While this is primarily a comics blog, from time to time I'm going post about video games, which which shouldn't be much of a surprise, as I spend my work week developing them for a small software company.
If you've got a few minutes to kill, do yourself a favor and download the Spore Creature Creator for free. Spore is the new game created by celebrated game designer Will Wright (creator of The Sims and SimCity.) While the game itself isn't set to be released until the beginning of September, in a brilliant move, they have released the Spore creature editor to the public for free today.
Spore is being called a "massively single-player online game" that allows players to control the evolution of a species of their creation from it's nascent origins from the primordial ooze all the way to it's development as a galaxy conquering society. What's especially cool is that most of the characters you will encounter in the game will be characters created by other Spore players. Which is one of the reasons Electronic Arts and Maxis decided to launch the creature creator before launching the actual game. This move ensures that there will be a host of original player-created content in the game on day one, and more importantly, a whole lot of gamers already invested in the game and chomping at the bit to see the creatures they've created in action.
Check out my first Spore creation here...I designed this guy in about 10 minutes, and he was busting a move shortly there after...