QWOP Gets Awkward Multiplayer Mode

QWOP Gets Awkward Multiplayer Mode

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After four years of floundering in the dirt by your lonesome, competitive QWOPing is now a thing.

There was once a time when your small nation could only afford to send Qwop (the product of an under-funded training program) as its sole representative to the Olympic Games. But things have changed since that brave red-jerseyed warrior ran his first 100-meter dash in 2008, and the Motherland is apparently tired of never taking home the Gold through his questionable efforts. To accomplish this difficult feat, it's seemingly raised the athletics budget, and added two additional contestants to the Games, identical twins Qwer and Uiop. That's right, folks. QWOP, the infamously awkward four-button running game by Bennett Foddy just got awkwarder with the addition of a "two player, one keyboard" local competitive multiplayer mode.

Choosing the new mode immediately places the game in vertical splitscreen, automatically assigning one runner's thighs and calves to the Q,W,E, and R keys, while the other makes do with the U, I, O, and P. While the game does support multiple keyboard input, the idea of making things easier on you and your masochistic pal seems somehow completely inappropriate. As for how the detailed narrative cannon of QWOP ever hopes to accommodate the fact that two representatives from the same nation are in direct competition at the Olympics? No idea. I'm sure we'll see the numerous QWOP fan fiction sites in an uproar soon.

After clicking to begin, the game plays similarly to what players are used to, save the different keys and the addition of a small timer in the upper-right corner of the screen. The countdown begins once either player gathers the courage to take his or her first step that he or she can only hope will somehow eventually lead to something at least sort of close to a natural human gait. If (read: when) players either collapse into the dirt like a pile of loosely-hinged Lincoln Logs, or manage to actually make negative progress by hobbling backward from the starting line like a blindfolded goose with a regrettable leg condition, they will be magically brought back to the beginning to try again as many times as their ego allows until the clock reaches zero. Then, it's game over, and in what will surely be a massive relief for both their fingers and their soul, players are told who was able to get farthest in the time allotted, a winner is decided, and everyone can finally stop embarrassing themselves for a bit.

The impetuous for the game mode (added some four years after the original) was Austin's Juegos Rancheros, which hosted the "Foddy Winter Olympics." The event's activites included the now publically available two-player QWOP, Poleriders, Winner vs. Loser, and a strange Twister-esque rendition of GIRP called Mega GIRP that used four dance pads for the controls.

This new multiplayer QWOP mode is available to play for free (if you don't consider the possibility of losing the friend you play with to be a cost) on Foddy's website, which can be found here.

Joystiq

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You know what this means, don't you. This is going to be a main event at Desert Bus this year.

unacomn:
You know what this means, don't you. This is going to be a main event at Desert Bus this year.

Give this man a cookie. He deserves it.

Also, LRR, prepare...

No, we all know what this means.

Some insane bastard is going to do this in under fifteen seconds, by himself, controlling both of them in perfect synch.

I think there's more chance of Qwer and Uiop slash fiction occurring.

You're thinking about it now, aren't you?

Best.

Screenshot.

Ever.

QWOP suffers "Dwarf Fortress Syndrome", where it's over-the-top linear-minded realism makes for absolutely hilarious moments.

The_root_of_all_evil:
I think there's more chance of Qwer and Uiop slash fiction occurring.

You're thinking about it now, aren't you?

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh my mental eyyyyyyyyyyyyes

The_root_of_all_evil:
I think there's more chance of Qwer and Uiop slash fiction occurring.

You're thinking about it now, aren't you?

Excuse me while i go get a replacement brain, my medula just ejected itself out of my skull and through a window.

Mike Kayatta:
Then, it's game over, and in what will surely be a massive relief for both their fingers and their soul, players are told who was able to get father in the time allotted, a winner is decided, and everyone can finally stop embarrassing themselves for a bit.

Further, surely?

You know, I've never actually played this game. I've seen the hilarious videos though, and that's good enough. Seems it's gone all social now. Feh.

1 minute of this game shitbox was enough for me to permanently retire from it. Horrible program (not a game)...

I tried it, and I think it's hilarious.

Reminds me of this:

The_root_of_all_evil:
I think there's more chance of Qwer and Uiop slash fiction occurring.

You're thinking about it now, aren't you?

Most hilariously uncoordinated slash ever. Talk about flailing about...Haha oh man, it'd be so awful. Terribad.

Totally gonna try out the new version with a friend. We need something to laugh at and this looks like it will fit the bill nicely.

lacktheknack:
Best.

Screenshot.

Ever.

QWOP suffers "Dwarf Fortress Syndrome", where it's over-the-top linear-minded realism makes for absolutely hilarious moments.

The_root_of_all_evil:
I think there's more chance of Qwer and Uiop slash fiction occurring.

You're thinking about it now, aren't you?

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh my mental eyyyyyyyyyyyyes

Thanks. It was somewhat difficult to nab since the game starts you over again so quickly after falling. I'm glad someone appreciates the 10 minutes of my life I wasted this morning. :)

Now we wait in dying anticipation for QWOP 3: Online Multiplayer, available on PC, XBL, and PSN.

I'd never heard of QWOP before, but it reminded me of the game 50K Racewalker, by the guys who created Homestar Runner. Except that game is actually playable. Just boring and annoying.

HOW?!

Has there ever been at least one person who has played this the way whoever invented this intended it to be played?! I cannot imagine two people sitting down and playing this together when there are tons of other online games for free that are far much fun and understandable. Like, I don't know, checkers?!

I seriously hate this game. It's...it's not even a game! *Flips a table and walks out*

Too bad they didn't have this before. Some competition would've made this much funnier

what

(I know that violates the low-content rule but seriously, there is nothing to say)

sorry for reviving such old thread, i would like to challenge anyone on who still plays qwop on the 2 player version of the game.

EDIT: For god's sake, I didn't even see the date on this thing!

Ok, I'm trying to go fast enough to see if the music that starts playing is Chariots of Fire... :( Anyone else having better luck?

FalloutJack:
EDIT: For god's sake, I didn't even see the date on this thing!

John Mensah:
sorry for reviving such old thread, i would like to challenge anyone on who still plays qwop on the 2 player version of the game.

Bwah-ha-ha-ha! I just noticed that. I posted a while back that they should just lock news threads after a certain date so they wouldn't pop up on the main page. I have a habit of just opening all of the top news articles when I haven't been to the site for a while, and I had never seen this one before. I just wasted about 30 minutes of my life trying to make the guy run to see if the music builds to anything.

 

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