Sunday, February 11, 2007

The waiting is the hardest part

Other than the next Duke Nukem sequel Duke Nukem Forever (a/k/a Duke Nukem ForNever, Forever Delayed, Never, Whenever, If Ever, (Is) Taking Forever and Neverever -- more on the protracted birthing pangs of Duke at this Wikipedia article), which has been on the horizon for 10 years and counting now, perhaps the most-anticipated computer game may be Will Wright's Spore.

Wright, as you may know, is the creator of open-ended simulators such as the Sim City/Sim City 2000/Sim City 3000 series, Sim Earth, Sim Ant, and of course the 800-pound gorilla of sim games, The Sims series, with its innumerable add-ons, expansions and repackaged re-releases.

Unlike Duke, tangible proof of progress for Spore has been more concrete. Demos have been shown in various gaming conventions for a couple of years now, and the release date, while not yet set in stone, has been announced for the second half of 2007.

To see what the big deal is, there are a couple of really cool video clips of what Spore is and what it can do. This looks really fun!
This one is Will talking at the 2005 Game Developer's Conference.

The second one if from the E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) in October 2006. Obviously the game looks much more polished at this point. Check it out.

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