A Land of Contrasts
September 22, 2014 3:26 PM   Subscribe

It's a simple game, really. You just click the box that's a different color than the others.
posted by kafziel (154 comments total) 68 users marked this as a favorite
 
...whaaaaaaa?
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 3:28 PM on September 22, 2014


Oh you tricky s.o.b.s... my eyes!
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 3:28 PM on September 22, 2014


26! Also: ow!
posted by griphus at 3:29 PM on September 22, 2014 [5 favorites]


鑑定結果,你是【色郎lv26】,色色指數:25!要不要通知下小伙伴們呢?
posted by bleep at 3:30 PM on September 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


What helped me significantly was to put my head right in front of my monitor. Cut out the sun that was in my peripheral vision. Will try this out at home on my beautiful new computer to see how much having a really good screen helps.
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 3:31 PM on September 22, 2014


Identification results, you are [color Lang lv26], color rendering index: 25! Not to notice little friends do?
posted by bleep at 3:31 PM on September 22, 2014


Level 21 and now I'm blind.
posted by Joey Michaels at 3:32 PM on September 22, 2014 [4 favorites]


Google translate tells me:
Identification results, you are [pervert lv31], color rendering index: 30! Not to notice little friends do?
I'm a pervert?!
posted by Rhomboid at 3:32 PM on September 22, 2014 [3 favorites]


Uh did everyone crap out on purple?
posted by griphus at 3:32 PM on September 22, 2014 [13 favorites]


Also, my score improved all three times I played (but the biggest jump after I moved my head).
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 3:33 PM on September 22, 2014


I do really like how, since I don't read that language, there were absolutely no instructions on what to do, for me. But nonetheless it was very intuitive what you were supposed to do.

I once got to 35.
posted by kafziel at 3:33 PM on September 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


38. For *once*, a game that's probably easier for colorblind people to play!
posted by kyrademon at 3:33 PM on September 22, 2014 [32 favorites]


there is something severely fucked up with my magenta cones
posted by logicpunk at 3:34 PM on September 22, 2014 [17 favorites]


Level 31!!
posted by Joh at 3:34 PM on September 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


31 on my three year old phone. Maybe it is giving me an advantage somehow.

The darks and brights are harder than the light colours.
posted by jeoc at 3:34 PM on September 22, 2014


Yeah this was weird. The differently colored ones practically popped out in 3d all the way up to level 36 where I started questioning my decisions and noticed for the first time the countdown timer on the left.
posted by poffin boffin at 3:35 PM on September 22, 2014 [2 favorites]


Identification results, you are lv35 [goat], color rendering index: 34! Not to notice little friends do?

First a pervert, now a goat.
posted by Rhomboid at 3:35 PM on September 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


My results say that I'm legally blind but my gut feeling says that colors are assholes anyways.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 3:36 PM on September 22, 2014 [4 favorites]


I got up to 39 on the 3rd try but I need to rest my eyes now. The very dark blue squares were the hardest for me.
posted by Squeak Attack at 3:37 PM on September 22, 2014


my head hurts and i want square colorful candy
posted by poffin boffin at 3:38 PM on September 22, 2014 [2 favorites]


Eeeeyep, still a little color blind.
posted by lumpenprole at 3:39 PM on September 22, 2014


Hmm, level 31. There are definitely some colors that are much harder than others.
posted by tavella at 3:41 PM on September 22, 2014


Trying for a bit more speed the second time through, got to 44. HAHAHAHAHA I HAVE A SUPERPOWER!
posted by kyrademon at 3:41 PM on September 22, 2014 [5 favorites]


Huh, I can't get it to load on Chrome. Anyone else having that problem?
posted by codacorolla at 3:44 PM on September 22, 2014


This is absolutely marvelous. Thank you!
posted by stoneweaver at 3:45 PM on September 22, 2014


It was fine for me in chrome but wouldn't load in firefox.

our browsers are plotting against us
posted by poffin boffin at 3:45 PM on September 22, 2014


Green's hard, am I right?
posted by 2bucksplus at 3:46 PM on September 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


