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SporeDay: New mission plus contest

Posted by ballightning on September 10, 2009

Sorry about the late post, i have been working very hard on my portfolio website for school, please check it out! For this weeks SporeDay, Maxis released a new mission called The Metamorphosis. Give MaxisKate, the creator, feedback over at the official forums.

Maxis have also created a Metamorphosis challange for creators. Head over to the official forums for more.

Challenge Details
If you played the latest Maxis adventure, The Metamorphosis, you may have noticed that a disturbing transformation has taken place.

In the Metamorphosis Challenge, make your own transformation with at least three creations that illustrate three stages of a creature’s life!

Not sure what to make? Your creations can represent a realistic earthly creature’s metamorphosis, such as a caterpillar/pupa/butterfly, or you can invent your own twisted alien metamorphosis.

Example Creations:


What will the challenge winner get?

A chance to be featured on Spore.com!

We’ll post our favorite submissions here, then YOU get to vote for which one is your top pick! The winner may be featured if it meets our criteria for featured creations.

• It must not have any parent authored by a different creator.
• It must not have any offensive creation in its lineage (any parent or child creations).
• It must not have any links or references to other sites in the submission’s tags, name, or description

Submissions that do not meet the above criteria will not be considered for the poll

How to Enter:
• Create three or more creatures in the creature editor. Publish these with the tag MCMorphChallenge.
• Add all creations in your metamorphosis series to a SporeCast tagged with MCMorphChallenge.
• Optional: Post screenshots and links here on the forum

Rules:
• All creations in your Sporecast entry must be made by you.
• Your creations must be made in the creature/accessory editors.
• You can submit as many Sporecasts as you like with as many creations as you like. Remember that each Sporecast should only contain representations of one species.
• All submissions must be in by 11:00am PDT 10/8

Challenge FAQ

Q: Does it have to fit into the bizarre bug-like stages of larva-pupa-adult, or could it be more of a child-adult-weakened adult? I’ve already made a few evolutionary creations that go through the insect cycle, and I kinda want to do something different than the obvious. – jwmd2
A: As with most of these challenges, we aren’t strict with how you interpret the challenge prompt. As long as you explain your more off-kilter entries in the description, they will be considered.

Q: Are finalists chosen based on looks or description? – Westonro
A: Maxis looks at all elements of the creation when choosing finalists. Obviously, the overall aesthetic weighs heavily, but a clever name and description can tip the scales in your favor. Keep in mind that when we post finalists, we do not include the description, however a link will direct others to the Sporepedia where they can view it. It’s up to other players to click the link when they are voting to read the complete description.

Q: Can entries be made in the accessory editors? – Westonro
A: Yes. The accessory editors can be used to enhance your creatures.

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Maxis Contest: Traps and Lures Challenge

Posted by ballightning on September 2, 2009

Yet another challange has been posted by MaxisCactus, to check it out and participate head over to the official forums.

Challenge Details
If you played the latest Robot Chicken adventure, you may have noticed how game objects were disguised to look like candy! These were used to lure the cuddly creatures to their doom.

In the Traps and Lures Challenge, create a clever lure or trap to entice your prey!

Not sure what to make? Your trap, trick or lure can be traditional like a mousetrap, legendary like a Trojan horse, or completely fantastic, created to trick a creature you’ve invented in your own ingenious way! It can be biologically evolved or technologically masterminded.

Check out some of the amazing tricks, traps, and lures other players have already made:

What will the challenge winner get?

A chance to be featured on Spore.com!

We’ll post our favorite submissions here, then YOU get to vote for which one is your top pick! The winner may be featured if it meets our criteria for featured creations.

• It must not have any parent authored by a different creator.
• It must not have any offensive creation in its lineage (any parent or child creations).
• It must not have any links or references to other sites in the submission’s tags, name, or description

Submissions that do not meet the above criteria will not be considered for the poll

Rules:
• Your creation must look like a trap or lure.
• Your creation can be made in any editor
• To submit a creation, just publish tag it with: mctrapchallenge
• You can submit as many creations as you’d like
• Your creation can be made with any editor you choose
• All submissions must be in by 11:00am PDT 10/1
• Don’t forget that if your creation is an inanimate object, tag it with GAprop!
• Optional: Post screenshots of your creation on the forum
• Optional: Create a description explaining the mechanics or design of your trap or lure

Challenge FAQ
Q: Can the entry creation be an adventure?
A: No. Your entry should be a Spore creation (creature, vehicle, building, UFO), but you are welcome to also show it off in an adventure.

