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Curiosity: Molyneux asks for donations to battle server issues, PC version in doubt

Monday, 12 November 2012 08:56 GMT By Dave Cook

Curiosity: What’s Inside the Cube? has been hammered with server issues since it launched, and now 22 Cans head Peter Molyneux has asked for donations to help the team battle the problems. The developer has issued a statement on the matter. Meanwhile the touted PC version has been cast into doubt. Get the details below.

Eurogamer reports that the 22 Cans website has been updated with a PayPal donation button and the following statement:

“We are a small independent developer and due to popular demand we now offer the option for kind people to donate, so that we can make Curiosity the best possible experience it can be. However big or small the donation; it will really help us make Curiosity better.”

Said server issues caused many issues for gamers, such as the images beneath layers disappearing, fatal crashes, lag and worst of all, participants losing a significant wedge of their hard-earned coins.

On the issue of a PC build of Curiosity, Molyneux spoke with Rock, Paper, Shotgun to discuss how the current workload and server issues are causing the six-strong team to focus its efforts on existing builds at this time.

He explained, “We would love to do a PC version, but we are currently snowed under by the number of people using the Curiosity experiment (coming up to one million ) in a few days. This is pushing our servers to the limit. We are currently all surviving on less than three hours sleep a night. I guess if we could find a publisher who could take on the work of a PC version we could consider it.”

Would you like to see Curiosity on PC? What do you make of 22 Cans’ asking for donations? Let us know below.

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26 Comments

  1. soqquatto

    I kindly suggest to have him fucked sideways. donations to support this, a one-trick pony of an useless project? server issues or not, the lack of redeeming qualities of Curiosity is self evident after two minutes of tapping cubes. if you have spare money to throw around there’s the kickstarter for Elite, a real game from a real game maker.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. ZeGerman1942

    How exactly are donations going to make the issues dissapear? If they need more server space they should have seen that coming and planned for it, before starting an “experiment”.

    @ #1: i would not call David Braben a real game maker in a sense that is better than PM. What’s he (or Frontier) released lately that’s been better than PM’s stuff? Apart from cancelling one project, laying off a lot of staff and not having finished Elite IV after more than 12 years of working on it he has done a few Kinect and iOS titles. Not really encouraging either.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Deacon

    Aaah isn’t it great having nearly a million people working away on one server at the same time? You know Peter, you could’ve just sat down with Blizzard if you wanted to research server loads, or a psychologist if you wanted to glean info on the human psyche.
    Have tried countless times to have a go on Android but I haven’t been able to log on even once.

    #1 has it pretty spot on :)

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Dave Cook

    @2 Yep, my thoughts exactly. Not sure where the money will go. I’d be all up for finding out though.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Stardog

    How about sticking an ad at the bottom, Peter?

    Admob
    Playhaven
    AdColony
    Chartboost

    #5 2 years ago
  6. mistermogul

    He needs more server space yet dreamt of having 100 million players online at once?!

    You might think he would be intelligent enough to think he would need big servers for that.

    Molyneux is full of shit.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. soqquatto

    #2: lostwind for one. it’s not a masterpiece but it’s miles better than fable (and I liked the wallace and gromit title as well). the point here is that Curiosity is a shitty “experiment” from a person with a large imagination but an even larger mouth.

    anyway, it’s just an example. I don’t like being an unrewarded angel investor and I find kickstarters completely pointless. 5 pounds for a game that i don’t know if it will really be released? there’s no obligation for a project to be finished once it’s funded. 5k for a dinner with the devs? what about some money back since I helped your business, like, I helped you doing money? I’m not plunking money down elite. I’m just saying that paying for that is a better waste of money than paying for Curiosity.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. viralshag

    Don’t throw good money after bad people. He sets up an “experiment” and then realises he can’t actually afford to do it. When the supposed problem is server issues – which I find unbelievable as that having one concurrent server for everyone across two platforms, would most likely be the biggest issue and the one thing that he should have nailed down.