36/37. How true is the "human beings evolved to see the most shades of green" thing because greens were definitely easier than reds and blues.
posted by griphus at 3:46 PM on September 22, 2014 [3 favorites]


Timing!
posted by griphus at 3:47 PM on September 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


I refuse to believe that there were actually different colors after level 21
posted by mrbigmuscles at 3:47 PM on September 22, 2014 [5 favorites]


are you asking for confirmation that you are a human being
posted by poffin boffin at 3:47 PM on September 22, 2014


I got a sheet of black and that was it.
posted by 2bucksplus at 3:48 PM on September 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


Pirate Protip: Wear an eyepatch, switch it from eye to eye between clicks.
posted by burnmp3s at 3:49 PM on September 22, 2014 [4 favorites]


25! I'm reminded of an art teacher who was having trouble doing corporate color-matching branding for IBM until she found out she has a very slight blue color blindness, which never would've come up in normal life unless her job wasn't comparing subtle shades of blue to each other.
posted by The Whelk at 3:49 PM on September 22, 2014 [7 favorites]


色盲lv20 ... did I win?
posted by sammyo at 3:50 PM on September 22, 2014


I dunno about green vs. purple but light colors are a lot easier than dark ones.
posted by KathrynT at 3:54 PM on September 22, 2014


25, which is not at all bad given how colorblind I am. (It mostly manifests in an inability to distinguish low-contrast shades of red and purple, or greens and blues.)
posted by graymouser at 3:54 PM on September 22, 2014


Yes, a big part of my job is color matching. I suspect that this game partially detects the quality of your monitor. I know of a deficiency in my monitor, and stalled out on the same grid each time I played because there's no difference whatsoever on my monitor. If it were a brand color I work with, I would be ordering a new one.
posted by stoneweaver at 3:54 PM on September 22, 2014 [5 favorites]


I only made it to 27, but I'm using a wonky lcd monitor with a massive horrible gradient in it, so I'm pretty proud of that.

That's the main thing that'll screw you, I think: monitor calibration. Probably contrast, mostly.
posted by Sys Rq at 3:55 PM on September 22, 2014


fucking monitor calibration test suites.
posted by GuyZero at 3:57 PM on September 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


I got:

鑑定結果,你是【色郎lv24】,色色指數:23!要不要通知下小伙伴們呢?

Is that 23 or 24?
posted by tylerkaraszewski at 3:59 PM on September 22, 2014


"a big part of my job is color matching."

...? (looks at profile: "Occupation: Bringing Joy to the World.")

Care to share?
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 4:00 PM on September 22, 2014 [3 favorites]


CMND + SHFT + OPTION 8 on a Mac helps you cheat
posted by wemayfreeze at 4:00 PM on September 22, 2014


L35, but my eyes need to rest now.
posted by sukeban at 4:02 PM on September 22, 2014


I got what looks like a cat with hearts for eyes, holding what looks like a toilet plunger. That can't be good but I'd like to know how bad. Anybody?
posted by datawrangler at 4:03 PM on September 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


32, but I had to crank up the brightness on the Chromebook at one point.
posted by ob1quixote at 4:05 PM on September 22, 2014


29 on my five-year-old laptop. I'm tempted to steal the boyfriend's new apple phone for testing this evening.
posted by nat at 4:06 PM on September 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


Either my eyes or my phone think all reds are the same after level 27 every time. The other colors are really easy to see. Weird.
posted by fshgrl at 4:09 PM on September 22, 2014


I need to stop, my eyes have literally started leaking tears. I'm pretty impressed with whatever brain magic it is though that just lets me pick what seems to me to be a random square in the 25+ levels and still be right.
posted by yasaman at 4:10 PM on September 22, 2014


I got what looks like a cat with hearts for eyes, holding what looks like a toilet plunger.

I feel immensely cheated of this wonder.
posted by poffin boffin at 4:10 PM on September 22, 2014 [3 favorites]


鑑定結果,你是【色狼lv31】,色色指數:30!要不要通知下小伙伴們呢?

Jiàndìng jiéguǒ, nǐ shì [sèláng lv31], sèsè zhǐshù:30! Yào bùyào tōngzhī xià xiǎo huǒbànmen ne?

