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Project Sumo can be seen as a side-quest in the Lost Experience game. Though not directly relevant to the wider arc of the game, it in part provided players with a back-story for the character Mel0Drama, as well as giving interesting subplots to the Apollo Candy Company and Sprite.
Companies involved in the project include the Hanso Foundation, Apollo Candy Company, the Engineering Development Center (Atlanta, GA), Lewis King Laboratories (AG), and the Sprite company. The Project Sumo issue remained unresolved as the Lost Experience game ended, and its possible that the section was simply an Easter egg of no valid plot value other than to give more believable depth to Mel0Drama's role. Writer of the game Javier Grillo-Marxuach commented on his blog after the Experience that the characters Hackett and Mel0Drama had "a limited function in the story and slowly phased away into digital oblivion".
- Mel0Drama - appears to have worked with the Engineering Development Center under Dr. Hackett. Consequently, Mel0Drama was aware of Project Sumo, and the psychotropic chemicals Hackett was attempting to spread on the mass market.
- Dr. Hackett - appears to have originally investigated and researched the idea of putting viral agents into a beverage, the flavors of which could disguise the chemicals.
- Dr. Kini - representative for Lewis King Laboratories. Appears to have been involved in clinical trials regarding Project Sumo.
- Dr. Perez - Hackett's 1988 letter had a carbon copy to Dr. Perez. Perez therefore is probably involved with Lewis King Laboratories, or possibly a superior to Hackett who was sending him a copy for reference purposes. Indeed, the letter is specifically worded for Dr. Kini.
- G. Downs - appears to represent the Engineering Development Center. In 2004, he seems to wish to further develop Hackett's original ideas, and requests Hackett join the EDC team, leaving his job with the Apollo company.
Mel0Drama: He's in our heads, Rachel.
It seemed clear that Mel0Drama had decided to help Rachel's cause after seeing the atrocities Hackett had been involved in while he'd worked at the EDC.
The letter as seen on Sublymonal.com
When Rachel Blake hid a video blog on a hidden subdirectory of Sublymonal.com, a hidden folder also revealed a letter from 1988 to Dr. Kini of Lewis King Laboratories and carbon copy Dr. Perez, from Dr. J Hackett.
It would appear that in 1988 research trials had been conducted on a fruit beverage (Mel0Drama referenced "lapping it up"). The trials had been confounded by implementation parameters, possibly because of the Hanso Foundation (who are based in Copenhagen), meaning the company was also involved somehow in the project.
One of the pieces to the Flickr letter. The full gallery of pieces can be found here.
As the Lost Experience was drawing to a close, with glyphs spread all over the Internet, a flickr letter was revealed on August 8. After a large amount of effort required to piece together the different fragments, a letter could be revealed. It was sent this time to Hackett in 2004, from a man named G. Downs at the Engineering Development Center.
It seems that the EDC wished to for some reason continue Hackett's work which had begun in 1988, focusing on the release of psychotropic drugs in a beverage to spread an unknown viral agent. Downs wished Hackett to join the EDC's research team after leaving his job with the Apollo Candy Company.
Mel0Drama signs in the corner of a chocolate commercial video
On August 17, Mel0drama reappeared in a video posted to YouTube.com. In this video there is a person "speaking" in sign language with a glyph on his t-shirt, in front of a film about a chocolate factory. A translation of this very difficult sign-language message is:
I'm Mel, Friend of Rachel. Mittelwerk conned Apollo candy into getting their chemists to perform some tests on (unknown). Hackett discovered something important but Mittelwerk wouldn't let him (got pissed or something like that) because he didn't want(like) competition. There was a big struggle and Hackett left/disappeared with Sprite. Hackett found a new giveaway to use. I need to warn/help/save people.
Mel0Drama's evidence suggests that Hackett had originally wished to test his virus/psychotropic agents during the Apollo Candy giveaway that took place in August 2006. However, Mittelwerk appeared to decide against it, causing Hackett to leave his job and join the Sprite company in protest. There, he possibly continued his research with them and the EDC, and planned a new giveaway, which Mel0Drama feared. This has significantly links to Sprite's Sublymonal viral marketing campaign that happened around the same time, and had links to, The Lost Experience.
- Dr. Perez could be a reference by the ABC writers to Mario Perez, stills photographer on Lost.
- The end result of the side-quest involving the evil Dr. Hackett joining up with the Sprite company is quite probably simply a joke on the part of the game's writers, implying that Sprite is involved in putting psychotropic agents in their beverages.
- Another interpretation of the evidence is that the Hanso Foundation's "ridiculous implementation parameters" connect directly to the Spider Protocol (i.e. viral casualty rates must be at 30%) and consequently manipulating the Valenzetti equation. This would tie-in this part of the Lost Experience with the main narrative.