Unclaimed Domain Name in Video Game Uncharted 4 Registered By Fan
I’m a big gaming fan. When I’m not busy with domain investing or blogging and not spending time with my wife and kids I usually end up playing video games. “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End” is a super realistic game with awesome graphics. In the 4th chapter you are inside the house of Drake and Elena Fisher. Every object inside the house is incredibly detailed and it feels like the house has been truly lived in. On the second floor Drake is able to interact with a travel guide for the Thai capital called the “Bangkok Travel Guide”. If you interact with the guide inside the video game and flip it over you will notice that at the bottom it says “You can also visit us on the web!” followed by a web address: http://www.bangkokthetravelguide.com .
At first I thought it would be an easter egg inside the game. Many game developers put made up website links into their games and then setup a redirection on that domain (the redirection will then usually go to the game developer site) or create an in-universe website. But not this time. When I tried to visit the website bangkokthetravelguide.com I noticed that some reddit user named Dac Vak registered the domain on May 10th and forwarded it to a post on Reddit about Uncharted.
If you pick up a Bangkok magazine when in your house (chapter 4 I believe), there’s a URL on the bottom of the back of the magazine. I tried out the URL and saw it didn’t go anywhere. Checked it out and no one had even purchased that domain, so I grabbed it for fun. I have zero plans for it, and will probably just link it back to ND’s website. But in case someone here wanted to do something with it, I figured I’d post about it – Reddit user Dac Vak
Apparently Naughty Dog, the developer of Uncharted 4, didn’t bother to register that domain name. Or simply forgot. Naughty Dog got lucky here since anyone could have registered that domain and the redirection of the site could have been to a competitor’s game, a malware website or even a porn site.