Posted by: hmillic | September 14, 2007

Spore: Video Game of the Future!

It’s been a long time since I’ve been excited about a video game. Ever since my days as a Sonic the Hedgehog enthusiast, I’ve kind of lost interest because most games  these days just entail shooting one another. I recently watched Will Wright’s TED Talk about his new game, Spore and man, I really can’t wait until it comes out. Wright is the creator of the Sims, and with this game, he takes playing God to a whole new level.  Here’s the websites’ blurb on the presentation:

In a friendly, high-speed presentation, Will Wright  demos his newest game, Spore, which promises to dazzle users even more than his previous masterpieces. Here Wright encourages users to create not households, as in The Sims, or cities, as in SimCity, but the entire universe, from single-celled life forms to galactic physics. While guiding us through his mesmerizing beta, Wright shares his thoughts on Montessori schools, Darwinian theory and long-term thinking, emphasizing, throughout, that Spore is not so much a game as an opportunity for discovery — “an imagination amplifier.”

This is the kind of game kids need to be playing, one where they actually learn something. Most video games out there probably take brain cells away from you! I went to Montessori school for first and second grade, and I whole heartedly believe that children absorb more when they arn’t force fed the information and are free to discover knowlege at their own pace. A game like this makes the theory of evolution a simple concept to grasp.

It just mind-boggling that a human being has the capacity to even think of something like this, let alone implement it.  The game won’t be available until next year, but when it comes out, I’m all over it!


Responses

  1. It’s cool that you are into games like this. This one does look interting. Ever try Second Life? You might get addicted.

  2. I don’t really think that other PC games “take brain cells away from you” unless you play them excessively, I guess. Still, this one does look like a more educational but very fun game indeed. Definitely something I’d like to play.

  3. One of the games I’m waiting for!


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