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I don't trust 3rd party apps with my password, but I'm curious about what it does once it has it? Spam tweets? Connect with your friends? etc...

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From what I understand, the game is about connecting with your friends using Twitter (it tweets things ending with the #sorcery hashtag). I won't post this as an answer because I don't exactly know how the tweets affect the gameplay. –  Kevin Y Mar 24 '11 at 21:30
    
Either way, the tweets aren't malicious. –  Kevin Y Mar 24 '11 at 21:30
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Even if it does something interesting with Twitter you probably don't want to trust it with your password if you can play without it. I would research the game more and to see other people's experiences and if the game uses a Twitter API to properly ensure that your password is secure. –  Sadly Not Mar 24 '11 at 21:33
    
Since I don't think Basic Auth is allowed with Twitter API access anymore, the game 'should' be just storing an oAuth token, but that doesn't mean they aren't storing your password. Doubtful though. If you do end up entering it, you can check it under Settings > Connections and see if it's listed there and revoke it if you want. Regardless, the integration doesn't seem to be anything more than sending out a bunch of status updates which I would guess your followers would tire of quickly. –  Doozer Blake Mar 25 '11 at 3:34
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@Nick: If the site is asking for my password, I'm assuming it is storing it until proven otherwise. As long as I give it out, all bets are off. –  Piskvor Mar 26 '11 at 11:17

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The game does not auto-tweet. All the lines of text in the game are under 140 characters, and you have the option to tweet each one if you feel like sharing. Please keep in mind that your friends might not be interested in seeing the whole game in their twitter feed. Tweeting is completely optional and does not affect your game progress in any way.

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Thanks for the info. Do you happen to have knowledge of passwords being stored or not? –  Nogwater Mar 26 '11 at 4:05

The game is very tightly integrated with Twitter. Watch the #sworcery hashtag to get an idea of what it's going to be sending out. (And to see classic Twitter users feuding over whether it should/should not do so.)

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Unfortunately the tweets are protected. –  Sadly Not Mar 24 '11 at 21:46
    
I've seen that a lot of the text that shows up in pop-ups in-game is getting tweeted. If that's all there is to it, then it's really not worth giving up my passwords and annoying my friends. I guess I was hoping that it could read from Twitter in an interesting way or something. I guess for that it wouldn't need the password, just the username. Hmm... –  Nogwater Mar 24 '11 at 21:56
    
Care to add an example @LessPop? –  Ivo Flipse Mar 25 '11 at 10:08
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The link in this answer should be here (twitter uses # for ajax stuff so it needs to be HTML-ified). The tweets aren't protected. I can't edit because the change is under 6 chars –  Matthew Read Mar 25 '11 at 15:04
    
Sweet they aren't protected anymore. –  Sadly Not Mar 25 '11 at 21:25

This link provides a lot of info: http://geraldonascimento.net/sworcery-how-4-four-guys-managed-to-hijack-the-world/

A summary:

The game has flash flooded and managed to get into #2 yesterday on the top charts. Because of this twitter integration.

Full disclosure: I'm the author of that post. It's my best explanation for why Twitter asks for the password.

There are two real answers:

1 - Technical Answer The technical answer is that a twitter application needs your password so it can register itself and tell Twitter.com that YOU trust this application, in this case Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP.

2 - Philosophical Answer The philosophical answer is that asking you for your password is a way of knowing if you trust the game completely.

My personal opinion: you should.

EDIT / UPDATE:

I have since then played the game, and he asks you for your username and password. If you are not used to Twitter clients, they all work the same way:

1 - They ask you to login to Twitter. 2 - Twitter asks that you allow said app to access your Twitter feed and post stuff there.

Sword & Sworcery is sorta like that. Cept its not a Twitter client. They handle that process themselves.

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Doesn't oAuth address the technical issue without me needing to trust the developers to securely handle my password? –  Nogwater Mar 27 '11 at 5:07
    
They didn't know how to use oAuth so they decided to ask you for your password gently. Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP is using your password to place tweets in your name. You think? It asks for your password to login. –  Solivagant Mar 27 '11 at 8:10

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