creatures2Virtual Monsters is in some ways a combination of many of my favorite games as a kid: Pokemon, Harvest Moon and an obscure but amazing game called Creatures. The game was a rather sophisticated virtual life simulation where the player was tasked with raising these adorable creatures called Norns. The player could type things to the Norn and eventually teach them simple language like “eat fruit” or “push that.” The creatures would grow up, begin experiencing certain urges, mate and produce offspring. Their brains were very sophisticated and based on chemical interactions which produced emotion and behavior.

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