I can do better than Google Translate, but I may still be wrong: "Evaluating result: you are [Color Wolf, level 31], color identification number: 30! Don't you want to tell your buddies?"
posted by zompist at 4:11 PM on September 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


色狼lv27
posted by Fizz at 4:11 PM on September 22, 2014


Turquoise is OP needs nerf.
posted by St. Sorryass at 4:12 PM on September 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


Metafilter: you are [Color Wolf, level 31], color identification number: 30! Don't you want to tell your buddies?
posted by 2bucksplus at 4:14 PM on September 22, 2014


Level 13, but my retinas aren't in the best shape.
posted by Harpocrates at 4:16 PM on September 22, 2014


At the higher levels when my eyes start to break, I can not consciously see the difference in color, but my brain is still picking up on the difference, It is just interpreting that information as something other then color. The tile popping out a bit, or a change in the bevel shape, or most often some sort of pattern in the surrounding tiles.

Brains are weird.
posted by St. Sorryass at 4:21 PM on September 22, 2014 [9 favorites]


It has been established that women are better at perceiving colour than men.

We have recently learned that women make up the majority of gamers. This is the first game to be biased in favour of women. The first of many.

And that leads to a truly earth-shattering conclusion : that the loons on 4chan complaining about the Quinnspiracy and saying '4Chan is kill' were right !
posted by devious truculent and unreliable at 4:22 PM on September 22, 2014 [3 favorites]


Rhomboid: "Google translate tells me:
Identification results, you are [pervert lv31], color rendering index: 30! Not to notice little friends do?
I'm a pervert?!
"

(Added link for you)
posted by symbioid at 4:23 PM on September 22, 2014


I got to like 28 and then apparently I took too long because it stopped me.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 4:28 PM on September 22, 2014


This game feels like revenge.

This game feels like revenge for decades of dying in videogames because I am colorblind and therefore could not see what was going on.

Didn't I notice the screen going all red colored? Didn't I know that meant there was a monster behind me chewing on my brain? NO I CANNOT SEE THAT POSSIBLY THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN A MORE SIGNIFICANT EFFECT WHEN SOMETHING IS CHEWING ON MY BRAIN I THINK I WOULD NORMALLY NOTICE THAT.

Why did I run into the yellow round thing? Don't I know that the yellow round things are terrible poison and it's the green round things that are powerups? NO THE TWO ROUND THINGS LOOK THE SAME TO ME SORRY.

Oh, I drove the car off the road? PITY THE ROAD AND THE GRASS ARE IDENTICAL TO ME. Oh, I invaded the wrong country? WHOOPS CAN'T TELL APART THE BLUE FLAG MARKER AND THE PURPLE FLAG MARKER. Oh, did I shoot you there, buddy? BUMMER THAT THE ORANGE TEAM AND THE BROWN TEAM LOOK LIKE THE SAME TEAM FROM HERE.

But this? Identifying the slightly lighter gray square in the nest of gray squares? That's easy. Instead of using the impossible difference, it is based on the single difference I use every moment of my life in the real world! That's basically the method I use not to walk into things! I have been training for this game ALL MY LIFE!

FEAR ME INTERNET I AM THE MASTER OF FINDING THE SLIGHTLY LIGHTER SQUARE!
posted by kyrademon at 4:29 PM on September 22, 2014 [100 favorites]


Identification results, you are [peanut butter wolf lv33], color rendering index: OVER 9000! Not to notice little friends do?

-

I was struck that this is really a clever thing - who needs instructions: 4 objects, 1 different. What do you do? I mean, I suppose you could click outside the box or all the ones that are the same, but ... The obvious thing is "click the one that doesn't fit" BAM, next. OH I SEE!

I mean in terms of autopedagogical instructions, I'm not sure how you could beat this.

-

I also look forward to the inevitable clones on the app store(s) now.
posted by symbioid at 4:31 PM on September 22, 2014 [3 favorites]


Flappy Color Swatch
posted by Rhomboid at 4:33 PM on September 22, 2014 [3 favorites]


If you're stuck, tilt your screen back and forth and watch for the box that changes differently.
posted by Pope Guilty at 4:35 PM on September 22, 2014 [4 favorites]


I got no problem with any of the colors but for some reason I apparently can't distinguish shades of black at all. Weird.
posted by Hairy Lobster at 4:36 PM on September 22, 2014


I got no problem with any of the colors but for some reason I apparently can't distinguish shades of black at all. Weird.

