I took the optimisation and addiction angles of this game to its extreme; I speed-ran the game. A handful of other individuals and I started to discuss the absolute optimal routes and strategies to take in this game, and for a while I obsessively played the game hoping to get a faster and faster time. My first play-through of the game without any knowledge took about 9 hours. My second playthrough, which I streamed, and was witnessed by Frank Lantz because he just so happened to search “universal paperclips” into Twitch while I streamed, took a little under 4 hours. We had a brief twitter conversation and wondered if sub-3 hours was possible.
A week later someone else had broken 2 hours. My personal time is still about 2 hours 16 minutes, which I’m happy with for now. Since then, two updates for the game were released due to the conversations us speedrunners and other folks had with Frank Lantz. I recently played the game again after a few weeks of not touching it to see how the changes affected my speedrun strategies. I still want to play the game, despite having “finished” it about a dozen times. I am a paperclip maximizer.