Maxis has put out a new producer diary for Darkspore, and it's all about the loot.
Specifically how to obtain it, and how to stick it on your weird Spore critter.
There's also a bit in there about the catalysts and cash-out systems being turned a meta-game.
The video is below courtesy of Joystiq.
Darkspore is slated for Q1 2011 on PC.