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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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    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    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 […]