PC Gaming In 2010

By Alec Meer on February 11th, 2010 at 6:58 pm.

Ooh get me. Aren't I just so cryptic?

I offer you, without comment or critique, Jesper Juul’s free browser game pastiche 4:32. You may find it oddly familiar. Hopefully you’ll also realise it’s a gag; others did not.

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  1. Zyrxil says:

    [Let's avoid immediate spoilers, please]

  2. mandrill says:

    Not playing it. Intrigued as I am. I’m not intrigued enough to pollute my PC with the nagware that is Silverlight.

  3. Psychopomp says:

    I have set spanish as a accepted language, stop telling me to do it.

  4. Zyrxil says:

    Ok, so apparently the guess in my first post was close enough to be modded out. The gist of what I said:

    I got to the 5th screen, couldn’t be arsed to do what it asked, and also because it reinforced my suspicion of what the “game” really was.

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      Lambchops says:

      See I didn’t even have the suspicion – I just thought bugger this for a game of soldiers and wandered off to do something else!

    • Taillefer says:

      I scored 1059 points in 2 minutes.

      Edit: Ugh, wasn’t supposed to be a reply.

    • Sam says:

      I just gave up at the first hurdle, like many others.

      Although, I did check the page source, first, which made me very suspicious.

  5. Jaunty says:

    I’m pretty sure that you already played

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    AndrewC says:

    >:(

  7. Daniel Klein says:

    Yeah, figured it out when it asked for Unity. I’m kinda curious to see what else is coming, but not curious enough to install Silverlight.

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    Fede says:

    Well, what it says at the beginning about 4:33, plus the first three screens should be enough to guess what this is about. As mandrill I preferred to avoid Silverlight.

  9. user@domain.com says:

    SPOILER: view source the moment the game is displaying “checking…”

  10. Octacon100 says:

    Hehe, just minutes after I saw it. I didn’t get past resizing my screen res, cause I’m at work. Let me know what happens at the end!

  11. Jim says:

    At first I thought the game was a joke and it was testing me to see how much crap i’d do before I got bored and quit.

  12. Tei says:

    “If you are seeing this page, your site is exceeding the allowed resources on the server. ”

    It seems we have to wait a few days to play this again :-]

    I will not install silverlight.

  13. NukeLord says:

    I went through it all, because i had all the stuff it needed already and changing resolution along with disabling flash in firefox didn’t take all that long.

    I was surprised it wasn’t longer and was rather disappointed with the rather uneventful ending.

  14. Octaeder says:

    Amusing, even if I can’t be bothered to actually change any settings to go through the checks.

  15. Vinraith says:

    I stopped at the part that used Silverlight but it was clear enough where it was going.

  16. Collic says:

    Heh, I thought I knew where it was going when it asked for silverlight (that says a lot about silverlight), luckily I already had it installed for some reason I can’t remember. I got as far as not removing flash.

    Clever idea, if a little pretentious.

  17. Carra says:

    Mmm, I already stopped at installing Unity, I lost my curiosity after that.

  18. Chiablo says:

    This is hardly a “game” and I feel that it really should not be featured on the front page. Unless this is some kind of cruel jape by the editors, in which case… good show.

    • Collic says:

      Oh lighten up. It’s pretty obvious what kind of direction its going to go in just from reading the introductory pages.

  19. Lilliput King says:

    Hehe, worked it out at Silverlight. Made me giggle, anyway.

  20. army of none says:

    Hahahahahaha. That is quite excellent parody work there! Well done.

  21. Pl4t0 says:

    The sheer overwhelming depth of the art just exploded my brain…

  22. Baf says:

    Note that you don’t actually have to uninstall Flash. Disabling it works just as well. I’ll let you figure out how to do this on your own though (I don’t want to spoil the fun of solving the game’s puzzles, do I?)

  23. Pani says:

    Wow, I’m embarrassed to say I only had to do 2 things in order to be compatible – install spanish and uninstall flash. That’s why I gave up on flash – I’m not uninstalling my precious time-wasting-webgame providing flash.

    I then came back here to read the comments, I can only assume what was coming.

  24. MarkSide says:

    This game is too hard. :(

  25. Rotekian says:

    Woo, completed it with Chrome.

  26. EthZee says:

    I enjoyed it! I managed it in about 396 clicks. The bit where you had to jump the moving platforms caused me no end of grief, mind.

  27. Acosta says:

    First thing I find: install Firefox.

    me:pass *reads commentaries*

    me: Thank you laziness.

