Space Oddity’s Spore Blog

A blog dedicated to Will Wright’s Spore and related Science news.

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About

About this blog

This blog is devoted to Spore, a game in development that I stumbled upon when goolging for “evolution game” back in the spring of 2005. What I found was the video of Will Wrights’ 2005 GDC speech and it knocked me of my socks. A game about everything I’m interested in: biology, space exploration and visual art. I started following the news, which became a game in itself. During the years that followed, I built up a huge collection of videos and images.
When TakenbyRobots launched his blog-hosting idea on Spores Illustrated, I decided to participate and share some of my collection and build a more permanent record of this now almost infamous game-in-development.
The subject Spore allows me to also showcase the science news I was following anyway with like-minded and possibly like-minded to be. All in all, I enjoy making it, and welcome anyone to enjoy it with me.

About me

I am a gamer, I was one even before you could play ‘electronic’ games. I got more involved with the gaming community on the internet, when I decided to join Civfanatics to discuss Alpha Centauri in 2001. It was the first Internet forum I joined and thought long before choosing a forum name.
I finally decided on “a space oddity” for a number of reasons. a) It was 2001 and a big fan of Arthur C Clarke’s book, but I had trouble spelling Odyssey… b) I was neither young nor male, and not ready to disclose that fact at that stage, and finally c) I have been interested in astronomy equally long as being a gamer; forever. For practical reasons I now use Space Oddity, dropping the a.
I live in the Netherlands, have a husband and two kids, a son and a daughter. I have a degree in Mathematics, currently work in Speech Recognition applications and generally am interested in the way people interact with computers.

Meester Prikkebeen, I don't really look like that...

The avatar is a drawing of a figure from Dutch literature “meester Prikkebeen”, I thought it fitting because I expect to spend my time in Spore as collector of all the interesting stuff people make. I have high expectations of you, Spore players!

About the header image

The header image of this page is made by Christian Scheuer, the artist that has made the concept art for Spore. I sincerely hope he too will play Spore, I love his work!

16 Comments

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Zaid // May 4, 2008 at 8:57 am

    Hey,

    Every time I open space oddity that galaxies colliding thing plays. It’s damn irritating because I have to shut it off every time.

    Zaid

  • 2 SpaceOddity // May 4, 2008 at 9:07 am

    I’m sorry that it bothers you, Zaid. I have tried to turn off autoplay for this movie, but everything I tried failed. The only other option is to remove the video completely, and I simple refused to go that far. ^^
    In a couple of days the post will not be on the front page, and it won’t play anymore.
    I am pleased that you visit so often, thanks!

  • 3 SpaceOddity // May 4, 2008 at 9:10 am

    I’ve tried something new, and it seems to have solved it. Please tell me if it didn’t for you, cheers. :)

  • 4 leanbarton // May 4, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    My first game was “Jumpman” on a commodore 64. There was also some kind of hardware attached to it that had a rainbow apple on it.

    My neighbor’s must have been well off for a computer in the 80’s :)

  • 5 zdrowie // Oct 7, 2011 at 8:21 am

    I like the efforts you have put in this, regards for all the great content .

  • 6 extraction thimble // Dec 20, 2011 at 3:13 am

    Hey there just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a few of the pictures aren’t loading correctly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different web browsers and both show the same results.

  • 7 SpaceOddity // Dec 20, 2011 at 3:57 am

    Thank you, “thimble”. Some of the links are very old for internet standards, I’ll check them. :)

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