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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 Spore.com. 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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