When EA's ambitious universe simulator Spore comes out for the PC and Mac this September 7th, Atheists all over the world may be angered. Here's what game-creator Will Wright said about our godless brothers and sisters who play-tested the game:
"I think our bigger fear was that we didn't want to offend any religious people; but looking at the discussion that unfolded from this thing, what we had was a good, sizeable group of players that we might call militant atheists, and the rest of the players seemed very tolerant, including all of the religious players."
The atheists took issue with the religion during the higher civilization portion of the game, not, as you might expect, to the fact that the players of Spore are God within the game.
"I didn't expect to hit hot buttons on the atheist side as much; I expected it on the religious side," Wright revealed. "But so far I've had no critical feedback at all from anybody who is religious feeling that we were misrepresenting religion or it was bad to represent religion in the game. It was really the atheists."