It seems today that all you see are quick and dirty browser-based tie-in games for popular shows on TV. 20th Century Fox is bringing Seth MacFarlane's animated comedy online, giving fans a chance to make their pop culture laden flashback dreams come true.
Part of a Fox initiative to reach consumers on whatever platform they choose to be entertained on, Family Guy Online plunges players into the virtual town of Quahog. There they'll interact with classic characters like greased-up deaf guy and that crazy pedophile, play interactive games with friends, or just spend a little alone time, quietly contemplating how far the franchise has come since being cancelled and resurrected. What a long, strange trip it's been.
Right now fans can head over to the official Family Guy Online website and create a character. Choose a class (Stewie, Peter, Lois, or Chris - Brian is locked), dress yourself up, and then stare at your 3D avatar. Maybe rotate it a little. Share it on Facebook. There's not much else you can do until the game goes into open beta later this year.
Once the game fully launches, be sure to be on the lookout for the shocking Fox News report on how the game corrupts children.