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Curiosity finishes and prize revealed

Curiosity finishes and prize revealed

Curiosity winner Bryan Henderson had the option of sharing the prize or keeping it a secret.

Mobile experimental game Curiosity: What's Inside the Cube? has come to an end and the 'life changing' prize at the centre of the cube has been revealed.

Developer Peter Molyneux explained the prize in a video in which he resembles a diminutive version of the Matrix's architect. The winner now has the ability to become the digital god of 22 Cans' next title, Godus.

The winner of Curiosity: What's Inside the Cube? will be able to influence Godus and change the way it plays for everyone else. Not only this, but they will also receive a cut of the revenue that the game makes.

'You will have fame, you will have fortune, and you will have the power to introduce morals into a game,' said Molyneux in the explanatory video.

The winner of Curiosity has been identified as Bryan Henderson from Edinburgh. He was contacted by 22 Cans upon opening the box and given the option of keeping the prize a secret or sharing it with the world.

'This idea of allowing one human being to be the god of an entire game genre came to us many years ago,' said Molyneux. 'Only now, when we're all connected we have the power to do it. I hope the world agrees with me that it's a worthy prize.'

Curiosity: What's inside the cube? launched on November 6 and initially included approximately 69 billion cublets for players to chip away. At launch, the experiment was highly unstable and suffered from serious server issues, possibly due to the fact that Apple released it on the App Store a day ahead of 22 Cans' original schedule.

22 Cans' next game, Godus, completed a round of Kickstarter funding in December. It will be a god-game along the lines of Molyneux's seminal 1989 title, Populous.

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Stanley Tweedle 28th May 2013, 09:31 Quote
What an absolute joke. People spend months playing that "game" only to have the prize won by someone who played it an hour before the end.

Not really surprised coming from this guy. Populous was the only good game he created.
Shirty 28th May 2013, 10:42 Quote
I'm pretty sure almost everything Bullfrog released was outstanding, and changed the world of PC gaming for the better. But each to their own, he has lost his way since the mid 90s to be fair to you.
liratheal 28th May 2013, 11:36 Quote
Because giving one person in the world god level status in a game can't end badly at all, can it..
Blackshark 28th May 2013, 11:48 Quote
Stanley - I agree. What a joke. Peter is all about self publishing. So no, I don't agree it is a 'a worthy prize'. Its utter rubbish. The way he talked it up as being a life changing prize at the end. So if Godus sells a few million copies, the winner will have what, his name or image used?

BAH. Glad I never played it, regretting I backed Godus.
Gareth Halfacree 28th May 2013, 12:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by Blackshark
Stanley - I agree. What a joke. Peter is all about self publishing. So no, I don't agree it is a 'a worthy prize'. Its utter rubbish. The way he talked it up as being a life changing prize at the end. So if Godus sells a few million copies, the winner will have what, his name or image used?
Plus a percentage of proceeds from in-game purchases, which - if Godus sells a few million copies - could add up to a tidy sum.
Aracos 28th May 2013, 17:54 Quote
I'm going to be in the minority here and say I think that's a brilliant prize. Well played Molyneux.
Stanley Tweedle 28th May 2013, 20:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by Blackshark
Stanley - I agree. What a joke. Peter is all about self publishing. So no, I don't agree it is a 'a worthy prize'. Its utter rubbish. The way he talked it up as being a life changing prize at the end. So if Godus sells a few million copies, the winner will have what, his name or image used?

BAH. Glad I never played it, regretting I backed Godus.

Yup, being a virtual character in a game that's probably gonna be as unpopulous as his recent games isn't anything wonderful. If the winner gets a percentage from sales of godus then he shouldn't quit his day job.
Bindibadgi 29th May 2013, 02:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Aracos
I'm going to be in the minority here and say I think that's a brilliant prize. Well played Molyneux.

Yea. I feel sorry for the guys who played the long game but he was clear from the start that it'll only be the last person clicking.

Also people seem to forget: Can you imagine EA or anyone else offering a slice of the proceeds?

Even the 'controversy' surrounding the fact it's only for a limited time, what did anyone expect? This kid would be playing into his 40s? It isn't an MMO afaik and so I doubt most people play any game more than a few months. How many indie titles have more than a year life in their sales anyway?

RPS are going off on their high-horse and all the comments fall in line predictably. I'm pretty much seeing more hate directed to Molyneux personally and this is just a proxy for that anger. Yes the video was AWFUL but I doubt he could make anything now without people calling him a tosser. The gaming industry is an unforgiving monster. If you don't satisfy their demands with triple AAA addiction you're demonized.
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