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Arthropod Adventure: Team Challenge: Vote now

Posted by ballightning on August 26, 2009

The finalist for the Maxis Arthropod Adventure Challange have been posted, vote over at the official forums.

Finalist Adventures Announced!

Click the thumbnail to download and play the adventure. Click here to subscribe to the Challenge Sporecast to easily download all the adventures. Play them, then come back here to vote on your favorite by 11:00 am PDT September 1st!

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Maxis Contest: Apollo 11 Adventure Challenge

Posted by ballightning on July 23, 2009

Link to Contest page

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first humans to set foot on the moon. Millions tuned in to watch the historic event on TV as the new frontier was first explored by people. Find out more about the famous voyage here.

40 years later, to celebrate that momentous occasion, we’re opening the Apollo 11 Adventure Challenge! Create an adventure from our lunar template creation: The Moon.

Make it realistic, with goals such as planting scientific equipment on the surface and collecting samples, or create an entirely new version of the events, such as encountering alien life, or trekking to the dark side of the moon.

To edit the template, save this png and drag it into your Sporepedia, or view the adventure on Spore.com and click “Download Adventure”.

We’ll post our favorite adventures here for you to vote on a winner.

What will the challenge winner get?

Glory of course… and a chance to be featured on Spore.com!

Your adventure:
• must be an edited version of this template adventure
• must not contain other authors (aside from MaxisSpore) in the lineage
• must not have any links or references to other sites in the submission’s tags, name, or description

Submissions that do not meet the above criteria will not be considered for a feature

Additional Requirements:

• To submit an adventure: publish it with the tag mcapollochallenge.
• You can submit as many adventures as you’d like
• All submissions must be in by 11:00 AM PST Tuesday (08/07/09)

Optional:
• Post a link to your adventure
• Post screenshots from your adventure
• Post YouTube movies of your adventure

Challenge FAQ
How was the moon template created?
The USGS Astrogeology research program has published various topographic maps of the lunar surface. Spore’s Kate Compton used bump maps created by artist Robert Johnston from the USGS data to recreate a planet that looks like the Earth’s moon! She added a couple extra craters to make the surface more interesting, so you may want to think of this as “the moon, but after an especially heavy Leonid shower”.

Is contact from Earth required, or can we just use the template to create a moon-based adventure? Does the landing need to occur in the adventure?
You do not need to contact earth. Please keep in mind that the spirit of this challenge is to remember Apollo 11, but that is widely open to your interpretation. You don’t need to include the landing in your adventure.

Does the captain have to be the astronaut? Can we use him/her in the adventure?
You can change the captain, and make it locked or unlocked. The template uses a locked astronaught captain, but you’re welcome to change this aspect of the adventure.

Will there be a Sporecast of the entry creations?
If you make one there will be!

Can I terraform the planet?
Yes.

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Contest Winners: More Submarines Please Challange

Posted by ballightning on July 15, 2009

MaxisCactus has annouced the winners from the Submarine contest for her Aquarium app.

You voted and…
The winner is Mavor for The Penguin Sub!

Congratulations and keep an eye on Spore.com for your feature soon!

Congratulations to all the finalists in this challenge!

Your submarines are now in circulation in the Spore Aquarium! Vote for the winner by next Tuesday 7/14/09.

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Spore “Captain Postcard Challenge” winner announced

Posted by ballightning on May 7, 2009

The 5 winners of the Captain Postcard Challenge have been annouced. Congratulations to ashkelon, Karl-EL, Cecil_090, Himmelslaub and bcrane who won the challange, whos creatures are now outfitted with gear from Galactic Adventures. You can view them in the ‘Meet the Captains‘ page over at spore.com.

 

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Maxis: Galactic Adventures Storyboard Contest

Posted by ballightning on May 2, 2009

 

We want your best adventure ideas! 

Get your best adventure ideas on paper and enter our Spore Galactic Adventures Storyboard Contest!

The first place winner will receive an NVIDIA© GeForceGTX™, a 3D printed Spore creature, and their storyboard will be used to create an adventure by Maxis developers! The second place winner will recieve 3D printed Spore sculpture. May the most awesome storyboard win! 

 

 

Official Contest FAQ 

Q:Should I draw my storyboard on paper or create it with an image editing program? 
Both methods are acceptable, but if you’re going to draw your storyboard out, make sure you have access to a scanner so you can get it online. 

