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Entries from March 2009

Looking for a job?

March 30th, 2009 · 4 Comments

If you have the following skills …
* Fluency in C/C++
* Experience with rapid gameplay prototyping
* Strong math skills (linear algebra, trigonometry, etc.)
* Strong data structures, logic, and algorithm skills
* Self-motivation and willingness to pitch in on many areas of game development
* Passion for playing games

and preferably also have …
* 5+ years of game coding […]

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Tags: Maxoids · Other games

Sheep

March 29th, 2009 · No Comments

A new game that caught my eye lately, Flock!, has a playable demo out: download it here.

Too bad playing it is not entirely as pleasant an experience as I thought it would be. Commenters on RPG like the much older game Sheep, that is based on the same idea, a lot better. Nothing beats reality […]

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Tags: Other games

Galactic Adventures Fansitekit

March 28th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Yesterday Maxis released a Fansite kit of the Galactic Adventures expansion. A fragment of the poster that is in there:

Also, the Sporepedia is slowly nearing 100 Million assets, read about the special contest here. As with most of these contests, the sweepstakes is only open to residents of the US and Canada, which is […]

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Tags: News · Spore

First GDC Spore talk summary

March 25th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Gamasutra posted a nice article about one of the talks about Spore at the GDC, the Serious Games part of it to be precise: Lessons Learned From Spore: Its Science And More by journalist and consultant Margaret Robertson.
Especially worth reading if you have, like me, been following what happened with Spore.
“What happened when the game […]

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Tags: Spore

Will Wright interviews Nolan Bushnell

March 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

Jud Hudson of Simprograms found us an most read-worthy interview Will Wright did with Nolan Bushne, founder of Atari (and Chuck-E-Cheese :D). Actually it’s more of a discussion between the two, very entertaining.
Kotaku’s Brain Crecente wrote a piece today linking Spore to the Montessori Method, not really new for people who followed the Wright spore […]

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Tags: Maxoids · Spore

Spore Franchise Direction

March 22nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

Long time Spore followers will know that Spore is meant to be more than just a game; it’s set up to be a Franchise. Meaning all kind of spin-offs will be made related to the basic idea. Currently Maxis is looking for a Franchise Development Director for Spore. So if you want to be the […]

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Tags: Maxoids · Spore

Galactic Adventures video and Release Date

March 22nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

The ever busy Ball Lightning found an IGN interview with Kip Katsarelis and some new video goodness. The video mentions a release date: June 23rd. It’s Australia’s IGN site so its completely unclear if this date is US only, Australian or world wide.

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Tags: Spore · Video

Next week it’s GDC ‘09

March 16th, 2009 · 4 Comments

At next weeks’ Game Developer Conference, two events involve Spore designers.
Will Wright is part of an all-star panel discussing ‘the role of games in personal and social development‘.
Chaim Gingold, lead designer of the Creature Creator, talks about how games ‘map onto the human brain and body’. Chaim has left Maxis to work on a project […]

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Tags: Other games · Spore

Spore Galactic Adventures demoed at SXSW

March 14th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Yesterday Caryl Shaw gave a preview of the Spore expansion Galactic Adventures at the SXSW conference.
Update: Joystiq has been to the talk and has a nice writeup about it, naming names of Spore players!

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Tags: Fanstuff · Spore · Video

Cool Spore Skeletons

March 13th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Aaron Meyers made a very cool poster using the Spore API. Here’s a fragment and the link.

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Tags: Spore