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Contest: Win EA Mobile's Spore: Origins for your iPhone/iPod Touch photo
Contest: Win EA Mobile's Spore: Origins for your iPhone/iPod Touch
by Nick Chester

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 for one copy of the game. Spore: Origins is the mobile spin-off of Will Wright's "evolutionary" PC game where you'll focus on the "cell phase" of your created creature. While I don't own an iPhone or an iPod Touch, I had a chance to check the game out at an event not too long ago and was surprised at how fun it actually was.

How to win: simply show or tell us your idea for a Spore creature/Apple product mash-up. A good example would be using MS Paint or Photoshop to add limbs or antennae to an iMac or an iPhone. There is no such thing as a "bad example" -- you have nothing to lose!

Leave your images or ideas in the comments section of this post; we'll be accepting submissions through Thursday, 11:59 PM PT. Our ten favorites will win the Spore: Origins iTunes gift cards. Good luck!

[Update: To clarify, the cards are only redeemable in the United States. I know, I'm sorry, but I don't want to hear about it -- blame Apple!]

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5:26 PM on 12.06.2008

Spore wins 'Most Pirated Game of the Year' award

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...

Jim Sterling

9:21 AM on 11.18.2008

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

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 "...

Nick Chester



New EA SecuROM lawsuits claim DRM was put in free download photo
New EA SecuROM lawsuits claim DRM was put in free download
by Jim Sterling

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 allegations include EA deceptively spiking its free download, the Spore Creature Creator, with SecuROM. Richard Eldridge, who has filed this particular complaint, states that the act "constitutes a major violation of computer owners' absolute right to control what does and what does not get loaded onto their computers, and how their computers shall be used."

Dianna Cortez filed the other complaint, which is aimed at The Sims 2: Bon Voyage. She alleges that the controversial SecuROM program gave her computer problems and stopped her accessing files on her USB flash drive or iPod.

Of course, this all has to be proven in a court of law, but if the accusation of SecuROM in the Spore Creature Creator is true, then I have to seriously question what the Hell is wrong with Electronic Arts. It's free, it doesn't need DRM. The only explanation is that EA used the free download to duplicitously safeguard against future "piracy" on that computer by smuggling through the DRM in advance. That is one of the most vile things I've heard of in this growing war against piracy and second-hand sales. I'm no fan of lawsuits, but if the Creature Creator allegation is true, I hope EA gets toasted.

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6:20 PM on 10.17.2008

New Spore patch fixes small issues, also new planet type

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...

Brad Nicholson

6:21 PM on 10.03.2008

Rumortoid: Spore expansion on the horizon

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...

Brad Nicholson





11:32 AM on 09.28.2008

EarthBound community does Spore spectacularly well

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...

Brad Nicholson

11:05 AM on 09.24.2008

EA faces class action suit over Spore DRM: Shocked it took this long

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 ...

Jim Sterling

3:40 AM on 09.24.2008

Spore: One account per game, but multiple names per account?

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...

Jim Sterling

10:29 PM on 09.16.2008

EA tackles Spore complaints, changing one DRM policy in compromise

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...

Jim Sterling

9:23 PM on 09.15.2008

Spore users turn game's own creation tools against it in DRM protest

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...

Jim Sterling

5:54 AM on 09.15.2008

EA responds to the Spore DRM madness

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...

Jim Sterling

4:22 AM on 09.14.2008

Spore is getting pirated like crazy: Karma at work?

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 ...

Jim Sterling

8:30 AM on 09.12.2008

Dirty lies: Spore manual says multiple accounts per copy, reality disagrees

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...

Jim Sterling

3:24 AM on 09.12.2008

Anti-Spore site is a big Rick Roll

I called it. While some people took it seriously, I thought it was very clearly a joke, and the curtain has finally been dropped. Anti-Spore was indeed a hoax, and the creator has let slip via that good old Internet standby -...

Jim Sterling

9:39 AM on 09.10.2008

Is Spore the work of Satan? One Christian thinks so

I am convinced this is a joke, but some people online seem to be taking it seriously. Apparently one man has gone on a crusade to fight against the "war on creationism" that is Spore, claiming that EA's game teaches...

Jim Sterling