that with a red herring they're trying to lead them astray, so will put a lot of thought into it, when instead it really is a red herring. Which is why this is in fact a perfect red herring, because it's being attributed more importance than it has, something which a red herring does, and yet has no significance.

They are lampshading the entire process and form of red herrings for all time. This is the best clue yet, and it isn't even a clue. This is also the best example of a red herring ever, because it uses the fact that it is a red herring to make people suspect it isn't.

That's my guess.

Deep...

Anyways, Im not sure what to make of it, but if I had to venture a guess, I would say its meant to distract people, kind of a...

*points over to the left at nothing and yells DISTRACTION!*

tghm1801:

Duruznik:
So, the question is: Is this red herring a red herring, does it signify a red harring, or is it merely a red herring?

Ow, my head.

My head hurts too, because you spelled herring wrong. :P

Ahh, see, that was a red herring in itself, meant to distract you! >.>

(From what, I am not sure)

The first thing I think when the words "Bioware" and "Fish" come up together is of that quest to get a fish for a Krogan in ME2. So I'm going to let myself stay convinced it's hinting at ME3!

Seriously though, just the fact that they put up a literal red herring is pretty damn amusing.

Polaris19:
Damn you Bioware! Stop teasing me...

Shycte:
If it were Mass Effect 3, why make such a big fuss over it. Everyone knows that it's on it's way. I will be dissapointed if it is ME3....

I'll disappointed if it IS ME3. I want them to take their time with ME3, we all know it exists, so why waste time announcing it so quickly? If this game is slated for a release before 2012 roles around, I might be concerned. They have a lot of stuff to cover for ME3, and if they're already on the precipice of announcing it, that signals to me that their rushing it. Mass Effect 2 hasn't even been out a full year yet.

And I have a pretty good feeling it isn't ME3 anyway. This just doesn't feel....Mass Effectish...if that makes sense.

You do know that they said ME3 would take less time to make than ME2 right? Because the fans reacted so well to the new interface in ME2, they don't have to redo again for ME3. Hence, it will be out sooner.

If it is Mass Effect 3, I can't really be more excited about it. But I already know its coming, whether the reveal is this week or in 6 months it doesn't really matter. I am expecting it Q1 or Q2 in 2012. What will surprise me is if its given a release date before next Xmas, or if its a completely new IP.

If it is a new IP then I will be ecstatic as I am a big Bioware fan and more Bioware games is only a good thing.

But yeah I know Mass Effect 3 is coming so its gonna be pretty hard to tease me for it.

I'm guessing it means the British Intelligence clue was a red herring. The other Clues all pointed to ME3, so...

Though, even the MI6 could have been a really bad clue to ME3. After all MI6 - ME3. You get the idea.

See, the first clue has me hoping for something with the atmosphere of lost planet 1...

I'm gonna be kind of disapointed if it is mass effect 3. So much hype about something which kind of would make it's own hype, why would they bother? Besides, the first trailer kind of suggested a new IP, that and the soldier in the first vid's gun and armour really doesn't look all that space aged. Looks more like near future to me.

Xzi:
Well, unless the letters "VCOU" or "VEOU" mean anything to anyone, this is indeed just a red herring in every sense. I ran it over with Photoshop for a bit and that's all I could find. The lighter-colored scales on the upper part of the fish are what spell out the letters. I filled them in with this picture:

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(Yea that's how much I care about the stuff Bioware does. :P)

Does Veos hold any significance with you?
Because that's what I saw...

OT: I don't even like Bioware and this is stuck on my mind...

Maybe they are trying to say that what the russian twitter said was in fact false and meant to lead us all astray?

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