QWOP Cosplay
July 17, 2012 9:03 AM   Subscribe

Everyone loves QWOP, but some people love it enough to cosplay it.
posted by Bulgaroktonos (25 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

 
Is it the same guy as last time?

Also, do we have time to get QWOP into Rio 2016? Rugby, golf, and QWOP.
posted by zamboni at 9:07 AM on July 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


I think you mean QWOPsplay.
posted by Strange Interlude at 9:09 AM on July 17, 2012 [5 favorites]


The first time I watched this I laughed until I cried. I just could not believe any game could possibly be this lame. The idea that a human would attempt to move that way had me in hysterics before I even saw the cosplayer. Takes some seriously coordinated uncoordinatedness to pull that off.
posted by kinnakeet at 9:12 AM on July 17, 2012


never can't get enough of cosplay ^.^
posted by leevituulola at 9:15 AM on July 17, 2012


This guy has way better uncoordinatedness than the guy from the last thread.
posted by spitefulcrow at 9:19 AM on July 17, 2012 [4 favorites]


Oh, man, someone pointed this to me a while ago. The guy just nails it in terms of the fail-state inverse kinematics stuff, though I really enjoy the previous video's crowd chants of "QWOP! QWOP!" and the exhortation by the camera man to "just start qwopping!"

I feel like the main thing missing from these QWOPsplays is a wingman ready to jump out with a sandwich board sign that says PARTICIPANT and "0.3 meters" and so forth.
posted by cortex at 9:24 AM on July 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


The guy mashing the keyboard in the background is a nice touch, though.
posted by zamboni at 9:26 AM on July 17, 2012


My strategy is to slowly inch across the track by hitting Q+P a few times, then W+O, and repeating. With careful and deliberate corrections for those times when the runner ends up teetering on the verge of tipping over, you can make him sort of hobble forward spread-eagle, dragging one knee in the dirt behind him. At that point it becomes a game of mental endurance, a fight against boredom and (inevitable) insanity.
posted by swift at 9:31 AM on July 17, 2012 [2 favorites]


Everyone loves QWOP

I respectfully disagree. Hatred may be too strong a word; I don't condone hatred. However, to say that I would not piss on QWOP if it caught fire might indicate the depths of my distaste for this insidious, infuriating useless bloody timesink.
posted by Mooski at 9:35 AM on July 17, 2012 [2 favorites]


If like me you have never been able to get more than 10 meters or so you also owe it to yourself to watch this guy complete the course to the tune from "Chariots of Fire". Yes, there is a hurdle at 50 meters.
posted by Curious Artificer at 9:36 AM on July 17, 2012 [12 favorites]


Now all we need is Sumotori Dreams cosplay.
posted by emmtee at 9:40 AM on July 17, 2012 [5 favorites]


One of foddy's other games, GIRP, has a variation called megaGIRP, which is played on dancemats. It kinda captures the insanity.

Foddy also did a presentation at GDC this year called learning to qwoperate (you can watch it behind that link ~30 mins), about trolling your players. I am pretty much in agreement with him.
posted by jonbro at 9:41 AM on July 17, 2012 [3 favorites]


I have never seen this and I can confirm that it brings the lols.
posted by LobsterMitten at 9:43 AM on July 17, 2012


Bill Qwopsby
posted by orme at 9:48 AM on July 17, 2012 [12 favorites]


This weekend I was reliably informed by a friend that "QWOP" has entered into parlance as a verb, meaning to "be so drunk that you end up flailing around and faceplanting onto the floor".

i.e. "I was so trashed on Saturday I QWOPped all the way home!" or "Lets go to that dive bar in Camden and get QWOPped."
posted by fight or flight at 9:57 AM on July 17, 2012 [2 favorites]


That is so meta it belongs on metafilter.
posted by clvrmnky at 10:01 AM on July 17, 2012


I watched the entire video on Curious Artificer's link above because I didn't believe that someone had actually finished it.

As for the video that inspired this post, has it been posted elsewhere on Metafilter in a comment recently? Because I know I've seen it and I have absolutely no idea where I would have seen QWOP cosplay if not here. Absolutely none.

I do think his form -- or lack thereof -- is what nails it. Absolute imperfection.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:07 AM on July 17, 2012


As for the video that inspired this post, has it been posted elsewhere on Metafilter in a comment recently?

It was posted a while back in at least one Metafilter mod's twitter account, I can tell you that.
posted by cortex at 10:11 AM on July 17, 2012


Yes, there is a hurdle at 50 meters.
Can't watch the video at the moment, but on behalf of all those who have never made it more than 4m, can I just say: WAT!?
posted by juv3nal at 10:14 AM on July 17, 2012 [3 favorites]


There's also a long jump at the end. I've watched a few amazing QWOP performance videos, but I don't think I've seen anyone either clear the hurdle or manage to actually jump instead of sort of falling over with the possible exception of one guy who knocked down the hurdle, dragged it along with him to the end of the course, and kind of surfed it a fair distance over the jump pit.
posted by Copronymus at 11:17 AM on July 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


Huh, I made it to the hurdle, kind of got tangled up in it, and then fell off the world.
posted by fritley at 11:22 AM on July 17, 2012


watch this guy complete the course to the tune from "Chariots of Fire"

That's one of the most brilliant parts of QWOP, if you actually start to get the guy running, it starts playing the theme of "Chariots of Fire," which makes you feel amazing.

The Idle Thumbs Podcast is always worth listening to for anyone who likes smart conversation about video games mixed with crazy clang associations on Jeff Goldblum's name and silly new names for gamer-themed beverages.

But one of their finest moments is this account of two people hopelessly, horribly lost in a competitive QWOP zone: (the last 10 minutes of Idle Thumbs #50. Direct mp3 link.)
posted by straight at 11:51 AM on July 17, 2012


If you think that's crazy, check out this perfectly normal guy going to the store on a perfectly normal day.





SPOILER ALERT: He doesn't make it to the store
posted by surazal at 1:07 PM on July 17, 2012 [1 favorite]


And... someone actually made a spoof video of the other video I just posted. Thus the circle of Cosplay is now complete.
posted by surazal at 1:11 PM on July 17, 2012


has it been posted elsewhere on Metafilter in a comment recently?

It was a comment in the If Websites Were People thread.
posted by Rhomboid at 1:43 AM on July 18, 2012


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