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11/24/09 SporeDay – ‘Welcome to Earf’ by Maxis

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Sorry, I can’t help but to use that phrase from one of my all time favorite alien movie, Independence Day (and yes, Will Smith does pronounce Earth clearly so save your breath).

Maxis has something to share with the Spore fans for today’s Spore Day – planet Earth!

MaxisKate did one hell of an awesome job using USGS topographic maps as she sculpted our beautiful planet.  It’s going to be perfect for realistic Earth Adventures!

Put it into your game via the Sporepedia!

EA’s Black Friday 2009 Sale

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Personally I recommend staying far, far awhile from EA’s Black Friday sale unless you actually enjoy their Digital Download service.  Considering you don’t get to keep your downloaded games no amount will get me to use their system.  How hard is it to use Steam or set up a similar service?  But for those of you who may be interested…they have a few deals going on:

  • Spore – $27.96
  • Spore Galactic Adventures – $20.96
  • Spore Cute & Creepy Parts Pack – $13.96
  • Spore Creature Creator – $6.96
  • The Sims 3 – $34.96
  • SimCity Societies – $13.96
  • SimCity Societies Destinations – $13.96
  • MySims – $13.96
  • The Sims 2 Double Deluxe – $13.96
  • The Sims 2 University Life Collection – $13.96
  • The Sims 2 Best of Business – $13.96
  • The Sims 2 Pets – $13.96
  • The Sims 2 Seasons – $13.96
  • The Sims 2 Bon Voyage – $13.96
  • The Sims 2 Freetime – $13.96
  • The Sims 2 Glamour Life Stuff – $13.96
  • The Sims 2 Mansion & Garden Stuff – $13.96
  • The Sims Life Stories – $13.96
  • The Sims Pet Stories – $13.96
  • The Sims Castaway Stories – $13.96
  • The Sims Carnival Bumper Blast – $6.96

UK: Top 20 PC Games Chart ending November 21, 2009

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The Sims 3 World Adventures hit retail stores in the UK on November 19-20th so it’s no wonder why it didn’t take top spot – didn’t have enough sales data to beat out the previously released Modern Warfare and Football Manager games. Let’s see what next week will bring before we can judge the true sales results :)

Source:  Chart-Track

Public Static – Spore Islands Cheats, Tips, and Tricks

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  • You don’t necessarily have to be the top of the food chain. If you can reproduce faster than your predators can eat you, you will still win in dominance.
  • Using only one source of food is very risky, specially in crowded maps of Spore island.
  • Fastest way to accumulate points is to appoint friends who can design “food” creatures for yours. To be fair, you can also design “food” creatures for them. Food creatures are badly designed creatures that can be eaten by your creatures as additional sources of food, all the while ensuring they do not compete with your creatures in terms of resources (make them eat rare herbs for example)
  • If you’re going for top predator, you can lower the sensitivity to danger to just one, because if anybody attacks you, you can always just annihilate them. Increase food/spark sensitivity instead.
  • When building noncarnivores, go for either the extremity of defense or speed. Speed works well with fast multiplication and light weight. Kinda like real life.
  • Lots of friends = more diversity = more points for all. So keep inviting people to your island.

Words of the wise, I must say. Considering I’m pretty much addicted to this game, I’d figure these above tips would be useful. So far my 4 creatures have net me a half a million points and 2 trophies. Looking at the game’s stats, there is a player who has 16 million points and one who has 7 trophies! I have a lot of catching up to do!

Thanks to Public Static for providing the above tricks and hints!

Spore Holiday Team Contest 2009

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Christmas is right around the corner, and by corner I mean in a month and roughly 10 days.  Maxis knows this which is why they are getting a head start with their 2009 Spore Holiday Contest.  This year, they want you to get with two of your gaming pals and put together a holiday themed adventure!  By making a movie of your adventure, you can have a chance to win either Spore Hero or Spore Hero Arena!  Get to it!


Holiday Contest 09

The Holidays are fast approaching and Maxis is ringing in the New Year with the Spore Holiday Team Contest 2009!

Get together with two of your friends to create a Holiday inspired adventure! Make a movie of your adventure and post it on YouTube for a chance to win copies of Spore Hero and Spore Hero Arena!

Your YouTube movie should be tagged with “SporeHolidayContest09” and should include all three team member Spore personas in the YouTube description.

This is your chance to prove yourself as the Spore Galaxy’s best adventure creators!

Official Contest Rules

Visit the Spore Forum for an official contest FAQ, discussion, or to find teammates!

Gamezone – Winifred Phillips Discusses Her Score for Spore Hero

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I’m not music-savvy by any means, so it was a delight to have read the following interview with Spore Hero and SimAnimals composer Winifred Phillips.  You can catch the whole interview at Gamezone!

Have you ever turned down a game?

Winifred Phillips: Yes. Sometimes a really fantastic game will be offered to me while I’m in ‘crunch mode’ for another project. If there is a possibility that I’d have to sacrifice quality in order to get the work done on time, then I can’t in good conscience accept the gig. While I’ve worked on more than one project at a time before, it’s always a delicate juggling act, and deciding to turn down a gig is an excruciatingly hard decision to make.

Timing can be difficult to manage in this industry. Development cycles can stretch over years, and sometimes that initial, speculative ‘get-to-know-you’ first contact with a developer happens a full year before the developer is actually ready to contract me for the project. When that time comes I just have to hope that the stars align in my favor and it turns out that my schedule can accommodate the assignment. But the sad truth is that sometimes I’m just too busy. There is nothing more frustrating than turning down a gig when I really wanted to work on it.

interview here

UK: Top 20 PC Games Chart ending November 14, 2009

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Just as I suspected, Modern Warfare 2 takes the number one spot…but I didn’t know Football Manager and Dragon Age would still outbeat TS3!  Wonder what next week holds for World Adventures…

Source:  Chart-Track

IGN previews facebook’s Spore Islands

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Well, I had to start my Spore Islands game all over again, but the good news is that I’m nearing what I used to have.  I won’t be stupid this time and remove the game from my applications.  IGN spent some time with the facebook game and shares their impressions.  It’s a short read, but if you have nothing better to do, check it out then play the game!

“Evolve, Survive, Party” is Spore Islands’ slogan, and that pretty much sums up the game-play. Waiting for time to pass so you can gain new tokens means Spore Island is a game you can easily leave for hours at a time, but once your friends start getting in to it, you’ll want to be on more often to make sure your creature is primed and ready to dominate your friends’ islands.

article here