When it was initially revealed, I was unimpressed with the prize awarded to the man who chipped away the last block on the Curiosity cube. He won a “small piece” of the income from 22Cans’ Kickstarted upcoming game, Godus. He also won the role of “God” in the game – and the chance to influence some of the rules.
Here’s the trick though: this “life changing” prize is very temporary. All of the benefits, including the slice of profits, will expire at some as-yet-undefined point in time. Molyneux has told RPS that it won’t be sooner than a few months after the winner takes on his “God of Gods” role but he might not retain his abilities for more than a year. After the vague time limit has expired, the Curiosity winner can be deposed by another Godus player and they’ll inherit all of his perks.
Sounds a little bit less “life changing” now, doesn’t it?
There’s more. The prize of being able to define the rules of Godus are also limited. “What they aren’t going to be is carte blanche uncontrolled, unrefined decisions that would throw the balance of the game out entirely. Bryan (the Curiosity winner) can absolutely request something to happen, and we’ll make our best effort to do it. But he can’t decide everybody in Canada will explode or anything like that. There are limits to his power.”
While it makes sense to place certain limitations on just how game-breaking the winner’s amateur stabs at game design can be, it feels a little like the prize for Curiosity was, perhaps, overstated a little.