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  • Time does top 10 games of 2008, GTA IV is top

    Time Magazine has published its top ten video games of the year, with GTA IV at number one. “It’s a grade-A shoot-’em-up that doubles as an interactive novel and triples as a sly critique of American consumer culture,” says the piece. Jonathon Blow’s platformer Braid comes in at number two, while LittleBigPlanet takes third. The […]

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  • New Spore patch available now

    To celebrate the release of the Spore Creepy & Cute Parts Pack, EA’s put out a new patch containing 24 new limbs for the Creature Creator. You can get the update here. In additional, the patch adds the following: Fix for esc key not bringing up Options in Galaxy Game Entry Fix for creator backgrounds […]

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  • Time says Spore in 20th best invention of 2008

    Time magazine has named Spore the 20th best invention of 2008, saying, “It’s blasphemy, brilliance or both to take the entire evolution of a species — from a single-celled animalcule in a drop of water to a space-faring, galaxy-exploring sentient being — and turn it into a video game.” The retail DNA test was top […]

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  • EA confirms new Space phase expansion for Spore

    According to this Joystiq report, EA’s confirmed a new Space phase expansion for Spore, to ship next spring. The new product is in addition to the now-confirmed Creepy & Cute parts pack, releasing in the US in November. Apparently “players’ space faring creatures will be able to beam down from their spaceships to explore new […]

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  • Spore Creepy & Cute parts add-on confirmed by EA

    EA’s posted a listing for the previously rumoured Creepy & Cute Spore add-on on its US store, says Joystiq. You won’t be able to see it if you’re in Europe thanks to EA’s insane web skillz, but rest assured it’s happening. It’s out on November 18 in the US, priced $20.

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  • "Cute and Creepy" Spore expansion pack listed by US retailers

    Both GameStop and Amazon are listing a Cute and Creepy creature parts expansion pack for spore, and both are listing it for a November 18 release. There’s no detail outside of that, unfortunately. Expect months of savage debate about how many times you can install the disc to follow its launch.

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  • Spore DRM ban comments made by "over-zealous community volunteer"

    EA’s moved to address comments made by a Spore forum mode regarding banning users that caused “arguments” over DRM issues, saying the person involved doesn’t work for the publisher and was speaking out of turn. “These comments are absolutely not true or in-line with EA’s moderation policy,” an EA spokesperson told Kotaku. “They were made […]

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  • Spore breaks 1 million sales

    EA’s announced that Spore’s gone through the 1 million sales mark. “Spore is a hit,” said EA Games president Frank Gibeau. “Will Wright’s latest delivers an incredibly diverse game that appeals to casual gamers and the core alike. “We’re off to a great start moving into the holiday season and believe Spore will deliver a […]

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  • EA sued over Spore DRM

    A class action has been filed against EA regarding Spore DRM, as reported by GamePolitics. According to this CNS piece: Electronic Arts, a leading maker of computer games, defrauds consumers through its “Spore” game, which “completely wipes their hard drive” and replaces it with an undisclosed program that prevents the computer from operating under some […]

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  • Spore DRM talk bring ban threats from EA

    Oh dear. EA’s threatened to ban users from its official Spore forums for causing “arguments” about DRM. This doesn’t just mean banning from the forums: this means having your account banned, thus rendering you unable to play your copy of the game. Yep: that means you’d have to buy another copy if you wanted to […]

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  • Spore gets first patch

    Spore’s been patched, the game’s official site reports, adding a good load of features and fixes. Stuff you get: New Cheat: “evoadvantage”. Enter this cheat when are starting a new Creature game to choose any creature from the Sporepedia. Start a new game with one of your more evolved creatures! Display part statistics when you […]

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  • EA to allow multiple accounts for each Spore install

    According to this BigDownload story, Spore producer Lucy Bradshaw has confirmed that EA is to allow multiple accounts per install of the Maxis game. “We are going to add the ability to have multiple Spore Screen Names for any one Spore Online Account,” she said in an unlinked forum post. “Here’s how this will work: […]

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  • EA shows less than 1% try to install Spore on more than three PCs

    Data released by EA has shown that less than 1 percent of Spore buyers have thus far tried to install the game on more than three computers. The figures have been published in response to apparent rage at DRM measures applied to the sim. There’s a big update on the issue on MTV, with responses […]