Obsidian, Onyx, Midnight, Lost Soul, Rolling Blackout, Sleeping Panther, and "Void" by Armani.
posted by kafziel at 4:42 PM on September 22, 2014 [2 favorites]


I tried without tilting my monitor and got 瞎子 lv12. Google translate tells me the Chinese means "Blind".

Letting myself move the monitor and/or my head I got 17 and 24 on successive tries.

I do the worst on green and brown shades and bright colors. For the 12 I was clicking every square of a lime green mass and didn't hit the right one.
posted by mountmccabe at 4:46 PM on September 22, 2014


This is a game for the young.
posted by jeffamaphone at 4:48 PM on September 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


52 is my current high score but I think I need to stop I am drunk with power.
posted by kyrademon at 4:49 PM on September 22, 2014 [25 favorites]


I got 37, and I am inordinately proud of myself for it.
posted by Rock Steady at 4:50 PM on September 22, 2014


22 but I didn't realize I was being timed. Blue was super hard for me!

This is a game for the young.

I'm 26 and I have the lowest score here, it seems.
posted by geegollygosh at 4:51 PM on September 22, 2014


I scored 0 because I'm not obsessed with what "colour" things are - I prefer to judge a square on the content of its character. So I guess you racists win this round. Crayola, Pantone and Hitler - all the same shade of evil, if you ask me.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 4:56 PM on September 22, 2014 [26 favorites]


It's a lot easier on my laptop where tilting the screen up and down seems to help a lot. On my desktop computer I stalled out on #17.
posted by muddgirl at 4:57 PM on September 22, 2014


There's a solid-black level that kills me if I get it. But with friendlier colors, I got up to level 36. I am a goat.
posted by tavella at 5:22 PM on September 22, 2014


33, but I've been had long day, most of which was spent staring at a computer monitor. Wonder if I'll do better in the morning.

Purple is my kryptonite.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:23 PM on September 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


I got as far as 34, but there's a point at which all the little dots that appear in the grid around the colors basically make me want to throw up, and it gets a lot less fun.
posted by jacquilynne at 5:24 PM on September 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


This game is a lot harder than it feels like it should be until you remember to disable f.lux.
posted by notnamed at 5:27 PM on September 22, 2014 [11 favorites]


I've got a headache behind my eyes but I got to 33 and I feel like a superhero.
posted by kalimac at 5:33 PM on September 22, 2014


i want to be a peanut butter wolf
posted by poffin boffin at 5:39 PM on September 22, 2014


I work in the visual fx industry.
I'm using professionally calibrated HP Dreamcolor monitors.
The highest score I was able to get so far was 25 and it led to tears running down my cheeks, a twitching eye lid and nausea, not to mention a near miss on tweaking a neck muscle and a couple of odd looks from co-workers as they watched me bob up and down, left and right, forth and back in front of the monitor like a chicken on crystal meth.

Clearly I chose the wrong career because obviously I am not very good at colors.

*starts typing letter of resignation*

Thanks MetaFilter.
posted by Hairy Lobster at 5:39 PM on September 22, 2014 [15 favorites]


經鑒定,您是: 超級色魔lv44

Google translation: After identification, you are: Super rapist lv44

Uhhh, is that what that really says?
posted by ultraviolet catastrophe at 5:53 PM on September 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


29.
posted by bunderful at 5:58 PM on September 22, 2014


40. This happens to be a thing I'm pretty good at so I enjoyed it!
posted by Room 641-A at 6:02 PM on September 22, 2014


forget tilting back and forth, just play the whole game with the screen tilted almost flat, so you're looking across it instead of seeing it head on. easier with a phone or tablet of course.
posted by neat graffitist at 6:02 PM on September 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


I kept seeing Godzilla between screen changes.
posted by mule98J at 6:08 PM on September 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


