REDMOND, Wash. — Jan. 20, 2007 — To celebrate the upcoming consumer release of the Windows Vista™ operating system, Microsoft Corp. and AMD have launched “Vanishing Point,” the largest puzzle game in the world. While many clues have been revealed online, parts of the puzzle are being revealed at real-world events including a first-ever takeover of the Bellagio Hotel and Casino fountains and cryptic skywriting messages. These spectacular sights have driven millions of people to find out more, with hopes of winning the grand prize: a trip to space. Today more clues will be unveiled at some of the most well-known structures in the world. Projections appearing on the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco, the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, the National Gallery in London, the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto and the Victoria Theater in Singapore will reveal more clues in this mysterious game.
“Vanishing Point” raises the stakes in online games with tougher challenges, bigger rewards and events scheduled around the globe. Players worldwide are competing for nearly a half-million dollars in prizes, and the eventual winner will secure a ride to space courtesy of Rocketplane Limited Inc.
“Vanishing Point” challenges players to work together to solve an international game, drawing clues from spectacular events at various locations to decipher online puzzles. The action hinges on the true identity of the mysterious Microsoft Puzzle Master. While the Puzzle Master is keeping many details highly confidential, Microsoft has hinted that more offline events could happen later this month. Representatives will be available to discuss the game, the grand prize and the role Microsoft, Windows Vista and AMD play in the game. Online conversations about “Vanishing Point” can be found at http://www.technorati.com/search/vanishing+point+game. More information, official rules and coverage of the offline events are available at http://vanishingpointgame.com.
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