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Entries from October 2009

Happy Halowe’en

October 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Pumpkin Creature, created by Ansje

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Tags: Spore

Chaim Gingold makes iPhone game: Earth Dragon

October 26th, 2009 · No Comments

You might know Chaim Gingold (I had the pleasure of meeting him last year) as the designer of Spore’s Creature Creator. He since left Maxis to start work on an indie project. In an interview with Gamasutra he reveals that the new title is an iPhone game called Earth Dragon. He is also prototyping […]

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Tags: Maxoids · Other games

Civilization Network: Civ goes Facebook too

October 25th, 2009 · No Comments

After the new project of Soren Johnson, a community based civ-like game, and the surprise of Spore on Facebook, Sid Meier has announced that Civilization will soon be available in a beta version on Facebook too. Sid has announced this on Civfanatics a few days ago. The new game will be called Civilization Network. Exciting […]

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Tags: News · Other games

Spore Islands first impressions

October 24th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Well, I took some time to play Spore Islands and I must say, it looks promising. I created an island where food is sparse, and created a little herbivore. It has to compete with wild creatures now. The game feels a bit like SimLife, which I enjoyed playing back in the day. Of course, Islands […]

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Tags: News · Spore

Spore Island on Facebook

October 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

Simprograms brings the news that EA is opening up an open beta of a free facebook game called Spore Island. In this game you take control of an island where you create creatures to survive and reproduce. The game lets you collect DNA tokens which you can use during observations. You get a limited amount […]

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Tags: News · Spore

Microscope Photography

October 15th, 2009 · No Comments

Wired Science has a must-see article about 35 years of the worlds best Microscope Photographs. Here’s a preview:
This looks like art but are in fact crystals evaporated from solution of magnesium sulfate and tartaric acid.
Structural fibers in mouse cells.
Quantum dot nanocrystals on a silicon substrate.

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Tags: Art · Science

Gigantic ring around Saturn

October 10th, 2009 · No Comments

Astronomers have detected a large ring around Saturn that was unknown up to now. It is 13 million kilometers wide, which is so wide that it would make Saturn appear twice as big as the moon in our skies. Too bad it is so diffuse that it can’t be seen in the visible light, only […]

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Tags: Astronomy · News

Wright to talk at NY Toy Fair

October 6th, 2009 · No Comments

More hints about what Will Wright is up to these days in the LA Times. They bring the news that WW will deliver a keynote called “The Evolution of Entertainment: A Toy’s Place” at the Engage! Expo -a conference on the convergence of toys, the Internet, virtual worlds, games and social media- in February next […]

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Tags: News

Spore goes Hollywood

October 1st, 2009 · 1 Comment

20th Century Fox has acquired the rights to use Spore to make an animated feature. One of the people involved is Chris Wedge, who directed Ice Age and Robots.
“I’m always looking for unique worlds to go to in animation,” Wedge said. “From every perspective — visually, thematically and comedically — the world of ‘Spore’ provides […]

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Tags: News · Spore

Weighty Science news

October 1st, 2009 · No Comments

Today astronomers will publish exciting news in Nature about observations of the distribution of dark matter. The concept of dark matter is used in science to explain the expansion of the universe.
As you might know, galaxies revolve around their center, so the centrifugal force is huge, but the galaxy remains its shape. Theory has it […]

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Tags: Astronomy · News