New game genre taps into players' creativity (Reuters)

Enabling videogame players to help make games as well as play them is becoming more than just a fad due to Electronic Arts' "Spore" and Sony Computer Entertainment's "LittleBigPlanet." New expansions of "Spore" from Electronic Arts' Maxis studio continue to put creativity in the hands of gamers, and a sequel is in the works for "LittleBigPlanet," both of which stand out with their user-generated content.

"Spore" is essentially a collection of editing tools that allows players to create creatures and then guide them through evolution with over 65 million player-made creatures, spaceships, and buildings so far posted on After unleashing "Spore" on the PC, "Spore Creatures" on Nintendo DS and "Spore Origins" on mobile phones last September, EA has a quartet of new games planned for this year.

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