Peter Molyneux Explains His Crazy Curiosity Cube

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Peter Molyneux Explains His Crazy Curiosity Cube

If you build a 50,000 piece of DLC, they will come. Maybe.

Nobody can say that former Lionhead boss Peter Molyneux doesn't have his share of unique ideas. In June, we learned about Curiosity, the first of the 22 "experiments" he intends to create with his new indie studio 22Cans. At Rezzed, Molyneux offered more insight into the cube-tapping experiment.

"[The 22 Experiments are] kind of psychological experiments as well as being technological experiments," says Molyneux. Curiosity will feature a black cube in a white room, and tapping on the cube will slowly chip away at the exterior, little block by little block. However, there are over 60 million blocks in the cube, says Molyneux, so the progress depends on how many people are working away at it together.

Players will be able to buy chisels to expedite the process, from the lowly iron chisel for $0.90 (10 blocks per tap), to the $5 steel chisel (100 blocks per tap), and finally the infamous diamond chisel - of which there is only one - which will eliminate "thousands of blocks" per tap at the cost of $77,800.

In essence, Molyneux's experiment is testing whether or not pure curiosity alone, or the sense of being part of a larger whole working towards something, will be enough to make players tackle the monstrous task of chipping away at a 60-million-block cube.

The trick, of course, is that only the person who taps the very last block away will be able to see what lies inside. Molyneux is keeping the cube's contents secret, but he swears it will be "life-changing."

"If you want, you can score me on how life-changing it is," he says. "Give me a score, and I guarantee you that out of 100, that score will be, if not 100, it will be 99."

Nobody can say that Peter Molyneux doesn't dream big, then.

Source: VG247

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Removing the last cube starts a computer program that tracks your IP, figures out your address, and dispatches a hitman to kill you. 100% life-changing.

The problem i can see with this is that when the cube is almost finished tonnes of people will start chipping away and then hundreds of people will end up clicking the last block away at the exact same microsecond (or whatever the minimum time is that it is calculated in). Who wins then?

I wouldn't be surprised if there's a million dollars in the cube. I can't think of anything else that could actually be all that life changing.

EDIT: And I'm seriously considering doing my part in helping expedite the unraveling of this mystery. Not buying the diamond chisel, but I might pick up the steel one.

Calling it now

Seriously, the life changing message will be, why waste your time (and possibly money) on such vague curiosity.

Maybe he's just saying there's something so that people will participate

Given that Peter Molyneux doesn't exaclty strike me as the kind of guru who would sit on a mountain top and imparts life changing wisdom and philsophy, I can't see there being much in that cube that would matter.

The only possibility I can think of is that the "game" itself seems rather cheap to create, so it's always possible that it operates kind of like a progressive jackpot or something, with a percentage of the number of chisels sold going into the jackpot which is won by the person who breaks the last cube. Let's say he sells $500,000 worth of chisels (which would erode that cube quickly) and say $250,000 is in the jackpot, that's arguably life changing (and anyone who won it would agree), and I'd imagine the 250k he made would more than cover the development of something like this.

Incidently that kind of experiment could lead to an entirely new kind of gaming, with people running progressive games of this sort regularly as a quick way of making money, assuming of course gambling laws don't shut it down. If Peter was to say sell the "cube" game to online casinos for a profit, and they continually ran this for like say 250k a pop on average profit, well that could be a huge windfall for 22 cans, especially if they wind up with a monopoly on the style of game/technology behind it.

That's MY guess at any rate, time will tell if we ever find out.

I'd much rather see him pick up Molydeaux's survival horror bowling idea. :)

Bricky:
The problem i can see with this is that when the cube is almost finished tonnes of people will start chipping away and then hundreds of people will end up clicking the last block away at the exact same microsecond (or whatever the minimum time is that it is calculated in). Who wins then?

Well, if he's got his file locking down correctly, then whoever's at the front of the queue wins.

It's an interesting experiment in my opinion. I doubt whatever will be in the center will be all that life-changing, but I am curious to know what it is as well. I suppose we'll just have to wait and see though.

darthzew:
I wouldn't be surprised if there's a million dollars in the cube. I can't think of anything else that could actually be all that life changing.

The thing about that though is that the person who gets the big chisel has a fairly high chance of getting it compared to anyone else. If they have that kind of money to spend on this, then a million isn't really all that life-changing I think.

Could be anything could be nothing... how simple can the Skinner box get? Let's find out! Talk about leveraging a name to drive nonsense into the public forum.

And once again Peter Molyneux overhypes his own work, thus ensuring that people will be disappointed with the finished product.

I kinda thought there would be some kind of cash prize. A video game lottery?
Would it be something that simple and predictable? Maybe they haven't figured it out yet and they'll just put it in when the cube's closer to being finished.
Maybe it makes you Emperor of the World, and you get to fly in a private jet to be coronated at Space Mountain.

captcha(or whatever you want to call it now): spitting feathers
thank you internet!

