Hey there.
I did something different this time, inspired by a certain someone ;)
I tried to give a bit of context to a short puzzle I thought, when it had none to begin with.
Just to say that you don’t have to read too much into the story. Actually, if you don’t want to read at all, you can totally skip the story. There are no essential hints in it. Even the binary code at the end (don’t be scared, you can’t see it before solving the puzzle) has no relevance to the puzzle itself, it's there just to add some flavour and maybe put the base for a sequel (but don't expect one, I haven't really thought about that yet). Btw I advise you to translate it after reaching "the end". If you're curious, that is.

The whole puzzle text is in the picture you'll see in the 1st ITH page:
you have an assignment, a target, leads to follow and a ITH code.
You can start HERE.

The puzzle will last until April 18th at 8pm CET.

I'll add further hints based on the number of solvers.
I'll post the solution at the end.
By solving it, you get access to a short train with:
Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts (ROW key), F1 2020 (ROW key), Shenmue III, Main Assembly (ROW key), Remothered: Broken Porcelain, Aven Colony (ROW key), SIMULACRA, Colt Canyon, Skully, Popup Dungeon (ROW key), Outer Wilds, The Room 4: Old Sins
ROW keys: for region restrictions refer to this thread.

Edit:

HINTS (I listed here all the ones I gave in the replies)

  • I repeat, cause it seems it wasn't clear enough to one of the solvers: the story is totally optional, don't search for hints there. I could have posted just the picture if I wanted, without story at all.
  • The ITH questions aren't needed for a reason: you don't have to answer them.
    (Don't be fooled by the ITH page; solvers listed there have input the right answers after solving the puzzle, not before!)
  • Who's the target? How'd you stalk someone from here? What those leads refer to? The ITH link is the last problem.
  • The one about the name of a common pet is the one that should give away who's the target. Name and nationality are there just to confirm it, once you get there.
  • "Near Tokyo, another kind of skyline." = "From Japan, a skyline, but not a city skyline.".
  • If you think a lead match is vague, it's probably the wrong one. They're kinda specific in my opinion.(i.e. Trouble ahead).
    After the QoL update, there's no more room for interpretation, if you understand where to look.
  • For those still going the hard way: once you are 100% sure of one lead, stop for a moment, go back in the only other place where you can see some of them and maybe something will click with you. That may help you speed things up with the other 7.
  • For those still going the hard way: 189 is a big number, why not just 8.
  • If you cannot still see the easy way: you can verify your choices here: verification tool (ITH).
  • Have you ever created a ITH puzzle? It might help you with the /SOLUTION.
  • There's more than a way you can read SOLUTION in that picture.

They're quite enough for now. I may be add more in the next days if almost everyone is still stuck.
Hints updated. (My "no hints" proposition never lasts)

>>>>> SOLUTIONS <<<<<

1 month ago*

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ITSTOO... ?

View Results
itstoohard
itstooeasy
itstoopotato

I'm really happy to see people getting inspired by that amazing puzzle, since it also inspired me to do one as well.
Saving this to check later!

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1 month ago
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Interesting. It's a little late and I have work tomorrow but I'm looking forward to trying my hand at this!

1 month ago
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Welp, I've successfully clicked two links and made zero progress since. Noticed a couple things that looked promising, but no luck.

Thanks for the GAs!

1 month ago
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Bump for noir! πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

1 month ago
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Thank you so much for another interesting journey! Can't be sure I'll be able to solve it though

1 month ago
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Is there anything about this link?
http://www.itstoohard.com/puzzle/whhQWfiv/SOLUTION
SOLUTION is not needed for the link to work so is it a hint or I shouldn't waste time on linking it with something :D?

1 month ago
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Well, if it's there, it must have some importance.

1 month ago
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When I joined steamgifts nobody told me that my brain will melt for a chance to win a game lol

1 month ago*
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one belated welcome to SG under glass coming up ^^

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1 month ago
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LMAO, thanks for a warm welcome πŸ™‚

1 month ago
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πŸ˜†
I'd try to follow the order you see on the sheet of paper though. I mean: who's the target? How'd you stalk him? What those leads refer to? The ITH link is the last problem.

1 month ago
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I know the alleged target. Other stuff remains unknown.

1 month ago
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This is a very interesting puzzle, I think I know how to answer the questions, but I'm not finding the answers at the place where I'm looking at, I will keep looking though πŸ‘€

1 month ago
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Okay so I have some digits but I'm mostly struggling with the first lead, at this point I know exactly what to do but I'm bad at the leads
EDIT: I believe so far I have all the other digits but I'm missing the first oneee orz

1 month ago*
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Finally got the only digit I was missing, but upon entering the solution nothing happens, EDIT: Nvm got it ehehehe

1 month ago*
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1 month ago
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I think I know exactly what to do. But if so it feels like either there's a lot of room for interpretation, or I don't know enough to know I'm looking at the correct things. Thus leading to tedious possibilities to try.
I was hoping the ITH confirms my progress, but doesn't seem so.

edit: Found some clear answers, but unsure on a few.

