Repo Men Launches: Tracking Down Artificial Organs for Fun and Profit

February 25, 2010 · By Michael Andersen in Features, Game Launch, News 

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Ciji Thorton is a 26-year old woman with an artificial eye.
Will LaFerriere is a 27-year old former military man with an artificial heart.
Alex Gamble is a 22-year old female with an artificial liver.
And Usman Akeju is a 27-year old software consultant with an artificial kidney.

For the next month, three simple words can cost these four runners $7,500. Any registered hunter in the country can repossess the runner’s artiforg (artificial organ) by getting within speaking distance of them, uttering a three word phrase, receiving their codeword, collecting their artiforg, and calling their Union rep using the runner’s phone.  Promoting the upcoming release of the movie Repo Men, this alternate reality game will test the abilities of Ciji, Will, Alex, and Usman to remain undetected against an onslaught of investigative skills from “bounty hunters” nationwide.

People following the hunt for these four individuals at wired.com/repomen and through the #repomen hashtag on twitter will become intimately familiar with the lives of these four brave volunteers. Do you have what it takes to learn everything there is to know about these individuals, track them down, and collect their artificial organs?

There are Google Maps to track verified sightings of the Eye, the Heart, the Liver, and the Kidney. Each artificial organ has been spotted in Los Angeles (although the Heart is reported to be in “Lost” Angeles)…where they’ve gone from there is up to you to find out.  The hunt has commenced in earnest, with new discoveries about the four targets being made by the minute.

Join us Monday, March 8th on the ARGNetcast for an interview with Lone Shark Games about this exciting chase.

Click Here for previous coverage of the Repo Men hunt.
Click Here for coverage on the previous hunt for Evan Ratliff.

UPDATE 1:  The blog Dread Central received a special package from the Repo Men team earlier today containing dossiers on the four runners along with some truly impressive items:  posters, a copy of Wired Magazine, and a cooler containing a replacement brain.

UPDATE 2:  According to Wired Magazine Senior Editor Nicholas Thompson, further clues are hidden in the March issue of Wired.

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