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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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Spore Galactic Adventures expansion announced, customize everything

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 event was main...   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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Spore Origins contest winners

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 the winners are:&...   read

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

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 one of your co...   read

 
 
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Contest: Win EA Mobile's Spore: Origins for your iPhone/iPod Touch

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 t...   read

 
 
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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 of the year's mo...   read

 
 
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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 "ESC" key ...   read

 
 
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New EA SecuROM lawsuits claim DRM was put in free download

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 in...   read

 
 
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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 deals with multipl...   read

 
 
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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 Parts Pack slated ...   read

 
 
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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 that. It has insp...   read

 
 
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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 that it took th...   read

 
 
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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 allowing only one ac...   read

 
 
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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 EA refuses to ...   read

 
 
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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 "draconian&qu...   read

 
 
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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 uproar over limit...   read

 
 
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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 of karmic to le...   read

 
 
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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 game's manual clai...   read

 
 
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