The secret of Tim Schaefer’s Rubik’s Cube collection

Tim Schaefer owns many Rubik’s cubes. This is something that many double-fine documentary eagle-eyed viewers may have noticed over the years. The scene where Schaefer sits in the office often involves many Rubik’s cubes covering his desk. Or they are in his hands when quickly processing Cube puzzles on various meetings and work phones.

For example Double fine adventure Episode 3.. Sitting next to Double Fine principal artist Lee Petty, Schafer is talking to artist Nathan “Bagel” Stapley on Skype, exploring the direction of Broken Age’s art, which was under development at the time. You can see three different Rubik’s cubes based on a frame-by-frame analysis of the scene. One is in Schaefer’s hands, one is on the desk between him and Petty, and the other is on the sofa near the background window. There was some discussion here, Game informer As for whether the final Rubik’s cube is important, it actually looks like a small pillow, so I decided to include it for completeness.

Double Fine Productions / 2 Player Productions

Double Fine Production / 2 Player Production

Owning a Rubik’s Cube alone is not uncommon. It is a popular toy.In fact, since its debut in 1977 (originally sold as a Magic Cube), the Rubik’s Cube has been 450 million Of that toy. It’s no wonder that many people own it. 1. That makes sense. But three in the office alone? It’s a little weird.

As a brave reporter Game informer Limited time with Schafer in a recent cover story interview to unravel the mystery of this Rubik’s Cube. The answer may surprise you. But probably not. He likes them a little.

In the 1990s, Schafer worked for Lucas Arts, the game development division of George Lucas’ company Lucasfilm. The team used an internal engine called the Scripting Utility for Maniac Mansion (SCUMM for short). This engine is named after the game in which the engine was originally created. When faced with the Rubik’s Cube habit, Schaefer admits that compiling a SCUMM game, as he says, took a “troublesome” time. He was often stuck when he didn’t have enough time to use the bathroom or go to the kitchen, but it took too long to sit there and do nothing. So Schaefer needed a way to fill the day and learned to solve a 3 x 3 block Rubik’s cube.

But years later, at Double Fine Productions, the company Schafer founded after LucasArts revealed an unsolved mystery.

“I learned how to make a 3×3 cube, but one day at Double Fine, strangely, I didn’t know who did this. Someone left a 4×4 on my desk,” Schafer said. Says. “I was like,’Oh, I can’t solve it.’ But what’s different is that you have everything you want to do. YouTube has kids who can do that. It will tell you how to do that, so I’m going to solve the four-until 4 o’clock and I said, “Hey, look! I solved it. Who left it on my desk I don’t know, but I solved it. ” And this 5 x 5 appears on my desk, like “Hmm”. “

Schaefer still doesn’t know who put the cube on the desk, but the mystery has escalated to a 7 x 7 block Rubik’s cube. The determined man, Schaefer, learned to solve them all.With exclusive photos obtained by Game informerYou can see how big the Schafer collection has grown. Sitting in a small basket on his desk, you can see at least 14 cubes of various dimensions, colors and intricacies.

The Rubik’s Cube consumes Schaefer’s days, and 24 hours will not be completed without solving at least some of his various cubes. If you’ve come across a video call with Schafer, it’s possible that your finger is working hard just below his camera.

“It’s not a secret, it’s just these patterns and methods,” says Schaefer. “But once you learn it-I solve this stack several times daily, because now I’m attending meetings and attending these Zoom meetings. You attend meetings For example, there are a lot of meetings that just listen. In a real live meeting, I want to do this, but I’m rude because I’m supposed to see your eyes. But I Is tinkering with this cube, but in a zoom conference, it’s here. [off camera] No one knows for a long time. It’s fun. I’m satisfied. “

Now you know the secrets and (almost) resolved habits behind Tim Schafer’s Rubik’s Cube collection. But Schafer leaves us some amazing revelations. One is the move from the Rubik’s Cube to a faster, better-feeling, better-end, higher-end Chinese cube puzzle. The second revelation is that it is no longer just a cube. He graduated from something completely different.

“I have [cubes] We also have a small jigsaw puzzle for Zoom meetings, and we’ll do it at our desk during long meetings, “Schaefer reveals. Would you like to go to a long meeting? “