Bureaucracy as a game

Did you know that Flickr began as an online game? Maybe it’s common knowledge, but I had no idea. The BBC has a piece today about the new project from the man behind it – Stewart Butterfield – and it’s a game. A game rewarding “animal kinship, gardening, alchemy and bureaucratic arts” according to the man himself. Brilliant. That sounds like my sort of game.

Oh, it’s called Glitch, it’s MMO, and it’s played in the browser. There’s a video and more information on the game’s website, so go and have a look you lazy arse. It looks quite fun.

It’ll be free, too. I mention that because elsewhere in the real news – BBC again – apparently we spent £280m on casual games online last year. Though most of us don’t pay at all. Funnily enough.


Jake has been here since the beginning, with hundreds of reviews and countless other guff to his name. These days, not so consistent.

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