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Wonderfully Weird MMO Glitch Goes Live

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GlitchTiny Speck's Glitch went live this week, letting gamers everywhere satisfy their longstanding desire to see more butterfly milking in games.

Glitch garnered a lot of buzz during its beta, thanks in part to its pedigree. Stewart Butterfield, co-founder of social image hosting site Flikr, probably isn't the first person gamers think of when asked to pick an MMO guru. Add in Keita Takahashi, the game director responsible for Katamari Damacy, one of the most bizarre and daddy-issue-fueled titles to ever grace console systems, and you know the result will be unique.

Glitch MMOSet in the minds of dreaming giants, the game's surreal, psychedelic visual style sets the stage for equally offbeat gameplay. Character skills include Bubble Tuning, Cocktail Crafting, and Bureaucratic Arts. New skills take real-world time to learn, with advanced skills requiring several hours of elapsed time.

Instead of combat grinding, the game emphasizes exploration, experimentation, and socializing. Missions and activities are completely non-violent (although one vegan player apparently took issue with the pig-nibbling element).

Ironically, some "glitch" seems to have the Glitch servers offline at the time of this writing, but it's worth checking in and giving the game a shot when you have a chance. Some players will find the game too quirky and precious for its own good, but one thing is guaranteed -- you've never played anything like it. In the meantime, you can get a taste of the craziness that awaits from the official trailer.

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