Bryan Henderson is a God! We need to unite and destroy him in order to create a democratic anarchy capitalistic republic of kingdoms!
>Bryan Henderson is going to have to watch his back.
>Earlier this week, the 18-year-old incoming university freshman from Scotland became the lucky winner of game designer Peter Molyneux’s Curiosity cube contest. Henderson’s reward: He’ll be a god ruling over all other players of the upcoming “god simulation” game called Godus.
>But Molyneux says there’s a catch. “His reign will last a certain period of time … and then he can be overthrown,” he told Wired via phone.
>When he announced that Henderson was the player who clicked the final cube in his Curiosity game over the weekend, Molyneux said that as a reward for playing a virtual deity in Godus, Henderson will receive a “significant” percentage of the game’s profits. But, the game designer told Wired, other players will be able to usurp Henderson’s heavenly throne — and his salary.
>Will the fear of being overthrown make Bryan Henderson a just and benevolent ruler?
>Since winning the Curiosity contest, Henderson has become something of an internet celebrity. He’s already doled out high-profile interviews. His Twitter account has gained well over a thousand followers — and a parody account modeled after “Peter Molydeux.”
>At least one person has sent a gift to the 22Cans offices to be delivered to Henderson. Yes: The faithful are already giving him offerings in an effort to win his favor.
>Although 22Cans isn’t yet revealing exactly what in-game powers Godus’ god(s) will have, it assures concerned fans that there will be limits.
>“He can’t kick everyone in the world,” Molyneux says. “He can’t suddenly decide that everyone’s games get deleted. These [powers] are within the confines of game balancing. Some of them are moral decisions, some may be territorial decisions.”
>Molyneux, a man with an infamous reputation for big promises and under-delivery, seems to be trying to keep his excitement under control this time.
>“Godus is definitely, by a long, long way, the…” Molyneux began, then caught himself, trailing off.
>“Well,” he continued, “I’m not going to say it’s the best game I’ve worked on … but it feels like the most complete game I’ve worked on. I love playing it, and maybe other people will love playing it.”
>Mostly, Molyneux is relieved that Henderson is the person that won the Curiosity contest.
>“He could have turned out to be someone who couldn’t speak English,” Molyneux says. “He could have turned out to be 12 years old. That would’ve been philosophically interesting, I think.”
>Bryan Henderson told Wired via email that any potential heretics conspiring against him will have to come prepared.
>“If anyone tries to overthrow me,” he says, “they’ll have to give me everything they’ve got.”