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Is Bioware "winning by losing"? Is this a "Wooden horse gambit"? Free tinfoil hats inside!

Post by DoomsdayDevice on Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:07 am

A few weeks ago, I received a private message from an obscure lurker on BSN:

If you read through the Cerberus Daily news from March 2010, you come across a story about the invasion of Garvug by a coalition of Corporations intent on mining the rich Iridium reserves on the planet.

Basically, the Corporate forces are losing and they secretly employ a "Winning by Losing" strategy that eventually does net them great success. They essentially make it look like they are doing badly with blow after blow to their effort, to lul the enemy into a false sense of security. After they 'abandon' the world, all of the forces opposed to their invasion gather together in one city, which is later bombed and the resistance is taken out in one fell swoop.

One could make the stretch that this is what BioWare has done for the last several months, apparently losing only to bring another piece of DLC out that completely jaw drops the community. The Doctors leaving could even be a part of a giant stunt the whole company is orchestrating.

I don't really believe that this is what's happening, I hope it is though. If nothing else, it's more in-universe clues that relate somewhat to your theory.

http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/Cerberus_Daily_News_-_March_2010#03.2F28.2F2010

I realize how incredibly tinfoil this sounds, but I've read the articles, and it's incredibly interesting, and really deserves discussion.

It's basically about how a few companies fake losing a war on a planet... they use a strategy of misinformation and false PR to trick people into thinking they messed up completely. They even fake news that employees are leaving the company! Then, when nobody expects it any more, they suddenly and unexpectedly win the war with one fell swoop, and as a result, their stocks are sky-rocketing. They call it a "winning by losing" strategy, and a "wooden horse gambit". It even turned out the companies withheld a secret stash of Prothean technology from the galactic community purely for financial gain.

The company eventually gives the people what they want and apologize for the ruse/deceit. :*tinfoil*:

Here's all the relevant articles (or so I hope - if I didn't miss anything). You don't have to read the whole thing from the beginning, it gets especially interesting around "11/14/2010 - Massive Surprise Attack Destroys Dhazil"

I've bolded that passage, so you can start reading there...


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Re: Is Bioware "winning by losing"? Is this a "Wooden horse gambit"? Free tinfoil hats inside!

Post by DoomsdayDevice on Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:07 am

Cerberus Daily News - Garvug Invaded by Corporate Forces

03/28/2010 - Protracted Fighting on Garvug After Aborted Coup

“Tonight: Inside the war on Garvug. A Terminus Systems world with a population of 40% krogan and 30% vorcha, Garvug has always been a rough place. But now corporate armies, many of them from companies based in Citadel space, have crossed the line. They have backed a coup of the krogan clan-based government in exchange for unfettered access to the planet. Eco-engineering firms like Binary Helix and Guanghui Solutions seek license to repair the balance of nature at any cost, while mining firms like Sonax Industries want access to state-protected iridium deposits. The aborted coup has turned into protracted fighting in the capital of Dhazil, with the state's army slowly gaining the upper hand. As night falls and reinforcements for both sides arrive from off-planet, this is still anyone's game.”

03/29/2010 - State and Corporate Forces Clash Outside Garvug's Capital City

“The day was marked by fierce fighting on the planet Garvug in the Valhallan Threshold. Comm buoys aimed at the star Paz have been taken out by state starships, cutting the system off from all outside communication. The Intergalactic Press got a news ship through the relay, bringing video from the planet's capital Dhazil. Corporate forces fought for air and space supremacy, shooting down at least two ships but losing five of their own. Artillery pounded power stations and airfields from outside the capital, paving the way for what will no doubt be a push into the streets. "This is going to get worse before it gets better", said a Guanghui armored unit commander. "They don't know who they're dealing with".”

04/03/2010 - Peace Activists Protest War on Garvug

“Peace activists demonstrated today at the headquarters of Binary Helix, Guanghui Solutions, and Sonax Industries -- the three companies forming the backbone of the corporate army on Garvug. Demanding that the corporations lift their siege of the planetary capital Dhazil, the protestors burned corporate logos in effigy and called for a galactic boycott of all three companies' products. Meanwhile, krogan have been reacting to the war with amusement. "The corporations will win the war, no doubt", said Urdnot Galem, clan media director on Tuchanka. "But are they dumb enough to expect peace ever again?"”

04/05/2010 - Corporate Forces Storm Fortress of Garvug's Ruler

“Corporate forces on Garvug have won a major victory tonight: Sonax infantry units surrounded the Clan Hailot ancestral fortress and pounded it with rocket-propelled grenades, singularity projectors, and mass accelerator fire. In a bloody invasion that yielded twelve casualties, troops stormed the doors and took the fortress, destroying krogan resistance and replacing the clan flag with the Sonax Industries logo. There is no word yet if clan head Hailot Wrund was inside the building during the attack. Elsewhere in the city, troops had to pick their way through booby-trapped power stations, hospitals, and water purification facilities. "It's not over yet", said one young special forces officer, who declined to be named. "They haven't even begun to fight".”

04/07/2010 - Corporatists Capture Garvug System's Comm Buoys

“Garvug's state-run forces received another blow today when newly arrived corporate armies retook the Garvug System's comm buoys. After a tense two-hour battle, the state's finest retreated to FTL in order to avoid total destruction. Through the comm buoys, the corporatists can direct communication to other planets that may wish to send reinforcements. Asked if they will censor the media, who have been relying on FTL ships using the mass relay to escape the system, Sonax supreme commander Lira Speight said, "Anything that gives away vital battlespace information or appears to be a coded transmission will be stopped. Aside from that, we believe in working hand-in-hand with the media to publicize what we anticipate to be a swift and relatively painless victory".”

04/03/2010 - Peace Activists Protest War on Garvug

“Peace activists demonstrated today at the headquarters of Binary Helix, Guanghui Solutions, and Sonax Industries -- the three companies forming the backbone of the corporate army on Garvug. Demanding that the corporations lift their siege of the planetary capital Dhazil, the protestors burned corporate logos in effigy and called for a galactic boycott of all three companies' products. Meanwhile, krogan have been reacting to the war with amusement. "The corporations will win the war, no doubt", said Urdnot Galem, clan media director on Tuchanka. "But are they dumb enough to expect peace ever again?"”

04/05/2010 - Corporate Forces Storm Fortress of Garvug's Ruler

“Corporate forces on Garvug have won a major victory tonight: Sonax infantry units surrounded the Clan Hailot ancestral fortress and pounded it with rocket-propelled grenades, singularity projectors, and mass accelerator fire. In a bloody invasion that yielded twelve casualties, troops stormed the doors and took the fortress, destroying krogan resistance and replacing the clan flag with the Sonax Industries logo. There is no word yet if clan head Hailot Wrund was inside the building during the attack. Elsewhere in the city, troops had to pick their way through booby-trapped power stations, hospitals, and water purification facilities. "It's not over yet", said one young special forces officer, who declined to be named. "They haven't even begun to fight".”

04/07/2010 - Corporatists Capture Garvug System's Comm Buoys

“Garvug's state-run forces received another blow today when newly arrived corporate armies retook the Garvug System's comm buoys. After a tense two-hour battle, the state's finest retreated to FTL in order to avoid total destruction. Through the comm buoys, the corporatists can direct communication to other planets that may wish to send reinforcements. Asked if they will censor the media, who have been relying on FTL ships using the mass relay to escape the system, Sonax supreme commander Lira Speight said, "Anything that gives away vital battlespace information or appears to be a coded transmission will be stopped. Aside from that, we believe in working hand-in-hand with the media to publicize what we anticipate to be a swift and relatively painless victory".”

04/08/2010 - Garvug's Ruler Hailot Wrund Remains At Large

“Counter to corporate military expectations, the Hailot clan chieftain remains at large on Garvug. Though initially suspected to be among the dead in the clan fortress, Hailot Wrund successfully retreated to the countryside. In a radio broadcast, he belittled the corporatist invaders and exhorted his followers to fight them. "We are clan", he roared. "They are merely co-workers. If we make their victory cost them enough, they will leave". Sonax supreme commander Lira Speight later responded in a press conference "I would like to thank Mr Hailot for broadcasting from a radio tower so that we know exactly where he is", she mocked. "If he thinks he will outlast us by causing financial and physical damage, he is unaware of the high value of his planet and the consortium's long-term strategic vision".”

04/09/2010 - Conflicting Reports Arise Over Attack on Garvug Radio Tower

“Conflicting stories tonight out of Garvug, where corporate and state forces clashed over a radio tower. State army units claim a victory, saying Hailot Wrund led an ambush that destroyed two armored personnel carriers and shot down a Mantis gunship. Video exists only of the gunship, which is clearly in flames and being urinated on by krogan forces. The corporate consortium battling for Garvug say no planes were shot down, and that their bombs killed over a hundred krogan and vorcha infantry near the CXN radio tower. This remains unconfirmed. At press time, the tower is known to be in corporate hands and Hailot Wrund remains at large.”

04/14/2010 - Hunt Begins for Garvug's Deposed Ruler

“Corporate forces' hunt for clan chieftain Hailot Wrund on the planet Garvug enters a new phase tonight. Experts in fugitive recovery are arriving from notorious places like Omega to hunt down the former head of state. Drones and search aircraft are scouring the hills near Dhazil, and Binary Helix has imported two units of varren handlers in attempts to literally catch the clan chief's scent. The phones of soldiers, reporters, and civilians alike are being confiscated so that if Hailot makes a call his cellular frequency can be easily picked out to triangulate his location. "When he reaches out to touch someone, we're going to touch back", promises Lieutenant Sheri Spindlemyer. "I don't think anyone wants to be within crater radius of him right now".”