I kind of want to see the scientific method applied to this now. Control for things like LCD technology (TN/VA/IPS/S-IPS), viewing angle, lighting, distance from screen, age, gender, etc. Obviously there are some people better at this than others, but what does the distribution look like and how much of a role does technology play?
posted by Rhomboid at 6:11 PM on September 22, 2014


I got 36 on my phone which is surprising as I have terrible vision (seriously). Those purple/magenta colors though? Those were hard.
posted by Aranquis at 6:30 PM on September 22, 2014


變態色魔lv48

AHAHAHA
posted by Quilford at 6:32 PM on September 22, 2014


Pretty sure this has a lot more to do with what kind of device you are on than any innate sensitivity. I was maxing out at lvl 26 or 27 on the desktop with its particular lcd screen and a mouse, and immediate went to lvl 40 the first time I tried on an iPad.

But, nice find! I would be cool to see the data generated by something like this, especially if you could aggregate by device/screen type.
posted by TonyRobots at 6:34 PM on September 22, 2014 [2 favorites]


49 now whee

I do suspect it has a lot to do with screen quality and etc, but I'm going to ignore that and instead pretend I'm just awesome
posted by Quilford at 6:36 PM on September 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


Level 50 or higher means you're a vampire because you can actually see delicious blood pulsing and flowing through the veins underneath the skin of the human cattle around you.
posted by Hairy Lobster at 6:37 PM on September 22, 2014 [6 favorites]


I have no doubt whatsoever that Quilford is indeed awesome.
posted by TonyRobots at 6:38 PM on September 22, 2014


Just FYI: 色魔, 色狼, etc: for those who are wondering why you're being ranked as a rapist, pervert and the like, it's a pun. 色 normally means colour but in certain contexts, it takes on a sexual meaning. Here it's playfully retaining the meaning of colour to denote how fearsome you are.
posted by tksh at 6:42 PM on September 22, 2014 [4 favorites]


孤獨求色lv52

>8(
posted by Quilford at 6:43 PM on September 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


I'm starting to think there is a technique to this.

If I defocus my gaze I can spot the odd square more easily I have increased my average to about 30 and have hit 38 once!

Some of the more intense colors make the defocusing rather hard though and I'm clearly doing better with lighter or desaturated colors than with darker or more saturated colors.
posted by Hairy Lobster at 6:56 PM on September 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


Is this something I would need a CGA card to understand?

I kid: 28-36, with better results if I look off to the side (kinda like what variable star astronomers do) to lessen the Purkinje effect. There's a much a stronger red response in the center in the center of one's field of view due to the sharply peaked concentration of cone cells in the center of the retina, and it's particularly noticeable in low light conditions (eg, for the dark colors), when the cones stop being as responsive. As a result, the box you're staring at will seem different from the peripheral boxes (because they're falling on different numbers of cones/rods), and the differences will jump around as you change you gaze. But if you give the whole thing the side-eye, the image will hit your retina where the distributions of rods and cones in your eye is more uniform, and you'll be able to see the slight differences without your eye contributing to the variations.

That's the theory, anyway. For me it made about 6pts difference pretty consistently.
posted by Westringia F. at 7:01 PM on September 22, 2014 [4 favorites]


That's interesting, Hairy Lobster. I wonder if your defocusing method works on the same principle as the averted-gaze technique....
posted by Westringia F. at 7:08 PM on September 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


I got 25 the first time, and then 32 when I turned my screen a little bit.
posted by codacorolla at 7:10 PM on September 22, 2014


Westringia F., I suspect as much. Also, I found it's getting easier when I reduce the board in size using the browser's zoom. I think my blind spot was getting in the way when I had it too big... it seemed like there was a noisy spot in my field of view where things were shifting around causing false positives.

Though reducing the size of the pattern makes it harder to click on the right square quickly, so there's a trade-off.
posted by Hairy Lobster at 7:12 PM on September 22, 2014


Yay, level 44 (after about 6 tries). The saturated greens and Blues and pinks were the worst. (Surprisingly, I didn't mind the dark brown/blacks)
posted by leahwrenn at 7:13 PM on September 22, 2014


54.

I WANT 60.

i want it so bad
posted by Quilford at 7:13 PM on September 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


So 色狼 actually does mean pervert/lecher.

