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His eyebrows sparkling, his white beard hangs down to his chest. The thatched mats, spread outside his chise, spread softly, his splendid attos. He polishes, cross-legged, his makiri, with his eyes completely absorbed.

He is Ainu.

The god of Ainu Mosir, Ae-Oine Kamuy, descendant of Okiku-Rumi, He perishes, a living corpse. The summers day, the white sunlight, unabrushed, ends simply through his breath alone.
Also you betray yourself by pretending to not know what Dark Souls is.

Even if Matthew had access to this Verbatim account and was free to post (in itself dubious) without your permission, you would still be monitoring it closely enough to know exactly what Dark Souls is.
Like has already been stated, there was a team behind this project. William likely verified anything video game related, since his son plays a lot of the popular video games that come out these days.


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Curious Verb, what are your actual views?
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Also you betray yourself by pretending to not know what Dark Souls is.

Even if Matthew had access to this Verbatim account and was free to post (in itself dubious) without your permission, you would still be monitoring it closely enough to know exactly what Dark Souls is.
Your incredulity aside, this account indeed belonged to more than just myself—I was merely the "head composer," I guess you could say. I mainly monitored his posting habits in the Flood and Serious boards.

Matt himself may not have ever had access to this account, but he did write and every game review credited to Verbatim. He was a great writer.


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His eyebrows sparkling, his white beard hangs down to his chest. The thatched mats, spread outside his chise, spread softly, his splendid attos. He polishes, cross-legged, his makiri, with his eyes completely absorbed.

He is Ainu.

The god of Ainu Mosir, Ae-Oine Kamuy, descendant of Okiku-Rumi, He perishes, a living corpse. The summers day, the white sunlight, unabrushed, ends simply through his breath alone.
It's alright. We have all grown to know each other so well over the past eight years, and it is hard to come to terms with the sudden death of a friend and coworker. I am not sure if you have heard, but the team is planning to visit his favorite pub tomorrow night. I assume you will want to come and have a pint as well, but I understand if you would rather have a quiet night at home with the missus.
See, now you're just trying too hard.

This conversation would not be held on this forum, of all potential places.
Why not? Paul has a bad habit of forgetting his phone at the office (William grabbed it for you, by the way), and he likely doesn't know how to use the private messaging function.


 
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So this actor maintained a dedicated facebook page with ~200 friends and posts as far back as 2013?
Not just the actor, he was only there for photographs. The page itself was maintained by a number of staff members related to the project.
While true, I'm not sure how you became privy to such information.
If you pay close attention, you might be able to figure out who I actually am. To be frank, I'm surprised you didn't already know; I assumed you were just playing it off so as not to compromise the integrity of the project.
Ah.

Yes.

Sorry, I've been so distraught lately ever since Matt's death. Haven't been able to think straight.
It's alright. We have all grown to know each other so well over the past eight years, and it is hard to come to terms with the sudden death of a friend and coworker. I am not sure if you have heard, but the team is planning to visit his favorite pub tomorrow night. I assume you will want to come and have a pint as well, but I understand if you would rather have a quiet night at home with the missus.
Yeah, I honestly would, but I have something important to go over with you all about this anyhow. I've been putting it off, but maybe I should just get it out of the way, for his sake. I'll see what I can do.


 
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Curious Verb, what are your actual views?
Please, call me Paul.


 
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This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper.
Matthew was given instruction to fraternize with several non-participants to help create a more immersive atmosphere. Hiring several other actors would be too much of a cost, and I cannot trust anyone else to do the job as well as Matt.
So you contradict each other.

Fraternisaton by Matthew would require him to be based in Ishpeming, which would disallow the team from going to "his favourite pub", which would be nearly a six hour drive from Chicago.

It doesn't make any sense.


 
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What's your damage, Heather?
verbs arg thing explodes but no one wants to read my story


 
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This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper.
and he likely doesn't know how to use the private messaging function.
Except he does because Matthew lent his face and voice, not the entire user.

And the degree of personal correspondence Verbatim has had with people either means this is a lie, or he had very poor control over his experiment to the point where he wasn't even aware of his own character's actions.

So Paul, are you lying or incompetent?


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His eyebrows sparkling, his white beard hangs down to his chest. The thatched mats, spread outside his chise, spread softly, his splendid attos. He polishes, cross-legged, his makiri, with his eyes completely absorbed.

He is Ainu.

The god of Ainu Mosir, Ae-Oine Kamuy, descendant of Okiku-Rumi, He perishes, a living corpse. The summers day, the white sunlight, unabrushed, ends simply through his breath alone.
Matthew was given instruction to fraternize with several non-participants to help create a more immersive atmosphere. Hiring several other actors would be too much of a cost, and I cannot trust anyone else to do the job as well as Matt.
So you contradict each other.

Fraternisaton by Matthew would require him to be based in Ishpeming, which would disallow the team from going to "his favourite pub", which would be nearly a six hour drive from Chicago.

It doesn't make any sense.
We're in Ishpeming for the funeral.


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Da Husk.
So wait, you're telling me you had a team of people in Chicago to shitpost on this board during "real nigga hours" on a regular basis? Also, can mods confirm or deny if there was anything fucky going on with his IP if this was supposedly done by a team of people?
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What's your damage, Heather?
this is vertb + aria lol

meta why indulge them


 
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What's your damage, Heather?
man I wish I had the free time to do shit like this

fun af


 
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and he likely doesn't know how to use the private messaging function.
Except he does because Matthew lent his face and voice, not the entire user.

