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At first, I was a fictional alien detection base.

Three years later, I was founded as a memory manufacturing corporation.

What am I?

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  • $\begingroup$ This? $\endgroup$ Dec 6, 2020 at 12:38
  • $\begingroup$ I was thinking this based on the title + this based on the alien base but I couldn't match the memory corporation from the list here $\endgroup$
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I'm going to say this ADATA.
The title contains voodoo so I thought of the 3dfx graphics cards made during the 90s.

There is a list of companies that make computer memory here . I suspected ADATA because it contained A.D and that could be an acronym used elsewhere (like a sci-fi film or game) to mean alien detection.

Apparently, one of the games that was released free with 3dfx voodoo cards was Incoming (1998) by Rage Software. I've never played it, but after much searching I found this youtube video showing the first mission in the game and its intro mentions defending A.D.A.T.A - the Anomaly Detection And Tracking Array during a UFO attack.

Three years later is 2001, and that's when ADATA, the Taiwanese memory and storage company was founded.


I also spent quite a lot of time thinking it was SanDisk as they're a memory company and notably they changed their name from Sun-Disk in 1995 following a complaint by Sun Microsystems ... about the middle of the 'voodoo era'. And I thought this might be relevant because there are a number of UFO and conspiracy sites which mention an artifact called the Sun Disk used to communicate with ancient aliens.

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    $\begingroup$ You got it! Being older than I'd like to declare, I had actually played the game and quite liked it. One of these days I was looking to buy a HDD, and I was astonished to see it being an actual company, so I made this riddle immediately. Liked your twist, too. $\endgroup$ Dec 7, 2020 at 23:32

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