Curiosity prize and winner revealed

Winner of 22Cans experimental game revealed to be 18-year-old Bryan Henderson; reward includes ability to become digital God in upcoming 22Cans game.

Curiosity has finally been cracked. The final piece was chipped away by 18-year-old Bryan Henderson, game designer Peter Molyneux announced via Twitter.

Peter Molyneux founded 22Cans in 2012.

The game is the first of a series of social gaming experiments from Peter Molyneux. Henderson, who hails from Edinburgh, Scotland, had signed up to Curiosity an hour before it ended.

After tapping the final piece away, Henderson was sent a pre-recorded video that described his prize for uncovering the secret contents of Curiosity: the ability to be a digital god in upcoming 22Cans game Godus, and an undisclosed portion of the money users spend on the game. Creator Peter Molyneux previously described the cube's contents as "life changing".

In an interview with Polygon, Henderson discussed the decision to make the news surrounding his prize public: "I didn't even think about keeping it for a secret. I guess I just didn't want everyone to be disappointed."

Players have been chiselling away at the surface of the virtual cube in Curiosity since its launch on iOS and Android in November last year. As the game neared completion, Molyneux teased its involvement with Microsoft's next Xbox console.

In an in-depth interview with GameSpot, he reflected that the success Curiosity had garnered was "completely unexpected".

"I never thought in a million years that it would be downloaded 5 million times," said Molyneux. "Political debates have raged on the surface of the cube, with people drawing the twin towers and other people drawing planes crashing into the twin towers, and other people writing 'God Save America'. All of that stuff is completely unexpected. This was supposed to be an experiment that maybe would interest a handful of thousands of people, not millions of people."

It was not specified what Bryan Henderson would be able to control as a deity in Godus, although the pre-recorded video stated that he will "have the power to introduce morals into a game".

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Zorine “harli” Te is a long time Australian competitive gamer and also an Associate Editor at GameSpot.

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92 comments
JBo796
JBo796

what was in the box!?

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

Much like Molyneux's recent gaming endeavors the prize is underwhelming.

Reuwsaat
Reuwsaat

Hope that guy is a mater troll

daabulls23
daabulls23

"...and an undisclosed portion of the money users spend on the game." That just doesn't sound right, lol. Just say he won a monetary prize, and don't make it sound like a lottery.

Hilux-
Hilux-

what is up with the thumb nail for this article? is this the 3rd one lol.



JumpyLuweegee
JumpyLuweegee

I hate that picture of Molyneux on the front page.

Crazyguy105
Crazyguy105

I have to say, I enjoy reading about Peter Molyneux's weird antics. I hope he continues his "social experiments" for a little while longer.

MetalDogGear
MetalDogGear

This is equivalent to people who buy 50 lotto tickets, losing to the guy who purchased only 1

blackace
blackace

Cool. So will Godus be consoles exclusive on the XBox One?

hadlee73
hadlee73

And here I was hoping the prize the winner would get was a life :P

Gen007
Gen007

sad that it turned out to just be a giant ad campaign really. I don't know if its life changing but the winner getting a cut of the money does sound nice i guess.

Iamshmee
Iamshmee

I wonder what it means he will be a god in the game. If it meant he was able to control environments and kill people off, then if I were in his place I would make the game fun for nobody. Molyneux sucks and needs to get out of the game business.

TemplarGamespot
TemplarGamespot

I wonder if the guy also has to pay for the studio dept when the game tanks horribly.

barronator
barronator

Life changing my &#$ the next time Molyneux follows through on his promises will be the first time

00LiteYear
00LiteYear

Is it unusual that average gamers like me don't know what Curiosity is?

feathers632
feathers632

Populous.  His one good game.  Back in the days of the Amiga 500.  I'd be really annoyed if I'd signed up for that cube bollocks.  I mean it says it all right?  "Henderson, who hails from Edinburgh, Scotland, had signed up to Curiosity an hour before it ended." >>  So all those people who wasted months on it only to see the prize go to someone who signed up in the last hour.  I mean here's an idea... How about prize going to person who put the most effort in?  I know... that's just plain ridiculous.

Freedomination
Freedomination

Whats with all the hate for Peter Molyneux these days? So what if he makes games sound greater than they turn out to be? I still havent played one of his games that i didnt like. (The closest probably being the last fable which still had its moments)

And... Bullfrog!

kisado87
kisado87

Peter, Peter, Peter.... Here's to over-hyped, mediocre games with one person as a "god."

TrueGB
TrueGB

Millions? Really? Gee, I had no "curiousity" in this whatsoever.

Acardorin
Acardorin

So the winner was a young white male, with an interest in video games, from the UK. How convenient...

Elann2008
Elann2008

Peter Molyneux, still trolling in 2013.

lilrobda1
lilrobda1

Bryan Henderson be like.....


Lets Play a game.

bluefire1360
bluefire1360

Shouldn't the person who destroyed most of the cube win the prize? 

TwilightPhoenix
TwilightPhoenix

A guy signs up a hour before a game ends and wins it all?  Troll level:  Epic.

obsequies
obsequies

so it was a big advertisement? great for the guy who won, and not quite sure if peter is a nice guy for it but...yeah I'm not sure. Just ditch MS and you'll redeem yourself

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

Y U NO PUT ON WINDOWS PHONE! ...Its has to do with the new XBOX right?  then why not you fool! Oh well its over now... not like anyone will buy that dumb console anyways.

maitkarro
maitkarro

Wow he sure is lucky, everyone else's portion of money and time was his only in one hour.

NightlyOne
NightlyOne

And here I thought Molyneux was going for total trollyneux.

eliram1
eliram1

all hail brian the new god. 
it was more then I was expecting from molyeux, god for him (pun intended). 

koospetoors
koospetoors

I bet the five other people who were playing this were quite happy.

valium88
valium88

Wow Molyneux is getting old, bald and full of dots. Guess he can't hype age.

DarkReign2552
DarkReign2552

Never even heard of this cube or Godus and I pretty much live and breathe gaming news. Something tells me he's pretty much going to be the god of an empty world.

maitkarro
maitkarro

@Iamshmee He will just give ideas what should be the rules of the game for other Gods of the game.

Needles-Kane
Needles-Kane

@Acardorin 

Yeah, he probably achieved it by oppressing a minority too right?  Better call in the hippy, rainbow diversity, affirmative action team STAT.

Zloth2
Zloth2

@TwilightPhoenix Gotta love it - especially when watching Peter's video going on about his mighty effort.

WantYouBad
WantYouBad

@Tzardok @Lord_Python1049The right to be a god. You? Arrogant even until the end. Only one truly capable of *being* a god, deserves that right. The right... With Uroboros, I have that right.