I have several fun Real Science(TM) posts in the works… But today I got the new SPORE Creature Creator*… So I guess you all figured out where my evening went… LOL!

I made a SPORE ARNIE!!!!

Im already in love with SPORE Arnie. Though SPORE follows the cliche unicellular< multicellular < aquatic animal < land animal evolution 'ladder', I can see myself getting emotionally attached to my creatures (even though I really want to be a virus and destroy other peoples civilizations *pout*). Its already gotten bad, after I gave SPORE Arnie some puppies to play with, and I heard them bark and howl at one another. The babies howl just like baby puppies!!!! So I seriously teared up a little bit... cause Im that cool. Real Arnie grew concerned about the SPORE puppies (hes such a thoughtful pup!).

* Dont worry, your ERV might have moved to ScienceBlogs, but shes still a D-list blogger. Uncle Greg and Uncle Bora had to convince EA to add me to The List. And though we were supposed to be able to download it on Friday. But my email sign in didnt work. So I called and talked to a nice fellow somewhere in San Francisco (and bitched at him about how you cant be a virus in SPORE), and they sent me a copy through snail-mail. LOL!


  1. #1 The Chemist
    June 19, 2008

    First PZ and now you! I’m downloading the free trial now to see what all the fuss is about. I have a tendency to anthropomorphise virtual creatures though. If I start poking a drumstick at the screen, then I’ll know I’ve gone off the deep end.

  2. #2 Rev. BigDumbCHimp
    June 19, 2008

    I spent an hour or so screwing around with the Spore creature maker last night. I use to be a big vid game player years back but have weened myself. I’ve been looking forward to Spore for a few years. Looks like it will be a lot fun and a good distraction.

  3. #3 Optimus Primate
    June 19, 2008

    I need to get crackin’! I made three or four Spore-critters last night, but ditched them all because none of them looked good enough to upload to YouTube.

  4. #4 Sili
    June 19, 2008

    That’s … oddorable …

    And I’m not a dogperson.

  5. #5 doubtingfoo
    June 19, 2008

    I think my son will love this!

  6. #6 Paul Lundgren
    June 19, 2008

    Hmmm, I’m sure Spore Arnie smells better than the real one, too.

  7. #7 NP
    June 19, 2008

    I downloaded the demo, but my computer doesn’t have the required specs. 🙁

    I guess I’ll have to buy myself a new computer to be able to play the game.

  8. #8 Felstatsu
    June 19, 2008

    Got the demo too, my first creation was an attempt at melding eastern and western dragons (ok, Fey too cause that’s the only type of wings I can choose right now) into a relatively balanced body. I think now that I’ve studied the creation tools a bit more I could do much better so I’m probably going to revisit my creation first chance I get.

    Maybe it’s the more evil side of me getting out, but I rather like the idea of making a totally sneaky race (ideally the most important trait of prey animals) but then giving them enough weapons to totally wreck anything that tries to mess with them. Redundant eyes as well as the other sensory organs for tracking, extra legs for running, and enough wings to keep going over any terrain or no terrain at all. Yes… nowhere to run, nowhere to hide… from the huggles as I work to make them the most sociable race out of all of Spores races. Guess I’m at least weird for wanting to make a race that’s friendly except when attacked, is the perfect killer, and instead is the most friendly thing you’ll ever see (assuming I know enough about the tools now).

  9. #9 Stacy S.
    June 19, 2008

    Where do we download the Demo?

  10. #10 Torbj�rn Larsson, OM
    June 19, 2008

    Soo… next step in evolution would be LOLSpores, right?

    “I can hazzz schquigglezzzchopzzz?”

  11. #12 themadlolscientist
    June 28, 2008

    No Spore for my old faithful 8-year-old 400MHz baby, I’m afraid. But I’m certainly getting a tremendous kick out of everyone else’s critters!

    LOLSpores! YESSSSSSS!!!!!!!111!!1!

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