If Digital Download is your thing, then you’ll be pleased to know that you will be able to download Spore. However, you’ll only be able to download 99% and the 1% will finish the day Spore is released. It is estimated that it will take 30-60 minutes to finish that 1%, install it and then boot it up (time for the whole process is determined by your connection speed and the server). You should be one of the first people who will be able to play Spore before it hits the shelves. … Continue Reading
Wright’s own instincts began with model making as a child and led him toward robotics during his teenage years in the 1970s. He bought an Apple II for the purpose of programming and controlling his robots, eventually getting the chance to play some of the earliest computer simulations and strategy games. Those experiences, along with the Montessori education he received through sixth grade, formed the foundation on which he built his career.
If you hit the link below, you’ll catch a small interview of Will describing his passions, his past work, and his upcoming game Spore. … Continue Reading
Once again, I fail with my German language skills. But thankfully we have people like GrapeFruit over at the GamingSteve (I <3 that site). Translation is below:
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Ok, here it is. Some things we know already, but there are some interesting details.
- his home planet is named Gigantia (no hint if he could name it at the beginning, but doubtful)
- he didn’t find his colony at first (lol, noob)
- to repair (and refuel?) his spaceship he has to contact the homeplanet and request repairing (and not just visit it)
- the planet at 1:20 (2nd) used to be totally red, he dropped those plants on there before
- there used to be a bubble above the colony, which disappeared when the atmosphere got dense enough
- you can edit colonies like you can edit a city in civ phase (didn’t know that, might not be news)
- the location of the save game icon in the main menu is actually the location of the home planet of said save game in the universe (though I do not 100% trust them, these guys can be rather oblivious at times)
- they are wondering if it’s possible to fly to another savepoint (and visit the creature you evolved there)
- the coloured lines are trade routes (if there was any doubt to that)
- at 3:18 (2nd vid) he changes the color of his home planet and the water on it
- 3:52 his weapons: photon-rockets and an EMP (which, as he says, covers the whole planet)
- he uses the EMP at 4:00 (pity we can’t really see the effects)
- 4:20: he plans to populate the planet with the colony we saw before
- he abducts various trees and animals (all at once) for the populating
- 5:15: he visits an ally
- you can buy whole solar systems from your allies.
One cNet editor spots this billboard while heading to work in San Francisco. So they are promoting Spore heavily in the US after all. I wonder what other cities they plopped the billboards in? Hope they put some up in Huntsville. After all, we are home of the Marshall Space Flight Center with tons of NASA workers….but I highly doubt it. Besides…most of them that I know aren’t even familiar with the game! Their expression if they would see this? “What the hell?”
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For a game which ’sim’s life, the universe, and everything in between – every bit the culmination of decades’ worth of those now bite-sized pieces – and which is modestly innovating on a number of fronts from its player-driven generative technologies to its “massively single player” pollinated content, ask Wright what he’s most proud of and you might expect a litany of engineering achievements. But it’s not: it’s the people.
“The team,” he answers, without even thinking, “It’s a hand-picked team of people, where I was cherry-picking the best in the company.
If you head on over to Space Oddity’s Spore Blog, you can catch up on their impressions from the game as well as a few new notes from an event on Spore with developer Jenna Chalmers:
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Not really paying any attention to the credits you need in the editor when playing the game, at one stage I foolishly traded the flagella for a herbivore mouth. And I was already in a stage were there’s considerable currents… Needless to say, things didn’t go very well after that!