Creators of Flickr launch Glitch.
Tuesday saw the launch of the Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) game Glitch, created by the minds behind Flickr. The game takes place within the imaginings of eleven giants with the users given the ability of grow and shape the world they inhabit. Unlike traditional MMOs the game contains very little fighting or conflict, don’t let this give you the impression it’s a game aimed at children, while it does have cutesy almost Little Big Planet, if it were 2d, like graphics, the makers of game Tiny Glitch clearly have ensured that young and old alike can get something from the game.
Equally do not think of this game as being like a Farmville type of pyramid scheme game, while it is initially light going, play the game long enough and you’ll begin to find real depth. I’ve had beta access for sometime now and it can become quite addictive, this in part is due to how the developers have really focussed on making sure the game is a genuinely good social experience, the community elements don’t just feel as if they have been tagged on.
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The team behind the game vow to continue expanding the already pretty large game and in my mind it has the potential to be huge as it bridges the gap between the casual and traditional gamer just enough to encourage both types of users to get involved in the game. One of the people behind the game, Stewart Butterfield, states in an interview with Tech Crunch that the difference between Zynga Facebook games, which it often gets compared to, due to its presentation, and Glitch is that it’s “much deeper, larger, and more open-ended — [with] hundreds of items and skills which can be recombined in all kinds of ways and it is also played together, in real-time, with thousands of other players who all have an impact on the way the world unfolds ….”
I’ve been playing the game for over a month now and I absolutely love it, the graphical style is beautiful and it entices you to go explore the world. As I said earlier the way they have integrated social interactions into the game is perfect, clearly the game was built with social in mind. You can interact with other players via the traditional MMO ways such as local chat, global chat, instant messaging, in-game e-mail and group chat but Glitch is also built as a social network, with each player having their own user page which can be updated like twitter and can be accessed via an iPhone app.
The game is utterly charming, but in my mind it is one of those games, a bit like The Sims, whereby you either Love it or Hate it. I recommend you check it out, its entirely browser based and free to play. If you do join feel free to contact me in-game and I can always help you out, my username is Lance Butterknife
What do you think? Have you played Glitch yet? What do you think about it?
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