I picked up the Spore Creature Creator today. It’s nice that it works on the Mac… though it doesn’t work on my Mac, argh.
It’s fun and immensely clever and I can’t see playing it for very long. (As evidence, you’ll notice that I’m not playing it right now, pretty unusual for a newly purchased game.) It’s fun watching a creature run through all its animations; but there aren’t all that many of them. And as a Second Life builder I’m used to being able to have a lot more control over my creations than this.
Undoubtedly this was released as a promo for Spore itself, and in that regard, mission accomplished. It sounds fascinating and I can’t wait to play it. (And once there’s a game to put them in, I’m sure my interest in making creatures will be revived.)
Another argh: it looks like I can’t even upgrade my PC to play some of the games I’m interested in, like Mass Effect and Age of Conan. It needs a whole new bus type. Oh well, I’ll just have to work on convincing myself to get a new computer…