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10-24-12, 07:30 AM
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The British Intelligence Officers Exam (http://50.112.251.215/) is technically an advergame. It‚??s also among the more authentic James Bond experiences I‚??ve ever had. Oh, and it‚??s a text adventure ‚?? a startlingly unique one, too. Then again, considering its pedigree ‚?? it heralds from Hide&Seek (http://www.hideandseek.net/), the folks who put together this wild ‚??playful experience‚?? festival (http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2008/06/27/the-hide-seek-festival-social-gaming-uk/) Kieron wrote about before he became a ghost ‚?? that‚??s not as shocking as you might think. In short, though, TBIOE doesn‚??t actually put you in direct control of a character. Instead, you converse with an agent in the field who‚??s attempting to accomplish any number of objectives ‚?? for instance, escaping from baddies with precious data in hand or tracking a notorious arms dealer. I even found myself paralyzed by a couple seriously tough non-black-and-white choices that actually made me think. The real magic of TBIOE, though, lies in its language. Its agents may not seem entirely human, but they do a pretty convincing impression most of the time.

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