    Unless that’s what this was all about. Creating some game which will be playable across multiple platforms and machines. “Connecting people”. Wow.

    This is going from pointless into a complete joke. Nearly one million downloads, Peter, not one million users. Since day two whenever I have checked it’s never had more than 6k current users.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. G1GAHURTZ

    @6:

    +1

    #9 2 years ago
  10. ZeGerman1942

    @ #7: fair enough mate. I just personally think that Braben is just as full of shit as Molyneux. A lot of the “good old” UK dev people are. Many of them still think they are in the 90s and think they can ride a wave of investment based on titles they did 20 years ago.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. RandomTiger

    Ads would be logical way to go with this.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. ZeGerman1942

    @ #11: Yep – or it would have worked to charge a little for the app in the first place. If millions really are curious, they would have paid 50p for example.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Ireland Michael

    The mountain out of molehills responses to this thread are hilarious.

    They put up a donate button.

    Thats it.

    They’re not demanding or begging people to pay.

    Stating that Molyneux “asked” for donation is a severe distortion of the truth, and it’s a typical case of creating a sensationalist headline just for the sake of stirring up a more dramatic reaction. “22 Cand adds donate button to website” doesn’t have quite the same right to it after all, does it?

    #13 2 years ago
  14. soqquatto

    “We are a small independent developer and due to popular demand we now offer the option for kind people to donate, so that we can make Curiosity the best possible experience it can be. However big or small the donation; it will really help us make Curiosity better.”

    it’s not going to be better if people will be able to see that there’s nothing to it by being able to, for a lack of better words, “play” it. on the other hand, it could be better in a “emperor’s new clothes” way. in either case, it’s going to be a waste of money.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Jimaroid

    Consumers: “We want something different”

    Developers: “Here’s something different”

    Consumers: “I don’t want to pay for it”

    Developers: “Here’s this thing for free”

    Consumers: “It’s too popular, it doesn’t work!!”

    Developers: “It’s really expensive, we haven’t slept for a week, we need help!”

    Consumers: “You’re ripping us off! You suck!”

    And people wonder why the cycle of generic publisher shovelware continues…

    #15 2 years ago
  16. SplatteredHouse

    @15: “Consumers: “I don’t want to pay for it”

    Replace that part with “but there’s a hundred and one other things I could buy instead” (time/money/value is the method of payment) and you might not have such a cynical conclusion.

    “Developers: “It’s really expensive, we haven’t slept for a week, we need help!”

    Completely overlooks the point that nobody asked Molyneux for this experiment. However, people may be willing to participate once the opportunity is provided on agreeable terms.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Deacon

    I’m pretty sure no-one anywhere EVER asked for some mundane cube-tapping ‘app’, and I’m pretty sure it’s existence will not revolutionize the way we play games today, or any time in the near future.

    I’m all for unique games. This is neither of those things.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Jimaroid

    @16 If people didn’t ask for it, or didn’t want it, then why do they feel compelled to moan about it when it doesn’t do what they didn’t ask for? Molyneux is trying something different, which is what people have been demanding of him for years, but because he’s made something they don’t like they say he’s done bad, evil and wrong? Don’t you think that’s ridiculous?

    @17 Mundane to you, of interest to a million other people. I’ll take the million people, thanks.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Old MacDonald

    Donations!?! Wow. Just wow.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Deacon

    A million people download something that is free. Shocker. Grats Pete – you are clearly the saviour of the videogame industry.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. ZeGerman1942

    @15: The thing is: PM and 22 cans chose to go free. free should not mean crap service and then a turn around with a donation scheme.

    They chose to do an experiment, expected and hoped for millons of users, and when they got a million or so people clicking away they ran into trouble.

    Any consumer, once invested (either by cash or time) into a product, has the right to use that product without due intereferance, without having to pay additional money.

    It was their choice to go free. With Molyneux’s name, he could have easily done a priced iOS product and many would have bought it (god knows he has fanboys enough that will buy anything he creates).

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Ireland Michael

    @21 Crap service?

