4 Minutes And 33 Seconds Of Uniqueness

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4 Minutes And 33 Seconds Of Uniqueness

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Are you truly unique? You're going to have to be if you want to win the latest game from Crayon Physics designer Petri Purho.

The object in 4 Minutes and 33 Seconds of Uniqueness is simple: You have to be the only person in the world playing it. Nothing actually happens; there are no scores or levels or game mechanics of any kind. You simply run the game, and it searches the internet for any other copies that are running. If any are found, both copies shut down and both players lose. If you make it four minutes and 33 seconds without anyone else on the internet starting the game - that is, if you're truly and completely unique in the world - you win.

Purho created the game at the 2009 Nordic Game Jam, which ran from January 30 until February 1. The theme for this year's event was, "As long as we have each other, we'll never run out of problems." Games designed for the Game Jam had to offer five minutes of gameplay and be language independent, and also had to be put together on very short notice: 4 Minutes and 33 Seconds of Uniqueness was "developed" in a couple of hours on the last day of the convention.

"It's an exploration to what actually defines a game," Purho wrote on his Kloonigames blog. "You can win or fail in the game, but there is no user input or interactivity of any kind. I was tempted to leave the graphics out completely, but I figured that the white progress bar is abstract enough."

Purho's previous creations include Crayon Physics, a more conventional yet still very unusual game that won the grand prize at the 2008 Independent Games Festival. That early "prototype" has since been refined and released as Crayon Physics Deluxe, which was not only called "the first must-play game of 2009" by our very own Jordan Deam but also received some profane love from the guys at Penny Arcade.

Are you a unique and special snowflake? Can you keep it up for four minutes and 33 seconds? Download it here and find out.

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That is one of the weirdest concepts ever.. So naturally, I have to try it.

Edit: And after seven attempts, I stopped. Got 1/6th of the way through the last time. I figure there's someone who deserves to win this particular game more than me.

There is no interactivity, therefore it's not a game, merely an application. A broken one which auto shuts down when someone else tries to use it, in fact.

In my humble opinion.

>edited to allow more ranting by OP<

Andraste:
There is no interactivity, therefore it's not a game, merely an application. In my humble opinion.

It's barely even that. At best, it's a curiosity, but I believe that that is the point of it.

Whether it's a game or not, it's still a pretty cool idea.

wow, perfect example for my psyc assignment.
"People are/not special because..." we have to give reasons y or y not.
this is y not

nilcypher:

Andraste:
There is no interactivity, therefore it's not a game, merely an application. In my humble opinion.

It's barely even that. At best, it's a curiosity, but I believe that that is the point of it.

Yeah, but he's trying to put it out there as some (psuedo-)intellectual game pushing the limits of game-dom to make us question "What is 'game'?"

Couldn't you cheat and disconnect your internet to "win"?

Makes me think theirs some old wierd guy sitting at his compy all hours of the night running this game on 5 different windows, whiles growling at the walls everytime someone else trys to get on, trying to win for his on gratitude.

Jumplion:
Couldn't you cheat and disconnect your internet to "win"?

Was totally thinking that myself. You gonna try it or me? :P

Well, I'd argue that there is interactivity. You do have to start it up, and you know there's someone else doing the same, thereby ruining it for you. There's many definitions of a game, right?

"A competitive activity or sport in which players contend with each other according to a set of rules"

It's certainly competitive and it is based on a set of rules.

Jus' saying.

http://www.progressquest.com/ did this years ago, with many more loading bars! :)

No Mac version, of course... Figures...

Needs a high score.

Edit: Needs complete statistics on how well you did and when.

Edit II: It's frightning how addictive this is to me. Also, I wonder how it will feel once you'll finaly be unique for more than a few seconds. What might one think once he gets bored of counting?

Edit III: I swear, this thing reads minds. When ever the concept of me being the only one playing the game really starts sinking in, the experience is cut short.

Edit IV: Why do you think the creator(s?) of the game considered the detailed description of it to be a spoiler?

Sadly it can never get popular with this philosophy XD

Andraste:

Jumplion:
Couldn't you cheat and disconnect your internet to "win"?

Was totally thinking that myself. You gonna try it or me? :P

I also had the same thought. It's interesting though, that something that is so thoroughly not a game has us discussing strategies, albeit simple ones, to beat it.

Still not a game though.

Andraste:

Jumplion:
Couldn't you cheat and disconnect your internet to "win"?

