Everybody Loves Sporn

Aww thanks, Independent Film Channel, for talking about io9 in your video segment about Sporn, the term for oddly-genitaled beings made using the "creature creator" editor that goes with EA/Maxis' forthcoming evolution game Spore. Though io9 did make a music video devoted to Sporn, we have to admit shamefacedly that we… » 6/30/08 1:30pm 6/30/08 1:30pm

Cool and Crap Awards of the Week

At least two things happened last week in the worlds of science fiction and science. One was cool and the other was crap.

Coolest way to generate new technologies for colonizing the solar system while also demonstrating once again that China and India represent the future of the world: Last week, India's Chief of… » 6/21/08 2:49pm 6/21/08 2:49pm

Best of Sporn: A Love Song [NSFW]

Why does Spore, the new evolution game from EA/Maxis, give us hope for the future of humanity? Because the first thing everybody did with the "creature creator" editor was create a bunch of, shall we say, genitally-oriented organisms. Call it Sporn. EA is unlikely to let you share these creatures with other Spore… » 6/19/08 1:42pm 6/19/08 1:42pm

Can a Video Game Teach Evolution?

Last week Electronic Arts was kind enough to invite me to a demonstration of Spore's creature creator. A few days ago, we told you about Spore, a video game that challenges you to guide a single cell on the bottom of the evolutionary ladder out of the ocean and into civilization. (Here you can see my creature, » 6/19/08 9:00am 6/19/08 9:00am

Spore's Creature Creator Lets You Seed the Galaxy with Life

Spore, the upcoming 6+-years-in-the-making project from Will Wright (Sim City, The Sims, and Sim everything else) is releasing its fabulous alien species design tool, the Creator Creator today as a free download. Spore is Sim-Rise-of-Intelligent-Life-In-The-Galaxy, and it is a fountain of scifi awesomeness. I've… » 6/17/08 8:00am 6/17/08 8:00am