This is curious. Reminiscent for me of BBC Connector, the chat-around-content application that my team built back in - ooh - 2002?, in an attempt to let BBC web users chat to each other as they browsed web pages. Weblin works in the same way, overlaying avatars onto web pages whereupon users on the same page can chat to each other.
The great thing about this particular idea is that a web page can become a statement hangout: in Weblin's demo video, the page in question is Joi Ito's, which says something about Weblin's creators (maybe Joi has invested, or maybe the Weblins are just fans?). In the BBC's case, we launched the original applicaton with Radio 1, so users could pick the music page of their choice and - hopefully - find other users with similar tastes.
They have leaderboards; what next, I wonder. Quests? Guilds?
Spore's creature creator alone is going to keep many, many thousands of people busy and quiet for many, many (thousands of) hours. It's a shame it doesn't contribute to building schools, or something, imagine the person-hours!
I found "myself" in the sporepedia today, as I was looking for my own creations. Meet Crystaltips! (Not actually anything to do with me of course except a similarity of handle). Huh :)
I just learned a new term via the women_dev mailing list (mostly populated by female games developers, although there are plenty fellas there too): TTP. "Time To Penis"!
Apparently it's oft used in the MMO dev scene, whereby the amount of flexibility in creation given to a user is directly proportional to the Time To Penis number. In Spore's case, apparently the TTP number can be measured in seconds, so much so that there's even a new term for the results: Sporn (link to YouTube, various videos there amusingly NSFW, like this one).
I wonder if this means online play will be limited to something like 15+?