Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Hunger Games

I'm a huge fan of the Hunger Games Series and I'm very excited about what the movie production companies are doing to promote the upcoming film. The Hunger Games is set to release on March 23, 2012, but in preparation a website that represents the fictional capitol of the dystopian society of Panem, where the story takes place, has been created. At first (back in late August), when you made your way to the site all you saw was a scrambled picture with the words "HELLO CITIZEN. IDENTIFY YOURSELF" and the option to connect your twitter account. After connecting, it asked you to tweet "The Capitol knows who I am. Identify yourself immediately: #whatsmydistrict". Of course I registered immediately!


The more people registered, the clearer the image would get and eventually we were able to see that it was the Capitol's seal.


 Then twitter accounts for all the districts started appearing, along with one for the Capitol. On August 31st, @TheCapitolPN tweeted "ACQUIRING SIGNAL...PLEASE STAND BY...#WhatsMyDistrict". At this point I'm not sure anyone knew what to expect from the site except that perhaps it would open soon. Later that day, if you went to the site, it "acquired the signal" and opened to a registration terminal.


You could link either your facebook or twitter account and it would assign you a district. I was assigned District 8. You could request expedited District Identification Passes (DIPs) for your district by sending out a tweet or posting on your facebook wall. This lasted until October 1st when District 12 was the first district to receive their DIPs. Lucky for me District 8 was second in line! You create an ID card of sorts and are assigned a type of career. I managed factory worker.

They have also released the official seals for each district.


I think all of this is very fun and a great way to get the fans involved. If you haven't yet, you can still register and be assigned a District. I believe all 12 districts have received their DIP processing so you won't have to wait to create one (lucky you!). Have you registered? What's your district? Have you read the series? Which was your favorite?

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