    They were overwhelmed by the server load, and they’re clearly working as hard as they can to fix it.

    This sort of thing happens all the time, and there isn’t some magic “fix it” button to stop it from happening. Even the richest developers with the most modern severs (see: Blizzard) run into these sorts of problems.

    It amazes me daily the amount of blind HATE and vitriol the Internet is often willing to spill towards stuff. It’s genuinely saddening.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. absolutezero

    Ok this is really important I need to know if someone has taken the time to tap out a massive cock and balls onto the side of the cube.

    Thats about the only experimentation im interested in right now.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Deacon

    Hey Michael – what point do you see to all of this? And has it made you curious enough to sit there tapping away for hours?

    @23 – done, done, and done.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Ireland Michael

    @23 I haven’t seen any giant penises, but I did watch someone play a game of tic tac toe on there at one point.

    @24 I don’t need to sit there for hours doing it. I boot it up casually if I’m on the bus or train or whatever to check out the progress, maybe break a few blocks to help it along, then put it away. Nothing says you have to sit there for hours with it. Why would you?

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Deacon

    Exactly. Why would you. What’s the point, other than for a pretty average distraction from boredom. What the hell is Molyneux trying to prove? We’re all curious creatures, so naturally most gamers would want to know what’s at the centre. Which we will all no doubt find out once this is all over. And be amazed. Cue the next hairbrain Molyneux scheme and another barrage of articles explaining absolutely nothing.

    #26 2 years ago

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    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]

  • Lapsed Final Fantasy 14 players tempted back with 10 day freebie

    Square is offering lapsed FF 14: A Realm Reborn players a chance to come back to the game for 10 days worth of free adventuring. Provided you’ve already bought and registered an account you’ll be able to play free of charge from Feb 27 to March 9. Square wants you to sample the new content […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Sledgehammer looking at “opportunities” to recreate classic Call of Duty maps

    Sledgehammer Games has told VG247 it’s looking at opportunities to recreate classic Call of Duty maps in Advanced Warfare. According to co-founder Michael Condrey, players of the latest Havoc DLC are asking how Exo abilities and verticality can be added to classic franchise maps. “We’re taking a look at some opportunities to really highlight the […]

  • GTA Online reader playlist week 7: and the winner is…

    Stuff was shot. But only one player emerged victorious. GTA Online player e031271 won last night’s VG247 reader playlist, beating myself, Matt and regulars solidorwot and Revolting. Congratulations, Mr e031271. A deserved victory. We play a GTA Online playlist in an open session every Wednesday on PS4, because it’s both funny and fun. Anyone’s welcome […]

  • Leaked screens reveal The Reef as Destiny’s new “social space”

    A handful of leaked Destiny screens seem to confirm that The Reef location will be the new social space in Destiny. The new addition is likely to be revealed as part of the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Reddit user Megamanexe4 dropped the screens on the site earlier this morning, along with grabs that reveal […]

  • Darksiders creator teases Battle Chasers game

    Joe Madureira, creator of Darksiders, has released art that strongly suggests a Battle Chasers game is in the works. Battle Chasers was a comic book from the late 1990s that suffered notorious production problems between issues and was never finished. Madureira formed Airship Syndicate after the collapse of THQ, where he co-created Darksiders. His latest […]

  • Infamous video nasty Axe recreated in GTA 5

    The trailer for notorious horror movie Axe has been recreated in GTA 5. The shot for shot remake is the work of gigerbrick who has previously recreated exploitation flicks like Machete and Hostel using Lego. The original Axe movie was banned in 1984 in the UK but passed with cuts in the late 1990s. Movie […]

  • Payday 2 for PS4 and Xbox One includes “a year’s worth of paid DLC” for free

    Payday 2: Crimewave Edition will include a year’s worth of paid DLC from the PC version of the game for free. The new-gen version of the game will be available June 2015, and includes almost all of the paid and free DLC released so far for Overkill’s popular first-person shooter. That DLC includes The Big […]

