“Spore” creature creator is out. Penis monsters are on the rampage.

You just knew this sort of thing would happen. The Spore Creature Creator program has been out only a day or so and already there’s plenty of folks developing overly phallic monsters. Monsters such as the following aptly named “Spore Penis Monster.” Note that this could be considered NSFW:

According to the fine folks over at Kotaku.com:

Proud members of the Spore creature creating community have risen to the cock-filled occasion, crafting dozens of new lifeforms, all based around having huge schlongs. A quick search of YouTube submissions for “spore penis” returns about 150 videos, revealing discoveries like the Penisman, the Penizaur, the Peenisaurus, the Penis Goblin and the brilliantly named Penis Creature #1029438.

I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I find it mildly amusing, but I do have to wonder how EA plans to deal with the inevitable outcry that’s going to occur when some 10-year-old playing Spore lands his creature’s space craft on the home planet of the Penizaur right about the time a parent walks by the computer and asks what the hell they’re playing. Someone’s going to claim that their precious snowflake has been irreparably harmed by seeing vaguely phallic video game characters and try to sue before too long. Keep in mind that you’ll also be able to design vehicles and buildings in the game as well so you’ll most likely have Penismobiles and PenisTown to deal with.

This is an issue that confronts any game that allows player created input. It’s going to be an issue for LittleBigPlanet when it hits as well as a number of other games that are coming down the pike. I love the growing trend of games that allow you to produce your own custom content and I don’t necessarily have a problem with people who want to make some of that content edgy or naughty in nature, but it does raise some thorny issues on how to keep those folks from pissing off the folks who would find it offensive. Especially considering that there will always be griefers who will go out of their way to try and inflict such content on others for no reason other than to piss them off.



11 thoughts on ““Spore” creature creator is out. Penis monsters are on the rampage.

  1. Let me see… give the player almost complete control of what the creature looks like….. give the game to a huge adolescent market….

    Is anyone really surprised at this?

  2. BD, I’ve been dicking around with it, if you’ll pardon the pun, for the past couple of days as well and I’m impressed. Though it’s the free version so a good percentage of the bits and bobs are locked away. So far I’ve not made anything I’ve been terribly impressed with which is why I’ve not posted any screen shots yet. Perhaps I’ll do better once I get the full version.

    Swordsbane, surprised? No, absolutely not. Amused? Highly.

  3. Not Spore related, but Les do you have any idea why World of Warcraft 60 days cards come in a full sized DVD case when cards for other games/itunes/etc. are sold as stand alone credit card sized cards? It seems like a huge waste of material. (I’m assuming that the cases are in fact DVD cases so they can be used to store discs in later, but it is still a huge ammount of wasted packaging!?)

  4. They don’t even come in DVD cases, it’s just a full-sized software box with a card inside it (I’ve purchased a few myself).

    The best reason I can give you as to why they come in a full sized box is so they won’t get lost on the store shelf. For years software used to come in these huge boxes that were a lot of wasted material for the simple reason that they wanted to be as big as possible so as to catch your eye.

    Ironically enough we have WalMart to thank for the current size of software boxes. They insisted that the industry use smaller boxes or they wouldn’t carry the product. WalMart sells enough crap that the industry listened. WalMart’s motive wasn’t conservation, though, it was a desire to cram as much product on a shelf as possible.

  5. WalMart’s motive wasn’t conservation, though, it was a desire to cram as much product on a shelf as possible.

    That’s conservation…… of a sort….. conservation of shelf space smile

  6. Boy, I haven’t posted here in forever… But, I would like to say that my local Target does have the 60 game cards in double thick DVD cases (the kind of cases you would see for a season of television on DVD before using multiple slim line cases became popular). All the Blizzard games themselves come in cardbox boxes, but the gift cards in DVD style cases.

  7. Time to create the vagmaggot, the natural predator of all penile lifeforms.

  8. I tried the spore CC the other day. It was really good, but when i closed it my computer decided it didn’t want to live any more and made pretty patterns with the screen instead.
    Methinks pre-game release material is a nono pour moi.

  9. Les, I’d definitely recommend getting the full version of the creature creator as it definitely opens up so many more possibilities.  Not only do you have more items to choose from, you creature can be more “complex.”

    When the full version of Spore is released will it come with the full version of the creature creator?  And if so, will those who purchased the full version now get some kind of discount equal to the $10 purchase price for creature creator?

  10. Meh. It’s only ten dollars. It’s definitely in the realm of “Eat a peanut butter sandwich instead of going to eat fast food” purchases.

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