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Spore named in Time's Best Inventions of '08

A mighty pat on the back Will Wright

Time has named Spore, EA's evolution sim that lets you play God and create your own race of creatures, as one of the best inventions of 2008.

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"It's blasphemy, brilliance or both to take the entire evolution of a species - from a single-celled animalcule in a drop of water to a space-faring, galaxy-exploring sentient being - and turn it into a video game. But that's exactly what Will Wright has done," said Time in a recent feature.

"Wright is the man who created The Sims, a game about everyday life in suburbia, but apparently he found the vast panorama of human experience too confining," it adds.

No mention of the cock monster outbreak, though. Or the recent controversy surrounding the game's tight DRM policies.

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