  • Yes, Mortal Kombat X will require Xbox Live Gold or PS Plus

    Mortal Kombat X won’t bypass Microsoft and Sony’s premium online play requirements. Reports that Mortal Kombat X wouldn’t require PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold started circling earlier this week thanks to a communications error. Answering fan questions on Twitter, producer Shaun Himmerick accidentally gave the impression that premium console subs would not be required […]

  • This is what Destiny players most want next

    Destiny patch 1.1.1 has resolved or at least addressed a number of complaints voiced by the community, but there are plenty more. des Destiny community manage David “Deej” Dague has put out a call for Guardians to share their concerns – or rather, what they think the community is most concerned about. “Set aside your […]

  • Google AI can play games now, so we’re probably all going to die

    Google has brought us one step closer to our inevitable slaughter or enslavement by machine overlords. Google has developed an AI that can learn to play video games and devise brand new strategies. Let me just rephrase that: Google has created an AI that can teach itself new skills, including how to play video games. […]

  • First footage of Renowned Explorers: International Society surfaces

    Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based strategy game from the team behind Reus, and it looks great. Renowned Explorers was announced almost a full year ago, but has been pretty quiet since then. Developer Abbey games has now announced that the game has hit alpha, and will be open to select testers soon. You […]

  • Cities: Skylines developer commits to mod support

    Cities: Skylines will fully support the modding community. Hailing from famously mod-friendly publisher Paradox, Cities: Skylines is a no-brainer for mod support – especially as a lack of mod support is one of the things SimCity was so heavily criticised for when it firts launched. In the developer diary below, Paradox’s Jakob Munthe is joined […]

  • Nosgoth update adds Vanguard, many fixes

    Nosgoth, the free-to-play multiplayer brawler set in the Legacy of Kain universe, has been given a significant makeover. The major feature of the latest Nosogth game update is a new playable human character called the Vanguard. “Equipped with mighty throwing axes and a shield, the Vanguard can take more punishment than any human class that […]

  • Xbox Live Gold 12 month sub $40 on Microsoft store

    Microsoft is offering $20 off 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions at the moment. An Xbox Live Gold 12 month subscription will normally set you back $60, but a Microsoft Store promotion has it on offer for $40. The offer is restricted to the US store. Although you can opt to grab your sub as […]

  • Tomb Raider movie script to be penned by TMNT writer

    Tomb Raider will be Evan Daugherty’s second reboot of an established universe. The Tomb Raider movie reboot has signed on a writer and a distributor. Deadline reports Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3 writer Daugherty will write the film. Additionally, Warner Bros. has signed on to distribute, […]

  • Shelter 2 pre-orders open, launch trailer debuts early

    Shelter 2 is a game in which you are a mother lynx and must protect a den of kittens. Yes, it’s delightful. Shelter 2 is coming to Mac and PC on March 9. Pre-orders are now available on Steam at 10% off or on GOG.com with a free skin and soundtrack, or 20% off if […]

  • That Batman: Arkham Knight trailer is full of codes

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s trailer is like a Transformer – there’s more than meets the eye. The new Batman: Arkham Knight trailer contains a number of codes. Eagle-eyed users have spotted four so far, and work on cracking their meaning is progressing. According to an /r/games thread rounding up results so far, the codes pertain to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed haystacks won’t save you from a fall

    Assassin’s Creed fans, don’t try this at home. Assassin’s Creed characters can survive falls of almost any distance as long as they aim for the haystacks scattered handily throughout the environment. As you probably deduced from your familiarity with common sense, this isn’t a real thing: falling from heights kills you, the same way a […]

  • Why are people buying PS4 and not Xbox One?

