Perplex City Video Competition Heats Up

pxc_film.jpgPlayers of Perplex City have been hard at work this month on submissions for a video contest, and recently, submissions have made their way onto YouTube, a popular online video streaming service. As we told you earlier this month, the video contest is part of a campaign to promote the city which is central to the ongoing alternate reality game, entering its fourteenth month of continuous game play. While ARGN is definitely not in the business of film criticism, I personally viewed all 35 that were up for viewing and found a few that were funny, some that were extremely well-made, and one or two entries that were rather…. interesting. Here are my (completely unofficial) must-see picks:

  • Private Eye – The ARGN Editor’s Pick, if only for the included line “If she knew, she wasn’t telling me. She wasn’t telling anyone anymore.” Love it.
  • Hitchhikers Guide to Perplex City – A close second place. Very good use of GUI.
  • The Quest for The Cube mini-series – parts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Proof positive that good things come in multiple episodes, and our third place pick, cumulatively. The ball in part four made me chuckle incessantly, but the freeze frame in part 5 did me in for good.

The rest of the best:

The video that ends up with the most ‘views’ after a 2 week period (which ends on Thursday, June 8) will be declared the winner, and the video creator(s) will earn themselves a complete archive of every Perplex City puzzle card from the Wave 3 print run. Sounds like a well-deserved reward for a very fun competition!


  1. Thomas Wrobel

    Wow! Second place 🙂
    Thanks 🙂
    Glade you liked it.

  2. Larry Eisner (staff)

    So yeah, I work here, and so it’s not that exciting for you to see me post comments or anything, but I have to agree that the mini-series of PerplexCity videos are the best in my humble opinion. They’re hilarious, have (in my mind) the most imagination involved, and really take the time to not only “sell the game” but also do so in a very ARG-like, non-confrontational way.

    You learn about Perplex City from what they do, not just because they say “Hey this is a cool game! Buy cards!” So yes… big awesome commentary by an ACTUAL staff member of ARGN. How ’bout that? 🙂

  3. Jeff Smith

    Thank you guys, I’m flattered to hear you liked the miniseries. It was incredibly fun to make, and I never thought it would go over as well as it did.

  4. Seej Engine

    Thanks Jonathan. Considering the script only lasts a minute and a half you wouldn’t believe how long it took to write….