Was totally thinking that myself. You gonna try it or me? :P

Heh, I just imagined a bunch of people on a thread debating on who should play it first and who should play it last.

"Okay, you go play first, I'll go by second"
"HOw do I know I can trust you? You probably want to beat the game first!"
"I don't care who beats it first!"
"Well, I'll go 4th then"
"No, you're going to play it second"
"But you'll sneak in and try to be the second person beating it!"
"I'd rather be the last person beating it!"
"You're lieing, you want to beat it first!"

Hmm, sounds like another super-conceptual piece of art that requires participants to actually do nothing. Actually, they even have the SAME name. Well I'll be damned...

John Cage's 4'33''

Keane Ng:
Hmm, sounds like another super-conceptual piece of art that requires participants to actually do nothing. Actually, they even have the SAME name. Well I'll be damned...

John Cage's 4'33''

first thing I thought of was the 4'33 'music' thing, when I saw the title, totally made me have to read more.

I don't think there's any point trying to play it for a while tho, while it's being talked about, there's gonna be too many people playing!

...debating whether or not to be a complete asshole and keep running it non stop :P

kaziard:
...debating whether or not to be a complete asshole and keep running it non stop :P

If you look at the comments on the site you download it from, someone says they already have a program that keeps running it...

So his shitty crayon game gets the "I bought Psychonauts" crowd in a spin and all of a sudden he feels the need to draw artistic parallels between himself and one of the greatest composers in history. Give me a break.

Jumped out at me right away. So let's interpret the game the same way the piece has been interpreted and see if the analysis holds:

-The true music comes from the environment, not the performer.
-Every experience is different
-Absolute silence never exists, try as we might

Three basic interpretations of the piece. Now we alter them to fit the game:

-The true game takes places in the gamer's environment, not in the game - not sure how I feel about this one...I guess you're just sitting there waiting for someone to knock you off so the tension is coming from your own anxiety.
-Every experience is different - I'm sure that holds true
-Being completely alone (or unique?) is never possible, try as we might - While I don't much more about the game than what I've read here, this to me seems to be the most possible theme. No matter how hard you try, you can't separate yourself from everybody.

Okay. That's that.

The utter opposite of mmo.

I'd like this game a whole lot better if there was a different color scheme, but I guess that's just me being nit-picky.

Well I made it halfway through -- I've played this game before actually.

It's a sim of downloading pornography photos on a flakey dialup connection.

Also your housemates keep picking up the phone in the other room.

[sdlkj2l3kjajw3lkwjl NO CARRIER]

mokes310:
Whether it's a game or not, it's still a pretty cool idea.

As cool as realizing someone posted at the same time you did.
Then three seconds later, you move on.

Arbre:

mokes310:
Whether it's a game or not, it's still a pretty cool idea.

As cool as realizing someone posted at the same time you did.
Then three seconds later, you move on.

Pretty much, but still cool while it lasts I guess...

I can confirm that it is actually possible to win... not that I'm sad enough to have been trying *looks shifty*

Amazing, I have found something more infuriating than Streets of Rage to pass the time.

Hyetal:
That is one of the weirdest concepts ever.. So naturally, I have to try it.

Edit: And after seven attempts, I stopped. Got 1/6th of the way through the last time. I figure there's someone who deserves to win this particular game more than me.

You did way better than I did at the game.

Someone needs to make a bot on a cheap comp that loads the game exactly every 4 min and 28 seconds.

Somehow I just won the game while trying to make sure someone else lost lol. should have a better ending

Keane Ng:
Hmm, sounds like another super-conceptual piece of art that requires participants to actually do nothing. Actually, they even have the SAME name. Well I'll be damned...

John Cage's 4'33''

Ha, before I clicked on the link, I though it was a sly dig at Mortal Kombat, maybe about how Johnny Cage is a boring and useless character, or that he's so cheap and broken, or so awesome you can complete the game in less than 5 minutes with very little effort.

I have heard of that music piece 4'33, but I didn't know the composer's name.

zombiepandaman:

Hyetal:
That is one of the weirdest concepts ever.. So naturally, I have to try it.

Edit: And after seven attempts, I stopped. Got 1/6th of the way through the last time. I figure there's someone who deserves to win this particular game more than me.

You did way better than I did at the game.

I've won. And have now deleted it off my computer...

Terminalchaos:
somehow I just won!

Yeah, it seems like no-one else is playing anymore...

This game is way too easy to grief lol

I won first try... yay... i think

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