Curry followed Dick Tree's progress with interest, but after two years of sporadic updates, it became clear that Tree had abandoned his quest. But instead of shrugging and moving on with his life, Curry decided to take up Dick Tree's mantle. "I got fed up with Dick Tree," he said to the New Yorker journalist who inexplicably wrote a feature on him, "So I declared that I would do it myself."
So on January 15, 2015, he got out his PlayStation, named the game's first two heroes Dick and Tree, and spent the next two years devoting much of his free time to role-playing as a digital Sisyphus. Curry began uploading videos to YouTube, and streaming live on Twitch, eventually developing a cult following. In the meantime, Tree reappeared and claimed he'd already completed the challenge, but with no proof to offer, no one believed him. Curry continued his mission, and in April 2017, fans were treated to the 56 minutes it took him for that final "level up" to appear.