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4 minutes and 33 seconds of uniqueness

4 minutes and 33 seconds of uniqueness

i just made this game harder.

4 minutes and 33 seconds of uniqueness is a game in which you have one decision: when to start it.

via adam.


  1. Evan wrote:

    I’m fond of this game, but that could be because I’m really fond of John Cage. It’s a fun idea, and the comments on that page are worth a read for their entertainment value.

    2/4/2009 at 1:37 pm | permalink
  2. AlexWrench wrote:

    Eh. I’m not one of those philosophical jerks who says GAMES CAN’T BE ART like I understand something nobody else does, but I do know that quite often creating games under the preoccupation of creating art ends up undermining the idea of a “game”, of “art”, or both. In this case…we aren’t even really talking about a game. What we have here is basically something that exists to fill a niche, something that’s there just to exist, like the blank canvas or like John Cage’s 4:33. If there’s anything about it I’d consider “great”, it’s that nobody else will ever try to pass something like this off again.

    2/4/2009 at 2:58 pm | permalink
  3. Strong wrote:

    I am bad at this game.

    2/4/2009 at 3:47 pm | permalink
  4. daphny wrote:

    yeah i think i only like this because of john cage

    2/4/2009 at 9:02 pm | permalink
  5. auntie wrote:

    i’m amused (now and whenever this sort of thing is released) how much vitriol a pretty harmless little game can get.

    this was made in a few hours for a friendly game design competition; petri was interested in making something that would attempt to define the boundaries of what a game is. you don’t do anything while the game is running, the other players are too distant to interact with, but nevertheless – as i think my above post implies – there is a goal and whether you achieve it is a direct consequence of a decision that you make.

    it’s definitely a game. it’s not super mario bros. no one says it has to be your favorite game. i’m glad it exists.

    2/4/2009 at 9:10 pm | permalink
  6. daphny wrote:

    ma’am you should like john cage too

    2/4/2009 at 10:11 pm | permalink
  7. Archagon wrote:

    Why is it a game? Because you can run it?

    2/5/2009 at 12:19 pm | permalink
  8. daphny wrote:

    its a game as much as 4’33 is a song GOD PEOPLE

    2/6/2009 at 2:26 am | permalink
  9. Sergio wrote:

    Everyone! This game sucks. Stop playing it so I can win.

    2/8/2009 at 12:45 am | permalink
  10. Zaratustra wrote:



    2/8/2009 at 1:01 pm | permalink
  11. James Harvey wrote:

    I just opened the zip and clicked on ‘endscreen.bmp’ , I spit on your culture of false need and desire

    videogames are kind of a microcosm of consuer society in this respect

    2/9/2009 at 11:05 am | permalink
  12. Firecracker wrote:

    It’s easily a game in the sense of game theory (John Nash and all that).

    I’m not certain that it should qualify as a video-game, because, although it relies on computers, it doesn’t exactly have any of the visual interaction that characterizes our medium.

    2/11/2009 at 11:49 am | permalink
  13. jack wrote:

    A friend of mine wrote an alternative client to this game that automatically connects over and over on this to attempt to bump people off and win automagically.

    Just saying.

    10/17/2009 at 1:20 am | permalink
  14. Would you be interested in exchanging links?

    4/6/2012 at 6:57 pm | permalink

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