So "Spore" FINALLY came out a couple of weeks ago and it looks amazing. I was lucky enough to get to work with Maxis on it for a 3-4 months last year story boarding and some misc. other stuff and had an absolute blast. Haven't had any actual time to sit down and kill 40 hours or whatever playing it and I've no idea if anything I worked on actually made it into the game but maybe in the next few weeks I can kill a weekend making creatures and conquering planets.
and thanks for the comments on the last post guys, much appreciated :)