Note: iOS 9 + Facebook users w/ trouble scrolling: #super sorry# we hope to fix it asap. In the meantime Chrome Mobile is a reach around
hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

PAX 10: The SpyParty experience

8:00 PM on 09.06.2010 // Jordan Devore

I don't want to go full-on hyperbolic and say that SpyParty was the most-talked-about game at PAX Prime, but it certainly ranks up there near the top. As far as I can tell, there were a few reasons for this. The game's obscurity and "how does it work?" nature seemed to be two of the bigger factors.

At the beginning of the show, virtually no one knew what SpyParty was; it's a bummer, I know. As PAX progressed, though, a chain reaction of friends telling friends about how rad and unlike anything else it was occurred in a tremendous way.

Because SpyParty is complex, and doesn't immediately scream what it's all about explicitly, PAX attendees were forced to stick around until their curiosity was met by Chris Hecker and co. Oh, and the ridiculously in-depth instruction manuals that were being handed out helped, sort of.

So, what was the complete SpyParty experience? It goes a little something like this:

You start off by grabbing a copy of the aforementioned instruction manual. It is densely packed with the game's backstory, controls for both the Spy and the Sniper, and everything else you may or may not need to eventually know. For the curious, here's what it looks like.

After that, you put the manual down and wait for your turn to play. You pass the time by watching the current players do their thing, and begin thinking to yourself, "Hey, I totally get this now."

The time has come. You sit down in one of two chairs next to a table holding two back-to-back televisions. You now get to choose if you want to be the Sniper or the Spy, select what the major characters will look like, and pick up to four Spy objectives.

Suddenly, you begin panicking. You read the instruction manual, but oh God, every last juicy detail about the controls has slipped your mind under the pressure of playing in front of a live audience. Thankfully, SpyParty designer Chris Hecker and his friends are there to walk you through the process with tips.

If you are the Spy, you begin maneuvering your character similar to how the NPCs move and get into the AI mindset; you're trying to blend in with the crowd. If you are the Sniper, your eyes are darting across the screen, hoping the Spy slips up or you catch one of the painfully subtle (at first) tells that come with performing Spy actions.

As the time limit inches closer to zero, you have a decision to face: do you go off of a hunch and fire your single bullet into the crowd? Or do you wait a little longer, hoping that the Spy will add more time to the match by going up to a window and enabling an obvious tell?

If you're me, you say to yourself, "Crap, I don't know who the Spy is!" only to have some random dude help you out. "It's him, that's the guy! He kept screwing around the bookcase. Shoot him!"

You pull the trigger.

The on-screen character falls, and the audience behind squeals out in pure geek delight.

A victory by way of crowdsourcing is still a victory.

Jordan Devore, Managing Editor
 Follow Blog + disclosure DtoidJordan Tips
Jordan is a founding member of Destructoid and poster of seemingly random pictures. They are anything but random. Disclosure: I backed Double Fine Adventure and Awesomenauts: Starstorm on Kickst... more   |   staff directory

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding * to your whitelists.

Status updates from C-bloggers

SeymourDuncan17 avatarSeymourDuncan17
Why is every Quickpost now spaced out like poems with random amounts of stanzas that never ever rhyme?
RadicalYoseph avatarRadicalYoseph
Was anybody else here extremely disappointed by the ending of Assassin's Creed 2?
Parismio avatarParismio
Just tried Fallout 4 on my PC Via my Cousins steam account and nope, it does not run for me very well. Buying the PS4 version it is!
OrochiLeona avatarOrochiLeona
You know who never took any shit from anybody? Dr. Blight.
Terry 309 avatarTerry 309
Am I the only one who has to pull up their sleeves to play competantly at videogames? When my hoodie's sleeves are down I play like a piece of shit but when i pull them up, I have more flexibility.
Shinta avatarShinta
PSA: Just picked up Falco amiibo at Best Buy. They had about 20 Tom Nook, 10 singles of Splatoon Boy/Girl, the Splatoon triple pack, about 30 Marths with a big sign saying "Look Who's Back!," Dark Pit, and probably about 15 others. Not too shabby.
Fenriff avatarFenriff
I long for the day that people get over their weird circle jerk hatred for FFXIII related things and just ignore things they don't care about.
Rad Party God avatarRad Party God
I'm upgrading my PC on the cheap and I'm going with AMD, out of these two CPUs, wich one is better?, A8-7650K or FX-6300?
Logeon avatarLogeon
Huh, I think we broke LightningFarron19, you guys.
Archelon avatarArchelon
KeithTheGeek avatarKeithTheGeek
Being a video game-focused website, it's not often I get to gush about Godzilla. So have a link to one of my favorite tracks in the entire series:
ChrisHannard avatarChrisHannard
Fallout 4 really does bring back memories. Specifically, memories of finding unlikely loot on a animal's corpse. I'm just grateful that Bloatfly didn't know how to use that 15 pound flamethrower it was apparently carrying in its bum bag.
LinkSlayer64 avatarLinkSlayer64
I no longer require seasoning for my Thanksgiving dinner because between the Lightning post here and Undertale beating Fallout 3 in the "best game" vote on GameFAQs, I have all the salt I need. (Image) [img][/img]
Sir Shenanigans avatarSir Shenanigans
ikiryou avatarikiryou
Pfft, who needs context. [img][/img]
voex avatarvoex
Yeah...fuck the NES Castlevanias! Think I'll skip straight to Symphony of the Night.
SirDavies avatarSirDavies
No more heroes. Wii or PS3 version?
Amna Umen avatarAmna Umen
Thanks for that Mother 4 article yesterday I've been listening to nothing but GBA-era soundtracks, truly my golden years of gaming.
GoofierBrute avatarGoofierBrute
If you stop to think about it, Thanksgiving is basically #Darksiders2: The Holiday.
Gamemaniac3434 avatarGamemaniac3434
Your daily reminder that my band can beat up your band.
more quickposts



Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme

Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo

Back to Top

We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -