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Spore Under Fire from Christian Group for "Teaching Evolution"

Spore Under Fire from Christian Group for "Teaching Evolution"

Turns out not everyone is as stoked on Spore as I am. A religious anti-Spore website has launched against the well-designed and fun video game, for promoting evolution (game play starts you out as a cell in a pool and you grow and add parts on the way) over Creationism.

They say that Spore is the "biggest attack on Christian values to date." Yes, this is the game with the cute-looking creatures.

I'm no religious expert here, but I didn't really see any crazy subversion in my interview with Ocean Quigley (mostly just a passion for design), but you be the judge.

Is Spore controversial? Is it teaching anyone evolution vs. creationism?


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Purly Purly 8 years
The really funny part is that spore doesn't teach evolution at all! It's more like intelligent design since you get to pick your critter's "mutation".
BryPouncy BryPouncy 8 years
Stupid people make my world go round. I lol'd hard.
alisaa alisaa 8 years
lmao, now ill ask my science teacher to play spore in class because it teaches evolution!
Sage-Eyes Sage-Eyes 8 years
There's always going to be "those crazy Christians" up in arms about something. I'm a devout Christian who is involved with my church in many capacities, and I bought Spore the day it came out. And last time I checked, my core religious values haven't changed since I made it to the Tribal stage. Hmm...
pamela661 pamela661 8 years
Macgirl, I wondered that myself - hack job or hoax? But then the mention of Poe's Law kind of made me think whoever posted the site was just having a laugh at the rest of us with common sense. It could be an EA publicity stunt I suppose. But I think Spore has enough of it's own good pr to not really need support by something like this. Religious persecution has no place...well anywhere really, but certainly not in the wonderful world of video games.
kathleenjoy kathleenjoy 8 years
oh for Christ's sake
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 8 years
just so everyone knows, not all of us cardholding Jesus freaks are socially inept and mentally insane! can't wait to play spore. haha.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
pamela661- I just went to the antispore site and saw that there was some Rick rolling going on in his beliefs page as well. I wonder if he got hacked or if this is a publicity stunt by EA? There's no such thing as bad press......
tiffanyfuchsia tiffanyfuchsia 8 years
I think that may be the stupidest thing I've heard all day.
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 8 years
Well if they made a game about playing God, I'd play that one too. If so; can Adam be the root of all evil, and not Eve? Can I make Jesus ride a dinosaur? You know, since evolution is something those crazy scientists thought up and it's totally believable that people and dinosaurs were around at the same time. ;-)
allinavhcnerf allinavhcnerf 8 years
omg, spore is just a game!
pamela661 pamela661 8 years
I think the antiSpore site is a joke, seriously. In the Understand My Beliefs Please post, there's a Rick Astley bomb: "21. The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never gonna give you up. 22. “Never gonna let you down.” 23.”Never gonna run around and desert you.” 24. “Never gonna make you cry.” 25. “Never gonna say goodbye.” 26. “Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you.” 27.”Never truly believe anything you read on the Internet. There will always be cases of Poe’s Law.” It’s these teachings that I’ve spent my life learning, believing and becoming, that have made me the woman that I am today." I think it's all a big hoax. Sad, though, that it's close enough to the truth to trick people...
kristyrk kristyrk 8 years
I'd have to agree with what mcreverie said. I was at the Spore launch party too, and Will Wright was talking about how he came up with the idea – he's a total space/science/sci-fi nerd. I honestly don't think the idea of "attacking" Christianity even crossed his mind.
lovelylei lovelylei 8 years
hex913 hex913 8 years
It's a video game, and video games usually represent fantasy. Spore is making no commentary on "reality," (these aren't even real creatures!) it's merely a fun game. Why is this so hard to take, when other games that represent aliens invading and attacking the world are accepted with little question. It makes little sense to me.
mcreverie mcreverie 8 years
Just because Spore encapsulates a different view from Creationisn doesn't mean it's an "attack." Please, it's not always about you.
Sasseefrass Sasseefrass 8 years
Every game/geek related blog I'm subscribed to has reported something about some 'Christian' backlash to Spore this week. Why? I fail to understand what the big deal is. It's nothing new. Is there anyone that didn't anticipate this happening? The internet is full of fringe elements protesting something or other. If one must report on such things at least pick one of the more 'fringey' and unusual ones.
abb3w abb3w 8 years
Latest post on the blog says (after a lot of wharrgarbl) "Never truly believe anything you read on the Internet. There will always be cases of Poe’s Law."
ohkate ohkate 8 years
personally I think it's smart to teach both versions plus you have people who take the bible literally and figuratively. growing up roman catholic I've known many a religious leader in my churches to say that the bible is by and large a great collection of stories about morals and not necessarily a guide book to live that is all 100% factual and true. I mean... Jonas and the Whale for example?
nslods nslods 8 years
I agree with gab6784. I, too, am a Christian, and I never once thought of the game as an assault on Christians. Some of these radical Christian groups irk me. They give Christians an image that shouldn't be associated with Christianity.
kedawen kedawen 8 years
They should make a game about Creationism then. :D There are probably a lot more offensive games out there, but just like Spore, they're just games. There's a whole other sort of drama going on on the Amazon page for Spore. The rating for the game is 1 star with more than 2000 votes! This time it's all about the DRM that comes with the game. Crazy stuff.
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 8 years
I'm Christian and I do not see what the big deal is. The game is fun and is just that - A GAME. People need to lighten up lol.
verily verily 8 years
I fail to see how this is a direct assault on Christians. Why does not incorporating Christian ideas equate to assaulting their values? I don't recall games having to get approval from the Pope or the Grand Poobah on what plotline or theme they wish to use... If they don't believe in evolution, just don't buy the freaking game.
omilawd omilawd 8 years
I don't think Spore is controversial; it's fun. Did they have the same problem with Pokemon, where the characters evolved? I'm not using that as an example. It's an actual question.
Performita Performita 8 years
I wouldn't find Spore controversial, they are exaggerating. On the other hand, the illustration for this text is a little on the edge of controversy :)
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