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The Sayre family vacation refers to the "findings" posted on the website of the "Sayre Family", one of the sites created for the Shadow of the Colossus viral marketing campaign. Gaius is the colossus advertised. This hoax was first mentioned on viral marketing hub site Giantology on November 18, 2005, a full month after the game was first released.

Giantology postings

November 18, 2005

Incan Giant in Peru

Yet another giant has arisen.

This one a towering Incan statue in Peru, photographed by a young couple named Andrew & Ellie Sayre. Dare I even speculate on this one? I have a feeling I'll be getting plenty of comments on it, so I will just put it out there.

November 24, 2005

The Sayres also "found" some depictions of the giant statue in the walls of a nearby ruin

Happy Thanksgiving!

I've gotten a TON of comments on the Incan Statue, and it appears to be one of the Colossi [a link is provided here to an old screenshot of Gaius]. The question now is - did the game developers base their creatures on real findings of giant bones and statues? Could this be an actual real-life discovery? Or have we all been hoodwinked by some clever advertisers?

The Sayre Family website

The family's website shows a series of pictures crudely arranged in 3-column tables. Of interest is the family's "trip" to Peru, upon which they found a "bizarre statue" that "wasn't in any of the guide books". In a short movie, Ellie Sayre happens upon what is an obvious statue of Gaius.

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The Game Shadow of the Colossus ( Demo  · Pal Release  · Shadow of the Colossus HD  · PS4)
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Soundtrack Roar of the Earth
Walkthrough Time AttackGolden Coins
Other media Nico  · Official artbook/guidebook  · Collectible figurines  · Film adaptation
Giantology campaign
Hoaxes Jebal-Barez skeletonTamil Nadu tsunami giantSulu Sea eel statuePolarneft conspiracySayre family vacation
Characters Eric BelsonCasper ShillingEd GuylerArkady SimkinBoris AtlasovAndrew and Ellie Sayre
Media Giantology podcasts (FirstInterview with Arkady SimkinThirdFourth) • IPICP memo

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