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Posts tagged “Steve Grand”

Feature: The after-life of virtual life

Artificial life finds a way: the legacy of Creatures

There was a time when virtual pets were all the rage, and of all virtual pets, Creatures were the most rewarding and the most demanding. The artificial life sim series was the foamy crest of a wave that started with the Commodore 64's Little Computer People in 1985 and leveled out around Nintendogs 20 years later.Creatures is rarely mentioned anymore, but it hasn’t been forgotten.…

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Feature: Terrifying.

Have You Played… Creatures?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.I played Creatures for hours and hours, fully believing that the artificial life that drove its inhabitants would lead to some kind of revelation. Looking back, I think I was supposed to be solving rudimentary puzzles to move the irritatingly cutesy Norns from one…

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