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Apr 24 2013

Would you like to play a game?

It’s a simple text-based game in which you play a cuttlefish. If you’re anything like me, it’ll take you 30 seconds to win. Knowing male cuttlefish mating strategies is a major advantage.

Unfortunately, you only get to play as a male, and females only have the property of being ever-receptive…which doesn’t sound very realistic to me.

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  1. 1
    embertine

    I did not know, but I worked it out eventually. I am very comfortable with my new threads.

  2. 2
    Konradius

    That was weird, I thought I had to rhyme and stuff.
    Probably the game only simulates analogue cuttlefish.

  3. 3
    janiceintoronto

    As a female cuttlefish I call misogynist shenanigans.

    What about the part after mating when we kill and eat the male?

    That’s the best part.

  4. 4
    birgerjohansson

    What about the part after mating when the egg is placed in the chest cavbity of a hapless vertebrate?

  5. 5
    =8)-DX

    Easy peasy. Can I keep my fancy new skin colour?

  6. 6
    pfooti

    The cool thing is that it is a Twine game, which is a free platform for making text games. So…. make your own game if you want to improve it.

    http://www.auntiepixelante.com/twine/

  7. 7
    WharGarbl

    Unfortunately, you only get to play as a male, and females only have the property of being ever-receptive…which doesn’t sound very realistic to me.

    You never know, maybe the female version is in the works.

    @janiceintoronto
    #3

    What about the part after mating when we kill and eat the male?

    I thought that’s praying mantis and/or certain species of spider, not cuttlefish.

  8. 8
    TGAP Dad

    Would you like to play a game?

    Love to. How about Global Thermonuclear War?

    (My mind went straight to the synthesized voice as soon as I saw the title.)

  9. 9
    WharGarbl

    @TGAP Dad
    #8
    A strange game, the only winning move is to impregnate the female.

  10. 10
    James

    Well, knowing nothing about cuttlefish or their mating habits I still managed to get my tentacle away, and get a meal of TASTY FISH as well.

  11. 11
    Natalie Reed

    Can you adopt the “mimic a female to earn the protection of a larger male, and then mate with any other female(s) the same male has taken in” mating strategy? I like that one a lot*. ;)

    *primarily because it’s an excellent example of how homosexual or “trangender” behaviours in animals don’t necessarily need to be “flukes” or “flaws” in their mating/reproductive strategy, but can actually be a beneficial, adaptive aspect of the species’ or population’s long-term reproductive strategy and/or family and social structures. I’m personally of the opinion that whatever biological or neuro-biological predisposing factors towards sexual and gender fluidity in human beings may very well also have been beneficial to our species, rather than simply resulting from occasional flukes related to our system of in-utero sexual differentiation (being hormone driven, requiring certain kinds of gene-activation, and having different “steps” in the process of sexual differentiation both anatomical and neurobiological, that aren’t perfectly “in sync”).

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    embertine

    There once was a venturesome cuttle,
    Whose mating behaviour was subtle.
    His transvestitism
    Created a schism:
    The ladies prepare their rebuttal.

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