Build a better being

Van Mensvoort
August 10th 2008

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Will Wright's hugely successful games SimCity and The Sims let players shape the structure of urban areas and the lives of virtual humans; his upcoming game, Spore, lets them control the universe.

Although it is just a game, the young gamers of today may grow up to be the bioengineers of tomorrow. If Spore has any influence whatsoever, we foresee an utterly comical genetic future.

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Spore has five levels, following a species' evolution from single-celled organisms to technologically advanced space explorers, but players can begin at any level. In the game's editor mode, players design their own creatures.The creatures' movements and behaviors are then determined by algorithms that analyze the structure of their bodies.

At the lower levels, players help their creatures feed and hunt; at the higher levels, they control the creatures' social organization and their built environment. Should provide a fine training in digital-evolutionary thinking. Hence, we are eagerly looking forward to the genetic surprises the Spore gamers will cause later on in their future professional careers.

Spore comes out September 7, but you can already download the Creature Creator and fiddle around with the better beings.

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See also: Design your Sims , Fake for real: Sim City, Popple II, DNA Synthesizer, Top 10 new organisms.

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renklibeyin
Posted 30/08/2010 – 22:23

thank you for sharing. very nice.

dan
Posted 19/09/2008 – 00:41

is how to build a better being come on?

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Posted 11/08/2008 – 00:12

Well, we could ask the Spore development team... They obviously seem to have experience with this sort of thing. Personally I think the universe is quite rich in building materials as it is (dna, molecules, atoms). Why invent new and prefab comical species? Why not invent new and believeworthy?

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