    PS4 is outselling Xbox One – but why? A new report may have the answer. Last month, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One in the US again, returning it to the top of the charts after just two months away. Why? What has caused this reversal in fortunes in Microsoft’s home territory? According to a […]

  • Toejam and Earl are back with a new Kickstarter

    The early 90′s are alive and well in a new bid to bring back Toejam and Earl. Toejam and Earl released for Mega Drive (Genesis, Americans) in 1991, and the eponymous characters went on to count among Sega’s best-known characters. They appeared in a platformer, a light gun shooter and finally a 2002 Xbox game […]

  • New Wander trailer shows off Azertash form

    Wander is a collaborative, non-combat MMO in which you can take on a number of unique forms. Wander players begin as an ambulant tree called an Oren and can progress through several different bodies as they explore the environment, learning its secrets. One of these, which we’d not seen before this trailer, is the amphibious […]

  • SOMA approaching beta phase on PC and PS4

    SOMA, the new horror game from the Amnesia: The Dark Descent crew, is getting close to playable. Frictional Games has apologised for its recent silence over the project, but said it’s focused on reaching beta. Sorry all for the silence! We're closing in on Beta and everyone's working hard to get there. Once that's done, […]

  • Square Enix does not condone Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest HD Remaster

    Square Enix has said it’s not involved with a fan remake of Final Fantasy spin-off Mystic Quest. 1992 SNES game Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest is being remade by Dark Design as Mystic Quest HD Remaster. The developer is even taking pre-orders for the project. Unfortunately, it looks like it is in no position to be […]

  • New Hunger teaser released by LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers

    LittleBigPlanet Vita co-developers Tarsier Studios have released a teaser trailer for Hunger, which was announced in May 2014 at the Nordic Game Conference. The game has been rumored to be the firm’s unannounced Sony project since 2010. Platforms are still to be announced, but the studio became a first-party SCE developer a few years back, […]

  • Here’s two Mario Party 10 overview videos, one featuring amiibo

    Overview videos for Mario Party 10 and the amiibo which work with the title have been released by Nintendo Japan. Obviously each one is in Japanese, but you get the gist all the same. Mario Party 10 releases on Wii U March 20 in North America and Europe. Thanks, AGB.

  • Clan Raids announced for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App

    Activision has announced a new Clan Raids mode will be made available through the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Companion App. According to the CoD community blog, raids are time-based challenges where success earns you a spot on the Clan Raids leaderboards and new Clan Raid-exclusive in-game gear like the Equilibrium set. Clan members will […]

  • Play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12 through EA Access

    Xbox One users with an EA Access subscription will be able to play 10 hours worth of Battlefield Hardline starting March 12. EA Access members will are being granted access to the game five days before the street date, with full multiplayer and all saves transferring over into the main game. It was announced yesterday […]

  • This video summarizes the contents of Destiny patch 1.1.1

    With Destiny patch 1.1.1 now available, here’s a video summary of what to expect. In the video above, Arekkz Gaming gives you a rundown of the important bits in the update. Subscribe to Arekkz Gaming for more Destiny tips and trick through the link.

  • Destiny 1.1.1 patch notes out, update is live

    Destiny’s 1.1.1 patch arrives today, so if you have been kicked from activities, it means you will need to download the patch now that it’s live. We will be pushing the 1.1.1 patch for Destiny shortly. Players will be kicked from activities and required to download the patch. — Bungie Help (@BungieHelp) February 25, 2015 […]

  • Payday 2 packs based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number coming

    Starbreeze has announced another collaboration with Dennaton Games which will see masks based on Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number appear in Payday 2. The collaboration consists of two free updates when you acquire Hotline Miami 2 or its deluxe version on Steam from February 25. The two updates, called Hotline Miami Mask Pack and Jacket […]

  • Velocity 2X making its way onto Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One

    Velocity 2X will be released on Linux, Mac, PC and Xbox One Futurlab has announced. The developer is in charge of the port, which will be published by Sierra. According to Futurlab, the deal with Sierra came about when self-publishing proved to be difficult due to spending “more time doing PR and marketing on Velocity […]

  • Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number finally has a release date

    A release date for Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number has been announced, finally. The game will arrive on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita March 10. It is now available for pre-order on GOG, Humble and Steam for 10% off for $13.49/£10.99. There’s also a Digital Special Edition available which includes tracks from […]