What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Glitch is a massively multiplayer online game for older teens and adults because of its focus on adult humor and alcohol, and because it doesn't have privacy settings for kids. In-game vendors sell liquor and cocktails, and quests can involve drinking a requisite number of beers. However, for those old enough to play it, it offers a strange and funny art style and simple, violence-free gameplay. The game is free to play, although players can buy credits and subscriptions to use to purchase special vanity items. Chat is open and players can fill out a public Bio. The game can be accessed from any browser that is capable of handling Flash.
What's it about?
GLITCH is a quirky, non-violent MMO with \"different\" rules. Set inside the thoughts of eleven Giants who have imagined this world, it is a game where chickens are squeezed for grain, butterflies massaged or sung to before you can milk them, trees like to be petted, and piggies invite you to nibble on them to get a bit of bacon. While exploring this vibrant world, players will learn skills, create items, and perform actions in this world will affect other players. For example, if a tree is poisoned, it will no longer give fruit to other players.
Is it any good?
Glitch is a novel game and attracts a wide audience due to its varied art style and the myriad of things to do in game, from exploring the many different areas of the world that may look anything Japanese manga to surreal psychedelic landscapes, to learning an incredible array of skills from cooking to levitation to alchemy. The game is free to play and items that can be purchased with real cash are strictly cosmetic. Albeit unsuitable for younger kids due to the lack of privacy options and the focus on alcohol, Glitch is an elaborate, deep, open-ended game that will keep players occupied for a long time. Its originality reminds us of LittleBigPlanet, and it is just as fascinating in its quirkiness.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the need for Internet privacy. Why shouldn't you share personal information with strangers? What are you chatting about? Can others see your chat?
Families can also talk about money issues. What is in-game currency? What do you have to do to earn it? Why you want to spend real cash on virtual items? How much does that special look actually cost?