Fez

Glitches and bugs are an inescapable part of game development, but they usually get squashed with extreme prejudice. That's too bad, though: as this collection of images from "Fez" developer Renaud Bédard shows, glitches can sometimes be beautifully striking

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By Joseph Leray

“Glitch” was a charming, laid-back, and whimsical indie MMO developed and supported by developer Tiny Speck -- a team founded by Flickr creator Stuart Butterfield and eventually joined by “Katamari Damacy” designer Keita Takahashi -- until late last year. When the game started losing players and funds, its servers had to be shut down.

Part of the game lives on in a music-creation iOS app called “Glitchamaphone,” and Tiny Speck recently uploaded sprite sheets and animations for each of the game’s items and inhabitants under a Creative Commons license. This means that anyone is free to use, or alter these assets free of charge, as long as they don’t profit from them -- amateur game designers now have a huge catalog of freely-accessible whimsy at their fingertips.
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