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Pig-Nibbling Inside 11 Giant Imaginations: The Latest Glimpse of Glitch

Here is some video of Glitch–the new game that Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield is in the midst of creating from the Vancouver HQ of his Tiny Speck start-up.

Butterfield showed me the latest iteration of the Flash-based multiplayer game, which takes place inside the minds of 11 giants.

There are book-reading asteroids, fabulous art and lots of unusual quests, from cooking to potion-making.

And, oddly enough, a pig that will give up some meat if you nibble it, and then will walk merrily away after.

If it feels like a FarmVille for the smart set, you are on the right road into the innovative Glitch.

It is set to debut in early 2011, said Butterfield, and is in testing now with a small group of users.

You can see my interview with Butterfield here, but check out the video of my demo of Glitch, which is the well-known entrepreneur’s first outing since he sold his famous photo-sharing service to Yahoo (YHOO):

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work