Flickr Co-Founder Has a Glitch

Mon, Feb 15, 2010


Many users of Flickr, a massively popular photo-sharing website, would never guess that their hub for online photography actually started out as a game called Game Neverending. Stewart Butterfield, co-founder of Flickr told BBC News that the “game” allowed you to drag and drop photos into conversations. While the application may have transformed from game into in-depth photography catalog, Butterfield didn’t lose his appreciation for online games, and recently revealed Glitch, a multiplayer online game set in a “surreal, utopian future.”

The game is a 2D platformer that looks to have quite the interesting art style. In it, users will have to “collaborate to solve puzzles,” with the basics of gameplay being free to do. Butterfield will make money from the project by offering paid premium accounts (no word as to what extras will be included with a paid subscription) and virtual items through microtransactions.

“We want to reach as large an audience as possible,” Butterfield says. “We want to do for online gaming what the Wii did for consoles.”

That’s a fairly tall order, and it will be interesting to see if Glitch can live up to that ideal when it launches this fall. For now though, you can head over to the game’s website and sign up to be a tester of the game, should such a thing interest you.

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