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  • EA on Spore DRM debacle: There's been no change in basic policy

    Speaking to Gamasutra, EA’s said that Spore’s DRM system is essentially the same as the disc-and-key method used in previous games. “EA has not changed our basic DRM copy protection system,” said EA’s corporate communications boss, Mariam Sughayer. “We simply changed the copy protection method from using the physical media, which requires authentication every time […]

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  • Rosenberg - Spore DRM features were "seriously misguided"

    Are you getting this yet, EA? CNET’s Dave Rosenberg has called Spore’s DRM measures “seriously misguided” and “plain-old offensive.” “The video game industry remains one of the last hold-outs in the war against consumption. Instead of encouraging more use, EA royally botched the launch of Spore with a seriously misguided DRM choice,” said the journalist. […]

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  • Spore seeing "extraordinary" levels of piracy

    According to peer-to-peer research firm Big Champagne, levels of piracy surrounding Spore are off the chart, with more than 35,000 copies of the game being leeched on Wednesday this week alone. “The numbers are extraordinary,” said company boss Eric Garland. “This is a very high level of torrent activity even for an immensely popular game […]

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  • One account for Spore per household policy causes anger

    It’s been apparently confirmed that each household may only have one Spore account per copy, creating a large thread on the game’s official forum and throwing yet another bone on the “PC protection issue” pile. This obviously means that parents can’t be playing different games to their children on the same computer. “There is one […]

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  • Anti-Spore site launches, cites "attack on Christian values"

    An anti-Spore site has launched in direct protest of the game’s “attack on Christian values,” calling itself Antispore.com. This is our favourite bit: You would think that as a member of the Episcopal Church, a smart man like Will Wright would not be capable of creating Spore. However, we must be reminded that the Episcopal […]

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  • Spore doesn't support MacBooks made before 2007

    We’ll put this down to being “unfortunate.” According to this GhostRazor story, Spore will only run on MacBooks made post-2007. Before then, Apple was making Macbooks with the GMA 950 graphics card embedded, after which it was upgraded to the GMA X3100. Spore explicitly does not support the GMA 950 on OSX: the best part […]

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  • Spore customers sabotage Amazon score over "draconian" DRM

    Disgruntled Spore buyers have launched one star Amazon scores at Spore en bloc over the fact you can only install each copy of the game three times. The title’s security system have been branded “draconian” and “a show-stopper” by the hundreds of negative reviewers. Maybe someone should get the message? You can torrent Spore for […]

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Spore Latest

  • Spore gets first patch

    Spore’s been patched, the game’s official site reports, adding a good load of features and fixes. Stuff you get: New Cheat: “evoadvantage”. Enter this cheat when are starting a new Creature game to choose any creature from the Sporepedia. Start a new game with one of your more evolved creatures! Display part statistics when you […]

  • EA to allow multiple accounts for each Spore install

    According to this BigDownload story, Spore producer Lucy Bradshaw has confirmed that EA is to allow multiple accounts per install of the Maxis game. “We are going to add the ability to have multiple Spore Screen Names for any one Spore Online Account,” she said in an unlinked forum post. “Here’s how this will work: […]

  • EA shows less than 1% try to install Spore on more than three PCs

    Data released by EA has shown that less than 1 percent of Spore buyers have thus far tried to install the game on more than three computers. The figures have been published in response to apparent rage at DRM measures applied to the sim. There’s a big update on the issue on MTV, with responses […]

  • EA on Spore DRM debacle: There’s been no change in basic policy

    Speaking to Gamasutra, EA’s said that Spore’s DRM system is essentially the same as the disc-and-key method used in previous games. “EA has not changed our basic DRM copy protection system,” said EA’s corporate communications boss, Mariam Sughayer. “We simply changed the copy protection method from using the physical media, which requires authentication every time […]

  • Rosenberg – Spore DRM features were “seriously misguided”

    Are you getting this yet, EA? CNET’s Dave Rosenberg has called Spore’s DRM measures “seriously misguided” and “plain-old offensive.” “The video game industry remains one of the last hold-outs in the war against consumption. Instead of encouraging more use, EA royally botched the launch of Spore with a seriously misguided DRM choice,” said the journalist. […]