  28. The Diddler says:

    This “game” is even moar user unfriendly then [Insert worst game ever].

  29. Jugglenaut says:

    I thought it was worth a good laugh.

  30. Alec Meer says:

    Some of you people (now deleted) are being *unbelievably* unpleasant. Not getting it sooner rather than later is not excuse enough to demonstrate that sort of vile, playground attitude to someone you don’t know.

    • Octaeder says:

      I found the link between the angriest of the comments and the people who installed Silverlight to be quite amusing.

    • Scundoo says:

      I think this [air-quotes]game[/air-quotes] wins the “Unbelievability” Trophy hands down.

    • Acosta says:

      Will you be able to sleep tonight after the phsycological scars you provoked to us Alec?

      WILL YOU?

    • the wiseass says:

      I’m sorry Mr. Meer, but I bet there will be many other people disappointed or outright enraged by this. It’s an artsy-fartsy way of being rickrolled and the reactions were only understandable. This has got nothing to do with “playground attitude” as it deserves to be called out for what it is. There are good and there a bad jokes, but this one is completely off the mark. I’m all up for exploring one’s own limits and human predispositions, but please at least do it in an interesting and tasteful manner. Think about it, is this really an exercise worth doing, if it only works on the premise of you censoring comments?

      Besides that it made me install Silverlight….

    • Vinraith says:

      @Alec

      I don’t know, I think all the fury is kind of hilarious, especially because I strongly suspect there’s a correlation between people that respond to this by getting pissed off and people who didn’t bother to actually read the first couple of screens.

    • tapanister says:

      [Yeah, it is]

    • sana says:

      [MESSAGE REDACTED]

    • jsutcliffe says:

      I don’t know what sort of response you were expecting Alec. This is a trick, not a game, that asks people to alter their machine configuration in order to deliver a not especially enlightening (or accurate) comment on the state of PC gaming. It is not far removed from malware, though it is preying on gullibility not computer vulnerabilities.

    • Alec Meer says:

      Important: it isn’t forcing anyone to do anything.

    • the wiseass says:

      Well there is some kind of obligation since I usually like the games and links that are posted here. That is why I was ready to jump through the hoops to see what the fuzz was all about. Curiosity killed the cat, I guess.

      But what irks me the most now, are the increasingly insulting tags that were added to this post now:
      4:32, common sense is a virtue, free, how many more clues do you need?, jesper juul…. bla bla

      Is it really necessary to react in such a manner? It doesn’t make you any better than the rest of the people pissed of because they simply did not enjoy this “joke”. You know, as a PC gamer you’re getting used to jumping through more and more hoops in order to enjoy something anyway, so this is honestly nothing new. GFWL, Steam, DRM, beta signups, third party software, drivers, hardware upgrades, bugs, incompatibilities, plugins…. you name it we’ve done it. So how is this any different?

      You know, stuff like this are the reason why people like Jaffe can write general stupidities like that:
      http://criminalcrackdown.blogspot.com/2010/02/go-destructoid.html

    • Alec Meer says:

      In fact those are aimed only at those who haven’t already played it, to try and ensure people get it a bit sooner, rather than get upset. Apologies if they seem demeaning to aynone who already fell for the game -that’s not their intent. The post’s not meant to be a trick either – was solely done in the spirit of sharing a PC gaming gag with other PC gamers.

    • the wiseass says:

      Ah okay. Sorry for the misunderstanding, as they were added after this whole thing went wrong. I should have thought better of you guys :)

      Also sorry for my mildly aggressive undertone, but I felt like I was taken advantage of and I do not appreciate that feeling when I’m putting my trust in an otherwise great website.

  31. RagingLion says:

    Got as far as it asking me to uninstall Flash and decided I wasn’t going to do that.

    But ughh! Now I need to sort out all by desktop icons again after the resolution change. Wasn’t worth it (but I guess that’s the point and the deception).

  32. Vandell says:

    Oh fuck you and your “THIS SITE REQUIRES FIREFOX” spiel. I bet it could work on Chrome no problem. >:c

  33. Scundoo says:

    Now that I think of it, I’m not pissed at the guy that made this. But at RPS.
    You can’t seriously post stuff like this, especially after trying to make a connection between games and art all these years.

  34. bookwormat says:

    Can someone spoil this for me please? I don’t think I get it running on my ubuntu/chrome system.
    You can message it to me on twitter.com/bookwormat if you want.

