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There's a video game it doesn't thrive on carjackings in -- violence vote destruction is definitely part of its program.
It's called spore.
An electronic arts is betting big box that it's going to be contagious this long awaited video game which some call revolutionaries -- by the same team that created.
One of the most durable series in video game history -- joining us now the man behind spore.
Will -- congratulations.
Regular you know it's so successful you're just tell me we wanted to show folks what it looks like to -- to -- You can't you couldn't buy one on the way here.
We're trying to call on the city of New York City -- it -- -- it was -- well within a good time so it is now how Long Will it take you to know how successful it is -- -- -- targeting sales figures.
But you know right now we're actually seeing with the pins are doing with the game because everything they do in the -- -- -- servers.
And so are ready we're seeing a spike of the left -- -- four hours.
Three money and unique things have been created by the players as the plane again so they've already gotten into the action ultimately the action of evolution where did the idea come from.
Well part of it was common -- -- science itself as a small child -- home and I really want -- -- a game that was about all the -- all the -- from what can -- you know chemistry -- up to a astronomy.
And spore really had a physics in physics yes that sort of starts.
But basically the game is about the whole universe from the very small to very large few words of life to the history of life -- -- -- houses and also creature.
Eventually move up -- intelligence civilization.
The -- go out and space -- news for millions of worlds that are created by the players.
And it you know I think for -- -- that that Albert Einstein guided the whole idea of creations -- -- that.
That got into his whole way of thinking.
Did did the the the concept.
I mean it's interesting that you -- essentially asking a person to be an intelligent designer your life.
-- come they are taking a stand on this very controversial.
Issue of whether it's intelligent design -- not a lot depends on how Smart players but.
In fact you know in the game but this is occurring over billions of years many generations and so it's kind of straddling the fence but it you know it brings up discussions amongst players about theology philosophy that's great have you.
It made up your mind about all that.
All we ought to have a different point of view and you know I think that -- guys -- I view -- because he eventually came to believe that.
You know wasn't -- -- roll of the dice that god had a -- he was playing about or Richard -- point -- point of view which is sort of Mormon atheist thing.
-- -- funny I think that that's gonna overplay in a lot of ways because most the religious people -- know actually believe in evolution through panel of the scientists I know we're actually religious.
And so I think we gonna play out this conflict between religion and evolution and the more than -- really exists -- how did you do the research did you actually go -- and and try to.
To basic game on what we know about evolution.
Or try to take all these aspects of life and universe in -- of the toys basically you know we've -- a -- species were twenty point evolution between planets we build because systems.
By his fears and so.
Every stage it's kind of a caricature of science but it's -- inspired by phones so you did do research and and order to make it not necessarily yet.
Direct play off of what we know about size but kind of similar to always do a lot of research we always do that you know on the games but little -- wanna do is we want inspire kids to going to be in -- science not so much teach them facts but it costs what about fifteen million to develop.
Something like that and where where -- the costs involved in in in terms of the design how.
Where were you spend that money in designing a game like it was mostly headcount you know so we -- working on this game the team started going about five years ago and we ship with that a hundred when -- people you know through the project.
So really the power costs -- the people skilled people to work -- these games.
Now you you do not only can plug this in your computer I understand you you're able now to downloaded on your iPhone or or your -- cell phone.
Yeah right now this week we have versions of the PC Mac and for the iPhone in the -- via ups and going to be doing other platforms later and that the iPhone has enough memory for the entire game.
Not -- iPhone is just you by the state of the game is itself like a misnomer it's definitely game is a little bit more than a game and a lot of -- whole way and also these kind of creation systems because in the game are actually pretty you know characters around the world newsroom buildings etc.
And the professor Craig must be content because we're database could share with liberty LC.
In fact have millions of players collectively building this universe together and you haven't seen everything and sent -- have you Bono and -- -- -- appearing daily in like I said you know over the last about 24 hours we've had three million more objects the players have made -- so.
No player will ever see all the stuff in the game and and it is a process I mean that the development of the of the game is an evolution I mean it is a process of evolution itself it will continue to evolve as people play -- in this case the fans are kind of -- co creators of the game because -- -- -- having such a creative impact.
On the world for everybody else -- on some -- number one -- -- humor about halfway done.
At this point the fans are picking it up and finishing the development where you go from here after I mean after creating a world a new universe what can what else can you do.
Let's just one way of looking at the world around this one wins you know and I think that there's so many different ways triangulate the world around us.
And you know I'm looking forward to getting in other ones after this by the way you knew this was coming we've already got word that -- pornography.
-- yes yes I was on the first up we -- we released the creature creator two months early.
And that was one of the first things we saw the first week.
Yeah we will review anatomically correct creatures that walk around the world to become a father coming we've basically put controls -- game.
-- the players of -- don't wanna see that they can control content coming going right but now how much.
How interactive activity is there right now and how much will that develop we already know about the new creations that are coming from the -- -- are playing it but what war do you have in terms of getting interactivity from the folks at their place.
-- they think this game so it's not like you're actually competing with other players head to head it's not go based it's more creative things.
It's almost more like FaceBook where in here and when you're in the world your browsing this huge art gallery every -- you see was me but some of the player you can economic picture pilot who made it.
General comment back -- -- -- thing you made.
-- but the winner buddy list until this stuff comes in your world so.
It's kind of asynchronous interaction with all the other players will you could probably do just about anything you want you don't have to work for another day of your life if you didn't want to want to ruin our guys -- episode I.
But what what would you like to do other than design games is this is this a free or would you like to start new businesses -- what another -- the things I'd love to do in the background have always been building robots have had a passion for -- like a long time job plus other media forms you know I think games are really interesting form -- media as a developing so rapidly right now.
Covered anything else in the penalty ruling two -- in the boundaries to win games ago yet by the way development evolution robots.
What about -- artificial intelligence anything about that concern you when you.
Yeah we'll be like matrix or something like I don't -- as far off when he was playing against big blue.
He got nervous when he realized that it was making moves that probably had been programmed into it.
Oh yeah I mean I was actually inspired initially in the science only things but the -- 2001 but of course -- how this home homicidal robot.
And ever since and I've been fascinated with not just intelligent machines but what's gonna happen when we build them you know to us socially we could be in -- -- -- an alien intelligence that we can begin to understand.
And I think it's likely to happen in my lifetime so you think in your lifetime machines will evolve to the point where they can think on their own.
I do yes.
And that doesn't scare you know it does it terrifies me.
But it also fascinating that it can't wait to meet and talk to them it's better to be a part of that I guess than just to sit back and let it -- we'll -- -- -- on their side and maybe they'll let me live that's true that's true will try to predict sincere congratulations.
-- -- If you can -- -- go out.
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