04/21/2010 - Hailot Wrund Believed Dead After Strike on Convoy

“Corporate forces on the planet Garvug believe they have killed opposition leader Hailot Wrund in a so-called decapitating strike. Special ops soldiers made a positive ID on his convoy and followed it to a ranch house in the hills north of the city of Ikrit. They then painted the house with a laser designator that helped a Raptor drone shoot a rapid-fire mass accelerator directly into the living room. Now, only a flaming crater indicates where the house once stood. DNA samples from the wreckage have been sent back to Binary Helix laboratories in the city of Jundrag, where they will be analyzed and compared to the information on Hailot's medicard.”

04/25/2010 - Fugitive Hailot Wrund Exhorts Garvug State Forces to Fight

“Hailot Wrund, leader of the former state-run army of Garvug, released a video today mocking the corporate forces trying to capture him. "I'll save you some time", he said, "that DNA you're analyzing was some other hump". The video is half an hour long and exhorts the scattered state forces to engage the corporatists in a guerilla war. "They've moved into our house", he said, "now it's time for them to pay the rent". Sonax Industries supreme commander Lira Speight responded: "Hailot Wrund is a head of state. He should learn that picking up a rifle doesn't make you a soldier, and talking into a video camera, even less so".”

05/12/2010 - Corporatists Intercept Weapons Shipment to Garvug Rebels

“Today, corporate forces on Garvug intercepted a shipment of explosives and weapons to the rebel forces on that planet. The weapons, which included surface-to-air missiles, mortars, and small arms, allegedly come from Clan Urdnot on Tuchanka. "This was a critical find", said Lieutenant Colonel Iason Riggs of Binary Helix. "It is imperative that the galaxy knows we have zero tolerance for those who aid insurgent forces, whether from the Terminus or elsewhere, and we will call out those who act against us". Urdnot Jatt, spokesperson for Clan Urdnot's financial arm on Tuchanka, appeared unimpressed: "What is Binary Helix to us? Or Sonax or Guanghui Solutions? They barely come to our planet, let alone sell anything".”

06/24/2010 - Umsung Holdings Completes Buyout of Sonax Industries

“Umsung Holdings (CSE: UMH) announced today that it has completed the buyout of Sonax Industries in a friendly takeover. Umsung will provide approximately 119 billion credits in debt and equity financing for the purchase of the company and future funding commitments. The move is expected to significantly boost Sonax's share price, which has been falling precipitously after perceived missteps in the war on Garvug. Asked if new management will result in a change of direction on that planet, CEO Iseul Rhee replied, "We have conferred with Admiral Speight and see great potential in Garvug. The infrastructure of the occupied areas is unharmed and is beginning to turn a profit. The correct move is not to withdraw, but to commit fully to establishing a permanent peace zone on the planet."”

07/23/2010 - Corporatists on Garvug Hold Firm Against Guerrilla Attacks

“Tonight: Has the galactic media forgotten the war on Garvug? Corporatist forces have held the colony capital unopposed by state forces for months, yet still the krogan and vorcha underclass strike back with shooting sprees and skycar bombs. Neither can get close to the fortress-like enclaves where the corporatists have established high-security zones for their troops, but it is clear that no civilians are protected, a fact that hurts the corporate bottom line. Incursions into the countryside looking for the elusive Hailot Wrund have borne little fruit. Still, Sonax Industries supreme commander Lira Speight is confident. "There is a wedge between the vorcha, who will carry out suicide attacks, and the krogan, who will not," she says. "Every day we find bodies from their infighting. Their numbers are dwindling. Ours are not."”

07/30/2010 - Sonax Corporation's Command Ship Destroyed over Garvug

“Corporatist forces on Garvug are reeling today as the Sonax Corporation's command ship Excelsior was destroyed in geosynchronous orbit over the planet. Comm traffic at the time of destruction suggests the Excelsior was destroyed by a warp bomb hidden in a supply ship's cargo payload. The ship had a crew of several hundred, none of whom are expected to have made it to escape pods after the blast. It is known, however, that Sonax's supreme commander Lira Speight was on another ship doing troop review at the time. A video uploaded from the surface of Garvug minutes later revealed guerilla commander Hailot Wrund, apparently missing an arm. His statement was brief: "You humans have an expression: 'Tag.'"”

07/31/2010 - Corporatists Strike Back Against Guerillas on Garvug

“The corporatist forces on Garvug struck back against guerilla positions today, conducting over 150 house-to-house raids and bombarding 33 targets in the mountainous regions outside of Dhazil. Insiders say most of the gunships flying attack sorties were Guanghui Solutions forces. All but one flight of Sonax ships remained grounded, and Binary Helix only fields logistical support staff. Sonax supreme commander Lira Speight denied rumors of a rift between her corporation and the eco-engineering subsidiaries, saying, "Our command structure is centralized, but our capacity to fight is not. Today is an object lesson in that fact."”

