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February 15, 2008

Gaming Steve Episode 69 - 02.15.2008

Spore!After years of waiting, dreaming, speculating, hoping, wishing, fantasizing, and talking about Spore, we finally get ... a release date! Sure it's still seven months away, but now we all have something to look forward to for the next seven months!

Just think, seven months of waiting, dreaming, speculating, hoping, wishing, fantasizing, and talking about Spore!

Oh yeah, and lots of other news, I prepare for next week's Game Developers Conference, and something terrible happens to my Wii ... and Spore! Enjoy the show!

Gaming Steve Episode 69 Program

  • 00:07:19 Game News:
    • Spore is coming! Spore is coming! Lots and lots of Spore-related news!
    • Blizzard surprises people by announcing their cancelled games?
    • Banjo Kazooie 3 to appear in 2008, hopefully.
    • ESRB reports lower percentage of Mature games.
    • Puzzle Quest sequel coming in 2008.
    • Ubisoft smacks Bratz for $13 million. You go girl!
    • Mass Effect PC-bound this May, nobody is surprised.
    • EA Sports extends their NFL monopoly until 2013, nobody is surprised.
    • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 is announced for the PC, Xbox 360, PS3 and is nearly complete, everyone is surprised!
    • Cryptic Studios is bringing Champions Online to PCs and consoles, everyone is surprised!
  • 00:40:24 Review: Uncharted: Drake's Fortune for the PlayStation 3.
  • 00:47:06 Name That Game: A new contest and new rules!
  • 00:51:25 Show Mail: I answer your audio and text questions.
  • 01:23:11 Final Thoughts: I'm getting ready for next week's GDC, and the unthinkable happens to my Wii! The horror!
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February 12, 2008

When it Rains, it Spores – A Recap of Today's Spore Stories

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Wow. After months/years with little to no information on Will Wright's Spore we were treated to an explosion of new information in a matter of hours. With so much concrete information released it almost makes you believe something crazy ... like, you know, they might actually release the game in the near future!

For those who might have missed some of the Spore-related articles that suddenly appeared in the last 12 hours here's a quick recap:

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February 12, 2008

Spore's Release Date Announced!

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With no warning and little fanfare the release date for Spore has finally been announced – September 7, 2008 Spore will be released for PC, Mac, DS, and mobile phones.

To view the entire video announcement you can see it at the Spore website, and you can also read the official press release as well.

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December 10, 2007

Best Game of 2008 to be Spore? We Hope?

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Make sure to check out the latest issue of PC Gamer which has an excellent preview of Spore. Lots of large screenshots (see links to the images below), "pop-up video" captions and annotations, and a tons of new information.

I have to say that after seeing the game in various stages of development over the past few years, the screenshots in PC Gamer show a complete, polished product.

Each stage shows a complete working interface with clear goals and feedback labeled within each stage. Maybe, just maybe, this game really will be coming out in the Spring of 2008.

Also of note check out new information on Far Cry 2, WoW: Wrath of the Lich King, Left 4 Dead, Starcraft II, Alone in the Dark, Fallout 3, and Peggle Nights in this issue. Oh yes, and make sure to check out the new back-page writer Ben Croshaw, better known as Yahtzee, aka "the Zero Punctuation guy" who does those awesome video reviews.

Update: You can view the magazine scans here, here, here, and here.

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March 13, 2007

New Spore Evolution Video


New information on Will Wright's Spore has been hard to come by, but this new video nicely summarizes the evolution process within Spore and shows off many of the editors. Particularly I enjoyed watching the building editor (all 5 seconds of it!) and the city building portion.

It's been nearly two years to the day in which Spore was first reported to exist (by yours truly) and yet we seem to be no closer to the release date. Supportively coming out "sometime in 2007" I have a feeling it's going to be closer to "sometime in 2008", if not "sometime in 2009" (please no). Of course, waiting for new games is half of the fun ... but I don't think I can take another two years of waiting fun.

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May 11, 2006

Gaming Steve Episode 52 - 05.11.2006

E3 Expo 2006 Day 2It's only day two of E3 and today I have a dynamite show! Not only do I co-host the show with World of Warcraft Senior Level Designer John Staats, not only do give you a blow-by-blow description of my Spore experience (along with a dozen other games), but I managed to score an interview with Shane Kim, GM of Microsoft Game Studios. All of this and it's only day two of E3. This is one for the record books. Enjoy!

