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James Lovelock interview

March 30th, 2015 · No Comments

Remember that Maxis classic simEarth? This year is its 25th anniversary. Lovelock, the scientist behind the Gaia hypothesis was an advisor to the developers of that game, and is been interviewed by Slate. You can read the interview and more about the game and Lovelock if you follow this link.

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Tags: Biology · Maxoids · Other games · Robots

Maxis Emeryville offices closed

March 7th, 2015 · No Comments

Very sad news this week, Maxis as-we-know-it is closed by EA. EA will still support The Sims and Simcity, but the creative team based in Emeryville is being disbanded. It feels like the end of an era. Everybody who plays computer games will have played at least one of the games they made. Even more […]

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Tags: Maxoids

Earth: a Primer

February 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

The first new thing I would like to share with you is a beautiful IPad app made by
Chaim Gingold. Yes, the designer of the creature editor in Spore.
It is not really a game though, it is more of a book. “A science book for playful people” he calls it. A very pretty and interactive book, […]

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Tags: Art · Maxoids · Spore

Applied Theoretical Math: Goldberg Polyhedra

June 30th, 2013 · No Comments

Are you a fan of sports, either active or as a spectator? Then you will have seen the so-called Goldberg Polyhedra. How? This video published by Scientific American explains.

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Tags: Science · Video

24-hours in SimCity

February 1st, 2013 · No Comments

In a little over a month the new SimCity will be released. Maxis, the developer of the game, is rather active on the social media. Creative Director Ocean Quigley twittered a link to a video he uploaded on YouTube showing 24 hours in a SimCity on “cheetah” speed.
This new SimCity alledgedly is a game where […]

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Tags: SimCity · Video

SimCity strategy video, part 2

December 11th, 2012 · No Comments

Here is the second strategy video of the new SimCity, where more is shown of the region play.

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Tags: SimCity · Video

Exoplanet at our doorstep!

October 18th, 2012 · No Comments

Our next door neighbour in astronomical sense is Alpha Centauri. It has featured in many a science fiction story but up until now it wasn’t known whether it had any planets circling it.
The big news is that it has at least one! And it is about the same size of Earth too! The planet is […]

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Tags: Astronomy · News

First SimCity gameplay video

October 5th, 2012 · 1 Comment

The game is planned to be released in February 2013. The closed beta test is expected to start somewhere in the next two months.

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Tags: SimCity · Video

Jointed Spore Figurines

August 1st, 2012 · 1 Comment

Shortly after the Creature Editor was released it was possible to have your creature 3D printed into a figurine. Now, three and a half years later, some clever people have been working on a research project to make figurines complete with joints to make them move the way they do in the game! Read more […]

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Tags: Spore

Landing on Mars

June 22nd, 2012 · 2 Comments

In a bit over two months time Curiosity will land on Mars… Land on Mars? It sounds simple, a bit mundane even, but it is everything but. So-far only 1/3 of the stuff we Earthlings sent to Mars landed safely. Remember the Beagle 2?
The video below shows what engineers planned for and prepared to make […]

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Tags: Astronomy · Robots · Video