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March 28, 2011 7:41 AM   Subscribe

Newly released GIRP is to rock climbing what QWOP was to running. (previously. also previously.) The games' creator, Bennet Foddy, appears to be a Doctor of Philosophy, focusing on biomedical ethics. His list of recent publications demonstrates an engagement with addiction studies. Proceed with caution. (via)
posted by nobody (36 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite

 
OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD

There's a few fun gems, if not a lot of substantial content, in the reddit AMA thread someone pointed out in the "also previously" metatalk.
posted by cortex at 7:45 AM on March 28, 2011 [2 favorites]


Bennet Foddy appears to be under the mistaken impression that people have three hands.
posted by phunniemee at 7:46 AM on March 28, 2011


I can't get past the first one :(
posted by empath at 7:58 AM on March 28, 2011


okay, the shift button is important, i got 3 levels up with that.

but i can't do it, this breaks my brain.
posted by empath at 8:00 AM on March 28, 2011


It breaks my FINGERS. It's like Keyboard Twister.
posted by AugieAugustus at 8:03 AM on March 28, 2011


I get reliably up to about 10m when the melancholy piano tones start playing, but then I get stuck because there's nothing I can reach and swinging the guy over doesn't result in success, it results in splashing.
posted by WalterMitty at 8:09 AM on March 28, 2011


Wow. Is this a post on the blue to troll mods trolling on the grey? I like your panache.
posted by Nanukthedog at 8:09 AM on March 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


This is a lot more playable than QWOP. Dude's pretty sadistic though. Good for a laugh. I got up a few levels.
posted by cashman at 8:23 AM on March 28, 2011


Wait, what the hell? QWOP is designed by Bennett Foddy? Jesus, that's bizarre! I was just reading stuff by Foddy the other day. I had no idea he made QWOP!

This happened to me before when I realized that the first good crossword app in the app store (2-across) was coded by Eliza Block, also a philosopher.
posted by painquale at 8:27 AM on March 28, 2011


To answer the first question "why did you make it so hard?": I don't consider it all that hard. I can get halfway to the finish line, which is a hell of a lot further than I can get in Defender, or Pacman, or Pitfall, or just about any other score-based game. Your problem is the framing effect: you expect it to be easy to run 100m. But you probably don't expect it to be easy to clear a score-attack style game!

Yea, uh, if you can't tell the difference between climbing a hill and running into a brick wall... well, I guess you have an idea for version 3.
posted by pwnguin at 8:29 AM on March 28, 2011


I love this guy.

QWOP by the way strikes me as a philosophical game, like the simulator I heard about that was meant to test whether you could learn to "intuitively" navigate in 4 dimensions. (Incidentally also the premise of Miegakure.)

I was also a big fan of Too Many Ninjas, a simple but absorbing Bfod game where you can neither move, nor shoot, but only stick out your sword in one of four directions (up and down being mostly useless).
posted by grobstein at 8:47 AM on March 28, 2011


This game is great. It's like Typing of the Dead meets Crazy Climber. I've often thought Crazy Climber was due for a remake, actually, with twin sticks being the norm for console controllers now it'd be easy. GIRP plays a lot more fiddly, though, it feels like there's seldom more than one or two moves you can make in any position.
posted by Nelson at 8:51 AM on March 28, 2011


Stupid bird.
posted by msbrauer at 8:51 AM on March 28, 2011 [3 favorites]


Bennet Foddy appears to be under the mistaken impression that people have three hands.

I think that's what local cooperative multiplayer is for?
posted by nobody at 8:57 AM on March 28, 2011


I saw it was made by the guy who made QWOP, and immediately looked at my keyboard to see how the hell GIRP was going to be a convenient control scheme.
posted by knapah at 10:00 AM on March 28, 2011 [4 favorites]


Wow, the action in this game is really girpping. I can't wait to try the qwoperative mode.
posted by Eideteker at 10:10 AM on March 28, 2011 [2 favorites]


I don't think I've ever clenched my muscles so much while pressing keys.
posted by windbox at 10:10 AM on March 28, 2011 [2 favorites]


Wow, available for iPhone? I don't relish playing THAT with an iPhone keyboard. Damn you, autocorrect indeed.
posted by Eideteker at 10:34 AM on March 28, 2011


C'mon, GIRP (GIRP!)
Let your body GIRP to the music (GIRP to the music!)
posted by Metroid Baby at 10:55 AM on March 28, 2011


FUCK YEAH I WON A GLASS HORSE!
posted by Eideteker at 12:28 PM on March 28, 2011


I just ran 57.7 on QWOP on my second try. I'm having a hard time getting into a rock climbing game where you don't use your legs or hand match. My brain doesn't work that way.
posted by zephyr_words at 12:39 PM on March 28, 2011


"Pressing the Shift key 5 times turns on StickyKeys..." NOOOOOOOOO
posted by sleepcrime at 1:58 PM on March 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


Accidentally releasing both hands at 20 meters is frustrating.
posted by Anything at 4:26 PM on March 28, 2011


Got up to 64.5m, reached a dead end, had to climb back down to find a way around, and ended up meeting the water.
posted by lostburner at 4:42 PM on March 28, 2011


A video run of the second half
posted by empath at 4:45 PM on March 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


Mothergirper! I was playing this game in Firefox 4 on OSX for like 20 minutes before I saw this note:

NOTE: THERE IS A BUG IN FIREFOX 4 FOR OSX WHICH PREVENTS SHIFT AND CONTROL FROM WORKING, UNTIL THEY FIX IT USE THE MOUSE BUTTON OR SAFARI OR CHROME.

I'm dangling from "M" thinking, "The clenching, it does nothing!"
posted by Rock Steady at 6:40 PM on March 28, 2011 [1 favorite]


Real rock climbing is way more fun than this.
posted by A dead Quaker at 7:40 PM on March 28, 2011


I find this surprisingly useful as a climbing simulator.
A campusing deep water solo climbing simulator.

There is the thought process associated with changing hands on a one-hand hold, there's crossing one arm under/over the other, there are dynamic movements.
Shift works as if you place a foot to reach further.

Just add better user interaction and a stamina-countdown for each arm.
posted by Akeem at 6:16 AM on March 29, 2011


I won a skeleton.
posted by Anything at 7:15 AM on March 29, 2011


Any advance on 11 minutes 10 seconds?

(I won three bricks.)
posted by dudekiller at 8:36 AM on March 29, 2011


Nope. 15 minutes 8.6 seconds. 'Inside the box: A lump of coal'

I love the contemplative look on the dude's face. Makes me wonder if there's 'a plate of beans' among the prizes.
posted by Anything at 9:07 AM on March 29, 2011


14minutes 8.1 seconds, and all I got was a bible.
posted by msbrauer at 6:43 PM on March 29, 2011


I just did 8 minutes 56 seconds. Inside the box: Another box.
posted by scrowdid at 12:59 AM on March 30, 2011


I got a copy of Wisden.
posted by yaxu at 1:30 PM on March 31, 2011


I got carpal tunnel syndrome. No seriously. I can't beat the damn game, but it screwed up my hand something fierce.
posted by Rock Steady at 2:43 PM on March 31, 2011


Any way to mute it?
posted by schyler523 at 6:29 PM on March 31, 2011


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