OK, breathe. You've been trained for this. All you need to do is answer the questions about your cover identity correctly and your captured colleague doesn't get subjected to all manner of inhuman torture. Uh, how old is your pretend brother again? Riffing gently off the James Bond mythos, Q is a Twine game based in the browser created by zampano. It asks players to memorise a randomised set of biographical details and then answer a series of questions about them. Every correct answer inches an abducted fellow spy closer to freedom while every wrong response gets him more beat up by the unseen captors. It's a fun little test of short-term memory that gets increasingly tense as it goes on.
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I was only recently informed that, by luck or (most likely) by virtue of some promotion, burgers will be arriving in our office today. So for this week's Off Topic, it seems more apt than ever to ask people to dive into their memories. Memories about burgers, of course.