  35. strangera says:

    Beat it! I win! :D Awesome game 10/10

  36. Jim says:

    Ah well I feel a little silly after being angered by it, obviously now I understand what it’s trying to say. It still sucks however.

  37. SomeGuy says:

    this is like a DIY rickrole.

  38. Sobric says:

    I think this is now officially 4.32Gate, commonly held to be the beginning of the downfall of Alec Meer, and a decision that will haunt him forever. Or at least until an interview with David Frost.

    Seriously: Nice idea for a game I guess. Didn’t get beyond installing Unity, but it’s not hard to guess from the stuff about Cage’s 4.33. I think the anger on here might actually justify the game in some way. It kinda fits in with the current DRMaggedon situation, in that it proves PC gamers are willing to jump through hoops to get what they want, i.e. a game.

  39. Elbee says:

    Between the references to Mr. Cage’s “composition” and the program whinging about needing me to install rubbish I guessed (accurately, by reading the comments) what was up and decided I wanted no part of it. (And I refuse to install extra rubbish on my computer for browser games.)

    Unlike 4:33, though, I get the joke. It’s amusing, if you haven’t fallen for it.

  40. Sinnerman says:

    I like the way that the cursor rotates to show different actions when you right click and that there are no locked doors in the game that are there for display and cannot be opened.

  41. Brumisator says:

    “This game furthermore fulfills the achievement “instant gratification” by being playable in the browser.”
    -Quote from the author.

    Riiiiiight, after checking for a bazillion plugins, it decides not to work, a snobby conceptual “game” that tries so hard to be original and edgy (in an indie way) that it’s a complete waste of time.

    Nice try Jesper Juul, but try doing something not broken and actually enjoyable next time.

    • Michael Hughes says:

      Hear that sound? It’s the point of the piece, zooming right over you head.

  42. GetOutOfHereStalker says:

    Is the entire game about jumping through hoops to try and get it to run?

    I got past the “Enable Spanish/Spain” level but I don’t really feel like completing “Change Resolution to 800×600″.

    ^SPOILERS^

    It’s a very special message about DRM!

  43. DarthBenedict says:

    As I played through my reaction was “I’m not installing anything to see pretentious commentary on the nature of gaming”. The fact that said commentary ended up being “lol you just installed a bunch of crap” makes this delicious.

  44. Michael Hughes says:

    Ever go to a youtube clip of 4:33? Same exact response. Some people understand and think about the art, others yell that it isn’t art, and others are indifferent or mildly bemused, and move on.

    How can you tell that something is art? When there’s a chorus of people yelling about it. Coincidentally, how a person reacts to these sorts of things tells you quite a bit about them. Whether you’d ever want to get a pint with them at a bar, for instance. Interesting little exercise.

    • GetOutOfHereStalker says:

      In that the guy who thinks about it is the kind of person you want to smash over the head with a pint? They probably only drink wine coolers.

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      Lambchops says:

      Really?

      My flatmate and I spent a large proportion of last year yelling at the dodgy science in adverts of hair care products; to think that all the while I was actially witnessing a bona fide piece of art!

      Do I win a pint?

  45. Calabi says:

    What is it?

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    El_MUERkO says:

    it started checking things and i got bored and closed it, is 4:32 the amount of minutes and seconds it takes before people shoot themselves out of boredom?

  47. Heliocentric says:

    I normally respect when rps tells me to play the game before reading comments. Here i didn’t and in the future i’ll likely not either bravo, you’ve lowered my trust.

  48. jsutcliffe says:

    Anonymous Coward said:
    How can you tell that something is art? When there’s a chorus of people yelling about it.

    There are many things that could be considered art that do not have crowds of people yelling about them (for example van Gogh, among other now-respected painters, being ignored while they lived).

    There are many things that have people yelling about them that are not art (for example Bush winning the 2000 US election, or Blair taking the UK to war in Iraq).

    What you are describing is how you tell how something is controversial.

  49. vader says:

    I gave up at install unity and got on with my life, didn’t really “get it” until I much later read the comments.

  50. John says:

    I easily connect this to the play, but to the game? I can’t really see it. Other than their unique intentions. And inspirations.

    It’s more of a logic problem, therefore a game in it’s own right, than a game of the likes we’re used to play. But yeah, i’m all for commentaries on the state of the industry’s consideration for the player. Or rather, the player’s consideration for the technicalities and/or conditions the game was made under.