549271_largerOver the weekend, a guy named Bryan Henderson tapped the final cube in Curiosity [Free] and got to see the "life"changing" secret hidden within the game's magic puzzle box. He opted to share the secret with the world, revealing to all with access to YouTube that 22 Cans's secret was more practical than philosophical. In return for tapping that cube, Henderson will be given the opportunity to be a digital god in 22 Cans's next banger, Godus. He'll also be receiving some royalties from the sales of it, too.

The prize was revealed via the video we've embedded below, which features Peter Molyneux in a white room making all sorts of promises:

Godus, by the way, is a god game billed as an "innovative reinvention of Populous, the original god game" that'll deliver "exciting global cooperation, competition, creation and destruction to a whole new generation." Henderson will "accrue riches," establish the morals, and be in charge of this world, helping shape or create its rules. Sounds like a job.

[via TUAW]

  • Heavnsix

    I had a similar reaction to this. Might be neat if molyneux could actually deliver.

  • Loading3

    Download curiosity now!

  • Protoman

    Ironic that the winner of the whole thing had just downloaded it that day.

  • danny31004

    What the hell is this? Have no idea what to do o_o seems like its been opened already...

  • Doctorossi

    Wait... you're telling me that a Peter Molyneux product that promised to be mind-blowing and game-changing ended up delivering a damp sack of bupkis?

    HOW CAN IT BE?!

    The king of overpromise and underdeliver strikes yet again. Is anyone still listening?

    • Tranceaholic

      Sounds like talk from a sore loser. It will be life-changing for the winner if Godus is a huge success. Only time will tell if it is, but, as the god, how Ryan Henderson runs the game will play a part in how successful it becomes.

      • MidianGTX

        Naw, he's bang on the money. Molyneux is utterly terrible for that.

      • Doctorossi

        "Sounds like talk from a sore loser."

        You can't lose if you don't play and I chose to stop playing with Molyneux a long time ago.

      • themostunclean

        Sounds like talk from someone who's never listened to/read any of Molyneux's drivel. He oversells everything he's involved in to the point of sounding like a cult leader. He's literally become a parody of himself at this point.

        Go read some of his interviews for the mediocre Fable series to see just how wildly off the mark he is with his claims.

      • http://tarasis.net/ Robert McGovern

        And yet not. According to article on RockPaperShotgun the life changing will only last more than a few months but probably no more than a year, then he will be ousted

  • Karzay

    Translation:

    Bryan, you can take out my trash and decide what direction to take it. You might come across a big bag of money somewhere along the way. If not, maybe you can have a yard sale, and maybe make a few bucks that way? Whatever the case, you're life is now changed forever. You're welcome!

    -Molyneux

    • Tranceaholic

      *your* life is now changed forever.

      See my reply to Doctorossi above.

      • http://twitter.com/try2bcool69 Jay G

        Wow, can't really support your point with any facts, so you resort to grammar-nazi-ism. Nice!

      • Tranceaholic

        I was referring Karzay to my reply to Doctorossi, as THOSE were the facts I supported my point with.

        And yes, I have a nasty habit of being a Grammar-Nazi to posts I don't agree with.

      • Karzay

        If we are going to correct each other, might I suggest you add quotation marks to the quote, capitalize the first letter of a sentence or add [...] indicating that you are using an excerpt from a quote?

        While we are at it, in your response to Doctorossi, the winning individual's name is Bryan, not Ryan. And no, I am not a sore loser for the simple fact I did not participate in this "experiment." I saw it for what it was from the beginning, a scam. I refer you back to the "life changing" video above.

  • Rickard Olsson

    Did he actually say, when the "game" launched, that the content would be life-changing for only ONE person?

    • Tranceaholic

      He said it would be for the winner. There can only be ONE winner, so that implies ONE person. Use common sense.

      • Rickard Olsson

        I didn't listen to him back then, that's why I asked! Common sense, you say?

      • Tranceaholic

        Well, it was repeated on this and other gaming sites, so I figured you might have got the message.

      • Rickard Olsson

        But what he says here doesn't guarantee he used the exact same words earlier. It was just a question.

  • dariusjr98

    "Now when we released it, the first real question was 'What is inside the cube?' And I said, and I'm known for these things, I said there's something amazing inside, something life changing inside."

    He's so full of crap! Like someone else has said, he oversells and underdeliversz

    • Tranceaholic

      We don't know how life changing Godus will be until we know how well it does, and what percentage of profits Bryan will get. He will have to work for it during his reign, though. He retweeted an article that says after a certain period of time, players can attempt to overthrow Bryan and earn the share of subsequent profits. Gives Bryan an incentive to rule fairly (and there are limits on what the god can do), and gives players an incentive to play the game.

  • Kristopher Peterson

    Imagine if Bryan Henderson is already independently wealthy, and decides to reign down grief and fury on the people of Godus and completely tank the game. I doubt he'll have that much control of the game to ruin it for players like that, but that would be pretty funny.

  • FanboyOfNone

    ...and if random gamer Bryan Henderson decides to troll everyone, or doesn't really care but to log in every three days?

    "You now get the favor of me, your god, by slaying all the rabbits you can find."
    "That was a test. All who killed rabbits will be punished arbitrarily. All who didn't kill rabbits will be punished too. Obey thine god."
    "The night cycle is now 24 hours. Whoops. Don't the level 300 trolls come attack at night? Eh, sacrifice three troll ears. On another note, troll ears are only 20 God Cash each, today only! Stock up now!"
    "The locations of dungeons and cities have been reversed. Enjoy your new dungeon home. Don't wake the dragons."

    Another "high art" pretentious video from Peter Molyneux. I still remember the promises you've made for other games. Fable III's social aspects will be awesome? Great! Wait...to gain favor with NPCS, I have to shake their hands, dance, and hug them thirty times. Or I can fart on them to show disdain. Faaaantastic.

    Best thing ol' Pete has done in the past few years is hire John Cleese to be my butler. This game better somehow feature John Cleese.

    • MrAlbum

      That second paragraph you wrote was utterly hilarious in its very successful attempt to show what Bryan COULD do. I approve.

      And, in all honesty, a part of me wants to be in on that kind of a joke. You just don't see gamers being exposed to the impact of the power and domination a gamer exerts on a game's world. Seriously, in most every game ever made, the gamer sometimes has life-or-death control over the characters within that game, and now via the Godus-enabling God Bryan, we players will get to feel what it must be like to be on the receiving end of someone with that capacity.

      Can't wait for the player revolts and the mass hysteria! Bryan, you better tread lightly with your godly powers!

  • NotMobage

    Not mentioned in this article is that Godus will be published by Mobage, purveyor of all things mediocre, greedy, and devoid of any actual fun.

    "Mobage: We put the 'bage' in garbage."

  • Adams Immersive

    Molyneux has delivered more failed gaming promises than I have! (No surprise: I've never released a game title at all.)

    I don't hold that against him, since he made Populous. I'd love to have Populous on iPad.