Gaming Steve Episode 52 Program

  • E3 2006 Day 2 Recap
    • What's it like to build a creature in Spore? And is Will Wright actually giving the Spore demostration?
    • John and I give our impressions of Viva Pinata, Crackdown, Gears of War, Two Human, and Mass Effect for the Xbox 360.
    • Next John and I switch gears and give our impressions of God of War 2, Heavenly Sword, Resistance Fall of Man, and the overall Sony presence.
    • John and I next visit Bethesda and check out Star Trek Legacy, Star Trek: Tactical Assalt, and Pirates of the Caribbean Legend of Jack Sparrow.
    • Back to Windows Vista and how Windows is going to enhance PC gaming.
    • Finally I sit down and chat with Shane Kim and I wrap up the day's coverage (starts at 1:13:18).
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April 10, 2006

Gaming Steve Episode 47 - 04.10.2006

Xbox Live ArcadeHey everyone, I'm back! Sorry for the delay, but I think you'll enjoy the several treats I have in this episode.

Not only do I finally reveal some new Spore info but I interview Greg Canessa the Group Manager for crazy popular Xbox Live Arcade. Enjoy!

Gaming Steve Episode 47 Program

  • 00:06:30 Game News:
    • Wal-Mart quitting UMD movies?
    • Mario stamps Japan.
    • More Oblivion content coming.
    • Nintendo is raking in the Yen.
    • Telltale Games lowers episodic prices.
    • SiN Episode 1 heading to retail.
    • Capcom music hits Japan's iTunes.
    • Apple software boots Windows.
    • Lionhead joins Microsoft.
    • Twenty titles at Revolution launch?
    • Oblivion obliterates sales charts.
  • 00:39:12 SporeTalk: What new information did I learn at GDC?
  • 00:47:20 Interview with Greg Canessa the Group Manager for Xbox Live Arcade.
  • 01:32:12 “Name That Game!” contest winner from last week, a new clip, and the always cool prize!
  • 01:35:06 Show Mail: I answer your audio questions.
  • 01:56:56 Final Thoughts: Oblivion is taking over the world! And there are just too many good games out right now. What to do ... what to do?
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March 23, 2006

Gaming Steve Episode 45 - 03.23.2006

Spore In A BoxToday was "Spore Day" at GDC with four different talks concerning Spore, and I was at every single one of them. But just how much new information was revealed during these talks? And what new revelations did Satoru Iwata reveal about the Revolution? This and more on today's show!

Oh yes, and once again I share the mic, today with John Callaham from FiringSquad. Enjoy!

Gaming Steve Episode 45 Program

  • Game Developers Conference Day 4 Recap
    • John and I discuss Spore talk number one: "Advanced Prototyping" with Chaim Gingold and Chris Hecker.
    • We discuss the Nintendo keynote speech.
    • Will Wright talks, but does he say anything?
    • John gives us a rundown of the expo floor.
    • A review of this year's "Game Design Challenge" and why was Will Wright wearing a tiara?
    • Spore talk number three: "Spore: PrePD Through Prototyping" by Eric Todd.
    • And finally Spore talk number four: "Building Community Around Pollinated Content in Spore" by Caryl Shaw.
    • A recap of last night's Independent Game Festival & Awards and the Game Developers Choice Awards.
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March 21, 2006

Spore NOT Confirmed For Mobile Devices in 2006

spore0.jpgI just got off the phone with EA and it appears that Spore has not been confirmed for mobile devices in 2006. Repeat, it has not been confirmed.

Although it was strongly implied by Mitch Laskey's GDC Mobile's keynote address yesterday that Spore would be distributed in 2006 for mobile devices, it turns out that the slide containing this information was a bit misleading and the 2006 date is in no way a confirmation of Spore's launch date.

Unfortunately I while I was talking to EA I was not able to get a revised date, just that there was no confirmation as of yet for the release date of Spore. I guess we'll still be guessing as to the official release date as of now, however the recent article in Wired Magazine featuring Will Wright did mention that Spore will be released in 2007! Yikes! Stay tuned...

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March 20, 2006

Spore Confirmed For Mobile Devices in 2006

Spore!No huge surprise here but the biggest news of the day occured this morning during Mitch Laskey's (former Jamdat CEO, now EA's "Mobile Senior Vice President") GDC Mobile's keynote address. During the talk Mitch explaining EA Mobile's 2006 line-up which will consist of Casual, Core, and Sports titles.

Casual titles to be released this year will include Tetris (of which EA has the exclusive rights for a mere 17 years), Bejeweled, Yahtzee as well as the other usual suspects. While EA Sports' line-up pretty much consisted of every single EA sports title ported over to the Mobile market.

However, when it came to the Core titles listed on the slide to-be-released titles were Battlefield, Sin City, Medal of Honor, Sims, Need for Speed, and little title named Spore. What's really interesting about this news isn't the fact that Spore was announced for mobile platforms but that the release date was listed as 2006!

Does that mean we'll be up to our eyeballs in Spore titles for the PC, consoles, handhelds, and mobile devices by the end of 2006? One can only hope!

Update: After speaking with EA it turns out that the slide containing this information was a bit misleading and that Spore is not confirmed for mobile devices in 2006. And no alternate date was given.

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