Spore: The Best Game Ever

December 21, 2008

Ever since Ashley and I jumped the gun on Christmas, I have been compulsively playing Spore. Typicality, I don’t play many video game. When I do play, I rarely finish. Spore isn’t your typical role playing game, instead of leveling up your warrior with nerdy new features, in Spore, your creature evolves. You start by controlling a cell, evolving into a creature. That creature teams up with other creatures and makes a tribe. That tribe becomes powerful and turns into a civilization. Once your civilization is supreme, you move on to conquer outer space.

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The game is very fun. Entertainment value aside, the game does a great job providing an accessible vantage point at how life really works. It’s exaggerated of course, but it offers a fun explanation of the theory of evolution. Once in the civilization stage, religion does make an appearance, however it’s only portrayed as another form of technology, on par with military technology.

It’s an extremely ambitious undertaking, to offer an entertaining and playable version of evolution all the way from cell, to galactic adventurer. The game doesn’t take too long to beat. I’ve been playing for just a few days and I’m already at the space stage. A few days play might be too short for many people, but I don’t have time to dedicate to really long term games.

Anti-Spore is as you would expect, anti-it. This mom is afraid of the damage of allowing children play an evolution game. In one entry she talks about how the game actually proves creation in how the player “creates” their creature, but still, it’s too dangerous to dabble in.

Last night, Ashley and I took a trip tp the the Yaglenski Family Holiday Light Show. It’s a free Christmas light show that the family puts on every year. You pull up and every 20 minutes the computer controlled light display puts on a show to a privately controlled radio frequency. It’s cool.

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Sometimes people attempt to “think outside the box.”  Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t.

Interesting concept

Okay, sure.

Not so much

Too bad

The heavy industrial Christmas

You can’t reinvent the spacial orientation of a Christmas Tree!

The Mountain Dew Christmas Tree

I don’t know what this is, but it looks cool

My favorite tree

Crafty tree

… and the tree brings you chemical joy as well as holiday joy

Okay

The happiest sad tree ever

The spinny tree

The Hello Kitty Tree

I don’t like this tree

The Rockefeller Tree

Henley Family Tree

December 5, 2008

Check out the Henley Family Christmas Tree.

Magic Military Man

November 11, 2008

Happy Veteran’s Day. It’s not the most exciting holiday, I don’t get off work and I don’t know anyone in the military. The holiday people, whomever they are, need to do something to jazz up the holidays that don’t always connect with people. The Veteran’s Days people should create a mythology about a soldier that comes to your house in the middle of the night and leaves toys and candy. It would probably make kids more excited about joining the military later in life.

Magical Soldier