Posted at 17.30 on 12th November
Couple of impressive tweets from CVG readers this afternoon. This maniac/genius has a coin accumulator record of 84,253:
@cvg_uk Topped my coin accumulator record on Curiosity. What's the highest out there? twitter.com/Tooleyboy79/st...— Chris O'Toole (@Tooleyboy79) November 12, 2012
And this gentleman has done a little maths to work out how many Cubelets are on each layer:
@cvg_uk Have you worked out cubelets per layer? 1.100,614,152, 2. 100,515,896, 3. 100,417,688. It's barely shrinking! #curiosity— Kenny Stubbs (@Kenny_Stubbs) November 12, 2012
Posted at 14.32 on 12th November
Here's a summary and analysis of the last few days' events, in which CVG associate editor Rob Crossley and I discuss 22cans' decision to accept donations, server issues and what's happening on the latest layer:
Posted at 13.38 on 12th November
Less than five per cent left on this layer folks. Keep on tappin'
Posted at 10.37 on 12th November
A new message on the cube reads: "Less that 13 per cent left on this layer."
Progress has been far slower on this layer compared to the others. Quick stats update while we're here:
There are 4,935,083 Cubelets remaining on the current layer, and 3,542 current users tapping away. On average, each user destroys 50 Cubelets per day.
In total, 853,968 people have played Curiosity, and have destroyed 296,612,653 Cubelets so far.
Posted at 10.00 on 12th November
Interesting note from CVG reader Adam Panzer overnight:
"With regards to why people are not all seeing the same sides, I am pretty sure it is just an issue with the game servers causing not all images to load. My gf with me in NY, using her iphone, with AT&T has 4 cubes with pictures. My cousin in LA, using his iphone, with AT&T has 6 visible picture sides. I am using my iphone in NY with Verizon and can only see 2 pictures. I have way more coins than either of them. This rules out location, device, service provider and coins. Seems random. Thought maybe this was worth posting on your blog.
You're right, Mr Panzer. It is worth posting on the blog. He continues:
"Anyway, thanks for keeping so current with your blog. It's enabled the game to remain its social aspect despite the many, many server issues that have all but ruined the community aspect of the experiment."
Will be interesting to see if 22cans can clear this one up for us.
Posted at 12.24 on 11th November
One CVG reader can see all six sides:
@cvg_uk I've got all 6 sides on my iPad, but only three on my android phone twitter.com/Mowlamania/sta...— Simon Mowlam (@Mowlamania) November 11, 2012
Interesting to note the discrepancy between devices. If @Mowlamania is logged in through Facebook and therefore on the same account, then we can discount location and the number of coins accumulated as a factor in who sees which sides of the cube.
Or, or course, it could be completely random or just a bug. Will be interesting to see if 22cans clarify this at some point.
Posted at 11.00 on 11th November
CVG readers are really helping to piece this one together. Last night we discovered that different people are seeing different sides of the cube. My iPad only shows two sides with pictures on them, but some readers can see up to as many as five:
@cvg_uk these are all the sides I have. Seems a lot of people are getting blank sides and not all the images. twitter.com/thealmeister1/...— Alunjohn Jones (@thealmeister1) November 11, 2012
So we know that all six sides are oil painting-style pictures of fruit and other objects, but what we don't know is why people are only able to see a certain number of the pictures on the cube.
It could be a bug, of course, but equally 22cans might be showing different sides of the cube to different Curiosity players based on the device they are on, location, the number of coins they have, or some other criteria. Or it might be completely random. The plot thickens.
Posted at 00.58 on 11th November
I am seeing this too:
@cvg_ukas I tap I can readHow doth the little crocodile improve his shining tail and pours the water of the Nile on every golden scale— MarcheseM71 (@mattpascal71) November 11, 2012
It is a poem by Lewis Carroll which appears in Alice In Wonderland. Wikipedia says that this is the full poem:
How doth the little crocodile
Improve his shining tail,
And pour the waters of the Nile
On every golden scale!
How cheerfully he seems to grin,
How neatly spreads his claws,
And welcomes little fishes in
With gently smiling jaws!
We're through the looking glass, readers.
Posted at 00.58 on 11th November
A new(ish) message on the cube also directs Curiosity folks to search YouTube for 'The future belongs to the curious' to 'discover the inspiration' for the Curiosity project. This is the video you get:
The video is originally from skillshare.com, a 'global marketplace for classes' which allows its contributors to teach classes for a fee.
Posted at 00.35 on 11th November
@cvg_ukI can see four of the six sides to the next layer on my Droid Razr and my sister's iPhone can see only one.— Tyler Hyliard (@TylerHyliard) November 11, 2012
Posted at 00.26 on 11th November
Okay, more intrigue. WHAT:
@cvg_uk My #Curiosity has 3 sides, and only the "tomato" side is the same: twitter.com/NM_Jeff/status...— NM Jeff (@NM_Jeff) November 11, 2012
Posted at 00.13 on 11th November
A little break from all the intrigue:
So to find out what's in #curiosity cube it's RT LT LT RT UP UP R L RT LT DOWN DOWN and find the 64bit name of god. twitter.com/lanerobertlane...— Robert Lane (@lanerobertlane) November 11, 2012
Posted at 00.11 on 11th November
Okay, so it seems that perhaps Android users are seeing a different cube:
@cvg_uk my cube is on Android. You think it makes a difference? Could Androiders have their own cube? Are we behind iPeople?!— Ross Keniston (@RossKenistonHuG) November 11, 2012
Posted at 00.06 on 11th November
Again, this is NOT the cube I am seeing:
@cvg_uk don't know if it takes a while to kick in but this is all I can see as of right now. yfrog.com/kgi3hip— Ross Keniston (@RossKenistonHuG) November 11, 2012
Posted at 23.57 on 10th November
This is NOT the cube I am seeing:
Nearly there! Almost another side completed! #Curiosity twitter.com/Liaaaam_98/sta...— Sheldor. (@Liaaaam_98) November 10, 2012
Posted at 23.50 on 10th November
@cvg_uk You have a diff #Curiosity cube to me. Only 1 picture for me, rest plain. twitter.com/TheEvilMummy/s...— E M (@TheEvilMummy) November 10, 2012
Are you seeing a different cube to us? How many different cubes are there? Is this guy having us on?
Posted at 21.03 on 10th November
Some highlights from today's Twitter action:
@22cans #curiosity yfrog.com/h7u6xduej— The Doctor (@doctormoto) November 10, 2012
But my big smiley sun outshines them all; whoever's makin that line of squares is OCD - #Curiosity @pmolyneux @22cans twitpic.com/bc0zql— snook (@snookstah) November 10, 2012
Lovely! RT @robinparrish: Even kids love tapping cubelets. Our whole family is curious about #Curiosity! @pmolyneux instagr.am/p/R2u6eRPgGV/— 22Cans (@22Cans) November 10, 2012
Posted at 20.59 on 10th November
Progress! This seems to be a pair of scissors(?):
And this one might be some tomatoes of something. Not sure: