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Modern Warfare 2 is most-pirated game of 2009


Dec 28
// Conrad Zimmerman
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...
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Waste time with new Spore Islands Facebook game


Nov 05
// Nick Chester
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. ...
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For once, we are getting a videogame-based movie that actually makes a lot of sense. As reported by Variety, Fox has acquired the rights from EA to produce a Spore movie, and while few specifics are known about the film at th...

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Spore gets web-based 2-D creature creator


Sep 16
// Nick Chester
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...
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Spore Hero shows off some creation


Aug 29
// Matthew Razak
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...
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Reticulating splines: Maxis hit with layoffs


Aug 26
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
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 ...
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Spore descending on Nintendo systems with Spore Hero series


Aug 17
// Conrad Zimmerman
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...
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E3 09: Spore Hero and Spore Hero Arena get some new screens


Jun 01
// Justin Villasenor
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,...
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Robot Chicken team creating Spore content


May 19
// Nick Chester
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...
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Spore Hero, Spore Hero Arena announced for Wii, Nintendo DS


May 12
// Nick Chester
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...
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Spores tackles LittleBigPlanet as Maxis throws down the creative gauntlet


Jan 24
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Over 65 million creations made in Spore, no word on how many are penises


Jan 22
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
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...

Spore Galactic Adventures expansion announced, customize everything

Jan 22 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
In Spore, the game pretty much ends when players get into space. Now, players can beam down onto a planet and continue their adventure. Maxis will have preset adventures available at the start, but the best thing about Spore is the stuff that people can come up with. Players can create their own adventures or take other people's adventures and customize them to their liking. The adventure can be anything that the player wants. You can have a capture the flag match, have a race, go on an RPG style quest -- the limitations are the player’s imaginations. All of the adventures are just like the creatures in that they can be saved as a PNG file and shared with anyone across the world. The same applies to planets too. You can choose from a preset list of planets or you can just create your own. You can design an ice world, lava world, water world, and more. You’ll be able to place islands, rivers, roads, and customizable houses all on a world as you see fit. Items such as vehicles, jump pads, keys, exploding barrels, and more can also be placed on planets to add to a player’s story. You can even place music and audio clips all across a planet. All stories need actors and players can add any creature they want to populate a planet. Then they can mess around with how large the creature will be, make it aggressive, make it passive, give it a set path to explore, let it wander around, to much more. Players can also add text to creatures so the creature can tell players what they need to do on a given adventure.  Your creatures will also get new toys to use in this expansion. You can equip monsters with peace tools such as a disco ball or aggressive tools such as laser and missile launchers. You’ll be able to equip armor, swords, stealth fields, mini-batteries and more. All of the items for your creatures will be acquired as you play through find new creatures in the game. Items do need energy though, so you have to properly balance your creature. You can add dozens of lasers to a creature, but it’s pointless if it can only fire one gun every five seconds or so. Every story that you play on will also have leaderboards attached to them. Players will earn medals based on how well they did on a mission, but medals can be taken away if someone does a better job at something than you did. Maxis is working on balancing the leaderboards to make sure they don't get abused. If a ton of people are doing on mission, then the points won't be worth as much. If there's a mission people really aren't focusing on, then the points for completing that mission will be worth more. This isn’t just some slapped on added content; this expansion is almost an entire new game. Spore can now become whatever you want it to be and the possibilities are endless. Spore Galactic Adventures will be out this Spring.
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Last night in San Francisco, EA and Maxis had a "State of the Universe" address where they revealed their upcoming 2009 Spore lineup. I’ll have details on the new PC, Wii and DS titles in a little bit, but the...

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


Jan 16
// Nick Chester
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 Origins contest winners

Dec 23 // Nick Chester
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What would happen if you crossed an Apple product with a Spore creature? We held a contest to find out, with ten winners taking home a code each to download Spore Origins from iTunes for the iPhone or iPod Touch.  And th...

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


Dec 18
// Aerox
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...
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Have an iPhone? Like Spore? Like free stuff? Sweet. So listen up: we've got 10 "copies" of EA Mobile's Spore: Origins to giveaway. By copies, we mean Spore: Origins gift cards featuring codes redeemable on iTunes fo...

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Spore wins 'Most Pirated Game of the Year' award


Dec 06
// Jim Sterling
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...
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Spore gets third patch, free limbs get you 24 parts closer to making your ex


Nov 18
// Nick Chester
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 "...
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The furor over Electronic Arts' decision to put SecuROM in its products has resulted in two new class-action suits. They were both filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Interestingly, the...

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New Spore patch fixes small issues, also new planet type


Oct 17
// Brad Nicholson
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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Rumortoid: Spore expansion on the horizon


Oct 03
// Brad Nicholson
According to Wired (via Hooked on Spore), a Spore expansion briefly appeared on two online retailer’s websites today before mysteriously vanishing. Both GameStop and Amazon had the expansion called Cute & Creepy Par...
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EarthBound community does Spore spectacularly well


Sep 28
// Brad Nicholson
Occasionally videogames do more than entertain. These special games often transcend their own genres, capture the imagination and begin to inspire. For fans of the EarthBound series at Starmen.net, EarthBound has done just th...
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EA faces class action suit over Spore DRM: Shocked it took this long


Sep 24
// Jim Sterling
It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's Captain Obvious! After all the complaints and user backlash, Electronic Arts is finally facing a class action suit over the problems caused by Spore's SecuROM DRM. The only shocker here is ...
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Spore: One account per game, but multiple names per account?


Sep 24
// Jim Sterling
As you are doubtlessly aware by now, Spore has been at the center of a lot of controversy thanks to EA's punishing DRM. While the install limit may not be that big a deal for those wanting to keep the game, the issue of allow...
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EA tackles Spore complaints, changing one DRM policy in compromise


Sep 16
// Jim Sterling
The Spore controversy continues as Electronic Arts' Mariam Sughayer has been talking to MTV and responding to the biggest complaints that people have with the game's "anti-piracy" measures. It would seem that, while...
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Spore users turn game's own creation tools against it in DRM protest


Sep 15
// Jim Sterling
This Spore debacle is genuinely fascinating if you're interested in the consumer side of the games industry. After the Amazon backlash and the ridiculously high piracy levels, you'd think that customers angry over Spore's &qu...
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EA responds to the Spore DRM madness


Sep 15
// Jim Sterling
The big mess that is Spore's DRM controversy continues as Electronic Arts has "responded" to concerns over its use of SecuROM in Will Wright's opus. EA corporate communications rep Mariam Sughayer claims that the up...
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Spore is getting pirated like crazy: Karma at work?


Sep 14
// Jim Sterling
I don't usually find piracy easy to justify, but considering that EA has been pig-headed to the extreme over the use of SecuROM in its products -- a measure deemed harmful to the enjoyment of the paying consumer -- it's kind ...
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Dirty lies: Spore manual says multiple accounts per copy, reality disagrees


Sep 12
// Jim Sterling
Oh Electronic Arts, how we facepalm at thee. Hot off the heels of the Spore DRM shenanigans, it seems that SecuROM has another nasty surprise in story for fans of Will Wright's latest opus. It would seem that, despite the gam...

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