Q: Can my submissions be in color? 
A: Submissions can be in color or black and white. 

Q: How many pages can I submit? 
A: You can submit up to 10 pages. 

Q: How do I create a storyboard page? 
A: Use any image editing program, such as photoshop, gimp, or even ms paint! You can also use the free Mashon Spore Comic Creator

Q: Where can I post pictures of my storyboard for others to see? 
A: You’re welcomed to post images here on the forum! Share what you’ve got, get feedback, and improve your entry! 

Q: The rules state that the winners get 3d printed creatures. What creature will they recieve? 
A: We’ll ask the winners for a few of their favorite creations that they’ve made, and choose one to print for them!

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Urban Legends Challenge

Posted by ballightning on April 29, 2009

This competition is made by Maxis on the official forums.

Challenge Details 

Recreate a creation from urban lore for the Urban Legends Challenge

Not sure what to make? Check out these references: 
– Wikipedia on Urban Legends 
– Snopes animal urban legends 
– Urban Legends open directory 
– Mythbusters 

What will the challenge winner get? 

A chance to be featured on Spore.com! 

We’ll post our favorite submissions here, then YOU get to vote for which one is your top pick! The winner may be featured if it meets our criteria for featured creations. 

• It must not have any parent authored by a different creator. 
• It must not have any offensive creation in its lineage (any parent or child creations). 
• It must not have any links or references to other sites in the submission’s tags, name, or description 

Submissions that do not meet the above criteria will not be considered for the poll 

Rules: 
• Your creation must be based on an urban legend 
• To submit a creation, tag it with: mclegendchallenge and publish 
• Post about your creation on the forum: include a link, picture, the name of the urban legend, and at least one link to a reference online (see the mermaid example below) 
• You can submit as many creations as you’d like 
• Your creation can be made with any editor you choose 
• All submissions must be in by 11:00am PDT June 1st 2009 

Challenge FAQ 

What’s the definition of Urban Legend? 

– Urban Dictionary: An urban legend is a modern myth. A frightening untrue story in which the storyteller insists is true, but has no evidence to back up. Also, it never happened to the storyteller but someone removed from them. 
– Merriam Webster: an often lurid story or anecdote that is based on hearsay and widely circulated as true 

What’s the difference between an urban legend and a mythological creature/creation? 

An urban legend can be about a mythological creature, if the mythology is recently created. 

As a general guide, your urban legend should be based on mythology that’s sprung up within the last 100 years. 

Many legends are old, but have had new twists recently, such as the mermaid myth. If there has been new material or recent controversy over the subject within the last 100 years, its OK to use. 

Example mermaid material: http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_mermaid_tsunami.htm 

Want to create something that stretches the imagination, such as from an Urban Legend on another planet? 

Go ahead! Just make sure to include the back fiction in your creation’s description so we understand what you’re getting at. 

Q: Is ____ an urban legend? 
A: Research it! Use google to figure out if it is. Post your evidence here. I know there are some grey areas. If you make sure to post reference material, your creation will be considered for this contest. 

Q: Can I submit something which may be extremely gory or offensive? 
A: According to the Terms of Service, you should avoid uploading any content that could be considered: “harmful, abusive, racially or ethnically offensive, vulgar, sexually explicit, defamatory, infringing, invasive of personal privacy or publicity rights, or in a reasonable person’s view, objectionable.” 

Basically, use your judgment on this. If other players are flagging your creation as offensive, the CS team may have to remove it from the server. 

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Spore API contest 2009

Posted by ballightning on February 27, 2009

Maxis have created a new contest, to run from today until the 6th of April, this time aimed at spore API developers. The prize? A NVIDIA Graphics card worth $200US and Galactic Adventures for the two runner ups. Do you need help or want to submit your apps? Head over to the official forums.

 

Calling all developers!

The Spore API is up and running, and we’re calling on you to kick the tires!

Show off your development skills by entering the Spore API Contest 09. We want you to come up with the most exciting and original visualization or app and share it with us!

What to create

We’re interested in seeing what kind of application or widget you can develop, utilizing our massive database of creations, Sporecasts, and player information.

Create your app from scratch, or download the source code from one of the sample apps we’ve posted on the API page. You can use this source as a reference or template. Head over to our forum to discuss ideas!