08/01/2010 - Binary Helix Criticizes Sonax Over Suspected Chemical Weapons Use

“New statements by Binary Helix representatives regarding unusual ordnance on the planet Garvug are pointing to a lack of unity among the corporatist alliance. "Our corporation profits from robust alien ecosystems," said deputy oversight director Grigori Petrenko, criticizing Sonax for its use of what they speculate to be chemical warheads. "Dropping nerve gas is not only useless but counterproductive. The concentrations necessary to kill a krogan or vorcha will kill everything else downwind." Sonax supreme commander Lira Speight responded mere minutes later, denying the criticism was based in fact. "Petrenko was speaking hypothetically and quoted out of context. Chemical weapons are militarily and politically unfeasible, and so we aren't using them in our munitions," she said. "This isn't the 20th century."”

08/02/2010 - Vid Exposes Mass Executions of Garvug Insurgent Sympathizers

“A controversial vid is making its way across the extranet, causing PR trouble for the corporatist forces on Garvug. The vid shows Sonax Industries soldiers executing nearly a dozen krogan, alleged guerilla sympathizers who defy their captors to literally their last breaths before they are pushed into a mass grave. When the vid first hit the extranet yesterday, Sonax's stock price dipped dramatically, but at this hour it seems to have recovered and even jumped up 0.4 credits per share. "What we're seeing here is a deeply disturbing trend," says senior news analyst Hannibal Brown. "Were this a vid of krogan killing humans, Systems Alliance politicians would be saber-rattling left and right. But the perception is that all krogan are warriors, or at least able to defend themselves. Their execution is being treated as the cost of doing business on Garvug."”

08/06/2010 - Binary Helix Ends Involvement With Corporatist Alliance on Garvug

“Tonight, a painful but non-literal blow was dealt to corporatist forces on Garvug: Binary Helix, one-third of the triumvirate of corporations fighting guerilla forces on that planet, is withdrawing their logistical support. "We laid out two strategies at our stockholder's meeting, and the voting made it clear which we would pursue," said spokesperson Othello Nash. "The time has come to end our involvement with partners that are not acting in good faith and to reinvest ourselves in more dynamic markets galaxy-wide." Asked for comment, Sonax Industries supreme commander Lira Speight responded, "Sonax's resolve will not waver. We are already reaping profit from this planet. If it is not coming fast enough for Binary Helix, then I'm sure Guanghui Solutions will enjoy taking their share."”

08/16/2010 - Corporatist General Found Dead on Garvug

“A corporatist army general is dead on Garvug tonight, and authorities consider the circumstances suspicious. Noah Vardos, a 61-year-old brigadier general, died of a gunshot wound to the head at Hanarsh Army Base in Dhazil. A base-wide alert sounded when the body was discovered but was cancelled a short time later. Vardos served in the Sonax Industries army and was known to be a close friend of supreme commander Lira Speight. Speight herself answered few questions about the incident, saying only that his position will be filled by Colonel Oleg Horvat. General Vardos is survived by his three children.”

08/17/2010 - No Security Procedure Inquiry After Garvug General Death

“New information in the death of Brigadier General Noah Vardos has raised more questions than answers. Colonel Richard Hawke, overseeing security at the Hanarsh base where the general died from a gunshot wound, said that no inquiry into security procedures is planned at this time. No suspect leads are reported, and GBC News has acquired an e-memo sent out to all senior base personnel warning of strict consequences if any personnel talked to the press.”

08/18/2010 - GBC News Acquires Copy of Garvug General Suicide Note

“In a galactic exclusive, GBC News has acquired a copy of the suicide note of General Noah Vardos, who died earlier this week from what is now believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The three-page note jumped from topic to topic with the general blaming himself for pursuing but not catching three krogan who escaped off-planet and who are now believed to have perpetrated the warp bomb attack on Sonax command. Vardos described the worsening situation on the planet as a "Charlie Foxtrot," and took responsibility for the men and women he had "gotten killed for half a credit a share." Sonax Industries has not commented on the suicide note.”

09/11/2010 - Sonax Mining Facilities Attacked by Guerillas on Garvug

“A simultaneous attack on three iridium mining facilities on Garvug has captured galactic attention tonight. The facilities, which are outside the colonial capital of Dhazil, were captured by Sonax Industries early in the planet's occupation. Krogan and vorcha guerillas first set off truck bombs to penetrate the outer fences of the heavily guarded mines before shooting personnel. Moments later, the guerillas used explosives to collapse the mouths of the mines. Casualty estimates are low because of Sonax's extensive use of robo-miners, but the move cuts off a significant income source for Sonax and the planetary government. The strike's timing is clearly no coincidence: Sonax's quarterly shareholders' meeting is tomorrow.”