1 month ago*
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Do you mean, that some of your answers marked as correct?

1 month ago
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There are obviously correct answers, but you don't have to answer.
Edit: obvious not because they're easy to find, but because you can't create a ITH puzzle with questions (even if they're blank) without putting at least one answer.

1 month ago
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Hmm I tried to reduce room for interpretation by assigning the same match whenever I thought the same lead could apply. If one of them appears vague at first, there could be something you can see that actually makes it really specific (i.e. trouble ahead).
ITH can't really help you unless you have already completely understood the SOLUTION part of the puzzle.

Edit: added another possible match for the 1st lead.

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I think I found the SOLUTION, but dont know what to do of it. Doesn't lead anywhere

1 month ago
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Have you ever created a ITH puzzle? You could see a way to get to the solution you need.

1 month ago
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Accidental hint.

1 month ago*
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I'd ask you to, at least, put spoiler tags on that or, better, to edit it. You're right btw, you must be missing a previous step.

1 month ago
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Terribly sorry, I'll try not to write anything that could be a hint in any way. Thanks for help!

1 month ago
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Will I get the solution if I put the right symbols though?

1 month ago
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Sure, if you see the right way to use it.

1 month ago
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I already tried that with the solution, but that doesn't lead anywhere. Which only means that my solution is incorrect?

1 month ago
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I love how there was someone who selected 'itstooeasy' and now it's just 0.

1 month ago
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Bump for solved. Thanks Dog, that was an interesting stalking exercise! πŸ•πŸ©πŸ•β€πŸ¦Ί

1 month ago
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Gz, good luck in the draw!

1 month ago
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You're a true wizard.

1 month ago
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That was so bump of me. Dumb!

1 month ago
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Bump for solved! Was a lot of fun! Now I feel satisfaction.

1 month ago
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seems like I still don't have broken my brain enough to solve this ... but I will try

1 month ago
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Right now, I've put this "problem" into sight.
Well ... I have to start by having the space translator read the image.πŸ˜‚

I will start if I have time to spare. Thank you puzzle.πŸ’»γƒ½(Θ´; )ノ≑ヽ( ;`Θ)οΎ‰πŸ”₯

1 month ago
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So, so... Seeing as only 4 people (to my knowledge) solved it for now. I decided to reduce the difficulty a bit and, most of all, increase the quality of life of the stalking process. There's no more room for interpretation now if you understand where to look.

Hints in the op have been updated.

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I wonder if I should ask about old version, so I can see what has changed.
But I came late, so I should not get such benefit.

Regarding There's more than a way you can read SOLUTION in that picture. - I actually can read it. But not sure what it gives me... not yet.

1 month ago
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Well, you can have that benefit, considering I basically changed a step of the puzzle mid-course, but I don't know how to tell you without giving away further hints. Just know that I made so that you can skip a very tedious and open to interpretations part of the puzzle now. So it should be more balanced/enjoyable overall, I think.

The hints in the original post are more or less ordered, so that one, being the last one, should be clearer once you're at the last steps of the puzzle.

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I expected to get link to old image.

But it is not needed anymore. I came back to puzzle next day and somehow... well...
I managed to realize significance of certain data on image.
Very tricky =)

Bumperinio.

4 weeks ago
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bump for solved. interesing puzzle, but difficult to understand
thank you

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Solve for bumped. I like puzzles where I'm experience "holy jesus, that was tricky" emotion. Nice job.

1 month ago
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Actually only saw the QoL update after figuring it out, should have checked the thread again ;)
Bump for solved, thanks for the GAs and puzzle!

1 month ago
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Heh. I'm sorry for that. I guess it could be unfair to those who wasted time before the update.
I think I killed two birds with one stone though. The puzzle is easier now + people don't get frustrated anymore for wasting time on a page that is really a pain in the butter to browse and no more room for interpratation, which is always bad.

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No worries about wasted time, I didn't mind. I did however develop a strong dislike to the page browsing you are referring to ;)

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Check the last update. It should leave very little margin for struggling there.
You can read that "Near Tokyo" as "From Japan", it's skyline the key word there.

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1 month ago
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Bump and thanks for the puzzle.

1 month ago
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Bump for solved!

1 month ago
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Bump for solved! Thank you, stalking is fun! :)

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1 month ago
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Bump for solved! Great puzzle!

1 month ago
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Bump for solved!!! :D

1 month ago
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Bump for solved, thanks for the nice puzzle!

1 month ago
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Bump for solved, figured out what I had wrong.

1 month ago*
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I am hella hyped cause I saw two really good puzzle games on that list, that are quite rare around here (outer wilds and the room 4). I will crush this motivation up!

1 month ago
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Closed 1 week ago by DogOnSG.