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Spore announced ... back in 1999
« on: June 13, 2005, 12:39:11 pm »
Yeah, I figured if I looked hard enough I would find this. From a GameSpot article about Maxis written in 1999 (yeah, six years ago):

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"I've always wanted to do a realistic galactic colonization game," admits Wright, as he weaves his way into discussing his next intriguing game concept. "A lot of the game would be focused on the issue of whether there is other intelligent life in the galaxy," he says. "I've been researching this for more than three years now, and I'm pretty sure we are the only intelligent species in the galaxy. Given that assumption, a galactic colonization game would occur over millions of years - your opponents become your ancestors."

Of course, the obligatory academic hook is included in the design, this time being Drake's Equation, known among scientists as a formula that calculates the number of intelligent civilizations able to communicate within our own galaxy. Wright wants players to enter their own assumptions about the factors in the equation, including the number of stars in the galaxy and the percentage chance of intelligent life, then sculpt the game around those parameters. "If we really are the only intelligent species, that puts a huge responsibility on us," suggests Wright.

"A galactic colonization game would occur over millions of years - your opponents become your ancestors."
- Will Wright discusses what may be his next project.


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Re: Spore announced ... back in 1999
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2005, 12:47:07 pm »
That must be the Seti game he said he was going to make that he tells us about in the GDC video. I also remmember reading something about "Maxis' next secret project" in a Sims Online preview in 2002.

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Re: Spore announced ... back in 1999
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2005, 04:31:17 pm »
Well he did say he's been kicking around this idea for most of his adult life.  ;D

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Re: Spore announced ... back in 1999
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2005, 05:10:23 pm »
I remember hearing Steve say in his 3rd day of GDC podcast that one of the guys said in his presentation that he had been working on Spore for the past few years. This has been in developement for along time I'm guessing, and it still isn't nearly done.

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Re: Spore announced ... back in 1999
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2005, 05:14:28 pm »
Well, considering that there is an entire galaxy in each CD, 1999,  6,7+ year,s seems fair.

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Re: Spore announced ... back in 1999
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2005, 06:24:37 pm »
It really makes you wonder about what Wright's saying TODAY.

"...and the Care Bears go on missions down on earth..."

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Re: Spore announced ... back in 1999
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2005, 08:27:43 pm »
hahahaha will wrights next venture:

Carebear MMORPG
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Re: Spore announced ... back in 1999
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2005, 08:52:49 pm »

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Re: Spore announced ... back in 1999
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2005, 08:55:19 pm »
that is the single most funny thing i have ever seen
"6.4 Um's per minute" or "The Speed of Wright

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Re: Spore announced ... back in 1999
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Re: Spore announced ... back in 1999
« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2005, 07:30:23 am »
It really makes you wonder about what Wright's saying TODAY.

"...and the Care Bears go on missions down on earth..."
Nah, there's probabally already games like that...

One is 'fake', the other is not, guess which!

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Re: Spore announced ... back in 1999
« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2005, 09:46:50 am »
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Re: Spore announced ... back in 1999
« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2005, 07:11:40 pm »
I'm just disappointed that I couldn't get the text to have a rainbow border like in the title, but I'm still new to GIMP.

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Re: Spore announced ... back in 1999
« Reply #13 on: June 16, 2005, 11:24:31 pm »
Wasn't it going to be called SimMars? Or was it diffrent. And SimMars never came out didi it?

Sim Mars Sites
http://www.gaming-media.com/sim/mars.htm
http://simmars.simvision.net/
http://pc.ign.com/articles/132/132191p1.html

Sim Mars Promo Movie
http://www.gaming-media.com/sim/SimMars/Movies/sim_mars.mpg
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Re: Spore announced ... back in 1999
« Reply #14 on: June 17, 2005, 04:51:40 am »
http://simmars.simvision.net/

This link is to not the game SimMars, but an extensive mod for SimCity 4, which is also called SimMars.