Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Spore...exploring the universe one hard drive at a time

I'm really pushing the Scrapple limits here, but if you missed it, there was an interesting article in this past Sunday NYTimes magazine about the game called Spore (designed by Will Wright). There have been lots of interesting posts about this online, so you can google it, or look at this page if you are wondering what the heck I'm talking about.

The idea behind the game is that you start out as a single-celled organism. Once you gathered enough DNA points, you can begin to evolve. Then you colonize the planet. Once you've accomplished that you are awarded a rocket to explore outer space.

The interesting thing I thought is that the creations are then uploaded on a file server and begin to populate the games of other players. So while there will be an interactive War of the Worlds just yet in terms of the players, the characters will be built and then go off to explore the universe out of the control of the original creator.

Interesting concept. I wonder how long it will take somebody to figure out how to create a Trojan alien?

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