色—the main meaning of which is colour—is also a sexual marker. If you're very 色, you've got a bit of kinky, lewd or lecherous action going on.

The maker of this game probably went with 色狼, which is brilliantly evocative (the lecherous wolf-man: predatory and ... unsavoury) as a title because of the pun of using the 色 in its primary meaning.

You are the colour wolf, ferreting out the shades that don't match.
posted by flippant at 7:17 PM on September 22, 2014 [6 favorites]


oh shit I was gonna come in all snotty and special with my score of 2427 because ha ha I am an art director I get paid because of my super color sense but um I am not even close to worthy apparently
posted by Hermione Granger at 8:03 PM on September 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


I seem to get in the 25-30 range.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 8:04 PM on September 22, 2014


鑑定結果,你是【孤獨求色lv56】!要不要通知下小伙伴們呢?

Identification results, you are seeking solitude [color lv56]! Not to notice little friends do?

經鑒定,您是:
孤獨求色lv56

After identification, you are:
Lonely seeking color lv56

... Getting higher is starting to become a reaction time issue, and when the game warns me I am becoming a lonely shut-in perhaps it is time for bed.
posted by kyrademon at 8:07 PM on September 22, 2014


Satyr

?

But now Metafilter appears to have a burnt umber background....
posted by CrowGoat at 8:11 PM on September 22, 2014


Zooming out in my browser helped my scores go from the high 20s to the high 30s. 67% magnification seems to work pretty well.
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 8:11 PM on September 22, 2014


YES LEVEL 39 SUCK IT MINISCULE COLOR VARIATIONS I AM YOUR LORD AND MASTER
posted by Hermione Granger at 8:19 PM on September 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


wait you get get to level 60

nooooo
posted by Hermione Granger at 8:21 PM on September 22, 2014


Unfocusing my eyes seemed to be the trick (well, until I hit a set of greens that were completely indistinguishable to me).
posted by Dip Flash at 8:39 PM on September 22, 2014


Ugjyghygh 56 also they're starting to look like rectangles and trapeziums
posted by Quilford at 8:42 PM on September 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


Incidentally, the messages at various levels, up to the point people have gotten so far (leaving off repeated things like "identification results" and "tell your friends") appear to be along the lines of:

要不要告訴小伙伴這個好玩的遊戲?
Partners not to tell this fun little game?

你是【瞎子】!
You are blind!

你是【色盲】!
You are colorblind!

你是【色郎】!
You are color Lang!

你是【色鬼】!
You are goat!

你是【變態色魔】!
You are perverted rapist!

你是【孤獨求色】!
You are seeking solitude color!
posted by kyrademon at 9:04 PM on September 22, 2014


How true is the "human beings evolved to see the most shades of green" thing because greens were definitely easier than reds and blues

IIRC, Blue has been theorized to be the most recent color we have learned to distinguish. There was a British Prime Minister in the late 19th century that indexed every color used in the Greek classics, and was puzzled to find no mention of blue at all. The sea was wine-colored, the sky was 'the bronze' to the Greeks. There is a good deal of debate about this, but the absence of a word that specifically described what we call 'blue' in so many ancient languages (Ancient Greek, Ancient Hebrew, even Ancient Japanese and Old Guarani from Paraguay it's said) is rather odd. However, some say that the Greeks defined colors by the lightness of them, not by the hues, and it's more about how they use the language more than the mechanics of color perception.

Relevant links in the "pro-blueblind Greeks" category
Radiolab podcast
Segment on QI

and in the "wait a minute, this theory has problems" category, here are two discussions that go into detail and criticism of the theory here in the blue.
posted by chambers at 9:06 PM on September 22, 2014 [11 favorites]


Surely you mean here in the bronze.
posted by kyrademon at 9:08 PM on September 22, 2014 [7 favorites]


its not the bronze none of us have been attacked by vampires
posted by The Whelk at 9:12 PM on September 22, 2014 [12 favorites]


