Glitch, launching today from start-up Tiny Speck, is a massively multi-player game, but it’s different from many other MMOs such as World of Warcraft in that it’s not a combat game. It’s a quirky, humorous, non-combat game. But it’s just as ambitious, perhaps more so than those combat games. Butterfield has set out to create his own humanistic version of those violent games with a positive culture all its own. Butterfield is challenging the conventional gaming wisdom that nihilistic killing is necessary to build a popular game. It’s the product of years of thinking–Flickr itself was a spin-off of a game company–since many of the early Flickr team have joined Tiny Speck.
The game is so elaborate–but also open-ended–that it is difficult to boil down to a simple summary. Glitch takes place in the shared imagination of 11 ancient giants. People in Glitch play in real-time in one shared world, where everything that people do affects others in the game. For example, individuals at the edge of the world can unlock new regions for everyone else. The game revolves around learning new skills and unlocking tools, quests and activities. Skills that people can learn include animal kinship, levitation and transcendental radiation, mining metals or refining chemicals, skills which can be used to create powders or use magic.
A US man leading police on a high speed 30-mile chase called 911 to tell pursuing officers they “needed to leave him alone”.
The chase began when traffic police tried to pull over the 20-year-old, from Park City, Utah, for speeding, reports KSL.com.
Wasatch County Chief Deputy Sheriff Jared Rigby said police gave chase after the driver – who had been driving at 15mph above the limit – refused to stop.
A thief in Spain who stole a diamond from a British woman – and then swallowed it – was caught when police forced him to undergo an X-ray.
The theft happened when two British women entered a restaurant in Marbella and one of them left her handbag on the floor, reports the BBC.
“Two well-dressed men came in, one sitting at the bar and the other next to the woman,” a police spokesman said.
Chinese police say they are powerless to act against the parents of a four-year-old girl who filmed her driving their car.
The little girl appeared to be driving at speed, even overtaking several vehicles, during her two minutes behind the wheel.
In the clip, which has been uploaded online, the parents, from Jinan, Shandong Province, kept reminding their daughter to concentrate.
A man has been arrested at a US airport with seven exotic snakes and three tortoises stuffed down his trousers.
Officials at Miami’s international airport found the creatures inside the trousers of a passenger trying to board a flight for Brazil.
The US Transportation Security Administration said the man had seven exotic snakes and three tortoises wrapped in nylon bags stuffed into his trousers.
He was discovered as he went through a body scanner at one of the airport’s security checkpoints and arrested by US Fish and Wildlife Service officials.
Authorities declined to identify the man or offer any explanation for his botched attempt at reptile smuggling.