  • Spore seeing “extraordinary” levels of piracy

    According to peer-to-peer research firm Big Champagne, levels of piracy surrounding Spore are off the chart, with more than 35,000 copies of the game being leeched on Wednesday this week alone. “The numbers are extraordinary,” said company boss Eric Garland. “This is a very high level of torrent activity even for an immensely popular game […]

  • One account for Spore per household policy causes anger

    It’s been apparently confirmed that each household may only have one Spore account per copy, creating a large thread on the game’s official forum and throwing yet another bone on the “PC protection issue” pile. This obviously means that parents can’t be playing different games to their children on the same computer. “There is one […]

  • Anti-Spore site launches, cites “attack on Christian values”

    An anti-Spore site has launched in direct protest of the game’s “attack on Christian values,” calling itself Antispore.com. This is our favourite bit: You would think that as a member of the Episcopal Church, a smart man like Will Wright would not be capable of creating Spore. However, we must be reminded that the Episcopal […]

  • Spore doesn’t support MacBooks made before 2007

    We’ll put this down to being “unfortunate.” According to this GhostRazor story, Spore will only run on MacBooks made post-2007. Before then, Apple was making Macbooks with the GMA 950 graphics card embedded, after which it was upgraded to the GMA X3100. Spore explicitly does not support the GMA 950 on OSX: the best part […]

  • Spore customers sabotage Amazon score over “draconian” DRM

    Disgruntled Spore buyers have launched one star Amazon scores at Spore en bloc over the fact you can only install each copy of the game three times. The title’s security system have been branded “draconian” and “a show-stopper” by the hundreds of negative reviewers. Maybe someone should get the message? You can torrent Spore for […]

  • Wright reponds to Spore reviews, says sales matter more than scores

    Speaking to MTV, Will Wright’s pretty much agreed with criticism levelled at Spore in a now-wide swathe of reviews, saying the game targets a casual audience, will sell more than Half-Life, and that’s as should be. “We were very focused, if anything, on making a game for more casual players,” he said. “Spore has more […]

  • Wright: “Spore will change the way people look at games forever”

    Speaking to the BBC, EA’s Will Wright said he believes that Spore – released today – will be a turning point for games in general. “Spore will change the way people look at games forever and change hopefully the perception people have of their own creativity,” he said. Wright added: “We see the players make […]

  • Spore experiencing day-one server problems

    According to this Xiotex Studios post, EA customer support has confirmed that Spore’s experiencing technical difficulties on its first day at retail. Check this email out: “Thank you for contacting us here at Electronic Arts Customer Support. We deeply apologise for the inconvenience that you are currently experiencing with SPORE. It appears that there is […]

  • EG and IGN UK both give Spore a 9, scores flood in

    Looks as though it may just be the Germans that aren’t getting on with Spore. Eurogamer’s given it 9/10. Snip: We’re all familiar with the innovative, web-aware customisation cloud that underpins Spore, but nobody’s done it better (even though many now do it – apparently years after Maxis thought of doing it here) and the […]

  • IGN AU gives Spore 9.2

    IGN Australia’s posted up its Spore review, and it’s given the game 9.2/10. Snip: As absorbing as the game may be (and it is, for at one point we booted the game up at 1:30 a.m., planning to play for a short while before we passed out. We played for what seemed like maybe an […]

  • Spore cracked, hits the torrents

    Inevitable. According to this GameViper story, Spore’s been cracked by a team called Reloaded and has been made available as a torrent. Even a quick look round the major torrent sites appears to prove the news correct. Look as though it’s on Usenet as well. Whoops. Game’s out on Friday.

  • Spore review embargo is midnight PST tomorrow

    IGN’s promised to post its Spore review at midnight PST tomorrow, so we’re assuming that means “the internet” gets to go at the same time. We “assume,” because we asked EA when the embargo was and no one responded to our call. Anyway, that’s 8am on Friday, UK time. Place your bets on the Metacritic […]

  • Spore expected to sell 2 million in US in September

    Lazard Capital’s Colin Sebastian has predicted that Spore will move 2 million units for EA this month. September in general will be hot for the firm, said the analyst, noting that there’ve been more than 650,000 sign-ups for WAR in the US alone. There’s more on GI.