I just played it twice before realizing that it would be a lot easier if I turned off f.lux.
posted by oneear at 9:25 PM on September 22, 2014 [2 favorites]


its not the bronze none of us have been attacked by vampires

Although now that Quilford has gotten over Level 50 and proved his vampiric nature, along with kyrademon (I mean that name!) it's surely only a matter of time.
posted by Athanassiel at 9:56 PM on September 22, 2014 [1 favorite]


28 on my samsung note 2. Gonna try it on my tablet next. Fun link!
posted by Queen of Robots at 10:40 PM on September 22, 2014


Finally got past 26 - all the way to 37! Green is fine, it's the blue ones which are tough for me. Now I'm going to try with my glasses on and see if that makes any difference.
posted by Athanassiel at 11:20 PM on September 22, 2014


Love the post title.
posted by persona au gratin at 11:26 PM on September 22, 2014


Lvl 29 and I'm really jealous of those of you getting 50+.

Great post, OP.
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 2:12 AM on September 23, 2014


> "... along with kyrademon (I mean that name!)"

That doesn't mean anything and I'll prove it in person to all of you as soon as I get my robot body.
posted by kyrademon at 3:40 AM on September 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


Legitimate tip: Set a shortcut on your phone to invert colors (mine was already set to triple home button). If you have trouble specifically with blues, switch quickly over and it'll be yellow. Super easy.

Also of note: I will cheat at anything for no reason.
posted by dogwalker at 4:03 AM on September 23, 2014 [4 favorites]


I was going to gloat about how being colour blind was an advantage, but it looks like kyrademon's got that one wrapped up. Well done buddy!

*secret colourblind fist bump*
posted by Ned G at 5:32 AM on September 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


If colorblindness is an advantage, does the fact that I can only score in the mid-20s mean I have SUPER COLOR VISION?
posted by geegollygosh at 6:35 AM on September 23, 2014


Also,

Metafilter: Getting higher is starting to become a reaction time issue.

and

Metafilter: I am becoming a lonely shut-in perhaps it is time for bed.
posted by grateful at 7:10 AM on September 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


I wonder how tetrachromats perform on this.
posted by symbioid at 7:29 AM on September 23, 2014


I got to lvl 27 (and still hold I got it right). It was oddly easy to me. I couldn't tell you how I knew the block was different, I could just tell one block didn't look right to me.

Software developer pattern recognition skills in action?
posted by Wysawyg at 8:34 AM on September 23, 2014


Is there a inverse ratio of score to age?
posted by grumpybear69 at 8:35 AM on September 23, 2014


The last level, 孤獨求色, is a pun on 獨孤求敗, a fictional martial arts character.
posted by monocot at 8:38 AM on September 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


From monocot's link: "Dugu's surname 'Dugu' (獨孤) is made up of two Chinese characters that literally mean 'single and lonely' when placed together. His given name 'Qiubai' (求敗) literally means 'to seek defeat'. His full name is thus roughly translated as 'The Loner Who Seeks Defeat'. It represents Dugu's status as an invincible swordsman who is haunted by solitude as no one can defeat or equal him in swordplay."

So I guess 你是【孤獨求色】means "You are The Loner Who Seeks Colour".
posted by kyrademon at 9:08 AM on September 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


>"a big part of my job is color matching."

...? (looks at profile: "Occupation: Bringing Joy to the World.")

Care to share?


Sure! My job and my occupation aren't the same. (Which I know isn't all that much more illuminating.)
posted by stoneweaver at 9:52 AM on September 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


Did anyone else find the Hermann Grid illusion very strong and very annoying? Played once to level 20, not going back.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 11:29 AM on September 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


I noticed the grid quite strongly on some levels. On some levels, blinking can make the different square jump out dramatically.
posted by Phredward at 11:35 AM on September 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


I got to 31 this first try. Previously, I took a quiz that said I had perfect color vision so I'm expecting great things here.
posted by audacity at 11:36 AM on September 23, 2014 [2 favorites]


Wait, are we trying to get a higher or a lower number? I don't even know. (25)
posted by audacity at 11:44 AM on September 23, 2014


I figured out that higher numbers are better. 38, and my eyes hurt.
posted by audacity at 11:54 AM on September 23, 2014