09/12/2010 - Sonax Industries' Shareholder Meeting Held on Illium

“"Security" and "accountability" are the watchwords of Sonax Industries' quarterly shareholders' meeting tonight on Illium. Fearing disruptions or attacks from guerilla sympathizers, the company tried to keep the meeting location under wraps; however, hundreds of protestors found it, and fences and paramilitary forces are the only thing keeping the crowd back at this hour. The course of the war on Garvug could change tonight, as the board of directors is expected to meet shortly after the shareholders vote on company direction.”

09/13/2010 - Sonax Industries and Guanghui Solutions to Withdraw from Garvug

“The Sonax board has spoken: after six months of war on the planet Garvug, Sonax Industries' board of directors voted 6-5 to withdraw troops from the combat theater beginning in thirty galactic standard (35 Earth standard) days. To date, war casualties include 2,586 Sonax troops and 438 contract soldiers. Fielding troops and conducting the war has cost an estimated 21 billion credits, not including revenue lost from destructive acts such as the iridium mine attack just days ago. Within minutes of the announcement, Guanghui Solutions, the war's other major investor, fired off a press release saying they, too, would withdraw their troops from the planet.”

09/14/2010 - Sonax Industries' Garvug Withdrawal Decision Makes Waves

“Sonax Industries' decision to withdraw from the planet Garvug is still making waves tonight as pundits absorb the news. "The lesson here is that corporate forces can't hold a planet on their own," said Josef Kohl, GBC news contributor. "They can't face a determined enemy. Might be useful as supplemental troops or in corporate-on-corporate actions, but war is an inherently unprofitable enterprise." Julius Redstone, former adviser to President Durden, says the board did the right thing: "The army gave it all they had and couldn't destroy the guerillas' capacity to pull off large, coordinated attacks. The one-sided war that it was in the first few months would have been profitable; but as soon as that metric disappeared, they had to pull out. Iridium only sells for so much."”

10/04/2010 - Sonax Commander Denies She Is Seeking New Employers

“Just when it seemed the worst might be over for Sonax Industries, rumors are flying that their supreme commander Lira Speight has floated her résumé across the extranet. Speight denies the rumor and says the document, which seems to have been made by someone who knows her employment history, is a fake. "I am a Sonax employee," she declares. "I am under contract until the last Sonax soldier leaves Garvug. It would be premature to look for other opportunities when there is still a mountainous task ahead of us." Meanwhile, Sonax's stock has taken another significant dive, dropping 12.3 credits a share over the course of last week.”

10/19/2010 - First Wave of Corporate Soldiers Withdrawn from Garvug

“Krogan and vorcha crowds danced in the streets and fired weapons as starships took home the first of the corporate soldiers who had occupied the planet Garvug since an aborted coup seven months ago. "No one in my platoon is going to miss it," said one anonymous soldier serving with Guanghui Solutions, "but everyone's wondering if they could have done more." Their situation is less grave than that of government forces in Dhazil, who describe the situation as "a nightmare." Orut Tairn, liaison to the Rassk vorcha pack, wonders, "What do they think is going to happen without troops? The guerillas are going to take back power and everyone in government's going to get purged." Orut is fleeing the planet and he's not alone -- Starways Space Travel says all flights leaving Garvug are booked solid for the next six weeks.”

11/13/2010 - Garvug Guerillas Reclaim Capital of Dhazil

“Once again, fighting returned to the Terminus Systems world of Garvug, but this battle was brief and pointed. Guerilla gunmen overtook government buildings throughout the capital of Dhazil, meeting minimum resistance. In a televised speech from the former Sonax headquarters, clan chieftain and guerilla leader Hailot Wrund announced martial law until the government takeover was complete. "After this year of bloodshed and uncertainty, our home stands strong," he said. "Garvug has brought down the tyrants and bloodsuckers of the galaxy. Our task now is to rebuild on the ashes of our enemies and take this colony to a victorious future."”

11/14/2010 - Massive Surprise Attack Destroys Dhazil

“An attack of unbelievable scale has taken place on the planet Garvug's capital of Dhazil. According to one independent journalist trapped in the city, mass cannons have destroyed the seat of government recently retaken by Hailot Wrund, as well as most buildings within the city. Reports of assassinations and precision bombardments are coming in, but as Sonax Industries controls all comm buoys in the Paz system, their accuracy is unverifiable at this time. Sonax-controlled imagery showed a large fleet moving from behind one of Garvug's moons to orbit over the planet's capital, a force including Binary Helix ships, which supposedly left Sonax's coalition months ago. No representatives from those companies were available for comment; on the way to his skycar this morning, Binary Helix's press secretary said merely, "You'll see."”

11/15/2010 - Corporatist Stocks Skyrocket With Success on Garvug

“Sonax supreme commander Lira Speight held her first press conference in weeks, displaying satellite images of Sonax and Guanghui Solutions divisions landing in Dhazil -- or what remains of it. Speight showed little concern for the cost of life from the brutal bombardments, but pointed out that the roads, spaceport, and mining infrastructure remain intact. Sonax, Guanghui, and Binary Helix stocks closed high in response. Sonax's nearly 1000% boost was the talk of the trade floor as the "win by losing" strategy became apparent.”

