EA's Spore, a game that has been leaking trailers since early 2004, is really living up to its hype. All those years in development with Maxis at the helm have paid off. Once using the working name Sims Everything, Spore is like 5 strategy games in one. If you've ever played any of Sid Meier's Civilization titles and wished it was more detailed and not turn-based, Spore has got you covered. If you ever played any of the wildly but inexplicably popular Viva Pinata franchise but thought that the "romance dance" was too drawn out, Spore makes cartoon courtship less creepy. More on Spore later. Below is my own freak of nature, the Dikas.