Bobic:
Calling it now

Seriously, the life changing message will be, why waste your time (and possibly money) on such vague curiosity.

Hilarious.
I just also thought: what about a video that just reminds you that you're the only person in the world who gets to see it? And you are the Most Special Person who played the game!

Inside will be a voucher for a free t-shirt. Printed on it will be the words:

"I cracked open the Curiosity Cube and all I got was this AWESOME T-SHIRT"

This scheme makes Molyneux sound like a maniacal villainous scientist. It's creepy.

I would check this cube out but I'm already playing Minecraft.

This guy is the best. I don't even care if he hasn't made a good game in a decade. Shine on you crazy diamond.

BTW, I bet the money is going to go to some charity, and the thing in the cube will detail how you've positively impacted lives with your overpriced chisel. At least that's what I'd do.

Kahunaburger:

BTW, I bet the money is going to go to some charity, and the thing in the cube will detail how you've positively impacted lives with your overpriced chisel. At least that's what I'd do.

Unless, of course, the person who got that last click also hadn't paid for any fancy stupid picks. The video then would just be a big waste of time and you'd close it in an instant.

inb4 there is a kickstarter to buy the diamond chisel.

It won't be anything, and I'll laugh at all the dumbasses who actually spent shitloads of money on picks. The project will reveal nothing new. We all know humans are curious. We all know the lengths that a human will go to in order to alleviate that curiosity. The cube will serve as a reminder for how much money and time you wasted on absolutely nothing and anyone dumb enough to spend even a dime on this deserves it.

Do excuse me, I'm not in a pleasant mood and this obvious money making scandal does not help.

...Half-Life 3 is inside that thing, isn't it?

You see ... this is how it starts ...
Next thing you know we're going to hear that Molyneux has created 8 Robot Masters and is trying to take over the world ...

I can't help but think that depending on how much press this things gets his estimates for 'a couple of weeks' might be painfully off the mark. What if every WoW subscriber popped in to click the block six times?

60 Million seems like it would be easily achieved by any large number of people. Sixty clicks from a million people? Six hundred from a hundred thousand? I'm not convinced it would be in anyone's interest to buy a chisel out of 'curiosity' so much as 'competitiveness'.

Kahunaburger:
This guy is the best. I don't even care if he hasn't made a good game in a decade. Shine on you crazy diamond.

True that. He keeps the video game industry newsreel entertaining at any rate.

I'd tap that.

I mean the cube. I want to tap it right now. When will we be able to tap it? I am so curious!

This is an incredibly lazy attempt at...I'm not even sure what, artiness maybe? What will he do for the second experiment? Just a counter that increases every second you have the app running and the more of his games you've purchased the faster it goes up?

Why does he still get this publicity? He hasn't had a good idea since the nineties.

Personally I find this to be a rather interesting idea. It may be completely worthless, but it'll be interesting to watch. I'm most curious what will happen when either the person who opens the cube somehow deletes the result, or when somebody manages to find and spoil it early.

Falterfire:
Personally I find this to be a rather interesting idea. It may be completely worthless, but it'll be interesting to watch. I'm most curious what will happen when either the person who opens the cube somehow deletes the result, or when somebody manages to find and spoil it early.

That's a good point. Surely at least a few people will just hack the program defeating the point... Or maybe that is the point?

First time I read about this: LOL so stupiiiidddd
2nd time: What this again?
3rd time: >_>
4th time: OK, seriously. What's in it..

darthzew:
I wouldn't be surprised if there's a million dollars in the cube. I can't think of anything else that could actually be all that life changing.

Or, knowing the size of Molyneux's ego, the "life changing moment" could be to meet him. LOL. ;-)

Irridium:
...Half-Life 3 is inside that thing, isn't it?

Ninja'd.

At any rate in this day and age of the internet whoever wins the damn thing will just share it with the rest of the world and within 48 hours anyone who cares enough to click on that link will know.

I think the people that make and use bots for these repetitive things will be plenty curious. Honestly though, I'm not curious at all, because Molyneux is dead to me.

It's gonna be some Willy Wonka shit, just watch. Whoever breaks the last cube inherits Moleynuex's insane video game factory.

I won't be taking part here, more than likely, but even so I'm intrigued, and have been since it was first announced. But I'd most of all love to see these 22 Experiments linked together in some way. Every experiment is a seperate key to some overriding puzzle or challenge or a larger experiment, that only becomes clear at the conclusion of the 22nd experiment. Maybe have them all unified by a common theme, or have seemingly unrelated puzzles linked in some way that it takes a lot of thought and analysis to guess. Basically creating a massive web that ties every aspect of the Experiments together, leading to an even more life-changing conclusion at the very end... :D

RJ Dalton:
And once again Peter Molyneux overhypes his own work, thus ensuring that people will be disappointed with the finished product.

I think he's required by law to be as disappointing as he is aggrandizing.

On the other hand, he is having a lot of fun and I really can't blame him for that.

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