11/16/2010 - Garvug Guerilla Leader Hailot Wrund Killed

“Sonax Industries presented a list of confirmed dead or captured enemy commanders on Garvug today: 90 of the 112 names are presumed out of action. Among the dead is notable guerilla leader Hailot Wrund, who apparently survived a poisoning attempt before fleeing in a skycar that was driven out of the air by Guanghui Solutions gunships. An autopsy revealed that after Wrund's heavily armored car slammed into a mountainside and armor-piercing incendiary rounds ignited its fuel into a fireball, the trapped and wounded Wrund finally died of smoke inhalation. The corporate coalition is making the autopsy video and gun-camera footage publicly available at midnight tonight (Garvug local time).”

11/17/2010 - Corporate Coalition Reps Explain "Wooden Horse Gambit"

“Sonax Industries, Guanghui Solutions, and Binary Helix held a joint press conference today to address shareholder concerns about the new offensive on Garvug. Spokespersons detailed a campaign of careful media control dating back several months. Binary Helix explained that their rift in the coalition was a ruse. Guanghui gave details of special forces left on Garvug disguised as civilians, whose mission was to pinpoint insurgency leaders when they came out of hiding. Sonax reps spoke at length about the actual board vote (8-3) to continue the war once they were filled in on the so-called "wooden horse gambit." Said CFO Abayomi Osoba, "We had a responsibility to keep the company from going under. We regret that there was no way other than to ask for forgiveness after the fact." Asked if the board would face charges for perpetrating fraud on stockholders, he responded, "Our legal department can explain Illium's laws in that area. You'll find them quite flexible."”

11/23/2010 - Sonax Industries' Lira Speight Interviewed By Emily Wong

“In the first half of an exclusive 90-minute (Citadel standard) interview, Sonax Industries supreme commander Lira Speight sat down with the Future Content Corporation's Emily Wong and answered questions about the war on Garvug. "We -- and I mean the army, not the board -- had a nearly impossible task once the insurgency was established," she says, "and success would not have been financially possible without Umsung Holdings' backing. I presented the idea to the higher-ups of letting some negative stories through on the comm buoys to win trust with the news media, but it developed into more. The president of Umsung was good friends with Sonax's chairman; when the offer was made, the idea clicked: the board realized the power of winning by losing. From that moment on, we played the wounded bird and gave the snakes exactly what they wanted to see."”

11/24/2010 - Sonax Industries' Lira Speight Interviewed By Emily Wong (Part 2)

“In the second half of Emily Wong's interview with Sonax supreme commander Lira Speight, the admiral alternately argues about, confesses to, and speculates about the moral repugnance of her actions. "I don't regret the deception," she said, "to shareholders or anyone else. What keeps me up at night is [the death of Brigadier General] Noah [Vardos]. He knew the real strategy, but he saw good people dying under him; Garvug residents dying for no reason - it haunted him." As to the civillian casualties, she responded "Our test story, the video of krogan being executed, that wasn't genuine, but damn few people questioned it. Once we saw the public's saturation point, when they weren't shocked any more and just wanted it over, we gave them what they demanded, as fast as we could."”

12/06/2010 - Guanghui and Sonax Concealing Prothean Technology on Garvug

“A team of reporters from Second Star Broadcasting has made a discovery that they claim puts the war on Garvug in an entirely new light. Working undercover for several months at Guanghui Solutions, the journalists uncovered evidence that the company, along with Sonax Industries, was concealing a cache of Prothean technology on Garvug for their own private financial gain. The reporters' painstaking documentation has garnered the attention of the Citadel Council's Committee on Paleotechnology, which demanded that the corporations allow their inspection team full access to the Garvug site in question or face reprisals to their offices in Citadel space. The investigation promises to delay Guanghui's release of a high-performance mass effect field generator scheduled to be on the market in just a few months.”

12/22/2010 - Council Investigators Indict Sonax and Guanghui Executives

“Citadel Council investigators have announced formal charges against 14 of 24 board members of Sonax Industries and Guanghui Solutions. The move follows an investigation that confirmed those companies withheld Prothean technology from the galactic community for personal gain and instigated an interplanetary war to that end. The investigation credited unnamed Spectres who secured what they say was "irrefutable evidence" of the corporations' complicity. Included in those indicted is Sonax supreme commander Lira Speight. High Commissioner of Galactic Rights Yrania Asula said, "The acts of these corporations went beyond mere illegality and into crimes against the galactic populace. We invoke the right of the Council to admit evidence garnered by Council representatives to prosecute the parties involved for their misdeeds." Lira Speight's office reportedly responded with the following statement: "Try."”

