The history of computer game spin-off movies is hardly stellar (anyone remember the Super Mario Bros movie with Bob Hoskins?) but it looks like Will Wright’s Spore is set to hit the silver screen.
The Sims 3′s launch has got off to a controversial start. Electronic Arts, the world’s largest videogames publisher and owner of The Sims series, has commissioned a 1,000 person survey to rewrite The Bible’s Ten Commandments.
The Sims 3 will not feature the copy protection system that Electronic Arts had used to fan outrage on Spore, but a more standard serial number system (without any online authentication needed), the company has confirmed.
Okay, so it’s not the complete abolition of intrusive Digital Rights Management that we’re hoping for, but it’s a step in the right direction. EA has now finally decided to release a software tool that will de-authorise installations of Spore so you can install it on more than five computers.
This month has probably been one of the best for gaming in, well, ever, what with Call Of Duty: World At War, Fallout 3 and Gears Of War 2 all wearing out reviewers’ 5-star stamps. But if you haven’t got the cash to splash, or post-apocalyptic shooters aren’t your thing, there’s plenty of extra mileage to be gained from the games already on your shelves. Bonus and downloadable content is the way forward, and these are the games you need to hold on to a little longer before popping them up on eBay.
When will this expansion pack madness end? Following the strategy it has adopted with The Sims, Electronic Arts is to release its first expansion pack for Spore in November 18, according to a listing that was briefly placed on its own US download store (and following brief listings on US Amazon and other retailers).
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