of the Emerging Movement for Conscious Evolution
The Revolutionary Evolutionary Game
by Shane Dowd, 21
I watched the
demo-video of the video game "Spore." I was actually very, very
impressed. Spore appears to be 6 different games jam-packed into one massively
impressive open-ended evolutionary story that is only limited by the player's
imagination. It looks like it could be an awesome evolutionary teaching tool
because it is so interactive. If it wasn't called Spore it could be called Sim-Everything
because that's basically what it is. Definitely something to be excited about!
and Lion Kimbro
There's a computer game called "Spore" that should be very interesting
to the people involved with evolutionary spirituality.
Make sure that you see the
video of it, on Google Videos. It will load immediately, no long wait time.
In case you're reading on, because you need some justification to see it, it
- Cellular life,...
- ...growing to multi-cellular life, ...
- ...developing to live on land, ...
- ...collecting together into tribes, ...
- ...actually, it goes much further than this, but I don't want to spoil it.
Just watch the movie already.
Oh, you're still reading this!
Okay, then I need to still tell you some more things, to get you to go see
- It's also features "fitness," showing some of the ideas in evolution.
(That said, it also features design.)
- The game's an effective teacher; It uses the game to motivate you into
learning how to use the editing tools, to paint your world.
- That is, it's an incredibly creative game as well, players spend a lot
of time just tweaking things, making them nice, making them how they want
- The game is a landmark game in game development, because near everything
is "programmatic." You could say that this game is evolutionary
in terms of game development: The ideas expressed here in this game are going
to spread far and wide and will touch most every game produced in the future.
This is not just a new game, this is a whole new world of ways to manufacture
games. Yes, the game development community is well aware of this game, and
there is no professional computer game developer that does not know about
this game. (Just ask one.)
- Somewhat indirectly, the games is also about open content. There are many
movements happening right now, evolutionary spirituality being one of them.
Open content is another movement, and this game taps into both of those movements.
- The game is also an experiment in meaning making. The game starts very
directed, but moves into a space where the player constructs their own meaning
for the game.
Just watch the video already!
It'd be a huge shame if the evolutionary spirituality community was not up
on this game.
Computer simulation is an important element in our future evolution. We developed
minds, and they too run simulations: "What will happen if I do X? What
will happen if I do Y?"
That this game was made, completely independently of the evolutionary spirituality
groups, can be taken as a sign that now is the time for this movement. When
you are talking with the younger generation, you can point them to things such
as this game, and use it as a vehicle for your conversation.