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EA closes SimCity maker Maxis Emeryville


First SimCity (2013), now this
Mar 04
Another studio with a storied legacy has fallen under Electronic Arts. The Emeryville offices of Maxis, the force behind simulation games like The Sims, SimCity, and Spore, shut down today. EA says it's "consolidating Maxis I...

Gaikai goes live with demo for Dead Space 2 and more


Feb 28
Want to try out game-streaming technology Gaikai for yourself? Here's your chance, and you don't even need to go anywhere: the beta service has launched demos for three Electronic Arts games. Sixty minute trials for Spore and...

Darkspore's Zrin the Sun Fist is a tank


Jan 13
There's really no better way to describe him. He's big, deals a lot of close-quarters damage and is the primary subject of this new Darkspore video. Listen, if you dare, to some very dry narration of his assorted powers...

Darkspore beta now open for registration


Nov 16
Darkspore, the online multiplayer mash-up of Spore with Diablo, is soon to be entering into beta and EA is looking for folks to test it out. In a newsletter, EA announced that beta registration is now open. Going to the sign-...


New Darkspore gameplay trailer


Sep 29
I increasingly get the impression that you lot don't care about Darkspore. And it's hard to blame you for that. I had grave doubts about it when I saw the game earlier this year, but I came away impressed that Maxis was atte...

BioWare writer helping to pen Darkspore fiction


Jul 26
Stemming from a small comment in a GameStop article, reports have been spreading that Mass Effect and Dragon Age developer BioWare is assisting Maxis in the development of Darkspore. As we've discovered, that's not entirely a...

The creation of a Living Weapon in Darkspore


Jul 23
Here's a little tease for Maxis Studios' recently announced Darkspore. It's a rendered cinematic showing the process used by the Crogenitors to create one of their Living Weapons. It doesn't actually tell you anything about ...


Modern Warfare 2 is most-pirated game of 2009


Dec 28
Shocker, right? Arguably the biggest game release of this year wound up being the one most stolen? Hard to imagine.  Yet that's exactly what the people at TorrentFreak are claiming. Their yearly research into the games p...

Waste time with new Spore Islands Facebook game


Nov 05
As if you didn't already spend enough time on Facebook stalking your ex or laughing at pictures of people you knew in high school, Maxis has given you another reason to sit on the social networking service all day long. ...

Spore gets web-based 2-D creature creator


Sep 16
Who wants to launch pesky gaming software when you can just get the job done in a browser? Electronic Arts understands where you're coming from -- you want to be able to create a Spore creature in the same place that you chec...

Spore Hero shows off some creation


Aug 29
Spore is kind of becoming the village bicycle for gaming genres. Sure it started out as a ambitious simulator, but now its also been an adventure game, an RTS game and an odd DS game. Up next for a ride is platforming and fig...

Reticulating splines: Maxis hit with layoffs


Aug 26
Shacknews brings even more bad news today as a series of layoffs have hit Maxis, the developers of Spore, The Sims and other Sim titles. Electronic Arts told Shacknews that: "Often in the video game industry, the size ...

Spore descending on Nintendo systems with Spore Hero series


Aug 17
EA announced today that two new games in the Spore franchise will be appearing on Nintendo's consoles this coming fall. Spore Hero and Spore Hero Arena will be making their way to the Nintendo Wii and DS respectively on Octob...

E3 09: Spore Hero and Spore Hero Arena get some new screens


Jun 01
Hey there Dtoiders. It’s been a while since we’ve seen each other on the front page, hasn’t it. Well, the short story is that I’m back from my lengthy absence; and just in time for E3, no less.So then,...

Robot Chicken team creating Spore content


May 19
If you were wondering WTF http://www.spore.com/wtf was all about, wonder no longer. Electronic Arts has announced that the upcoming Spore expansion, Galactic Adventures, will get free downloadable content designed by the folk...

Spore Hero, Spore Hero Arena announced for Wii, Nintendo DS


May 12
Electronic Arts and Maxis have officially revealed today that they’ll be bringing the Spore franchise to Nintendo’s consoles, the Wii and the Nintendo DS, this year… with a twist. Spore Hero will hit the Wi...

Spores tackles LittleBigPlanet as Maxis throws down the creative gauntlet


Jan 24
Both Spore and LittleBigPlanet are games that ride the "user generated content" train that seems to be so popular these days. Despite the fact that LittleBigPlanet benefited from its appealing central characters and...

Over 65 million creations made in Spore, no word on how many are penises


Jan 22
Last night, EA and Maxis had a little shindig in San Francisco where they revealed the new Spore expansion for PC, a new standalone Spore PC title and Spore for the Wii and DS. Like any presentation on sequels and such, Maxis...

Is EA prepping 'Spore Hero' games for the Wii and Nintendo DS?


Jan 16
We already knew Will Wright's Spore -- obviously groomed to be a mega-franchise for Electronic Arts -- was coming to the Wii, but had little other information. New details suggest the game will be called Spore Hero, and will ...

Spore DRM is no more (Unless you have a Mac)


Dec 18
While quite a few people thought it would never happen, EA made good on its word and has just released a de-authorization tool for Spore. While the five installation limit is still in place, the tool allows you to deauthorize...

Spore wins 'Most Pirated Game of the Year' award


Dec 06
Okay, so no such award actually exists, and if it did, I doubt publisher Electronic Arts would be proud to accept it. Spore, the game that has become completely overshadowed by its anti-piracy controversy, had topped a list o...

Spore gets third patch, free limbs get you 24 parts closer to making your ex


Nov 18
Surprise! Computer games ship with imperfections and then they -- get this -- receive a patch! Maxis' Spore just got its third patch, the cleverly titled "Patch 3," which fixes the following bugs: Fix for "...

New Spore patch fixes small issues, also new planet type


Oct 17
Today, Electronic Arts announced a decent sized patch for the PC version of Spore. The patch fixes a plethora of issues that the Spore community has vocalized having problems with, along with a few bugs.The biggest change dea...






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