Curiosity’s “life-changing” prize revealed: one teenager will become a virtual god
This weekend, Peter Molyneux of 22Cans announced the winner of the cryptic iOS experiment/game, Curiosity: What's Inside the Cube? The famed designer has promised since the beginning that the answer to the game's subtitle would be something “life-changing” for the winner.
The rules of the game have always been that the person to destroy the last cubelet surrounding the center of Curiosity would be the only person given a reward despite the combined efforts of millions of people hacking away at the game's billions of cubelets for months. The winner is 18 year-old Bryan Henderson of Edinburgh, Scotland. The prize is “the ability to become a digital god,” said Molyneux in the video.
“We are making a game called Godus,” he continued. “The whole game is about being a god to your followers. You, the person who has reached the center, will be the god of all people that are playing Godus. You will intrisically decide on the rules that the game is played by. And, here's the life-changing bit, you will share in the success of the product. Every time people spend money on Godus you will get a small piece of that pie.”
That's right, the life-changing center of Curiosity was an advertisement for another Peter Molyneux game. Or was it a brilliant integration of religious themes into a God-game?
According to Molyneux, Henderson will receive royalties from the game and also be able to make decisions about how the game is played. We don't know about the details yet, but Molyneux has said that this person will be making moral decisions about Godus. It's not yet clear whether Henderson will be the only God of Godus, as Molyneux references “the end of your reign,” seemingly alluding to a line of rulers, or maybe a finite end date to the game itself.
Godus is an upcoming 'God Game' from 22Cans. It raised about $800,000 on Kickstarter in December 2012, and currently has no release date.