Peter Molyneux Explains His Crazy Curiosity Cube

| 11 Jul 2012 17:07

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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it'll offer "the winner" a job with peter & his co.

and ofc you'll fit right in because you'll be a *insert derogatory term* right up until you get nudged out the door once the spotlight is off you and they can't think of anything for you to do that befits your obvious talent as a gamer in defeating said cube...

that's how it'll be "life changing".

anyone wanna take that bet ? (joke)


This sounds like something out of austin powers or death note...

I can imagine him doing the pinkie to lip thing as I type this...

I fully expect that the man with the chisel that destroys thousands of blocks will win.

Maybe if we ignore him and his pretentious one-man circle jerks he'll go off and be a failure at something else. Just seeing his name every damn day here I feel is a waste of precious brain space.

This thing again?
And pretty much the same story as last time.
Molyneux didn't deserve any attention for this that time either! :@

There is a minimum amount of time, actually. It's clock cycles on whatever server is the backend for the cube. I think that the possibility of multiple people actually ending up tapping the last bit at the same clock cycle (Processor speeds measure in Ghz, so 1000ths of a second) is actually a small concern. but who knows. Maybe it will happen, and we will come up with some new tech or methods to deal with problems like this.

It is going to be as depressingly under whelming as Fable.

The bloke peaked between Powermonger and Dungeon Keeper, a good seven year run, quality games...

Then he went all "promises that sort of delivered by not really": Black and White...

Then he sold out to Microsoft and we had the chatting to a kid Milo shambles that was an attempt to pretend the Kinnect was something other than an excuse to milk console owners silly enough to buy it rather than developing a new system.

Here he is over promising:

Yeah, he likes to promise stuff does Peter. A shame, cos he was brillant.

Sounds like silly a waste of time and money to me.

Even if you get given all the money everyone paid at the end there is so small a chance you will be the one to do it it isn't even worth thinking about.

What if everyone wants to be the last person and so to save money, little to no one actually chips away at it?

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.

That's not a bad idea. A cash lottery (as others have speculated) is going to be illegal in most of the developed world. I like it.

This comes to mind every time I hear about this.

And I honestly want it to be nothing but a note saying "You just spent time and money taking apart a box. I hope you've learned something."

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.

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

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

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.

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


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 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. ;-)

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

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?

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