12/23/2010 - Alleged Spectre Plot Against Lira Speight Foiled

“The death of a salarian enforcement agent on planet Garvug is causing a stir among Council watchers and Sonax stockholders alike. Sources close to Sonax commander Lira Speight allege that Spectre Lonar Maerun made an attempt on Speight's life and was wounded by her security. Maerun's assistant died, shot after a weapon malfunction left him vulnerable. Sonax officials allowed journalists to view but not photograph a charred salarian body they claim is Urjon Taltz, Maerun's companion. Speight herself did not appear at the press conference, and spokesperson Victor Cohen attempted to assuage reporters, saying the Sonax board was "looking into" complying with the Citadel Council, but added that, "the law clearly states that we are in the Terminus Systems, and their act of aggression goes beyond any legal attempt to solve this matter."”

12/24/2010 - Sonax Industries Reorganized Amid Council Investigation

“Umsung Holdings, Sonax Industries' parent company, has announced sweeping changes to upper management in light of new evidence that has caused significant damage to their brand. The Sonax Industries division will now be known as Kore, and each board member currently under Council investigation for war crimes will be given a retirement package for services rendered. Said Umsung representative Areum Khan, "It is a new day at Umsung, and we are grateful to the Citadel Council for shining the harsh light of truth on the missteps taken by our employees." Admiral Lira Speight's replacement, Vice Admiral Sanele Mabuza, is expected to take command of the armed forces on and orbiting Garvug in three [Citadel Standard] hours when the sun rises over its capital of Dhazil.”

12/26/2010 - Disgraced Sonax Commander Lira Speight on the Run

“Former Sonax (now Kore) employee Lira Speight has reportedly fled the planet Garvug. Citadel investigators, allowed access to her personal quarters by Kore Admiral Sanele Mabuza, were able to determine that she took steps to alter her appearance before departing with a flight bag full of negotiable bearer bonds and platinum. She is believed to be traveling with up to five trusted bodyguards. Investigators have released no details about the make or model of the ship she used, nor have they speculated on her likely location. Asked if she would likely remain in the Terminus Systems to stay outside the Council's reach, spokesperson Dixali Arborandum replied, "If she wants to stay out of our reach, she'd better find another galaxy."”

12/27/2010 - Omega Medical Examiner Confirms Death of Fugitive Admiral

“The saga of former Kore employee Lira Speight has apparently come to an end. A body with a geneprint matching that of her medicard to 99.998% accuracy was presented to a regional medical examiner on the Omega space station. Her bodyguards explained to officials that she was in a hotel and complained of headaches shortly before collapsing and could not be revived. The medical examiner, Ur'shok Aranhur, declared her death a result of a massive stroke and concluded there were no signs of foul play. Lonar Maerun, one of several Citadel Spectres assigned to bring in the fugitive admiral, says the evidence satisfies him. "She was under considerable stress," he said. "I guess it got to her more than she let on." Speight is survived by one brother. She was 47 Earth standard years old.”

02/24/2012 - Citadel Ship Shot Down Over Garvug

“Official ship for Citadel Committee on Paleotechnology shot down over Garvug. Data files on Prothean inventions could be in criminal hands.”

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Post by draconian139 on Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:50 am

Thoughts:

1.Javik = Prothean stash withheld for profit reasons makes me laugh my ass off.
2.Prothean stash=post-breath DLC is a worrying thought considering that the galactic community never got it.
3.I consider this all unlikely just as I consider us getting post-breath DLC unlikely, if we do its damned impressive though.




4.12/24/2010 entry is depressingly similar to certain real life events(not talking anything related to EA/ME)
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Post by DoomsdayDevice on Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:55 am

I really don't know if I can believe this is more than just a story, but it's so uncannily similar to what many of us are thinking, that it's incredibly intriguing.

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Post by Steelcan on Sat Jan 12, 2013 1:35 am

I'll take one tinfoil hat

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Post by Rifneno on Sat Jan 12, 2013 1:39 am

Steelcan wrote:I'll take one tinfoil hat

I know, right?

No. BW is just losing. That's all they're doing. Except Priestly and weight. No losing there.

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Post by Steelcan on Sat Jan 12, 2013 1:46 am

Rifneno wrote:
Steelcan wrote:I'll take one tinfoil hat

I know, right?

No. BW is just losing. That's all they're doing. Except Priestly and weight. No losing there.
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Post by BleedingUranium on Sat Jan 12, 2013 4:02 am

This is really awesome!
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Post by ZerebusPrime on Sat Jan 12, 2013 4:26 am

My continued fear is that BioWare had some awesome plan for ME3, but then the backlash came and EA squashed it. And everything since then, including the closing of the IT threads, has been damage control.
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Post by spotlessvoid on Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:32 am

Can I get my hat now and read all that later?
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Post by DoomsdayDevice on Sat Jan 12, 2013 12:37 pm

Sure bro! Help yourself. Grin

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Post by Eryri on Sat Jan 12, 2013 6:02 pm

Well, it's very tin foil hat... but I like it! Joyful

Thinking about it, I did think it was slightly odd that the good Doctors were quitting video games to go into... brewing?

