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03-15-12, 07:50 AM
Peter Molyneux OBE is the veteran designer behind games like Populous and Black and White who recently left Lionhead and Microsoft (http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/03/07/peter-molyneux-leaves-lionhead-and-microsoft/) to work on secret projects with a new company, Twenty Toucans. Peter MolyDEUX (https://twitter.com/#!/petermolydeux) is a twitter personality who describes himself ‚??a twisted parody based on the legendary British Game Designer.‚?? He regularly tweets comedy game ideas, like one for a game ‚??in which you control a waterfall and must travel the world hiding outdoor passages from adventurers.‚??

Another one casts you as ‚??a small girl flying a talking kite. The kite seems to know about a upcoming major terrorist attack and floats towards clues.‚?? Occasionally, the tweets are feature ideas. ‚??What if every bullet you fired hits the floor & spends 10 minutes evolving into a fast paced creature that will chase you down for revenge?‚?? asks one.

Some of the ideas, while funny, are actually pretty interesting, or at least bizarre enough to spark new ideas. Joystiq (http://www.joystiq.com/2012/03/14/peter-molydeux-game-jam-may-include-real-molyneux-march-31-to-a/) spotted a tweet from Double Fine‚??s Anna Kipnis calling for a game jam based on Molydeux‚??s tweets. The idea has quickly taken off.

The ‚??MolyJam (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AhmSHS9S3JZvdGFqS1lvRVA4VGotU3ItSUZMZ1JmT Xc#gid=0)‚?? is scheduled to take place on March 31 and April 1 in Brighton and San Francisco. You can get involved online if you can‚??t make it to the events. Molydeux says the jam is open to everyone. ‚??Join the movement, the time has come,‚?? he says. The sign-up sheet (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AhmSHS9S3JZvdGFqS1lvRVA4VGotU3ItSUZMZ1JmT Xc#gid=0) already lists dozens of devs from around the world. The real Peter Molyneux is also listed as a participant.

Vox Games (http://www.theverge.com/gaming/2012/3/14/2871189/fake-molyneux-game-design-challenge-may-include-real-molyneux) have a ‚??a source close to the matter ‚?? that suggests the real Peter Molyneux could turn up at the Brighton meet to lend his support to the jam. His Twitter parody self won‚??t be attending, though.

Molyneux has responded to a few of Molyduex‚??s ideas on Twitter recently. ‚??My first mobile game will be free but if you pay a little then the NPC‚??s will be extra nice and complement you more while playing,‚?? tweeted Molydeux.

‚??That‚??s not a bad idea actually‚?? Molyneux replied.

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