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First of all, I am not too current on threads around here these days, so I apologize if a thread RE this exists, but ...

[Genius] Creator of the Sims games, Will Wright has come up with a new game idea called Spore, to release I believe ~next Xmas-ish (is that a double "ish"?)

Wikipedia wrote:
Spore is, at first glance, a 'teleological evolution' game: the player molds and guides a species across many generations, growing it from a single celled organism into a more complex animal, until the species becomes intelligent. At this point the player begins molding and guiding this species' society, progressing towards a spacefaring civilization. Spore's main innovation portends to be Wright's use of procedural generation for many of the components of the game, providing vast scope and open-endedness.

His insight into game development paradigms (if I may dare use [I]that[/I] word) is quite interesting and it even sheds a little light on sites like THIS one (in a you must connect the dots kind of way) ...

Watch the google video where Will demo's it at GDC.

[URL=]Spore Demo[/URL]

If you are game-geeky at all, you'll probably enjoy it as much as I did.