Ow ow ow. I played on my iphone first, level 35, no eye pain or headache. Just played at work, level 24, instant pounding headache.
posted by peep at 11:57 AM on September 23, 2014


Okay, I'd been blinding myself on my desktop and not breaking level 28, then tried it on my phone and zipped on past to level 38. There's something to the horizontal screen thing. But ow, I'm done for a while.
posted by ambrosia at 12:28 PM on September 23, 2014


39. It took a few tries.
posted by Mister Moofoo at 1:22 PM on September 23, 2014


I did this on my iPad a while ago (mostly in the dark) and can reliably get to 40s, but on a regular monitor in a bright room and can just reach high 20s.
posted by of strange foe at 1:25 PM on September 23, 2014


but did you see the gorilla
posted by tivalasvegas at 3:57 PM on September 23, 2014 [5 favorites]


I have found that it helps to blink when you get stuck.
posted by aniola at 4:26 PM on September 23, 2014


I'm a level 30 pervert.
posted by caphector at 4:40 PM on September 23, 2014


This would have been better without the timer, IMO. Just let us try until we click the wrong tile - that would be a better measurement of the limits of your eyesight.

(also, 27)
posted by ymgve at 5:04 PM on September 23, 2014 [2 favorites]


chambers: The sea was literally, wine-'faced/eyed'.

I'm not colour blind, but I have always wondered why people would strive to interpret that as colour, rather than darkness. To me, the colour of sea at an oncoming storm isn't really striking for it's colour, but it's darkness. Wine is a dark liquid.

So, perhaps all that says is that our culture generally values colour more than shade (except in the above game!), but other cultures didn't, necessarily.

Interesting discussion on wine-faced/oinops here.
It's used in regards to sea, or oxen. I'd be inclined to interpret the latter as wine-eyed, and therefore about having really big pupils, on really big eyes.
posted by Elysum at 5:43 PM on September 23, 2014 [1 favorite]


The coolest thing is when you don't so much see the difference in color as a kind of movement of the pale square, as the screen refreshes.
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 6:15 PM on September 23, 2014 [2 favorites]


Did anyone click the "MORE GAMES" button and see "Action game: Fucking Mario" on that list? Yup!
posted by wenestvedt at 6:26 PM on September 23, 2014


For extra agony, try this in throbbing florescent light.
posted by Lesser Shrew at 8:47 AM on September 24, 2014


Wine is a dark liquid.

Well, red wine, anyway.
posted by Sys Rq at 9:18 AM on September 24, 2014


A tablet, in the dark, is definitely the best way to go, I was able to get up to 39 in a couple of tries last night. Though I am not an inhuman alien like kyrademon. The black and dark blue ones are my kryptonite, though.
posted by tavella at 9:29 AM on September 24, 2014


If it actually matters to anyone, I was using a MacBook Pro and a mouse, and not using color-inversion, screen-tilting, any cheat or even any particular technique. However, I have an extremely unusual form of bizarre mutant colorblindness, which I honestly think is giving me a serious advantage for making these kinds of distinctions. I suspect it is related to the reason that coloblind observers are sometimes used as camouflage spotters.
posted by kyrademon at 1:14 PM on September 24, 2014


(And if people are serious about wondering if age has an effect, I'm 42.)
posted by kyrademon at 1:31 PM on September 24, 2014


[Wine is a dark liquid.]

Well, red wine, anyway.
posted by Sys Rq


Ha!
Ok, I'm a prime example of the cultural colour bias there. Wine as a colour is dominant in my perception over the colours of actual wine, even though I myself mostly drink 'white' wine.

For other cultural associations, see: I associate December with Winter, even though I have always lived in the Southern Hemisphere. :P


Also, ignore my digressing onto big-eyed. After discussing with my flatmate, I'm almost definitely wrong, but, eh, another half-assed internet speculation as to what oinops refers to.
Flatmate additionally pointed out Ox do come in dark, almost wine coloured shades, but I'm wondering if it's something more like, sweaty dark coloured ox.
posted by Elysum at 3:51 PM on September 25, 2014


58 is my best.

Got up to 54 with 9 seconds left and spluttered out.

I will get 60 someday.
posted by Quilford at 6:51 AM on September 26, 2014


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