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+ - Creationists Threatened by Spore-> 1

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SimHacker writes "Creationists are horrified that Spore is converting children to believe in evolution, and they hoped that Jack Thompson will help them out in their battle against the evil man behind it all — Will Wright.

"Listen to this poor misguided girl talk about evolution after playing Spore.
It really makes me sad... I hope that somehow I can prevent more damage from being done."

"Someone informed me that an Attorney, Mr. Jack Thompson may be able to help me. As he has had much success in raising awareness about problem video games. Does anyone know how I can get in touch with him?""

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+ - Spore Creature Creator released->

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SimHacker writes "Will Wright's epic game Spore will be released on September 7, but now you can already download the Creature Creator and upload and share your own original creatures. The creature creator user interface is extremely easy and fun to use, thanks to its 3D direct manipulation user interface. Already more than 39,000 creatures have been uploaded to the Sporepedia, so when Spore is finally released, there will be a huge library of user created content available. It's available for Windows and Mac."
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+ - One SimCity Per Child->

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SimHacker writes "Thanks to the initiative and guidance of John Gilmore, Electronic Arts has generously donated the original "classic" version of Will Wright's popular SimCity game to the One Laptop Per Child project.

SimCity is the epitome of constructionist educational games, and has been widely used by educators to unlock and speed-up the transformational skills associated with creative thinking, and by the Future City Competition by seventh- and eighth-grade students to fostering engineering skills, such as teamwork, communication and problem solving skills, providing interaction among students, teachers, and engineer mentors, informing the community about the multi-disciplines within the engineering profession, and inspiring students to explore futuristic concepts and careers in engineering.

OLPC SimCity is based on the X11 TCL/Tk version of SimCity for Unix developed and adapted to the OLPC by Don Hopkins, and the GPL open source code will soon be released under the name "Micropolis", which was SimCity's original working title.

SJ Klein, director of content for the OLPC, called on game developers to create "frameworks and scripting environments — tools with which children themselves could create their own content." The long term agenda of the OLPC SimCity project is to convert SimCity into a scriptable Python module, integrate it with the OLPC's Sugar user interface and Cairo rendering library, and apply Seymour Papert's and Alan Kay's ideas about constructionist education and teaching kids to program."

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+ - Adobe to Discontinue SVG Viewer

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SimHacker writes "Since Adobe bought Macromedia, it was predicted that Adobe would drop support for SVG, because they were supporting SVG as an alternative to Flash, which they now own. Now the other shoe has finally dropped. Adobe SVG is dead. Long live Adobe SVG!

Adobe to Discontinue Adobe SVG Viewer

Adobe has decided to discontinue support for Adobe SVG Viewer. There are a number of other third-party SVG viewer implementations in the marketplace, including native support for SVG in many Web browsers. The SVG language and its adoption in the marketplace have both matured to the point where it is no longer necessary for Adobe to provide an SVG viewer.

SVG is an established vector image format. Adobe currently supports SVG in several of its authoring and server products, including Illustrator, InDesign, GoLive, Version Cue, Graphics Server, FrameMaker, and FrameMaker Server.

Adobe customer support for Adobe SVG Viewer will be discontinued on January 1, 2008.

For more information on this decision and answers to questions about the discontinuation of Adobe SVG Viewer, please see the Adobe SVG Viewer End of Life FAQ."

+ - Sun and Laszlo announce Orbit: OpenLaszlo for J2ME

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SimHacker writes "Sun and Laszlo Systems have announced project "Orbit": OpenLaszlo for J2ME. OpenLaszlo is an open source platform for creating zero-install "AJAX" web applications with the user interface capabilities of desktop client software. The OpenLaszlo "Legals" project supports multiple deployment runtimes, including Flash and DHTML, and soon J2ME! The FAQ says a proof-of-concept demo will be available later this year."

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