I have a review/interview section here, but some people have expressed being overwhelmed with the number of links on that page. Admittedly, it is a lot, and I am overwhelmed at the prospect of organizing and categorizing this batch of links. So, until I get around to doing that unenviable organizational grunt work, I have put together a FAQ.
Hopefully, this will serve as a quick, easy-to-digest, and concise resource for people who want to know what the Ong’s Hat ARG was. As you might be able to tell, I am tired of talking about, arguing about, and listening to endless speculation about a project I started over 30 years ago and concluded over 20 years ago. I’m on to new projects, and I will no longer conduct interviews about this subject.
It includes a main menu, loading screen and a functional horror FPS demo scene.
Status In development
Platforms Windows, macOS, Linux
Tags 3D, Horror
Pine Barrens, New Jersey
Ong’s Hat is a tiny ghost town that only ever held a single building called Ong’s Hut. Reportedly, the town was lively in the 1860s, but it plays a role in one of the earliest internet-based conspiracy theories. The conspiracy alleges that Princeton professors supposedly built a secret quantum physics lab in the tiny town, and that they participated in inter-dimensional travel. Bizarre as the theory is, it would explain why the town is deserted today.
A collection of text, audio, and video pieces about the Ong’s Hat ARG project
The First Internet Hoax: Inside a Mind
Why Did This Entire Village of Scientists Disappear One Day?
Joseph Matheny Appears on How Conspiracy Theories Become Violent | Truth Hurts | VICE
Did An Alternate Reality Game Gone Wrong Predict The Rise of QAnon?
The Red Pages Podcast: Episode 154: Chatting with Joseph Matheny
ARG Pioneer Joseph Matheny on the Counterculture’s Hijacking from Corporatization to QAnon
Slate-Decoder Ring: The Incunabula Papers
A collection of audio and video pieces about the Ong’s Hat ARG project
This is a take that’s a little different than the normal podcast we usually feature on here. I love listening to these young people giving their hot takes. The volume is a little low on this so prepare.
listen to us do our best to explain a conspiracy theory to one another and candidly discuss. do tall beautiful giants and aliens live inside our hollow earth? is ong’s hat the true tale of inter-dimensional travel? in glowing hour we touch on some shorter and more fun theories. also, fuck helicopters flying around LA all afternoon, we promise we are investing in better mics for next season.
Legend Tripping- the process of seeking adventure by going to places known to be associated with paranormal events. In the episode we offer some background on legend tripping in America (wait for Part Two for the best international destinations), including Capt. McKerry’s Vault on the Ohio River (Indiana)~Goatman’s Grave in Missouri~Ong’s Hat (ghosttown in NJ~Mountain Meadows Massacre Site (UT)~Winchester Mystery House (CA)~The Marshall House Hotel (Savannah GA)~Bloody Lane at Antietam (Sharpsburg, MD~Fort Monroe (Hampton, VA~ Murder Hotel (Chicago)~The Bridgewater Traingle (Mass)~ The 8 Best Places to find Bigfoot (in US).
Today we focus on one of the most fascinating conspiracy theories out there: the legend of ONG’S HAT, which mixes together the military-industrial complex, academic outlaws, and inter-dimensional travel all in one of the most remote pockets of the Pine Barrens. What’s real? What’s not? Why do some people want to believe so bad? And how is Ong’s Hat – which pre-exists the internet itself – a blueprint to things like QAnon today?