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Google launches MMO game, Lively

Google launches MMO game, Lively

Lively is free to use for anyone with an existing Google account.

Google has today launched a new competitor for Second Life, dubbed Lively. The new non-game provides an arena for users to create avatars and environments and then socialise and interact with each other in.

Lively is currently completely free to use, requiring only a quick sign-up process and an existing Google or GMail account.

The current build of Lively is compatible with both Firefox and Internet Explorer, but is only available for Windows users at the moment - so Mac gamers will have to forego the experience for now.

Lively has been online for less than a day, but the huge popularity and ubiquitous nature of the search giant means that the online world is already brimming with content - there's hundreds of avatars and rooms for players to experiment and interact with, with Google promising much more in the future.

That said, Lively is essentially a non-game, so aside from social possibilities the actual appeal of the game is going to be fairly limited. Other than toddling around chatting to other Google users there isn't an awful lot to do - no overall aim or boss to kill.

Still interested in Lively, or are you only about the focused and meaningful gaming experiences? Let us know what you think in the forums.

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liratheal 9th July 2008, 13:35 Quote
I.. I want to resist, but there are graphical boobies..
bowman 9th July 2008, 13:40 Quote
Never heard of it before, but it's Google so it can't be all that bad, right?
will. 9th July 2008, 13:40 Quote
I have a room!
But no one is invited... My room!
sotu1 9th July 2008, 14:02 Quote
can you have sex in it? no? then i won't bother.
Jokkocze 9th July 2008, 14:07 Quote
Mmm... boobies
M4RTIN 9th July 2008, 14:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by sotu1
can you have sex in it? no? then i won't bother.


but why would you want to anyway? real sex>everything else in the world>game sex
kenco_uk 9th July 2008, 14:09 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by liratheal
I.. I want to resist, but there are graphical boobies..

+1 ftw
steveo_mcg 9th July 2008, 14:18 Quote
No one to kill.... Time to programme a virtual claymore and go on an e-massacre, deletes peoples gmail accounts as it swings.
liratheal 9th July 2008, 14:20 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by steveo_mcg
No one to kill.... Time to programme a virtual claymore and go on an e-massacre, deletes peoples gmail accounts as it swings.

I'd pay to see that >.>
Xir 9th July 2008, 14:43 Quote
Online Avatars without PVP?

How...dull.

But at least it's free :)
Timmy_the_tortoise 9th July 2008, 14:56 Quote
If it has music festivals like Second Life.. it could be interesting...

I could never get Second Life to work for me.
Hg 9th July 2008, 15:06 Quote
what, i mean WTF?
How did i not know about this?!?! Is there anything google do not want to put there fingers into 2?
Maybe warm apple pie...
SlickGnome 9th July 2008, 15:06 Quote
I just hit it up and logged in, pretty cool easy to setup an avatar and make a room, but I couldn't get connected to another room.
Sebbo 9th July 2008, 16:17 Quote
surely a bit-tech room is required?

i must say, i'm very, very tempted to try it out, but i also feel compelled to resist
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blah, 1:20 in the morning and i'm not tired yet, lets have a bash at it
Narishma 9th July 2008, 16:35 Quote
If it's not a game, why are you calling it a game?
Mother-Goose 9th July 2008, 17:03 Quote
As with the spoof of second life, I think getting a first life is more important.
johnmustrule 9th July 2008, 17:39 Quote
finally some competition for second life, but I still think these things are kind of stupid, maybe they'll replace my chat room addiction :/
TomH 9th July 2008, 17:53 Quote
Where's my Linux support? Bah!
UncertainGod 9th July 2008, 18:20 Quote
Good title, except it's not an MMO or a game....

When did bit-tech hire News of the world hacks to write the articles?
pendragon 9th July 2008, 18:35 Quote
so it's basically a glorified chat server? uhhh.. ok... i'll pass.
BlackMage23 9th July 2008, 20:35 Quote
Claymores ftw
zimbloggy 9th July 2008, 23:59 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by pendragon
so it's basically a glorified chat server? uhhh.. ok... i'll pass.

i tried it. yes it is just like that right now. it is pretty lame.
docodine 10th July 2008, 02:44 Quote
Apparently, it doesn't like Firefox 3. I'm using an Eee PC right now, so that also might be an issue.
Sebbo 10th July 2008, 02:46 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by docodine
Apparently, it doesn't like Firefox 3. I'm using an Eee PC right now, so that also might be an issue.

no problems under FF3 here (except the arrow keys are reversed :-/)
SlickGnome 10th July 2008, 13:40 Quote
Actually the arrow keys were reversed for me on IE6, 7 and FF2, FF3. I couldn't find a setting to invert them either (though I didn't look very hard)
tranc3 11th July 2008, 05:22 Quote
I recon I'll try it.
-update: just "played' it, its a "3D" chat room basically, runs in a browser. no fun at all.
unless that's your thing.
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