And the degree of personal correspondence Verbatim has had with people either means this is a lie, or he had very poor control over his experiment to the point where he wasn't even aware of his own character's actions.

So Paul, are you lying or incompetent?
I'm sorry sir, but I'm going to have to ask you to stop, no more further questions.


 
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This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper.
We're in Ishpeming for the funeral.
Three days after his death?

Bullshit.

Why can't I find any obituaries for a deceased Matthew in Ishpeming in either a newspaper or on a funeral home's website?


 
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This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper.
meta why indulge them
Because it's fun for me.

I like trying to hone my reasoning with stuff like this. There's a chink in the armour somewhere big enough to fit a sword through; I just want to find it.


 
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Except he does because Matthew lent his face and voice, not the entire user.

And the degree of personal correspondence Verbatim has had with people either means this is a lie, or he had very poor control over his experiment to the point where he wasn't even aware of his own character's actions.

So Paul, are you lying or incompetent?
I'm a student, not an expert. We're a team of students. Some degree of incompetence is expected, but I think we did a fine job.
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I don't know how to live life without Verbatim by my side.


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His eyebrows sparkling, his white beard hangs down to his chest. The thatched mats, spread outside his chise, spread softly, his splendid attos. He polishes, cross-legged, his makiri, with his eyes completely absorbed.

He is Ainu.

The god of Ainu Mosir, Ae-Oine Kamuy, descendant of Okiku-Rumi, He perishes, a living corpse. The summers day, the white sunlight, unabrushed, ends simply through his breath alone.
We're in Ishpeming for the funeral.
Three days after his death?

Bullshit.

Why can't I find any obituaries for a deceased Matthew in Ishpeming in either a newspaper or on a funeral home's website?
I didn't say the funeral was today, or even tomorrow. And a funeral is more than just the casket: it's the people that knew and loved him coming together to mourn and celebrate his life.


 
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This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper.
I'm a student, not an expert. We're a team of students. Some degree of incompetence is expected, but I think we did a fine job.
So, according to yourself, the character was meticulously created by you to serve a specific purpose, and you wouldn't trust anybody other than Matthew to act him. . .

Yet the user is apparently maintained by a whole team, without the actor having access to this team-maintained profile?


 
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What's your damage, Heather?
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This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper.
I didn't say the funeral was today, or even tomorrow.
Or even the day after; would still be too soon.

You also didn't answer my question.


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His eyebrows sparkling, his white beard hangs down to his chest. The thatched mats, spread outside his chise, spread softly, his splendid attos. He polishes, cross-legged, his makiri, with his eyes completely absorbed.

He is Ainu.

The god of Ainu Mosir, Ae-Oine Kamuy, descendant of Okiku-Rumi, He perishes, a living corpse. The summers day, the white sunlight, unabrushed, ends simply through his breath alone.
and he likely doesn't know how to use the private messaging function.
Except he does because Matthew lent his face and voice, not the entire user.

And the degree of personal correspondence Verbatim has had with people either means this is a lie, or he had very poor control over his experiment to the point where he wasn't even aware of his own character's actions.

So Paul, are you lying or incompetent?
We segmented responsibilities by board. As Paul said, he kept track of Verbatim's posting on The Flood and Serious. Private Messages weren't his responsibility, so-- as stated-- I don't think he knows how to use the function. I could very well be wrong, but I thought it pertinent to try and explain.


 
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This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper.
Okay, fair play. Just got a PM from "Verb".

It's true.


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I lied, I'm not impressed. But then again, I'm a tough audience.
So does the Verbatim crown fall to me now or what


 
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What's your damage, Heather?
So does the Verbatim crown fall to me now or what
now you become verbatim

it's like that davy jones thing


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I lied, I'm not impressed. But then again, I'm a tough audience.
So does the Verbatim crown fall to me now or what
now you become verbatim

it's like that davy jones thing

I've been preparing for this moment my whole life.


 
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Paul, I'm gonna have to ask you, and your co-helper to stop this immediately, the boss is mad, real mad, he told you both specifically to reveal what you've had done these past couple of years. He never gave the clearing to answer the subject's desired questions! I hope I won't be forced to take more drastic measures


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His eyebrows sparkling, his white beard hangs down to his chest. The thatched mats, spread outside his chise, spread softly, his splendid attos. He polishes, cross-legged, his makiri, with his eyes completely absorbed.

He is Ainu.

The god of Ainu Mosir, Ae-Oine Kamuy, descendant of Okiku-Rumi, He perishes, a living corpse. The summers day, the white sunlight, unabrushed, ends simply through his breath alone.
I didn't say the funeral was today, or even tomorrow.
Or even the day after; would still be too soon.

You also didn't answer my question.
You do realize that funeral proceedings don't have to take weeks to occur, right? We (most of the team, besides) decided to come up a few days early to reminisce about Matthew; I don't see how that is any proof of a hoax.

And I didn't answer because I don't have one, and I think it would be a bit rude to ask his family why his obituary hasn't been published.


 
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Okay, fair play. Just got a PM from "Verb".

It's true.
Took me ages to figure out how to do that.
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