To be eligible to win, your app needs to display the text, “Download your own copy of the Spore Creature Creator now!” along with a link to http://www.spore.com.

Example ideas:

  • Display of your own creations
  • Trophy case of challenge winners
  • Visualization of current Most Popular New creations
  • Scenic diorama of Sporecast creations

Check out our gallery for examples of some applications created with the Spore API!

How to Submit

To enter, email a link to your application to MaxisSaguaro@Maxis.com.

All original applications created using the Spore API will be accepted, and you can enter as many applications as you’d like!

The deadline to submit your app is April 6th, 2009.

Prizes

  • Grand Prize: NVIDIA graphics card
  • First runner up: Copy of Spore game and Galactic Adventures
  • Second runner up: Copy of Galactic Adventures

May the best application win!

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Results from the Spore Holiday Contest 2008

Posted by ballightning on December 17, 2008

The results are in from Maxis’ Spore Holiday 2008 Contest!  GameDaily features the winners and the runner ups in which you can find by clicking here.   Congrats to Slartibartfast38 for his ‘Christmas Morning at the Claus’design!

 

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SpikeTV – ‘The Wright Stuff SPORE UGC’ Contest

Posted by ballightning on November 26, 2008

Spike and Electronic Arts Team Up to Celebrate Iconic Designer Will Wright With ‘The Wright Stuff SPORE UGC’ Contest

NEW YORK, Nov 25, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Grand Prize Winner To Receive A VIP Trip For Two To Spike TV’s Video Game Awards And Meet Legendary Game Designer Will Wright
Users To Submit Entries at VGA.Spike.com Through December 2nd

At this year’s VGAs, video game visionary Will Wright will receive the first ever Gamer God award as a testament to his contributions to the electronic gaming medium, from the simulation genre creating SimCity(TM) and its subsequent sequels, to the more than 100 million unit selling The Sims(TM) franchise, to his latest masterpiece, Spore(TM), which garnered The Producers Guild of America 2007 Vanguard Award, a Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award and a Popular Science Best of What’s New Award.

To help celebrate Wright’s latest achievement, Spike and EA are teaming up to celebrate the creativity of Spore with “The Wright Stuff SPORE UGC” contest. The grand prize is a VIP trip for two to this year’s VGAs and some one-on-one time with the legend himself, Will Wright.

“Since launch, Spore players have created nearly 50 million of the most unique and creative creatures, vehicles and buildings the gaming community has ever seen,” said Spore Designer, Will Wright. “The Spore VGA contest takes creativity to a whole new level, allowing budding filmmakers and novices alike to unleash their imaginations in search for the best 60 second Spore film short. I can’t wait to see what they’ll come up with!”

Using in-game tools in Spore, or the Spore Creature Creator (trial edition and complete), Spore players can upload their most creative and entertaining 60 second movie to http://www.spike.com/group/spore/landingpage through December 2nd. A panel of judges, including Spore creator Will Wright, will then select the best video, to be revealed on December 4th. The winner and a guest will receive round trip airfare, 2 nights’ hotel stay, and ground transportation for the 2008 Spike Video Game Awards on Sunday, December 14th in Culver City, California.

For official rules please, visit http://www.spike.com/group/spore/rules.

The sixth annual “VGAs” will bring together megastars from the worlds of video games, Hollywood, music, sports and more to celebrate the outstanding achievements within the video game industry over the past year. The 2-hour extravaganza will premiere LIVE on Spike TV Sunday, December 14 at 9:00pm, ET/PT (tape delay west coast) from Sony Picture Studios in Culver City, CA.

About Spike TV

Spike TV is available in 97.7 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. A unit of Viacom , MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com.

SimCity, The Sims and Spore are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

SOURCE Spike TV

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Spore Holiday Contest 08

Posted by ballightning on November 20, 2008

The holidays are just around the corner, which makes this the perfect time to announce our Spore Holiday Contest 08!

All holiday-themed creations will be accepted, and entry is simple and limitless! To enter just create a holiday-themed creature, building, vehicle, or Spaceship. Then add “SporeHolidayContest08″ tag to your creation and share on the Sporepedia.

We will be accepting all creations until December 3rd, 2008. The creations will be judged for a chance to win the Grand Prize: a brand new 13 inch Macbook with NVIDIA mGPU graphics!

Also, 3 runners up will receive an EVGA nForce 790i motherboard by NVIDIA. May the best creations win!

Read the Rules


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