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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Find 815: Ghost Flight Attendant, Game Snafu, and New Oceanic Hotline

Note: This post contains Find 815 game spoilers.

Yesterday brought a new piece to the game puzzle, with a new video featuring Sam awakening to a window shutter slamming in the wind. When the window is closed, a female flight attendant appears in the reflection (screenshot below; click to enlarge in a new window):


When Sam turns around, nobody is there. This sequence is followed by a game in which the player must locate four objects in the room that have to do with each season of the show. It's fairly simple until you get to the fourth clue; once you find and click on the hotspot, you're required to go to another site (in my case, the ABC homepage) to play a game, which when completed will give you a key word that will unlock the fourth clue.

The problem is, however, that the game can't be found on ABC.com (or couldn't when I played it); apparently ABC released the game early, pulled it from the site, and didn't put it back up when it was supposed to be there. This is quite a blunder since it basically forces players to have to go to a third-party site and potentially have parts of the game spoiled. You can play the game at http://au.yahoo.com/lost/find815/ to get a code.

After entering the code on the find815.com site, the "Season 4 clue" is revealed: a new Oceanic Hotline telephone number. It is not yet clear whether the Oceanic Hotline really has anything to do with Season 4 or not, but at least this may hint that we'll learn more about Oceanic Airlines in the fourth season.

According to some reports, the Oceanic Hotline number originally gave the same recording as the Georgia Cavanagh press release from flyoceanicair.com, but when I called it just rang several times and then gave me an error message. There are reports (thanks, DarkUFO) of a new recording at this number, however, with the following statement:
Thank you for calling the Oceanic Airlines Flight 815 hotline. Information is updated as the investigation proceeds. Investigations are thorough and, as such, may take a period of time to complete.

At this time we do not have any additional information regarding the crash of Flight 815. If you are a family member or relative of a passenger on Oceanic Flight 815, we are sorry for your loss. Detailed information is given during the daily family briefings. This briefing updates families on the progress of the investigation and allows for questions to be asked of the medical examiner or coroner and other parties connected to the investigation.

Please contact your accident coordinator or call back later for more information.
The last part seems to indicate that the hotline will be updated again sometime during the ARG.

Perhaps even more interesting, though, is the mention of a "medical examiner or coroner"—does this mean that an alleged Flight 815 crash site was found? As mentioned previously, this would fit with Naomi Dorrit's claim. This recording contradicts the first video at find815.com, which indicates that the crash site had not yet been found.

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