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EA closes SimCity maker Maxis Emeryville

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 IP development t...   read

 
 
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Gaikai goes live with demo for Dead Space 2 and more

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 The Sims 3 can...   read

 
 
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Darkspore's Zrin the Sun Fist is a tank

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 along with gam...   read

 
 
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Darkspore beta now open for registration

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-up page asks fo...   read

 
 



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  Watch Video While Ben Perlee was busy writing words about Darkspore, I've been hustling up this video for you. Oh Ben, you and your written word. So old fashioned. I didn't get into Darkspore with the same level of depth that Ben did, b...   read

 
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When EA announced Darkspore earlier this summer, the fusion between Spore's character customization and a Diablo-esque RPG set in space makes for an interesting set-up. Last night, we had the chance to see how the game's...   read
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New Darkspore gameplay trailer

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 attempting to take ...   read

 
 
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BioWare writer helping to pen Darkspore fiction

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 accurate. It's j...   read

 
 
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The creation of a Living Weapon in Darkspore

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 the game whatso...   read

 
 
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The basis for much of my opinion on Spore comes, unfortunately, from its spin-off games for consoles and handhelds. While the original title was something which captured my interest, my inability to commit to a life of P...   read
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We all know that Activision is the bad guy now and Electronic Arts is all awesome and cool these days, but that doesn't mean that it won't be whoring out a popular franchise as much as it can. Never doubt that EA is a busines...   read

 
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Modern Warfare 2 is most-pirated game of 2009

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 people love to s...   read

 
 
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Waste time with new Spore Islands Facebook game

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 Islands ...   read

 
 
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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...   read

 
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Spore gets web-based 2-D creature creator

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 check your email an...   read

 
 
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Spore Hero shows off some creation

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 fighting and the s...   read

 
 
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Reticulating splines: Maxis hit with layoffs

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 of a studio flu...   read

 
 
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Spore descending on Nintendo systems with Spore Hero series

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 October 6th in North...   read

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

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, what sort of m...   read

 
 
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Robot Chicken team creating Spore content

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 folks behind Robot ...   read

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

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 Wii, and is a &ld...   read

 
 
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Spores tackles LittleBigPlanet as Maxis throws down the creative gauntlet

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 PS3 exclusivit...   read

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

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 first flaunted...   read

 
 


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

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 not be a port o...   read

 
 
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