Friday, 9 November 2012

Sound's like it won't be a Dead Cat nor $50,000...

My mysterious housemate Ollie (a.k.a. author of The Enormous Blogodile) made a surprise appearance in the house today. While here, he informed me about Peter Molyneux's massively multiplayer smartphone game / giant psychological experiment, "Curiosity".

After I took a look at the following video, my response was similar to my response towards Zynga games:

- Almost entirely sure I would never play it,
- Entirely certain that I would not pay for extra content in it,
- Quite interested to see the big picture ideas or lessons that come out of the whole thing.

I also posted a link to it on my Facebook Art & Design Page with the following status/comment text:
I don't think I can like this until someone else finishes it and I learn that the ending was really clever without having to put any time or money into clicking or chisels myself. I kind of have my own pixels to manipulate. Or maybe I just have more patience than curiosity in this case.

It just sounds to me like popping bubble wrap except something is supposed to happen when the last bubble is popped and we're supposed to want to know what.
But then! Oh, but then....

But then I found and watched the entire video below.

I found his reaction towards Peter Molyneux's decision to put a $50,000 price tag on the Diamond Chisel absolutely hilarious.

Perhaps I'm just an ignorant douchebag who finds great joy in the angry incredulity (yeah, I didn't realise that was a word until just now either) and frustration of others despite any valid points they might or might not be making.

Perhaps I just find it funny when people get angry about the rules of a game that don't guarantee them a win.

It's a game, not life.
 Either cry to your parent/guardian about how unfair it is 
or design a new game with the rules you think it should have. 

In any case, thanks to the enjoyment I received, I have now mentally elevated the Curiosity experiment from crappy-Zynga-games-level to something better and more valuable to me, like some-pranky-mindfuck-stunt-Derren-Brown-might-pull. I think I'm actually jealous that Molyneux did it before I got to think of it. I do love messing with people sometimes.

I've never seen any of this guy's videos before, but after I watched it I exclaimed out loud, "That guy is fucking mental" and decided to see how I'd find his other videos. I'm going to watch them after I've published this post.

I look forward to more angry nerd videos. Oh! Imagine Curiosity being reviewed on Zero Punctuation.

In the meantime, I need to do some research on Kit Williams and the golden hare. Sounds exactly like a plan inspired by Mark Z. Danielewski's "House of Leaves" and Danny Wallace's "Join Me" that I wanted to carry out a year ago but never really finished.

Follow this blog to see if I ever post a follow up post on the angry guy from AlphaOmegaSin or end up getting lost on a mysterious trail of my own invention.

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