Do Not Play the Paperclip Game
I saw The Link at exactly 10:11pm last night. I noted the time because the article I saw it in said that the game would occupy at least the next couple hours. “No way,” I foolishly thought, but I noted the time anyway. A couple thousand clicks and optimizations later I look up and it’s 12:33am. I swore I had only been a few minutes. An hour tops. Nope, 2 hours 22 minutes. I played until 1:11am and went to bed with the screen running. I awoke to a couple trillion dollars invested and the planet slowly running out of resources left to turn into paperclips.
Never fear, once you consume the entire planet – and it is oddly satisfying – you can then start to explore outer space and consume the vast resources of the cosmos.
Interestingly, you start to get a feel for billions vs. trillions vs. quadrillions vs octillions. You start to get very comfortable with the fact that things ONLY cost a couple quadrillion even though you starting by selling a paperclip for $0.25.
Seriously, do not click the link. Especially if you have anything to do the next couple days.
Also…someone doesn’t like Liza:
trust = trust+1;
displayMessage(“Hilary is nice. Also, Liza just cheated”);
standardOps = standardOps + 10000;
displayMessage(“you just cheated, Liza”);
creativityOn = 1;
creativity = creativity + 1000;
displayMessage(“Liza just cheated. Very creative!”);
Update: 11:35pm the following night. It’s over. I finished the game the 2nd time and this time chose to elimiate “drift”. This resulted in the game selling off all the remaining assets and shutting down. It’s a blessing really. If you don’t want it to end, choose the “alternate universe”. If you’re ready to let it go, choose “eliminate drift.”