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'Spore' goes gold

The long-awaited evolution game from legendary designer Will Wright has finally gone to manufacturing. It ships September 7.

As was first reported here last month, Electronic Arts' hotly-anticipated new evolution game, Spore, was about to go "gold."

Now, EA says, the game from SimCity and The Sims designer Will Wright has indeed done so, meaning that development on it is finished, and Spore is off to manufacturing.

Now all that's left is for the Spore marketing operation to kick into high gear, getting ready for the game's September 7 launch.

It's hard to imagine that this video game, which was first announced in 2005, and which has had its ship date redefined several times, is about to come out. But that's exactly what's happening.

And that means that you and I, and likely millions of others, will soon be playing around in primordial ooze, learning how to make friends with new tribes, conquering foreign civilizations, and colonizing space.

If, after September 7, I seem to disappear for a few days, well, you might check my home office and see if I'm sitting there, sort of catatonic, trying to get just a little further in the game.

If you want to whet your appetite in the meantime, you can check out a few of the creatures from the game here.