The Spore Creature Creator, part of the marketing campaign for the video game Spore, has only been operational since last Tuesday, but already it has spawned an entirely new genre of slash: Spore porn (dubbed “Sporn” by Wired’s Underwire). Encouraged to make their creatures dance, users instead are making them do more unmentionable things—hardcore, softcore, lots of it amateur, much of it anatomically baffling. If you’re interspecies curious (and not at work), type Spore porn into YouTube. So, is this a cautionary tale about the perils of user-generated content, or a great promotional tool in disguise? It all depends on how evolved Spore’s PR team is.
—Posted by Rebecca Cullers