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Spore Game To Include Personalized Model-Making Option

There is a lot of attention being given by the computer gaming community to the new Spore game, which has not yet been officially released. It is expected to outsell The Sims, which is the World’s biggest selling game to date.

An interesting aspect of the Spore game is that it allows players to design their own characters that they can use. In addition, to quote a Business Week article, they may also be able to get a personalized model of the character they have designed:

It may not be there in the same form in the final game, but you could also hit a menu item and send your creature to Maxis’ 3D printer, which automatically creates a model of it. It is likely that a model-making service (which will probably require payment) will be available when the game appears.

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