I've always loved Legos. As a kid, I'd always want some toy or other and I never felt like I had enough (even though I'm sure I did). The solution was always Legos. The same little blocks were my Transformers and the Ghostbusters and warring factions of animal-people, and whatever else I needed them to be.
Since I started being creative for a living, Legos have fallen by the wayside. They're expensive as hell, for one thing. And it just doesn't look sane to have a desk covered in tiny plastic bricks. But I still love the D.I.Y. philosophy behind the whole thing.
I recently discovered the Spore Creature Creator. I'm sure I don't need to advertise the game, since anyone with a computer's probably heard of it by now. Well, I can only hope that the game itself is as well structured and as fun as the Creature Creator. It's the best thing, in my opinion, since the invention of the Lego.
Work has been work lately, and the Creature Creator has been a sort of saving grace as far as my sanity's been concerned. There's just something so satisfying about being able to make something awesome without having to ask permission to do so. Plus, each of these bad boys only took a few minutes to put together.
It's a free download for the basic version. Definitely worth a peek if you're into building stuff or gaming.
The ditors are still awesome. Well worth it for those alone, if you liked the Creature Creator. As a game... "meh". I have no doubt it'll get better with time, so I'd give it some before I'd buy this expecting decent gameplay. It's also mad buggy right now. I've gone and lost several dozen hours of unemployment time to the winds already due to a corrupt savegame.