So they've gone from medicine, to videogames to making beer? Pretty odd career trajectory, if you ask me. Also they are a little young to be retiring.

On the other hand maybe they got fed up after Bioware's last 3 games - DA2, TOR and now ME3 received such huge amounts of flack?
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Post by DoomsdayDevice on Sat Jan 12, 2013 6:51 pm

If this turns out to be true, then it's the most elaborate ruse ever, haha.

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Post by Rifneno on Sat Jan 12, 2013 6:54 pm

DoomsdayDevice wrote:If this turns out to be true, then it's the most elaborate ruse ever, haha.

What about when Square pretended to go batshit insane with Final Fantasy?

... DON'T YOU DARE SAY IT, THEY'RE ONLY PRETENDING AS LONG AS I BELIEVE THEY'RE PRETENDING!

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Post by DoomsdayDevice on Thu Jan 17, 2013 3:57 am

Rifneno wrote:
DoomsdayDevice wrote:If this turns out to be true, then it's the most elaborate ruse ever, haha.

What about when Square pretended to go batshit insane with Final Fantasy?

... DON'T YOU DARE SAY IT, THEY'RE ONLY PRETENDING AS LONG AS I BELIEVE THEY'RE PRETENDING!

I'm not familiar with Final Fantasy. Haven't played it.

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Post by BlueLogic on Thu Jan 17, 2013 4:57 pm

This is utterly fascinating. The fanboy in me wants to believe something this awesome will come to pass.

Oh, look! It fits perfectly! :*tinfoil*:

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Post by Restrider on Thu Jan 17, 2013 7:53 pm

*grabs tin foil hat* :*tinfoil*:
Far fetched, but you have said it yourself.
On the other hand, since there is a tendency to mix the ME experience up with something like live Twitter feeds from the Reaper invasion or other stuff. Counting in the MP operations. Who is to say that ME3 is not an RPG but in fact an ARPG and is not over yet?
Maybe we are all part of it and only very very few consider that they are on a stage?

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Post by DoomsdayDevice on Sun Jan 20, 2013 6:49 pm

Does anyone know who wrote these Cerberus Daily News articles?

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Post by Cyberfrog on Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:08 pm

Heh, it even covers the backlash from fans who aren't going to be happy with the "surprise bombardment". Laughing

Ahhhh, it's hard to believe, but what could've been!
I don't doubt that there's a few in-jokes and other references in there though.
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Post by DSharrah on Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:38 pm

Don't let the literalists or synthesizers see this thread...or they'll start spouting that CP nuked the IT thread to get rid of of the IT'ers to win in one fell swoop...

I always go back to Gamble's very first tweet after launch..."If you know what we were planning, you would keep your saves forever"...if that doesn't make it clear that something was planned or I don't know what would. If that means that I need to don a tinfoil hat, I do so gladly. :*tinfoil*:

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Post by DoomsdayDevice on Sun Jan 20, 2013 11:10 pm

You would keep your copy of the game forever, is what they said. And then they also said to keep your savegames in another tweet.

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Post by Guest on Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:17 am

I think you're right DD, but it seriously, at this point, nearly totally depends on the next DLC (Feb? March? April?).

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Post by DoomsdayDevice on Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:02 pm

To be fair, this isn't actually my theory. It's the theory of the person who messaged me with it on BSN. But he doesn't even believe it himself, haha.

For all we know it could be a Bioware employee, giving us hints! :*tinfoil*:

In all seriousness though, I think it's really interesting, but there is no way to tell if there's any truth in it.

I'm curious who wrote Cerberus Daily News. Does anyone know?

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Post by Cyberfrog on Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:37 pm

I don't know who wrote it. But in any case, as nutty as it is, one can have some fun with it.

Imagine that this is staged:

Karin Weekes ‏@bellecanto114:
Just out of our final ME3 team meeting. We watched the launch trailers for all 3 games. What an amazing group of people. It's been an honor.

Sylvf ‏@Sylvf1:
Attended the last Mass Effect 3 design standup ever (along with some other ME ex-pats invited down for the occasion) It was quite a ride.

Jay Watamaniuk ‏@JayWatamaniuk:
Just came from last ME3 stand-up meeting. Watched the launch trailers for all three games. Had a bit of dust in my eye. #talentedfolks
Everyone now believes the next story DLC is the last. Then imagine that the next DLC absolutly MURDERS IT (or at the very least doesn't change the status quo). Control and Synthesis fans are celebrating and mocking IT for some more weeks and then suddenly... SURPRISE DLC! The Control and Synthesis endings are finally revealed for what they are.

Sorry if anyone is going to lose sleep over that tongue (unless you are Brovikk the dick or any of the other assholes, in which case I'm not sorry). Like I said, this is about wondering what could have been. Smile affraid
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Post by DoomsdayDevice on Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:42 pm

@Cyberfrog: I have actually considered such a scenario. In a way though, the EC already accomplished a lot of that. IT lost a lot of support with it, even though it doesn't even debunk IT.

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