May 18, 2006


Last week was the week of the E3 video game conference, where all the big news comes out about the upcoming year in gaming. Now, I’m not a big video game player; I used to be, but I just don’t have the time anymore. But during E3 week, everyone is a gamer at heart, and so you have to at least peek in on some of the news. Sony came out with prices for its Playstation 3 that will make you pee your pants ($499 for the cheap model), and Nintendo had some demos of its new Wii console, and the controller that you use not by pushing buttons but by waving it around.

But some of the biggest raves of the show were coming for a video game, one that isn’t even going to be coming out in 2006. There’s still so much development that needs to be done that it won’t be released until 2007. But the creator did give a demonstration of where the game is at, and everyone seems to be talking about it. So I just had to check it out for myself and see why it was getting so much buzz. I found a video of the presentation on Google Video, and by the end of it I was wanting to run out and get a copy of the game. Me, the non-gamer.

The game is called Spore, and it’s an evolution/city-building/civilization-war/space-exploration game. This game is so huge in scope that it begins with you as a single-celled organism swimming around in a primordial soup, and ends with you zipping around the galazy in a UFO conquering and colonizing other worlds. And everything in between. I can’t even explain it, and I know that it’s tough to get the concept until you’ve actually seen the video. So set aside half an hour of your day, and go check it out.

Then you can start cursing that it’s not going to be released for another year still.

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  1. pkc3980 says:

    Reminds me of games like Civilization and Freeciv…

    Posted June 2, 2006 @ 7:15 pm
  2. Scott Schrantz says:

    Yeah, just one of the phases is like Civilization. It starts out like PacMan, turns into a first-person hunter and gatherer game, then turns into something like The Sims, where you have a hut and you’re buying new furniture for it, then it turns into Sim City, where you’re building out your city, then it turns into Civilization, where you have several cities and fight with your neighbors.

    Then you get a UFO and get to colonize other planets.

    Posted June 3, 2006 @ 8:43 am

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