Spore‘s about evolution? What are you thinking? It’s not evolution at all! Well, that’s what Tim Dean over at Trembling Hand theorises:
When you’re playing Spore, and you periodically pause to ‘evolve’ your organism, you’re not emulating evolution. But you are nicely emulating the way Intelligent Design works … Every time you meddle, it’s the hand of, um, whatever it is the ID crew think is running the show (just between you and me, I think they might actually think it’s God, but it could equally be a player of MetaSpore in another universe) that is shaping the direction of the organism. Not evolution.
The man does have a point. I’m not sure it’s what Will Wright intended, but that is how the game plays out, in a nutshell.
Spore: The Intelligent Design Simulator [Trembling Hand]