The mystery has been solved. Sort of. This code, which appeared very mysteriously, is the effort of the UK's intelligence agency to recruit top-notch computer nerds for the defence of the nations cyberspace. The BBC explains it better that I can (poxy BBC and their quality journalism) but the gist is that the agency is in need of qualified individuals and are using alternative methods to recruit them. I note they have also used the X-box Live Network, and in-game advertising as recruitment methods as well.
|If you can you might have a great job waiting.....|
Gamers have come a long way. In the last 5 years I have noticed a real difference in both the attitudes of gamers and perceptions of them by the world at large. Go back, say, 20 years, and we were mostly perceived as weirdo-teenagers huddled in dank basements feverishly rolling dice in an effort to slay dragons (mostly because that's what we were doing). I still remember when dungeons and dragons was blamed as the reason for some high-profile murders (which we mostly were NOT doing).
Gaming today is more mainstream- maybe because of social gaming- and, for the most part no-one has to be ashamed to talk about it anymore. I see public postings at my own work place looking for gamers for Modern Warfare, for instance, and I have had more conversations about what games I play in the last two years than I have in the twenty-five previous (yes, I've been playing games that long). In the 80's you would have took a beating for being a 'nerd' for asking out loud if anyone wanted to game with you, and now top secret agencies are specifically targeting gamers. How far we have come indeed.