Why would anyone pay to rebuild Curiosity’s cube?

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Peter Molyneux’s first game since his departure from Microsoft is that ridiculous screen-tapping waste of time and energy, “Curiosity: what’s in the cube?.” since November last year, incredibly bored people have spent hours tapping away, removing layers from the cube, in the hope of being the person to tap way the very last cubelet – and win something that would “change your life forever.” And now, people can pay real life money to help restore the cube. What?

According to Eurogamer, the “game” now allows people to pay money to restore the cube by paying money to undo others’ efforts.

For just £0.69, you could be a giant dick and add 10,000 cublets, or be a digger one by paying £4.99 to add 100,000 – or take the crown as the king of dicks by adding half a million cubelets for £7.49.

Players can also pay the same amounts to remove the same numbers of cubelets  – which Molyneux hopes will become a "war of attrition".

"We don’t know quite what will happen," 22 Cans says within the app. "Curiosity may very well rapidly degrade to reveal its innermost secret or maybe the effects of automatically removing cubelets will be neutralised by players keen to keep Curiosity going."

Interestingly, people are already paying real money to add cubelets. According to Eurogamer, people have thus far paid to remove 13,780,000 cublets  – while others have paid to actually add 4,680,000 of them. Why?

A built-in, paid for trolling option? As a game, Curiosity falls flat, but as its intended purpose as a social experiment, it’s certainly proving interesting. and it’s also proving that people are idiots.

Last Updated: April 22, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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