  • PC Gamer’s Spore review published

    PC Gamer’s 91 percent Spore review’s been published online, as you can see here. As reported yesterday, the German PC mags have been less kind to the EA epic, with Gamestar and PC Games giving it 79 and 73 percent respectively. Online reviews in Europe are embargoed until the game releases on Friday.

  • PC Games gives Spore 73%, talk of release date online embargo emerges (updated)

    Update: We’ve just been told that other major German PC mag, Gamestar, has scored the game at 79 percent. Uh oh. Leading German mag PC Games has reviewed Spore at 73 percent, VG247 has learnt today. Apparently the review can be summed up thus: For: The Creature Creator Great animation Endless Content through downloads Tons […]

  • Will Wright appearing in Oxford Street tomorrow for fan Q&A

    Will Wright’s going to be on hand to answer fan questions and HMV’s Oxford Street store tomorrow, if you fancy popping along to worry the poor old sod. The event, rather obviously, is in honour of Spore’s launch this week. Details: Event will be wristbanded to 200 fans. Fans can pick up free wristbands at […]

  • PC Gamer reviews Spore in latest issue

    UK mag PC Gamer has published the first UK review of EA’s Christmas mega-risk, Spore. It’s not what you’d think, either. The mag’s given it 91 percent, questioning a “completely unacceptable” lack of auto-save and saying the game’s “biggest, dumbest and most easily fixable flaw” is the inability to back out of wars you accidentally […]

  • Spore now available for pre-loading

    And on the 0.5th day, God pre-loaded the universe. Or, so your hideous race of Will Wright-approved creatures’ Bible will probably attest, as you can now preload nearly all of Spore from EA’s Download Manager. There are, however, a few stipulations. For one, you have to preorder the game, but few could botch that hurdle. […]

  • Spore will have “horizontal expansion,” says Wright

    Talking to GameInformer, Will Wright said that Spore won’t expand in the same way the Sims did, with endless content packs. It’s all about going sideways with the soon-to-be-released alien sim. “I think it will be similar in extent but hopefully not the same strategy we took with The Sims,” he said. “With The Sims, […]

  • Wright praises “amazingly explicit” Sporn

    Speaking to the AP, Will Wright has done the right thing and said all the Spore Creature porn’s creative. Good, even. “When you give players creative control, you have to expect they’re going to do the unexpected,” he said. “Some of it’s really good for what they were shooting for. It’s amazingly explicit, especially when […]

  • New Spore civilisation stage trailer released

    After the break. Still not excited. Help us, baby Jesus. The movie contains producer Kip Katsarelis and software engineer Soren Johnsen talking about how to build, trade with and destroy civilisations in Spore. Thanks, Kotaku.

  • LittleBigPlanet, Mirror’s Edge and Spore take top honours in Leipzig

    Leipziger Messe’s announced its official awards for last week’s Games Convention, with LBP, Mirror’s Edge and Spore scooping the main three categories. EA was the big winner, taking four of the nine available gongs. No Heavy Rain, though. Here’s what took the biscuit last week: Best PC Game: Spore (EA) Best Xbox 360 Game: Mirror’s […]

  • Rock band 2 to debut at Games Convention full EA line-up confirmed

    EA has announced its Games Convention line-up revealing that Harmonix’s Rock Band 2 will be shown for the first time. EA reckons it’s “best ever product line up for European consumers this holiday and in 2009″ and as we’ll be able to confirm that for you when our full coverage gets under way tomorrow. From […]

  • No Spore demo, but expansions planned

    Speaking to Eurogamer tonight, Spore exec producer Lucy Bradshaw confirmed that there’s going to be no Spore demo, but that expansions to the now-gold sim game are planned. “When we started Spore, we were thinking about how we’d make an engine that had the possibility of expansion, so yes, we’ll add to the experience,” she […]

  • Lucy Bradshaw interviewed live on EG today

    Lucy Bradshaw’s opening herself up to live questions on Eurogamer today from 5.30pm BST. The Spore executive producer should be in buoyant mood now the game’s gone gold, so ask her questions about that. And other stuff. More through the link.